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    FIRST VIEW 1: AIDAaura

    AIDAaura in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffma, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

    AIDAaura in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    AIDAaura.        Pictures: Ian Shiffman

    Aida Cruise line’s AIDAaura has been cruising along the South African coast in the past week, visiting several ports.  Although not necessarily related, this could be seen as a precursor to later this year when another AIDA ship, the AIDAmira arrives in Cape Town at the start of a 3-month, 12-cruise season extending into 2020.  The ship will sail to the following ports on the South  African and Namibian coasts – Cape Town (homeport), Luderitz, Walvis Bay, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban and will provide an alternative to the MSC Cruises now operating in the same waters.  In the pictures above AIDAaura is seen arriving (top) in Cape Town on 11 January and (lower) sailing the next day.  These pictures by Ian Shiffman

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    CHAD IS OFFERED 10 HECTARE LOGISTICS BASE IN CAMEROONIAN PORT OF DOUALA

    Port of Douala container terminal, as featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Port of Douala container terminal

    Importers and exporters from landlocked Chad will have access to a 10 hectare area in the port of Douala to serve as a logistics base for goods in transit in Cameroon.

    Cameroonian authorities have provided the area to encourage the continued use of Cameroon’s main port by Chadian stakeholders.

    The offer comes also not long after the opening of the port of Kribi also in…

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    RELIEF FOR APAPA AS 2-Km WHARF ROAD IS COMPLETED AND READY TO BE OPENED

    Congestion on the roads outside the Lagos ports, as featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

    Some relief for the stakeholders of the port of Lagos (Apapa) this week as a two-kilometre stretch of Apapa Wharf Road was declared refurbished and ready for re-opening.

    The road came into service the following day on Tuesday.

    Congestion outside the Lagos ports has become chronic in recent years with no solution in sight, despite a directive issued by the Lagos Governor.

    Eventually, the Federal President issued his own directive in an…

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    CONGESTION AS JAMBO FERRY BREAKS DOWN, STRANDING MOMBASA COMMUTERS

    KFS' ferry Jambo. Picture Kenya ferry Services, as featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    KFS’ ferry Jambo. Picture Kenya ferry Services

    Thousands of Mombasa commuters have faced long delays following the withdrawal from service last week of the port’s largest ferry, MV JAMBO.

    The ferry normally operates the busy Likoni Channel crossing along with two other ferries, MC HARAMBEE and MV KWALE. The three convey over…

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    SPANISH SENER GROUP TO DESIGN NEW TANZANIAN LAKE VICTORIA FERRY

    MV Victoria to have her engine replaced, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    MV Victoria to have her engine replaced

    Tanzania’s new 1,200-passenger Lake Victoria ferry is to be designed by Sener, the Spanish engineering and technology group, it is being reported.

    The new 90-metre ferry, which will be operated by Tanzania’s state-owned shipping line, Marine Services Company, will be built in South Korea by GAS Entec, following which it will be dismantled and shipped to Tanzania for overland…

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    TSAVLIRIS SALVAGE JOINS FORCES WITH GREEN AWARD FOUNDATION

    At the welcome ceremony. From the left: Nicolas Tsavliris (Principal, Tsavliris Salvage), Andreas Tsavliris (Principal, Tsavliris Salvage), Dimitrios Mattheou (Chairman, Green Award Foundation), George Tsavliris (Principal, Tsavliris Salvage), Jan Fransen (Executive Director, Green Award Foundation), featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    At the welcome ceremony. From the left: Nicolas Tsavliris (Principal, Tsavliris Salvage), Andreas Tsavliris (Principal, Tsavliris Salvage), Dimitrios Mattheou (Chairman, Green Award Foundation), George Tsavliris (Principal, Tsavliris Salvage), Jan Fransen (Executive Director, Green Award Foundation)

    Tsavliris Salvage celebrated its induction into the Green Award Foundation during a reception at the Yacht Club of Greece on 10 January 2019.

    The Senior Management of the Green Award Foundation warmly welcomed Tsavliris Salvage, which offers a series of financial incentives to Green Award member companies, into the scheme.

    The prestigious Green Award Foundation certifies shipping companies and ships that demonstrate excellent performance. All certified companies have to meet strict requirements covering safety, quality and environmental conscience.

    The Tsavliris Group has been active for more than 75 years as a maritime-focused enterprise that has acquired unrivalled experience and know-how, including 55 years of performance in the international marine salvage business. Tsavliris is one of the world’s most active emergency response contractors for assisting marine casualties, with a record of more than 3,000 salvage cases.

    Dimitrios Mattheou, Chairman of the Green Award Foundation, formally handed over the Green Award plaque to the Principals of Tsavliris Salvage, Nicolas, George and Andreas Tsavliris.

    “I am delighted for my presence here today to signify this considerable milestone in the history of the Tsavliris Salvage Group,” Mr Mattheou said. “‘Green Awarders’ are spread all around the globe, from Canada to Japan and from South Africa to Norway. The Tsavliris Salvage Group joins this league of Green Award stakeholders.”

    He described Tsavliris Salvage as a world-class professional marine salvor, dedicated to saving life and property at sea and to protecting the marine environment from accident-related pollution.

    “We are very pleased to have such a value oriented company in the Green Award scheme and we are confident for its willingness to clearly demonstrate a commitment to achieving the Green Award Foundation’s objectives, mission and vision with a unique orientation on environmental excellence and safety in shipping.”

    Nicolas Tsavliris said in response that Tsavliris fully encourages and supports initiatives like that of the Green Award that promote shipping sustainability and a clean environment in which their clients’ vessels can safely and efficiently operate.

    “By being inducted into the Green Award Scheme, Tsavliris Salvage takes the voluntary initiative to offer a 10% reduction on standard tariff rates on our own equipment and personnel charges during salvage operations to Green Award certified vessels worldwide,” he said.

    “In this way, Tsavliris Salvage supports the further ‘greening’ of the maritime industry and will allow other Green Award certificate holders to benefit from their investments in further improvement. The more companies that support quality ships through the Green Award, the more the maritime industry becomes socially responsible and sustainable.”

    He concluded by saying that “Tsavliris Salvage is very proud that we serve the Greek and international shipping community, as we always have with great passion and we are committed to continue doing so in an even more environmentally responsible manner.”

    Jan Fransen, Executive Director of the Green Award Foundation, congratulated Tsavliris Salvage for their decision to participate in the Green Award Network and described the significant benefits of the Green Award for all certificate holders and for the environment.

    He referred to the interesting history and symbols of the Foundation and recalled that “It was 25 years ago, when Green Award launched its inspiring mission, devoted into promoting and supporting safety, quality, environmental awareness and protection in the maritime sector. Throughout these years, Green Award has evolved into a world-wide recognised symbol. This has been achieved by bringing together all participants in the shipping industry and at the same time fostering and rewarding their efforts to conquer the delivery of high quality services and products and to create a prominent social responsibility.”

    The bulk carrier KATHERINE. Tsavliris Salvage provided salvage assistance to the Katherine (17,255-gt - 28,711-dwt), laden with 26,400 MT of hot briquetted iron, following collision with bulk carrier BARU SATU (9,978-gt, 16,190-dwt), in the Kafirea Strait, Aegean Sea between July and August 2013. Story featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    The bulk carrier KATHERINE. Tsavliris Salvage provided salvage assistance to the Katherine (17,255-gt – 28,711-dwt), laden with 26,400 MT of hot briquetted iron, following collision with bulk carrier BARU SATU (9,978-gt, 16,190-dwt), in the Kafirea Strait, Aegean Sea between July and August 2013

    About the Tsavliris Salvage Group

    Tsavliris is one of the most active emergency response contractors for maritime casualties worldwide and the most frequent user of the LOF contract, having handled over 3,000 casualties. The Group’s international activities embrace every service relating to marine salvage & towage, extending to complex wreck removals and partnering today’s shipowners in fulfilling their obligation to protect the marine environment from pollution. Tsavliris is committed to maintaining a modern global network for providing rapid assistance to shipping. www.tsavliris.com

    About the Green Award Foundation

    Green Award certifies sea-going oil and chemical tankers, bulk carriers, LNG and LPG carriers, container carriers, inland navigation barges and inland passenger ships. Its assessment criteria cover environmental, quality and safety aspects, and performance of management and the crew. With this comprehensive approach and a diverse team of the industry’s experts supporting the scheme, Green Award secures the quality of its audits and real value of its certificate.
    With over 120 ports and other maritime related organisations providing discounts to the certified companies and ships, the scheme motivates ship owners and managers to invest in the improvements on board and ashore and serves as a reliable Corporate Social Responsibility and risk reduction tool for participating shipping companies, ports and maritime service providers. www.greenaward.org

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    FREIGHT FORWARDERS READY TO CLEAR UP THE MESS LEFT BY POLITICIANS, SAYS (UK) FREIGHT FORWARDERS’ ASSOCIATION

    Robert Keen, IFA director-general. Picture: Twitter, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Robert Keen, IFA director-general. Picture: Twitter

    Responding to the decision by the UK Parliament to reject a deal, which set out the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union on 29 March, Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) said: “The decision taken by Parliament is historic and needs to be acknowledged.

    “With just a couple of months to go before the exit date, the rejection of the deal leads BIFA to recommend that our members, which are the…

    Edited by Paul Ridgway
    London

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    ARRESTING A SHIP UNDER BUSINESS RESCUE – SOME CLARITY FROM THE COURT

    A ruling by the court on ship arrests when under business rescue offers some clarity. Essentially, once a company is in business rescue, its property vests in the business rescue practitioners and cannot be arrested after the business rescue process commences. However, if the arrest occurs before that point, the property does not fall under the control of the business rescue practitioners.  Abongile Swana, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa reports…..

    Abongile Swana, Associate at Nrton Rose Fulbright whi writes about bring clarity to recent ship arrest claims
    Abongile Swana

    Ship arrests, under section 10 of the Admiralty Jurisdiction Regulation Act 1 (AJRA), and business rescue, under section 133 of the Companies Act (the Companies Act), has finally received clarity from our courts.In the case of Southern African Shipyards (Pty) Ltd v MFV “Polaris” and Others [2018] 3 All SA 219 (WCC), the applicant sought leave to sell the MFV Polaris, a motor fishing vessel, her equipment, furniture, bunkers and cargo in terms of section 9 of AJRA, to pay for repairs it had made to the vessel in February 2016.

    On 1 June 2017, the applicant and the ship’s agents entered into an acknowledgement of debt. The agents agreed to pay 50% of the outstanding debt of R2,142,151.15 within seven days.

    The applicant arrested the vessel after the agent failed to pay.

    The respondent opposed the arrest, arguing that section 10 of AJRA conflicted with sections 128 to 155 and 133 of the Companies Act that cause a temporary stay on proceedings against a company in business rescue. Section 10 of AJRA excludes property arrested for a maritime claim or security (given in respect of such property or the proceeds of any property sold in execution), from property vested in and administered by a trustee, insolvency liquidator or judicial manager. It also prohibits temporary stay in proceedings of property through sequestration, winding up or judicial management.

    The agent argued that the Companies Act should prevail over AJRA and that the vessel could not be sold as it was under the control of the business rescue practitioners.

    The applicant denied that section 133 of the Companies Act applied to the sale proceedings and argued that the temporary stay proceedings should not result in the vessel’s release.

    The court found that the purpose of section 10 of AJRA is to exclude maritime property that is under arrest from the control of a trustee in a sequestration or under administration of a liquidator in a winding up or a judicial manager. It also held that the language of section 10 limits its application to an arrest of maritime property before the commencement of the debtor’s winding up and is applicable to business rescue proceedings.

    The court granted the order for the sale of the vessel and found that the section should be interpreted to apply to business rescue proceedings.

    This means that once a company is in business rescue, its property vests in the business rescue practitioners and cannot be arrested after the business rescue process commences. However, if the arrest occurs before that point, the property does not fall under the control of the business rescue practitioners.

    While it seems that the court has resolved the apparent conflict between AJRA and the Companies Act, it will be worthwhile for the legislature to amend section 10 of AJRA by specifically making reference to business rescue proceedings in order to avoid uncertainty.

    article by Abongile Swana
    Associate
    Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa

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    DREDGING MOMBASA – ALPHA LOGISTICS UP TO THE TASK

    Backhoe dredger Hippopotes at work at Port of Mombasa

    Kenya-based company Alpha Logistics Services (EPZ) Ltd recently undertook dredging works at the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) dockyard slipway.

    The dredging project forms part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the port and harbour of Mombasa.

    Included in the scope of work was:

    1. Excavation of sediments to determine depth along the slipway using an excavator on the 56-metre long backhoe dredger Hippopotes.

    2. Loading of the excavated sediments to Alpha Rotterdam – a split barge.

    3. Taking of the loaded sediments for disposing of in high water.

    Alpha Logistics Services (EEZ) operates throughout the East and Southern coasts of Africa with an extensive fleet of vessels and plant equipment to meet the requirements of its regional and global clientele base and provide freight forwarding solutions and other logistics support services to major infrastructure projects across East and Southern Africa.

    See Alpha Logistics Service DIRECTORY entry for contact details https://africaports.co.za/directory/alpha-logistics-services-epz-ltd/

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    SYNERGY GROUP FLEET BOOSTED BY EVER GIFTED, A NEW 20,000+ TEU CONTAINERSHIP

    Ever Gifted. Picture: Kenro Oshita/MarineTraffic, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Ever Gifted. Picture: Kenro Oshita/MarineTraffic

    Synergy Group has taken delivery of EVER GIFTED (IMO 9786827), an Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV) 217,762-gt newbuilding constructed by Japanese shipbuilder Imabari Shipbuilding.

    Currently under Synergy’s technical management on Evergreen Line’s popular Far East-North Europe and Mediterranean service as from 13 December 2018, the 20,000+ TEU capacity ULCV is one of the largest container ships in service worldwide.

    “As a leader within the ship management sector, we are thrilled to join the 20,000+ TEU club,” said Captain Rajesh Unni, CEO and Founder of Singapore-headquartered Synergy Group.

    “The Ever Gifted is one of the highest capacity container ships currently in service. It is also one of the most efficient, enviro-friendly and impressive vessels deployed across Evergreen’s service network. It offers fuel-efficient headhaul options and slow steaming variations on backhauls. We are absolutely delighted to have been entrusted with its safe operation.”

    The Singapore-flagged, 199,489 dwt Ever Gifted has an overall length (LOA) of 399.98 metres, beam of 58.8 metres, total capacity of 20,388 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) and 1,300 reefer points.

    Captain Rajesh Unni, Synergy’s founder and CEO

    Fitted with a fuel optimised MAN B&W 11-cylinder G95ME engine, Ever Gifted offers a service speed of 23.2 knots.Synergy took delivery yesterday (15 January) of EVER JADE, a sistership of Ever Gifted also constructed by Imabari Shipbuilding.”We eagerly look forward to the addition of the next set of ULCVs joining our fleet in the very near future as their owners take advantage of our expertise in the management of the world’s largest container ships,” said Captain Unni.

    He said that with a fleet of more than 200 vessels covering all sectors of the commercial maritime fleet, adding these ULCVs to the fleet further emphasises how Synergy Group has cemented it status as one of the world’s leading shipmanagers.

    He said that Synergy is continuing to break new ground in technical and commercial shipmanagement innovation, by consistently demonstrating its ability to manage the most technologically-advanced vessels joining the global fleet. In November last year, Synergy also joined with leading shipowners Reederei NORD and NISSEN Kaiun to set up N2Tankers, a new Aframax tanker pool.

    “I think we have shown time and again that Synergy is uniquely equipped to take on the most demanding technical and commercial shipmanagement challenges,” said Captain Unni.

    “Two years ago, we prepared and trained specialised crew to operate the world’s first Very Large Ethane Carriers (VLEC). It is challenges like these that we excel in. It’s not only about managing traditional ships. As a technical partner for shipowners, we need to be prepared to take on the challenges posed by new technology.

    He said that larger ships result in more complexity. “New technology brings many unknowns. Modern shipmanagement is about preparing the next generation of crew to face these challenges and put in place processes that work seamlessly for these new kinds of vessel operations. Our teams have proven over and over that they can find the right solutions.

    “These achievements would not be possible if our onshore and seagoing staff were not equipped and supported to ensure they perform to the peak of their capabilities.”

    The two new ships are being operated as part of Evergreen Line’s Far East-North Europe & Mediterranean service.

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    KENYA’S SGR RAILWAY PHASE 2A ON TRACK, SAYS RAILWAY ACTING HEAD, BUT CHINESE ANTICIPATE DELAYS

    Kenya Railways first SGR freight train pulls out of Mombasa on 1 January 2018. Picture: KR, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Kenya Railways first SGR freight train pulls out of Mombasa on 1 January 2018.     Picture: KR

    Construction of Phase 2A of Kenya’s ambitious standard gauge railway (SGR) from near Nairobi to Naivasha is going according to plan and would be opened at the end of May, according to the acting managing director of Kenya Railways, Philip Mainga.

    However, this is at odds with what the Chinese contractor building the railway believes. Assistant public-relations manager for China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) told journalists during a tour of the project that delays could be expected because of problems arising from the low compensation of landowners along the right of way.

    Jasper Liu said that trials should have commenced this January extending into…

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    NORTH SEA PORT RECORD YEAR 2018

    North Sea Port, UK, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Businesses boost North Sea Port to new record year with over 70 million tons of transshipped goods

    For the second year in succession it was reported that North Sea Port had enjoyed a record year. This news was issued on 9 January. Our illustration here shows a small example of the port’s activities (www.northseaport.com ©)

    Businesses in the port recorded transshipment of goods via seagoing vessel (as opposed to inland waterway traffic) in the amount of 70.3 million tons: an increase of 5.5% over 2017. Growth took place in nearly all segments.

    It is understood that in 2018, North Sea Port achieved the milestone of…

    Edited by Paul Ridgway
    London

    North Sea Port, UK, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

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    CUNARD’S QUEEN ELIZABETH COMPLETES REFIT AT DAMEN SHIPYARD

    Queen Elizabeth in the Damen Brest drydock, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Queen Elizabeth in the Damen Brest drydock

    Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth has left Damen Shiprepair Brest following a 12-day repair and refit programme.

    The 92,000-gt 294-metre long cruise ship, with accommodation for up to 2,500 passengers, is the most recent addition to the Cunard fleet, having been delivered in 2010.

    The refit and repair programme was highly intensive with a series of major systems being overhauled or installed. On arrival the ship was placed in Damen Shiprepair Brest’s drydock number 3, one of the largest in Europe at 420 metres, and the relevant manufacturers began immediately on maintenance to her stabilisers, ABB Azipods, bow thrusters and water intakes.

    Meanwhile, above the waterline work was going on to install twin exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) which, along with all the pipe and ducting work, involved the removal of two cabins to accommodate the additional equipment. Inside the vessel, the refurbishment included a series of cabins and corridors, along with the ship’s spa and part of the retail provision.

    Ashore, Damen performed routine maintenance to Queen Elizabeth’s lifeboats, liferafts and tenders, and the yard also cleaned and repainted the hull and topsides of the ship.

    The project represented a major logistical operation, with multiple third-party teams working alongside the Damen Shipyard personnel and each other.

    In total, around 250 people were at work on the project. Large quantities of materials flowed on board the vessel while substantial amounts of waste came ashore for disposal as the cabins were refurbished. Damen’s experienced project management team ensured that everything went smoothly and that a series of large temporary shelters were available for the contractors’ use.

    In the event, the programme was completed a day early, with Queen Elizabeth back at her home port of Southampton on the morning of 27 November 2018.

    Damen Shiprepair Brest is exceptionally convenient for cruise ship operators that use Southampton. The two locations are just 10-12 hours steaming time apart and have excellent ferry and air links. With its drydocks capable of holding the very largest vessels and a spacious, unconstricted site, it has plenty of room for contractors to store and access their materials and equipment, an important requirement for large-scale projects on a tight deadline.

    the Cunard ship Queen Elizabeth underwent an extensive refit in the Damen Brest Shipyard. Pictures courtesy Damen Shipyards and featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    The Cunard ship Queen Elizabeth underwent an extensive refit in the Damen Brest Shipyard.     Pictures courtesy Damen Shipyards

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    DOUALA PORT CONCESSIONING SHORTLIST — BOLLORÉ-APM TERMINAL CONSORTIUM’S SURPRISING EXCLUSION

     

    Port of Douala re-concessioning process, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Port of Douala

    Two of the bigger names in terminal operations have been excluded from the list of companies shortlisted for the Douala port container terminal concession.

    The consortium of Bolloré and APM Terminals, whose concession to run the Douala container terminal ends this year, found themselves left out when the list of five companies short-listed for the new concession, were revealed by Cyrus Ngo’o, Managing Director of the Douala Autonomous Port (PAD), the Port Authority of Douala.

    The five who are pre-qualified for the next round of the Douala concession bid are:…

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    CHINESE FISHING VESSEL HAI FENG 823 ARRESTED IN MONROVIA FOR ILEGAL CARGO

    Chinese refrigerated fishing vessel Hai Feng 823, which has been detained in Monrovia, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Chinese refrigerated fishing vessel Hai Feng 823, which has been detained in Monrovia

    Liberian authorities have arrested the Chinese refrigerated fishing vessel HAI FENG 823 on charges that the ship’s master falsified documents and conspired to breach Liberia’s tax and customs law.

    The inspection of the vessel was made on Christmas Day with the Liberian Coast Guard being assisted by crew of the…

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    MOZAMBIQUE SLAPS TWO-MONTH BAN ON FISHING & MARKETING OF SHRIMP

    Krustamoz IV, one of a fleet of Mozambique-based prawn trawlers. Picture: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Krustamoz IV, one of a fleet of Mozambique-based prawn trawlers.     Picture: Keith Betts

    Mozambique fishing authorities have introduced a two month prohibition on the fishing and marketing of shrimp in order for the production of the commodity to recover.

    This was announced in Maputo on Friday.

    The order making the announcement says the prohibition will be in force for both January and February, having…

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    NO SIGN OF DEVELOPMENT WITH PROPOSED CAPRIVI RAILWAY FROM GROOTFONTEIN TO KATIMA MULILO

    map of Namibia

    Despite a feasibility study that was conducted several years ago, there remained no indication that the proposed extension of Namibia’s national railway from the railhead at Grootfontein to Katima Mulilo in Caprivi will be taking place.

    According to the feasibility study the railway could be economically viable and would take a lot of pressure off road transport between Namibia’s port of Walvis Bay and the Zambian border in the Caprivi district, reports New Era.

    The study found that the railway running from….

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    GOODYEAR IN AFRICA: SUPPORT FOR THE AFRICA TRANSPORT CHARITY TRANSAID

    Bicycle ambulance: Transaid Corporate Member Goodyear has agreed to fund a new bicycle ambulance, which will be used to support the MAMaZ Against Malaria programme in Zambia, which aims at improving access to vital malaria medicines for young children. Photo: www.transaid.org ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Bicycle ambulance: Transaid Corporate Member Goodyear has agreed to fund a new bicycle ambulance, which will be used to support the MAMaZ Against Malaria programme in Zambia, which aims at improving access to vital malaria medicines for young children. Photo: www.transaid.org ©

    News was received early in the New Year that after first pledging its support to Transaid in 2015, Goodyear has renewed its corporate membership for a further year.

    The company’s commitment will provide essential unrestricted funding towards the testing and implementation of new programmes aimed at improving access to healthcare and road safety in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Goodyear has also agreed to fund a new bicycle ambulance, which will be used to support the MAMaZ Against Malaria programme in Zambia, which aims at improving access to vital malaria medicines for young children.

    Last year, the programme’s twelve-month pilot in the Serenje district saw exceptional results, recording just three deaths from severe childhood malaria – compared to the 97 deaths that would have ordinarily been expected. The programme is now being scaled up to reach even more isolated communities in need of access to urgent malaria treatment.

    Goodyear first donated a branded bicycle ambulance in 2015, supporting Transaid’s implementation of a local Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS) for remote communities which had previously faced long walks on foot to access medical services.

    According to David Howe, Commercial Sales General Manager at Goodyear, the evident positive effect of the company’s support was key to their decision to continue backing Transaid. He commented: “We became involved with Transaid because we wanted to help improve the lives of people in Africa, and we’re delighted by the impact we’ve been able to have in such a short space of time.

    “Knowing our first bicycle ambulance has already helped to save lives made the decision to renew our support a very simple one; we’re naturally very excited to get our second bicycle ambulance into a community in early in 2019.”

    Caroline Barber, CEO of Transaid, has also expressed her excitement at the announcement: “Our corporate members are essential to the success of Transaid, and we’re delighted Goodyear has renewed its support for another year. They are a fantastic team to work with, and we are excited for what we can continue to achieve together.”

    Transaid log, featuring in an article in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

    About Transaid

    Transaid is an international development charity that identifies, champions, implements and shares local transport solutions which improve access to basic services and economic opportunity for poor people in developing countries.

    Through combining the expertise of the UK Transport and Logistics industry with the charity’s experience in international development, it partners with local community organisations, governments, institutions and donors to achieve its aims. This collaborative approach enables Transaid to provide innovative solutions to some of the key challenges facing transport and development today.

    Transaid was founded by Save the Children and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and its Patron is HRH The Princess Royal.

    Edited by Paul Ridgway
    London

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    CAPE FIRES: A VIEW FROM ABOVE – THE COPERNICUS SENTINEL-2b IMAGE FROM SPACE

    Image: 'Title Cape fires.’ Released 11/01/2019, 4:03 pm. Copyright contains modified Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA. © ESA, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    ‘Title Cape fires.’ Released 11/01/2019, 4:03 pm. Copyright contains modified Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA. © ESA

    South Africa’s Western Cape often falls victim to fires during the dry summer months

    This Copernicus Sentinel-2B image from 6 January shows blazes near Cape Town (Lat 33.9°S). South Africa’s Western Cape often falls victim to fires during the dry hot summer months.

    Fires can ignite naturally but can also be the result of careless or deliberate human behaviour.

    The Copernicus Sentinel-2B image from 6 January shown here indicates several blazes around the Kogelberg Nature Reserve to the east of Cape Town. Smoke from the fires can also be seen blowing across False Bay towards the Cape Peninsula in the extreme southwest of South Africa.

    These fires are reported to be just some of those that firefighters have been dealing with in the region over recent weeks. The fires have posed serious risk to life, property and the environment, as well as incurring huge financial costs.

    Roads and resorts, which experience high volumes of traffic and visitors during the holiday season, have also been closed. The Kogelberg Nature Reserve is currently closed because of the fires, but it is considered to be very beautiful with an array of different plant species, many of which are endemic.

    The two Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites carry multispectral cameras designed to monitor changes in Earth’s vegetation and plant health.

    Heavy snow in Turkey

    Image: Credit: 'Cold Turkey.' Released 10/01/2019 5:05 pm. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 ESA ©, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Image: Credit: ‘Cold Turkey.’ Released 10/01/2019 5:05 pm. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 ESA ©

    To go to the other extreme, more than 5000 statute miles to the north the cold snap has also reached Turkey as shown in this Copernicus Sentinel-3 image from 9 January. The snow, which started falling in Turkey on 6 January, has led to villages in remote areas being cut off and the authorities having to close offices and schools.

    The snowfall mainly affected eastern and northern provinces, but big cities in the west, including Ankara (Lat 39.9°N), have not been spared a thick covering of snow.

    The weather is also causing serious problems further west, in particular in Austria and Germany which are on a red alert to receive heavy snow [has since begun falling and large expanses of Europe extending across Russia and Siberia are covered in thick snow]. This is the most serious meteorological warning and means that it is likely the weather will cause damage, for example, to buildings and roads.

    Edited by Paul Ridgway
    London

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    CMF’s HMAS BALLARAT MAKES FIRST DRUG SEIZURE OF 2019, SHIP’s THIRD SUCCESS

    HMAS Ballarat's boarding party lays out the seized hashish on the ship's flight deck, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    HMAS Ballarat’s boarding party lays out the seized hashish on the ship’s flight deck

    There’s been more success for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) frigate HMAS Ballarat as the ship seized a third haul of illegal drugs in just over two weeks.

    On this occasion, HMAS Ballarat found and destroyed just over three tons of illegal Hashish during a boarding operation that took place late in the evening of 8 January 2018. Operating under the direction of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, this is the 6th seizure that has taken place since the current Canadian Armed Forces-led team took command of the Task Force on 6 December 2018.

    Commanding Officer of HMAS Ballarat, Commander Paul Johnson, said…

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    STONEWIN OPENS SHIP BUNKERING OPERATION AT PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS

     

    Hakkasan in Singapore. Picture by Vesselfinder / mgklingsock@aol.com
    Hakkasan in Singapore. Picture by Vesselfinder / mgklingsock@aol.com

    Stonewin, the Latvian-based supplier of fuels to defence and security institutions, revealed this week that it has branched out into commercial type operations with a marine bunkering operation in Mauritius.

    The bunker supply company is making use of the double-hulled bunker barge HAKKASAN (IMO 9474369), built in 2008, with operations having commenced as from 2 January 2019.

    Fuel being supplied includes IFO180 cst and MGO products under its own Bunker Delivery Note (BDN) via a fully controlled supply chain.

    “The launch of our Mauritius operation is a significant next step in Stonewin’s successful growth strategy,” said Stonewin’s CEO, Alexander Schaltuper.

    He said it enhances Stonewin’s global presence and offers diversification to the business. “Allowing us to strengthen existing and build new relations with our customers, through providing a first-class bunkering service,” he added.

    Mauritius is located along one of the world’s largest ocean routes on the east/west trade through the Cape of Good Hope and offers a safe bunkering option in the Indian Ocean. Stonewin will provide and efficient service, reliable quality and flexibility on quantity, Schaltuper said.

    Stonewin was establish in 2014 and since 2015 has been supplying fuel to the government sector around the world including bunker supplies across Europe, the Caribbean, North-East America, Panama, West Africa and South Africa. Stonewin’s head office is in Riga, Latvia and operates out of Dubai in the UAE.

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    JAPAN’S TOYOTA TSUSHO PROPOSES US$600 MILLION DEVELOPMENT FOR ANGOLA’S NAMIBE BAY

     

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    The Bay of Namibe

    The Japanese group Toyota Tsusho is proposing to invest US$600 million in a development project in Namibe Bay in southern Angola.

    Namibe Bay is home to the Port of Namibe, Angola’s southernmost. The port and town is served by a railway extending inland to the towns of Lubango and Menongue.

     

    Namibe's port serving southern Angola, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Namibe’s port serving southern Angola

    This is reported by Macauhub as being according to an order signed by Angolan President João Lourenço.The presidential order authorises the inclusion of the project to secure financing from the credit line opened for Angola by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).

    The document quoted by…

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    EU NAVFOR PATROL SHIP RELAMPAGO CONDUCTS FRIENDLY APPROACH TO SOMALI FISHING VESSEL

    Preparing to board the Somali fishing vessel. Picture: EU NAVFOR, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Preparing to board the Somali fishing vessel. Picture: EU NAVFOR

    Friendly Approaches have helped to build mutual trust and understanding between counter-piracy naval forces and the local Somali community over the last 10 years, says EU NAVFOR, the European naval initiative undertaking counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa.

    As the new year got underway, on 2 January 2019 the Spanish patrol vessel ESPS Relámpago conducted an approach to a Somali dhow as part of standing counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.

    Once invited on-board the dhow by the Somali crew, the Spanish marines asked them about…

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    MAERSK & SAFMARINE LAUNCH MUSAFIR EXPRESS TO MOGADISHU

     

    Musafir Express timetable, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Musafir Express timetable

    Maersk and Safmarine have jointly launched the Musafir Express, a new feeder service connecting Salalah to Mogadishu, Somalia.

    The service expands the ocean carrier’s presence in East Africa, which Maersk regards as a growing region and key market for its customers.

    The service was announced by Safmarine in November and the first sailing of the Musafir Express departed from Salalah on 29 December 2018, before arriving in Mogadishu on 3 January 2019.

    The bi-weekly service connects Somalia to the rest of the world, allowing the country to expand its trading links within Africa and across the Middle East, Europe, and the Far East.

    Maersk and Safmarine follow several other container shipping lines that have opened connections with Somalia and adjacent regions.

    “Having listened to our customers, we are truly excited to finally add Mogadishu to our global network,” said Mads Skov-Hansen, Area Managing Director for Maersk in Eastern Africa.

    “What is equally exciting is that Maersk and Safmarine, with our experienced Somali partner, can offer a broad selection of inland logistics solutions to our local and international customers.”

    In 2017, imports into Mogadishu grew by 12%, and container traffic is expected to rise by a further 15% during the period of 2018 to 2019.

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    MORE NAMES REVEALED IN ALLEGED MOZAMBICAN EMATUM FRAUD

    EMATUM fishing fleet in Maputo harbour, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Several additional names have been revealed following indictments over the alleged fraudulent scheme in Mozambique that included a fleet of apparently unnecessary fishing trawlers.

    The New York State Attorney’s Office this week indicted Mozambicans António Carlos do Rosário and Teófilo Nhangumele in the New York State Attorney’s Office ‘hidden debts’ case that is now unravelling all the details behind the scam that netted certain individuals in banking and government circles an estimated US$700 million.

    According to VOA the New York State Attorney’s Office has accused three…

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    MAMMOET MOVES HEAVY LIFTING EQUIPMENT INTO NORTHERN MOZAMBIQUE

    map of Mocimboa da Praia, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Mammoet, the global heavy lifting and transport specialist, has begun moving a fleet of heavy lifting and transport equipment into northern Mozambique ahead of the developing gas and oil sector in those parts.

    Mammoet is positioning a fleet of specialised equipment and supporting crew of experienced professionals in the town of Mocímboa da Praia in Cabo Delgado province.

    The office, which will be…

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    Civic building in Mocimboa da Praia

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    INDIAN NAVAL SHIP ESCORTS WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME VESSEL FOR FIRST TIME

    INS Sunayna escorting the merchant dhow carrying World Food Programme aid. Picture: EU NAVFOR, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    INS Sunayna escorting the merchant dhow carrying World Food Programme aid. Picture: EU NAVFOR

    For the first time since counter-piracy deployments began in 2008, the Indian Navy has performed the escort of vital humanitarian aid for the UN’s World Food Programme, following an escort request by EU NAVFOR.

    On 24-25 December 2018, the Indian warship SUNAYNA escorted a WFP dhow transporting 360 tons of food aid from…

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    WALVIS BAY LOOKS FORWARD TO SIX CRUISE SHIP CALLS DURING JANUARY

    Cunard's Queen Elizabeth, seen here in Cape Town during 2017, will be calling at Walvis Bay on 16 January. Picture: Chris Godden, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, seen here in Cape Town during 2017, will be calling at Walvis Bay on 16 January. Picture: Chris Godden

    The Namibian port of Walvis Bay is playing host to six international cruise ships during January, including three calls from MSC Musica.

    According to the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport), this is also the first time in the history of this port that four passenger ships will be in port alongside simultaneously.

    MSC Musica is calling at the port on three occasions during January, on 12, 16 and 22

    On Tuesday, 15 January 2019, AIDAaura visits the port and is followed a day later with visits from MSC Musica, Nautica and Queen Elizabeth.

    MSC Musica will be back again for the third time on 22 January. The MSC Cruises’ ship, which can carry over 3,300 passengers, is operating several cruises out of Cape Town this month, before returning to Durban to continue operating cruises to Mozambique destinations until the cruise season ends in April.

    “The port of Walvis Bay looks forward to hosting the cruise liners [sic] due for arrival next week and we have geared up our security and transport resources during this time to ensure a smooth flow of movement for 7,000 passengers moving in and out of the port,” said Mr Elias Mwenyo, Acting Chief Executive Officer.

    Artist's impression of the new cruise jetty when completed. Image: Namport, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

    Artist’s impression of the new cruise jetty when completed. Image: Namport

    “The town of Walvis Bay has an opportunity to showcase the beauty of our natural assets and hospitality,” he said. “The town will be a buzz for a few days as the local tourism and other commercial sectors will benefit from our international visitors.”

    As part of Namport’s infrastructure development, a dedicated passenger ship jetty is being constructed at the port of Walvis Bay and is due for completion later this year.

    “This will open doors for Namibia as a passenger liner [sic] tourist destination which forms part of the national tourism goals set in the NDP 5 underscored by the Harambee Prosperity Plan to boost the Namibian economy and create job prospects in the imminent future,” Mr Mwenyo said.

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    MOROCCO TO INVEST US$190 MILLION IN PORT INFRASTRUCTURE

    Port of Casablanca scene, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Port of Casablanca scene

    According to a report in the French publication L’Economiste, Morocco’s state-owned Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP – National Ports Agency) intends investing in port infrastructure to the value of US$190.3 million.

    Almost half of this amount will be invested in the ports during 2019. The balance of the money will go into port development and infrastructure between 2020 and 2021.

    During the current year a new shipyard…

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    ICTSI SIGNS 20-YEAR CONCESSION TO DEVELOP & OPERATE PORT SUDAN CONTAINER TERMINAL

     

    Aerial view of Port Sudan container terminal, image by CHEC, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Aerial view of Port Sudan container terminal. Picture: CHEC

    Manila-headquartered International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) has signed the final concession documents for a 20-year concession to develop and operate the Port Sudan Container Terminal.

    Port Sudan faces on the Red Sea and is the principal port of the Republic of Sudan. In July 2018 ICTSI was declared the preferred bidder to manage, operate and develop the container terminal which in 2017 had a throughput of 470,000 TEUs.

    The concession documents were…

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    NAMIBIAN ENVIRONMENTAL MINISTRY PUTS A STOP TO SOUTH AFRICAN MANGANESE EXPORTS THROUGH LÜDERITZ

     

    Port and town of Lüderitz, featured in a story carried in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Port and town of Lüderitz

    Namibia’s Environmental Ministry has called a halt to South African companies that have been stockpiling manganese ore outside Lüderitz, prior to it being exported.

    According to a report in The Namibian, the suspension of manganese stockpiling near the port was a temporary matter pending further investigations and was the result of a meeting last Friday (4 January) between local people with concerns over health issues and environmental ministry officials.

    The question of the stockpiling of the ore arose after trucks began arriving…

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