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TODAY’S BULLETIN OF MARITIME NEWS

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FRONT PAGE: ORANGE STREAM

Orange Stream arriving at Durban.     Pictures: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Orange Stream arriving at Durban.     Pictures: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Orange Stream arriving at Durban.     Pictures: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Orange Stream     Pictures: Keith Betts

With South Africa right at the very tail end of the 2019 citrus season, this must be among the last of the reefer ships to call at Durban, the country’s premier port for citrus exports. Many of the reefers are well turned out and pleasant to gaze upon and this is no exception, ORANGE STREAM (IMO 9795983) of GreenSea, a Belgian  shipping concern specialising in refrigerated vessels. Flagged in Curacao the ship was built in 2019 – who was it who said they weren’t building reefer ships anymore? The ship has a deadweight of 8120 tonnes and a length of 115 metres and a width of 18m. We include three pictures here simply because we enjoy the sight of the end of the Bluff appearing in pictures of ships in the Durban entrance – the classic Durban shot, or so we think! These pictures are by Keith Betts

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EXPECT SHIPPING HIKES NEXT YEAR FROM IMO 2020

ship pollution, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

A new report published by Drewry Shipping Consultants estimates container shipping lines will face an US$11 billion fuel bill next year.

That’s on account of the switch to low sulphur marine fuel in order to…

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THE EARTH FROM SPACE: TANZANIA AND JAPAN

Title Lake Natron, Tanzania. Id 431660. Released 11/10/2019 10:00 am. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. ESA © Based on material kindly provided by ESA ©, featured in Afriva PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Title Lake Natron, Tanzania. Id 431660. Released 11/10/2019 10:00 am. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. ESA ©
Based on material kindly provided by ESA ©

 

Our illustration provided here by the European Space Agency relates to the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission part of which takes it over two saline lakes in East Africa: the larger Lake Natron in northern Tanzania and the smaller Lake Magadi, just over the border in Kenya.

Lake Natron is around 60 km long and is fed mainly by the Ewaso Ng’iro River. Despite its dark colour in this image, Lake Natron is often bright red owing to the presence of microorganisms that feed on the salts in the water.

These saline waters make the lake inhospitable for many plants and animals, yet the surrounding salt water marshes are a surprising habitat for flamingos. In fact, the lake is home to the highest concentrations of lesser and greater flamingos in East Africa, where they feed on spirulina – a green algae with red pigments.

The extinct Gelai volcano, standing at 2942 metres, is visible south east of the lake.

The pink-coloured waters of Lake Magadi can also be seen at the top of the image. The lake is over 30 km long and has a notably high salt content, and in some places the salt is up to 40 metres thick. The mineral trona can also be found in the lake’s waters. This mineral is collected and used for glass manufacture, fabric dyeing and paper production.

About the mission

Copernicus Sentinel-2 is a two-satellite mission to supply the coverage and data delivery needed for Europe’s Copernicus programme. The mission’s frequent revisits over the same area and high spatial resolution allow changes in inland water bodies to be closely monitored.

ESA’s Earth from Space programme

This image, which was captured on 3 February 2019, is also featured on the Earth from Space video programme, details of which can be found HERE

Typhoon Hagibis

itle Typhoon Hagibis. Id 431714. Released 10/10/2019 4:45 pm. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.ESA ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Typhoon Hagibis. Id 431714. Released 10/10/2019 4:45 pm. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.ESA ©

The European Space Agency (ESA) indicated late on 11 October that Typhoon Hagibis was approaching Japan, headed towards the main island of Honshu, where it was expected to make landfall over the weekend 12 / 13 October.

Japan was bracing itself for potential damage from strong winds and torrential rain. (Part of the World Rugby tournament and the Tokyo F1 Grand Prix were due to be rescheduled). This enormous typhoon, which is being compared to a Category 5 hurricane, can be seen in the accompanying image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission on 10 October at 01h00 GMT (10h00 Japan Standard Time). The eye of the storm has a diameter of approximately 60 km, it was reported.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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EXXONMOBIL AWARDS US$13 BILLION IN CONTRACTS FOR ROVUMA LNG

Exxon Mobil banner, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

ExxonMobil awarded a JGC Corp.-led group a contract to develop its Mozambique liquefied natural-gas project, which is set to be the biggest-ever private investment in Africa. The consortia taking the award, JFT, is made up of JGC, Fluor Corp. and TechnipFMC Plc, reports Petroleum Africa.

JFT will develop…

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PORT OF DOUALA: PSS BY CMA CGM & ARMED GUARDS FOR SHIPS AT ANCHORAGE

Port of Douala, featured in Afric PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Douala

Peak Season Surcharges (PSS) have been added to cargo destined for the Cameroonian port of Douala.

PSS applies on cargo from all European and Mediterranean ports and applies to dry, cargo, reefer cargo, OOG and Breakbulk cargo.

This is effective from 1 November until further notice.

Armed Guards for Douala Anchorage

Port authorities at the Port of Douala have introduced armed guards to go on board vessels at anchor outside the port. This is a result of a number of attacks on ships at anchor in the Douala anchorage.

According to the port authority three armed guards will be provided on board each ship for the entire period the vessel is at anchor. They will only leave the ship once it has docked alongside the Doula berth.

This service is being provided free of charge and replaces an earlier system that allowed armed guards to be secured for ships waiting at anchor. However that system required the authorisation of the Ministry of Defence and the Presidency of the Republic, which was slow to arrange and seldom successful as a result.

Africa PORTS & SHIPS has reported on the various attacks by armed pirates on ships waiting in the anchorage, in which a number of crew have been abducted for ransoming.

In the most recent of attacks which we reported it required six weeks of negotiation before the 8 crewmembers of the Marconsult Schiffahrt’s general cargo vessel, MARMALAITA (IMO 9217151), were released by their captors.

This was the third reported attack on a ship outside Douala this year.

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MYSTERY SURROUNDS EXPLOSIONS ON THE IRANIAN TANKER SABITI

Tanker Sabiti shortly after being struck by reported missiles, sone 60 n.miles form the Saudi coast, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Tanker Sabiti shortly after being struck by reported missiles, some 60 n.miles form the Saudi coast

Uncertainty surrounds the origin of the attack on an Iranian oil tanker in the Red Sea which Iran immediately called a “terrorist attack” and pointed at Saudi Arabia as the culprit, but has since pulled back from that accusation saying that Saudi was not involved.

The question then remains as to who sent a missile, if it was a missile, into the side of the tanker SABITI, leaving a gaping hole in the hull from which oil is gushing out into the surrounding ocean, some…

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Ports & Ships publishes regularly updated SHIP MOVEMENT reports including ETAs for ports extending from West Africa to South Africa to East Africa and including Port Louis in Mauritius.

In the case of South Africa’s container ports of Durban, Ngqura, Ports Elizabeth and Cape Town links to container Stack Dates are also available.

You can access this information, including the list of ports covered, by going HERE remember to use your BACKSPACE to return to this page.

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

We publish news about the cruise industry here in the general news section.

Naval News

Similarly you can read our regular Naval News reports and stories here in the general news section.

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