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FIRST VIEW: MERCER STREET

Oil products tanker Mercer Street. Picture: Trevor Jones, froma feature appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mercer Street. Picture: Trevor Jones

The oil products tanker MERCER STREET (IMO 9539585) arriving in the entrance channel to the Port of Durban in April this year. The 49,992-dwt, 182.5 metre long by 32m wide tanker and until January 2014 sailed with the name Pacific Lapis. She was built in 2013 at the Onomichi Dockyard in Onomichi in Japan. The tanker is managed by Zodiac Maritime of London, UK. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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SA AGULHAS COMPLETES HER REFIT IN READINESS FOR HER SCHEDULED 2018 JOURNEYS

SA Agulhas in the East London dry dock, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
SA Agulhas in the East London dry dock

A newly spruced up SA AGULHAS, the country’s only dedicated national cadet training vessel is back in the Indian Ocean waters alongside the East London dry dock, ready for her next major operations at sea this year – one beginning at the end May 2018 and the other, later in the year.

The second major ocean journey for the vessel, scheduled for about late November, will be her third research and training trip along the Indian and Southern Oceans as far the Antarctica region, carrying on board a group of Indian scientists as well as new cadets from South Africa.

SA Agulhas lifeboat maintenance, from a report appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Lifeboat maintenance

In preparation for the two operations, the vessel, owned and operated by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), went into dry dock in East London for about a week in late April 2018, after which some major paint work and refurbishment continued once back on water again at the river port in the last couple of weeks.

According to Roland Shortt, Operations Manager: SAMSA’s Maritime Special Projects, from East London, the SA Agulhas will sail to Port Elizabeth tomorrow (Thursday 24 May 2018) where the ship will then bunker on Monday prior to commencing with her first operation involving deployment of scientific research equipment to the east coast of South Africa.

The deployment operation will set off from Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth) on 31 May 2018 and finish up in Cape Town on 16 June 2018.

To catch a glimpse of work, the SAMSA blog tagged along to see what was actually going on and spoke to the vessel’s commander, Captain Daniel Bosman, and it’s all contained in this 5 minute video below. source: SAMSA

 

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GRUPO ETE FACILITATES PORTUGAL’S LARGEST EVER CLINKER EXPORT TO GHANA

loading clinker onto the bulk ship VINAYAK, built 2009, length 190 metres, width 32m, 58,100-dwt, appearng in a news report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
loading clinker onto the bulk ship VINAYAK, built 2009, length 190 metres, width 32m, 58,100-dwt

GRUPO ETE has successfully facilitated the largest Portuguese clinker export ever, on behalf of its client Cimpor, an InterCement company, by concluding the loading of 55,902 tonnes of clinker on the bulk carrier VINAYAK (58,100-dwt), bound for Ghana.

This export operation, completed in a record time, was carried out on the Tagus river. The clinker was transported in barges pushed by tugboats down the river from Cimpor’s Alhandra plant terminal and loaded by floating cranes into the Vinayak which was anchored midstream in the port of Lisbon.

In total, two floating cranes, three tugboats and 23 barge voyages were used in this operation.

The experience wasn’t something new to GRUPO ETE, the only company doing…

 

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ARMSCOR ANNOUNCES IT RETAINS MANAGEMENT CONTROL OF SIMON’S TOWN NAVAL DOCKYARD

What the future South African Navy hydrographic survey vessel will probably look like, based on this Vard design, from a news repoprt appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
What the hydrographic survey vessel may look like, based on this Vard design

 

Armscor has confirmed that it will continue to manage the Naval Dockyard at the Naval Base in Simon’s Town.

This decision follows a lengthy process in which the dockyard was to have been transferred to Denel. However, it transpired that Denel failed to meet certain deadlines involving the finding of a strategic partner before the transfer could be confirmed.

After Denel missed its 28 February deadline of meeting its suspensive conditions,…

 

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KENYA HAS 70,000 BARRELS OF CRUDE STORED AWAITING DELIVERY TO MOMBASA FOR EXPORT

Under the Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS), Tullow Oil and its partners can produce 2,000 barrels a day from the Lokichar oil fields for transfer to Mombasa, from a news report appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Under the Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS), Tullow Oil and its partners can produce 2,000 barrels a day from the Lokichar oil fields for transfer to Mombasa

Kenya’s emerging oil industry has resulted in 70,000 barrels of crude being stored in Lokichar in readiness for transfer to the Port of Mombasa for export, reports Business Daily and TMEA.

The report quoted Principal Secretary Andrew Kamau who said Kenya is now ready to export crude oil through the Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS). The only impediment has been the delay of Petroleum Bill 2017.

Kamau said…

 

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DJIBOUTI: ANY PORT IN A STORM? CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAD, SAYS ALLAN AND ASSOCIATES

Djibouti and adjacent countries, appearing in a news report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Djibouti and adjacent countries

As countries across the Horn of Africa embark on ambitious programmes to attract foreign investment, Djibouti seems a stable option in a volatile region. But are there risks? A new report by political and security risk consultancy Allan & Associates (www.Allan-Assoc.com) offers guidance.

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When African Development Bank officials met in Busan, South Korea on Monday (21 May), details of new foreign investment opportunities in Africa were considered likely to emerge.

Djibouti, which is seeking to become a Horn of Africa trans-shipment hub, has proved attractive to investors in recent years. Located near some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, with access to the Indian Ocean and Red Sea, it can boast decades of peace and political stability, unlike neighbours that include divided Somalia, secretive Eritrea and war-torn Yemen.

“Djibouti offers an attractive environment for investors in the Horn of Africa, but be careful how you tread,” says Allan and Associates Senior Analyst and Sub-Saharan Africa specialist Olivier Milland and author of the report.

Indicators suggest that significant investment risks exist in Djibouti. These include:

* Growing corruption concerns as the country has slipped in international indices for transparency and governance
* Regional competition for contracts may see national elites attempt to access rents from foreign investors
* Poor macro-economic indicators, with public debt reaching 87 per cent of GDP in 2018
* Over-dependence on neighbour Ethiopia – 95 per cent of Ethiopian exports pass through the port of Djibouti – and China, its top source of foreign investment
* Vulnerability to a global protectionist trend, driven by United States President Donald Trump, due to a reliance on port traffic
* Rifts between Gulf countries threaten stability of investments
* Concerns over renegotiation of contracts under a new law and localization

“Changing geopolitical dynamics in the region, amid protectionist policies in the U.S. and a rift between the Gulf countries, are posing additional challenges for investors,” says Milland.

 

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** CRUISE NEWS **

AZAMARA TO CRUISE IN SOUTH AFRICAN WATERS FROM 2020

Azamara Quest, to visit South Africa, from a cruise reoprt appearing n AZfrica PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Azamara Quest, to visit South Africa

Another cruise line is coming to South Africa as from the 2020 summer season. Azamara Club Cruises will offer six return cruises out of Cape Town with the 30,277-gt, 710-passenger AZAMARA QUEST, followed later in the year with AZAMARA JOURNEY.

This is the first time that Azamara Club Cruises will have called in South Africa and the African continent as part of its coverage.

Azamara Quest is one of the former Renaissance ships, R7, and first entered service in 1999. In January 2020 Azamara Quest will offer six round cruises from Cape Town visiting the ports of Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, and Richards Bay.

The cruise itineraries will focus on providing land programmes that will take passengers to the winelands of the Cape, the game parks of the Eastern Cape and KZN, Shakaland near Eshowe in Zululand and including pre and post Micato Safari trips.

Azamara Quest will arrive in South Africa in January 2020 and it is expected that most of her guests will be from Europe making use of the fly/cruise option on direct flights to Cape Town. On completion of her programme of six cruises in February, Azamara Quest will sail for Southampton where later in the year she will offer six cruises out of Britain.

Azamara Journey which will cruise in South African waters from December 2020, from a report appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Azamara Journey

Azamara Journey will arrive in South Africa in December 2020 to operate a similar range of cruises taking her through to January 2021.

The pre and post safaris with Micato will include the Kruger Game Reserve, Victoria Falls, and a dawn game drive through Botswana’s Chobe Game Reserve.

Silverseas and Oceania Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Seabourn, as well as Hapag-Lloyd and Phoenix Reisen all operate short cruise ‘seasons’ in South African waters in addition to MSC Cruises who station a ship at Durban for six months each year. Apart from MSC Cruises few of the others cater or even market themselves for the South African passenger and instead rely on the fly/cruise option.

There is surely an opportunity here to develop this growing presence of cruise ships by attracting local guests, even if on a small scale to begin?

 

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** INTERNATIONAL NEWS **
FIRE RAGES ON CAR CARRIER AUTO BANNER IN INCHEON HARBOUR

Watch the news video above – although in Korean the visuals speak for themselves. Video courtesy of Yonhap News

The fire on board the Ro-Ro car carrier AUTO BANNER in Incheon harbour, South Korea, is proving to be difficult to bring under control due mainly to the shape and design of the ship.

Access to the area where the fire is raging is difficult and fire fighters have gone aboard using breathing equipment while a helicopter has been dropping water on the ship and a fire-fighting auxiliary vessel is spraying water along the sides and top to help cool the ship.

Meanwhile thick black smoke is escaping from the air vents and flames have been noticed on one side panel.

The fire is believed to have begun in a motor vehicle whose engine overheated and caught fire, setting others parked nearby also ablaze.

The crew of 28 was quickly evacuated – there were no injuries reported – and firefighters took over in attempting to bring the blaze under control. The ship which arrived from the USA and was due to have departed for North Africa (Libya), is berthed alongside at the port’s car terminal. Nearby are parked hundreds of new cars.

 

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WILHELMSEN HITS THE DIGITAL TURBO BUTTON

Wallenius Wilhelmsen car carrier Tortugas in Durban. Picture: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Tortugas. Picture: Trevor Jones

Wilhelmsen makes a strategic investment in the digital development company Dolittle, and positions itself to pull off larger and more advanced digital projects going forwards. In-house digital competence is favoured over external consultants.

Why does a global maritime company suddenly own digital capability? Wilhelmsen has the largest maritime network in the world, with operations in 2,200 locations. Yet, the company is still part of a largely analogue industry.

The past year has, however, shown a different Wilhelmsen able to think about the future in innovative ways. Evidence of this is Massterly, an autonomous shipping company created in a joint effort with the Kongsberg Group. You will not survive in this industry if you’re conservative, says Thomas Wilhelmsen, group CEO of Wilhelmsen. He continues: “By owning digital competency we enable all departments and companies within Wilhelmsen to develop and create valuable digital solutions. With help from Dolittle we can move quicker and cover the internal and external needs our customers have.”

Arif Shafique, CEO and co-founder of Dolittle, explains that the start-up creates new architecture and frameworks for digital product building. “We develop digital solutions for customers in a rapid pace. The first version of a newly announced software system for Wilhelmsen smart ropes was developed in a week and a half. This used to take months, even years. In addition to fast pace decision and development processes, we use tried-and-tested building blocks for all our products. This gives flexibility where we can scale all our products from day one,” says Shafique.

“Technology such as virtual reality (VR) and digital twins lets us simulate and test solutions in a safe environment before we use it out at sea in real life. With VR and digital twin technology from Dolittle, it’s about time we move new solutions onto the digital bridge,” says Wilhelmsen.

Dolittle’s team come from previous roles in Microsoft and the Norwegian online retailer Komplett, all team members with extensive experience building software and digital trade platforms. “This is a golden opportunity for us,” says Shafique. “We want to change the way software is built globally and Wilhelmsen wants to chart the course for an entire industry. Together we will lay the foundation for how we shape tomorrows maritime and software industry.”

Wilhelmsen has purchased 50% of Dolittle, splitting ownership 50/50 with the start-up founders.

About Dolittle

Dolittle’s framework is built on top modern software principles such as “Domain Driven Design”. It all starts with the actual business problem. In 2017, Einar Ingebrigtsen and Arif Shafique started a commercial company after several years in Microsoft where they helped traditional software vendors move to cloud. Michael Smith joined the team and Wilhelmsen chose to invest in the company as a strategic partnership to increase their digital capability. Dolittle now has eight employees. For more information, please visit www.Dolittle.com

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : SANCO ATLANTIC

Sanco Atlantic. Pictures: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Sanco Atlantic departing Durban in May 2018. Pictures: Keith Betts
Sanco Atlantic. Pictures: Keith Betts

The seismic research ship SANCO ATLANTIC (IMO 8610667) is seen departing from Durban on Sunday, 20 May, bound for Moroni. With six towing points Sanco Atlantic is one of eight vessels in the specialist company fleet. Built in 1987 the 4639-gt ship has a length of 91 metres and a beam of 17.4m. Her owners and ship managers are a Norwegian company based in Gjerdsvika, Norway. The ship flies the flag of the Bahamas. These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

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