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FIRST VIEW: BW EAGLE

BW Eagle in Durban harbour, picture by Trevor JOnes, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
BW Eagle.        Picture: Trevor Jones

The green hull of the BW Tankers handysize chemical products tanker BW EAGLE (IMO 9708071) shows up brightly as she enters Durban port during July on one of her routine calls. Built in 2015, the 49,999-dwt products tanker is one of a family of similar vessels within the Hong-Kong-based BW fleet, there being more than 20 such sized tankers operating in a combined fleet of well over 200 vessels. Originally named Worldwide the company changed its name to Bergesen Worldwide in 2003 following the acquisition of Norway’s Bergesen d.y.ASA, the world’s largest gas carrier operator. Two years later the line was rebranded to BW under which it now operates with all ships prefixed with BW. The tanker is 183 metres in length and 32m wide. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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CELEBRATIONS ALL ROUND FOLLOWING VISIT BY POLISH TALL SHIP DAR MLODZIEZY

Dar Mlodziezy in Cape Town, picture by Ian Shiffman, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Dar Mlodziezy in Cape Town.      Picture by Ian Shiffman

Two sets of commemorations took place with the visit by the Polish Tall Ship DAR MLODZIEZY which called at Cape Town on Wednesday last week, sailing after three days on Friday 17 August.

The sailing ship is on a centennial independence celebration cruise marking one hundred years since Poland obtained its independence. On board the vessel is a crew of some 250 members including approximately 60 cadets undertaking a round the world trip that began in Poland and is set to end in March next year when the ship returns to the Baltic and her Polish homeport of Gydnia.

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between South Africa and Poland in Cape Town on Wednesday marked a turning point in the development and enhancement of relations between the two countries and which will benefit both in the long term particularly with regards maritime sector issues. This is according to South Africa’s Transport Department deputy Minister, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga and Poland’s Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, Mr Marek Gróbarczyk during the welcoming of the Dar Młodzieży at the Cape Town Cruise Terminal.

The ship is calling at 22 ports during her circumnavigation, of which Cape Town is the second. She is now on her way to Port Louis in Mauritius, with one unconfirmed report saying she will also call at Madagascar on the way.

Following her arrival at the cruise terminal berth in the Duncan Dock the ship moved to the V&A Waterfront where further festivities were planned.

The Polish maritime crew were joined by their South African counterparts from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) for a combined group of about 200, were later treated to a braai on board South Africa’s only dedicated cadet training vessel, the SA Agulhas.

In-between the events, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on the basis of which the two countries would endeavour to enhance co-operation and joint pursuit of socio economic development initiatives but especially in relation to the maritime economic sector.

SAMSA’s Sobantu Tilayi described the establishment of sound relations with countries such as Poland as beneficial to South Africa’s emergent pursuit of redevelopment of its own maritime economic sector.

Paying tribute at the Nobel Peace Prize Garden are training crew of the Polish Tall Ship. Picture: SAMSA, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Paying tribute at the Nobel Peace Prize Garden are training crew of the Polish Tall Ship. Picture: SAMSA

On the Thursday the young crew of the ship paid a moving tribute to former South African president and international statesman, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela at a brief ceremony held at the V&A Waterfront

The site of the tribute was the small memory garden at the V&A Waterfront housing the statues of four of South Africa’s Nobel Peace laureates; Nelson R. Mandela, former Anglican Church Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, former South African president Frederick W. de Klerk and the late ANC president, Chief Albert Luthuli.

It was a fitting tribute coinciding and consistent with Poland’s own 100th anniversary of the regaining of its own independence in 1918.

Dar Młodzieży sailed on Friday afternoon bound for the Indian Ocean and the next stage of her world cruise.

 

Paying a tribute to the late Presient Nelson Mandela at the Nobel Peace Prize Garden at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront. Picture: SAMSA, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Paying a tribute to the late Presient Nelson Mandela at the Nobel Peace Prize Garden at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. Picture: SAMSA

 

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HAPAG-LlOYD INVESTS IN GROWING EAST AFRICAN MARKET

Hapag-Lloyd;s new EAS 2 service, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Hapag-Lloyd’s new EAS 2 service

Hapag-Lloyd says that it is continuing to focus on the growing market in East Africa. With annual growth rates of approximately six percent, the region tops the list on the African continent and Kenya, in particular, is developing with significantly rising import and export figures as well as massive investments in public infrastructure.

In April 2018 Hapag-Lloyd launched the East Africa Service (EAS), its first…

 

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KENYA GOVT APPROVES PLANS TO REVIVE DORMANT KENYA NATIONAL SHIPPING LINE

Tugs in the harbour at Mombasa, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Tugs in the harbour at Mombasa

The Kenya government is reported as having approved plans to revive the dormant Kenya National Shipping Line, as it seeks to expand Kenya’s involvement in the Blue Economy.

The revival will come with the assistance of Mediterranean Shipping Company after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed…

 

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STRONG WINDS CAUSE TWO SHIPS TO COLLIDE AT RICHARDS BAY

Damage to the hull of Thor Friendship in Richards Bay harbour, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Damage to the hull of a bulker in Richards Bay harbour.      Picture courtesy: Shepstone & Wylie

An accident in the Port of Richards Bay late last week has left at least one ship with what appears to be fairly considerable damage to the hull, although fortunately above the waterline.

The blame at this early stage of reporting can be placed on the notorious KZN southwesterly ‘Buster’ that came through with…

 

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BOLLORÉ, CAMRAIL & SEPBC TO INCREASE EXPORTS OF BÉLABO TIMBER IN CAMEROON

Bolloré Transport & Logistics, Camrail and SEPBC (Société d'Exploitation des Parcs à Bois du Cameroun) have recently combined their activities within the Bessengué loading site to increase volumes of exported timber from Bélabo in Cameroon, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picure courtesy Bollore Trabsport & Logistics
Picture:   Bolloré Transport & Logistics

Bolloré Transport & Logistics, Camrail and SEPBC (Société d’Exploitation des Parcs à Bois du Cameroun) have recently combined their activities within the Bessengué loading site to increase volumes of exported timber from Bélabo in Cameroon thus supporting the industry which today represents 30 % of the country’s non-hydrocarbons exports.

Each year, nearly…

 

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** NAVAL WATCH **
RFA TIDEFORCE ARRIVES IN FALMOUTH IN PREPARATION FOR JOINING THE FLEET

The fourth and final Tide class tanker, RFA Tideforce, has arrived in Cornwall for customisation. The 39,000 tonne vessel, which will deliver fuel and water to naval operations all over the world, follows her sister ships Tidespring, Tiderace and Tidesurge into the A&P Falmouth yard, where work to customise the fleet ahead of operational service is sustaining 300 jobs. With the homecoming voyage complete, all four of the tankers have now arrived safely in the UK, marking the end of a crucial phase of the fleet’s delivery programme. Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The fourth and final Tide class tanker, RFA Tideforce, has arrived in Cornwall for customisation. The 39,000 tonne vessel, which will deliver fuel and water to naval operations all over the world, follows her sister ships Tidespring, Tiderace and Tidesurge into the A&P Falmouth yard, where work to customise the fleet ahead of operational service is sustaining 300 jobs. With the homecoming voyage complete, all four of the tankers have now arrived safely in the UK, marking the end of a crucial phase of the fleet’s delivery programme. Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

On 15 August the Ministry of Defence and its procurement agency, Defence Equipment & Support (de&s), jointly issued a statement advising that the fourth and final Tide class tanker, Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) TIDEFORCE, had arrived in Home Waters for customisation.

The 39,000 tonne, 201-metre loa vessel, which will deliver…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

RFA Tideforce arrives at Falmouth, fatured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
RFA Tideforce arrives at Falmouth

 

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** INTERNATIONAL WATCH **
SEABOURN PLANS 146-DAY WORLD CRUISE ON SEABOURN SOJOURN

map of Seabourn Sojourn's 2020 World Cruise, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Seabourn will be undertaking their first World Cruise in six years in 2020, circumnavigating the globe from North America eastwards and transporting an intimate group of like-minded travellers to a variety of 62 ports on five continents.

The cruise with SEABOURN SOJOURN involves exclusive events, along with overnight stays and late departures from dozens of ports allow guests on board to immerse themselves in a world of fascinating people and unforgettable places, all in incomparable elegance and ease, on board the stunning Seabourn Sojourn.

African ports feature prominently among those to be visited.

These include Dakar, Banjul, Abidjan, Takoradi, Luanda, Walvis Bay, Lüderitz, Cape Town, Durban, Richards Bay, Ilha da Moçambique, Nosy Bé (Madagascar), Zanzibar, Mombasa, Victoria (Seychelles), Male (Maldives.

The world cruises offers optional excursions and extensions, with excursions in Namibia, South Africa and India, Safari options from Cape Town, Durban and Mombasa, numerous UNESCO Partner Tours including the World Heritage Site of Ilha de Moçambique, luminescent caves in Puerto Princesa, snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef and more.

Then there are Shopping with the Chef excursions, where you learn about regional markets with an expert Seabourn chef as your guide, in select ports such as Barbados, Mayreau, Manila, Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City, Cairns, Sydney and more.

The World Cruise on Seabourn Sojourn begins from Miami, Florida on 4 January 2020, will be cruising in Southern African waters in the first fortnight of February 2020 and concludes her journey after 146 days on 28 May 2020 in San Francisco, USA.

Further details available by CLICKING HERE

Seabourn Sojourn, first visit to Lyttelton Jan 2011. Picture by Alan Calvert and appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Seabourn Sojourn, first visit to Lyttelton Jan 2011.     Picture by Alan Calvert 

 

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NSRI ACTIVATED FOR MEDIVAC OF PATIENT FROM PASSING SHIP DHT LOTUS

NSRI rescue craft Spirit of Toft in calm seas. Picture: NSRI, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
NSRI rescue craft Spirit of Toft in calm seas.     Picture: NSRI

At 21h00, Friday, 17th August, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for medical assistance from a 332 metre VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier), the DHT LOTUS, fully laden, passing the South African coastline headed to Singapore, and…

 

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Port Louis – Indian Ocean gateway port

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.

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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Naval News

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PICS OF THE DAY : GAIA LEADER

Gaia Leader at Durban, picture by Keith betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Gaia Leader. Pictures: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Gaia Leader.      Pictures: Keith Betts

It is a relief that NYK Line’s car carrying RoRo vessels do not fall into the pool that is the fate of the container fleet, which together with ships from K Line and MOL form the new ONE container service, standing out in their dark pink paintwork. Were the RoRos included in the amalgamation then the splendid livery of the NYK car carriers would be lost. Durban with its large car terminal handling over 400,000 motor units annually is lucky in having regular calls of these ships, as exampled here with the GAIA LEADER (IMO 9536818), shown departing the port for East London. With a length of 199 metres and a width of 32m the ship is capable of carrying up to 5942 motor cars when fully loaded. The 62,838-gt Gaia Leader was built in 2011 at the Shin Kurushima Onishi Shipyard in Imabari, Japan and is registered in Singapore and managed by Wallem Shipmanagement of Hong Kong. These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish.”
– Evelyn Waugh

 

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