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FIRST VIEW: MSC BEIJING

MSC Beijing in Cape Town harbour. Picture: Ian Shiffman, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MSC Beijing. Picture: Ian Shiffman

Mediterranean Shipping Company’s 8809-TEU capacity container ship MSC BEIJING (IMO 9289099) makes an impressive entry in Cape Town harbour earlier in December. Built in 2005 at the Hanjin Heavy Industries Co Ltd shipyard in South Korea as hull number 132 for owner Claus-Peter Offen Reederei, the 324-metre long, 43m wide ship is registered in Germany. Capable of a maximum speed of 24.5 knots, the 105,034-dwt ship has been named MSC Beijing since 2005. This picture is by Ian Shiffman

 

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CMA CGM UPGRADES MIDAS 1 LOOP  CONNECTING SOUTH AFRICA WITH INDIA & MIDDLE EAST GULF

Robin Hunter, inaugurating news Midas 1 loop.  Picture: Trevor Jones, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Robin Hunter, inaugurating news Midas 1 loop. Picture: Trevor Jones

French shipping lines CMA CM says that as it strives to serve South Africa exporters’ needs during the peak reefer season, it is pleased to announce it will upgrade the South Africa export coverage on the Midas 1 service which is dedicated to India and Middle East Gulf destinations.

With effect 22 December 2017 with the sailing of ROBIN HUNTER, the MIDAS 1 port rotation will…

 

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TPT CELEBRATES LOCALLY ASSEMBLED KALMAR STRADDLE CARRIERS

New Kalmar straddle carriers at Durban Container Terminal. Picture: TPT, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
New Kalmar straddle carriers at DCT. Picture: TPT

Transnet Port Terminals yesterday unveiled 23 Kalmar new straddle carriers assembled locally for the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2 operations, marking Transnet’s commitment to localisation and industrialisation of the country.

The delivery of the 23 straddle carriers forms part of TPT’s strategy to replace ageing equipment with new and modernised equipment. The substantial capital investment by TPT of nearly R308 million will increase the number of reliable straddle carriers available to operations and lower the cost of maintenance due to less equipment failures.

The investment will also ensure greater customer satisfaction through improved delivery time of containers. TPT has sought the services of a global and leading cargo handling maker, Kalmar, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), to supply a substantial portion of the sub-assembled components for specialised cargo handling equipment of this nature through its fellow operating division Transnet Engineering (TE).

This is in line with Transnet’s strategy of local enterprise development and skills transfer. The partnership also involved training and imparting of technical knowledge and skills for local engineers at Transnet. One of the key milestones on the project was the local manufacture of the spreader beams by TE, which were designed to automatically locate and lock the container, operated by the driver.

“Straddle carriers are a core of the terminals’ container logistics and service delivering handling system,” said TPT Chief Executive, Nozipho Sithole. “As such they directly influence the terminals’ ability to handle container volumes in line with the key performance indicators provided by customers.

“Towards the end of their design life, straddle carriers become unreliable as components age and result in increased breakdowns. The consequential impact is a decline in terminal productivity and an increase in maintenance costs,” she said.

The replacement of the 23 straddle carriers reaching their end of life was deemed in 2016 as an essential to increase the reliability of the straddle carrier fleet and to militate against safety risks, explained Sithole.

Thamsanqa Jiyane, Transnet Engineering Chief Officer Advanced Manufacturing, notes that this was the first time the company’s engineers had an opportunity to manufacture straddle carrier component kits for an original equipment manufacturer of Kalmar’s calibre. “Our team had to ensure that the interphase of the spreader box and the T-Bulk was within the required tight tolerance specification,” Jiyane said. “State of the art measuring equipment was purchased for the fabrication and assembly of the T-Bulk. In the process, Transnet Engineering had to design some of the jigs to manufacture these components from scratch.”

The life span of a straddle carrier is 40,000 hours, which equates to around 8 years. According to Josiah Mpofu, Transnet Port Terminals’ GM: Engineering, the revised approach by TPT to maintaining and procuring new equipment has already had a positive impact on improving the agility and reliability of the service for customers.

As part of the contract with Kalmar, a straddle carrier simulator is being supplied and will be installed at the Maritime School of Excellence by the end of January 2018.

Transnet’s Group Chief Executive, Siyabonga Gama addressed invited guests at the DCT unveiling and reinforced the importance of Transnet Operating Divisions fulfilling the ‘One Team One Vision’ spirit. “This particular project showcases the benefits of the Transnet Value Chain Co-ordinator (TVCC) and highlights integration efforts by TPT and TE. It also demonstrates the vast local capabilities that can be achieved when Transnet works in partnership with key stakeholders, and we feel this needs to be further developed in an effort to boost industrial growth and local content,” Gama said.

Durban Pier 2 Container Terminal (DCT) in the port of Durban is a specialised maritime facility with dedicated infrastructure and equipment for the handling of containerised cargo. The terminal’s container handling system comprises of a combination of ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, straddle carriers and rail mounted gantries.

 

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DEBATE OVER WHY NIGERIA WASN’T ELECTED ONTO IMO COUNCIL

SOAN President, Greg Ogbeifun, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
SOAN President, Greg Ogbeifun

Criticism has been levelled at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) by the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) over what is being described as a lack-lustre performance at the recent International Maritime Organisation (IMO) council election held in London.

Nigeria was attempting to be elected to the Council under Category ‘C’ but not only failed but was placed second from last among those being nominated.

African representatives that were elected were South Africa, Liberia, Morocco, Egypt and Kenya.

Critics say the preparation by Nigeria ahead of the IMO council election was shoddy. SOAN President, Greg Ogbeifun, called for the entire NIMASA management to be replaced on grounds of “gross incompetence”. Speaking at the SOAN end-of-year dinner held in Lagos he said Nigeria was unable to arrest its depleting tonnage or the ongoing acts of piracy and crime on its coast.

“The Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) which owns…

 

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BEIRA CONTAINER TERMINAL GETS NEW ACCESS ROAD AND ADDED STORAGE SPACE

Beira container terminal, where a new access road has been opened, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Beira container terminal

The Port of Beira Container Terminal has a new access road and three hectares of container storage.

Mozambique Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications, Manuela Ribeiro, officially inaugurated the road and storage facility at the port yesterday.

Cornelder de Moçambique SA, which operates the port and terminal, recently invested approximately US$6.2 million under its Development Master Plan in increasing cargo capacity in its container terminal, as well as in the construction of a new five-lane access road, expandable to seven lanes.

The new access infrastructure will increase the capacity of the terminal, especially…

 

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SEOND EAST AFRICA PORT EXPANSION CONFERENCE SET FOR MARCH 2018

2nd East Africa Port Expansion conference banner, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The 2nd East Africa Port Expansion Conference is set to take place from 21-23 March 2018 in Mombasa, Kenya, reports the event organizer IQPC.

East African ports are undergoing massive expansion in order to meet growing global trade demands. New projects include port infrastructure development, dredging operations, rail link construction and upgrade of terminal operating systems.

Developing world-class services and facilities in African…

 

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CHRISTMAS CHEER FOR SEAFARERS

Santa goes on board, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Santa goes on board

Santa and chaplain with some of the crew on board MSC Earth in Durban harbour
Santa Claus arrived in the Port of Durban a little early this month and enlisted his helpers, the chaplains of various Missions, to accompany him and board vessels in port to hand out gifts – part of the 1400 parcels packed by other volunteers.

Paul Richardson and Jessie John, Sailors’ Society chaplain and missionary respectively, together with Santa visited seven ships on 8 December to the delight of the seafarers. On this visit 159 gifts were handed out.

Santa and a chaplain with some of the crew of MSC Earth, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Santa and Jessie John and some of the crew of MSC Earth

Crews gave the Christmas visitors a warm welcome and prayers were said with those who so wished.

Seafarers often experience loneliness owing to the nature of their profession, but at certain times it is more keenly felt, on birthdays, anniversaries and of course Christmas. So we trust that to receive a small gift and realise they are thought of, will help.

Yvonne de Kock
Sailors Society, Durban

 

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UKHO to give ships faster access to new tidal data through ADMIRALTY TotalTide

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is introducing regular tidal data updates to ADMIRALTY TotalTide (ATT) as part of ADMIRALTY Digital Publications (ADP) Version 18 in December 2017.

ATT helps mariners to make fast, accurate tidal height and tidal stream predictions for more than 7,000 ports and 3,000 tidal streams worldwide. Version 18 will allow the UKHO to send new tidal data to mariners through ATT on a more frequent basis, moving away from the previous annual update cycle. This will help to ensure mariners have access to the latest tidal data when making predictions.

As part of ADP Version 18, certificates will now show ATT’s update status in the same format as ADMIRALTY Digital List of Lights (ADLL) and ADMIRALTY Digital Radio Signals to support compliance. In addition to this update the UKHO has also added its ADMIRALTY e-Nautical Publications (AENP) updates on to the ADP weekly update disc, increasing the frequency with which the new AENP data reaches the mariner.

Susie Alder, Product Manager at the UKHO, commented:

“This major update for ADP, to Version 18, brings important added features that will directly benefit the mariner. Whilst tidal data changes slowly, the ability for the UKHO to update tidal data more frequently helps us to ensure that the mariner is using the most accurate information available.

“There are also efficiency benefits to be realised through this update and proper use of all ADP’s functionality, in terms of the time taken by bridge crews in planning their voyage. Accurate tidal data gives mariners the certainty they need to operate in the industry’s competitive market environment.

“The software will also ensure that they can demonstrate compliance, by showing the ATT update status on the certificate in the same way as ADLL and ADRS.”

ADP is permitted to be carried as an alternative to paper versions by Flag States accounting for over 80% of ships trading internationally. This means that ATT provides the same level of compliance as traditional ADMIRALTY paper-based publications.

To find out more about ATT and the entire ADP range, visit: www.admiralty.co.uk/att

The UKHO is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and a trading fund. This allows UKHO to operate as a self-funding organisation in the digital era and sustain its position in the long term.

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : MAERSK LUZ

Maersk Luz departing from Durban. Picture: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Maersk Luz. Pictures: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Maersk Luz. Pictures: Keith Betts

A regular visitor to these shores is the Maersk Line container ship MAERSK LUZ (IMO 9526904) shown here departing from Durban several days ago. Flying the flag of Hong Kong the 7,450-TEU capacity Maersk Luz was built in 2011 at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Ltd, South Korea as hull number 4217. The ship has a deadweight of 94,267 tons, a length of 299.9 metres and a width of 45.2 metres with a maximum draught of 13 metres. She has a reported top speed of 22.5 knots and is a Maersk Line owned ship. These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

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