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Ports & Ships Maritime News

10 September 2013
Author: Terry Hutson

Bringing you shipping, freight, trade and transport related news of interest for Africa since 2002


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The construction and delivery of MACS Line’s new general cargo ship BLUE MASTER II has been adequately documented in these webpages in recent weeks, including the arrival of the ship in Cape Town last week. The ship has since sailed to Durban to make her maiden visit and was captured on film on Sunday as she came up the Esplanade Channel towards her berth on Maydon Wharf. This picture is by Trevor Jones.

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New Ship-to-Shore gantry cranes at the Beira Container Terminal, March 2013

The Port of Beira is planning a new 600 metre long quay and two new terminals, the chief executive officer of Cornelder de Moçambique has disclosed.

Carlos Mesquita, CEO of the port management company told the Maputo newspaper Noticias that the new dock would cater for a container terminal and for the handling of fertiliser.

He said the dock development was needed because of the growing demand on port facilities in Mozambique and its neighbouring countries.

He said that Cornelder de Moçambique (CdM), which is a private joint venture between Moçambique Ports and Railways (CFM) and Cornelder Holdings based in Rotterdam, Holland, is about to sign the contract for the start of work. The project is scheduled to be completed in 18 months time.

“This means that by the end of next year we will be ready to start operating [the terminals,” Mesquita said.

Construction of the fertiliser terminal is expected to cost US$17 million and when completed will have the capacity to handle 1.3 million tons of fertiliser a year in its first phase.

The Port of Beira is the main port of entry for Zimbabwe for fertiliser imports and is a port for neighbouring Malawi and Zambia.

A coal terminal has also been under construction at the port to service the burgeoning coalfields in the Moatize region of Tete Province. The coal is delivered to Beira by rail along the refurbished Sena Railway and is taken from the terminal in smaller vessels to capesize and other large bulk ships outside the harbour.

CdM has operated the container and general cargo terminals in the Port of Beira since October 1998.

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Barkly Pearl. Picture is courtesy of Shipspotting

The controversial livestock carrier BARKLY PEARL is due back in the port of East London this week to load another consignment of 2,000 head of cattle for Mauritius.

The ship will have completed a round trip to Port Louis with another load of cattle loaded at East London just a few weeks ago, shortly after the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) lost its case in the Grahamstown High Court in which the organisation was attempting to prevent the exporter of the cattle, cattle breeder Bruce Page from shipping another consignment of cattle to Port Louis.

On that occasion the ship sailed with 1,808 head on board. The latest shipment this week will be the third this year – Page said he has shipped 8,000 cattle to Mauritius in the past three years. He denied that conditions on board was cruel or that the animals suffered. He claimed the mortality rate was extremely low.

The shipping of cattle and other livestock has become an emotional and controversial issue, with claims of ‘death ships’ and ‘ships of shame’ being cast by animal rights activists. A newspaper reported that Page and his children have been threatened with death. Other cries of “Meat should be exported on the hook not on the hoof. If live animals are to be exported for slaughter, they should be transported by air,” are bandied about.

The animals are shipped live to Mauritius instead of being slaughtered locally and then shipped as frozen meat on account of religious and cultural reasons.

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Picture is by CCAMLR

Interpol’s first Purple Notice for a ship has been issued for the rogue fishing vessel named SNAKE.

Issued in all 190 member countries, the call has gone out to keep a look out for this ship, which reports say may be coming the way of southern Africa. Blacklisted by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) since 2004, and by the South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (SEAFO) since 2007, the ship is subject to sanctions including denial of fishing permits and permission to enter ports.

Possibly as a result of these actions, Snake has operated under at least 12 different names and flags. Although last seen entering the South China Sea from the Singapore Strait in May this year, the tuna fishing vessel is suspected of continuing to actively fish illegally in the South Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Southern and Central Africa.

With Snake suspected of violating national laws and international conventions, and amid concerns that the vessel has attempted to disguise its identity to continue its illegal fishing, the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries, through the Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) in Oslo, requested the Purple Notice. “Fisheries crimes are often transnational, and increasingly we see that organised criminal networks are involved. There is a need to strengthen international cooperation to combat fisheries crime and Norway has given funds to support Interpol’s work in this area,” said Norway’s Minister of Justice and Public Security, Grete Faremo.

“This is the first time Interpol’s network has been used to combat illegal fishing. Cooperation through Interpol is a new tool in the fight against fisheries crime, and I am glad that Norway has been able to take on a leading role in this cooperation,” said Lisbeth Berg-Hansen, Norway’s Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs.

Through the Purple Notice Norway hopes to be able to gather information on the location of the ship and the people behind the vessel including those that own and manage it. This information can then be shared with other countries who may be at risk of the boat fishing illegally in their waters.

Purple Notices are usually issued by Interpol to seek or provide information on modus operandi, objects, devices and concealment methods used by criminals.

According to the Purple Notice, the Snake has operated under 12 different names in the past 10 years, and has been registered under the flag of at least eight different countries. The notice has been issued to all 190 member countries of Interpol.

Details of the tuna fishing vessel are: Last known name SNAKE, 619gt, built 1991 in Japan. IMO 9036636. Known former names: Al Nagm Al Sata since 2007 (flag Libya); Caribe 1 until 2007 May; Luncavita until 2006 November; Hoyo Maru No.8 until 2006 August.

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Cargo handled at the Port of Nacala in northern Mozambique is expected to reach 1.5 million tons for the year 2013.

In 2012 the port handled 1.3 million tons of all cargo, according to figures issued by the port management company Portos do Norte.

These figures confirm the report that PORTS & SHIPS published recently Stats and Facts about the Port of Nacala. Earlier, in March we reported that a US$84 million Japanese loan would be used to build a new access road, a container terminal and to acquire port equipment.

The most recent figures were made public shortly after an agreement was signed between Portos do Norte and Portugal’s Administração dos Portos do Douro e Leixões (APDL) for the training of workers at the Mozambican port.

Emílio Dias, the chairman of the board of the Portuguese port of Leixões, said that his port had one of the biggest port training centres in Portugal and that in the last few years it had trained at least 10,000 people from Portuguese-speaking African Countries (PALOP).

He said that the first group of Portuguese technicians was due to arrive in Nacala to provide training in IT management.


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Nigerian Navy at work

The Nigerian Navy has struck again. Following up on new ‘get tough’ instructions from above and pressure from abroad, the navy has impounded a tanker named PAULINE and arrested the ship’s ten-man crew over alleged oil theft, reports The Daily Trust (Abuja).

According to the navy, the captain of the Pauline was unable to tender relevant documents when the ship was boarded.

The vessel was impounded offshore of Brass River in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa by a naval patrol operating from the Forward Operating Base at Formoso.

In a statement issued by the Command's Operation Officer, Commodore EO Enemor and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the arrest of the ship and crew took place on Friday (6 September).

The tanker was laden with over 360,000 litres of automotive gas oil (diesel) which is suspected of having been stolen.

“The vessel lacked the Nigerian Ports Authority bunkering permit, the certificate of registration with the Joint Military Task Force and the approval for the movement of petroleum products by the Naval Headquarters,” the statement said. source Daily Trust


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The Ocean Eagle 43 trimaran patrol vessel ordered by Mozambique. Picture from CMN

The Mozambican government is reported to have placed orders for 24 ships from French shipyard Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (CMN), of Cherbourg. The order which is worth a total of €300 million, includes six patrol vessels for Mozambique’s fledgling navy.

The order was signed last Thursday (5 September) and announced the following day by Lebanese businessman Iskandar Safa, the owner of the shipyard.

The order is made up of 18 trawlers, three 32-metre patrol ships and another three 42-metre ships, said Safa. He announced the order at a session attended by three ministers, including Arnaud Montebourg, who is responsible for industrial reconversion in France.

According to the shipyard’s owner, CMN has annual turnover of between 50 and 100 million euros. The Mozambique order represents a two year workload.

According to Safa, this order was part of a contract that the Safa group signed with Mozambique which includes the same number of ships to be built at shipyards in Germany and Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. No details are available of these other orders or their financing.

Included in the French order are three revolutionary Ocean Eagle 43 trimaran patrol vessels and three HIS 32 interceptors. The balance of vessels are made up of a fleet of 18 trawlers.

Other reports have indicated an order for 24 trawlers to give an overall order of 30 vessels from CMN.

The Ocean Eagle 43 is a compact high-performance multifunction vessel particularly suited to the protection of coastal areas and strategic offshore infrastructures. Given the development of an offshore gas field off the Rovuma Basin in northern Mozambique, it can be assumed that the protection of this emerging industry is a motivating factor in the ordering of the six patrol vessels.

The Ocean Eagle 43 is capable of conducting electronic warfare and intelligence missions through the use of 300 kg class VTOL UAV (such as the SCHIEBEL S100 Camcopter), which gives the Mozambique Navy a further capability. The ships have a range of 3,000 n.miles at 20 knots and a top speed of 30 knots, which can be sustained for up to 1,000 n.miles.

They have a crew requirement of just seven sailors but include accommodation for an additional eight special force types or other personnel.

The HIS 32 is a fast interceptor type vessel with a top speed of 45 knots and an extended patrol period of three days. The craft is specially suited for counter-piracy and anti-terrorism work. They require a crew of 12 to operate – the vessel is fitted with a RHIB launching ramp at the stern. Weapons consist of a 20mm remote weapon system and two 12.7mm machine guns with a field of 360°.

The vessel is also well equipped for electronic warfare with detection and surveillance systems.

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CMN’s HIS 32 interceptor patrol vessel, also ordered by Mozambique


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Canada States Africa Line (CSAL)’s RoRo freighter ATLANTIC ELAND photographed in Cape Town harbour in December 2012. CSAL was founded in 2008 and appears to have inherited the services provided by CCAL (Christensen Canadian African Lines) and Lykes Line/CP Ships, which once ruled this trade from the Canadian Atlantic coast to South Africa over a period exceeding 50 years. CSAL now operates a similar service, from the heart of Montreal in Canada and the east coast US ports including the Gulf and then to South Africa, with ports of call in East and West Africa available by inducement. Pictures are by Ian Shiffman

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