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Ports & Ships Maritime News

8 March 2016
Author: Terry Hutson

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

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FIRST VIEW : ATLANTIC ERICA

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The reefer ATLANTIC ERICA (11,791-dwt, built 1999) arriving at Lyttelton to discharge tropical fruit from the Philippines. On completion of discharge she headed for Gisborne to load squash for Japan. The Marshall Island- flagged ship is owned by Santoku Senpaku Co of Osaka in Japan and managed by Sasanqua Shipping also of that city and port. This is a current picture -- now see PICS OF THE DAY below for a couple of reefers of the past. The above picture is by Alan Calvert

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MAKE TANGA THE PORT OF CHOICE FOR UGANDA, SAYS NEWSPAPER

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The inking of an agreement between Uganda and Tanzania, announced last week, which aims at routing the oil pipeline from Uganda's future oilfields to the northern Tanzanian port of Tanga, is seen as one of the most important developments for the East African region.

That's according to an editorial in Uganda's Daily Monitor newspaper which compares the Tanzania route to that of taking the pipeline to Kenya's port of Lamu. "On the balance of things, especially in terms of distance and security, the Tanzania option is superior, running only 1,100km as opposed to the Kenyan option that runs 1,500km, and is more secure." writes the Monitor. It points out that Northern Kenya has for years been plagued by insecurity and a pipeline running within easy shot of the Somalia insurgents would make it a nightmare to secure. "It is, therefore, not surprising that the southern option has found more attraction at this point in time."

The preferred route to Tanga will go from the Albertine Graben, winding south of Lake Victoria and then heading eastwards to the Indian Ocean coast at Tanga.

The editorial considers that there are greater opportunities that could come to Uganda and Tanzania from the Tanga Port deal if the leaders of the two countries choose to look beyond the slimy black stuff once dubbed "black gold" but whose price on the world market has precariously fallen.

The big spinoff for Tanga and Tanzania would be that Tanga could become the port of choice for Uganda's imports and exports, provided a railway link and an all-season road were constructed between the port and the southern shores of Lake Victoria.

"Goods could then be transported to Port Bell, Jinja, Bukakata and Majanji on the northern shore Lake Victoria by big ferries. This would be a good alternative to Mombasa port. Mombasa currently handles 90 percent of all goods entering and exiting Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and eastern DR Congo which has rendered the port very congested."

The route from Tanga inland to the central African states is not a new concept, having been on the drawing boards since the 1960s but there has never been a better opportunity of taking it forward than now, says the ediitorial.

"What needs to be done is to replace the old narrow gauge railway [metre gauge] that runs from Tanga to Moshi with a standard gauge [4ft 8 1/2 inches] railway line extending from Tanga through Moshi and Arusha to Musoma, and to redevelop the inland lake ports."

The article overlooks the development of a new port at Bagamoya, roughly halfway between Tanga in the north and Dar es Salaam in the south. It is questionable whether Tanzania can afford two such new port developments, or the building of a new inland railway to both port areas.

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TWO BULKERS TO BE AUCTIONED IN DURBAN THIS THURSDAY

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It's unusual for two large ships to be auctioned together in Durban, or at least it has been some years since it last occurred, but this week two modern dry bulkers go under the hammer.

They are the vessels owned and operated by a Turkish ship operator, Kaptanoglu Shipping Group, ZEYNAP K (81,000-dwt built 2010) and SADAN K (80,306-dwt, built 2010) which have been seized by the Durban Sheriff following court actions taken against the owner for non-payment of loans amounting to US$82 million owed to an Italian banking group, UniCredit.

Each ship is a 229 metre long dry bulker, flagged in the Marshall Islands. The auctioneer is Clear Assets and the sale takes place in the Westville (Durban) offices at Westway Office Park on Thursday this week 10 March.

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PIL AND IRISL AGREE TO COLLABORATE

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PIL's general cargo ship KOTA BUNGA (27,000-dwt, built 2012) enters Durban recently. PIL ships are frequent callers in South Africa but since sanctions were introduced agaist Iran IRISL ships have rarely been seen, and even the few that did manage to call came in under disguise. Now it's likely that we will start seeing these Iranian ships in our waters once again. This picture is by Trevor Jones

After years of US and UN enforced sanctions Iran's national shipping company IRISL (Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line) is fast coming in out of the cold with a variety of other shipping groups linking up in joint ventures and other agreements.

The latest to be announced is a Memorandum of Understanding between IRISL and Singapore's Pacific International Lines (PIL), according to Iran's Mehr News Agency.

The report says that the two shipping groups have laid the groundwork for collaboration in the field of maritime transport, including the establishment of feeder lines in South East Asia, Southern Asia, the Middle East, the Black Sea and other regions. The two companies have also agreed to collaborate in ship construction and technology transfer.

One of the likely results is the two lines developing a major tanker service for transporting oil products and petrochemicals from East Asia to West Africa.

Mehr News Agency says the MoU was signed on Wednesday 2 March during a three-day visit from Singapore's Trade and Industry Minister S Iswaran to Tehran.

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TWO MORE FOR DISNEY CRUISE LINE FROM MEYER WERFT

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Disney Fantasy at sea

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Disney Dream at her floating out. Picture: Meyer Werft

The Walt Disney Company has announced announced plans to build two additional cruise ships, each of them approximately 135,000 gross tons and slightly larger than the newest Disney Cruise Line ships, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy -- and each is currently planned to include about 1,250 guest staterooms.

The two new ships will be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany and are expected to be completed in 2021 and 2023.

"We pride ourselves on the unforgettable vacation experiences we deliver to our guests each and every day, and the expansion of our Disney fleet will allow us to create even more magical memories for families at sea and in incredible cruise destinations around the world," said Robert A Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company.

While design plans, ship names and itineraries are still in development, the Walt Disney Imagineering team says it is already dreaming up exciting new ways to create the world's most magical oceangoing adventures.

Since first setting sail in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has provided a quintessential family cruise vacation experience that combines the magic of Disney with the thrill of exploring different parts of the world. Guests step aboard majestic and beautiful cruise liners to enjoy legendary Disney entertainment, exquisite dining, spacious and well-appointed staterooms and magnificent public spaces. The company also has been an industry leader in innovation and game-changing creativity.

With the launch of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy in 2011 and 2012, the company introduced several firsts for the industry, including a water coaster at sea (AquaDuck) and virtual portholes in interior staterooms (Magical Portholes) that provide real-time views of the sea as well as sightings of animated Disney characters.

Plans for the expansion of Disney Cruise Line come during a period of growth and innovation for Disney properties around the globe. "The expansion of Disney Cruise Line only adds to our excitement for the unprecedented growth taking place across our vacation destinations, from new Star Wars experiences coming to the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts to the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris and the grand opening of our newest park, Shanghai Disney Resort," said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

More details about the Disney Cruise Line fleet expansion and onboard offerings are to be announced at a later date.

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NAUTIC AFRICA BUILDS FOUR SENTINEL VESSELS FOR OFFSHORE SERVICES

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Aquashield underway in Cape Town harbour. Picture by Ian Shiffman

Cape Town shipyard Nautic Africa has launched two Sentinel multi-purpose vessels for a client in the offshore security and service environment in West Africa, and intends launching a further two later this month.

The first two 35-metre Sentinels were launched in January and are currently undergoing testing, commissioning and sea trials. All four vessels will be used to transport crew and supplies to oil rigs at sea. Nautic has previously built and supplied Sentinel vessels for other West African clients.

The aluminium vessels were purpose built to customer's specifications and Bureau Veritas Classification and are designed for harsh environments.

Nautic says that the vessels are capable of reaching a top speed of 28 knots and are well-suited for rapid response and feature ballistic protected zones, firefighting capabilities as well as endurance and durability at sea.

Each vessel is powered by three Caterpillar main engines, two Caterpillar generators and are fitted with bow thrusters.

Following sea trials in March and April, the four vessels will be delivered to the offshore security client for an official handover.

"The vessels display our continued dedication to the oil and gas industry and to creating relationships that are built to last," says James Fisher, CEO of Nautic Africa. He added that these South African vessels are delivered with after sales servicing and warranty in place.

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Port Louis - Indian Ocean gateway port

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

We publish news about the cruise industry here in the general news section, but this is also available in a dedicated Cruise News section. This section will include various stories and news not covered in the general news so if you have an interest in this sector don't forget to check regularly on our CRUISE NEWS page.

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PICS OF THE DAY : SNOW DELTA

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SNOW CAPE 1999 480 The reefer SNOW DELTA (14,512-gt, built 1972) [top] eases away from the Durban fruit terminal on the T-Jetty, presenting an excellent vantage for the photographer. This picture was taken in 1999. In the lower picture we see another 'Snow' reefer, SNOW CAPE (14,512-gt, built 1973) also sailing from Durban in 1999 after loading citrus fruit. The pictures are by Trevor Jones

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