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Ports & Ships Maritime News

29 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 : COSCO WUYISHAN

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The Chinese bulker and logger, COSCO WUYISHAN (31,958-dwt, built 2010) departs Durban after a bunker call made last week, fully loaded with a cargo of logs, harvested from an unknown source and bound for China. The 177-metre long ship flies the flag of Hong Kong. The picture is by Keith Betts

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TANKER ATTACKED BY PIRATES OFF NIGERIAN COAST

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Sampatiki. Picture by Frank Behrends, Shipspotting

Reports have been received of yet another pirate attack on a ship operating in the Gulf of Guinea.

The pirates attacked the chemical and oil products tanker SAMPATIKI (6,436-dwt, built 2008) while the ship was about 30 n.miles from the Bayelsa coast of Nigeria. The tanker was en route from Port Harcourt, bound for another Nigerian destination.

After boarding the tanker pirates began ransacking the vessel and stealing property from the crew. After a period of about four hours the pirates left the scene while taking five of the seafarers with them as hostages. Those taken included four officers and an engineer but their nationalities are not known.

After the pirates left the vessel the remaining crew, who were unhurt, sailed her to Lagos while reporting the attack.

There have been no arrests reported.

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NIGERIAN PIRATES RELEASE TWO ABDUCTED BOURBON CREW

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Bourbon Liberty 251. Picture by B Maxim

French offshore specialist Bourbon has announced the release of two crew from their offshore support vessel BOURBON LIBERTY 251, who were abducted by pirates off the coast of Nigeria a month ago.

The company declined to say very much more except that the two men were "said to be" in good health. One of the men was reported earlier to be a Russian, the other a Nigerian national.

Bourbon has declined to say whether a ransom was paid for their release, although this is often the method of securing the release of hostages taken by Nigerian pirates.

The offshore vessel was attacked by pirates on 23 February while operating off the Nigerian coast. After the attack and the departure of the pirates, taking two hostages with them, the remaining ten crew members remained with the tug and sailed her to the port of Onne.

In our earlier news article (29 February) we reported that the attack took place 55 n.miles off the coast. Before being boarded the crew sent off a distress signal alerting the Nigerian authorities who immediately despatched a naval task force -- it was on the arrival of the Nigerian Navy ships that the pirates fled the scene taking two hostages with them, one being the ship's master.

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ROYAL CARIBBEAN TO BUILD A FLASHY NEW MIAMI TERMINAL

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It's the world's busiest cruise port (5 million passengers in 2014), which is quite a sight for any cruise-ship loving visitor, and Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCCL) is reviewing submissions from five internationally recognised architects competing to design its new terminal at the Port of Miami.

To be situated at the start of the cruise ship row, it will be the first port building anyone sees as a vessel enters the harbour. In fact, all the traffic going to Miami Beach on the very busy MacArthur Causeway will pass it. RCCL intends to "spend a little more on the new facility because its position offers marketing value and it's also good for Miami," said John Tercek, RCCL's vice president of commercial and new business development, speaking at the annual Seatrade Cruise Global conference, held at Fort Lauderdale this year.

Uber-contemporary competing designs from New York, Copenhagen and Singapore are being scrutinised, and it is estimated that the huge terminal will be ready for business in 2018. RCCL plans to move a 5,200-passenger Oasis-class ship from its current base at Port Everglades to Miami to occupy the terminal.

Miami Beach is a fabulous part of Miami. Think expansive turquoise waters, waving palms, soaring hotels and apartments and grand Art Deco structures dotted here and there along the roads behind the beachfront. Cuban and Mexican restaurants enjoy popular patronage, while the young and the beautiful rollerblade along boulevards in skanty attire. It's all rather more than alluring!

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SECOND OF SIX VIKING CRUISE SHIPS DELIVERED

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The Italian cruise ship builder Fincantieri has delivered the second of a planned six new cruise ships for a relative newcomer to ocean cruising, Viking Ocean Cruises.

The latest ship is named VIKING SEA and has a gross tonnage of around 47,800 tons. The ship features 465 cabins for 930 passengers and will operate with a crew of around 470 personnel, providing a very high passenger/crew ratio.

In the same week (last week) Fincantieri launched Viking's third ship in the series, VIKING SKY also at its shipyard at Ancona. This ship is due for delivery in February 2017.

The first of the six new ships, VIKING STAR, was built and delivered in 2015 from the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard.

Viking has been better known as a travel and cruise company specialising in river cruises with its large fleet of river ships operating in European, Russian, Chinese, Southeast Asian, and Egyptian (Nile) rivers. A planned new service on the Mississippi River in the USA is due to commence next year.

Viking River Cruises has been in existence since 1997 and by 2015 was operating a fleet of over 60 river cruise ships.

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LAKE FERRY MV SERENGETI STOPS OPERATING AGAIN

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The only lake ferry said to be operating between Mwanza and Bukoba on Lake Victoria has again stopped operating due to mechancial problems, reports Tanzania's Citizen newspaper.

The lake ferry had been back in service a little over a week after having been out of service between 16 February and 14 March due to problems with its propeller shaft.

The acting general manager of Marine Services Company Ltd (MSCL), Captain Winton Mwassa, this is the third time that the ship has been affected by breakdowns. He said the Serengeti's captain had discovered the latest problem while sailing from Bukoba to Mwanza on 18 March.

Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (Sumatra) Principal Officer Michael Rodgers called on MSCL to fix the problem swiftly.

"The same engine can't breakdown more than two times in a space of three months. You must fix the problem and make sure that MV Serengeti operations aren't frequently altered," Rogers said.

Serengeti was built in 1988 and has a capacity of 593 passengers and 350 tons of cargo. The lake ferries are regarded as the most reliant and cheapest forms of transport available to people living near the lake shores or for those wanting to trade between the respective regions.

The port of Mwanza lies to to south of the lake in Tanzania, while Bukoba, also in Tanzania is on the west coast.

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JAPAN DONATES METEOROLOGICAL EQUIPMENT TO MOZAMBIQUE

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Japan has donated meteorological equipment to the National Institute of Meteorology of Mozambique in order to increase its capacity to monitor, forecast and prepare weather warnings, at an event held Wednesday in Maputo, reports Macauhub.

The equipment, costing an estimated US$100,000, includes equipment for calibration of barometers and thermometers, and its delivery was witnessed by the Minister of Transport and Communications, Carlos Mesquita, according to Mozambican newspaper Noticias.

The resident representative of the Japanese Agency for International Cooperation (JICA), Kasuyoshi Sudo said that Japan's support to the National Institute of Meteorology of Mozambique is estimated at US$2 million, under a programme that delivered its first shipment of equipment in February 2015 and will be completed in July 2017.

Given that Mozambique is affetced annually by natural phenomena such as floods, droughts and cyclones, "the improvement of weather forecasting and warning will enable the Institute to better perform its role to prevent the loss of human lives and destruction of assets," said Sudo.

The support programme includes a component of training of Mozambican technicians in Japan and Japanese technicians travelling to Mozambique. source: macauhub

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TRANSNET A BIG HIT WITH ENGINEERING STUDENTS

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Engineering students at South African tertiary institutions ranked Transnet as their most favoured future employer. This is according to a study by Universum which surveyed 65,000 students and professionals in South Africa in the 2016 survey.

Universum makes an independent selection of employers for each field of study and market. Students and professionals vote attractive employers on or off the list by either selecting them as ideal employers or not selecting them.

The study highlighted Transnet's attractiveness as an employer. Transnet is one of South Africa's largest and now the most favoured employer of technical experts, which the company itself believes is thanks to its focus on training, wellness, and ensuring a culture of excellence and comprehensive talent management.

"The survey confirms that South Africa's professionals are impressed by the company's massive and challenging portfolio of projects, especially infrastructure investment," says Transnet in a statement.

In another category, Transnet took 3rd place as the most attractive employer to work for ranked by students in the Business/Commerce category.

Professionals' perceptions of Transnet in this category improved from 14th place in 2015 to 4th place in 2016, a remarkable movement in rankings. Amongst engineering professionals views on Transnet improved from 6th place in 2015 to 5th place in 2016.

Transnet was ranked amongst industry giants such as KPMG, Deloitte, Sasol and Eskom.

"We wish to take this opportunity to congratulate all our colleagues in their various capacities for their hard work in building Transnet's image as one of the most admired and loved employers. We are committed to improving our efforts to ensure that we continue to perform at this level," said Mr Siyabonga Gama, Transnet acting Group Chief Executive.

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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

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Similarly you can read our regular Naval News reports and stories which also have their own dedicated section, although some stories may be duplicated in the general news section.

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PIC OF THE DAY : MORNING LUCY

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EUKOR's car carrier MORNING LUCY (68,701-gt, built 2009) makes an entrance to Durban Harbour earlier in March. With a Norwegian beneficial owner, the ship is managed and operated by South Korea's EUKOR group. Morning Lucy is one of the larger car carriers in the EUKOR fleet with a capacity of 8,011 units. The ship's current voyage has taken her from South East Asian ports to South Africa and then to east coast South American ports where the ship is at this moment. The picture is by Trevor Jones

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