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Jun 19, 2007
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  • QE2 sold to Dubai World

  • Steam loco makes for unusual ship’s cargo

  • Dlamini Zuma chairs AU Comoros meeting today

  • Safmarine beefs up marketing and customer services

  • Pic of the day – MIGHTY SERVANT 3

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    QE2 sold to Dubai World

    Cunard Line yesterday announced the sale of its former flagship the Transatlantic passenger liner and cruise ship Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) to Dubai World.

    The QE2 will be delivered to Dubai World in November 2008, where she will cease her role as an ocean-going passenger vessel and be refurbished and adapted for her new home as a first class tourism destination. From 2009, the vessel will be berthed at a specially-constructed pier at The Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest man-made island, to create a luxury floating hotel, retail and entertainment destination.

    The ship, which was launched by Queen Elizabeth II in September 1967, 40 years ago this year, is the longest-serving ship in Cunard’s 168-year history, and was their longest-serving flagship. Since she came into service in 1969, she has undertaken 25 world cruises, has crossed the Atlantic more than 800 times and has carried more than 2.5 million passengers.

    QE2 has been purchased by Istithmar, the investment arm of Dubai World, a wholly owned company of the Government of Dubai. Nakheel, developer of The Palm Jumeirah, is also a Dubai World company. The cost of the deal is said to be worth US $ 100 million.

    “We are delighted that when her legendary career as an ocean liner ends there will continue to be a permanent home for her that will enable future generations to continue to experience fully both the ship and her history,” said Carol Marlow, president and managing director of Cunard.

    Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of Dubai World, said that QE2 at The Palm Jumeirah will become one of the must-see experiences of Dubai and of the Middle East.

    “We are investing in creating a truly global tourism destination. QE2 is without a doubt one of the wonders of the maritime world, and is easily the most famous serving liner in the world today. I am delighted we will be able to create a home for her on the newest wonder of the world, The Palm Jumeirah.”

    He said Dubai is a maritime nation which understood the rich heritage of QE2. “She is coming to a home where she will be cherished.”

    Istithmar said its refurbishment programme will aim to recreate QE2’s original interior décor and fittings. QE2 at The Palm Jumeirah will also include a museum celebrating the rich history of the ship.

    Steam loco makes for unusual ship’s cargo


    Class 15F steam locomotive No.3007 en route for Durban behind Spoornet diesel-electric No.34.089 outside Bloemfontein earlier this week. The loco will be loaded on board the DIAMOND LAND later this week and taken to the UK for preservation. Picture courtesy Lucas Nel

    An unusual cargo is currently on its way to Durban by rail – a highly appropriate form of travel seeing as the cargo consists of a 177-ton steam locomotive.

    The loco is a Class 15F No.3007 of the former South African Railways, which was acquired some years ago by a UK preservation society. On arrival in Durban the loco and tender will be loaded on board the MACS line cargo ship DIAMOND LAND, probably at Maydon Wharf and with the assistance of the port’s floating crane.

    The UK group which has acquired the loco wanted a 15F because a number of them were built by the North British Locomotive Works in Manchester – the final destination of No.3007.

    Altogether 255 Class 15Fs were built – the first batch by the German locomotive builders Henschel and Berliner Machinenbau between 1938 and 1939. The 15F was a derivation of the earlier Class 15E, which had been designed by the SAR’s chief engineer Mr AG Watson. The main difference between the 15F and 15E was that the later design used Walschaerts valve gear instead of poppet valves.

    With the outbreak of World War II further locomotives of this class were built by the British company’s Beyer Peacock and North British Locomotive Co, with the final delivery coming out in 1948.

    The 15F proved to be one of the SAR’s most successful class of locos, operating heavy freight trains and passengers alike and in most parts of the country. In later years as electric and diesel locomotion took over mainline operations the class was relegated to certain branch line services and onto shunting duties. They remained in service until the late 1980s having provided nearly fifty years of excellent service.

    A few of this class remain in preservation in South Africa. Now another is to make its way back to the land where it was built. Most of the remainder of the class, like most of the other classes of steam locos, have been scrapped.

    Dlamini Zuma chairs AU Comoros meeting today

    Cape Town (BuaNews) – Minister of Foreign Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is to chair an African Union (AU) meeting regarding developments in the Comoros.

    She will host the meeting in Cape Town today (Tuesday) in her capacity as chairperson of the AU Committee of Countries of the Region on Comoros, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

    Ministers from Comoros, Tanzania, Seychelles, Mauritius, Madagascar, Kenya and Mozambique will join her in discussions regarding the island nation.

    The archipelago is located in the Southern African region and is made up of a group of islands at the northern mouth of the Mozambique Channel, about two-thirds of the way between northern Madagascar and northern Mozambique. Minister Dlamini Zuma has convened the meeting, which will also be attended by the Vice-President of Comoros and the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Ambassador Said Djinnit.

    It takes place within the context of the AU's priority to consolidate peace, security and national reconciliation in the Comoros, the department explained.

    Discussions at the meeting will focus on the current political situation in the Comoros, in addition to the organisation of the Island's presidential elections.

    Following these discussions a report and recommendations will be presented to the AU Heads of State and Government Summit scheduled for Accra, Ghana in July this year.

    Comoros has endured 19 coups or attempted coups since gaining independence from France in 1975.

    In 1997, the islands of Anjouan and Moheli declared independence from Comoros. In 1999, military chief Colonel Azali Assoumani seized power.

    He pledged to resolve the crisis through a confederal arrangement named the 2000 Fomboni Accord.

    In December 2001, voters approved a new constitution and presidential elections took place in the spring of 2002.

    Each island in the archipelago elected its own president and a new union president, President Azali Assoumani, took office in May 2002.

    Safmarine beefs up marketing and customer services

    Safmarine Container Lines NV says it is strengthening the company’s global focus on customers with the appointment of two executives to head its newly-created Global Sales & Marketing and Global Customer Service & Service Delivery portfolios.

    According to Safmarine CEO, Ivan Heesom-Green, the restructuring of Safmarine’s sales and customer service division into two separate, global, portfolios reflects the company’s focus on further improving service delivery and strengthening the Safmarine brand worldwide.

    “While Safmarine’s customer focus has contributed significantly to our past growth, we believe the current shipping environment requires a more dedicated approach; one that will differentiate Safmarine from its competitors and allow us to grow in partnership with our customers in the years ahead,” he said.

    The new Global Sales & Marketing Executive is Jan Scheck, a German national raised in Belgium, who previously held responsibility for Safmarine’s Africa Region before assuming responsibility for commercial and operational activities of the AP Moller-Maersk Group in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Rudi Labeau, previously a Liner Executive himself and more recently focused on both sales and customer service as Key Accounts Executive, takes up the new position of Global Customer Service & Service Delivery Executive.

    Both Scheck and Labeau are based in Safmarine’s Head Office in Antwerp, Belgium.

    Pic of the day – MIGHTY SERVANT 3

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    MIGHTY SERVANT 3 was towed into Table Bay yesterday after a successful salvage undertaken by Cape Town-based SMIT Salvage. The semi-submersible heavylift sank in 52m of water in Luanda Bay late last year and will now undergo examination and a complete survey in Cape Town to determine the exact nature of repairs necessary. Picture courtesy SMIT Salvage

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