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Ports & Ships Maritime News

26 May 2015
Author: Terry Hutson

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


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An early morning glint shot, so beloved of steam locomotive photographers, produced by the first rays of sunlight on the hull of the South African navy frigate, SAS AMATOLA (F145). The warship is minus her weaponry while undergoing a major refit which has included the replacement of her two main engines, all undertaken by Southern African Shipyards in Durban. While in the dry dock an unexpected problem was revealed with the ship’s rudder, necessitating a new part to be acquired from Germany. It is understood that this has since arrived and that the frigate is waiting her turn back in the Durban dry dock before this lengthy contract comes to completion. Picture: Ken Malcolm

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Anwaar Afriqya. Picture: Shipspotting

The 35,000-dwt products tanker ANWAAR AFRIQYA (built 2004) has been attacked by Libyan Air Force jets as the ship was preparing to dock in the Libyan port of Sirte.

The tanker, which is operated by the state-owned General National Maritime Transport Co (GNMTC) and chartered by Libya’s National Oil Corporation, had arrived from Piraeus in Greece where she loaded a cargo of gasoil before arriving off the Libyan port of Sirte on Saturday, 22 May.

Why the tanker was attacked is not clear in the confusing conditions applying in the failed state of Libya. At least one person is reported as killed and there have been reports of the ship being on fire, although these are not confirmed.

According to the internationally recognised government in exile in Benghazi, the ship was carrying reinforcements and weapons for the rival government in the capital city of Tripoli. “Our jets warned an unflagged ship off Sirte city, but it ignored the warning,” a government spokesman claimed, adding that after taking time to evaluate the situation, an instruction was given for government jets to attack the ship which, so he claimed, was unloading reinforcements and weapons.

“The ship is now on fire. We are in war and we do not accept any security breaches, whether by land, air, or sea, he said.”

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Picture: Italian Navy

Italian Coast Guard cutters have brought about the rescue at sea of another 70 migrants, this time people fleeing from Afghanistan and Iraq.

The rescue took place off the south-eastern coast of Italy at the recent weekend, with those rescued being taken to the port of Santa Maria di Leuca in Puglia. The coast guard said the group included two women and a number of children.

Despite having shut down its specialised unit for assisting and dealing with illegal migrants arriving by sea, Italy continues to assist them when necessary and in this respect is bearing the brunt of dealing with these would-be immigrants. Once processed ashore most of those arriving by sea find their way overland to Italy’s northern borders where they move on into other European countries, in particular Germany and the Netherlands.

The migrants claim refugee status as many are fleeing persecution in countries in Africa or the Middle East. So far this year, according to figures released by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, about 35,500 refugees had arrived in Italy by the end of April.

If the number includes those who have made it safely to either Italy, Spain, Greece or Malta it increases to 62,500.

The number of those who have died or who have gone missing in the attempt to reach safety in Europe is estimated as being at least 1,800. In 2014 a total of 3,500 people are known to have died in similar circumstances.

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DFID Deputy Head Tom Gardner (left) exchanging grant agreement documents with TMEAs Director General David Stanton for funding infrastructure improvements at the Port of Mombasa. Picture: TMEA

A grant of £23 million for the modernisation and development of the Port of Mombasa has been signed this week.

The grant agreement was signed between the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and TradeMark East Africa (TMEA).

In a report by the TMEA it says the funding will be targeted towards modernisation work at the port of Mombasa. This includes infrastructure investments aimed at addressing energy efficiency, speeding up of import and export trade handling, and minimising environmental impacts at the port.

This additional support now brings total DFID funding towards the port to £63 million, further demonstrating the UK’s support to Kenya’s development.

“The expansion of the port modernisation work at the port of Mombasa will take into account environmental and social aspects and this will go a long way in complementing existing projects, and in expanding the flow of benefits to stakeholders, including the population of Mombasa and the wider East Africa Community residents,” said Tom Gardner, DFID’s deputy head.

Mombasa is the principal gateway to East and Central Africa, serving close to 250 million people along the Northern Corridor. The funding will add to the cost reductions targets under the current Mombasa port improvement programme and will contribute to reducing carbon emissions, increasing energy technologies within the port thereby improving workforce productivity.

The additional support is in response to a recent study that was conducted by the Kenya Ports Authority which recommended the need for mainstreaming of climate change and renewable energy into port operations.

“The UK government is TMEAs largest investor and continues to be a key ally in promoting regional and economic integration in East Africa,” said TMEA’s Director General, David Stanton.

“This project aims at minimising environmental impacts whilst addressing energy efficiencies. This investment is among many projects that TMEA is spearheading through the UK government support at the Mombasa Port to enhance trade environment in the region since East Africa has amongst the highest freight and transport costs in the world.

“These costs seriously erode the marginal competitiveness of goods exported by East African countries, reducing trade, economic growth, job creation and poverty reduction.”

TMEA, UK and its seven other development partners are currently spending about US$700m on reducing barriers to trade and accelerating regional economic integration in the East African Community (EAC).

Improvements at the port of Mombasa are critical to increasing regional trade in the EAC with benefits that include reductions in the cost of goods of up 40 percent. - TradeMark East Africa (TMEA)

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The ROS control room at Lamong Container Terminal

The Indonesian Lamong Bay Container Terminal was inaugurated on Friday, 22 May and has become the nation’s first fully automated container terminal.

Lamong Bay Terminal is in Surabaya, East Java and has become an important milestone in the country’s transport development program that is improving the movement of goods through its vast waterways.

Lamong Bay Terminal’s automated container handling system was provided by Konecranes.

The terminal is operated by Indonesian state-owned terminal operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Persero), “Pelindo III”. Its automated container handling system consists of 20 Automated Stacking Cranes (ASCs), Remote Operating Stations (ROS), and associated container yard infrastructure.

Konecranes also provided 10 Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes and 5 straddle carriers. Hand-over of the automated container blocks is proceeding smoothly, with Konecranes providing expert engineering support on-site. “Lamong Bay Terminal is the next generation container terminal. Thanks to the reliability, productivity, predictability and safety provided by our Konecranes automated container handling system, we will provide our shipping line customers with uninterrupted, reliable container flow. This will be the key to build up business success in Indonesia and South-East Asia,” said Mr Prasetyadi, Project Manager, Pelindo III.

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Lamong Bay Terminal’s automated container handling system incorporates a host of technological improvements including stronger redundancy throughout the design, and an improved Remote Operating Station (ROS) and Graphical User Interface (GUI).

Konecranes’ unique Active Load Control technology is now extended with an advanced machine vision system which detects containers and container profiles with great precision. As the container approaches the target, the container profile becomes more accurate. The effects of dust, fog etc. are minimised. The system senses neighbouring container stacks from the point of view of the load, and performs canyon driving. The automated container handling process becomes more precise and predictable. - Konecranes

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The question of using automated equipment was raised in the early days of the development of the Ngqura Container Terminal, but PORTS & SHIPS was told emphatically that it wasn’t in the national interest to have automated container terminals.

With the still-to-be-decided construction of the Dig out Port at Durban another opportunity will exist to go this route, which offers real opportunities for a South African port to attain really world class performances, and more importantly, to attract calls by shipping lines and business generally. Whether Transnet will make use of this opportunity remains to be seen, but meanwhile Lamong Bay Terminal in Indonesia, with strong similarities to South African ports such as Durban, provides an excellent opportunity of watching its development and gauging its success.

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Jacques Brummer

Jacques Brummer, a former director of Cummins Southern Africa and a man with more than 20 years’ experience in the African diesel market, has been appointed CEO of Southern Power Products (SPP), which is a member of the Nautic Africa Group.

In a statement the firm says the executive management team of Cape Town-based SPP has been strengthened with Brummer’s appointment.

It said his appointment is aimed at supporting the existing SPP executive team, led by SPP founder and Managing Director, Noel Holmes, in realising the company’s future growth and expansion plans.

“Jacques’ appointment brings new vision and expertise to SPP and we look forward to him using his extensive African market insight, passion for business development enabled by development of dynamic teams and strong customer relationships, as well as his strong product knowledge to assist SPP in achieving its growth ambitions,” said Holmes.

SPP, which it says is intent on becoming the preferred supplier of leading, innovative technologies to the marine industry, plans to grow its business by actively expanding its Volvo Penta offering through focus across the broader commercial marine market, and acquiring additional agencies and new technologies which complement its existing product portfolio.

The company, the official South African importer and distributor of Volvo Penta marine engines, generators, accessories and parts, also represents top brands such as the Westerbeke range of marine generators and accessories, Crusair Marine air conditioning systems, Aquadrive anti-vibration systems and Hidea outboard motors, spare parts and accessories.

Brummer’s appointment also complements the recent, vertical integration of SPP into the Nautic Africa Group, a move which, according to Holmes, “is a significant value-add for SPP in light of Nautic’s presence and strength across Africa.”

“SPP’s integration into the Nautic Group has given us the injection of transformation we needed to meet the changing needs of the marine industry. “As SPP, we are now better positioned to serve the African governmental, commercial and recreational marine sectors and to provide sales and service support excellence for existing and any new products and technologies which we introduce into our portfolio,” says Brummer.

The DOEN Pacific Waterjet product range- which Nautic acquired in 2014 - will be added to the SPP portfolio. Further additions will be unveiled at Cape Town’s annual Boat Show, which takes place from 9 – 11 October this year.

Last word comes from James Fisher, Nautic CEO:

“We are delighted to have SPP - which has been active in the South African marine industry since 1985 – become an independent member of the Nautic Group. Our alliance is one which promises to be mutually beneficial to both SPP and Nautic.”

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The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) at Port Elizabeth was activated on Saturday 23 May when the duty crew was asked to rendezvous with the Italian bulk carrier, MEDI BALTIMORE (76,469-dwt, built 2005).

The ship had reported an injured seaman, a 34-year old Romanian, who had fallen on board the ship several days before and was suffering from a suspect fractured left arm.

The NSRI launched its sea rescue boat EIKOS RESCUER IV and proceeded to a position six nautical miles off-shore from Port Elizabeth where the patient was taken off his vessel and brought safely to shore and transported to hospital.

The injured man’s condition was described as stable.

Just another working day for the volunteer NSRI crews that are on 24-hour standby on the long South African coast.

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In celebration of Cunard Line’s 175th anniversary, Cunard arranged to have her three Queens, QUEEN ELIZABETH, QUEEN VICTORIA and QUEEN MARY 2 sail together up the Mersey into Liverpool harbour on Monday, 25 May 2015 (yesterday). The three ships performed for onlookers with choreographed manoeuvres known as the ‘river dance’ which included 180- degree turns.

Cunard is a British-American cruise company, a division of the giant US company, Carnival Cruises. Picture & video: Cunard

Watch the video, courtesy Cunard
Watch as the three Queens meet in Liverpool for the first time on 25 May 2015 1hr 30min, 49sec


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