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Ports & Ships Maritime News

21 July 2015
Author: Terry Hutson

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Three car carriers in port together and an almost full Durban car terminal is what faced photographer Russell Cleaver when he flew over Durban Bay to take these photographs recently. Although special, the sight is not uncommon given the ebb and flow of motor vehicles imports and exports and scenes of a full terminal one day and some gaps the next are quite usual. Pictures by Russell Cleaver. email cleaver@iafrica.com

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Nautic Africa, a company within the Paramount Group, is custom-developing and will deliver a new range of boarding craft to the South African Navy by December this year to meet the Navy’s requirements for demanding naval missions.

The 9m craft are currently under development at Nautic Africa’s Cape Town facilities and, according to Project Manager Pieter Heyneman, will draw extensively on the capabilities of the company’s innovation team.

“Nautic always aims to raise the bar, and this project will be no different,” he said explaining that the design brief for Project Carol required a state-of-the-art, fully-equipped, composite craft capable of providing superior performance under demanding conditions.

As a certified ISO:9001 service provider with a proven track-record in designing to customer specifications, Nautic Africa is well-positioned to deliver on the Navy’s requirements for a vessel that integrates into existing systems as well as to provide long-term logistical support to the platforms once delivered.

Not without its design challenges, the result is a world-class 9m epoxy infused vessel capable of reaching speeds of 38 knots via twin Volvo D4-260 diesel sterndrives.

Highlighting the need for a quick design turnaround time, Heyneman, emphasised the importance of close collaboration between Navy officials and the development team.

Capable of carrying 10 crew members, the mid-engined arrangement will offer in-house developed shock mitigating seating to operating crew, whilst the boarding party is accommodated aft.

Designed to be deployed from the Navy frigates, the solid fendered, self-righting capable boarding craft make provision for interfacing via a single-point lifting arrangement, customised to fit the pre-existing CSIR adapted Vest Davit launching cranes.

In addition, the vessels will be equipped with a suite of equipment including military specification tactical communications, navigation and tracking systems, touch screen glass cockpit instrumentation, keyless starting, automatic fire suppression, noise cancelling intercom, a drop-in ammunition locker, a customised gun mount pintle interface as well as a pre-heating umbilical cord system and more.

“The multi-purpose boarding craft will be deployed to perform safety and security functions, including boarding operations, intelligence support and rescue missions,” says James Fisher, CEO of Nautic Africa who confirms that a total of five vessels will be delivered to the Navy under Project Carol.

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According to the Japanese funders of Mombasa’s second container terminal, the go-ahead for phase II is still awaiting the nod by the Kenyan government.

In March this year the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) signed a ¥320 million (US$2.576 million) funding agreement which would see the development of berth 22, the procurement of equipment and consultancy fees.

JICA’s representative in charge of infrastructure, Kenji Yokota, told the Kenyan Star newspaper that JICA was only waiting on the Kenyan government to agree to the loans to pave the way forward for the project.

“The funds are ready. We are waiting for effectuation of the loan agreement by the Kenyan Government. It has to scrutinise if the process complies with the Kenyan laws. Once effected, KPA can go ahead and procure a consultant,” said Yokota.

According JICA, the designs will take seven months while procurement for a contractor will take at least three months.

“We advise the Kenyan Government to use a Japanese contractor who will implement the same technology used in the first phase,” said Yokota.

Japan's Toyo Construction Ltd is the main contractor in charge of the first phase of the multi-billion dollar new terminal, which is currently underway. According to Yokota the first phase is 85 percent complete and will be ready a month or two ahead of the March 2016 completion date.

“We are proud of what Toyo has done so far on phase one,” he said.

Mombasa’s second container terminal will have a capacity of 450,000 twenty-foot equivalent units and will increase the total terminal capacity at Mombasa port to 1.55 million TEU's, up from 1.1 million TEUs.

KPA principal public relations officer Hajj Masemo said the process of selecting an operator for the terminal is underway and should be completed by September. Twelve international and regional logistic firms (including Transnet Port Terminals), are competing for the 25-year contract. - The Star

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One of two caissons or ‘gates’ at the Durban dry dock, in need of urgent refurbishment

The Prince Edward Graving Dry Dock in the port of Durban will be closed for two months over August and September while repairs and much needed maintenance is carried out on both caissons and other sections of the 90-year old dock.

As indicated in an earlier PORTS & SHIPS report, 13 July 2015, the contract to carry out the repairs has been awarded to Channel Construction who will work closely with the managing contractor, Sebata Group, which is overseeing the project, with technical expertise and quality assurance provided by a team including KwaZulu-Natal’s only naval architecture firm, Naval Africa.

The R30 million repair will be undertaken over a four-month period, of which the dry dock will be closed to other traffic for two months. “The contractor’s preferred method required a four month non-operational period of the dry dock. However TNPA has implemented a contingency plan in consultation with the project management team to reduce this period to two months in order to minimise the impact on industry,” said port manager Moshe Motlohi.

He said TNPA had thoroughly investigated various methods, including an option of keeping the dry dock operational during the entire project implementation phase of four months and the associated risks. “We are however confident that the method we have adopted will afford protection against risks such as endangering the structural integrity of the caisson and dock, escalating costs and prolonged duration of the project,” he said.

The repair project is expected to run from July to November 2015, with the non-operational period occurring over August and September. TNPA said that no repair bookings had been received from industry for the non-operational period of two months but that there would be a vessel in the dock for service during July for a 20-day period (AFRICA MERCY) and another in October. The dock’s current market includes cargo vessels and TNPA’s own fleet of marine vessels.

Channel Construction would work 24 hour shifts with the majority of the work to be carried out offsite at the contractor’s Bayhead workshop. Work will include demolition and waste disposal, structural repair, welding, modification and replacement of structural members and plates, design and fabrication certification, commissioning and final handover.

TNPA expects the Durban dry dock outer caisson repair to be completed in November and it would be commissioned when there is a vessel scheduled to depart from the dry dock during that month.

Motlohi said the outer caisson repair project forms part of TNPA’s structured programme for the dry dock, which would include a concrete refurbishment programme, replacement of crane rails, replacement of two aged electrical overheard cranes and refurbishment of the inner caisson.

Also included in this programme is the procurement of new Jib cranes, mechanical pump house upgrade, replacement of Workshop 24 equipment, installation of a new fire-fighting system, installation of new capstans, replacement of the floating dock and procurement of six compressors.

Industry has been asking Transnet for years to implement a programme of repairing and maintaining the port’s ship repair facilities. The TNPA floating dock has been out of commission for years with no indication having been given whether it would ever be returned to service or replaced.

A privately owned floating dock has in that time been almost fully occupied. Local ship companies complained of having to turn away ship repair contracts because of a lack of dry docking facilities.

TNPA says now that it is fast-tracking investments into ship repair facilities nationwide. It says it has identified projects to the value of R16.8 billion aimed at facilitating the growth of the local ship repair, ship building and oil and gas sectors. All of the projects, says TNPA, are set to be operational by 2019.

Refurbishment of existing ship repair facilities will see an estimated R2.2 billion invested into mechanical, electrical and civil infrastructure upgrades at the Ports of Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Mossel Bay.

Greenfield projects to the total tune of R14.6 billion will include new capacity creation at the Ports of Saldanha, Richards Bay and East London. These will be co-funded through public-private partnerships (PPPs) guided by transaction advisors, according to TNPA.

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Big ships need big engines, so meet Wärtsilä’s answer to the need for a suitable engine to power French carrier CMA CGM’s new 20,000-TEU container ships that are to be built by Hanjin Heavy Industries (HHI) at the Subic Bay (Philippines) shipyard.

CMA CGM has a number of these mega ships on order which are to be powered by Wärtsilä X92, low-speed, 2-stroke engines. Wärtsilä has entered into a joint venture with China State Shipbuilding Corporation in which the Chinese company owns a majority 70 percent and Wärtsilä the balance. The JV is known as WinGD.

The engines however are still being produced under the name Wärtsilä. The engine referred to here is the largest of Wärtsilä’s Generation X series of engines and has a power range from 24,420 to 73,560 kW at 70 to 80 rpm.

The low revolutions enable higher ship propulsion efficiency for the large and ultra large vessels the engine is designed for. The engine features low fuel consumption across the entire operating range, thanks to the application of common rail technology.

“The Wärtsilä X92 engine has been designed to provide exceptional reliability, the lowest operating costs and minimal exhaust emissions, all of which are essential in today’s operating environment,” says Martin Wernli, CEO of WinGD.

“As container vessels are getting ever bigger in order to achieve economies of scale, it is essential that the engines and propulsion equipment are developed accordingly so as to achieve the efficiencies needed. Our successful 2-stroke Generation X engines are evidence of our proven competence and technological leadership and, as a result, we are playing an important role in the large and ultra large container vessel segment,” he says.

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Morten Nystad - Picture: Odfjell

Yet another top Odfjell official is stepping down, after 35 years with the Norwegian tanker company.

Morten Nystad was senior vice president of Odfjell Tankers until his sudden departure. He follows the departure of president and CEO Jan A Hammer in December 2014 “due to different views on the strategic direction for the company.”

Hammer was replaced by interim president and CEO Tore Jakobsen, who will be succeeded by Kristian Verner Mørch from 1 August 2015.

Nystad held various management positions in his 35 years with the Norwegian company.

His replacement has not been announced except that Odfjell says it has begun a search. In the meantime Nystad’s duties will be carried out by the president/CEO until a new head of Odfjell Tankers is appointed.

Apart from the above a total of 85 people have had their services terminated with Odfjell at its Bergen office – described as a means of ‘cost saving initiatives’ along with other measures.

Odfjell operates a fleet of products tankers worldwide, including regular calls in Durban where the company has an office.

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Looking across at Nacala-a-Velha from the old port

The new Nacala-a-Velha coal terminal, in Mozambique’s Nampula province, has received a small consignment of coal, and this will be the first time coal will be exported from this port, according to the director of the Nacala Integrated Logistics Corridor.

Coal has travelled along the railway that now connects the port with Moatize where the coal is mined, but this was for test purposes and not for export.

This corridor includes a 900-kilometre railway between Moatize and Nacala-a-Velha, crossing through part of Malawi and costing an estimated US$4.4 billion and is the result of a partnership between Brazilian group Vale and Mozambican state port and railway company CFM.

According to José Otoni, director of the Nacala Integrated Logistics Corridor, the Mozambique Interior Minister, Jaime Basilio Monteiro, indicated that legal procedures were underway to bring the first ship to Nacala. The minister, who was visiting Nampula province, said this was necessary because the necessary licences to load coal for export at Nacala-a-Velha were still to be arranged.

He gave assurances that normal coal shipments will be provided from August, when conditions should be in place to transport the coal.

“In 2017, when we reach the installed capacity of the port, we will be exporting 22 million tons of coal per year and until then we will export 18 million tons of coal a year, when we will be operating with 89 locomotives and 1,862 wagons,” Otoni said. – macauhub

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