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Ports & Ships Maritime News

5 July 2016
Author: Terry Hutson

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


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The Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier TR CROWN (53,474-dwt, built 2005) moves down the Esplanade Channel in Durban Harbour, bound for a berth on Maydon Wharf. The bulker is owned by Albemarle Shipping Ltd of the Island of Man but registered to Grafton Shipping of Athens, Greece, with another Greek company AM Nomikos Transworld Maritime as ship manager. The picture is by Terry Hutson

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The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) says that it is mindful of the fact that there are six months to go to the deadline set in the STCW Convention in the issuing of the new Manila Compliant (Seafarer) Certificates.

"We are also aware of the seafarers who have applied for their certificates more than two months ago and have yet to receive them. We are concerned about reports that employers are starting to place seafarers on unpaid leave if they are not holding these certificates," said a spokesperson for SAMSA.

SAMSA's Chief Examiner, Mr Azwimmbavhi Mulaudzi, said that as a seafarer himself, he is fully appreciative of the impact that this is having on seafarers. He said he would like to assure fellow seafarers that every effort is being made to ensure that no seafarer is further disadvantaged by the delays that SAMSA is experiencing.

According to Mulaudzi the delays and the backlog are caused by internal IT infrastructure problems and quality assurance issues. "These issues are being urgently attended to. SAMSA is committed to issuing high quality secure certificates which are beyond reproach. We therefore wish to assure our seafarers that we anticipate that the delays and the backlog will be cleared by the end of July 2016."

In the interim, SAMSA will be prioritising certificates for those seafarers who are being placed on unpaid leave. Seafarers who are facing loss of income during the month of July 2016 should inform the SAMSA office where they made their applications. The relevant office will advise the Chief Examiner and the Registrar of Seafarers to prioritise the certificates of those seafarers. Enquiries can be directed to any of the following:

Tebogo Ramatjie on 082 946 0737 or 082 646 6044,
Chief Examiner amulaudzi@samsa.org.za, or 012 366 4783,
The Registrar of Seafarers at pmooketsi@samsa.org.za, or 012 366 2633.
Seafarers are also encouraged to communicate all their queries to exams@samsa.org.za exams@samsa.org.za

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SMIT Amandla Marine's buoy tender vessel, formerly known as PENTOW MALGAS, has been renamed SISONKE, and has officially been registered through the South African Maritime Safety Authority on the South African ships' register.

This has been done in support of the objectives of Operation Phakisa in growing South Africa's maritime economy, said a statement issued by the Cape Town-based South African firm.

The vessel is on contract to PetroSA, and her return to the South African flag is in line with the stated intent of SMIT Amandla Marine and PetroSA. 'Sisonke' translates to 'togetherness', reflecting the company's partnership approach, said the statement.

SMIT Amandla Marine holds a long term contract with PetroSA for the management of the Marine Loading Facility, which includes the Single Point Mooring (SPM) and Conventional Buoy Mooring (CBM), off Voorbaai (Mossel Bay).

This operation, which includes related subsea services, is run to high international safety and environmental protection standards. SMIT Amandla Marine is ISO 9001 and 14001 certified by DNV, and is a Level 3 contributor to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment.

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Outer caisson from the Durban Dry Dock which has returned to service after refurbishment

After completing repairs to the outer caisson, or gate, at the Durban Graving Dock, a job that took almost six months to complete, the caisson is now in regular service and the dry dock has begun re-admitting ships on a regular basis for repair.

Attention is now turning to returning the inner caisson to its original position, after having served for several years in position as the outer gate before the contract to repair the original outer caisson was awarded last year.

After an evaluation the inner caisson should be returning to its true position this week when there are three vessels booked to depart at different times. Having the inner caisson in service enables the dry dock to be divided into two separate sections.

The inner caisson therefore will be available as a means of splitting the dock when vessels are scheduled to depart at different times. The dock has continued to service up to three vessels simultaneously using the outer caisson only, provided the vessels' combined length do not exceed 330 metres.

With the inner caisson in place, the dredger ISANDLWANA is scheduled for positioning in the inner dock while the outer dock will accommodate two tugs, MKHUZE and UHUVA. Despite its extended service, the inner gate remains functional, but due to its age it will undergo a detailed structural assessment while in position to ascertain the extent of the rehabilitation required.

The inner caisson repair project will be executed by 2018/19 along with both caissons' inner and outer drive mechanisms.

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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd has announced an agreement with Miami-Dade County to construct and operate a dramatic new cruise terminal at PortMiami, on land leased from the County. The new terminal will be a striking addition to PortMiami and will serve as homeport to Royal Caribbean International ships, including a 5,400-passenger Oasis-class ship, the world's largest and most innovative cruise ships. The agreement will come before the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners tomorrow (6 July 2016).

"We are truly excited to be working with Miami-Dade County and PortMiami to create not just another cruise terminal, but a truly iconic building," said Richard D Fain, chairman and CEO for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "This new terminal is a symbol of our commitment to Miami, the city where our company first started almost 50 years ago. We can't wait to bring an Oasis-class ship to PortMiami."

"Miami-Dade County is happy to welcome Royal Caribbean's expansion at PortMiami, and all the economic benefits that come along with it," said Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Mayor. "This public-private partnership will have an estimated economic impact of US$500 million and generate approximately 4,000 jobs. Royal Caribbean has been an important part of our world-class community for almost 50 years, and this expansion will once again make PortMiami Royal Caribbean's largest cruise port in the world. I thank them for their continued investment in and commitment to Miami-Dade."

Broadway Malyan has been selected as the firm to design the new terminal, after a global competition was held between five of the world's leading architectural firms. The firm was selected because of their creative thinking and cutting-edge design.

The 170,000-square-foot terminal is nicknamed the Crown of Miami because of its distinct shape. The design evokes the points of the symbolic headgear when viewed from the water; the 'M' of Miami when viewed from the east or western approaches; and a sense of waves rising or ships passing when viewed from the terminal side. At night, the terminal's facade will be lit ensuring that the building makes a striking impression and providing a dynamic addition to the PortMiami landscape.

Currently, PortMiami welcomes approximately 750,000 Royal Caribbean passengers annually, representing about 15 percent of its overall passenger traffic. Once the new cruise terminal is completed, it is anticipated that Royal Caribbean will generate at least 1.8 million passengers at PortMiami -- representing no less than 30 percent of the port's projected passenger traffic.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd is a global cruise vacation company that owns Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises and CDF Croisieres de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture. Together, these six brands operate a combined total of 47 ships with an additional twelve on order. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on approximately 490 destinations on all seven continents.

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Picture courtesy Five Oceans Salvage

Five Oceans Salvage is continuing with the salvage and environmental protection operation following the grounding of the bulk carrier BENITA off Mahebourg, Mauritius on 17 June 2016.

Benita remains aground in a stable condition with a number of tanks flooded. The deck and side plates of the vessel do not appear to show signs of stress, said the salvor.

The tug Ionian Sea FOS has a line connected to the vessel's stern and is maintaining constant tension around the clock, to prevent the casualty from shifting position as a result of the weather and waves.

A further tug, the Coral Sea FOS arrived on Sunday in Port Louis to assist with the operation and by yesterday morning Coral Sea FOS was also connected to the casualty's stern.

The priority operation to remove the 145 tonnes of fuel oil on board is making good progress, with all the oil being moved ashore by helicopter. Salvors are awaiting a specialised vacuum pumping system from their salvage depot in Greece to complete the removal of whatever quantity of fuel oil remains in two double bottom tanks that have been verified to still contain a substantial quantity of fuel oil.

The lubrication oil stored in drums in the engine room is also being removed from the vessel.

Over 150 one cubic metre specialist storage containers containing contaminated fuel and lubs have been removed ashore to date. No further oil residue or pollution has been observed around the casualty and specialised anti-pollution booms remain in place along the surrounding shoreline as a precaution.

The vessel, which was en route from India bound for Durban was in ballast at the time of the grounding which means that there are no considerations needed for cargo removal.

According to Five Oceans Salvage, the second phase of the operation which involves preparation for the refloating is also making good progress. The salvage team managed to relocate within the engine room and successfully preserve and repair in situ one of the starting air compressors of the vessel (that had previously been flooded), filled up the air receivers and started one of the auxiliary engines, thus restoring auxiliary power onboard the casualty. The vessel's cranes and windlasses are now operational.

A team of 25 welders, fitters and assistants working onboard are making progress preparing the double bottom tanks and cargo holds for pressurisation for the refloating attempt.

The salvors' diving supervisor was injured last week when he fell from a height inside hold No 3 and suffered a spine injury. He was given the first aid onboard by the salvors paramedic officer and then landed ashore by helicopter for hospitalisation. He is presently hospitalised in Port Louis pending repatriation but expected to make a full recovery.

A total team of 45 salvors personnel and subcontractors are working onboard the casualty plus 3 senior personnel coordinating from ashore.

Salvors also mobilised a demolitions expert from the US with long experience in salvage operations, to explore the possibility to use explosives on the rocks underneath the vessel in order to release her. Should that need arise, a full assessment with the authorities over any environmental impact would be conducted beforehand.

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Heads of State and Government, Ministers, economists, private-sector representatives, and civil society will participate in the 14th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14) to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 17-22 July, to take stock of the world economy and consider the most appropriate actions to help countries achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The theme of UNCTAD 14 is Shaping Prosperity for all and Re-igniting the Engines of Sustainable Development. This will reflect on concerns that the world economy should be a source of equitable benefit for all.

UNCTAD's quadrennial conferences are also used to set the principal priorities of the organisation's work programme for the next four years.

One topic to be considered is that of sustainable freight transport systems and their part in boosting global trade and driving up development.

More details will be found at: http://unctad14.org/EN.

Commodity dependence in developing countries will be examined at the 7th UNCTAD global commodities forum to be held on 15-16 July immediately before UNCTAD 14. Here the theme will be Breaking the chains of commodity dependence and participants will discuss how commodity-dependent developing countries can adapt to the twin shocks of lower commodity prices and shrinking demand from emerging economies, so as to realise their national objectives and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Global trade continues to be affected by sluggish global demand, reduced commodity prices and persistent political turmoil in various parts of the world. In 2015, global merchandise trade amounted to about US$16.5 trillion (down from almost $19 trillion in 2014) and trade in services, to about $4.9 trillion (down from about $5.2 trillion in 2014).

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Sea Sunday is a special time for us to recognise and thank all seafarers who work under extremely difficult and dangerous circumstances. Loneliness, isolation, abandonment, limited contact with family and even shipwreck are just some of the conditions seafarers ofte face. The Mission to Seafarers is proud to have supported and cared for seafarers for the last 160 years and we are passionate about provising crucial and urgent support to the 1.5 million seafarers around the globe.

Venue: St Nicholas Chapel
Richards Bay Seafarers Mission
11 Urania Road (West Gate)

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Robert Pabst, R.I.P.

Well-known and respected Cape Town ship enthusiast and photographer Robert Pabst, who passed away peacefully in his sleep at the weekend, emigrated to South Africa with his family in the early 1950s on the Dutch liner Jagersfontein.

Robert had an interest in ships from an early age and started taking photographs of ships since 1959.

His interests lay with German shipping, passenger and naval ships. He has written many articles for German publications and has had his photographs published in several publications. Robert co-authored the book Maritime South Africa with Brian Ingpen.

Robert was a partner in a Litho Printing business and retired several years ago. He will be sadly missed by ship lovers in South Africa for his wonderful disposition and knowledge of shipping.

Ian Shiffman
Cape Town

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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.

This you will find here in CRUISE NEWS & REVIEWS

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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.

Find the Naval Review section HERE

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The container ship WASHINGTON (85,836-dwt, built 2009) arriving back in Durban at the recent weekend. Formerly named APL Washington and originally Astrid Schulte, the ship was owned by the American President Line-Neptune Orient Line (NOL), one of those now affected by the CMA CGM takeover of the Singapore-based NOL. Her current registered owners are Metropolitan Harbour of Hong Kong, but her beneficial owner is Synergy Marine of Nicosia, Cyprus. The 6,966-TEU capacity Washington was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries Ltd Co, South Korea as that yard's hull number 1948. This picture is by Trevor Jones


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