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Ports & Ships Maritime News

30 August 2016
Author: Terry Hutson

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


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Carnival Cruise Line's recently launched CARNIVAL VISTA (133,500-gt, built 2016) seen here at Barcelona on 6 August. With a passenger capacity of almost 4,000 passengers (3,954 for the specific) the ship was launched at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy and has yet to leave the Mediterranean. The attractive ship will do that in October when she transfers across the Atlantic to cruise in the Caribbean out of Miami. See our report HERE for some more background to this new ship. This picture is by Trevor Jones

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Spring Bay off the Mozambique coast

The refrigerated (reefer) cargo ship SPRING BAY (5,420-dwt, built 1987) which lost engine power close to the coast of Inhambane in Mozambique, is understood to be underway again and was last reported as heading for the port of Maputo for engine repairs.

Yesterday afternoon however the ship appeared to be underway once more and was proceeding in a north easterly direction in Maputo Bay at a speed of just 5 knots but this has not been confirmed.

Earlier the ship which is managed by Aquaship Ltd, a Latvian company based in Riga, reported that she had broken down and was at anchor about 14 kilometres off Guinjata Beach, Jangamo in Inhambane province. The ship had sailed earlier from Maputo bound for Alang in India where it is understood she is to be broken up.

Spring Bay has a crew of 15 on board and is carrying an estimated 400 tons of bunker fuel. The coast along the Inhambane province is regarded as mostly pristine and any spill here would have created a danger to the natural environment.

Spring Bay was built at the Ysselwerft Shipyard in The Netherlands as hull number 226.

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The bulk carrier HYderabad. Picture courtesy PNSC

The bulk carrier HYDERABAD (52,951-dwt, built 2004) which was arrested while in Algoa Bay, has been released and has resumed her voyage to the port of San Pedro in Cote d'Ivoire.

The bulker was detained while taking bunkers offshore of Port Elizabeth after a court order was granted against the vessel on a default case regarding the Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) which had entered into a contract with a South African iron ore supplier for one million tonnes of iron ore.

It was argued in court that because the ship was owned by the Pakistan National Shipping Company (PNSC), a state-owned company, it could be held pending payment from PSM which was likewise state-owned.

The case related to a Singapore-based shipping company that was contracted to ship the iron ore in 2008. After completing four out of six voyages in 2009 PSM was unable to make payment of $7.5 million outstanding for freight charges. The shipping company claimed in court an amount of US$14 million in losses.

Wanting to get their ship back, PNSC approached the Pakistan Finance Ministry and Foreign Office to either pay the money or give a surety so that the ship might be released.

In the event the court ordered a payment of $7.5 million for the freight and also ordered PSM to pay a further $6.5 million in interest to the Singapore company. After protracted megotiations, the Pakistan Finance Ministry provided a guarantee of $14 million to have the ship released. After obtaining approval from the Pakistan Economic Coordination Committee the money was to be transferred to the Singapore shipping firm. The bulker Hyderbad in the meantime has been released and is on her way to Cote d'Ivoire. source: Vesseltracker

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Port of Dar es Salaam Container Terminal

The Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) is finalising plans to open a liaison office in Kigali, Rwanda in October, 2016 reports Elisha Mayallah in the East African Business Week.

Rwanda importers and exporters will no longer need to travel to the Tanzanian port in Dar es Salaam to clear their shipments.

"This means that importers, clearing agents and exporters will be able to clear goods from Kigali without having to travel to Dar es Salaam," Eng Deusdedit Kakoko, TPA's director general said last week.

The move aims at bringing services near to the Rwandan business community, which will help cut the cost of doing business, and reduce the hurdles within the logistics and supply chain.

Kakoko said the Liaison office will be a one-stop-centre, where customers will access information, including the status of their cargo, or applicable port charges.

"This is a healthy and supportive development that will help to reduce time and costs, as well as improve the value chain. It also means that the Rwandan business community can make payments through the electronic payment system (EPS) and attend to any queries through the Kigali office," he said.

"We are, therefore, calling on the Rwandan business community to use of this office effectively and take advantage of the cost benefit of doing business through real time information once it starts operations," said Tanzanian Treasury Registrar, Lawrence Mafuru. He said the liaison office will also improve service delivery and protect traders against unscrupulous shipping and clearing and forwarding agents.

Statistics indicate that almost 70% of Rwanda's cargo is handled through Dar es Salaam. In the past, local traders have complained of inefficiency, port congestion and safety at the port. Rwandan importers say the development is an important milestone that will help address some of the challenges they face while using the Central Corridor. source: East African Business Week (Kampala)

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MV Werften shipyard at Stralsund, Germany

Europe's newest luxury cruise ship builder, MV Werften announced on Friday last week (26 August) that it has signed contracts to build two Polar class luxury expedition ships for the rapidly expanding Crystal Cruises.

The letter of intent was signed with the engineering company Foreship in Stralsund.

"We are excited to build a series of the world's first purpose-built expedition yachts, with PC6 polar-class designation," said Jarmo Laakso, Managing Director of MV WERFTEN. "Our own staff at all sites and other subcontractors have already been fully involved in this project. Foreship has proven to be a strong and reliable cooperation partner in numerous similar large-scale projects and will be a valued support in addition to our own workforce."

Foreship is one of the leading cruise ship design and engineering companies worldwide, having been involved in projects such as Quantum of the Seas for Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Breakaway for Norwegian Cruise Line as well as Mein Schiff 3 and Mein Schiff 4 for TUI Cruises.

The 20,000-gt cruise ships will be built at MV Werften Stralsund, with production starting late 2017 and deliveries after the first quarter of 2019.

Classified as 'Endeavour' class, the new ships will be about 160 metres long and 23 metres wide and will become the world's largest and most spacious expedition yachts. They are designed to operate mainly in Arctic and Antarctic regions but will cruise in the tropical regions when travelling between the poles. They can accommodate up to 200 passengers in 100 suites and the same amount of crew.

This is a new era for shipbuilding at MV Werften and an important day for the shipyards in the country, said Harry Glawe, Economics Minister of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. "Hundreds of jobs are being secured and created. We are pleased about Genting's looming long-term commitment in our country."

Crystal Cruises are now a part of the Genting Group of companies which also owns Star Cruises, Asia's leading cruise ship company.

MV Werften is also a part of the Genting Group, having been founded earlier this year following the takeover by Genting Hong Kong of the three Nordic Yards' shipyards in Wismar, Warnemunde and Stralsund, all in Germany. The new shipbuilding group has already clinched orders for ten vessels over the next five years, including the two 201,000-gt Global-class cruise ships for Star Cruises.

With direct access to the Baltic Sea, the company has some of largest docks and covered cruise ship fabrication yards in Europe, and is one of only a handful of shipyards worldwide with the capacity to build the world's biggest cruise ships.

The Global Class for Star Cruises will be over 340 metres in length and 45 metres wide. Steel cutting for the first vessel is expected to begin in late 2017 and delivery is scheduled for 2020.

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The salvage and dredging firm of Subtech has assisted some 40 trainees at the Transnet NPA Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE) by giving them sea time familiarization training during the course of 2015 on the vessel Mermaid Vanquish.

This year the MSoE has another group of 26 students (TNPA CSI Trainee Ratings) who have completed their Able Seafarer: Deck and Engine theoretical training as well as all the required STCW ancillary courses. MSoE now wants them put through a similar sea going familiarization training programme again with the assistance of Subtech.

The objective of this training is to ensure that each trainee completes one week on-board an operating vessel to put their theory to the test and to ensure that they are exposed to the reality of working at sea prior to them being sent off to deep sea to complete their formal sea time. The students are being accommodated for sea time by Subtech on the tug NDONGENI and the hopper dredger CRANE -- both of which are currently operational in the Port of Durban.

A programme was drawn up by TNPA for CSI students for the period 8 to 25 August to ensure that groups of five students spend a week on-board taking into consideration the available berths on these vessels as well as the gender of the students. Following their time onboard, each trainee will receive an evaluation from the vessel on which they served that will aid TNPA MSoE in the completion of their training programme.

The students are part of ongoing initiatives that fall under Transnet's Market Demand Strategy with the aim of developing core skills that will drive performance and ensure that the state owned enterprise has adequate and skilled personnel in the future.

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Representatives of the winners in the category of Best Safety Performer (from left to right) -- Hoosen Ahmed and Paulo Franco of FPT (for Point Precinct), Jannie Roux of Bidfreight Port Operations (for Maydon Wharf Precinct), David Leisegang of Bidvest Tank Terminals (Island View Precinct) and Michelle Phillips representing Transnet Port Terminals Pier 1 (for Container Precinct), pictured with TNPA GM: Legal, Risk, Compliance & Regulatory, Sagree Chetty (far right)

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Representatives of the winners in the category of SHE Compliance (left to right): Wandile Mzamo of Bidfreight Port Operations (for Maydon Wharf Precinct), Hoosen Ahmed and Paulo Franco of FPT (for Point Precinct), Yogan Pillay of SAPREF (Island View Precint), Michelle Phillips representing Transnet Port Terminals Pier 1 (Container Precinct) and Thobeka Masondo of SAPREF, with TNPA GM: Strategy, Nico Walters (far right).

Transnet National Ports Authority's (TNPA) inaugural Port of Durban Customer Awards acknowledged outstanding terminal operators for their role in the success of South Africa's busiest commercial seaport. The The Great Gatsby themed event was held at the Durban International Convention Centre on Thursday, 25 August.

Licenced operators were adjudicated in the categories of Best Safety Performer, SHE Compliance, Transformation, Best Performing Terminal Operator, Best Performing Ship Repairer, as well as Best Performing Shipping Line and Most Improved Shipping Lines.

Durban Port Manager Moshe Motlohi said the new awards were important in recognising operators' compliance with stringent operating standards set by the authority.

"The strength of our relationships with our licenced terminal operators is central to TNPA's role as a self-regulating authority that is mandated to execute operational oversight and monitor compliance in the ports," said Motlohi.

To improve port efficiency through increased productivity and operations oversight TNPA has rolled out Terminal Operator Performance Standards (TOPS) across its ports over the past three years as part of its licencing conditions.

The winners at the Port of Durban Customer Awards were:

Best Safety Performer Award
(recognising the highest standards of safety through adherence to reporting requirements as per licence, quality of reporting and implementation of corrective action)

Winner (Container Precinct): Transnet Port Terminals -- Pier 1
Winner (Island View Precinct): Bidvest Tank Terminals
Winner (Maydon Wharf Precinct): Bidfreight Port Operations
Winner (Point Precinct): FPT

SHE Compliance Award
(recognising the highest safety, health and environmental standards judged on audit reports)

Winner (Container Precinct): Transnet Port Terminals -- Pier 1
Winner (Island View Precinct): SAPREF
Winner (Maydon Wharf Precinct): Bidfreight Port Operations
Winner (Point Precinct): FPT

Transformation Award
(recognising the biggest transformation improvements and commitment to BBBEE, including skills development and gender equality)

Winner: Veetech Oils now trading as Thebe Unico

Best Performing Terminal Award
(based on the volume growth percentage per licence)

Unfortunately no terminal had achieved a positive volume growth rate in the Container Precinct.
Winner (Island View Precinct): Chevron
Winner (Maydon Wharf Precinct): Grindrod Terminals Durban -- Shadwell Road
Winner (Point Precinct): FPT

Best Performing Ship Repairer Award
(applicable to repairers based in the Bayhead Precinct, and judged in terms of safety record, investment, job creation and skills development)

Winner: Dormac Marine & Engineering

Best Performing Shipping Line
(based on volume growth as a percentage in two key sectors, Containers and Automotive)

Winner - Containers: Maersk Line Winner - Automotive: Hoegh Autoliners Most Improved Shipping Line (based on volume growth as a percentage in two key sectors, Containers and Automotive) Winner -- Containers: CMA CGM
Winner -- Automotive: K-Line

Motlohi said the categorisation per precinct was in line with the port's new approach of segmenting specific areas of the port according to commodity and category of clients served. The Container Precinct handles containerised cargo predominantly at Durban Container Terminal Pier 1 and Pier 2, the Island View Precinct serves the liquid bulk sector, the Maydon Wharf Precinct handles dry bulk cargo and the Point Precinct caters for automotive and breakbulk cargo.

He said Marine Operations Standards (MOPS) have also been issued at all ports. TNPA's next focus will be on the roll-out of Rail Operator Standards (ROPS) piloting at the Port of Durban as well as Hauler Operator Standards (HOPS).

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The Best Performing Ship Repairer Award was presented to Craig Samuel of Dormac Marine & Engineering by TNPA GM: Commercial & Marketing, Lauriette Sesoko.

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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commercial photography locations The European cruise ship TUI DISCOVERY (69,472-gt, built 1996) sailing out of Livorno on 27 July this year, makes for an attractive conclusion to today's news edition. The 264-metre long, 1,830-passenger TUI Discovery is the former Splendour of the Seas of Royal Caribbean Cruises but is now transfered to Thomson Cruise Lines where, unusually, she carries the TUI prefix instead of Thomson. Tui Discovery is currently sailing in the Mediterranean area and is one of Thomson's larger ships. She was built in Nantes Saint Nazaire by the Alsthom Chantier de L'Atlantique shipyard as their hull number B31 and is managed by Columbia Ship Management. Tui Discovery will be joined in the 2017 European summer by her sister ship, Splendour of the Seas, and will carry the rather unimaginative name Tui Discovery 2. This picture is by Trevor Jones


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