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Ports & Ships Maritime News

20 September 2016
Author: Terry Hutson

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


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The refrigerated (reefer) ship BALTIC PRIME (10,742-dwt, built 1990) arrived in Durban harbour last week Thursday from Dar es Salaam to load citrus fruit at the Fresh Produce Terminal on the T-Jetty. The 150-metre long, 138-TEU ship was built at the Shikoku Dockyard in Japan as their hull number 858 and is registered in Kingstown and flies the flag of Saint Vincent & The Grenadines. Baltic Prime is owned by Baltic Reefers, of St Petersburg, Russia. This picture is by Trevor Jones

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Crystal Serenity in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

More than three years after the inception of the immensely ambitious plan to transit the Northwest Passage, Crystal Cruises' luxury cruise ship CRYSTAL SERENITY (68,870-gt, built 2003) has completed the epic undertaking, arriving in New York City on Friday morning (16 Septermber).

The successful voyage marks the first of its kind made by a large luxury cruise ship. For 32 days and 7,297 nautical miles, more than 1,000 guests and 600 crew members witnessed the remote Arctic waterways and terrain that was inaccessible just over 100 years ago.

"We are humbled and thrilled to have completed such a monumental journey," said Edie Rodriguez, CEO and president at Crystal. "As Crystal is constantly seeking new ways to share the world with our guests, the Northwest Passage represents an especially massive undertaking that was made possible by the extreme dedication of our expert destination team and expedition partners. We now look forward to beginning the planning process in delivering another memorable experience for guests on our 2017 sailing."

The award-winning vessel was captained by Captain Birger J Vorland, who enters an exclusive club of maritime explorers to successfully lead a vessel through the Northwest Passage, and joins Norwegian-born sailors Roald Amundsen and Henry A Larsen on achieving the professional milestone. During the northernmost portion of the journey, Crystal Serenity was escorted by the RRS Ernest Shackleton. In addition to being fully equipped as a first response vessel for virtually any emergency situation, the RRS Shackleton provided ice breaking capabilities, two helicopters for special adventures and additional expert expedition crew.

"From day one of planning the voyage, we were committed to ensuring the safety of our guests, crew and the ship," said Captain Vorland. "In addition to carrying two veteran Canadian ice pilots, Crystal Serenity's bridge team received ice navigation simulator training to prepare ourselves for the conditions, and prior to the voyage, the ship was outfitted with forward looking sonar, ice searchlights, ice radar, and a thermal imaging system were installed."

The rugged journey was somewhat of a departure from Crystal's famously posh luxury ocean cruises, as adventures ashore were centered on the remote and sparse terrain of the region. 'Wet' zodiac landings, icy hikes, and intrepid treks were enhanced by the extensive knowledge of the local Inuit guides and the onboard expedition teams. Community visits in Canada's Northwest Territories offered invaluable connections and insights into the local cultures. In Ulukhaktok, a troop of young local dancers boarded the ship to perform their traditional interpretive dances, fully outfitted in handmade costume. Travelers reflected on the history of the fateful Franklin Expedition during a visit to Beechey Island, while a call to Pond Inlet brought Captain Vorland and the town's mayor together for a mutual exchange of gifts of appreciation.

In its continuing spirit of goodwill and connecting intimately with communities worldwide, Crystal extended its support to the local Inuit villages during visits on the Northwest Passage voyage. Crystal donated school supplies, hired local guides to assist in tours, hosted 'community visits' which allowed local communities to sell arts & crafts, and made charitable monetary donations that collectively represented more than $200,000 (Canadian) in direct and indirect benefits.

"The importance of understanding the natural, cultural and historical implications of this sailing is tremendous," adds Rodriguez. "We did not set out on this expedition to simply sail through the Northwest Passage, but also to illuminate the region and its remarkable nuances while also making a positive impact on the communities we visited." Along the way, Crystal's Unexpected Adventures -- introduced for this voyage -- brought impromptu opportunities to encounter wildlife, including close-up greetings (from the safety of an expert-driven zodiac) with polar bears and numerous whale pods. A small group of adventurous guests embarked on an overnight Crystal Adventure to a Greenland Ice Camp, trekking through deep crevices in massive glaciers and sleeping under the stars on the frozen ground.

The trip's extreme expedition nature was punctuated by Crystal's signature Six-Star luxury. On board, guests enjoyed real-time updates of wildlife sightings and other special happenings. Four sets of premium high-powered binoculars, as well as flat screens streaming from a cutting-edge Cineflex system were installed in deck 12's forward Palm Court, ensuring guests always had the best possible views of their route.

Dozens of acclaimed experts also joined the voyage to lend background and fascinating insights about various topics relevant to the journey. Naturalists, biologists, nature photographers and videographers, historians and professional adventurers all led captivating presentations that helped bring the profoundness of the voyage to life.

Following the astounding response and enthusiasm about the 2016 sailing, Crystal has announced a second Northwest Passage route in 2017, open for booking now.

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Bowmans seminar focuses on unlocking the potential of the ports and logistics sector in Africa.

The Ports, Terminals & Logistics Sector Group at Bowmans will hold an event entitled, 'Having your stake and eating it too: Exploring Opportunities in the Ports and Logistics Sector', at the firm's Sandton offices in October this year. Interested parties are welcome to attend this event.

A team of experts in ports, project finance, oil and gas, infrastructure, and shipping and logistics will guide the audience on how to unlock potential in the ports and logistics sector. The keynote address will be delivered by Gary Mocke, Hatch Port and Marine Terminals Director, who will speak about market opportunities and maritime infrastructure challenges for port and marine terminal development in Africa.

Andrew Pike, the Head of Ports, Terminals and Logistics Corridors Sector Group at Bowmans will advise the audience on how to manage stakeholder relationships in the ports and logistics environments. Njau Mukuha, a partner at Bowmans in Kenya will talk on public procurement challenges for port projects in Kenya. Luke Havermann, a senior associate at Bowmans will discuss LNG developments in Southern Africa; and Anton Barnes Webb, a partner in the Project Finance Department at Bowmans will present on the topic, 'How bankable is your concession agreement?'

According to Andrew Pike, "The ports and logistics sector in Southern Africa offers vast potential and complex regulatory, procurement and business challenges. Whether you are a manufacturer, mining house or logistics operator, a port, rail, depot or terminal operator or user, an exporter or importer or an investor, engineer, or financier, this seminar will offer some thought-provoking and take-home practical thinking on sector participation."

If you would like to attend this seminar, to be held at the Sandton offices of Bowmans South Africa (165 West Street), on 13 October at 8 am until 12 pm, please contact buhle.nhlangulela@bowmanslaw.com or call her on +27 11 669 9451.

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CMA CGM enters a new African development phase promoting skills and inaugurates a unique training course in Abidjan for its African executives

The French shipping group CMA CGM said in a statement yesterday that Rodolphe Saade, the group's Vice Chairman, will be inaugurating a unique training course tailored for its future African executives, today (Tuesday 20 September).

With the launch of this new African development phase, CMA CGM says it will advance the skillset of its African management team by creating a new training program in collaboration with the CMA CGM Academy, the French Business School KEDGE, and the ARSTM in Abidjan (Academie Regionale des Sciences et Techniques de la Mer).

Twenty-four trainees from Francophone Africa and the Indian Ocean will follow this training program in Abidjan at ARTSM's facilities.

The program focuses on four areas: Maritime, Management, Ethics and Finance. Its aims are to answerg CMA CGM's development needs in Africa by strengthening Group's African staff, and by strengthening the Group's African network with managers who are experts in management and supply chain systems.

This Excellence Program relies on the KEDGE Business School's expertise in both Supply Chain Management and Corporate Social Responsability. The school has been present in Africa since 2008 through its campus in Dakar and offers its experience in training courses throughout the African continent.

Since 2001, when CMA CGM launched its first maritime service in Africa, the continent has become core to the Group's activities. More than 28 maritime lines connect the continent, thanks to a network of 42 offices employing more than 1,400 staff.

CMA CGM was established in Ivory Coast in 2003. Today local agencies are located in both Abidjan and San Pedro offering a network of over 110 shipping experts. The Group prioritises the development of its Ivoirian clients' development and supports new markets growth with ever-expanding worldwide connections.

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The picture above shows tug number 2 CORMORANT out on the bay and preparing to enter the water for the first time on 6 May this year. Cormorant was the first of three new tugs built for service in Saldanha Bay. The picture is by Terry Hutson

South African Shipyards and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will be launching the fourth new Voith Schneider propelled tug this morning at the shipyards of Southern African Shipyards.

The tug, which is intended for the port of Saldanha Bay, is part of an order for nine tugs under construction at the Durban Bayhead shipyard. The tugs are being launched with four month intervals.

The original value of the contract was R1.4 billion but there will be escalations leading to the contract being worth in excess of R1.5 billion.

Each tug is 31 metres in length and will have design bollard strengths of around 70 tons.

As this edition of PORTS & SHIPS will be appearing shortly before the tug is christened and then taken out into the bay to be lowered into the water from the deck of SA Shipyard's floating dock, it will not be possible to feature a photograph but we hope to have one for tomorrow's edition.

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Management company Africa Risk Compliance (ARC) has welcomed recent comments highlighting the issue of who should be responsible for ensuring the security of ships operating in West Africa.

It was reportedly stated on the sidelines of a recent safety at sea conference, that if navies in the region cannot take all measures to provide security to ships then private companies should be allowed to do so.

Following on from these comments, Michael Wingate, CEO of ARC -- a management company that offers full operational support with specialist expertise in maritime security in West Africa -- has praised the industry for raising the issue, and believes that shipping needs to act in support of the provision of security in the region.

"I agree with the comments made, that we need to look at other alternatives to ensure the safety of ships in West Africa," he said. "The cost of the provision of security is being driven down by security companies competing for business, the shipping industry is going through a difficult period and then you have the added factor of the cost also being driven down by shipping companies, which ultimately means a lack of investment in security at a time when the industry is demanding exactly that.

"We are all responsible for the environment in which we operate and it is important that this is a collective effort across the shipping industry. Ultimately no one has the money to provide security to shipping. The security sector needs shipping to build long-term partnerships with relevant companies to enhance security provision within the region."

West Africa has seen an increasing number of security companies expand their operations to West Africa following the official reduction of the High Risk Area (HRA) off East Africa in December 2015. This has resulted in fierce competition between businesses trying to offer shipping companies the most competitive prices to gain a foothold in a new area of operation, which has had a pressing effect on the local businesses and the navies.

With four years' experience of maritime operations in West Africa with roots in security, ARC was set up to offer shipping companies in West Africa an alternative. By diversifying its business it is able to offer full operational support and logistic services, shipping agency support, and a variety of brokerage services in support of local businesses and the authorities in the region.

About Africa Risk Compliance (ARC)
ARC is a UK-run office operating throughout the Gulf of Guinea. It builds long-term partnerships with shipping companies operating in the area, offering full operational support, with extensive knowledge in maritime security in West Africa.

Edited by Paul Ridgway

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'The Sailor's Bible' will be available from October 2016

Brown, Son and Ferguson Ltd has announced that the 2017 publication of Brown's Nautical Almanac, the 140th edition, will be available in the UK and internationally from October 2016.

Established in 1850 on the south side of the River Clyde in Glasgow, Brown, Son and Ferguson soon started publishing books for the sailing ships that visited the city. In those early days there were few publications on maritime affairs available and its range of titles steadily grew.

A new and exciting era dawned for the firm with the first issue of Brown's Nautical Almanac in 1876. Every year it continues to be completely revised with ongoing care and attention given to its preparation. The Almanac has been edited and arranged to ensure accuracy and ease of reference for a book in daily practical use. The entire book has been re-set so that Navigators will find the tables are sharper and easier to read.

Orders can be placed now for an October delivery.

Brown, Son and Ferguson Ltd is dedicated to quality and traditional standards. The company provides nautical books and stationery for the maritime industry and is based in Glasgow, Scotland. Their publications can be found in colleges, marinas, ports and aboard ships around the world.

The ISBN is: 978-1-84927-068-7 and the Price is GDP60.00.

For further information please visit the website www.skipper.co.uk or email them at info@skipper.co.uk

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Port Louis - Indian Ocean gateway port

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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This you will find here in CRUISE NEWS & REVIEWS

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