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Ports & Ships Maritime News

18 October 2016
Author: Terry Hutson

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


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An aerial view of the Dormac Marine's shipyard at Durban's Bayhead. The recently arrived Dormac Dock 1 floating dock is seen on Dormac's main repair quay as work nears completion on the opposite side of the quay where the dock will be placed in service. Beyond that are two of the port's other floating docks, ELDOCK and Transnet's smaller and currently out-of-service dock. A fourth small floating dock is in service at the nearby Southern African Shipyards, meaning that together with the Panamax-sized graving or dry dock, the port of Durban is well served for ship repair. This picture is by Russell Cleaver

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The Lake Victoria ferry Sengerema. Uganda and Tanzania want the lake services improved and to help open trade between the two countries

With matters relating to transport across the East African landscape high on the local agendas, it is not surprising that talk of reviving and rejuvenating transport on Lake Victoria is once again in the news.

Kenya is well advanced with its standard gauge railway extending from the port at Mombasa towards Nairobi, but beyond that plans to further the railway into Uganda and from there to Rwanda and possibly Burundi and even the eastern DRC, appear to have stalled.

Tanzania meanwhile is pressing ahead with its own plans for a similar standard gauge railway from the port of Dar es Salaam, which will reach into central East Africa and to the southern shores of Lake Victoria.

Tanzania's president John Magafuli recently said he wanted the new railway to be fast-tracked and said that the finance for it had been arranged.

Although Uganda has enjoyed the fruits of a colonial-built railway linking the landlocked country with Kenya and the port of Mombasa, it has always relied on a certain amount of traffic that headed south, or north towards Uganda as the case might be, with the necessary link being the ships and ferries of Lake Victoria. But as with the colonial railway systems, which were built to metre gauge and allowed to fall largely into disrepair since independence, transport on the lake has also suffered from a lack of maintenance and investment.

Along with news of the new railways to be built, comes indication that a revival of lake transport is also possible. According to a report this week in the Tanzania Daily News, the Ugandan government has reiterated its commitment to revive Lake Victoria water transport operations between Uganda and Tanzania as a means of lowering transportation costs between the two countries.

This was said by Uganda's Minister of State for Transport, Mr Aggrey Bagiire following a meeting with the visiting Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) Director General, Deusdedit Kakoko.

The Ugandan minister committed to raising the volumes going through the lake by twenty percent in the next two years. This would be achieved by improving ship operations, port and rail infrastructures at Port Bell and the new port of Bukasa which will be built in Kampala.

"It is a directive from Uganda higher authorities that people and goods need to move quickly and cheaply in order to reduce the costs of doing business," he said.

These plans are dependent on the rail route between Dar es Salaam and the southern Lake Victoria port of Mwanza being restored to full service and the TPA Director-General responded by saying that this rail route has been revamped by increasing the number of wagons and locomotives.

Kakoko said that Tanzania has secured funds to construct a standard gauge rail system which is now out on tender. "Construction of the railway is expected to be completed in the next three years," he said.

Once completed, the project will boost the amount of cargo transported along the central corridor and will therefore increase the competitive edge of Dar es Salaam port.

Kakoko advised that the Tanzanian railway network had embarked on a human resources 'change of mind-set' to become more customer-focused, and was increasing the usage of Information Technology (IT) in documentation processes in order to speed up clearance of goods. He said that security has been enhanced and increased investment in infrastructure and the marketing of TPA services was taking place.

He called upon Ugandan customers to use the Dar es Salaam port.

"The decision to use the central corridor route should be based on efficiency, time, cost and convenience. The port of Dar es Salaam and the central corridor at large have the competence to serve Uganda [better] than any other port," he stated.

Addressing the Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA), Kakoko said that there have been a lot of improvements on the Tanzania roads especially the Mutukula route which is now all tarmac to Uganda, which has reduced the transit time to three days.

Members of the Association called on the removal of Non-Tariff Barriers along the central corridor roads to allow timely and free movement of goods. The Director General responded that he would direct all their concerns to the relevant authorities for action. source: Tanzania Daily News

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Captain Pinky Zungu, Port of Durban's first black female Deputy Harbour Master: Nautical. Her career with TNPA spans 15 years, from a development candidate to being a tug master, marine pilot, Acting Deputy Harbour Master and now Deputy Harbour Master: Nautical at sub-Saharan Africa's busiest port

A number of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and one Transnet Port Terminal (TPT) women are finalists in tonight's Women in Transport Awards which will be held at the Durban International Convention Centre.

The Women in Transport Awards are co-located with the African Ports Evolution and African Rail Evolution conference taking place in the port city of Durban today and tomorrow.

Transnet is also in the running for Best Port Operator or Terminal in Africa, alongside the Namibian Port Authority, Port of Maputo in Mozambique, Port of Tema in Ghana and DSM Corridor Group of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

"The maritime sector used to be one that was closed off to the historically disadvantaged, including women, with only 2% of women globally estimated to be involved in the shipping industry," said Durban Port Manager Moshe Motlohi. "TNPA has solid strategies in place to attract and develop women in the industry and these finalists are testament to the success of many of our programmes." In the category of Best Head of Department in Transport, four of the seven finalists are from TNPA, specifically the Port of Durban. In the category of Best Skills Contributor, one of five finalists is from TNPA.

Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) also features in the awards nominations. In the Best Head of Department in Transport, TPT has one nomination.

The Women in Transport Awards is a collaborative platform dedicated to recognising excellence within the rail and maritime industry in Africa. This year's awards celebration will be attended by senior-level executives, key decision-makers and suppliers, within the rail and maritime industry.

In the category Best Port Operator or Terminal in Africa, the following ports and terminals are nominated:

  • Namibia Port, Namibia

  • Port of Maputo, Mozambique

  • Port of Tema, Ghana

  • Transnet, South Africa

  • DCG -- DSM Corridor Group (Tanzania)
  • To view the full list of finalists: CLICK HERE

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    Picture by Ken Malcolm

    | The judicial sale by physical public auction of the products tanker FAIRY TALE, which is currently at a Bluff laybye berth in the Port of Durban, will be held next week, Wednesday 26 October 2016.

    The time of the public auction will be 11h00 and the place is the Oyster Box Hotel at Umhlanga Rocks.

    The sale by auction concerns Case Number A44/2016, of a small products tanker with the following specifications:

  • Vessel Type: Product oil tanker

  • Flag: Belize

  • Built: 2012

  • Class: BV

  • IMO: 9660413

  • MMSI: 312219000

  • GRT: 2 992 t

  • L x B: 99.93m x 15.2m

  • Call Sign: V3VI7

  • DWT: 4801 t

  • Moulded Depth: 7.22m

  • Main engine: Guangzhou Diesel, 8320ZCd-6

  • The above particulars are given without warranty and are for the purposes of identification only. The vessel will be sold free of encumbrances and liens by operation of law and subject to the Conditions of Sale, copies of which, together with photographs will be made available on request or can be accessed via the internet at http://www.clearasset.co.za/asset/view/5929 under "Auctions" and the name of the ship.

    Bidders on behalf of third parties will be required to produce a written Power of Attorney, authorising them to bid and to sign the Conditions of Sale. All cheques or drafts should be made payable to the "Registrar of the High Court -- MV Fairy Tale Ship/Bunker Account." The vessel may be inspected on application to:

    Clear Asset
    Contact: Ariella Kuper
    Tel: +27-21-418-2630, Mobile No. +27-79-8999-998

    or ariella@clearasset.co.za

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    Genting Dream

    German cruise ship builder Meyer Werft has handed over the new cruise ship GENTING DREAM (151,300-gt) to the Asian cruise operator company Dream Cruises.

    Together with the new design, this luxury liner offers passengers a wide range of special features and comfort. About 75% of the cabins are outer cabins and most of these have their own balcony.

    For the first time, this giant cruise ship also carries two small deep sea submarines that can each take four people down to a depth of up to 200 metres. Entertainment on the ship is guaranteed state of the art thanks to an interactive communication system and extensive stage equipment.

    With a capacity of 4,500 passengers in 1,674 cabins, and looked after by a crew of around 1,700 to offer passengers a particularly high standard of service, Genting Dream has 35 restaurants and bars, various entertainment facilities such as theatres, bowling and a climbing park, as well as plenty of space for other outdoor activities.

    Great priority is given to relaxation and recuperation. The ship has a Genting Club with 142 suites that offers the guests special privileges like an exclusive VIP pool as well as a separate spa area. Another unique feature is having on board the first MRT (magnet resonance tomography) to be installed on a cruise ship.

    The ship is equipped with environmentally friendly marine engines, diesel-electric pod drives, and improved hydrodynamics as well as numerous energy saving measures, heat recovery or ballast water cleaning, all of which contributes to an ecological cruise experience and considerably reduced operating costs. The ship has also been designed and built according to the latest safety regulations.

    Genting Dream is 335 metres long, 39.7 metres wide and can reach a speed of more than 23 knots. The new cruise ship is designed for the rapidly developing Chinese cruise market and having been handed over to the owner in Bremerhaven, Genting Dream will set sail for some of the loveliest destinations in Pacific Asia where it will offer cruises for two, five and seven nights.

    Sailing out of Hong Kong, the ship will cruise through spectacular regions in Vietnam and China.

    Genting Dream (yard number S711) was funded with innovation grants from the (German) Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the state of Lower Saxony as a lead ship development that made first-time use of innovative components.

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    SASOL gas pipeline at Temane, Mozambique

    Sasol has announced the completion of the first-ever 3D onshore seismic programme in Mozambique. This involved the acquisition of 115 square kilometres of data in the Inhassoro field, which is part of the onshore Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) licence area.

    To be developed in phases, the first phase of the PSA licence area development proposes an integrated oil, LPG and gas project adjacent to Sasol's existing Petroleum Production Agreement (PPA) area. Sasol has made significant progress on Tranche 1 of the PSA Development as approved by the Council of Ministers on 26 January 2016.

    "The acquisition of the 3D seismic data in the Inhassoro field will significantly enhance our understanding of the structure of the oil accumulations through better resolution and more defined characterisation of the reservoir," said John Sichinga, Senior Vice President for Sasol Exploration and Production International. He added that while initial results appear encouraging, it is still too early to give further detail.

    Geofizyka Torun of Poland was contracted by Sasol to acquire 2D/3D seismic data using Vibroseis trucks. These send an acoustic wave into the ground and when the wave is reflected at boundaries between rock layers, an image of the subsurface is generated. The principles are similar to ultrasound technology used in the medical field. Future well locations can be optimised based on the generated images.

    Sasol has previously conducted 3D seismic surveys offshore Mozambique -- 1,836km2 and 2,100km2 in the M10/ Sofala and Blocks 16/19 respectively -- but this is the first time a 3D seismic campaign has been conducted onshore.

    The seismic acquisition programme now moves to the Pande field within the PPA licence area, where 42km2 of 3D seismic data will be acquired.

    Sichinga further provided an update on the PSA drilling campaign, saying that the drilling of the first two wells has been completed.

    "The tests conducted thus far have produced encouraging results. During the course of the drilling of the second well, we encountered previously unknown accumulations of hydrocarbons within the development and production area, which indicate the presence of both gas and oil. We have issued a Notice of Discovery to the Mozambican authorities as per the PSA and will continue our evaluation of the data." source: Sasol

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    Book Review: Scottish and Manx Lighthouses
    By Ian Cowe
    Published by the Northern Lighthouse Heritage Trust
    182 pages
    ISBN 978 09567209 1 7
    Price GBP20.00 / GBP27.95

    Sub-titled A photographic journey in the footsteps of the Stevensons this is an inspirational appreciation of the history and operation of lighthouses in the waters of Scotland and the Isle of Man and is an excellent compilation. Photographer Ian Cowe journeyed by foot, car, boat and helicopter around these coasts to capture a fine collection.

    He recalls the exploits of the Stevenson family of lighthouse engineers, who battled against the elements for over 150 years. At the same time he recorded the activities of the lighthouse keepers. Early lights are shown in comparison to the magnificent Stevenson towers which followed in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Formation of the Northern Lighthouse Board in 1786 heralded a unified approach to lighting the Scottish coast. A few years earlier the young Robert Stevenson entered the narrative, establishing a dynasty of lighthouse engineers from 1772. There was Robert (1772-1850), Alan (1807-1865), David (1815-1886), Thomas (1818-1887), and their sons to D Alan Stevenson who was born in 1891 and died in 1971. The distinguished author of whom we have all surely heard, Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), was the son of Thomas.

    Cowe's journey starts at St Abb's Head on the east coast and ends at Chicken Rock south west of the Isle of Man, on the west coast, in the Irish Sea. He visits some of the remotest islands in the British Isles and marvels at the Stevensons' engineering wonders including the wave-swept towers at Bell Rock, Skerryvore and Dubh Artach.

    Light stations shown are provided with a chartlet indicating their position, the name(s) of the engineers, date of establishment and automation, light character, height of tower and if operational or discontinued as well as some historic or descriptive text.

    In addition to the lighthouse images, scenery and wildlife are captured. Here the author relates his own experiences of visiting these places and his story shows images of the work and people of the Scotland's lighthouse service, the Northern Lighthouse Board, today.

    HQ is in Edinburgh and the operating base has been at Oban on the West Coast of Scotland since 1904. This base has excellent facilities for berthing ships, landing and refuelling helicopters, maintaining, painting and repairing buoys, engineering support and project mobilisation. Furthermore, it houses the Board's Engineering Support and Test Facility which has modern electrical workshops, its buoy servicing facility, long term spares and consumable stores and is the Area Engineering base for the west coast maintenance team.

    Navigation buoys are maintained here to the highest standard to allow for six years' continuous deployment on station in harsh environments.

    A distinguished pharologist, HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of the Northern Lighthouse Board (and Master of Trinity House) provides the foreword to the book in which she pays tribute to the dedicated work of the Stevenson family of engineers.

    To close there is a useful bibliography and a list of places and relevant websites to visit for more lighthouse study. More on the Northern Lighthouse Board can be found at: www.nlb.org.uk Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Northern Lighthouse Heritage Trust.

    Copies may be ordered on www.whittlespublishing.com

    Paul Ridgway

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    Port Louis - Indian Ocean gateway port

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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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    Find the Naval Review section HERE

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    The cruise ship MSC SINFONIA of MSC Cruises has set sail for Durban and is now on her southbound voyage from Europe which will see her arrive in South Africa on Tuesday, 1 November to commence another summer season, one that has been extended to six months this time.

    MSC Sinfonia needs little introduction as she has cruised these waters since 2009, with the exception of one year when the ship underwent lengthening. Once again the ship will cruise predominantly to destinations along the lovely Mozambique coast, to Portuguese Island, to Maputo with its blending of Portuguese and African cultures, and to the historic Ilha de Mozambique.

    PORTS & SHIPS will feature more about this luxury cruise ship that is proving so popular with South Africans, in forthcoming news bulletins. This picture of the ship off Portuguese Island is courtesy MSC Cruises. Note the new tenders used to ferry passengers ashore.


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