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Dec 12, 2006
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  • Nigeria beefs up naval presence in Niger Delta


  • KPA aims to spend big on Mombasa port


  • Port engineer retires


  • New ships in port


  • Pic of the day – freighter Sin Yi





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    Nigeria beefs up naval presence in Niger Delta

    Faced with repeated attacks by armed militants acting primarily against foreign oil companies operating in Nigeria, which has succeeded in denting the country’s economy, the Federal Government has announced that 16 naval craft are to be deployed in the Niger Delta region.

    The naval vessels include a frigate, four fast attack patrol boats, four armed catamaran craft, two inshore patrol boats and five Defender patrol boats. Exercises will be held off the coast towards Guinea prior to the Niger Delta deployment.

    Nigerian’s navy brass has been set a task of preventing further attacks and incursions on oil installations and in addition to the 16 naval vessels a number of helicopters have been sent to the scene. The navy says that action it is taking has already made a marked difference with anti-bunkering activities in the Gulf.

    Just one week ago armed militants attacked an Italian oil installation using fast speed boats, capturing several hostages in the process and killing armed Nigerian guards. The hostages are still in captivity.


    KPA aims to spend big on Mombasa port

    Kenya’s transport minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere says that KSh15 billion is to be spent on upgrading the port of Mombasa with the aim of increasing capacity.

    He said that negotiations regarding a second container terminal were underway as were plans to concession the existing terminal.

    Finance for the upgrade is to come from the Japanese International Bank Corporation. The project calls for the reclamation of land from the sea as well as having the port approaches dredged to enable larger ships to use Mombasa.

    The announcement came during a meeting of the Northern Corridor initiative which is looking at ways of improving the movement of cargo between the port of Mombasa and landlocked countries largely reliant on the Kenyan port. The Transit Co-ordination Authority responsible for managing the Northern Corridor recently received a grant worth Sh210 million which is being spent on transforming the corridor from a mere transport route to an economic development hub.

    The meeting was attended by delegates from Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC.

    Source – East African


    Port engineer retires

    The Richards Bay-based port engineer Lynton Demont retires at the end of December after 44 years of harbour service, of which 16 years have been spent at the port of Richards Bay.

    Demont is currently Manager of Planning & Development at Richards Bay where he was previously deputy port engineer.

    He was given a farewell lunch recently hosted by the port manager Thami Nyshingila, who hinted that Demont’s skills may still be required in a consultative way.

    “You don’t just go out and buy expertise, you have to dig deeper than finding gold,” he said, referring to Demont’s skills and knowledge.

    Demont joined what was then known as the South African Railways & Harbours as a young man of 18, straight from school. He later attended the University of Natal to study civil engineering and later rejoined the harbour service. He transferred to Richards Bay in 1990 as deputy port engineer.


    New ships in port

    Keen observers may have noticed several new ship ‘faces’ in the respective ports. In Cape Town the Russian-owned tug Froty Krylov has taken up residence on station.

    This is a sister tug to Nikolay Chiker which became a regular and familiar site in South African waters in recent years. Nikolay Chiker has since been recalled to European waters.

    A new container ship soon to become a regular sight is the 2,350-TEU Maruba Pampero, which has already completed her first maiden voyage to South Africa. The ship takes part in Maruba’s joint SEAS service between the Far East, South Africa and South America which it operates with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) and CMA CGM. Maruba Pampero has replaced Clan Amazonas which made a number of voyages on the service.

    Safmarine’s latest newbuild Safmarine Meru is due in South Africa at the end of December/early January. The ship is 292m long and has a beam of 32.25m with a deadweight of 60,700 tons (DWT) or 50,686-gross tonnes. Her design speed is 24.5 knots and she has a container capacity of 4,154 TEU. The ship is registered in the UK and was launched into service in October year after being named for Tanzania’s second highest mountain.

    Safmarine Meru is the first in a series of Panamax containerships coming out of the Hyundai Heavy Industries yard for the company. The balance will have been delivered by the fourth quarter of 2007.

    Another new face with the coastal service of Ocean Africa Container Lines (OACL) is Mai Rickmers, which becomes the second ‘Rickmers’ vessel to be chartered following Peter Rickmers. Mai Rickmers is deployed on the West Coast service between Durban and Luanda.


    Picture of the day – freighter Sin Yi

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    This small 31year old general cargo ship that called at Durban a few months back is, as far as the photographer is aware, the first ship flying the flag of Sierra Leone, the West African country, to call at Durban where she discharged a bulk cargo.

    Her other claim to fame is that she is one of the most renamed ships having borne 12 different names. She was built in 1975 as FRENDO UNITED, Cyprus flag, renamed FRENDO CARIB in 1976, MIKOS I (Malta flag) in 1996, STEVENS BULK the same year (Honduras and later Georgia flag), KSENIA MERCURY and BIBI STAR (Panama flag) in 2001, MIRAL, LADY SOUAD and LADY GAYLE (Georgia flag) all in 2003, ISMAR in 2004 and AMIRAL a year later, and finally SIN YI in 2006. Her registered owner is now Sinsen Maritime Pte Ltd of Singapore.
    Photograph copyright SHIPHOTO INTERNATIONAL (Email: shack@iafrica.com)


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