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Jan 22, 2009
Author: Terry Hutson






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TODAY’S BULLETIN OF MARITIME NEWS

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  • First View - ALBERTA

  • Interesting ships line up

  • Change of Command for Naval Station Durban

  • Safmarine names first of two 3,075-TEU containerships for 2009

  • Durban fire destroys hundreds of car imports

  • Nigeria slips up on port revenue

  • Pic of the day – POSH VIBRANT and REEFER SHIPS




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    First View - ALBERTA




    The China Shipping container ship ALBERTA (21,053-gt, built 1992) sails from Durban harbour, while the port’s pilot helicopter hovers nearby waiting to take off the harbour pilot. The container ship now sails as the OEL TRANSWORLD. Picture Terry Hutson




    Interesting ships line up




    The US Navy frigate USS ROBERT G BRADLEY which is due in Cape Town next week. Picture US Navy


    A number of interesting ships are lined up to call at Cape Town and other South African ports over the next week or so, some of them the result of the Somali piracy crisis which is forcing several shipping lines to divert their vessels around the Cape, resulting in numerous unexpected bunker calls at Durban and Cape Town.

    Among the vessels to have sailed from Cape Town port in the past couple of days was the Saipem oil platform SCARABEO 7 with its attendant tug MAERSK BATTLER (4,363-gt, built 1997). The 19,043-gt oil platform which was built in 1980 displaces 38,100-tons and can operate in water up to 1,500 metres deep. The vessel which has facilities for a crew of just over a hundred people has been undergoing a refit in Cape Town harbour.

    Her departure from the Mother City was unfortunately delayed for several days owing to the strong winds buffeting the Cape, but she managed to get away finally on Tuesday 20 January.

    Now en route to Cape Town is the American navy frigate USS ROBERT G BRADLEY (FFG 49) which is expected to arrive in port next Thursday, 29 January for an undisclosed period. The Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate was commissioned in 1984 and displaces 4,100 tons fully laden. She has a crew of just over 200 officers and ratings.

    Also in port that week will be the South African frigate SAS MENDI which is due to arrive in Cape Town from nearby Simon’s Town on the 30 January. SAS Mendi was recently in Cape Town shortly before the arrival of the Russian cruiser PYOTR VELIKY.

    But is not all warships and drilling rigs, a surprising number of cruise ships are also on the South African coast at present. Among these are DEUTSCHLAND, ASTOR, SILVER WIND, HEBRIDEAN SPIRIT, MSC MELODY, MSC RHAPSODY while P&O Cruises’ AURORA is expected in the coming week followed by SAGA RUBY.




    Change of Command for Naval Station Durban

    There will be an historic Change of Command Parade in Durban today (Thursday) when Commander Sifiso Mkhwanazi becomes the first black South African to take command of Naval Station Durban.

    Cmdr Mkhwanazi (35) will take over command from Cmdr David Jones in front of military and civilian guests. Born in Kwa Makhutha in Durban in 1974, he is a former Umkhonto Wesiswe (MK) member who completed several courses within that organisation. In 1997 he was integrated into the South African Navy as a seaman and has since trained on surface warships.

    In 2000 after the Review Board he completed his Military Training for Officers at the SA Navy College in Gordon’s Bay as a sub-lieutenant and also completed the Combat Officer’s qualifying course in 2001.

    As a watch-keeping officer he served on strike crafts and the combat support ship SAS OUTENIQUA, before being appointed as a navigator on board SAS MAKHANDA.

    In 2005 he served as the First Lieutenant on board SAS ISAAC DYOBHA, ahead of his next appointment as the Executive Officer on the combat support ship SAS DRAKENSBERG. During this time the ship visited Portsmouth in the UK for the Bicentennial Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

    He also served on this ship when she deployed to Germany to escort the navy’s first new submarine, S101 back to South Africa. A year later in 2007 he was also with the ship when SAS DRAKENSBERG returned to Germany to escort the second submarine, S102 to Simon’s Town.

    He has also held posts ashore in Durban and Pretoria. Cmdr Mkhwanazi was the Staff Officer Maritime Operations at the Joint Tactical HQ KwaZulu-Natal and the Senior Officer Force Provisioning at the Directorate of Maritime Warfare, Navy Office Pretoria.

    The commander is married to Melanie and they have a son aged 13 and a daughter of 4 years.




    Safmarine names first of two 3,075-TEU containerships for 2009



    From left to right: Safmarine Bayete Chief Engineer - Robert Lawson; Joe Bento - President of CEVA Americas and Global Freight Management; Teri Bento - godmother of the Safmarine Bayete with Captain Stuart Almond- Master of the Safmarine Bayete and Ivan Heesom-Green - Safmarine CEO


    The SAFMARINE BAYETE, the first of two new 3,075 teu containerships to be delivered to Safmarine in 2009, was named in Korea on Tuesday (20 January 2009).

    Ms Teri Bento - wife of Joe Bento, President of CEVA Americas and Global Freight Management – had the honour of naming the Safmarine Bayete at the Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Shipyard in Busan, Republic of Korea. The event was attended by CEVA guests from the United States, South Africa, China, India, Korea, Brazil, Argentina, and United Kingdom.

    Commenting on the naming of the new vessel – which takes its name from a Zulu royal greeting - Safmarine CEO, Ivan Heesom-Green said: “Today’s naming is more than an opportunity to celebrate the further expansion of our modern vessel fleet; it is also a celebration of the mutually beneficial partnership between Safmarine and CEVA.”

    CEVA currently serves a diverse range of market sectors including the automotive, technological, industrial, retail/consumer, health care, publishing, aerospace and energy sectors.

    The Safmarine Bayete has a crew complement of 18 and those present at the naming included the Master of the Safmarine Bayete, Captain Stuart Almond; Chief Engineer, Robert Lawson; Chief Officer Arthur Mars, Second Engineer Andrew Denny, Electrical Engineer Eugen Ungureanu and Marine Superintendent, Willy van Niekerk.

    The Safmarine Bayete will be deployed on the SAMBA (South America-Middle East) service.



    Durban fire destroys hundreds of car imports




    The fire in downtown Durban seen from the air. Picture courtesy Clinton Wyness


    Hundreds of motor cars recently landed at the port were destroyed late yesterday afternoon when a building in downturn Durban caught fire.

    The blaze which started on an upper floor of the building off Smith Street quickly spread and according to initial reports last night up to a thousand new motor vehicles have been either destroyed or severely damaged.

    The vehicles were imported into South Africa and were awaiting distribution. The port of Durban is southern Africa’s principal port of entry for motor vehicles, with the port’s car terminal handling over 400,000 motor vehicles in a year.

    The cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed.



    Nigeria slips up on port revenue

    Nigeria places too much emphasis on earning revenue from oil production to the detriment of its ports.

    This is the message from the outgoing president of Nigeria’s National Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, Chief Ernest Elochukwu, who said that successive federal governments have placed their reliance on oil while ignoring the ports.

    As a result he forecast that Nigeria would be badly affected by the current economic downturn affecting the economies in many countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

    He pointed out that elsewhere countries had realised the value of their port systems and the solid income that could be derived from efficient operations, whereas Nigeria had failed to harness the resources at its disposal.

    He said the Federal Government consistently underestimated the potential of the Nigerian port industry and its ability to generate revenue for the country.

    “Because out economy revolves around oil, other sectors are not only made to suffer utter neglect, but also expose our country to the vagaries of the floating oil prices.”



    Pic of the day – POSH VIBRANT and REEFER SHIPS




    The newbuild offshore supply tug POSH VIBRANT (2,538-gt, built 2008) in Cape Town harbour this week. The vessel flies the Singapore flag and is managed by Posh Semco Pte Ltd. In the front background can be seen the Panamanian-registered general cargo vessel Clipper Kikushio (20.211-gt, built 2006). Picture by Aad Noorland




    Three reefer (refrigerated) ships lined up at Durban’s Fresh Produce Terminal on the T-Jetty, one of the several privatised terminals in operations in the port. Beyond is the yacht marina framed by a backdrop of tall buildings making up the city’s CBD. In the right centre of the picture is one of the many pure car carriers to call at Durban - at R berth in this instance, a dedicated car terminal berth. In front of the T-Jetty is the City Terminal with a section given over to the car terminal extension – note the large blue mobile crane in the corner in front of the parked cars.
    Picture by Steve McCurrach
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