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Mar 19, 2009
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  • First View – LIBRA IPANEMA

  • CMA CGM to take delivery of containership designed to prevent marine pollution

  • Europe set to exclude South Africa from SADC EPA

  • Mitropoulos repeats call for action on recruitment

  • US Senate updated on US Africa Command

  • Mozambique set for bumper sugar production increase

  • Pic of the day – KAMCHATSKIY PROLIV




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    First View – LIBRA IPANEMA



    The German-owned container ship LIBRA IPANEMA (26,838-gt, built 2006) in Cape Town harbour. Picture by Ian Shiffman



    CMA CGM to take delivery of containership designed to prevent marine pollution

    CMA CGM, the French shipping group took delivery yesterday (18 March) from the South Korean shipyards of the world’s first container ship fitted with an oil recovery system designed to prevent marine pollution.

    The new vessel, the 11,400-TEU CMA CGM ANDROMEDA makes use of a system already in use with tankers which has had to be specially adapted for container ships, allowing for a fast recovery of the oils contained in the tanks without having to open a hole in the ship’s hull.

    CMA CGM Andromeda will also make use of an electronically controlled engine, optimising fuel and lubricants consumption to the extent of between 3% and 25%. The ship also features an optimised hull design and a twisted leading edge rudder to improve the ship’s hydrodynamic qualities.

    Other features include a multi-chamber compactor to assist with extensive waste recycling on board, and pre-equipment that allows the use of alternative maritime power while the ship is at berth.



    Europe set to exclude South Africa from SADC EPA

    Despite additional concessions to sweeten the pot the European Union appears ready to sign an interim deal on the economic partnership agreement (EPA) with member countries of the SADC without South Africa, following the failure of a special meeting held in Swakopmund last week.

    The consensus is that the EU will be given the go-ahead to sign the deal without South Africa, signaling a significant break in the ranks for SADC countries and members of the SADC Customs Union. Analysts have suggested that the failure of South Africa to reach agreement with member states and the EU could lead to the end of the Customs Union as it is known, the world’s longest running customs union.

    The EU is understood to have made a number of significant concessions in order to woo South Africa to the signing table. The European Commission head of trade at Pretoria, Jorge Peydro-Aznar said the EC remain hopeful that a deal could still be reached, saying that good progress had been made on many of the outstanding concerns, but that the issue of World Trade Organisation compatibility remained at odds.



    Mitropoulos repeats call for action on recruitment

    IMO Secretary General Efthimios Mitropoulos has renewed his call for action on recruitment into the shipping industry. He used part of his welcome speech on Monday to delegates at IMO the Design and Equipment Sub-Committee.

    Justifying raising the issue he said that he considered it “to be of such fundamental importance to the future of the shipping industry that I wish to share my concerns on it with you: I am referring to the anticipated disconcerting shortage of qualified merchant navy officers in the near future and, therefore, the need not only to retain existing seafarers, but also to attract young people to the seafaring profession”.

    He continued: “In the face of a grave looming manpower crisis (first reported in 2005 and also last year), it is important, were we to reverse the trend, to portray shipping as an industry that can provide a career path that matches the aspirations of the ambitious and capable young people it urgently needs to attract and retain. Indeed, if the global pool of competent and efficient seafarers, who are properly qualified and certified, is to meet demand, then seafaring must be presented to young generations as a viable career choice for people of the right calibre.”

    In November, the IMO chief noted, an initiative was undertaken for “just the kind of urgent action the issue merits”. He said: “Jointly with the ILO, ICS/ISF, BIMCO, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and ITF, we launched the “Go to Sea!” campaign to attract new entrants to the shipping industry with the specific aim of promoting seafaring as an attractive career option for the young, providing them with rewarding, stimulating and long-term prospects, not only at sea but also in the broader maritime industry.”

    He urged governments and industry to promote among youngsters the attractions of a career at sea and by encouraging them to consider it as a first class choice. To be successful, he said, three things were needed:

    1. An enhanced, more favourable public perception of the maritime industry;
    2. A greater knowledge among young people of the opportunities offered by a career at sea and
    3. a marked shift in the quality of life at sea by bringing it more closely in line with the career alternatives available ashore. – source MGN



    US Senate updated on US Africa Command

    by Danielle Skinner - US AFRICOM Public Affairs

    Stuttgart, Germany, 17 March 2009 — Africa is on a positive course in reducing conflict, building democratic institutions, and promoting sustainable livelihood for its people, said General William E Ward, commander of US Africa Command, as he explained the command's role in building African security capacity.

    Testifying for the first time since US AFRICOM achieved Unified Command Status (October, 2008), Ward outlined the command's activities, strategies, and programs before the US Senate Armed Services Committee, 17 March 2009, in Washington, DC

    According to Ward, US AFRICOM's strategies and programs were developed and fine-tuned over the past year based on discussions with dozens of senior political and military leaders from across Africa. This “listening and learning” approach by Ward and his staff allows them to respond appropriately to the needs of African partners and to tailor programs and activities to best meet each nation's individual needs, he said.

    “The common message from most of them (African leaders) is their desire to develop a security infrastructure at the national, regional, and continental levels with legitimate and professional security forces and organizations,” Ward wrote in an introduction of his prepared testimony.

    Africa Command assists leaders in meeting their security goals through a variety of military-to-military programs which focus on conflict and crisis prevention, rather than reaction. This long-term approach, called “sustained security engagement,” helps African militaries to increase their capabilities and capacity to provide for their own security.

    “Africa is a complex environment requiring a new and different approach. Its unique challenges demand a long-term rather than a near-term focus,” Ward stressed.

    During the testimony, Ward also described the challenging political environment in Africa, noting enduring conflicts, illicit trafficking, territorial disputes, rebel insurgencies, violent extremists, piracy, and illegal immigration as some of the continent's greatest security threats.

    US Africa Command seeks to address these challenges in pursuance of a more stable and secure Africa, as well as a more secure global environment.

    Ward’s previous testimony took place one year ago on 13 March 2008 when he first presented his goals and strategies for US Africa Command to the House Armed Services Committee. Since that time, the command has officially been established as the 6th US regional command, taking control of 172 missions, activities, programs, and exercises, which were previously divided among US European Command, US Central Command, and US Pacific Command.



    Mozambique set for bumper sugar production increase

    Maputo, 18 March – The Mozambican sugar industry is this year expected to produce 419,000 tonnes of sugar, a rise of 68 percent against 2008, a year in which the four factories operating in the country produced 250,000 tonnes, the Centre for Agricultural Promotion (Cepagri) has announced.

    Cepagri also revealed that in 2009 all the sugar factories, except for the one at Marromeu, in Sofala province, expected to increase their production areas, as part of the Action Plan for the Sugar Sector.

    In 2008, the first year of the plan, the Marromeu sugar factory implemented measures to improve agricultural yields, the results of which will be seen as of 2009.

    The Xinavane sugar factory, in Maputo province, will see the largest level of production, of 171,000 tonnes, in an area of 13,649 hectares, followed by Mafambisse, in Sofala province, with 89,000 tonnes, with the area to be harvested an estimated 8,342 hectares.

    In its turn the Maragra sugar factory, also in Maputo province, is expected to produce 84,000 tonnes of sugar, in an area of 7436 hectares, whilst in Marromeu production is expected to be 73,000 tonnes, from an estimated area of 11,336 hectares. – source macauhub



    Pic of the day – KAMCHATSKIY PROLIV



    The Liberian=flagged but Greek-owned fish carrier KAMCHATSKIY PROLIV (13,518-gt,built 1984) in Cape Town harbour this week. Picture by Ian Shiffman


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