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Ports & Ships Maritime News

4 November 2014
Author: Terry Hutson

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


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The Greek bulk carrier CARME (35,906-dwt, built2014) was another ship seen moving down the Esplanade Channel towards Maydon Wharf, this time on an overcast Sunday morning (November 1). Carme is owned by Greek interests ad flagged in Cyprus. Picture: Trevor Jones

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Bahamas Celebration on her berth in Freeport, Bahamas

It wasn’t a good weekend for the cruise industry. Yesterday we reported on the MARCO POLO running aground in a Norwegian fjord. Fortunately that was quickly resolved with the ship being refloated, with no noticeable damage being reported.

On the same weekend the BAHAMAS CELEBRATION cruise ship, which sails from Palm Beach as opposed to Fort Lauderdale or Miami as do so many of her competitors, while offering two-night cruises to Freeport in the Bahamas and back, struck an unseen object as she was leaving Grand Bahamas Island at about 21h00 local time.

Although the 1,200-passenger ship began to take on a list she was able to return safely to port where her passengers were transferred to resorts on the island or ferried back to Palm Beach. There were no injuries reported and according to the company, the passengers were never in any danger, although they were required to put on life jackets and emergency steps were taken.

The next two cruises by the ship have meanwhile been cancelled while a survey is undertaken to ascertain the damage to the ship.

One passenger who was interviewed by a Palm Beach newspaper said that Halloween had turned out scarier than expected. Other passengers described scenes aboard the ship as chaotic, with passengers screaming as the lights went out after the ship came to a shuddering halt and began to take on a list. Many said the memory of the Costa Concordia came flooding back to haunt them.

“The panic was just too much for my comfort,’ said one passenger, while another described fellow passengers as crying and becoming hysterical. One man said simply, “We were scared.”

Bahamas Celebration is a registered passenger/cargo ship of 35,855-gt, built in 1981.

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Coral Princess – lifeboat accident cost one life

In a third incident this weekend, a lifeboat accident involving the Princess Cruises’ ship CORAL PRINCESS resulted in the death of one seaman and injuries to another.

This incident took place also on Friday, 31 October during a maintenance operation on the ship’s hull using one of the ship’s lifeboats. The two crewmen were on board the lifeboat when one of the cables snapped as the lifeboat was being hoisted. Seaman Husnan Fauzan and Bosun Steven Bagshaw were both taken to hospital for treatment but unfortunately Husnan died from his injuries.

Since 2012 the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has adopted a policy prohibiting crewmembers from being in lifeboats while being raised or lowered but some cruise lines have declined to follow these guidelines and still allow crew to be on board lifeboats during the movements.

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Spanish Navy frigate NAVARRA

The Namibian Navy visited the South African Navy at Fleet Command Headquarters on 20 October 2014. The Namibian members were in South Africa over the period 20- 25 October 2014, reports the SAN.

The visit formed part of their maritime domain awareness capability tour.

The members were welcomed officially to the fleet and escorted to a courtesy call in Flag Officer Fleet (FOF), R Adm BK Mhlana’s office where they discussed matters pertaining to their tour.

The delegation remained in the Simon’s Town area for the week visiting several military units before they returned to Namibia on Saturday, 25 October 2014.

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Meanwhile, in other naval news, Tanzania has played host this year to a succession of foreign navies, one of the most recent being that of China, all of which have seen ‘training’ exercises held with the Tanzanian Navy.

The latest visitor has been the Spanish Navy ship NAVARRA which is a member of the European Union’s Operation Atalanta counter piracy fleet operating mainly in the Horn of Africa region.

The visit plays a role with this official duty, with Tanzania being regarded as the southernmost extent of Somali piracy activity. During her visit to Dar es Salaam, the crew of the frigate Navarra organised a training session with Tanzanian Navy servicemen aimed at enhancing Tanzanian maritime capabilities.

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Tau Morwe Chief Executive Transnet National Ports Authority (left) and Justus Nyarandi GM Corporate Services Kenyan Port Authority (on behalf of the KPA MD Gichiri Ndua) sign a Memorandum of Understanding that formalises the relationship between the ports and furthers maritime regional integration. Witnessing the signing are (back left) Phyllis Difeto TNPA Chief Operating Officer and Addraya Dena KPA Head of Contracts and Financing.

The Kenya Ports Authority has entered into a partnership with its South Africa counterpart, Transnet National Ports Authority, to help it improve efficiency.

TNPA will help KPA find a suitable private operator for the first phase of the second container terminal currently under construction, reports The Star.

In a statement from Durban, KPA corporate services general manager Justus Nyarandi, who represented managing director Gichiri Ndua, said the partnership will enhance the port's efficiency and formalise the long-standing relationship between KPA and TNPA.

"We will enhance our efficiency by sending both management and junior employees to the Port of Durban to see the benchmarks that have been set and borrow similar practices for the port of Mombasa," Nyarandi said.

Nyarandi said the the MoU is part of KPA's five-year strategic plan to create strong partnership with other bodies to increase productivity.

He said such agreements will also form a foundation to strengthen regional port agencies and give value for pan-Africanism.

TNPA chief executive Tau Morwe said a number of obstacles hinder the progress of African ports.

"These include the lack of deep water berths, poor equipment and lack of maintenance and infrastructure, limited or no training and limited capital to develop port infrastructure that is lacking," he said.

This is the fourth agreement that TNPA intends to sign with ports in Southern and Eastern Africa ports authorities to promote maritime regional integration. - The Star (Nairobi)


The EnvironHull ROV being hauled aboard

Oman's Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs has granted GAC EnvironHull permission to conduct underwater hull cleaning operations using the brush-and-diver-free HullWiper system at the port of Sohar, just outside the Gulf of Hormuz.

It is the fourth port in the Middle East at which the revolutionary Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is now available to provide fast, efficient, safe and eco-friendly hull cleaning services for ships.

This latest expansion adds Oman to the growing GAC EnvironHull network which already covers Dubai, Fujairah and Sharjah in the UAE, as well as Gothenburg in Sweden.

The green hull cleaning solution uses adjustable pressure sea water jets as the cleaning medium rather than brushes or abrasives, resulting in minimal damage to the antifouling surface. Residues and harmful marine growths captured during cleaning are disposed of in an environmentally-friendly manner instead of being discharged into the sea as done using traditional methods. Further, the cleaning operations can be carried out while the vessel is alongside for loading or unloading and, as it does not use divers, the risk to human life is eliminated.

GAC EnvironHull Managing Director Simon Doran says: "Sohar was a natural choice for the next base for HullWiper due to its strategic location just outside the Middle East Gulf and close to international trade routes. As such, it is a port of call for many ships carrying general cargo, liquid shipments and containers – all of which can benefit from the increased efficiency and cost-savings that come with a foul-free hull.

“Sohar is also home to a branch of GAC Oman, which provides a range of shipping, logistics and marine services for local, regional and international clients.”

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Durban, city and port. Picture by Steve McCurrach www.airserv.co.za

The last three decades have seen the appearance of spectacular changes in port cities as they face the increasing globalisation of trade and the economy: relocation of port functions and the generalisation of container transport, redevelopment of Port-City interfaces and waterfronts, renewed dialogue with the city’s inhabitants…

More recently, under the combined effects of economic, ecological and resource crises, port-cities have developed innovative new strategies. They have sought to ensure their own economic competitiveness in order to respond to the diverse demands formulated by local – and also national and global – political and economic players.

Thus port-city territories have been progressively invested by new economic players in the domains of renewable energy production, tourism, environmental management, etc.

They have therefore quickly become highly complex spaces, where conflicts of use between city and port, tourism and industry, natural and built-up areas need to be settled.

Today, the world ecological and climatic context brings yet another dimension to this structural and functional complexity already facing port-cities. It burdens them with new concerns.

The strategies drawn up within the fragile Port-City "ecosystem" must be ever more demanding in terms of sustainable development. The efforts of the interested parties – private and public players and the city’s inhabitants – must be conducted in harmony in the collective interest of all.

Through its search for greater organisational efficiency and by sharing the flows of value, energy, data and people, the ambitions of a Smart Port thus fall into line with those of a Smart City, giving birth to the Smart Port City!

And tomorrow? As the economic crisis drags on in many developed countries, and growth in emerging countries is marking time, port-cities and world trade players are wondering about the strategic directions adopted in recent years.

In today’s situation, would it be best to validate them completely, reorient them or even abandon them? In a changing world, where the pace is set by technological revolutions, easy access to data and the vital need to optimise resources, can port-cities assume their natural role as players in the global economy while at the same time pursuing constant improvement in the quality of life of their inhabitants?

How can they anticipate the new challenges of a world with a population of eleven billion people at the turn of the century, introducing mechanisms today to ensure a future for everyone in every port-city? How can cooperation and collaboration be improved between supportive port-cities to meet the demands of sustainable world development?

At Durban, in the heart of a changing port-metropolis in one of the countries which is shaping the contemporary world, the aim of this 14th World Conference Cities and Ports from 3 to 6 November 2014 is to help the players in each city and each port to question the present in order to construct a better future, to build together tomorrow’s Smart Port City!

More information on www.citiesandports2014.com


Bulbous retrofitting

CMA CGM is continuing its fleet’s energy and consumption optimisations by retrofitting 10 of its vessels’ bulbous bows. This is in order to continue improving the fleet’s energy efficiency and reducing its environmental footprint.

The bulbous bows exchanges that are performed within a week in repair yards’ drydocks reduce significantly the ship’s fuel consumption and cut CO2 emissions.

Bulbous bows are the underwater part of the bow. Because of their influence on the vessel’s wave resistance, their design has a major impact on the vessel hydrodynamic efficiency.

The ships involved were initially designed for 24 knots sailing speed. Following the implementation of the slow steaming, the Group’s vessels now sail at speeds between 16 to 18 knots. Bulbous bows have therefore been redesigned.

The bulbous bows new design have been shaped in cooperation with Hydrocéan, a French engineering company specialised in hydrodynamics and which performed the hydrodynamic calculations.

Those 10 vessels will be added to the list of 15 vessels whose bulbous bows have been modified in 2013 and 2014.

All vessels that have entered the CMA CGM fleet in 2014 are sailing with optimised bulbous bows.

With this optimisation, the CMA CGM Group says it is reinforcing its environmental commitment. Its objective of 50% CO2/TEU-km reduction between 2005 and 2015 is on good tracks to be reached.


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The P&O liner ARCADIA (29,734-gt, built 1954) outbound from Cape Town for Fremantle, Australia, 1968. Picture: Ian Shiffman

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The lower picture shows Ellerman’s passenger ship CITY OF DURBAN (13,360-gt, built 1953) arriving in Cape Town during July, 1969. Picture: Ian Shiffman

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