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Ports & Ships Maritime News

23 February 2016
Author: Terry Hutson

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

TODAY'S BULLETIN OF MARITIME NEWS

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FIRST VIEW : ALPINE VENTURE

The Singapore-flagged Norwegian-owned chemical products tanker ALPINE VENTURE (46,046-dwt, built 2010) is seen in Cape Town harbour earlier in the month. Alongside the tanker is the Cape Town pilot boat. The picture is by Ian Shiffman

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The Singapore-flagged Norwegian-owned chemical products tanker ALPINE VENTURE (46,046-dwt, built 2010) is seen in Cape Town harbour earlier in the month. Alongside the tanker is the Cape Town pilot boat. The picture is by Ian Shiffman

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PIRATES RELEASE OIL TANKER MAXIMUS

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Maximus while named Stavfjord. Picture Fleetmon

A tanker which we didn't even know had been captured by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, has been released off the Ivory Coast.

The 115 metre long tanker MAXIMUS (7,654-dwt, built 2007) was apparently seized by pirates during the night of 11 February while 76 nautical miles off Abidjan. The crew consisted of 12 seafarers -- eleven Indians and one Pakistani. Ten of the Indian crew have been released but the other two, an Indian and the Pakistani are still being held by the pirates.

Details are sketchy but the Indian Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj announced "We have rescued 10 Indians with the help of Nigerian Navy. We are trying to rescue 11th Indian and a Pakistani crew member from the pirates." He added that immediately after Maximus had been seized, India had issued a request to Ghana and Nigeria to follow the ship .

It would appear that the presence of Nigerian naval assets had helped with the negotiaions for the release of the ten crew. Negotiations are ongoing with the pirates to release the remaining two seafarers.

The Panamanian-flagged tanker is owned and operated by UAE interests in Sharjah.

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WRECK OF THE RO-RO SALOOS REMOVED FROM CABINDA ANCHORAGE

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Picture courtesy Koole Mammoet Salvage

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Saloos as Industrial Achiever before sinking. Picture courtesy Shipspotting

Salvage company Koole Mammoet Salvage has successfully removed the wreck of the grounded and sunk Ro-Ro vessel SALOOS (4,403-dwt, built 1983) from the Cabinda anchorage where she has lain since going aground and capsizing in May 2014.

The Ro-Ro vessel was carrying a cargo of 155 containers which were later scattered in a 60 quare kilometre area including some boxes that landed on the beach. The Panamanian-flagged ship which was owned by Navang Shipping and managed by Jade SA, both of Greece, was declared a total loss.

In 2015 Koole Mammoet Salvage was hired to remove the ship, to survey the area and remove all debris including the containers.

Two tugboats and four barges were mobilised, equipped with 24 chainpullers, while several cranes (500ton -- 200 ton), salvage and survey-equipment was sent to Angola to carry out the wreck and cargo removal.

While the area was being surveyed and containers were removed from the seabed and the beach, the wreck was prepared for lifting and removal. This was accomplished by utilising directional drilling, a total of twelve chains were positioned underneath the wreck and the hydraulic chainpullers pulled the wreck from the mud.

After releasing the wreck from the seabed, the vessel was removed in situ with chisel and torch cutting. All containers and debris that originated from the Saloos were meanwhile identified and removed.

Saloos went aground after taking on water and listing during a voyage from Pointe Noire to Cabinda. The crew failed to arrest the ingress of water and with the list growing the ship went aground in the Cabinda anchorage some 380km north of Luanda.

All of the crew was safely evacuated before the ship capsized in a water depth of about seven metres.

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FROM DECISIONS TO ACTIONS -- UNCTAD NAIROBI JULY 2016

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The 14th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14) will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 17 to 22 July 2016.

The theme will be From Decisions to Actions.

The Conference will feature ministerial debates, high-level round tables, thematic events, a World Investment Forum, a Global Commodities Forum, a Youth Forum and a Civil Society Forum, among other events.

For the agenda and other information readers are invited to study: UNCTAD 14

It is understood that General Enquiries will be dealt with by e-mail at: unctad14@unctad.org

Global Commodities Forum
Prior to the event the Global Commodities Forum will be held on 15 and 16 July in Nairobi, as an integral part of UNCTAD 14.

Under the theme of Slowdown in Emerging Economies: Implications for Commodity-led Development, participants will discuss how commodity-dependent developing countries can adapt to the twin shocks of lower commodities prices and shrinking demand from emerging economies, so as to realize their national objectives and the 2030 Agenda.

The Forum is a free, public platform to debate critical issues at the intersection of commodities and development. It will help frame international policy discussions on commodities and features developing countries' challenges and experts. A multi-stakeholder dialogue, the Forum attracts high-level decision makers and experts from the public, private and civil society sectors.

Paul Ridgway
London

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CRUISING GOES TO DIZZIER AND DIZZIER HEIGHTS

Today's cruise liner is another 'creature' altogether, taking the fantasy known as 'cruising' to levels that exceed one's wildest imaginings.

Vernon Buxton reports..

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As the 227,700gt Harmony of the Seas will look like when she sails from Rome and Barcelona this European Spring. It's a sight to stop anyone in his or her tracks, as this vast moving mini-city sweeps by on the horizon. The entertainment options defy comprehension, and the eating choices will nullify any thoughts of culinary restraint. Yet, this remains mass-market cruising, not to everyone's taste. Some seasoned cruisers seek smaller, more intimate and more luxurious vessels..but there must surely be few cruise lovers who could resist a peek at how mega-liners actually flourish and continue growing. Where is this going..500,000gt? Imagine that..

Harmony of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise under construction at STX Europe shipyard. Upon completion, she will be the largest passenger ship in the world, surpassing her older sisters Oasis and Allure of the Seas by some 2,000 gross tons. She will grace Mediterranean waters in May, before heading off to her permanent homeport, Port Everglades in Florida for their winter season.

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Nearing completion at the STX yards (with just the 'S' of her name in place), Harmony of the Seas will be 33 centimetres longer than her sister ships..and will also be 20 percent more fuel efficient. Progress and innovation continue from one new-build to another. Just 10 years ago we could never have imagined how large, how diverse and how sophisticated would become the ships we know as cruise liners. Think back to Union Castle's WINDSOR CASTLE and consider maritime progress since then (not that the Windsor Castle is to be pooh-poohed in any way..she was a jolly splendid ship.)

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Towering layers of cabins to house 5,479 passengers, many accommodations with balconies or virtual reality screens of outside views. Still, as large as these vessels are, the recent experience of ANTHEM OF THE SEAS being tossed around like a cork (in more than 114km/h winds) off the coast of Florida shows that the cruel sea cannot be tamed by any vessel yet built, and any disbelieving captain disrespects this reality at his or her peril. Luckily, it doesn't happen often.

Vernon Buxton
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TAKORADI PORT EXPANSION UNDERWAY AND ON TARGET

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Ghana's Port of Takoradi is being transformed as part of an expansion programme that is designed to equip the port for modern service requirements with the aim of becoming the preferred destination port in the West African sub-region.

Some 53 hectares of land is being reclaimed to create the space necessary to handle larger vessels and to accomodate approximately 100,000 tons of cargo while increasing revenue.

This is according to Ebenezer Afadzi, acting Director of Takoradi Port who gave an update on the expansion programme to a p[ress conference. The expansion programme is now entering its second phase.

The first phase of the expansion, which started in November 2014, is expected to be completed by the end of May this year. Takoradi was constructed as a port in 1928 for the specific purpose of exporting timber and logs.

Mr Afadzi said the project, being undertaken by a Belgian contractor, Jan De Nul, involves dredging and extending the breakwaters, constructing a new oil and gas jetty and the provision of terminals for bulk cargo and containers.

He said the completion of the expansion works will generate employment and eliminate double loading, improve the turnaround time and reduce the cost of doing business at the port.

Mr Afadzi said the port had also instituted top-notch security measures with competitive tariffs that made Takoradi more attractive for larger vessels in the West Africa sub-region. source: Business Day Ghana (Accra)

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BOLLORE EXPECTED TO WIN CONCESSION FOR FOUR CAPE VERDE PORTS

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Negotiations between the government of Cape Verde and French group Bollore for the sub-concession of four of the archipelago's ports should be completed by the end of the month, said the Expresso das Ilhas newspaper.

The French group was the only party that did not pull away from the international tender launched by the government of Cape Verde for the concessioning of the ports of Praia, Porto Grande (Sao Vicente), Sal-Rei (Boa Vista) and Palmeira (Sal).

The newspaper also reported that the financial issues have been finalised although technical aspects remained under negotiation, mainly related to investments, maritime traffic, the internationalisation of Cape Verdean ports and workers' contracts.

The sub-concession contract that will be signed will have a minimum term of 20 years, renewable for another 10, and port manager Enapor has received permission to sublet the ports through a resolution published in the Official Gazette on 3 February.

The Bollore group operates in African container terminals in Ivory Coast, Central African Republic, Benin, Congo, Guinea, Senegal, Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Libya and is developing the same business in the Comoros, Ghana, Gabon, Benin, Nigeria and Togo. source: macauhub

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Port Louis - Indian Ocean gateway port

Ports & Ships publishes regularly updated SHIP MOVEMENT reports including ETAs for ports extending from West Africa to South Africa to East Africa and including Port Louis in Mauritius.

In the case of South Africa's container ports of Durban, Ngqura, Ports Elizabeth and Cape Town links to container Stack Dates are also available.

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES

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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

Naval News
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Similarly you can read our regular Naval News reports and stories which also have their own dedicated section, although some stories may be duplicated in the general news section.

Find the Naval Review section HERE

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PIC OF THE DAY : NILEDUTCH BREDA

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The Dutch shipping company NileDutch Africa's 2,800-TEU capacity container ship NILEDUTCH BREDA (48,044-dwt, built 2014) seen entering Durban earlier in February. The ship was built in China at the Shanghai Shipyard, China yard as hull number 1209. This picture is by Trevor Jones

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