An unusual ship to appear on our pages, and a mailboat to boot. FIESTA MAIL (2485-gt, built 2002) is classified as a passenger ship and is seen here outbound from the Florida port of Port Everglades. The ship is owned and managed by the Mailboat Company which is registered in Nassau in the Bahamas. Although Fiesta Mail has passenger accommodation the little ship also carries containerised cargo plus mail between the Bahamas and Florida ports. This picture is by Tony de Freitas
An agreement that will lead to joint patrols and the strengthening of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea was signed by Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea last week.
The region needs more nations to collaborate closely with each other in stamping out piracy and lawlessness that is becoming rampant at times. Nigeria has taken the lead recently in committing its navy and security services to take the initiative by responding to calls for assistance when merchant ships are attacked, even on occasions when the attack has taken place in another country's territorial waters. This has led to a number of arrests of pirates caught in the act of fleeing the ships they had seized.
The agreement was signed by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on behalf of Nigeria while on a two-day visit to Equatorial Guinea.
The attacks on ships in the Gulf are usually for purposes of taking hostages and ransoming members of the crew and for the theft of fuel on board the vessel, which is often transshipped onto another vessel taking part in the heist. Pirates mostly target tankers for this purpose but other types of merchant ships also come under attack. Recently a Safmarine container vessel was seized, but released shortly afterward by the Nigerian Navy which sent warships to the scene before the pirates could disappear.
"The conclusion and signing of the agreement is expected to enhance security in the Gulf of Guinea and help in curbing maritime crimes such as piracy, crude oil theft, sabotage of oil rigs and arms smuggling," said a spokesman after the signing took place.
Following the upgrading of its MIDAS service between West Africa and India and the Middle East, which the French line shares with PIL with calls at 7 West African ports now included as well as a new call at Nhava Sheva, and the upgrading of the now weekly EURAF 5 service between Northern Europe, Portugal and West Africa, with new calls at Antwerp and Abidjan (all previously reported in PORTS & SHIPS), CMA CGM together with Maersk is deploying a fleet of thirteen 9,400-TEU vessels between West Africa and Asia.
Ten of the ships are being provided by CMA CGM, the balance by Maersk.
Transit times from Cape Town (South Africa) is improved by 2 days from Central China, and 3 days from Southern China and South East Asia.
CMA CGM says this decision is part of the Group's development strategy in Africa, operating with only one brand CMA CGM since 1 March 2016.
The 91-day rotation started on 15 March: Tianjin / Xingang, Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Chiwan, Nansha, Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Ngqura (Coega), Cape Town, Pointe Noire, Luanda, Cape Town E/B, Ngqura E/B, Port Kelang E/B, Tanjung Pelepas E/B, Singapore E/B, Tianjin / Xingang
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NILEDUTCH BUYS SAFMARINE MPV EUROPE-WEST AFRICA SERVICE
Safmarine MPV ship working project cargo
Dutch-based container line NileDutch has acquired Safmarine MPV's multi-purpose services between Europe and West Africa from Safmarine's owner, Maersk Line.
This means that NileDutch will continue Safmarine's services as from 1 April 2016, focusing on the Europe-West Africa trades making direct calls from a variety of ports and accommodating the full range of cargoes, including containers, breakbulk, neo-bulk, project modules and oil and gas related cargoes.
"The extension of our service offering delivered by this transaction will enable NileDutch to enhance its operational competiveness in global shipping. With so many infrastructure projects underway in especially West Africa, this multipurpose offering gives NileDutch a real edge and will allow us to seize more business opportunities in the fields of energy equipment, infrastructure, mining and agriculture," said NileDutch COO Jan Willem de Braal.
This acquisition marks the complete divestment of Safmarine MPV after the company sold its owned vessels in 2015. The divestment was announced in the Maersk Group 2015 Annual Report, according to Jorg Knuttel, Managing Director of Safmarine MPV.
This acquisition is completely separate from the sale that was concluded with Fairseas International at the beginning of February 2016, in which Fairseas International acquired the South Africa -- West Africa service from Safmarine MPV. CLICK HERE for that report.
It further constitutes the erosion of the former once proudly South African line Safmarine, with just the container division remaining of its former services now under the control of Maersk.
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CRUISE LINES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION JOINS WORLD OCEAN COUNCIL
Holland America's ZUIDERDAM outbound from Port Everglades in Florida. Holland America is a member of CLIA. Picture by Tony de Freitas
US-based Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has partnered with the World Ocean Council (WOC) to improve its protection and care to the environment, reports Fathom Maritime Intelligence.
The WOC is dedicated to Corporate Ocean Responsibility, and therefore will support CLIA in tackling sustainability challenges that affect its business and exceed environmental regulatory requirements.
Cruise Lines International Association is the world's largest cruise association and is dedicated to the promotion and growth of the cruise industry. CLIA is composed of 25 of the major cruise lines serving North America and is an organisation that operates pursuant to an agreement filed with the Federal Maritime Commission under the Shipping Act of 1984 and serves as a non-governmental consultative organisation to the International Maritime Organization, an agency of the United Nations.
CLIA members have approximately 300 oceangoing cruise ships and are at the forefront of developing sustainable practises and innovative technologies. With tourism driving the cruise ship sector and increasing interest from the public in the coastal and marine environments, CLIA and WOC aim to facilitate the involvement of marine and coastal tourism and resort operators to enhance Corporate Social Responsibility leadership.
CLIA says that this opportunity will allow it to collaborate with like-minded people from other sectors to share and collaborate on sustainability targets for the ocean's future.
Bud Darr, CLIA Senior Vice President for Technical and Regulatory Affairs, said that protecting and caring for the environment is fundamental to the cruise industry. "We depend on healthy oceans, clean beaches and pristine destinations that meet passengers' expectations today and in the future," he said. source: Fathom Maritime Intelligence
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TULLOW DECLARES FORCE MAJEURE IN GHANA
Jubilee Field FPSO
The Jubilee Field offshore Ghana is now under force majeure. Tullow Oil, operator of the Jubilee field, has declared a force majeure on two cargoes from the field following issues with the FPSO.
The company said that the force majeure was declared late last week after a problem with a turret bearing. "We have deferred two liftings at Jubilee while we implement new operating procedures for off-take from the FPSO," the company said in a statement.
The problem with the turret bearing was reported in February.
The force majeure came just before a two-week planned maintenance on the FPSO that was due to begin on 20 March. Oil and gas production continued until the planned shutdown began and the company said it will begin exports again towards the end of the shutdown and issue a new loading schedule near the end of the month. source: Petroleum Africa
Force Majeure: Unforeseeable circumstances outside the control of the parties that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract.
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Port Louis - Indian Ocean gateway port
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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman
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PIC OF THE DAY : ADMIRAL VLADIMIRSKIY
The Russian naval research ship ADMIRAL VLADIMIRSKIY (6,600-gt, built 1975) made her second visit to Cape Town earlier in March following a call made in January this year. It is presumed that in the interim the ship went south to the Antarctic though this needs to be confirmed. Admiral Vladimirskiy is one of six of the Admiral Krylov class (Naval Research) ships built in Poland for the then Soviet Union between 1974 and 1979. All were built at the Szczecin Shipyard. As can be seen they had a helicopter deck and hangar. The ships were built with 26 laboratories on board and carried two survey launches. See our early report and pictures of her January visit HERE. These pictures are by Ian Shiffman
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