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Ports & Ships Maritime News

13 September 2016
Author: Terry Hutson

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

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FIRST VIEW : KOBE STAR

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The NYK bulk carrier KOBE STAR (55,857-dwt, built 2016) at the Durban Bluff wharves during August this year. From Durban the bulker sailed for Richards Bay to load cargo and is now en route to Singapore. Kobe Star is 190 metres in length and 32m wide and was built at the Oshima Shipbuilding yard in Japan. Managed by Kobe Ship Management Co of Kbbe, Japan, the Marshall Island-registered vessel is on charter to NYK Line. This picture is by Ken Malcolm

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IDZ PLAN FOR MOZAMBIQUE'S TETE PROVINCE

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The government of Mozambique has plans to develop a duty-free industrial development zone (IDZ) over an initial area of __4,500 hectares in Revubue, which is in Tete province. This has been announced by the Council of Ministers.

The Council reported that the cost of the development will be in the order of US$770 million.

According to the development's spokesman, Deputy Health Minister Mouzinho Saide, the private sector will be approached for the necessary financial support, at least with Phase 1 and in order to make the project feasible.

Saide said that potential lenders were still being identified. The IDZ is intended as an industrial hub for for the project which, according to the plan drawn up, will become a hub for industrial development and the creation of employment in the region, along with other services.

"We have identified some potential investors, and the process of launching tenders is underway for the construction of the steel plant that will be deployed as an anchor project in that area," Saide said in an interview with the Maputo newspaper, Noticias.

Saide said that the development of the mining industry in Tete province has created ideal conditions for the establishment of industrial development hubs, which could bring projects together that will enable the beneficiation of the region's various mineral resources. source: Noticias and Macauhub

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NACALA RAIL CORRIDOR TO HANDLE 22MT FROM 2018

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Starting in 2018 coal volumes along the Northern corridor in Mozambique to the coal terminal at the port of Nacala-a-Velha will increase from 8 million to 22 million tonnes per year as a result of three addenda to contracts of the Northern Logistic Corridor (NLC) and the Northern Development Corridor (NDC).

The addenda were signed by the government of Mozambique, represented by the Transport and Communications Minister, Carlos Mesquita, mining company Vale Mocambique and port and rail manager Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Mocambique to improve the transport capacity of the Northern Corridor and ensure the viability of investments of over US$3 billion already made by concession-holders.

Under the agreements Brazil's Vale will have exclusive access to financing to ensure that the operations on the railway line between the Moatize coal mines in Tete province and the port of Nacala-a-Velha, in Nampula, "are more efficient and make the goods that use the route internationally competitive."

At the signing of addenda Mesquita said "......the agreement even exceeds national logistical concerns and creates conditions for all these logistics to have a regional impact. In particular for Malawi which, in a way, has a strategic working relationship in this project."

The Northern Corridor project, led by Brazilian multinational Vale and by Caminhos de Ferro de Mocambique (CFM), connects Moatize, in Tete province and the port of Nacala-a-Velha, in Nampula, crossing through Malawi, over a distance of around 1,000 kilometres of new and existing railway built by the consortium. source: Macauhub

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TEMA SHIPYARD BUSY WITH FIVE VESSELS UNDERGOING REPAIR

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Tema Shipyard. Picture : YouTube

It is just two months since the Ghana government handed over management of the Tema Shipyard to the Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority (GHPA), and already the yard is showing resilience by bouncing back with no less than five vessels at the yard or in its dry docks undegoing maintenance and repair.

According to the GHPA a number of other vessels are lined up.

The handing over of the shipyard two months ago followed a visit to the yard in May this year by the Transport Minister, Fifi Quartey, who was met by a delegation of port workers and other stakeholders who asked government to hand over management of the yard to the GPHA.

The workers described the ship yard as a graveyard on account of there being so little activity taking place. They complained that owners of vessels were not even making enquiries about ship repair, let alone calling at the shipyard.

As a result of this government moved swiftly and one month later, in June, management of the shipyard was handed to the Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority.

The reaction of vessel owners was also immediate and five vessels were booked and are now undergoing maintenance and repair. It is said that it is five years since this many vessels were at the Tema Shipyard at the same time.

Captain Kwesi Micah who was then manager at the Takoradi Shipyard was appointed to manage the Tema facility. Meetings aimed at motivating workers at the shipyard were held and according to the chief exectutive officer of GPHA, the yard is attracting a certain amount of investment, although he didn't give details.

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USS ZUMWALT: THE FUTURE GUIDED-MISSILE DESTROYER

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The US Navy's newest and most technologically advanced surface ship, USS ZUMWALT (DDG 1000) departed Bath Iron Works, Maine, on 7 September marking the beginning of a three-month journey to her new homeport in San Diego. The official US Navy photograph here was taken in April when she had on board the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

Crewed by 147 Sailors, Zumwalt is the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers designed to strengthen naval power. They are capable of performing critical maritime missions and enhance the US Navy's ability to provide deterrence, power projection and sea control.

Named after Admiral Elmo R 'Bud' Zumwalt Jr, former chief of naval operations (CNO) from 1970 to 1974, the Zumwalt-class features a state-of-the-art electric propulsion system, a wave-piercing tumblehome hull, stealth design and the latest war fighting technology and weaponry available.

"As the DDG 1000 sails into open water, Zumwalt is once again on active service in the US Navy," said Captain James A Kirk, Zumwalt's commanding officer. He added: "With 78 MW of power generation capacity readily available, DDG 1000 enters the Fleet bringing with it a new era of power generation, conversion, and propulsion to the US Navy. The 147 Sailors of Zumwalt have completed the training and certifications required of them in record time. They have demonstrated superb technical expertise, teamwork, and toughness over the last three months."

In preparation for Zumwalt's departure from Bath, her ship's company recently completed an engineering light off assessment (LOA)* and crew certification to ensure the ship's readiness to join the surface fleet.

In addition to her advanced weapon and propulsion systems, Zumwalt is much larger than today's destroyers. At 610 feet loa and 80.7 feet wide, Zumwalt is 100 feet longer and 13 feet wider, and its flight deck is 93% larger than an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.

Stealthy, powerful, and lethal, Zumwalt integration into the Fleet will provide a vital link from the Navy's current needs to its future capabilities.

It is understood that USS Zumwalt will be formally commissioned during Fleet Week Maryland in Baltimore on 15 October.

Following the commissioning ceremony Zumwalt will begin her transit to San Diego, California, making several port visits en route. Upon arrival in San Diego, she is scheduled to take part in a Post Delivery Availability and Mission Systems Activation and is expected to be integrated into the fleet in 2018 following test and evaluation.

In conclusion Kirk said: "We take a great deal of pride in our namesake, Admiral Zumwalt, and are committed to honouring him through our service."

A veteran of the Second World War and the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, Admiral Zumwalt exemplified honour, courage and commitment during 32 years of dedicated naval service, earning a Bronze Star with Valour for his actions during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

During his time as CNO, he embraced technological innovation and advocated a number of successful programmes including, the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine and the F-14 Tomcat, all of which yielded long-term benefits to the warfighting readiness of the US Navy. His legacy is proudly carried on today by the new class of destroyers that bear his name.

* LOA is an engineering focused event and is a key milestone to entering the basic phase of training in preparation for future deployments. During the event, an inspection is conducted to check the material readiness of the ship ensuring that all engineering equipment is in good shape and safe to operate. As an example pproximately 1,000 hot and cold checks are conducted as part of the inspection to ensure equipment is ready to safely get underway. Also heat stress management, engineering operational sequencing system and personnel qualification standards programs are observed.

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SEA RESCUE: CHOKKA BOAT RUNS AGROUND

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NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew was activated at 03h44 yesterday morning (Monday), following a report from MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) that the 48 foot Chokka (squid) fishing boat BARCELONA, with 12 crew onboard, was in the process of running aground on the lee side of Shark Point, 1.5 nautical miles South East of the harbour at St Francis.

The chokka boat broadcasted a Mayday distress call reporting that it was running aground, which was intercepted by among others Telkom Maritime Radio Services.

Following the call-out, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew responded directly to the scene making use of the private ski-boat Pescavore with an NSRI crewman onboard.

Other boats including the chokka boats Oranda and Sea Cat and the ski-boat Virago also responded in an effort to assist as did several other boats in the vicinity.

On arrival of the Pescavore it could be seen that all 12 crew members of Barcelona were in the process of abandoning their vessel by climbing onto the rocks where the vessel had run hard aground. The cause of the grounding was not immediately apparent.

As they abandoned their vessel the crew of the Barcelona were being swamped by waves but all 12 managed to scramble ashore and were subsequently confirmed to be safe and without serious injury. Sea conditions at that time consisted of breaking surf of 3 to 4 metres, with rain and a 15 knot Westerly wind.

When the NSRI crew arrived from the land side they discovered that two of the Barcelona crew had already walked to St Francis to call for assistance, while another seven were seen walking in that direction, leaving the skipper and two of his crew to remain at the shipwreck site.

The skipper was treated for hypothermia and for shock and was secured into a Stokes basket stretcher and carried to the Port of St Francis by NSRI crew where Private Care ambulance services paramedics took over. The skipper was then transported to hospital in a stable condition.

The remaining 11 crew were treated for minor cuts and bruises and some for mild hypothermia but none of them required to be hospitalised and they were released requiring no further assistance.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) is investigating the incident.

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EXPEDITION SHIP HANSEATIC COMPLETES NORTHEAST PASSAGE CROSSING

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With none of the fanfare that accompanied the voyage of Crystal Serenity as she navigated the Northwest Passage from Alaska to the Atlantic Ocean, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' expedition cruise ship, HANSEATIC, has quietly and without over publicising the fact, completed her second crossing of the longer Northeast Passage, 5,542 nautical miles between Murmansk in northern Russia, and Nome on the Alaskan coast.

The journey, which Hanseatic first undertook in 2014 when she became the first non-Russian cruie ship to navigate this legendary sea route, was completed on Saturday, 10 September, the official end to this particular cruise.

The ship reported sighting 86 polar bears during the crossing, which took her from Tromso in Norway to Nome in Alaska.

The Northeast Passage is the legendary sea route in the Arctic Ocean, which runs along the northern coasts of Asia and Europe, from the Bering Strait to the White Sea. The Hanseatic expedition voyage departed from Tromso on 16 August 2016. The first port of call was Murmansk in Russia, where the adventure of the Northeast Passage started officially.

After cruising through the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean, Hanseatic stopped at anchor in Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land, before the ship went on through the Kara Sea to Severnaya Zemlya. Other stops at anchor took place off Siberia, Wrangel Island and Chukchi Island. The Northeast Passage officially ended at 06h00 hrs on 7 September when the ship rounded Cape Dezhnev.

The cruise was fully booked. Passengers had the choice of 20 landings and tours with the 14 on-board Zodiacs, which are so essential to expedition cruising. During spectacular wildlife observations, guests saw walruses and polar bears. On one island, 16 polar bears were seen at the same time, including mothers with their babies. In total 86 polar bears were counted from the bridge.

"The Northeast Passage is a spectacular voyage and always will be," said the ship's master, Captain Natke. "This route is not comparable to a regular cruise. Nature impresses with unique and exciting insights. On this cruise we have seen a high number of polar bears. I have never before seen so many polar bears on an Arctic cruise. Furthermore, we have seen the fantastic Northern Lights and enjoyed three sunny days with blue skies at Wrangel Island."

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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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.

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PIC OF THE DAY : MSC SILVIA

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Mediterranean Shipping Company's 9,400-TEU container ship MSC SILVIA (110,697-dwt, built 2015) makes an appearance on her Europe, West Africa, South Africa service at Cape Town during August. The 300-metre long, 48m wide container vessel was built at the Shanghai Jiangnan Changsing Shipyard in China. These pictures are by Ian Shiffman

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