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Cape Africa Enters Port of Cape Town

The bulk carrier 'Cape Africa', under tow by the salvage tug 'Smit Amandla', will enter the Port of Cape Town this afternoon. Yesterday evening, with the 'Cape Africa' cargo lightening operation complete and the specialized lightening vessel 'Bandar' en route to Saldanha Bay to discharge the final load of iron ore cargo removed from the bulk carrier, the convoy of tug and tow, under escort by the SMIT tug 'Pentow Service' and the oil pollution vessel 'Kuswag IV', left False Bay en route to Cape Town.


Fairmount Fuji assisted drillship Stena Forth

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Fairmount Marine’s multipurpose support vessel Fairmount Fuji has assisted drillship Stena Forth, owned by Swedish Stena Drilling, when passing by Cape Town, South Africa. Fairmount Fuji was contracted to perform several cargo runs. Stena Forth anchored offshore Cape Town for crew changes and replenishments. Fairmount Fuji is equipped with a spacious 280 square meters deck. This makes her ideal for the transport of goods


SvitzerWijsmuller Opens Cape Town Office

Robert-Jan van Acker head of SvitzerWijsmuller’s global salvage activities, welcomed guests at a reception last week marking the opening of the group’s office in Cape Town. With Robert-Jan is Nick Sloane, SvitzerWijsmuller’s General Manager, Africa. SvitzerWijsmuller’s Cape Town office opened in July. Within the first month, the Cape Town team responded to four marine emergencies. Addressing representatives of SAMSA (the South African Maritime Safety Authority) and Cape Town’s maritime


Hapag-Lloyd Launch of Africa Service

Hapag-Lloyd is starting its new weekly service from Europe to South Africa in October 2006. The relevant organization is already in place in South Africa. Hapag-Lloyd is starting its new service from Europe to Africa not with charter ships as originally planned, but after further studying the market as a space charterer from Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), based in Geneva. "As a result of the cooperation with MSC


Southern African Countries Sign Maritime Rescue Agreement

A new agreement aimed at better coordinating maritime rescues on the high seas off southern Africa was signed in Cape Town, South Africa. The document established Cape Town as a hub for maritime rescue in the oceans around South Africa, the Comores, Madagascar, Mozambique, Angola and Namibia, reports said. The last two countries were not present at Tuesday's signing ceremony, but are expected to sign later this month.


Norway First to Sign IMO Fishing Vessel Safety Protocol

Agreement Signing: Photo credit IMO

The Kingdom of Norway has become the first State to sign the Cape Town Agreement of 2012 on the Implementation of the Provisions of the 1993 Protocol relating to the Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels, 1977. Ms. Ida Skard, Director General, Maritime Department, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Norway, signed the Agreement, at IMO Headquarters. The Cape Town Agreement of 2012 updates and amends a number of provisions of the Torremolinos Protocol


St. Helena Faces Bleak Holidays After Supply Ship Breaks Down

St. Helena island, an isolated British dependency where Napoleon spent his final years in prison, is facing a grim Christmas and millennium New Year's after its only supply ship broke down this month off France. A spokesman for St. Helena/Curnow Shipping Ltd., which has operated the service since 1977, said the RMS St. Helena - the RMS stands for Royal Mail Ship - was in Brest, a western French port and naval base, awaiting repairs that could last into next year.


76-Year-Old Solo Sailor Loses His Ship

David Clark's record breaking bid to be the oldest man to sail solo round the world ended in disaster on Thursday as his yacht sank two days after leaving Cape Town, Reuters reported. He survived and has been picked up, but his white West Highland Terrier Mickey -- who had a life-saving operation while in Cape Town -- was lost. "His yacht started taking on water and he radioed for help. He abandoned ship and was picked up by a nearby vessel but his dog was drowned


EnerMech Weighs Up African Expansion

EnerMech acquisition Water Weights International specialize in proof load testing of cranes and lifting equipment.

EnerMech Ltd has stepped up its presence in the African oil and gas sector with the £3 million (43 million Rand) acquisition of heavy load testing company Water Weights International SA (Pty) Ltd.   The mechanical engineering group will use Water Weights International’s (WWI) strategic relationships to accelerate growth of its main business lines in South Africa and in key East and West African countries.


Piracy Cost & Solutions on Agenda at Upcoming Capetown Summit

Pirate photo courtesy of EUNAVFOR

Some 600 maritime and naval experts are to meet in Cape Town from 25-27 November, 2013, to discuss the price of piracy in Africa and the institutional and technical solutions available during the annual Maritime & Coastal Security Africa conference and exhibition. It is the largest maritime defence and security event on the continent, say the organisers. What does poor maritime security cost each year? Piracy off the Horn Of Africa costs the industry approximately $7-$12 billion


Dutch Minister Ploumen Visits Damen Shipyards Cape Town

With Minister Ploumen

The Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ms Lilianne Ploumen, and a Dutch Trade Delegation visited Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) on Tuesday, July 8th 2014. The goal was to get an impression of the way South African and Dutch companies and entrepreneurs are working


Increased Oil Storage Plays: Analysis

Reported VLCC & Suezmax Fixtures into South Africa: Image courtesy of Poten & Partners

During the last few days, various articles in the oil and shipping press have hinted at the possibility that renewed contango in the oil markets could lead to increased storage plays after several Suezmaxes were fixed for discharge in Saldanha Bay, South Africa


MN 100: Smit International N.V.

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Rosmolenweg 20 Papendrecht, 3356 LK, Netherlands Email: salvage@smit.com Website: www.smit.com Chairman of the Executive Board: Ben Vree The Company: In 1842, 65-year-old Fop Smit began using a 140hp paddle steamer to guide vessels safely into the Port of Rotterdam, and thus L


Areva in Steam Generators Contract in S. Africa

  France's Areva said on Saturday it sealed a contract worth around 300 million euros with South African utility Eskom to replace steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power plant, near Cape Town. Areva will design, manufacture and install six steam generators in the plant's two


MBC Books Second Tug Order in Three Months

Daniel Ngubane (MBC), Commander Tsietsi Mokhele (SAMSA), Yusuf Omar (Department of Transport, representing the Minister of Transport, Ms Dipuo Peters) and Sobantu Tilayi  (SAMSA).

Cape Town-based black empowerment shipping company, Marine Bulk Carriers (MBC) and its partners have placed a second R300m order for an Anchor Handling Tug and Supply (AHTS) vessel. According to MBC Chairman, Lester Peteni, “Demand for anchor handling tugs around Southern Africa


1,000 Member-State Delegates Gather at IMO Assembly

IMO 28th Assembly: Photo credit IMO

Stephen Hammond, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, United Kingdom, welcomed delegates to the 28th IMO Assembly, the Organization's highest governing body, on behalf of the host Government.   In his opening address


75 Abused Fishermen Abandoned and Arrested

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Maritime charity, the Apostleship of the Sea has called for a major change in the way seafarers and fishermen are treated by government authorities when they are the victims of unscrupulous owners. The recent case of 75 Indonesian fishermen illustrates what the Apostleship of the Sea says is a


TOS Delivers Tug for Paraguayan Client

TOS ship delivery GF Humaita

TOS conducted its first ship delivery for a client based in Paraguay. The GF Humaita has been purchased by a client in Singapore and will be delivered to Uruguay, Montevideo. The tug left Singapore in the beginning of December 2013. Last weekend the tug had a stop-over for bunkering in Cape Town


Sekimizu Launches Maritime Day Theme

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu (Photo: IMO)

“IMO conventions: effective implementation” IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has launched this year’s World Maritime Day theme, “IMO conventions: effective implementation”, expressing the hope that the year would see genuine progress towards effective and global


Fairmount Tows Rig from Brazil to Singapore

Tug Fairmount Expedition (Photo: Fairmount Marine)

Fairmount Marine said it has safely delivered rig ENSCO 5002 in Singapore. The rig was towed from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, via Cape Good Hope, by tug Fairmount Expedition. ENSCO 5002 is a 1975 built 70 meters long and 61 meters wide semisubmersible drilling rig


Maersk Line named race partner for the Volvo Ocean Race

The world’s largest container shipping company, Maersk Line, is the official shipping partner for the Volvo Ocean Race, the pre-eminent round-the-world yacht race. The race takes place from 4 October 2014 to 27 June 2015. During the nine month race, seven 65-foot (19


Holland American Line donates $100,000 to Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation

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In honor of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s work to spread peace, justice and democracy around the globe, Holland America Line has made a $100,000 donation to the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation (DTPF). The donation follows Tutu’s appearance as a special guest lecturer on a segment of


CMA CGM Launches US Gulf-South Africa Line

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CMA CGM announced the launch of its new KHULU Line dedicated to the U.S. Gulf-South Africa trade, as from the beginning of May, 2014: With the addition of its newest line, CMA CGM now offers its customers eight services with a weekly call in South Africa


ITF Points Finger at Suspect Indonesian Crewing Agency

Stranded Indonesian fisherfolk: Image ITF

The International Transport Federation says it has reported a Taiwanese and an Indonesian crewing agent to Interpol for suspected human trafficking after 74 Indonesian fishers working on board seven Taiwanese vessels were abandoned in September, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa.


Dutch Minister Visits Damen Cape Town

Shed 6 photo with Minister Ploumen, Bonnie Horbach, Sam Montsi-Zuma, Friso Visser and Ambassador Adre Haspels

Dutch Minister Ploumen visits Damen Shipyards Cape Town and honors newly qualified welders and boilermakers The Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, and a Dutch Trade Delegation visited Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) on Tuesday, July 8, 2014






 
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