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Africa Seeks to Make Maritime More Economically Important

Participants at the opening ceremony of the African Maritime meeting held in Mombasa, Kenya.

Plagued by low sources of revenue in their economies, African maritime stakeholders are meeting in Mombasa, Kenya to look into ways the industry could add to national revenue base.   Key debate issue on the first day revolved around whether Africa should adopt an open or closed ship registry system. While maritime experts and industry players yearn for an open form of registry, viewed as a means to boost the number of ships in the continent, hence revenue from taxation, government representatives at the meeting were however cautious. Nancy Karigithu, Director General, Kenya Maritime Authority said in East Africa, pirates have used the 20 years of anarchy existing in Somalia to terrorise vessels plying in the Indian Ocean. She is however optimistic that with the recent routing of the al-Shabaab militia from Somalia by the African Union forces with the support of the international community, the Gulf of Aden that bore the brunt of piracy will stablise and allow the growth of sea trade.   Magnus T. Addicu, President of the Accra-based African Maritime Policy Advisory Centre, said while crooks used the weaknesses that has existed in an open registry system to perpetrate piracy, things are changing now. “Gone are the days when any one would just come in, register their vessel and disappear. Maritime authorities now respond to this anomaly in a way that assures security and safety,” he said


EU Supports African Maritime Administrations

The European Union (EU) is funding a €1.2 million grant contract, signed between IMO and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) to support training and capacity-building activities aimed at enhancing flag State implementation and port State control in Western and Central Africa, with a view to upgrading the region’s maritime administrations and preparing its States for the mandatory IMO audit scheme.


Navy Patrol Corvette Launched

South Africa's first commissioned patrol corvette, first lady Zanele Mbeki, attended the official handover of the SAS Amatola , four years after christening and launching it in Germany. In a combined ceremony, the SAS Amatola was handed over from the European South Africa Corvette Consortium to the South African government and commissioned into the South African Navy. The Meko A-200 frigate, as the corvette is properly known


South Africa's Transnet Go For Tideland Racons

International specialist in aids to navigation Tideland, and its its South African agent, Marine Data Solutions (Pty) Ltd, has won the contract to supply five SeaBeacon 2 System 6 racons to the South Africa's National Ports Authority, part of Transnet SOC Ltd. The racons will be deployed in various locations around the coast, including the country's six largest ports: Richards Bay, Durban, Saldanha, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and East London


South African Measures to Counter Spread of Ebola

Ebola-epidemic

  South Africa's Department of Health has published a Cabinet decision with regards to measures to counter and control the potential spread of Ebola from West African countries where outbreaks have been reported. Cases of the disease have been reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, and recently an increase in the number of cases has been noted in the first three. The Department of Health has taken measures in South Africa to enhance surveillance


UN Security Council Addresses Piracy in Gulf of Guinea

Security Council. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The United Nations Security Council called for a comprehensive regional approach to combat the threat of piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea, and reiterated its call on Member States to prosecute perpetrators in accordance with international laws. “The Security Council expresses its deep concern at the reported number of incidents and level of violence of acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea, in the first half of 2013


South African Navy has New Subs Classed by GL

The South African navy has commissioned Germanischer Lloyd with the classification of three submarines. The order includes the inspection of the construction plans as well as annual technical safety checks. This makes Germanischer Lloyd the first classification society worldwide to be entrusted with the technical support of military submarines. The conventional class 209 submarines of type 1400 MOD are part of a comprehensive programme to modernise the South African navy


Europe to Africa Route On Table

Hydro Air, a South African company, is mulling the possibility of launching a sea-air service between Europe and Africa in the longer term. Hydro Air, will launch its first-ever cargo service and first Africa-European air service in the first week of November with a Boeing 747-200 freighter. Hydro Air cargo's commercial director Louis van Deventer said the company was considering the possibility of a sea-air service in the future


First S. African Oil and Gas Shipyard Opens

South Africa's first shipyard to construct oil and gas production platforms was recently opened, according to a Reuters report. The shipyard will provide a foothold for the country to take advantage of a booming oil sector in Angola and other West African countries. South Africa is hoping the $30.4m plant, part of a $258.3m investment by Germany-based MAN Ferrostaal AG, will act as a service hub for Africa's burgeoning oil industry.


Safmarine Adds Three Ships To Schedule

South African shipper Safmarine will add three more ships to its current schedule serving the Mediterranean and Africa on Feb. 1. The new ships bring the number of vessels offering a weekly service to seven. Their route, known as the Lisa String, connects Portugal and Spain with Angola, Namibia and South Africa. Maersk Sealand, a sister company within the AP Moller Group which owns Safmarine Container Lines, will be a partner and vessel provider for the Lisa String


USCG Recognizes Meritorious Bulkship Rescue Team

Meritorious service award: Photo USCG

Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, Federal, State, County and several members of the maritime community have received a Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation award during a ceremony held at the Canaveral Port Authority Maritime Center in Port Canaveral, Florida


ISS Celebrates ISO Accreditation in M.East and Africa

Inchcape Shipping Services

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime services provider, is celebrating the awards of ISO 22000:2005 – Food Safety Management System and ISO 9001:2008 for the company’s supply chain operations in Dubai, Mombasa and Mogadishu


Pariah Containership Banned from Australian Ports

Safety at sea: File photo

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) informs that it has issued a direction to the container ship 'Vega Auriga' (IMO 9347786) that prohibits the ship from using or entering any Australian ports due to repeated breaches relating to seafarer welfare and maintenance of the ship.


Transnet National Ports Authority Orders 9 Voith Water Tractors

Voith Water Tractor tugs are in operation worldwide

  In South Africa’s largest local shipbuilding contract Transnet National Ports Authority has ordered nine new Voith Water Tractors (VWT) for use in several ports across the country. This is also the largest order in the history of Voith marine technology.


OP/ED: The State of Piracy

John Thompson, co-founder of Ambrey Risk

Piracy’s gone away, right? You’d be forgiven for thinking that.   The predominant narrative for the Indian Ocean is that Piracy has been suppressed to an extent that ship-owners are requesting fewer guards, even unarmed in some cases


Norsea Group Makes Long-term UK Commitment

Peterhead Harbour, aerial photo

  NorSea Group (UK) Limited is making a major, long-term commitment to the UK with the announcement that it will take over operatorship of Smith Quay and Embankment at Peterhead on a 10-year agreement as of September 1. NorSea Group also has a 15-year lease at South Quay in Montrose and a


Voith Bags Largest Marine Order to Date

Photo: Voith

Voith wins record contract for Voith Schneider Propellers In South Africa’s largest local shipbuilding contract Transnet National Ports Authority has ordered nine new Voith Water Tractors (VWT) for use in several ports across the country


Two-way Route in the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait

Two-way route in the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait

  The IMO-adopted ship routeing measure to enhance the safety and efficiency of navigation and protect the region’s sensitive marine environment will come into effect at 0000 UTC on 1st December 2014. The two-way route aims to reduce the risk of collisions and groundings by


RN Diving Expert Chris Baldwin Joins IMCA

Chris Baldwin: Photo IMCA

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Secretariat says that Chris Baldwin has joined its team as a Technical Adviser following a short secondment from the Royal Navy. The association has a strong team of eight Technical Advisers working with Jane Bugler


Traders Store Crude for Profit as Contango Takes Hold

Oil traders have begun fixing tankers to take North Sea, West African and Arab crudes to South Africa for storage, hoping for a repeat of the multimillion dollar bonanza they reaped in 2008-2009. Shipping fixtures show that in late July and August, BP , Mercuria


Containership Cleared of Ebola Risk

Image courtesy of VesselValue.com

Containership Hammonia Pacificum has been cleared of Ebola risk at the Port of Ricahrd Bay after being stopped previously at several West African ports, according to online ship intelligence and information service VesselsValue.com. The ship, though carrying a 'quarantine alert' yellow flag


China Rejects Manila Protests, Laments Detentions

China rejected Philippine complaints on Wednesday about Chinese survey vessels operating in a gas-rich area of Manila's exclusive economic zone, and has lodged a separate complaint about the detention of Chinese workers, as tensions persist.


Canadian Ports: Minister Emphasizes Key Role

Honourable Lisa Raitt: Photo Transport Canada

Transport Canada informs that the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, has spoken of the important role Canada's marine ports play in supporting trade and economic growth in a speech to the 56th annual conference of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities


Blue Denmark in Focus

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  Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) has brought out new marketing material depicting their strong and open maritime cluster, focusing on quality shipping, health, safety and the environment. Together with stakeholders from Blue Denmark, the DMA has developed new


Ebola Outbreak Delays Mercy Ships Sail to Africa

Africa Mercy (Photo courtesy of Mercy Ships)

The Africa Mercy adjusts plans to bring hope and healing in the midst of current uncertainties Collateral hardship from the Ebola epidemic now includes a delay for Mercy Ships, which operates the world’s largest civilian hospital ship in ports on the West Coast of Africa






 
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