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Collaboration Key in MV Smart Wreck Removal

(Photo: North P&I Club)

Titan Salvage, now a part of Ardent following completion of the merger of Titan and Svitzer Salvage, has completed the removal of the wreck of the cape-size MV Smart coal carrier in South Africa, an especially challenging project due to weather conditions that prevail on the South African coast, particularly during the winter period.   The removal of the vessel, which was entered in North P&I Club by owner Alpha Marine, has been accomplished on time and on budget due collaboration with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), Titan and North.     On August 19, 2013 the 151,279 DWT bulk carrier ran onto a sand bar shortly after setting sail from Richards Bay coal terminal in a 7-meter Indian Ocean swell. It was carrying 147,650 to of coal, 1,769 tons of fuel oil and 129 tons of diesel.   All 23 crew members were safely rescued and, just a couple of days later, the 273-meter-long ship split in to three parts.   According to North’s senior claims executive Dev Lajmi, “As the vessel’s P&I insurer we immediately started working with SAMSA to ensure that the wreck was properly managed and moved according to their requirements. The priorities were to limit the risk to shipping and to protect the marine environment of Richards Bay, which is home to the humpback dolphin as well as a popular surfing area.”  


Containership Fire Extinguished in South Africa

Photo: Port of Ngqura

The joint effort undertaken by a Disaster Management team at the Port of Ngqura has helped to avert a potential maritime disaster and ultimately saved the container vessel APL Austria, which caught fire last weekend.    Transnet National Ports Authority, Transnet Port Terminals, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Fire Department, South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), South African Police Services (SAPS), National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and a stevedoring company


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


Vallihu Named Chief Executive of S. African Ports

Richard Vallihu (Photo: Transnet National Ports Authority)

South African port authority, Transnet National Ports Authority, has appointed Richard Vallihu as its new Chief Executive, following the retirement of Tau Morwe.   Richard Vallihu took up the reins as Chief Executive of South African port authority, Transnet National Ports Authority, on April 1, 2015.   He succeeds Tau Morwe, who led the company for a number of years before opting for retirement in March 2015.  


Hijacked Singaporean Ship Released in Nigeria

The Safmarine Kuramo. Photo: Marine marchande

 The crew of a Singapore-registered container vessel, Safmarine Kuramo, hijacked off the Nigerian Coast earlier this week, were released unharmed on Saturday (Feb 6) following efforts by Nigerian authorities.   All 25 crew members on board, comprising nationals from India, South Africa, the UK, Thailand and the Philippines, are reported to be safe.   Nigerian authorities had secured the release of all crew members and the vessel at 1


Two New Tugs Built for TNPA

TNPA’s new tugs, Qunu and Cormorant, were launched and named at the Southern African Shipyards in Durban Linda Mabaso, Chair of Transnet SOC Limited, named the vessels, flanked by Trishna Misra, Chief Financial Officer of Southern African Shipyards. (Photo by Philip Wilson – Logico Creative Solutions)

 The South African government’s Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy initiative has yielded more results with the ceremonial launch of two more tugboats built for Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).   The two tugs – named Qunu and Cormorant – form part of TNPA’s R1.4 billion contract awarded to Durban ship builder, Southern African Shipyards. It is the largest single contract TNPA has ever given to a South African company for the building of harbor craft


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.


TNPA’s Tug Project Going Full Steam Ahead

The first of TNPA’s nine tugs is about 35% complete and its hull and superstructure are 70% complete. The first tug is expected to be handed over in January 2016 (Photo: TNPA)

Transnet National Port’s Authority’s R1.4 billion contract to produce nine powerful tugboats is progressing on time and within budget at the Southern African Shipyards premises in Durban. “This is a milestone project that reinforces the capacity and skill of South Africa and indeed Durban when it comes to competing in the global shipbuilding industry,” said TNPA program manager Eugene Rappetti, Senior Manager for Marine Operations.


Viking O&M Secures Rig Contract from a Chinese Firm

Picture of the 1,500-bhp train-type land drilling rig. Credit: Viking Offshore and Marine Limited

 Viking Offshore & Marine has secured a 48-month charter for a second land drilling rig system for US$31 million ($41.8 million).   Viking’s subsidiary Viking LR2 will charter the 1,500-bhp train-type land rig and related drilling equipment system to a Chinese land rig specialist. It will be immediately deployed on a North African oilfield concession jointly owned by a South Asian energy operator and the local energy authority.  


DCMA to continue Organizing Anchorage of Maritime Crafts in Dubai

Image Courtesy DMCA

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, revealed its continuing efforts in organizing anchorage of maritime crafts across Dubai waters. Dubai is witnessing a big turnout of maritime crafts ranging from business and tourism, to sports and entertainment, due to its strategic position as a global business and tourism hub.  


Keel Laid for USS Frank E. Petersen

Photo: United States Navy

 The keel of future guided-missile destroyer USS Frank E. Petersen, Jr. (DDG 121) was ceremoniously laid Feb. 21 at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard.   Although official construction of DDG 121 began April 2016, the keel laying symbolically recognizes the ceremonial beginning of


Greenpeace ship My Esperanza in West Africa

Image: Greenpeace

 The Greenpeace ship My Esperanza has docked at the port of Praia in Cape Verde.    For eleven weeks the Esperanza will sail the waters of six West Africa States - Cape Verde, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Senegal to raise awareness on the state of fisheries


DMCA Readies for International Boat Show

Photo: Dubai Maritime City Authority

 As part of its role as the government entity supporting Dubai International Boat Show 2017, the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) is taking all the necessary measures to ensure the issuance of marine licenses to boats visiting and participating in the 25th edition of the Middle


NIMASA Repositions as Global Player

Photo:  Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)

 Nigeria would be hosting the 3rd Conference of the Association of Heads of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA Conference) in Abuja, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, from 19th -21st of April,2017 in a bid to continue to improve on its role as a global player in the comity of maritime nations


DNV GL, MPA to Research Autonomous Shipping Systems

Pic: DNV GL

 A memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote research and development (R&D) and innovation in the maritime industry was renewed between DNV GL and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).  Given the growing need to create safer and more efficient solutions for the


MPA Expands MOU with DNV GL

From left to right: Remi Eriksen, DNV GL’s Group President and CEO, Dilek Ayhan, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of Transport, Singapore and Andrew Tan, Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. Photo: DNV GL

 A memorandum of understanding to promote research and development (R&D) and innovation in the maritime industry was renewed between DNV GL and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).    Given the growing need to create safer and more efficient solutions for the


SC Ports Reports All-time Record Container Volume

Photo: SCPA

 South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced an all-time record container volume of nearly 105,000 pier containers and 185,018 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled in January.     As measured in pier containers, or total box volume, SCPA handled 104, 792 boxes last month


SC Ports sets Container Volume record

Hapag-Lloyd Photo South Carolina Ports Authority

 South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced an all-time record container volume of nearly 105,000 pier containers and 185,018 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled in January.  As measured in pier containers, or total box volume, SCPA handled 104, 792 boxes last month


Australia, Fiji fix Cyclone damaged navigation equipment

Buoys loaded and ready for installation Courtesy  AMSA

In February 2016, Fiji suffered the devastating effects of Tropical Cyclone Winston. The cyclone caused significant damage to the infrastructure of Fiji, including to a number of maritime aids to navigation and lighthouse sites. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has worked closely


Indonesia Port Disruptions Cause Coal Delays

File Image (Credit: BSM)

Loading disruptions at ports in East and South Kalimantan on the Indonesian side of Borneo island are causing a coal supply shortage in one of the world's most important export regions, causing delays as ships wait to take on new cargoes.  


Repairing Fiji’s Maritime Navigation Equipment Post-Winston

A satellite images shows Tropical Cyclone Winston during peak intensity and striking Fiji on February 20, 2016. (Photo: NASA)

When Tropical Cyclone Winston struck Fiji in February 2016, the deadly category 5 storm raked across the country with peak winds of 185 mph, damaging or destroying some 40,000 homes and causing an estimated $1.4 billion in damages. The strongest recorded tropical cyclone to make landfall in the


DMA Focus on Smart Enforcement

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

 Future shipping requires that both the maritime industry and the authorities utilise new technology and digital solutions to do their work smarter and better, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) said in a press release.   "Attendees of the European Shipping Week on 28 February


TNPA: Five Tugs Done, Four More to Go

Photos courtesy of TNPA

Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) R1.4 billion tug building contract in Durban continues to create jobs and develop local marine capabilities, with the fifth of the authority’s nine new tugs launched this morning in Durban.


Vard design Survey vessel for South African Navy

Vard Marine 9 105 HydrographicOceanographic Survey vessel design Photo Vard Marine

Offering the Vard Marine 9 105 Hydrographic/Oceanographic Survey vessel design, Southern African Shipyards, located in Durban, S.A. has been selected as the preferred bidder for the South African Navy Project “Hotel” program.  This is a continued success for Vard Marine in


ABS Group Awarded USCG Blanket Purchase Agreement

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded a follow-on $9 million Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to ABSG Consulting Inc., an ABS Group company (ABS Group).   ABS Group will provide a range of Human Systems Integration (HSI) support to the USCG's Human Systems Integration Office (CG-1B3)






 
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