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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.”  


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.  


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.  


Marine Firefighting at Sea: Training to Survive

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), Emergency Services Training Institute

Fire onboard a boat or ship is generally considered the most dangerous situation on the water. While advances in technology have helped to mitigate risk, consistently investing to upgrade a crew’s firefighting training, skills and equipment is the best means to keep crew, ship and cargo safe if disaster strikes. While innovative new fire-resistant materials and advanced fire suppression equipment onboard ships and boats has helped to improve fire security


IMO to Prevent Cyber-attacks

Image courtesy IMO

At a meeting of the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), it was recognised that ships may also be exposed to so-called cyber-attacks. Now, the IMO wants to prevent hostile attempts to interfere with electronic systems in the maritime industry and it has therefore drawn up interim Guidelines


South Africa arrests Chinese ships for illegal squid fishing

South Africa's navy has detained three Chinese ships with around 100 crew on board on suspicion of illegal squid fishing, officials said on Monday. The ships were spotted on Friday having entered South Africa's 200 nautical mile economic exclusion zone without permits


TT Club Welcomes IMO Guidance on SOLAS VGM Amendment

At an International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee session in London that culminated on Friday, delegates agreed on guidance and advice to both those active in the container supply chain globally (shippers, carriers and port operators)


Container Weight Regulations

Image:  World Shipping Council

 Starting July 1, 2016, the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee approved amendments to The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Seas’ (SOLAS), will require that shippers verify gross container weight prior to shipping.  


This Day In Naval History: May 9

USS Ashland (LSD 48) (U.S. Navy photo)

1860 - While off the Isle of Pines (now named Isla de la Juventud) near the south coast of Cuba, the screw gunboat Wyandotte captures the slaver William, which carries 570 Africans. 1926 - Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd and Chief Aviation Pilot Floyd Bennett report reaching the North Pole in their


CMA CGM Launches Baltic Levant Express Service

Image: CMA CGM

CMA CGM’s new Baltic Levant Express service offers direct connection between Saint Petersburg and the Eastern Mediterranean region   Starting May 9, container shipper CMA CGM has launched the new Baltic Levant Express service, offering a direct connection between Saint Petersburg and


South Africa's Transnet Steams Into Rest of Africa

South African state rail-freight operator Transnet is embarking on a major expansion drive in the rest of the continent, offsetting a slowdown at home caused by the slump in commodity prices, chief executive Siyabonga Gama said on Wednesday.  


TNPA Invests in Port of Ngqura

(Photo: TNPA)

Two new landmarks at the Port of Ngqura, which are part of ongoing developments to position the port as a container transhipment hub for Sub-Saharan Africa, were officially launched by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) today.    


Safmarine Moves HQ to SA

Photo: Safmarine

International container carrier focused on trade to and from Africa, West and Central Asia, Safmarine will move its head office to Cape Town, South Africa, thereby returning to its roots.    Safmarine was acquired by Maersk Line in 1999


Italian Coastguard Rescues 801 Migrants

Italy's coastguard said it helped rescue 801 migrants from two boats off western Sicily on Thursday, including many Syrians, amid signs that refugees from the Middle East are increasingly shunning the Greek route into Europe.   More than a million migrants, many from Syria


Philippines Detains 25 Chinese Fishermen for Poaching

Philippine fishing authorities said on Tuesday they had detained 25 Chinese crew of two seized fishing boats on suspicion of poaching, a move that could further strain ties between two countries at odds over maritime sovereignty. A joint team from the Philippine coastguard and the Bureau of


Turkmenistan to Roll out International Transit Transport Corridors

Photo:  Cox & Kings

 AzerNews says that Turkmenistan publicized its plans on creating international transit transport corridors within the framework of the 96th meeting of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee, ongoing from May 11 to 20, 2016.  


Soon, the Vessel FEODORA II Can Call at Danish Ports

FEODORA II. Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

 Soon, the vessel FEODORA II can call at Danish ports in Flensborg Fjord, the Danish Maritime Authority says a press release.   At a follow-up inspection on board FEODORA II, the Danish Maritime Authority has verified that the vessel is fitted with lifejackets


Global Safety Day Celebrations at APM Terminals

A skit on safety and  risk management being presented during the Global Safety Day celebrations at APM Terminals Inland Services’ CFS in Mumbai Photo APM Terminals

Under the theme ‘Safe for you, Safe for me’, APM Terminals Inland Services, South Asia celebrated Global Safety Day on 28 th April with emphasis on raising awareness on the importance of risk management among employees, contractors and external stakeholders.


Airplane Lifejackets Found in Egyptair Search

Aircraft debris was found in the southern Mediterranean by Greek authorities searching for a missing EgyptAir aircraft which vanished from radar screens early Thursday, Greek state tv reported. Earlier, Greek officials said pieces of plastic were found in the sea some 230 miles south of the






 
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