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Saturday, June 6, 2020

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Port Elizabeth Adds Lifting Muscle to Prep for Citrus Season

Port Elizabeth Container Terminals (PECT) prepares for the upcoming citrus fruit harvest with new Liebherr mobile harbor crane technology. The two LHM 600 were transported from Rostock, Germany to South Africa. After a 20-day journey, they were unloaded from the transport vessel “Happy Dragon”.Transnet Port Terminal’s Acting Chief Executive, Michelle Phillips said, “Having lost an entire crane due to gale force winds really set us back. The arrival of these two modern cranes will ensure that our promise to the industry is realized”.

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Transnet to Cut Transport of Non-Essential Cargo During Lockdown

South Africa's logistics firm Transnet said it would reduce transport services and non-essential cargo operations during a nationwide lockdown that began at midnight on Thursday to contain the coronavirus.The state-owned company said shipments of metals and minerals would depend on demand and government approval. It was unclear if these exports would be affected.The transport of coal to state-run utility Eskom's power stations would continue, Transnet said.Transnet operates nearly three quarters of the African rail network…

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CG Medevacs Woman From Cruise Ship Off New Jersey Coast

The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 53-year-old woman approximately 120 miles off the coast of New Jersey, Sunday evening.The captain of the cruise ship Norwegian Gem contacted watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay’s command center at 2:30 p.m. and notified them that a passenger was suffering from abdominal issues and needed a higher level of care.An aircrew aboard and HC-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Elizabeth City, N,C. launched to sustain communications due to distance…

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HMS Prince of Wales Completes Sea Trial

HMS Prince of Wales, the second of the U.K.’s Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, has recently completed a successful sea trial in Scottish waters.The ships are the largest ever built for the Royal Navy and the carriers are powered by GE’s energy-efficient, integrated full-electric propulsion system.As part of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, GE’s Power Conversion business has provided the HV Distribution system, HV Drives and Propulsion Motors as well as the Electrical Power Control and Management system.GE also supplied the HV Generators to support generating power for the entire carrier.

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CSA Protests Malaysia's Scrubber Ban

Members of the Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 expressed disappointment in regard to Malaysia’s recently-announced decision to prohibit the use of open-loop scrubbers in its coastal waters. The Malaysia Shipping Notice states that ships calling to Malaysian Ports are advised to change over to compliant fuel oil or change over to closed-loop/hybrid systems before entering Malaysian waters and ports.“We are disappointed in this announcement,” said CSA 2020 Chairman Capt. Mike Kaczmarek.

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Fincantieri Cuts Steel on New Cunard Ship

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has cut the first steel  for British–American cruise line Cunard’s newest ship to start construction on the 249th ship of the luxury cruise line, marking an exciting moment in the company’s 179-year history. The yet unnamed ship will be the second largest ship to fly the Cunard flag, and is set to reimagine the luxury cruise experience with an array of unique and exciting on board amenities.The first section of the ship is under construction at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia ship yard.

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Cape Town Damen Shipyards Joins WISTA

South Africa's Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) has joined the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA). The yard is represented in the Association by Transformation and ESD Manager Eva Moloi.WISTA is an international networking organization whose mission is to attract and support women, at the management level, in the maritime, trading and logistics sectors.Transformation and ESD Manager Eva has been nominated to WISTA South Africa’s Executive Committee as the Cape Town Chapter Representative.Eva said…

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Chelsea Technologies Appoints Paull as MD

Chelsea Technologies, a leader in the design and manufacture of sensors for the maritime sector and a Sonardyne company, has announced the appointment of Elizabeth Paull as its new managing director. Paull, who joins the company from leading subsea technology developer Sonardyne International, has been appointed to further develop Chelsea Technologies as a market leader in environmental sensing technology across a variety of industry sectors, and particularly in maritime where…

UK PM to Discuss Grace 1 Tanker with Gibraltar

British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet with Gibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo later on Wednesday to discuss the detained Iranian oil tanker Grace 1, a spokesman for May said.The tanker was seized earlier this month by British Royal Marines off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating sanctions against Syria.May and Picardo will also discuss Brexit, the spokesman said.Reporting by Elizabeth Piper

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SeaKing Electrical Completes DFDS Ferry Upgrades in France

SeaKing Electrical has completed a series of upgrades to three DFDS ferries at Damen Dunkerque Shipyard in France.The package of work was delivered to short ferries including the MS Dunkerque Seaways, MS Dover Seaways and MS Delft Seaways operated by Danish shipping company DFDS, in a total of 30 days.SeaKing Electrical managing director Dave Gillam said the project follows work delivered in Autumn 2018 to the passenger and car ferries which operate in the English Channel between…

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Construction Kicks Off at Ngqura Liquid Bulk Terminal

Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (Pty) Ltd (OTGC) and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has turned the first sod at the site of the Port of Ngqura’s future liquid bulk tank farm. This comes ahead of the planned decommissioning and rehabilitation of the existing liquid bulk facilities at the neighboring Port of Port Elizabeth, which will pave the way for Ngqura’s establishment as a new petroleum trading hub for Southern Africa.The new tank farm is expected to provide storage and marine infrastructure to support the overall petroleum demand projections for South Africa.

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NY-NJ Port to be First to Use Electric Straddle Carrier in the US

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will conduct the first test at a U.S. port of an electric vehicle to move cargo containers by the end of this year.According to a press release from the port authority, this initiative is to meet aggressive targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement.A straddle carrier is a piece of terminal yard handling equipment that is used to move cargo containers by first straddling the container and then lifting it up and driving over the back of a truck to place the container on the chassis…

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Chinese Steel Mills Chase Iron Ore Contracts with Brazil's Vale

Chinese steel mills and traders are rushing to secure long-term contracts for high-quality iron ore ahead of winter steel output cuts, a boon for the main supplier of such grades of the commodity, Brazilian mining giant Vale.China, the world's biggest consumer of the steelmaking ingredient, needs higher-quality, less polluting grades of iron ore as it battles to clear its notoriously smoggy skies.That demand highlights how China's prolonged war on pollution is shaking global markets for iron ore…

Two Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels docked at the Outer Coaling Pier and the Deep Water Berth, with Queen’s Pier in the background.

Intermarine UK Investment Boosts Portland Port Activities

UK-based Portland Port leverages new fabrication and welding facility to win a bigger share of ship repair, refit, conversion and shipbuilding markets.Polish-owned maritime engineering company Intermarine UK has unveiled major growth plans after investing a six-figure sum in a new 2,400 square meter (26,000 sq ft) fabrication and welding facility at Portland Port in Dorset, UK. The move will create up to 60 new jobs in the area over the next two years. Along the way, the company has signed a 20-year lease and moved its UK head office from Bridgend to Portland Port…

A newly-raised crane is repositioned from the work site back to the wharf to return to service in Charleston, S.C. (Photo: ZPMC)

ZPMC USA Expands Coast-to-coast

ZPMC USA is currently working on 25 cranes in nine locations that showcase a broad range of service capabilities.ZPMC USA has hired 50 new employees to support a coast-to-coast workload and its recently added parts division servicing the eastern and southern United States. Formerly known as ZPMC Crane Services, ZPMC USA has opened a warehouse in Portsmouth, Va. to complement its original parts depot in Los Angeles.ZPMC USA is the service subsidiary of ZPMC North America Inc, which is Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (ZPMC)’s operating company in North America.

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TNPA Focuses on Ship Repair

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) appointed Preston Khomo, previously Richards Bay Port Manager, as Executive Manager: Ship Repair, to manage and administer the organization’s ship repair resources nationally.Thamsanqa (Thami) Sithole has been appointed as the new Port Manager for Richards Bay. Both appointments are effective July 1.Khomo joined TNPA in 2004 as Head of Infrastructure Development: Port Operations and Consulting at Portcon (the then international arm of Transnet)…

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TNPA Rotates Harbor Masters

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will be implement several inter-port transfers within its complement of Harbor Masters, effective July 1, 2018.The changes will allow ongoing development of TNPA’s Harbor Masters through their exposure to other ports within the Ports Authority’s network of complementary ports. The transfers will also enable TNPA to fill the vacancy in the role of Harbor Master at the Port of Cape Town following the promotion of Captain Vernal Jones from Cape Town Harbor Master to Port Manager at the Port of Saldanha last year.TNPA’s Chief Operating Officer…

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South Africa Cruise Ports Nominated for World Travel Awards

The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) operated Ports of Durban, Cape Town, and Elizabeth have been nominated for the Africa & Indian Ocean segment of the 25th annual World Travel Awards in the category of “Africa’s Leading Cruise Port 2018”.Founded in 1993, the World Travel Awards seek to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. Global travel and tourism industry leaders will be recognized at the various World Travel Awards gala ceremonies, with Durban hosting the Africa and Indian Ocean segment for the third time.

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Seafarers Charity Appoints New South Africa National Director

South Africa National Director Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) has appointed Nicholas 'Nicky' Barends as its new National Director for South Africa.Barends was commissioned at the Cape Town Seafarers Center chapel on May 5 by AoS Cape Town Port Chaplain Fr Gerardo Garcia.Barends has worked as a professional printer and has been a ship visitor with AoS Cape Town for more than 10 years.He takes the helm at a time when AoS South Africa is expanding to meet the practical…

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TRAC Adds 700 Chassis to Port of NY/NJ

To support the continued cargo growth and demand for chassis in the NY/NJ Port, TRAC Intermodal is adding 700 new chassis to its Metro Pool, providing customers with easy access to high-quality equipment.The 700 new chassis are in addition to the thousands of refurbished chassis TRAC has already added to the Metro Pool. Over 40 percent of TRAC’s Metro Pool chassis fleet has now been upgraded with new or refurbished chassis, making this fleet one of the most modern and reliable in the Port.

DP World Sets Its Sights on Hyperloop Cargo Shipping

Dubai-based port operator DP World has partnered with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop One to create a new venture that aims to provide hyperloop-enabled cargo systems.DP World and the U.S.-based Virgin Hyperloop One introduced their vision for “the future of on-demand freight transportation” at an event on April 29 at the historic vessel Queen Elizabeth 2.The joint venture, called DP World Cargospeed, will set out to be the world’s first to ship cargo with hyperloop technology.

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New Cranes Arrive at APM Terminals Elizabeth

APM Terminals Elizabeth took delivery of four of the newest generation gantry cranes to better serve liner customers deploying larger ships. The cranes reach 23 containers across the vessel beam – equivalent to two thirds the width of a football field – and are part of the facility’s USD $200 million infrastructure investment plan scheduled for completion this year. “We are proud to offer our liner customers and landside customers this new service capability, increased productivity and deeper water depth…

Eric Barnard, Managing Director for GAC Shipping. Photo courtesy GAC

GAC expands into Port Elizabeth

GAC South Africa has opened its fifth branch, to provide a portfolio of shipping services for oil & gas projects and LPG shipments at Port Elizabeth as well as its neighbouring port Ngqura (Coega). GAC has served customers with vessels calling at Port Elizabeth through a sub-agent for more than 10 years, and is now expanding its operations in the region in response to growing demand for GAC’s range of shipping, logistics and complementary services. “Increasing our presence to…

Bill Reeves, CEO of Portland Port, and Slawomir Kalicki, the Group President of Inter Marine (Photo: Intermarine UK)

Intermarine UK Ramps up Portland Port Operations

Maritime engineering company Intermarine UK is ramping up operations at its new 2,400sqm fabrication and welding facility at Portland Port in Dorset, U.K. after taking delivery of £450,000 of new machinery. Inter Marine Group President Slawomir Kalicki said the Polish-owned company has invested its own cash reserves into the equipment, which include bending machines, welding sets, CNC plasma machines and laser cutters. In addition, Kalicki said since beginning operations in January the company has created 20 jobs, including 15 laborers and five office-based positions.

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GasLog Partners Signs Multiple New Charter Agreements

GasLog Partners has announced  that it has entered into agreements with a new customer for two new charters plus options for an additional two charters. The agreements include an approximately three and a half year charter for GasLog Santiago commencing in the third quarter of 2018 and a one year charter for a GasLog Partners 145,000 cubic meter (cbm) steam vessel (either Methane Jane Elizabeth or Methane Alison Victoria as nominated by the Partnership) commencing in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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Rotterdam Cruise Season Opens with Arrival of AIDAperla

Rotterdam’s cruise season starts on 15 March. AIDAperla will arrive for the first time at the Cruiseport Holland Amerikakade at 08.00 hours on that day. The vessel replaces the AIDAprima. AIDAperia was taken into operation in 2017 and is a sister vessel of AIDAprima. Only the interior differs from the Prima. The vessel will also sail weekly between Hamburg, Southampton, Le Havre, Zeebrugge (Brussels) and Rotterdam. Until November, AIDAperla can be admired on the Wilhelminapier every Thursday.