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MSC Jeanne. Picture by Keith Betts
MSC Jeanne approaching the entrance channel to Durban harbour.     Picture by Keith Betts

One of the older MSC ships still in service with a company noted for operating both new and older tonnage. MSC JEANNE (IMO 913 5638) was built in 1996 by Hyundai in South Korea and has operated for a series of companies and under a number of names – Eos 1, Ming Dynasty, Zim Mumbai, Thorswave, and Wave before becoming MSC Jeanne in September 2013 in the service off the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) who now own, manage and operate the vessel.

While with the subject of names, this is not the first ship in the Swiss/Italian company service to carry Jeanne as the name, her predecessor (IMO 7814826) having been built in 1979.  The current MSC Jeanne has an overall length of 195 metres and is 32m wide, deadweight 35,021 tons and has a container carrying capacity of 2,959 TEU. She is flying the flag of Liberia.

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Fire onboard luxury passenger vessel on Jozini Dam, northern Zululand

Two of the Shayamanzi Houseboats based on the Jozini Dam in northern Zululand
Two of the Shayamanzi Houseboats based on the Jozini Dam in northern Zululand

SAMSA investigating

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) said on Sunday afternoon that it was investigating a fire on-board one of the luxurious Shayamanzi houseboat at the Jozini Dam in northern Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Emergency personnel were on the scene and the vessel was at that time (Sunday, 13h00) still on fire.

SAMSA confirmed that two people (one crew member and one passenger) had died and another crew member was missing.

The luxury houseboat was reportedly on a two night cruise on the Jozini Dam with four crew and five passengers.

Jozini Dam, which is on the border with Eswatini (Swaziland) and is flanked by the Lebombo Mountains, is a popular destination for fishermen and wildlife enthusiasts.

According to SAMSA, the authority is, together with other stakeholders including emergency services, continuing to monitor the situation.

Superb wildlife viewing is just one of the attractions on Jozini, apart from fishing and admiring the scenery
Superb wildlife viewing is just one of the attractions on Jozini, apart from fishing and admiring the scenery
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Second cargo of copper cathodes exported through Port of Walvis Bay

Sheets of copper cathodes for loading into the general cargo ship Unisea at the Port of Walvis Bay
Sheets of copper cathodes for loading into the general cargo ship Unisea at the Port of Walvis Bay

The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) has recorded a second breakbulk shipment of copper cathodes via the Port of Walvis Bay.

Namport recorded another milestone when the general cargo ship UNISEA (IMO 9484247) docked at the Port of Walvis Bay last week to load over 8,500 metric tonnes of copper cathodes for export to the Port of Panama City in Florida, USA.

This was the second consignment of copper being exported via Walvis bay in a breakbulk format as an alternative to containerised cargo.

The copper cathodes arrived in Walvis Bay from the Mopani Copper Mine in Zambia, having been transported to the Namibian port by road for loading as breakbulk directly into the general cargo vessel.

Due to the ongoing global shortage in containers, it has become a phenomenon for shippers to opt for their consignments to be carried by bulk or general cargo vessels to ensure continuity of operations and less dependency on scarce containers.

With Namibia’s ports being strategically located along the West Coast of Africa and supplemented by the country’s excellent road infrastructure which is rated number one in Africa, the country is able to play a signidicant role in the facilitation of trade via the respective transport corridors serving hinterland markets within SADC.

The four transport corridors that connects Namibia to other SADC countries are: Trans Kunene connecting Namibia to Angola; the Walvis Bay Ndola Lubumbashi Development Corridor connecting to Zambia and southern Democratic Republic of Congo; Trans Kalahari Corridor connecting Namibia to Botswana; and the Trans Oranje corridor responsible for connecting Namibia to the Republic of South Africa.

The Namibian ports are not only strategically located, but the Ports Authority has furthered this advantage by investing in state of the art infrastructure and equipment in order to provide an excellent customer service experience to everyone making use of the port facilities at Walvis Bay and Lüderitz.

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WHARF TALK: From Russia with…. – VENTURE GRACE

On a dull and overcast day, the prize-winning bulk carrier Venture Grace prepares for the open sea, Next port Durban, after discharging a cargo of fertiliser here at Cape Town. Picture by 'Dockrat'
On a dull and overcast day, the prize-winning bulk carrier Venture Grace prepares for the open sea, Next port Durban, after discharging a  parcel cargo of fertiliser here at Cape Town. Picture by ‘Dockrat’

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South Africa often gets visits from vessels that have achieved the ultimate status of being ‘award winning’ ship designs. Of course, to the ship observer, such accolades are never well known, and these vessels will be viewed as just another visitor. This year South African ports, namely Cape Town and Durban, have hosted visits from two of a small class of twelve award winning bulk carriers. One arriving from a port that very few people will have ever heard of.

On 6th October at 14h00 the Handymax bulk carrier VENTURE GRACE (IMO 9731406) arrived at the Table Bay anchorage from Ust-Luga in Russia. After a short three hour stay at anchor, she entered Cape Town harbour and berthed at A berth in the Duncan Dock to begin her offload of a parcel of mineral fertiliser.

The modern bow line of Venture Grace. Picture by 'Dockrat'
The ‘modern’ bluff bow line of Venture Grace. Picture by ‘Dockrat’

Known as an HBC43 design, a designation based on her owners initials, and a derivation of the successful B.Delta43 design, from Deltamarin of Helsinki in Finland, Venture Grace was built by Qingshan Shipyard at Wuhan in China. She was one of twelve sisterships built, and the last to be delivered from this shipyard before it was closed by its parent company, Sinotrans-CSC.

Built in 2018, Venture Grace is 190 metres in length and has a deadweight of 43,343 tons. She is powered by a single Yinchang MAN-B&W 5S50ME-B9.3 5 cylinder 2 stroke main engine, producing 8,113 bhp (6,050 kW), to drive a fixed pitch propeller for a service speed of 14 knots.

Venture Grace's accommodation section. Picture by 'Dockrat'
Venture Grace’s accommodation section. Picture by ‘Dockrat’

Her auxiliary machinery includes three Anqing Daihatsu 6DK-20E generators providing 710 kW each. She also has a composite boiler. Her five holds are serviced by four 30 ton cranes, each grab equipped. Her cargo carrying capacity is 53,247 m3.

What is special about the Venture Grace is that when she was still being completed, her HBC43 design had already met the Energy Efficient Design Index (EEDI) III requirements, some nine years before they were to become an international requirement, being rated at 20% below the 2020 limit, and achieving a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions.

In 2017 the HBC 43 design won the NorShipping ‘Energy Efficient’ award, as well as the International Bulk Journal ‘Bulk Ship of the Year’ award.

Owned and operated by Hamburg Bulk Carriers (HBC) GmbH, and managed by the Su-Nav Group of Chennai in India, Venture Grace completed the discharge of the fertiliser parcel for Cape Town on 8th October, and at 17h00, under leaden skies, her bluff bow pointing seaward, she sailed from Cape Town, bound for Durban.

With a couple of harbour tugs busying themselves around the bulker, Venture Grace aims towards the harbour entrance an the open sae. Picture by 'Dockrat'
With a harbour tug assisting the bulker, another at the stern  portside and a pilot boat already on station to take off the pilot, Venture Grace aims towards the harbour entrance and the open sea. Picture by ‘Dockrat’

The arrival of Venture Grace from the Russian port of Ust-Luga, located in the Baltic Sea, and situated some 68 miles west of St. Petersburg, and 30 miles east of the Estonian Border, highlights what the Russian government are saying will, one day, become the biggest deepwater port on the planet. This grandiose claim is based on the fact that Ust-Luga is a new port, whose history is very recent, and whose development is still under way.

The go ahead for this new deepwater port was given only in 1997, by the Russian Government, initially as a specialist coal and fertiliser terminal to export Russian dry bulk commodities, in order to avoid having to use non-Russian Baltic ports. The Coal and initial Fertiliser Terminal was constructed at a cost of US$2.1 billion (ZAR31.4 billion).

At the start of this project, the settlement of Ust-Luga, which translates as the Mouth of the River Luga, had a population of just under 2,000 inhabitants. By 2025, the Russian government expects the population to have increased to 35,000, in line with the development, and job opportunities, of the nearby new port. Such rapid development enabled the growth of what was, effectively, the first new town constructed since the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Venture Grace sailing from Cape Town, next port is Durban. Picture by ‘Dockrat’

The port of Ust-Luga continues its development, and now contains an oil terminal, with oil storage facilities, a container Terminal and a Ro-Ro terminal. Started in 2019, the new, three berth, fertiliser terminal was completed, and commissioned, in January 2021. It is expected to achieve a target capacity of 12 million tons of mineral fertiliser (mainly Potash and Phosphates) to be exported by the end of 2021.

The export fertiliser, in bulk, will arrive at the new complex by train, and be transferred into dome-like storage facilities, ten of which are currently in various stages of either construction, or actually completed, and in use. These are all linked by conveyor belt to the loading berths, where auto-loaders will load the awaiting vessels.

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Confident UK logistics recovery forecast


It was reported from London on 6 October that a survey by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT UK) has revealed that, despite the majority of logistics and supply chain organisations being affected by international supply issues, more than half of respondents are confident of a full recovery in twelve months.

Established in 1919, CILT (UK) is the chartered body for professionals involved in the movement of goods and people and their associated supply chains. A part of the CILT international family with over 33,000 members worldwide, CILT is the UK’s leading membership organisation for professionals working in logistics, transport and their associated supply chains.

LogMark, CILT (UK)s logistics and supply chain benchmarking club for corporate members, surveyed its members to get a picture of the future of supply chain following Covid and Brexit disruptions.

Survey results were gathered from more than 50 supply chain member organisations including representatives from Amazon, DHL, Castell, John Lewis, Logistex and NHS Supply Chain.

Major challenges

It was found that 62% of respondents noted major challenges such as supplier services and local logistics issues.

Warehousing and distribution disruptions affected more than 50% of respondents, with members reporting social distancing measures had altered picking and packing strategies. Staff availability was also flagged as a key issue, with 63.5% of members reporting employment difficulties.

Despite the many challenges faced by the profession in the past 18 months, members indicated they were generally confident of a full Covid recovery. Over 70% expressed they expect a return to pre-pandemic operation within 12 months.

However, only 9% of respondents were confident of reaching that milestone in the next three months, ahead of the Christmas period.

Widespread disruption encountered

Kevin Richardson (pictured), CEO at CILT (UK), said every corner of the profession has experienced disruption during the pandemic, but it was encouraging to see a large number are looking toward a quick recovery.

“Our member responses give a good indication of challenges across all supply chains and we recognise driver shortages and the Christmas period will continue to test our services. As many businesses look to recover in the coming months, these insights will support future planning and resilience,” he said.”

“Sharing trends through this survey is hoped to spark conversation throughout our profession and facilitate knowledge sharing to strengthen our supply chains across the board.”

Covid disruption unprecedented

Over 72.5% of members reported they had plans in place for similar future challenges and while Covid disruptions have been unprecedented, respondents could identify key business areas to strengthen.

When asked what changes were required to protect supply in future, international logistics was noted by 82% of members, risk management was recognised by 63%, and 45% identified manufacturing.

Helen Hardy, Director of Membership and Engagement at CILT (UK), said the survey findings have been shared within the benchmarking club to grow awareness and encourage our profession to share solutions.

She added: “We hope to use these findings to further support our members across all areas of supply chain. We want to help members to manage risk, reduce costs, run more efficiently and work together to increase supply chain resilience.”

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TSHD Isandlwana sets new dredging record at Port of Mossel Bay

The TNPA TSHD dredger Isandlwana at work in Mossel Bay in 2018
The TNPA TSHD dredger Isandlwana at work in Mossel Bay in 2018

All-time high dredging record achieved at the Port of Mossel Bay

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger ISANDLWANA set a new 24-hour dredging operation record at the Port of Mossel Bay on Tuesday, 5 October 2021 with a new daily volume record of 30,381m3 surpassing the previous record of 26,220 m3 set in December 2018 by the same dredger.

This record-breaking dredging campaign forms part of TNPA’s mandate which is prescribed by Section 11 of the Ports Act to arrange marine-related services, i.e. pilotage services, tug assistance, berthing services, dredging and hydrographic services and to provide aids to assist the navigation of vessels within port limits and along the coast.

Mossel Bay Port Manager, Shadrack Tshikalange, said the excellent achievement with Isandlwana not only placed TNPA and the Port of Mossel Bay at the centre of marine service delivery excellence, but also positioned the Port of Mossel Bay as a “preferred port of choice of the Oil and Gas, Fishing and Tourism Industries.”

He said that customer satisfaction and the improvement of port facilities form part of TNPA’s core functions. “As one of the key role players in the port system, the Port of Mossel Bay aims to ensure that we provide the best service to our customers, port visitors and stakeholders.”

“TNPA dredging campaigns are not only aimed at showcasing the specialised dredging skills and equipment at TNPA’s disposal to not only service our South African ports, but are also aimed at showcasing TNPA’s the capability to offer these specialised services to our SADC partners and other external customers,” said Tshikalange.

Isandlwana arrived at the Port of Mossel Bay on Monday last week, 4 October 2021, with the aim of conducting scheduled maintenance dredging at the port’s sandtrap & entrance channel.

After the completion of the Port of Mossel Bay dredging which was due to end on Saturday, 9 October 2021, she will return to the central region to complete the work in the Ports of Ngqura & East London.

This record breaking achievement is a first of its kind by Isandlwana. It directly contributes to the dredger’s daily production, reduces its standing time and shortens the duration of the Port of Mossel Bay dredging project.

The Port of Mossel Bay and part of the town
The Port of Mossel Bay and part of the town

The combined efforts of the Port of Mossel Bay & Dredging Services team are commendable and set a good example of how things are to be done by youngsters who will join the organisation in future.

Tshikalange said the TNPA and the Port of Mossel Bay look forward to playing a positive role in the continuation of successfully servicing and growing the maritime industry as well as the economy of the country.

Readers can also look forward to the TNPA Logistics Supply Chain and Maritime Engineering Webinar which is scheduled to take place on 28 October 2021.

This is aimed at showcasing TNPA’s strategic role as Port landlord, and its broader role in the global transport freight logistics chain and trade as well as creating awareness on Maritime Engineering related careers in the Maritime Industry and Oceans Economy.

It is due to be streamed live in all TNPA’s social media platforms.

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TRADE NEWS: Haropa port installs ShoreTension®

ShoreTension® system
ShoreTension® system

The constant increase in the size of seagoing vessels imposes more stringent demands on port actors where mooring operations are concerned. In order to offer optimum service to its customers during their calls at Le Havre, Haropa Port has installed a ShoreTension® system – a solution enabling vessels to remain securely moored along the quayside.

Ships regularly have difficulty in keeping securely alongside quay, a problem known as “surging”, which refers to back and forth movements by the ship along the terminal berth. Such movements are generally encountered when other vessels pass nearby.

In order to ensure the safety of boatage and mooring operations, Haropa Port, in consultation with boatmen, pilots, owners and stevedores in Le Havre, conducted a study in 2019 involving installation of centimetric GPS units on around forty ships. The objective: to measure and qualify such effects with a view to considering potential technical solutions.

Building on the results obtained, Haropa Port decided to equip the port with the ShoreTension® solution developed by KRVE, boatmen operating in the port of Rotterdam. This consists of special mooring ropes in Dyneema® (an ultraresistant polyethylene fibre) attached to hydraulic rams. This standalone system is additional to the ship’s conventional mooring.

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Admiral Sir Tony Radakin KCB ADC appointed as Chief of the Defence Staff

It was announced on 7 October that HM the Queen had approved the appointment of Admiral Sir Tony Radakin KCB ADC to take over from General Sir Nicholas Carter GCB CBE DSO ADC Gen as the next Chief of the Defence Staff.

Adm Sir Tony Radakin KCB ADC. Picture: Ministry of Defence Crown Copyright 2021 ©
Adm Sir Tony Radakin KCB ADC. Picture: Ministry of Defence Crown Copyright 2021 ©

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, said: “I’m delighted to congratulate Admiral Sir Tony Radakin on his appointment as Chief of the Defence Staff, a post he will take up on 30 November. Admiral Tony brings an unparalleled wealth of experience to the role at a time of significant change for the Armed Forces and Ministry of Defence. We are modernising to address the challenges posed by an increasingly unstable world and I know he will lead the Armed Forces with distinction in his new post.

“Admiral Tony has been an outstanding First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff overseeing a period of transformation in the Royal Navy that has seen more ships deployed, for longer, all over the world. That includes the inaugural voyage of HMS Queen Elizabeth at the head of our new Carrier Strike Group which set sail in May.

“There is much to be done, at home and abroad, the threats against the UK and our allies are growing. Last year this Government made the biggest investment in Defence since the Cold War, and delivered a transformational vision for the future of the Armed Forces through the Integrated Review and Defence Command Paper. I would like to thank General Sir Nick Carter for his leadership and counsel as Chief of the Defence Staff. I now look forward to working with Admiral Tony as we fulfil the ambitions we both share for the nation’s Armed Forces.”

Admiral Radakin’s career

Tony Radakin was appointed First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff in June 2019. He was born in Oldham and made in the Royal Navy.

Commissioned in 1990, his operational service has involved the Iran/Iraq Tanker War, security duties in the Falklands, NATO embargo operations in the Adriatic, countering smuggling in Hong Kong and the Caribbean, and three command tours in Iraq – both ashore and at sea. He has commanded from Lieutenant to Rear Admiral of ashore, afloat and international forces. This includes HMS Blazer and Southampton URNU, HMS Norfolk, the Naval Training Team in Iraq, the Iraqi Maritime Task Force, Portsmouth Naval Base, and Commander of UK Maritime Forces and NATO’s High Readiness Maritime Component Commander.

His staff appointments have predominantly been in either Joint or Defence roles, including: operational planning at PJHQ, two tours as a Military Assistant, and two tours involving financial, capability and strategic force development. More recently, he was Chief of Staff of the Joint Forces Command (2016 – 2018) and Second Sea Lord (2018 – 2019).

The Chief of the Defence Staff

The Chief of the Defence Staff is the professional head of the Armed Forces and principal military adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence and the government. The role reports to the Secretary of State and the Prime Minister.


The Chief of the Defence Staff’s responsibilities include:

*Leading defence (with the Permanent Secretary (Perm Sec)).

*Setting strategy for defence, including the future development of the Armed Forces (subject to ministers’ direction, and together with Perm Sec).

*The conduct of current operations (as strategic commander).

*Leading relationships with other countries’ Armed Forces.

Paul Ridgway, Londn Correspondent Africa PORTS & SHIPS

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Covid-19’s heavy US$10 Billion burden on African airlines

SAA, saved from extinction only with massive government funding and Business rescue
SAA, saved from extinction only with massive government funding and Business rescue

Coronavirus, or Covid-19 as the World Health Organization prefers to call it, is today (11 October) exactly 19 months since being declared officially a Pandemic, and has cost African airlines US$10.21 billion in revenue, says East African Business Council executive director, John Bosco Kalisa.

He was speaking at a private sector meeting of stakeholders in Kigali in Rwanda.

Kalisa said this as African airlines are making their first tentative steps towards resuming a new normal type of operation. Several airlines have either gone out of business and are unlikely to resume, while others, including South African Airways and Kenya Airways are returning after individual forms of Business Rescue and government bail-out.

National lockdowns across the world all but destroyed the tourism sector in countries such as Kenya and South Africa, leading to massive reductions in the flying public and increased travel cancellations.

The East African Community (EAC) bloc alone lost an estimated $4.8 million in projected tourist receipts, said the report presented by Kalisa.

As airlines begin a return to activity, he suggested there should be a reduction in the costs of airline travel-related fees and taxes, in order to make global travel by tourists more attractive and affordable and to encourage tourists to travel to African destinations once again.

The loss of passenger revenue led to some airlines focusing on building up airfreight in order to keep some aircraft in the air. How they balance maintaining these airfreight levels while refilling aircraft cabins with passengers makes for another challenge the air industry has to solve.

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