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153 days ago by arnekiel

Cape Town port faces potable water restrictions
South African attorneys Shepstone & Wylie have alerted North P&I Club that restrictions imposed on the supply of fresh water to vessels calling at Cape Town, North Club mentions in an announcement. Cape Town recently experienced drought that affected the region. As a result, the port authority introduced a ban on all use of municipal drinking-quality water for outside and non-essential purposes. Thus, provision of potable water to all calling vessels has been suspended, except from extreme cases, North Club notes. According to the port of Cape Town, the vessels calling there, are requested to bunker potable water at other ports not affected by the drought. However, Cape Town isn’t the only port affected by the drought. As local media report, Mossel Bay, Ngqura and Port of Elizabeth also face water restrictions.

231 days ago by arnekiel

CT port expands with new fuel storage facility
The Port of Cape Town’s new fuel storage facility is now fully operational, having received its pilot consignment of diesel in the first week of July 2017 and was tested ahead of full operation this month. Located on approximately 37 273 square meters of land at the port’s Eastern Mole, the new fuel storage and distribution facility for cleaner fuels is poised to assist with security of fuel supply in the region. Construction began in late 2015 after Transnet National Ports Authority awarded Burgan Cape Terminals a 24-year lease to develop a new independent fuel storage, distribution and loading facility. The company, which will operate the terminal, is owned by Netherlands firm VTTI and black economic empowerment companies Thebe Investment Corporation and Jicaro. “With an estimated investment of R 890 million, the awarding of this contract to a 30% black owned company in partnership with an international operator, speaks strongly to Transnet’s commitment to the Market Demand Strategy (MDS) and the vision of the Operation Phakisa programme of creating capacity ahead of demand and unlocking South Africa’s ocean economy,” says Cape Town Port Manager Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana. Boasting a total capacity of 121 908 m³ from 12 tanks, the terminal’s product portfolio includes diesel, petrol, FAME (fatty acid methyl esters) and ethanol for blending and jet fuel. The South African government has included the Burgan Cape Terminal as a strategic project under Operation Phakisa. The terminal has accelerated transformation of the sector with its inclusion of emerging black-owned, independent fuel suppliers and contributes to energy as one of the key commodities in driving economic growth. Source: InfrastructureNews

461 days ago by arnekiel

Robben Island ferry rescues 3 fishermen
Three fishermen were rescued by a Robben Island ferry on Sunday afternoon when their fishing ski-boat capsized near the iconic island, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said. On Monday, Pat van Eyssen, the NSRI's Table Bay duty coxswain, said it appeared that, while the men were fishing at the entrance of Murry’s Place Harbour, their boat had filled with water, listed and then capsized. A Robben Island ferry, believed to be the PRINCESS SKY, was in the vicinity and was used to rescue the trio and take them back to the harbour at Robben Island. It was also used to tow their boat into that harbour. On Monday, NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said there were possibly tourists on the ferry at the time, but he was not sure. He said the ferry would not have had to deviate from its course to help the struggling fishermen, as their vessel had capsized along its route.

532 days ago by arnekiel

Crew members evacuated from burning ship
Cape Town - The City of Cape Town’s fire services spokesperson said 800 000 styrofoam containers were on board a burning fishing vessel at Cape Town Harbour on Wednesday. Spokesperson Liezl Moodie said five crew members had been evacuated from the fishing vessel. Black plumes of smoke billowed from the vessel, the “Verona Port Villa”, which is docked at the container section. Six firefighting vehicles were in attendance. www.iol.co.za/new...

606 days ago by arnekiel

Several penguins treated after PE oilspill
Cape Town - Several oil-covered African penguins were rescued on St Croix and Bird Island in Algoa Bay after an oil spill caused a slick of about 5km. So far 95 penguins have been rescued and taken to rehabilitation facilities in the area since they started washing up on beaches on Tuesday. Fayroush Ludick, SANParks regional spokesperson, told Netwerk24 that the situation is now considered to be a national disaster and will be handled at a national level. African penguins are critically endangered. A spokesperson for environmental affairs, Zolile Nqayi, says a national task team was deployed to the area and he is still waiting on feedback from officials on the ground. Captain Neville Noble, Port Manager for the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) in the Port of Ngqura, told News24 that about 100 litres of oil was split during a ship-to-ship transfer on Sunday.

894 days ago by arnekiel

Call for Second Bunker Barge at Cape Town as "Ageing Shoreside Fuel Lines Cannot be Used"
A South African maritime author and educationist says a second bunker barge would eliminate the problem of "ageing shore side fuel lines" at Cape Town and help attract an estimated 50 vessels that pass through local waters daily. Writing in the Cape Times Wednesday, Brian Ingpen estimates that each of these vessels has the potential to generate R1 million ($71,660) in revenue, excluding fuel purchases. The revenue would go to local ports and to "a host of ancillary services, while an increased sustained flow of bunker ships means long-term job creation." shipandbunker.com...

1,079 days ago by Timsen

Capsied trawler in shipping lane
The NSRI was urging fishermen and vessels at sea off the Cape Peninsula and False Bay Coast to be cautious and aware of a large capsized vessel floating semi-submerged last known to be 9.8 nautical miles due South of Cape Point at 4 p.m. on May 1. The NSRI became aware of the floating wreck after being alerted at 2 p.m. by a fisherman who happened upon the capsized vessel. The NSRI Simonstown have attached life-jacket strobe lights onto the wreck in an effort to make the wreck more visible to passing traffic. Our greatest concern is fishermen departing to go to normal fishing grounds South of Cape Point before sunrise and returning after sunset as the floating wreck is barely visible. It was unknown what vessel this is or where it originated. A Marine Biologist who is an NSRI Hout Bay volunteer and who accompanied NSRI Simonstown today suspects that, judging by barnacle growth on the wreck, she may be about two months old. Telkom Maritime Radio Services posted a Maritime Navigational Hazard for vessels in the area to be on alert. The NSRI attempted to monitor future sightings to track progress of the floating wreck. Report with photos and video: www.nsri.org.za/2...

1,305 days ago by arnekiel

R650mn expansion at Cape Town harbour
A two-year R650-million investment will be part of the expansion of the oil and fuel storage terminal at Cape Town harbour, to make it a multi-purpose facility. The deal was announced on Thursday by Burgan Cape Terminals, which also said Transnet Port Authority, owners of Cape Town harbour, had granted the company a 20-year lease.

1,543 days ago by arnekiel

‘Slave ships’ seized off SA Cape coast
When a fisheries patrol vessel intercepted three foreign vessels fishing illegally off the coast they found “modern-day slaves” forced to live and work in appalling conditions.Some of the crew, mainly Indonesian and Taiwanese, had been working on the tuna fishing vessels for between three and five years without being paid. On Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, Ceba Mtoba, chief director of control and surveillance at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said in terms of the SA Maritime Safety Authorities regulations, the vessels were not fit to sail. “(The crew) were living in pathetic conditions. It was absolutely terrible, completely inhumane to treat people like that,” Mtoba said. Bernard Liedemann of fisheries’ law enforcement said on Thursday: “It was basically modern-day slavery. If we had not intervened, this treatment would have gone on unnoticed. At least we have got these vessels out of commission.” The fisheries patrol vessel Victoria Mxenge escorted the vessels from offshore of Camps Bay to Cape Town harbour and seized the vessels. During their investigation another seven vessels belonging to the same owner were later found docked in Cape Town harbour. The vessels had fake registration documents. There were 75 crew on the 10 vessels.

2,147 days ago by LIENKIE

The fishing vessel "Perana" started sinking in the vicinity of Struisbaai. The crew of 10 were saved and the vessel is under tow to the harbour

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