Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
At the start of June it was reported that the Hapag-Lloyd container ship Montpellier (IMO 9314973) had completed her 14-day period of quarantine and would be allowed to enter port at Durban. This was after several members of the crew were tested positive with the coronavirus. Before the ship entered port another crew member was tested positive, meaning a second 14-day period of quarantine for the ship and her cargo, which could not be discharged in Durban nor new cargo loaded.
The vessel is deployed on Hapag-Lloyd’s MIAX service between the Middle East, India, South Africa and West Africa.
It was second time lucky after the extra period of quarantine expired last week, (week ending 20 June) and with a clean bill of health the ship was able to enter port, at the time 28 days over her schedule. She entered port last week to have the ship fully cleaned and disinfected prior to cargo operations commencing on 18 June and to have all the Durban-bound and Cape Town-bound containers offloaded.
Cargo destined for Cape Town is planned to be loaded onto the next MIAX vessel
NYK Paula Voyage 2022W, which is scheduled to arrive at Durban on 29 June and will sail on 1 July with arrival in Cape Town for 3 July.
Meanwhile Montpellier was still in Durban on the afternoon of 21 June with Tema and Tincan (Lagos) given as her next ports.
This item first appeared in Africa Ports & Ships and appears here by kind permission of the Editor.
As the UK Government launched the Freeports competitive bidding process towards the end of November DP World and Forth Ports advanced their bid for a Thames Freeport with London Gateway, the Port of Tilbury and Ford’s Dagenham engine plant at its heart.
Backed by the City Corporation of London, Essex Chamber of Commerce, London First, the Port of London Authority, the Thames Estuary Growth Board, Thurrock Council and the South East LEP, a Thames Freeport will, it is reported, drive innovation and transformational productivity gains by growing regional clusters in next generation logistics, automation, clean growth and advanced manufacturing. Vivid Economics is providing economic analysis in support of the bid, it is understood.
With a network of global and European shipping connections, excellent road, rail and river distribution networks, in addition to unrivalled first hand expertise in operating freeports, the Thurrock-based combined port and logistics cluster has the scale to grow the associated aerospace, automotive and many complex manufacturing and processing businesses along the Thames. This was the substance of a media release issued by Forth Ports and DP World.
The joint communiqué advised that a freeport will act as a job creation and high-quality development catalyst in an area of severe deprivation and economic need.
Both London Gateway and Tilbury ports have consented development land that is available for expansion now, with the aim to improve the opportunities for skilled jobs, bringing prosperity to the residents of Thurrock and beyond.
In the words of Alan Shaoul, DP World UK’s Chief Financial Officer: ‘Freeports will be an effective way of underpinning Britain’s economy post-Brexit and post-Covid by further enabling trade with the rest of the world and creating zones which will act as catalysts for commerce, creativity and prosperity.’
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has launched the next stage of its #WomenInSAR initiative, supported by a generous grant from Trinity House, a London-based maritime charity and one of the UK’s statutory general lighthouse authorities. This was reported on 27 November.
The IMRF launched its #WomenInSAR initiative at its World Maritime Rescue Congress (WMRC) in June 2019. The project aims to increase the representation of women in the maritime sector and specifically to raise the profile of women working in maritime Search and Rescue (SAR).
This initiative supports the IMO’s Empowering Women in Maritime initiative which seeks to address the sector’s huge gender gap and significant under representation of women in all roles and all sectors, including maritime SAR.