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.
Peak Season Surcharge
Peak Season Surcharges (PSS) have been added to cargo destined for the Cameroonian port of Douala.
PSS applies on cargo from all European and Mediterranean ports and applies to dry, cargo, reefer cargo, OOG and Breakbulk cargo. The rates are understood to be:
20 foot $85.00 / £70.00 / €75.00
40 foot $170.00 / £140 / £150.00
20 foot reefer $85.00 / £70.00 / €75.00
40 Foot reefer $170.00 / £140 / £150.00
This is effective from 1 November until further notice.
Armed Guards for Douala Anchorage
Port authorities at the Port of Douala have introduced armed guards to go on board vessels at anchor outside the port. This is a result of a number of attacks on ships at anchor in the Douala anchorage.
According to the port authority three armed guards will be provided on board each ship for the entire period the vessel is at anchor. They will only leave the ship once it has docked alongside the Doula berth.
This service is being provided free of charge and replaces an earlier system that allowed armed guards to be secured for ships waiting at anchor. However that system required the authorisation of the Ministry of Defence and the Presidency of the Republic, which was slow to arrange and seldom successful as a result.
Africa PORTS & SHIPS has reported on the various attacks by armed pirates on ships waiting in the anchorage, in which a number of crew have been abducted for ransoming.
In the most recent of attacks which were reported it required six weeks of negotiation before the eight crewmembers of the Marconsult Schiffahrt’s general cargo vessel, Marmalaita (IMO 9217151), were released by their captors.
This was the third reported attack on a ship outside Douala this year.
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VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has been declared the winning bidder in a tender covering three offshore high-speed ambulance boats that will support emergency services in the Aegean Sea.
The international tender was concluded after a cooperation between the Hellenic Coast Guard and the Greek Emergency Response Organization (EKAB) in an initiative supported and financed by the European Union under the INTERREG V-A Cooperation Programme 2014-2020.
It is understood that all three ambulance boats are scheduled for delivery during the summer of 2020, to take up station operating from remote Greek islands in the Aegean.
The vessels will be fabricated using the successful VIKING Norsafe Munin S1200 design and will be equipped with twin-diesel stern-drive engines to achieve speeds of up to 40 knots, as well as cutting-edge navigation instruments.
It has been reported in Kenya that Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) intends to invest US$193 million to modernise four berths at the port of Mombasa. Our illustration here shows Mombasa’s second container terminal (www.africaports.co.za © ).
While the berths have not been identified it is understood that they currently handle containers and breakbulk general cargo.
Financing will come from commercial rated loans being offered by the European Investment Bank and French development agency AFD, according to Daniel Manduku, the managing director of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).
The port of Mombasa recently opened a new container terminal which is being operated by a division of the Italian shipping company, MSC. The port is the main gateway port for neighbouring landlocked countries in the East Africa region – Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, southern Ethiopia and parts of eastern DRC.