one last visit for queen mary 2

Durban people have come to rely on the annual visit by Cunard’s flagship, the 150,000 ton Queen Mary 2. Ever since 2009 the most well-known passenger ship in the world has graced these shores with a visit during her grand exotic cruise from the UK to the Far East and back. Hundreds if not thousands of people have flocked down to the harbour entrance where even the North Pier is thrown open for the occasion. Still more people visit Festival Island and other vantage points during the day to gaze in awe at the ship which absolutely dominates the port whenever she is in.

And then at 6pm even greater crowds will be at the harbour entrance to bid her farewell as she sets off on the next leg of her cruise.But all that is set to come to an end after next year.

SA Navy Frigate enters Dry Dock

An unusual sight at the Durban Dry Dock in September was the South African Navy frigate SAS Amatola which entered the dock on the next phase of her major refit and engine exchange. The contract to exchange her port diesel engine and handle the general refit was awarded to Southern African Shipyards and the frigate arrived in Durban earlier this year for the start of a multi-million rand contract which will take about one year.

SAS Amatola, the first of four Valour class frigates, was launched in June 2002 and was commissioned into service with the South African Navy on 16 February 2006, after having arrived in the country from Germany in 2003. Displacing 3,700 tons and with a length of 121 metres, she is powered by two 5,920-kW diesel engines powering two shafts and a 20,000 kW gas turbine engine powering a waterjet propulsion unit to give her a speed of around 30 knots.

TNPA’s Italeni to dredge Maputo harbour

Transnet’s newest dredger, the 750m³ grab hopper dredger Italeni, will shortly be helping out by dredging the harbour entrance channels at the neighbouring port of Maputo. The contract for the dredging campaign, which will ensure that all quays at the port are returned to their designed depth, was signed on Wednesday, 3 September, at TNPA’s offices here in Durban.

New Port Tugs powered by Caterpillars

Caterpillar Marine MaK 8 M 25 C propulsion engines are the chosen choice of Transnet National Ports Authority to power the eight 70 ton bollard-pull tugs being built at Southern African Shipyards in Bayhead, Durban. Three of the tugs are destined for the Port of Durban and two for Richards Bay.

Each tug which will be 31 metres in length with a beam of 12.5 metres and will be powered by two MaK 8 M25C engines with a total output of approximately 5332 kW. The engines will be delivered between 2015 and 2018.

Transnet National Ports Authority has responded to threats posed by the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa, and more recently in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a letter to stakeholders dated 25 August, and instigated by a recent cabinet update and decision taken by government on preventing the spread of the virus, the TNPA says there has been an increase of Ebola cases in the following West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. There have also been reports of cases from Nigeria and the DRC.Transnet National Ports Authority has responded to threats posed by the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa, and more recently in the Democratic Republic of Congo.