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Thursday/Friday 18-19 September 2014

FIRST VIEW – SIR EMEKA OFFOR

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The ‘Sentinel’ type multi role patrol and crew vessel, which was built in Cape Town by Nautic Africa for a West African client. The vessel is 35 metres in length and is named SIR EMEKA OFFOR after a Nigerian billionaire businessman of that name. This gives a clue as to the country this vessel is destined for. Picture: Aad Noorland (60 of about 60 words)
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KPA blames operational challenges for Mombasa delays

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Kenya Ports Authority chairman, Danson Mungatana says operational challenges are the reason for Mombasa port delays.
According to Mungatana, bad weather, power outages and late acceptance of exports by shippers are creating the problems leading to ship delays. (38 of about 270 words)
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Ebola scare as ship with sick crewman reaches New Orleans

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The US port of New Orleans went of full alert this week with the arrival of a ship with a critically ill seaman on board, raising fears that he might be carrying the Ebola virus.
The US Coast Guard, the Louisiana Department of Health and an EMS crew met the vessel outside port limits to transport the sick crewman to a New Orleans hospital for treatment. Two other crew members who are showing minor symptoms of illness are being evaluated. (80 of about 560 words)
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Nicaragua Canal begins with port in December

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Construction work on Nicaragua's China-backed planned canal is set to begin in December with the construction of a port on the country's Pacific coast,. reports Port Technology International.
The Nicaraguan Canal project, signed in July after an agreement between the Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Company (HKND) and the Nicaraguan government, aims at linking the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, promising to rival the soon to be expanded Panama Canal. (70 of about 380 words)
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Africa Marine Expo planned for Scottburgh

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A mini Boat & Outdoor Lifestyle Expo is being planned at this year’s Africa Marine Expo which will be held in Scottburgh on the KZN South Coast between 1 and 2 November 2014.

The Expo will be held right on the beach – those who know Scottburgh will remember that access to the beach is sandwiched by the South Coast railway line and Scottburgh Station, but has a reasonable sized car park, and rolling lawns leading down to one of South Africa’s favourite beaches.

There will be no marquees, only open space with exhibition space on the lawns and on tarmac areas.

The company organizing this event is Creative Events email them at creative.events@eastcoast.co.za And go to the website at Africa Marine Expo

The Africa Marine Expo has been successfully stage in the past, and attracts an average of 5,000 people, mainly from those in and around KZN or those holidaying on the South Coast. Target markets for exhibitors include the large skiboat, diving, caravanning and outdoor fraternities along the KZN coast.. (174 of about 174 words)
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Piracy: Iranian Navy rescues CSCL ship in Gulf of Aden

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According to the Iranian Navy, a group of its naval ships operating in the Gulf of Aden/Horn of Africa region, went to the rescue of a China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) container ship, the XIN LIAN YUN GANG (69,000-dwt), preventing it from being boarded and captured by armed pirates. (49 of about 195 words)
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New Walvis Bay port brought forward

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The start-up date for the new port of Walvis Bay, to be built just a few kilometres north of the present port, has been brought forward with work now expected to commence in 2015, one year early.
The first phase of the port is to be built by the China Harbour Engineering Company, will involve building a tanker jetty capable of handling two vessels each of 60,000 tons at the same time. (72 of about 280 words)
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PierPass launches Free-Flow cargo programme

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PierPass Inc. this week launched the Free-Flow Program, testing a new cargo-handling process expected to significantly reduce the time it takes participating trucks to pick up containers at marine terminals.
Today’s random-access process – where any truck can show up at any time to pick up any container – hasn’t changed since containerisation began in the early 1960’s. With new, larger ships unloading as many as 5,000 containers at a time, the random-access process is creating efficiency challenges at major ports around the world. (82 of about 680 words)
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Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port

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Ports & Ships publishes regularly updated SHIP MOVEMENT reports including ETAs for ports extending from West Africa to South Africa to East Africa and including Port Louis in Mauritius. Some ports such as the South African Container Terminals (Durban, Ngqura, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town) include access to the latest stack dates......
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PICS OF THE DAY - CENTAUR

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Alfred Holt’s Blue Funnel Line passenger/cargo ship CENTAUR, which for about a year in the early 1980s saw service operating between Cape Town, the South Atlantic island of St Helena, and Bristol in the UK. Carrying up to 196-passengers, she was not a great success, with her flat bottom rendering her quite at odds with the South Atlantic rollers. The lower picture shows the ship after a rare visit to Durban, on a positioning voyage from Singapore. The name Centaur of course resonates well in Durban shipping circles, having been the name given by shipwrecked sailors for the first ship to be built in Durban, as far back as 1687 when timbers from another shipwreck plus local timbers cut on the Bluff, were used to build a small sailing ship capable of taking 20 of the men to safety at Cape Town, while others chose to remain where they were and became immersed into local tribal life. The arrival of the little ship at the Cape so impressed the Dutch governor at the time, Simon van der Stel, that he purchased the Centaur from the mixed English and Dutch sailors, re-equipped her with a new crew and sent the little ship back along the coast looking for other shipwreck survivors. Pictures: Trevor Jones (213 of about 213 words)
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Wednesday, 17 September 2014
 
First View – GOLDEN KAROO
Vale to overcome two-year Chinese ban on Valemax ships
SAS Isandlwana returning home after Atlasur
Ghana growing its ports
Corruption and bureaucracy costs Kenya dearly
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – HMS IRON DUKE

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014
 
First View – MSC ASTRID
Hundreds feared dead in another emigrant boat tragedy
Sudden death of Grindrod’s Captain Dave Rennie
Ebola Virus: Cotonou issues preventative measures
MSC Armonia is ‘having an operation’
Chokka boats collide offshore St Francis Bay
Expansion planned for Tanzania Port Mtwara
South Africa urged to import more agri imports from India
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MSC MAUREEN and MOL GLIDE

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Monday, 15 September 2014
 
First View – SEA AXE 25
UN calls for stronger action against Indian Ocean drug smuggling
TNPA opts for Caterpillar engines in new tugs
Banks to bankroll expansion of Dar es Salaam port
Nautic SA donates to Lawhill Maritime Centre
NSRI evacuates sick seafarer off passing ship
Mozambique concluding customs tariff exemption
Ebola: Maersk’s new West African port rotations
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – EVER REACH

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Thursday/Friday, 11-12 September 2014
 
First View – HMS PROTECTOR
Transnet’s Italeni to dredge Maputo harbour
‘K’ Line orders another five 14,000-TEU boxships
Rehabilitation of Inhambane and Maxixe piers completed
Kenyan ships agents call for better productivity
Ebola: Liberia facing its greatest threat
Navis downtime: SASC calls urgent meeting
New communication network for Oman
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MOL PROFICIENCY

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014
 
First View – GRANDE AMERICA
SA Port statistics for August are available here
Bolloré plans massive rail investment for West Africa
CMA CGM, CSCL and UASC sign up for Ocean Three
DHL Express confident about trade with Africa
Engen Refinery reopens after maintenance shutdown
Thirty three die in Niger River boat tragedy
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – TOP CORAL DO ATLANTICO

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014
 
First View – ORCHARD BULKER
Angola orders seven patrol boats from Brazil
Bagamoyo, Tanzania’s mega-port, gets a head start
World transport bodies put heads together over Ebola outbreak
Full season of diverse MSC Opera cruising looms!
Fishing in Guinea-Bissau remains unmonitored
South Africa suspends citrus exports to the EU
Int’l Spotlight: UK to go ahead with 2nd aircraft carrier
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – AURORA LEO

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Monday, 8 September 2014
 
First View – JOLLY QUARZO
15 percent growth forecast for Port of Beira
New Nigerian port of Lekki making progress
Chinese to deliver Angola’s Moçâmedes railroad next month
Nautic Africa buys out Vee Craft
Prospecting begins on 9 oil blocks in Angola
Russian Mistrals could work well as NATO asset
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ROCKWATER 2

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Thursday/Friday, 4-5 September 2014
 
First View – AFON ALAW
Work on New Suez Canal has started
Giant XLE-2 rig heading our way
Kenyan court says sinking of drug ship was ‘wrong’
Tanker seized by pirates in Gulf of Guinea
Mozambique joins the fight against illegal fishing
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – FUJITRANS WORLD and HMNZS OTAGO

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014
 
First View – MARAL SEGUNDO
Norwegian Cruise takes over Oceania and Regent Seven Seas
Grimaldi increases frequency of West African service
Angola’s first maritime training college launched
Kenmare posts loss at Moma heavy minerals plant
Chinese experts meet over TransNamib locomotives
Int’l Spotlight: MSC ship banned then arrested
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – KOTA LANGSAR

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
 
First View – SARAH BAARTMAN
Mystery surrounds scuttling of gun-running ship at Dakar
Drug ship Al Noor blown up by Kenyan Navy
India’s ICV starts recruiting staff for Mozambique coal
Ebola: Liberia bans shore leave at its ports
Senegal latest victim of Ebola
Dutch treat for Cape Town!
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CALTEX CAPE TOWN and EASTERN SATURN

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Monday, 1 September 2014
 
First View – Early morning at Simon’s Town
TNPA embarks on promoting a maritime career
Somalia in dispute with Kenya over border
Ghana set to build third FPSO
Maritime piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
Zim upgrades West Africa MAF service to weekly
Monkeys stowaway on board Maersk E-class container ship
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CAP SAN TAINORO

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Thursday/Friday, 28-29 August 2014
 
First View – MIGHTY SERVANT 3
Sub-Saharan ports fare poorly in 2013, Durban in 54th position
Mozambique to produce 20 million tons of LNG annually
Dramatic sea rescue off St Francis harbour
Combined Ghana ports ready to handle one million TEU
Ebola crisis: Maersk delists ports from rotation
Fishing concerns over planned seismic surveys
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MAERSK LAVRAS and KOTA LAZIM

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
 
First View – HMS IRON DUKE
Kenya seeks pvt investors for 2 new Mombasa berths
What went wrong with Rio Tinto in Mozambique?
Mozambique’s Rovuma Basin holds 170 trillion cuc feet of natural gas
East African land corridors open for business
Mozambique taxman confiscates UN armoured cars
PetroSA cans Mossel Bay gas terminal plans
Death of Durban’s well-known Roy Hitchings
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PACIFIC DUCHESS

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014
 
First View – ITALENI
How southern African small businesses are making the world rethink
Reunion to become CMA CGM Indian Ocean hub terminal
Mozambique to reduce dependency on rice imports
TNPA acts against Ebola threat
New initiatives to enhance Dar es Salaam’s productivity
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ENSCO 5001

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Monday, 25 August 2014
 
First View – UOS EXPLORER
First of nine Transnet tugs goes into production
SA signs new Benguela Current pact
Ebola: Two die in DRC as virus spreads
Port of Lobito re-inaugurated
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ONEGO BURAN

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Thursday/Friday, 21-22 August 2014
 
First View – MKHUZE
Construction of Pemba port logistics base starts
Tug contract begins today with first steel cutting
Liberia introduces curfew to combat Ebola
Celebrations as Benguela Railway is completed
EBH Namibia announces housing project for employees
Somali pirate kingpin arrested
Ship under quarantine over Ebola
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – EHOALA TROZO and STRIKER

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014
 
First View – ORANGE BLOSSOM 2
First 5 Ematum vessels arrive in Mozambique
Ebola Scare Threatens West African ports business
USS aircraft carrier conducts unmanned, manned ops
Maersk raises forecast for 2014
HMS Iron Duke and HMS Protector making waves
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – RFA BLACK ROVER

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014
 
First View – CAP SAN SOUNIO
Dire warning as Vale Moçambique posts heavy loss
WHO cautions against closing borders on Ebola virus
Chinese firm to develop Mombasa Free Trade Zone
NSRI rescues stricken yacht off KZN coast
Mozambique spends US$15m fighting illegal fishing
MSC goes big with order for 19,200-TEU ships
Epicentre of Nigerian Piracy Found - claim
International Spotlight – Maersk SeaLand to return
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ORANGE BLOSSOM 2

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Monday, 18 August 2014
 
First View – BALTIC HOLLYHOCK
Kalmar secures order for 10 straddle carriers for DCT
Call for Africa to beneficiate its minerals
Transnet strengthens Executive Committee as Charl Möller retires
SADC Summit now underway
Earthquake at sea south-east of Mauritius
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MAERSK LABREA and NILEDUTCH ZEBRA

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Thursday/Friday, 14-15 August 2014
 
First View – SAFMARINE HIGHVELD
Major overhaul for Beira railway systems
Transnet NPA on the alert over Ebola virus
Loss for Hapag-Lloyd as it moves towards CSAV merger
The wreck of Hektor 3, ex HMSAS Soetvlei, 60 years on
Namibia to sell problematic locomotives
Mozambique Govt not officially informed of Rio Tinto sale
South Africa ready to respond to Ebola threat
HMS Iron Duke due in Cape Town
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SCT PERU and PACIFIC HERON

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