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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday 28-29 July 2016

FIRST VIEW: GLORIOUS EXPRESS

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Continuing with the theme of Ro-Ro car carriers, today we feature NYK's pure car carrier GLORIOUS EXPRESS (51,927-gt, built 2008), in an obviously US port probably on the east coast -- reader verification welcomed. Japan's NYK (Nippon Yusen Kaisha) operates one of the world's major Ro-Ro car carrying fleets in service today, with a list of more than 120 Ro-Ro ships such as the vessel in this picture. According to NYK they carry over 3 million cars a year, to all destinations around the world, with ships capable of carrying 7500 motor cars at a time. Glorious Ace is not one of those bigger ships, she is 180m in length and 32m wide and has a capacity of 4379 cars, making this one of the medium size vessels. The ship was built at Balambam in the Philippines at the Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (CEBU) shipyard, an offshoot of a Japanese shipbuilder now established for the past 20 years in the Philippines.
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Problems experienced with tow of Benita

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The tow of the refloated Greek bulker BENITA is not going as smoothly as was hoped, after several days into the tow following the ship having been pulled from her grounded position at Le Bouchon beach on Mauritius. Five Ocean Salvage reports now that having commenced the tow by the stern, complications have occurred with the vessel settling deeper into the water so that towing by the stern is no longer possible and salvors were yesterday adjusting the towline connection from the bow.
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Study finds no growth in global trade

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The recently released 19th Global Trade Alert (GTA) Report reveals that, amidst weak global growth, countries around the world are turning inwards and are hoisting trade barriers and protectionist practises. The report says that since January 2015, the rate of growth for global trade for both developed and developing nations has 'plateaued' and has stopped growing. It states that organisations generally have missed the phenomenon of a fifteen-month plateau of global trade, which it says is unheard of outside of a recession.
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EBH Namibia pulls back from unilateral retrenchments

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Ship repair company Elgin Brown & Hamer Namibia (EBHN) has secured an agreement with the Mining, Metal, Maritime & Construction Union (MMMC), and as a result is withdrawing its intention to embark on unilateral retrenchments. Earlier this year EBHN announced a programme of retrenchments in the wake of a 50% decrease in revenue which was attributed to the low oil prices and subsequent lessening of oil exploration and exploitation on the west coast of Africa, from which the shipyard received much of its ship repair business.
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Zhonghong Group acquires majority stake in Abercrombie & Kent

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China's Zhonghong Group is acquiring a majority of the equity interests in luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent from its current owners. Zhonghong's business has generally been in the development and operation of tourism-related properties and commercial real estate in China. This includes a company owned by investment funds managed by an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC.
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GAC expands with new office at fast-growing port

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In the latest stage of its national expansion, GAC Brazil has opened a seventh office to offer its shipping, logistics, bunker fuels and marine logistics at Acu, one of the country's newest and rapidly growing port complexes, in the north of Rio de Janeiro State. The new office, which officially opened this week at Sao Joao da Barra RJ, covers operations at the Acu port complex. Located 315 km north of Rio de Janeiro city, Acu has ten berths, with plans to add another 20, and at 21 metres, is deep enough to accommodate some of the world's largest freight vessels.
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Safeguarding Africa's Seaports to Safeguard Its Economies

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Seaports play a crucial role in all economies reliant on export and import, especially in African states where maritime transport is the primary form of access to the international market. Despite their strategic importance, many African ports are easily accessible to criminals and susceptible to various threats. Africa's ports are the most likely points for stowaways to embark; and, after ports in Southeast Asia, are the most prone to piracy and armed robbery. Africa's ports also remain key points in drug trafficking and theft of goods.
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CRUISE NEWS and NAVAL NEWS

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We publish news about the cruise industry and naval news here in the general news section, but now also in dedicated Cruise News and Naval News sections. These sections will include stories or news not necessarily covered in the general news section so if you have an interest in either of these don't forget to check regularly in our CRUISE NEWS and NAVAL NEWS sections.
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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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PIC OF THE DAY : VEGA SAGITTARIUS

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Port Everglades, the port for the Florida coastal city of Fort Everglades, from where the 950-TEU feeder container ship VEGA SAGITTARIUS (11,500-dwt, built 2012) departs for the Caribbean islands. The ship is owned by a German shipowner, Vega Reederei of Hamburg and was built at the Yangfan Ship Group yard in China as hull number 2096. Her original name was ANTARES. Registered in Monrovia she flies the Liberian flag. The pictures are by Tony de Freitas
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Wednesday 27 July 2016
 
First View : EHOALA TOLY
Another Vale coal train attacked on Sena Railway
Warnings issued as bad weather spreads across South Africa
NSRI called out to emergency action
Benita going to Alang for scrap
Drop in world piracy in first half of this year
Angola orders state-of-the-art Fishery Research Vessel
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : Damen fishery vessel for Angola

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Tuesday 26 July 2016
 
First View : MAERSK LANGKLOOF
US warns: Uganda in the firing line with AGOA
Port News: Durban closed by weather and sea conditions
MSC joins CMA CGM in backing TRAXENS
Customs complex opens in Richards Bay IDZ
South Africa wins bid to host 2017 Heavy Haul Association Conference
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : KOTA SATRIA

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Monday 25 July 2016
 
First View : STAR MAINE
Benita successfully refloated off Mauritius beach
Transnet planning Durban liquid bulk terminal
Bulk carrier IDEE FIXE goes aground off Douala in Cameroon
Chinese loan for Tanzania Central standard gauge railway
NOSA awards for Transnet Port Terminals
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MINNA

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Thursday/Friday 21-22 July 2016
 
First View : AFRICAN BLACKBIRD
Skiptainer assists manganese growth at Port Elizabeth
Nigeria orders fresh probe into NPA, NIMASA
MOL introduces GRI on Asia-South Africa trades
Mombasa Port Charter has reduced congestion
ENI close to ordering $5.4bn FLNG vessel for Mozambique
Underwater drones to transform marine industry risk management
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : CHALLENGE PEAK

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Wednesday 20 July 2016
 
First View : HOEGH TRIGGER
Mozambique intercepts large cargo of illegal timber
Rolls-Royce signs $33M deal for 4 Hurtigruten cruise ships
Cosco aims at major Arctic route
Epic service for CMA CGM
TAZARA secures large DRC petroleum contract
Damco expands Hub-in-Transit programme to include Morocco
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : KOTA SINGA

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Tuesday 19 July 2016
 
First View : SAS PROTEA
Stolt-Nielsen takes over Jo Tankers chemical fleet
Hapag-Lloyd enhances West Africa-Med Express (WSX) service
NYK pleads guilty to criminal cartel activity
Transnet expands capacity on coal lines
SMIT Amandla supports E Cape maritime schools
Profile on Advisian of the WorleyParsons Group
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : DORMAC DOCK 1

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Monday 18 July 2016
 
First View : DORMAC DOCK 1
Mauritian court convicts 12 Somali piates for attack on MSC ship
Another ship flagged in Port Elizabeth
Bomin launches bunkering operation in Port Louis
Two new mobile cranes for Benin's Port of Cotonou
WWL pleads guilty to RoRo price-fixing
US/Moroccan forces complete Exercise African Sea Lion 2016
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : INDIANA

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Thursday/Friday 14-15 July 2016
 
First View : JUPITER LEADER
EIA process for Salisbury Island infill starts
World Bank to help build Port Harcourt fertiliser terminal
Cape Town and Durban swap Terex and Kalmar straddles
Update on Benita grounding off Mauritius
Ardent and Ardentia combine salvage strengths
CMA CGM upgrades Europe-Africa services
Record bulk cargo for reconstructed Maydon Wharf berth
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : INVENTANA

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Wednesday 13 July 2016
 
First View : NORTHERN DEPENDANT
Beira introduces VGM levy and extends stack closing dates
New Moz port and railway at Macuse to start in 2017
Nigeria seeks greater collaboration with IMO
Stressing Cape Town's importance as oil industry meeting place
Indian tanker master to receive 2016 IMO Bravery Award
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC ALTAMIRA

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Tuesday 12 July 2016
 
First View : HOEGH BRASILIA
Port statistics for June are now available
CMA CGM shuffles India Middle East Gulf services to East Africa
New Port Elizabeth tug QUNU delivered
First ship works cargo at rebuilt Maydon Wharf berth 1
Dormac Dock 1 floating dock due in Durban on Friday
MSC Seaview to cruise the Mediterranean
US Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, expands facilities
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pic of the Day : NORD MISSISSIPPI
Yesterday's Pic of the Day : PRIMA

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Monday 11 July 2016
 
First View : ASIAN DYNASTY
Competition Commission opens case against Transnet for excessive pricing
SOLAS weight rules running smoothly at APM Terminals
World Maritime Day theme: Connecting ships, ports and people
Delays with building Pemba logistical base
Boskalis to take 24 vessels out of service, with loss of 650 jobs
Seamen Guard Ohio crew abandoned and languishing in Indian jail
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : PRIMA

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Thursday/Friday 7-8 July 2016
 
First View : NORWEGIAN GETAWAY
Nigerian maritime surveillance system goes live
Decrease in general cargo handled at Nigerian ports
China to develop the first (of many) cruise ships
Costly passage through the Panama Canal
Transnet strengthens team in drive for new business
Super Group in JV with logistics specialist Agility
China Railway Rolling Stock wants increased stake in Mozambique
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : EMPRESS OF THE SEAS

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Wednesday 6 July 2016
 
First View : GLOVIS SUN
Maritime security high on Indian PM's Africa agenda
Transnet and Zimbabwe in talks over railway partnership
New obstacle to revamp of TAZARA
Demolition of Panamax containerships triples in first 5 months
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC ARBATAX

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Tuesday 5 July 2016
 
First View : TR CROWN
SAMSA addressing delays in issuing Seafarer Certificates
'Sisonke' flies the South African flag
Durban Dry Dock returns to full service
Dramatic new cruise terminal for Miami
Update on Benita grounding off Mauritius
UNCTAD 14 to be held in Nairobi
"Join us as we celebrate Sea Sunday"
Passing of Robert Pabst
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : WASHINGTON

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Monday 4 July 2016
 
First View : DURBAN TRAWLERS WHARF
News in brief from the ports and harbours
SA companies should explore port opportunities in Tanzania
Maritime news briefs from West Africa
Logos Hope due in Walvis Bay for first time
Gulf of Guinea piracy more sophisticated and prevalent
Sudden death of Don Mkhwanazi
Chaos at Beit Bridge
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : CMA CGM CHATEAU D'IF

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Thursday/Friday 30 June-1 July 2016
 
First View : SPIRIT OF MELBOURNE
That was quite some week
Update on collision between MSC Chiara and dredger Macuti
Kenya and Ethiopia in pipeline deal
Maintenance shutdown for Richards Bay coal line
A first for Nautic
SOLAS Amendment on container weights: D-Day
Mozambique convoy route now 260km long
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : HORNCLIFF

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What! Still not enough? Good grief, as Snoopy would say! Okay, check out the archives-they go back way back, about 12 or 13 years actually, and that ought to keep you reading for a while, but don't forget, we're adding new news every weekday Monday to Thursday. That's just to keep things fresh and up to date. In the meantime you can start HERE.....

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Ports & Ships provides news and in-depth reporting from the ports, harbours and shipping lines serving Southern and Sub-Saharan Africa including regularly updated shipping movements (schedules) and port, rail and road transport developments.

In addition Ports & Ships offers analysis of the many issues affecting the maritime industry throughout the region, including East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. The latest developments in the ports are covered, while legal comment covering some pertinent issues is provided by experts in the field.
 
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