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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday, 28-29 May 2015

FIRST VIEW – FUGRO FRONTIER

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Fugro’s research ship FUGRO FRONTIER (1308gt, built 2014) makes an attractive sight in an otherwise gloomy Cape Town harbour yesterday where she is undergoing maintenance repairs. The ship is owned by Fugro Marine Services of Leidshendam in the Netherlands and is registered in the Bahamas. Picture: Aad Noorland (48 of 48 words)
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Danger of Purple Beach exploding from fertiliser fire

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Despite the attentions of several tugs and salvage vessels that have been pumping water across the MACS line freighter PURPLE BEACH, which has a fire burning in a hold carrying fertiliser, authorities say there is still a strong risk of the ship experiencing an explosion. (45 of about 400 words)
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Pirates strike off Nigerian coast

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Piracy has reared its ugly head again off the coast of Nigeria with an attack and the taking of hostages on the offshore supply ship BUTLER SPIRIT (3291-dwt, built 2013). (29 of about 330 words)
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SAS into MOU with Military Veterans Association

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Southern African Shipyards (SAS) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the South African National Military Veterans Association (SANMVA), an umbrella body of the Department of Military Veterans that lawfully represents the interests of former military veterans. (39 of about 300 words)
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New luxury in cargo ship cruising

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Cargo ships with passenger accommodation are a long established seafaring tradition dating back into the days of sail. So too is there a long tradition of operating a combined passenger and cargo ship in which from between one or two to several hundred cabins are available for paying passengers (49 of about 390 words)
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Highlighting the importance of Mombasa port expansion

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TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) and the Government of Kenya last week hosted a number of international donors at a conference aimed at highlighting priority infrastructural requirements at the port of Mombasa. Key projects identified at the port are dredging and expansion of berths 1-14, and the relocation of the Kipevu Oil Terminal, which is currently in the middle of a very busy operations area and therefore limits the size of vessels that it can handle. (75 of about 420 words)
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Opinion Piece: A moments for Africa to shine

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Just over 12 years ago African leaders gathered in Durban for the first-ever African Union (AU) Summit. At that auspicious event African leaders pledged to the people of Africa and the world that through the formation of the AU, the continent was signalling a new beginning.
The AU emerged from the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) which oversaw the affairs of the continent for 39 years. It was however abundantly clear that the time was right for a new revamped institution - one that would build on the successes of the OAU and take the aspirations of our people forward. (100 of about 690 words)
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A tale of two crudes: Nigeria and Angola

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The two biggest oil producers in West Africa are Nigeria and Angola, in that order. However, the crudes produced in each country, despite a lot of similarities, have treaded divergent paths in the past year, reports Eklavya Gupte in Platts. (40 of about 1195 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...... (55 of about 400 words)
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PIC OF THE DAY – PACIFIC MELTEM

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The drill ship PACIFIC MELTEM (60,969-gt, built 2014) called at the Cape towards the end of January this year, when this aerial picture of her in Table Bay opposite Mouille Point was taken. The drill ship was built last year by Samsung Heavy Industries and can operate in sea depths of up to 12,000ft, with a total drilling depth of 40,000ft, which is quite phenomenal. Pictures: Frank Vennard (68 of 68 words)
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Wednesday 27 May 2015
 
First View – PACIFIC GOLDFINCH
Purple Beach on fire in North Sea
FS Surcouf joins Combined Task Force 150 in Gulf of Aden
South Africa’s economy linked to Africa
Evergreen joins those in black
QE2 rotting away in Port Rashid - claim
Spike in Ebola cases in Guinea
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – NORMAND INSTALLER

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Tuesday 26 May 2015
 
First View – SAS AMATOLA
Libyan jets bomb 35,000-dwt tanker in Sirte Another 70 migrants rescued at sea by Italy UK provides further financial support for Port of Mombasa Indonesian container terminal goes automatic New man at the helm of Nautic Africa’s Southern Power Products NSRI called out to medivac injured seaman off bulker Djibouti’s dream of being a new Dubai Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port Pic of the Day – Three Queens to celebrate Cunard’s 175th
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Monday 25 May 2015
 
First View – ADRIA ACE
Iran agrees to ship inspection at Djibouti
Minister Davies to meet with US representatives over AGOA
China accused of illegal fishing off West Africa
Ethiopia looks to Port Sudan for oil imports
Tragedy and drama in the fog at Lambert’s Bay
Changes at top of Lloyd’s Register
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – STOLT FACTO

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Thursday/Friday 21-22 May 2015
 
First View – MSC MARIA PIA
Work begins on oil tank farm at Saldanha
Iranian warships join merchant ship on way to Yemen
Cruise ship Norwegian Dawn goes aground
Huge ivory haul in Singapore
First ferry powered by electric drive system
Oldest commissioned warship goes into dry dock
Ocean Rig secures two contracts for offshore Angola
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ESVAGT CHASTINE

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015
 
First View – George N
Murray Grindrod passes away
CMA CGM posts record first quarter results
IMO concerned about Ballast Water Management Convention
Heavy rains prevent Dar es Salaam cargo movement
MSC, Maersk & MOL join forces on Asia-South America service
Anadarko chooses partners for gas park in Mozambique
Open Africa’s borders, urges Kenyatta
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pic of the Day – Deepsea Metro 1 leaves Durban anchorage

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015
 
First View –CHANG HANG XIAN FENG
Construction underway at Nigeria’s Lekki port Cabotage raises its head in East Africa Maersk Londrina at Ngqura for fire damage repairs Nigerian Navy impounds 30 ships, promises greater action West Australian to sell off Fremantle port to reduce debt GAC appoints new VP for Oil & Gas division Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port Pics of the Day – CY THUNDER and DS REPUBLIC
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Monday, 18 May 2015
 
First View – PROMINENT ACE
AGOA extended but with conditions for S Africa
New road regulations published for comment
Five vessels adrift in Hout Bay Harbour
SA Agulhas II returns from Marion Island
Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire reach a deal over oil drilling
Tensions rise in the Gulf of Aden
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pic of the Day – Nefeli

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Thursday/Friday, 14-15 May 2015
 
First View – SILVER WHISPER
New Guinea-Bissau Mining Venture Requires New Port
Mounting Tensions as Iran Defies Yemeni Naval Blockade
Port User Roadshows for South African Ports
DCD Marine Commended for Modification of DSV Vinnice
Durban Police Target Harbour Trucks
Nautical Institute’s Latest Book is Launched
Traders Shun Nigerian Crude
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – GOTTFRIED SCHULTE and GREEN MALOY

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Wednesday, 13 2015
 
First View – VICTOIRE
Migrants: German Navy Advised to Widen Search Area
Libyan Forces Shell Turkish ship Tuna-1 off Tobruk
SMIT Amandla Marine Newbuilds on Track
ILEMBE, Africa’s largest Dredger Launched
Angolan purchase of Brazilian patrol ships in doubt
Richards Bay Coal Line Annual Maintenance Shutdown
Bourbon Crew Released by Pirates
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ADVANTAGE

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015
 
First View – UMSUNDUZI
Transnet and DBSA do a multibillion rand investment deal
Another ‘Quantum’ Leap for Royal Caribbean Cruises
Two Ships for Taiwan Gamblers!
The Meeting of the Famous Queens!
Cruise News in Brief
New aerial photography service
Port User Roadshow for Cape Town and Saldanha
Next Generation Container Port Winner
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – NORMAND INSTALLER

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Monday, 11 May 2015
 
First View – SAN FELIX
Port Statistics for April are now available here
Navigability study of the Shire and Zambezi rivers ready in August
Drilling for oil in Comoros
Port User Roadshows for Cape Town and Saldanha
Tug Umzumbe fails to sell at auction
Spanish ship breaks in two in storm
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
>Pics of the Day – MSC AMALFI

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Thursday/Friday, 7-8 May 2015
 
First View – SEA PRINCESS
Transnet’s latest dredger Ilembe to be launched this Saturday
Shipping: CMA CGM’s largest boxship Kerguelen enters Med
Shipping: Iran releases Maersk Tigris crew
Mombasa port stats on the increase
French Gowind patrol ship returns to Cape Town
Call for Nigeria to overhaul its maritime sector
Removing excess capacity unlikely to stem drop in freight rates
Did You Know?
Ocean ‘Dead Zones’ found in open waters
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – RUNAWAY BAY and BOW VICTOR


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Wednesday, 6 May 2015
 
First View – ADRIAN SCHULTE
TNPA responds to silting of Durban entrance channel
New watchdog for transport sector
Japanese Big Three, MOL, NYK and K, all back in profit
Shipping industry faces major ballast water dilemma - BIMCO
Reviving the Ocean Economy
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – 7-SEAS and UACC RIYADH

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015
 
First View – BOURBON EXPLORER 510
Capsized vessel off Cape Peninsula poses navigation threat
It’s Full Ahead for TNPA tug project
Giant container ship catches fire in Suez Canal
Grain traffic lost by rail because it’s seasonal
Effectiveness of learnerships in logistics industry
Social and Appointments
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – OCEAN PRINCESS

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Monday, 4 May 2015
 
First View – NORMAN INSTALLER
Maersk Tigris arrest a commercial dispute - Iran
Another delay for Cape Town cruise terminal
Durban Court rules on maritime claims
Armscor’s Project Hotel tender extended
Tazara eyes large contract with DSM Corridor Group
Tanzania ‘looking into’ circumstances of drug tug Hamal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – TTS POINT LISAS

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Thursday/Friday, 30 April- 1 May 2015
 
First View – HOKUETSU USHAKA
JS Danube aground at Mombasa, Maersk Londrina on fire off Mauritius
Maersk Tigris seized by Iranian naval forces
Arrested ship Agatis abandoned off Cape Town
NileDutch names third newbuilding
New Suez Canal to be lined with modern buoys
Crystal Cruises identity will not be compromised
CM&V AZORES to enter French market as Astoria
EU Naval Force trains Somaliland coast guard
Pics of the Day – BBC LONDON and BBC PACIFIC

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015
 
First View – NINGPO
Work to begin on Pemba Logistics Base
Ports inefficient but Africa trade continues to grow
Food crisis in Yemen
Durban port entrance silting again as dredging halts
New name for Mombasa ship chandler
Somaliland’s Berbera Port likely to be operated by DP World
New Debmarine vessel to be named MV Nujoma
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – BRITISH ENVOY

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015
 
First View – ASTOR
Marine disruptions in Durban port
Heavy shelling of Yemen by Saudi navy
Nautic Africa acquires the Anchor Boat Shop
Cavotec automatic mooring system for Port of Ngqura
Chinese shipyard widens MSC ship
IMO Somalia Maritime Forum
Court says Ghana may continue drilling in disputed offshore area
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ST. JACOBI

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Thursday/Friday, 23-24 April 2015
 
First View – NIGER DELTA KING
Conventional buoy mooring (CBM) installed in Luanda Bay
Mystery surrounds loss of Inhaca Island ferry
Single-hull Nigerian cabotage tankers reprieved until 2021
Mombasa port takes action over false certificates
Most container ships losing money on Asia-Europe trade
SA sends condolences on Migrant ship tragedy
APM Terminals Apapa wins Nigerian safety award
Giant CMA CGM Kerguelen under 12 cranes at Port Klang
Xenophobic attacks have hurt SA, says Trade Dep Minister
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day –MSC MARIANNA

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