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LATEST NEWS

Monday 5 December 2016

FIRST VIEW: MARISKA-G

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The 54-metre long offshore support vessel MARISKA-G (1108-gt, built 2009) returns from an 11-month seismic exploration of the north east of Mozambique. The fleet left Durban in December last year on the project for Western Geco. Mariska-G carries accommodation for up to 50 passengers and has an economic speed of 10 knots with a maximum speed of 12.5 knots. The vessel is owned by Rederij Groen BV and flies the flag of Panama. This picture is by Ken Malcolm
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A couple days in the life of the NSRI

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The start of a weekend brings unexpected calls on South Africa's volunteer sea rescue service, rendered by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) of South Africa without any thought of remuneration or reward, other than to saveguard the lives of those venturing on the sea or the country's other waterways. As the report shows, this extends to landside operations as well.
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Patrol craft on auction at Cape Town

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Two unusual vessels are due to go on auction in Cape Town next week, 14 December 2016. They are the Assegai class security vessels, LADY DORA and HEZIKIAH.

Both security vessels are recently built (2016) and have never entered service, the sale of each having apparently fallen through. Each vessel has a length of 35 metres, a depth of 3.6m and a draught of 2.27m. Their gross tonnage is 222 tonnes and a net tonnage of 70t.
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CMA CGM imposes a spread of THC charges across West Africa

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CMA CGM has informed its customers of the implementation of Terminal Handling Charges (THC) at various ports of call across West Africa. In some parts of the continent THC charges are a highly contentious matter and has been banned outright in Ghana where in August this year the Ministry of Transport suspended all THC charges.

There the Ministry decreed that no additional handling charge was justified but said that shipping companies were at liberty to increase their freight rates in accordance with increased operational costs.

In other news concerning CMA CGM, the line has announced a revamp of its feeder network to the Indian Ocean islands, which it says is to reinforce its quality, reliability and frequency. "The offering of two separate products dedicated to the Comoros/Mozambique market and North Madagascar will strengthen our competitiveness" the line says.
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MLA College wins Gold Award: Best online distance learning programme

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It was reported on 1 December that MLA College* had won the Gold award for the Best Online Distance Learning Programme at the Learning Technologies Awards 2016 in London on 30 November for their submission: Delivering degrees to seafarers without internet.

The panel of independent academics judging the submission were impressed with the way MLA College combined innovative technology with traditional academic tutoring that was personalised to each student, enabling a whole new generation of seafarers to gain a higher qualification whilst remaining in their full-time job.

The Awards gathered 800 people to celebrate the best learning technologies across the world, with shortlisted entries from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, USA, Turkey, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Spain and Italy.
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Elon Musk's Ocean Mission together with NASA

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NASA has selected South African-born Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency's Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission.

Launch is targeted for April 2021 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The total cost for NASA to launch SWOT is approximately US$112 million, which includes the launch service; spacecraft processing; payload integration; and tracking, data and telemetry support.
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South Africa, Brazil Competition authorities sign MOU

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The Competition Commission of South Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Administrative Council for Economic Defense of Brazil (CADE) late last week to strengthen competition law enforcement between the two BRICS countries.

The signing ceremony took place on the sidelines of the 15th Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Global Forum on Competition in Paris where more than 100 competition agencies from across the world were gathering to discuss competition law, enforcement and policy related issues.
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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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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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PIC OF THE DAY : KURUTAI

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The tug KURUTAI (199-gt, built 1991), owned by New Zealand's Heron Construction & Dredging, has been occupied around the port of Lyttelton in New Zealand recently towing a jack-up barge which is taking sea bed samples as part of the port's application to dredge a deeper channel. Kurutai has a bollard pull of 30 tons and has twin screw, 4 blade Kaplan type inside kort nozzles. Her main engines are two Caterpillar 3512B diesel engines producing 3000 hp. The 24m long tug is registered in Auckland, New Zealand. This picture is by Alan Calvert
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Thursday/Friday 1-2 December 2016
 
First View : MSC LANA
SMIT Amandla Marine, now AMSOL, takes on South African ownership Maersk takes over Hamburg Sud in buy-out Beira port goes over to Navis operating system
Lake Victoria residents up in arms over repair of ferry Kalangala
Bollore still interested in concessioning of Cape Verde ports
UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2016
Maersk tipped as possible Hamburg Sud buyer
Parker report seeks shake-up in UK naval shipbuilding
Ports Regulator to announce TNPA tariff decision today
Africa must align development plans with AGOA
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : TORONTO TRADER

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Wednesday 30 November 2016
 
First View : HMNZS CANTERBURY
Illegal fishing costs Mozambique US$57 million annually
SS Nujoma diamong mining vessel starts sea trials
Tema Shipyard to maintain and repair dredger fleet
EU Operation Atalanta off Somalia extended by two years
Albania joins NATO maritime activities
Tazara problems continue, leaders intervene
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : WARRIOR SPIRIT

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Tuesday 29 November 2016
 
First View : SEASMILE
Situation update on Port of Durban
South Africa takes part in Africa Trade Week
TPT Richards Bay Dry Bulk steams ahead
Portsmouth being readied as new carrier's home port
Hapag-Lloyd's passion for shipping coffee
Hamburg Sud's Oetker family debate selling the company
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : NCC AMAL

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Monday 28 November 2016
 
First View : MAERSK CUNENE
NATO withdraws from Somali counter piracy
Sod turning for Port of Tema expansion
Indian master receives 2016 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea
Dredge-King dredger goes to work in Madagascar
West African pirates attack two ships, one dead
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC HINA

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Thursday/Friday 24-25 November 2016
 
First View : EUROPA
GPHA seeks Euro 47m waiver on Takoradi Port
BIMCO warns of long road ahead for dry bulk shipping
Eni approves plan for Coral South Project, offshore Mozambique
Denmark withdraws from Somalia piracy patrols
Nigeria's maritime law outdated, needs revising
Why Africa's borders are a mess
Polar Onyx chartered for West African contract
CMA CGM imposes THC at Conakry
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : OCEANLOVE

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Wednesday 23 November 2016
 
First View : SEAROAD MERSEY II
Nectar Sierra Leone Bulk Terminal takes top IBJ award
Lawhill Bursary Holders Make TNPA Proud
New generation Maersk ships to exceed 20,000 TEU?
EU and UNCTAD discuss support for Angolan trade
Sea Shepherd's Ocean Warrior sails for rendezvous with Japanese whalers
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : WHALE CATCHERS

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Tuesday 22 November 2016
 
First View : SEVEN SEAS NAVIGATOR
Transnet orders 23 Kalmar Straddle Carriers for DCT Pier 2
DCD Marine enters voluntary business rescue
Hapag-Lloyd withdraws Apapa call from WAX service
MSC Magnifica to handle cruise line's first round the world cruise
Fish-rich Mauritania looks to its Nouadhibou port for a brighter future
Whaling in our blood
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : ARTANIA

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Monday 21 November 2016
 
First View : IRIN ALVAND
SAMSA investigates cause of fire and deaths on Hartebeesporrt Dam
UN Security Council unanimously adopts Resolution 2316 (2016)
Transnet tugs remain unsold at auction
Agulhas Current is widening, research discovers CMA CGM reports significant improvement since acquisition of NOL
Transnet scoops top award for integrated reporting
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : IRIN BUSHEHR

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Thursday/Friday 10-11 November 2016
 
First View : INDUSTRIAL DOLPHIN
Port statistics for October are now available
Matola Coal Terminal presents opportunities for emerging mines
Fire damaged Verona may have to be scrapped
Gunmen open fire on another Nacala coal train
NATO Operation Sea Guardian in the Mediterranean
Uganda launches Electronic Single Window
Ports & Ships next week
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : ROCKIES HIGHWAY

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Wednesday 9 November 2016
 
First View : EUROPA
Nigeria reveals plans for 25-year port master plan
Mergers widening gap between the big few and other container lines
UNCTAD issues Third Quarter Transport & Tade Newsletter
Call for improved water transport system for Ghana's Lake Volta
Subtech receives ISO 9001:2015 accreditation
GAC EnvironHull's HullWiper cleans 100th Maersk ship
Ports & Ships takes a break
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : RFA GOLD ROVER

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Tuesday 8 November 2016
 
First View : BORDER
Fire ravaged Verona still a problem for Cape Town
Transnet's healthy half year return
Crystal Cruises rebrands and goes for two more expedition ships
First tank cleaning station in West Africa opens at Tema
Summer start for Royal Navy's Type 26 frigates
South Africa looks south for ocean economy opportunities
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : ANUKET PEARL

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Monday 7 November 2016
 
First View : MSC SUSANNA
New rail link will connect port at Nacala direct with Zambia
Somali pirates strike again
26,000 TEU boxships may be viable: Industry view
Liverpool commemmorates Arctic Convoys' 75th Anniversary
East London NSRI in medivac off passing bulker
SAMSA investigation into fire on board ship in Cape Town
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC RITA

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Thursday/Friday 3-4 November 2016
 
First View : SANTA ISABELLA and PHOLELA
Fish factory ship Verona on fire in Cape Town harbour
SA the preferred destination for major ship arrests
Kenya's SGR poses threat to metre gauge Rift Valley Railway
Tema Port takes delivery of 24 tele trucks for terminals
Meet Hronn, the world's first unmanned workboat
New BLOK-BEAM system will load 6 empty containers at a time
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC TORONTO

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Wednesday 2 November 2016
 
First View : BBC SPRING
TMEA and Maersk sign partnership agreement
MSC Sinfonia arrives to kickstart cruise season
Oil tank farm to start operations in Takoradi port in 2017
New French-built patrol vessel for Senegal
Tuakana revealed
Hapag-Lloyd imposes THC at Senegal Terminal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : PHILADELPHIA EXPRESS

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Tuesday 1 November 2016
 
First View : OCEAN SPRAY
Japan's three major container lines agree to merge
Tanzania Revenue Authority denies 'ripping' off importers
Call for a revival of Ghana's maritime structures
The great boxship conundrum
South Africa working on improving trade volumes
New CEO for The Nautical Institute
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : APL NORWAY

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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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