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Tuesday 9 February 2016

FIRST VIEW : BOUDICCA

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Boudicca on a silvery sea. See what we think of her in the report below. Picture is by Ken Malcolm
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Maersk Line prepares awareness campaign for container weighing

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Maersk Line is preparing an awareness campaign to alert shippers to container weighing regulations that come into effect on 1 July, The Loadstar reports. Maersk Line's VGM programme manager Lars Lorenzen told The Loadstar that the current state of industry readiness was in significant need of improvement. He said this amid confusion over the IMO's guidelines for implementing the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations, which state a verified gross mass (VGM) must be provided by shippers to shipping lines before a container is loaded.
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Navy welcomes new Damen tug into fleet

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The South African Navy took delivery last week (4 February 2016) of a second South African-built Damen ATD Tug 2909 at the naval base in Simon's Town. Escorted by SA Navy's existing six tugs, the new tug named INYATHI was welcomed into the naval fleet with a traditional sail past. Inyathi, which means buffalo, is the second Damen ATD Tug 2909 in a two vessel replacement contract awarded to Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) after a transparent tender process. The first, named IMVUBU, meaning hippo, was delivered in July 2015.
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Boudicca to cruise here in 2017/18 summer

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Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines' 28,500-gross registered ton BOUDICCA has just completed her first visit to South Africa and having impressed all that came in contact with her, is currently en route back to the UK on a 46-night cruise via Reunion and Mauritius, Madagascar, Zanzibar and the Seychelles, Oman, the Red Sea and Mediterranean. The exciting news however is that we haven't seen the last of this elegant ship; she'll be back next year and for an extended stay.
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Safmarine ship highjacked then released

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Another ship, this time the Safmarine container vessel SAFMARINE KURAMO (28,444-dwt, built 2004), captained by a South African woman, has been highjacked by pirates operating off the Nigerian coast and then recued by the Nigerian Navy. It's unsure if the attack was an intended act of piracy or was ore in the form of an armed robbery that took place as Safmarine Kuramo was sailing from Pointe Noire in the Congo to Port Onne in Nigeria.
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India aims at acquiring SA coal mines to boost exports

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India's state-owned Coal India says it intends acquiring coal mines in South Africa and will go ahead despite falling prices of assets globally. Coal India, the world's biggest coal miner, accounts for more than 80 percent of India's coal production and is targeting a record production of 550 million tons this financial year. On top of this ambitious target the group aims at a coal output of one billion tons by 2020.
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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 : SUN PRINCESS

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The latest cruise ship to arrive in South African waters is Princess Cruises' SUN PRINCESS (77,441-gt, built 1994). The 2,000-passenger ship usually operates in Australian waters but in 2009 she undertook her first Indan Ocean cruise, visiting Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, the Maldives, the Seychelles, South Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion. There are three ships in her class, the other two being SEA PRINCESS and DAWN PRINCESS. Pictures are by Ian Shiffman.
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Monday, 8 February 2016
 
First View : MORGENSTOND II
Zika virus outbreak requires regulatory response by ports and ship operators
Safmarine MPV sells SA-West Africa service to Fairseas International
Tanker Leon Dias hostages released
ADB provides US$300 million for Nacala railway and terminal
Namport seizes ship accused of polluting
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : MAERSK LANGKLOOF

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Thursday/Friday, 4-5 February 2016
 
First View : HAI YANG SHI YOU 278
Second tanker attacked by pirates in Gulf of Guinea
First group of 2016 maritime cadets go to sea
Nick Sloane joins Resolve Marine
Competition Commission welcomes World Bank Study
IMarEST launches campaign to support seafarers
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : HMS PROTECTOR

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016
 
First View : HANTON TRADER V
Tanker highjacked off Nigerian coast by Biafran separatists
Mozambique unrest as yet no threat to coal traffic
Sasol gets Mozambique go-ahead to drill for new Mozambique oil and gas
Getting ready for Armed Forces Day celebrations
MSC Cruises confirms orders for new ships
Transnet appoints new Group Chief Financial Officer
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : TAI FU No.3

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
 
First View : BOUDICCA
Port of East London ends year on positive note
MSC launches weekly Asia-Red Sea and Djibouti service
MOL warns of US$1.45 billion loss
China is nabbing the world cruise market!
DP World Group CEO retires
Maydon Wharf upgrade passes safety milestone
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pic of the Day : FAIRPLAYER

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Monday, 1 February 2016
 
First View : LEWEK CONSTELLATION
Drewry highlights coming problems with container weighing
Svitzer's new man for Middle East and Africa
Machenga Bay to be site of Tanzania LNG plant
TPT hands over computer lab to Alicedale School
Industry urged to open its doors to TVET colleges
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : BOUDICCA

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Thursday/Friday, 28-29 January 2016
 
First View : ALBATROS
No interest shown in developing Durban Cruise Terminal
Port Elizabeth to host Navy during Armed Forces Day
Reunion becomes CMA CGM's new Indian Ocvean maritime hub
2016 Indian Navy Fleet Review
Prestige master sentenced to two years
Becker Marine praises new rudder profile
Namura Shipbuilding places ClassNK-NAPA Green software on newbuilding
Chinese company in takeover bid for Terex Corp (and possibly Konecranes)
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : ST ANDREW

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016
 
First View : BRENTON
Drug busts involving ships from the Caribbean
BIMCO says container shipping faces low and slow growth
Brazilian court overturns closure of Turabao port
Queen Elizabeth, maiden call to South African waters
UK P&I Club advises on reducing mooring incidents
MSC Cruises appoints new UK head
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pic of the Day : BUSY PORT: MAYDON WHARF

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016
 
First View : BRITISH LOYALTY
Gold Star upgrades its Far East-West Africa service (FAX)
CMA CGM cascades 9,000-TEU ships onto Asia-West Africa trades
MOL adds new calls on Asia-West Africa service
Huge loss warning for CSCL investors
Brazil closes Vale's Port Tubarao on environmental grounds
Unions join forces to eliminate shipboard bullying
2016 Maritime Industry 7-a-side soccer tournament
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : AN FONG No.136

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Monday, 25 January 2016
 
First View : GRANDE ANGOLA
Car carrier Silver Sky chased by pirates in Gulf of Guinea
Queen Elizabeth makes maiden visit to Cape Town tomorrow
ENI pulls plug on Ocean Rig Olympia
Shipping companies encouraged to use new Transitional Ship Recycling measures
Technical: New Class Rules sound death knell for oil-lubricated propeller shafts
Catamaran yacht hull sighted off Agulhas
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : OCEAN DREAM

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Thursday/Friday, 21-22 January 2016
 
First View : ILEMBE
Missing yacht Sunsail may have been found
Man overboard from Hyundai Dangjin
Chinese Navy back visiting Sri Lanka
NileDutch introduces new US East Coast to West Africa service
Germany's new F-125 class frigate revealed
Evergreen Group Chairman Dr Yung-Fa Chang dies
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : TRANS FUTURE and FUJITRANS WORLD

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016
 
MSC SINFONIA
New Debmar diamond recovery ship takes to the water
New Transnet dredger Ilembe due today
SAMSA considers new standby tugs for SA coast
Celebrations as Mein Schiff 5 floats out
Sena Railway line blocked by derailment
NSRI rescue 14 crew members from sinking trawler
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pic of the Day : MSC DENISSE

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016
 
First View : UZAVOLO and UHUVA
Analyst raises importance of East and Southern Africa trades
Sena railroad capacity to top 20 million tons
Technical: Wartsila develops zero-emission ferry concept
PMAESA annual conference is cancelled
African maritime journalists conference debuts in Ghana
UASC's world's greenest vessel transits new Suez Canal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : KATHARINA

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Monday, 18 January 2016
 
First View : BOURBON THERA
Large explosion rocks Port of Santos
ICTSI's African Terminal Nears Completion
Former anti-piracy boss warns of resurgent piracy in Gulf of Aden
Paper offers insight into Container Weight Verification
Namibian strike hits fishing industry
New Director of Operations at Trinity House, London
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : FLAG EVI

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Thursday/Friday, 14-15 January 2016
 
First View : THOR WIND
This is the week that was
Shock as India imposes 5-year sentences on Seaman Guard Ohio crew
ACE submarine cable next phase underway
Cruise ship AIDAprima catches fire at Japanese shipyard
IMO: A message from the new secretary general
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : AEGEAN ODYSSEY

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Wednesday, 13 January 2016
 
First View : ASIAN BRIER
Nacala port expansion set to start in 2016
Ghana gives go-ahead for Port of Takoradi development
Gabon takes loan to build new port in Owendo
Car Carriers accused of collusion fined US$ 63 million
Kenya to import 50 locomotives for new railway
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : RFA GOLD ROVER

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016
 
First View : OCEAN SURGE & EUROPA 2
Uncertainty over Bagamoya port development
News from the shipping lines
Maersk joins Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
Cruising: Crystal Espirit named in the Seychelles
Container shipping, year in review
DCD Marine & 6Sigma Naval Architecture get together
Durban's Charles Maher appointed GM of ASRY Shipyard
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : ENDURANCE

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Monday, 11 January 2016
 
First View -- THOR INTEGRITY
Port Statistics for December are now available here
Shipping news from around Southern Africa's coasts
Explosions and fatalities in Matola and Durban
Cruising: NCL again voted world's leading large cruise line
Global shipping industry welcomes Paris agreement
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day -- ADMIRAL VLADIMIRSKIY

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015
 
First View : NAUTICA AT MOSSEL BAY
Competitiveness of Africa's ports rely on their efficiencies
South African coin laid into keel of latest Silverseas ship
New man at the helm of MBC and MCS
Report on the collision between Ever Smart and the Alexandra 1
Mozambique fish catch exceeds 200,000 tons after 9 months
Details of COSCO and CSCL merger announced
Port automation -- adapt or die
CMA CGM's WAX Service to resume direct calls in Cameroon
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
YESTERYEAR: SCENES FROM DURBAN'S R-SHED

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Monday, 14 December 2015
 
First View : ROMANDIE
Bill to unlock ocean economy gets green light
Saudi's take strategic Red Sea islands from Yemeni Houthi rebels
China Shipping-COSCO merger appears certain
MRAD equipment fitted on new I&J vessels Umlobi and Ferox
From Drakensberg Clouds of Hope to the Sea
DP World warns of overcapacity in container shipping
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : HHL KOBE

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Thursday/Friday, 10-11 December 2015
 
First View : PORT ELIZABETH
IMO Urges Fishing Vessel Treaty Acceptance
Nigerian Navy impounds ships with stolen diesel
New TPT appointments in Eastern Cape ports
Nigeria inaugurates maritime surveillance system
Nigerian state-owned oil company to be divided
New executive director of Mozambique Ports & Railways Company (CFM)
New fast Damen crew boat for Gulf of Guinea
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : RED EAGLE

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Wednesday 9 December 2015
 
First View : EAST LONDON CAR TERMINAL
Port statistics for November are now available here
Tanzanian port chief sacked in anti-corruption action
Busy days for Cape Town's Sturrock Dock
Impatience among Nigerian Shippers over red tape
Kidnapped Polish seafarers released
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : NYK PEGASUS and MSC ATHENS

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Tuesday 8 December 2015
 
First View : SANTA ISABELLA
CMA CGM seals deal to buy NOL
Dormac Marine's new floating dock for Durban
Support for conditional allocation of Mombasa port revenue
Norwegian Escape sets sail with world's biggest scrubber system
World Bank supports Mozambique forestry reform
ICHCA International Conference 2016
Durban Naval base upgrade begins
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : TIJUCA

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Monday 7 December 2015
 
First View : IBHAYI
Freight rates keep sliding despite capacity cuts
New TNPA workboat Inyosi nears completion
Anadarko and Eni in joint Rovuma gas venture
HMAS Melbourne nabs another haul of heroin
MOL increases rate on Asia-Southern Africa trades
Durban Naval Base upgrade begins
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : HS BEETHOVEN

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Tuesday 8 December 2015
 
First View : SANTA ISABELLA
CMA CGM seals deal to buy NOL
Dormac Marine's new floating dock for Durban
Support for conditional allocation of Mombasa port revenue
Norwegian Escape sets sail with world's biggest scrubber system
World Bank supports Mozambique forestry reform
ICHCA International Conference 2016
Durban Naval base upgrade begins
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : TIJUCA

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Thursday/Friday 3-4 December 2015
 
First View : NORTHERN HIGHWAY
Drought forces South Africa into record yellow maize imports
Transnet secures US$2.5Bn funding guarantee from China
Largest wind farm installation ship delivered
Royal Navy in Mediterranean drugs seizure
Survey reveals concern over SOLAS container weight requirement
Port Said container turnover drops 11 percent
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : FRONTIER

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Wednesday 2 December 2015
 
First View : ARKLOW SPRAY
The ups and downs of African ports
New pipeline links Mozambique and South Africa
CMA CGM seeks finance to buy out Neptune
Egyptian Transport Minister visits Port of Felixstowe
Tall Ship Tenacious embarks on epic voyage
Alleged pirates killed in Somali clash
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : SEVEN SEAS MARINER & MSC SINFONIA

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Tuesday 1 December 2015
 
First View : OU YA 27
South Africa elected to IMO Council
News of Ships and Shipping in general
Cruise ship Boudicca in dry dock for refurbishment
British Forces rescue South Atlantic cruise passenger
Power ship arrives in Ghana to help end loadshedding
China and NATO joint exercises in Gulf of Aden
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : INSIGNIA

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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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