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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday 23-24 October 2014

FIRST VIEW – INS TEG

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The Indian Navy guided missile frigate INS TEG F45 arrived at the South African Naval Base of Simon’s Town on Monday this week to take part in this year’s IBSAMAR naval exercise, involving the navies of India, Brazil and South Africa. INS Teg sailed from the Indian Naval Base at Mumbai earlier in October together with three other naval ships, the destroyer INS Mumbai, the guided missile frigate INS TALWAR, and the replenishment supply vessel INS DEEPAK. INS Teg parted from the other three ships and sailed for South Africa, while the remaining ships continued with visits to several Indian Ocean island and East African destinations including the Mozambique port of Nacala.
INS Teg has been joined at Simon’s Town by the Brazilian corvette BS BARROSO which is also taking part in IBSAMAR 2014. Picture: Louis Vosloo (137 of 137 words)
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IMO stowaway seminar being held in Durban

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is holding a seminar in Durban this week on the prevention of stowaways in southern and eastern Africa.
The seminar, which began on Tuesday ends today (Thursday 23 October) and is being staged for the benefit of the region’s main stowaway embarkation ports. Why then this is being held in Durban has to be a mystery, as Durban does not have a stowaway problem. What, you ask in surprise! There are no stowaways in Durban, is what PORTS & SHIPS was told by the TNPA head of security, while at the same time the ..... (99 of about 410 words)
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Hanjin takes slots of Asia-South Africa service

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Hanjin Shipping is taking slots on two weekly loops operated by Evergreen, Cosco, PIL, 'K' Line and MOL to offer two-way Far East-South Africa services.
As part of a service rationalisation, reports Schednet, the South Korean shipping line will from the end of October take slots on the two revised loops, FAX-C/ASA-C and FAX-S/ASA-S . (54 of about 170 words)
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Nigeria’s Lekki port on track, says consortium CFO

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Lekki Port, Nigeria's first ever private/public partnership venture, which is alleged to be threatened by a lack of funds is on course, says the chief finance officer of the Group, Mr. Sandeep Parasramka.
Rumours that the port will not be built have surrounded the project for a number of years, but in a statement issued in Lagos this week, the chief financial officer said the port project had been boosted with the recent conclusion of due diligence required by one of its key investors, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), which he said placed it on a firm footing towards the operational date of 2018. (104 of about 250 words)
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Further relief for Transnet pensioners

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Transnet pensioners will receive a total of R253 million in ad-hoc bonuses including an ex gratia bonus from Transnet, taking the total to R2,3 billion since 2010.
In a statement yesterday, Transnet said that retired employees belonging to two Transnet defined benefit funds will share hundreds of millions in bonus payments or 13th cheques in November as the state-owned company and the funds continue to find solutions to match the rising costs for pensioners . (74 of about 390 words)
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Pirated captain sues ship operator and Chevron Oil

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A law suit has been filed in the United States against the oil company Chevron and offshore ship operator Edison Chouest Offshore by the former captain of the pirated offshore supply vessel C-RETRIEVER, Captain Wren Thomas.
The ship’s captain and his chief engineer, also an American, was taken hostage when their vessel was seized by pirates off the coast of Nigeria in October last year. (65 of about 230 words)
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From the Wharfside – port and ship activity this week

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After having been idle for some months, the passenger cargo ship MAURITIUS PRIDE (5,234-gt, built 1990) ‘disappeared’ from the scene at Port Louis but a search across the Indian Ocean has turned the ship up at Colombo, Sri Lanka. Do readers have any info on this ship movement?. (48 of about 1535 words)
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Somali government questions handover of Mogadishu port to Turkish operators

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Questions have been raised by the Somali federal government about how a Turkish company, Al Bayrak was appointed to manage and operate the port of Mogadishu.
Al Bayrak took formal possession of the port on 21 September 2014, amidst statements that it intended modernizing the port operations and stocking it with equipment to handle cargo.. (55 of about 265 words)
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Shell discovers deepwater gas off Gabon

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Shell announced yesterday that its frontier Leopard-1 well had encountered a substantial gas column with around 200 metres net gas pay in a pre-salt reservoir.
frontier exploration discovery offshore Gabon, West Africa. The well Leopard-1 encountered a substantial gas column with around 200 metres net gas pay in a pre-salt reservoir (below a salt layer). (55 of about 210 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 - S A PIONEER with JR MORE

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The photographer writes: “This is a rather atmospheric shot of the steam tug J R MORE assisting the fire- and collision-damaged S A PIONEER alongside at 104a [Durban] (top), following the Safmarine freighter's collision with the laden Chinese tanker Silver Castle in fog off Port Elizabeth in April 1972. I could check the exact date at work, as I have the proceedings of the subsequent Court of Marine Enquiry into the incident. I was working for Cayzer Irvine/Safmarine at the time, and went round to the berth with the boarding agents to go and have a decko at the damage. She was carrying, among other cargo, munitions, chemical and a lot of pharmaceuticals, including aerosol perfumes, which all vented in the fire. She then went up the Bayhead for temporary repairs (a plate closing in the bow). Her steam machinery was undamaged, and there was talk of replacing the explosion-damaged machinery on the SA Trader, but it was finally decided to scrap both vessels, so Safmarine lost two of the sisters at much the same time.
S A Pioneer was taken to the Bayhead ship repair yards for temporary repairs (two lower pictures) before she made her last voyage to the scrappers, under the command of the late Captain Tony Pearson. In the lower picture S A Pioneer is seen passing the bucket dredger STEENBOK.
Pictures: Trevor Jones (228 of 228 words).
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Wednesday, 22 October 2014
 
First View – STX ACE 10
Ballast water treatment guidelines to be reviewed
RFA Argus deploys to Sierra Leone
Construction of Mombasa-Uganda standard gauge railway begins
DCD-Marine Cluster shipshape for new era in SA shipping
Audacious theft of Madagascan nickel ore
Today, a blog about Durban harbour
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – GENMAR GEORGE T

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014
 
First View – HARBOUR POLLUTION
Richards Bay Bulk Terminal exceeds target thanks to quick vessel turnaround
Hong Kong and South Africa enter into tax pact
NIMASA clamps down on non-compliant ISPS facilities
Ebola: DRC to train 1000 volunteers to fight epidemics
Consortium awarded US$1.5 billion Suez Canal dredging contract
Seamen from Advanfort guard ship must face Indian trial again
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – IBSAMAR 2014 PREVIEW

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Monday, 20 October 2014
 
First View – STOLT VINLAND
Mayotte Channel Gateway selects Navis N4
SA takes up citrus black spot issue at WTO
Safmarine Makutu in collision in Sydney harbour
South African designed patrol vessel targets growing African demand
TFR personnel complete railway operations management degrees
NSRI aids 82-year old lone sailor, medivacs sick fisherman
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – GOTTFRIED SCHULTE

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Thursday/Friday, 16-17 October 2014
 
First View – CHRISTMAS ISLAND
Statoil scores with seventh gas discovery off Tanzania
SA’s Ocean Economy expected to contribute R20-billion to GDP
NSRI medivacs fisherman off trawler at sea
Ebola: RFA Argus to deploy this week to Sierra Leone
New Mission to Seafarers chaplain appointed in Durban
Angola to become Africa’s largest oil producer from 2016
Port Window – Around our ports this morning
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – AFRICA MERCY

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014
 
First View – NARODNY BRIDGE
Special cargo of Australian locomotives arrive in Durban
Kenya Chamber of Commerce alarmed at Mombasa port taxes
Africa begins stocking up with patrol boats
New Damen tugs begin operations in Equatorial Guinea
NATO exercise tests crisis responses in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic
How well do you know ship parts? - an interactive guide
USS Constitution and naval titbits
No interest shown in Cape Town cruise terminal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – JUST FITZ III

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014
 
First View – RB3 and EHOALA TROZO
Nautic SA to transfer DAFF vessels to SAMSA
Port of Calabar reopened to shipping after dredging
President Zuma to release Ocean Economy delivery plans
Latest cruise ship Mein Schiff 4 floats out
Let's build the Smart Port city
A little known titbit of naval history
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MOL PRECISION

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Monday, 13 October 2014
 
First View – SAS UMHLOTI
Multi-billion dollar projects for Nigeria’s Onne port
World rallies to fight Ebola
New Smit Amandla Marine utility vessel named
Dredging and Port Expansion Africa draws nearer
Exercise Ibsamar 2014 details announced
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – GREEN MOUNTAIN

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Thursday/Friday, 9-10 October 2014
 
First View – EIRIK RAUDE
Indian Navy ships head for East and South Africa
Mozambique to open 15 blocks for oil & gas exploration
MSC Opera sets sail for South Africa
National Marine Week observed
Mombasa to ban trucks from parking in city areas
Piracy tipped to peak ahead of Nigerian elections
HMS Queen Elizabeth floats out
Injured seaman evacuated from ship off Cape Town
The Great Wall of Lagos
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MAERSK CERES

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014
 
First View – PRESTIGE ACE
Port statistics for September are now available
Dube Tradeport now an IDZ – moves to reindustrialise SA’s economy
CMA CGM revamps Africa-India service, adds call
Barawe, last port town in Somalia, falls to government
Ebola: US ports begin screening process
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MAGSENGER 3

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014
 
First View – MSC TOMOKO
Disabled French frigate FNS Nivose back in Reunion
Nigeria’s Ladol shipyard open to business
DRC Customs go hi-tech, leads to 20km queues at border
EBH sponsors Erongo reading programme
Namibian fuel train derails
TNPA emphasises maritime careers during October Transport Month
Former Port Exec is new Durban Chamber of Commerce CEO
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – JO ACER and SVENDBORG

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Monday, 6 October 2014
 
First View – E.R. ATHINA
Questions over how the tanker Pacific Quarz touched bottom in Durban channel entrance
Fight against Ebola hampered by gaps in data, hidden cases
Changing of the guard for MSC
Transport month to be highlighted in Gauteng
Congestion outside Apapa port returns with vengeance
Ghana Shippers Authority commended
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – KOTA PERMATA

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Thursday/Friday, 2-3 October 2014
 
First View – DELPHINIUS
Tanker touches bottom and is holed outside Durban entrance
Somalia’s Mogadishu ports returning to normality
Fractured hull girder led to sinking of MOL Comfort
Nautic Africa teams up to build support craft for FPSO
MSC Opera ready to return to South Africa
Another successful project concluded by Cape Town’s DCD Marine
Piracy: It never goes away
Collison in Suez Canal - Video
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pic of the Day – CMA CGM MOZART

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014
 
First View – BRITANNIA
New Durban port manager announced
French frigate FNS NIVOSE reportedly on fire
Transnet and BHP sign R24Bn coal export ‘take or pay’ contract
Ships collide in mouth of Suez Canal
Singapore latest port to tighten up on Ebola checks
MOL announces details of Far East-South Africa services
Mozambique hires firm to study sale of natural gas
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CAP SAN TAINORO

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
 
First View – AFRICA MERCY
Clarity over the keel clearance issue at DCT
Record load for Durban’s Bulk Connections terminal
Another Damen Dredger for Nigerian Customer
Lake Victoria medical ship launched
Three new locos arrive for Moçâmedes Railway
Iluka Resources bids to buy Moma minerals mine from Kenmare
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – AFRICA MERCY

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Monday, 29 September 2014
 
First View – QUANTUM OF THE SEAS
NATO and Japan conduct counter piracy exercise in Gulf of Aden
Dar es Salaam: New STS and RTG cranes arrive
PIL launches new Far East-SA service with partners
Draught limitations tightened at Durban Container Terminal
Minister satisfied with ongoing works at Tema
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SAS AMATOLA F145

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Thursday/Friday, 25-26 September 2014
 
First View – MA DEVI Maputo Corridor Joint Operating Centre launched
Air Sea Rescue evacuates injured seafarers
Mozambique in multi billion port-rail plan
Australian warship intercepts more drugs off African coast
Customs seize fake medicines in 15 African ports
Transnet buys second-hand Australian locomotives
US forecasts over 500,000 Ebola cases in West Africa
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CAROLINA STAR

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014
 
First View – SAGA MORUS
Airlines stop flying into Yemen but ports remain open
The link between illegal fishing and piracy
Final call for Queen Mary 2 as full World Cruise looms
MSC Cruises signs terminal agreement with Russia
Watching as MSC Armonia is cut in half
Mozambique tuna boats prompt donor concern
IMO general-secretary to stand down
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – BERGE SUMMIT

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Monday, 22 September 2014
 
First View – MILBURN CARRIER II
TNPA appoints new chief operating officer
SA solo yachtsman in South Pacific drama
Rift Valley Railway commissions three new locos
Technip transfers technology and training in Mozambique
New Suez Canal: Alarming challenges and awaited benefits
Parts of Beira flooded
E-payments speed up Onne vessel and cargo traffic
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – NINGBO EXPRESS and CMA CGM PUCCINI

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