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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday 29-30 January 2015

FIRST VIEW – PINOTAGE

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The Cape Town harbour tug PINOTAGE (429-gt, built 1980) which is one of the older workhorses of Transnet’s marine department. The tug was built in Durban as the PAUL SAUER, a name that was altered post-1994 along with three other Cape Town tugs that were renamed after popular Western Cape cultivars - CHARDONNAY, MERLOT and SHIRAZ being the others. Picture: Aad Noorland. (64 of 64 words)
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TAZARA back on strike

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News reports from Tanzania and Zambia indicate that the strike action that has affected the Tanzania/Zambia railway (TAZARA) in recent weeks and months is on again with workers saying they are tired of waiting on empty promises. (37 of about 315 words)
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MSC Cruises reports high occupancy for South African season

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MSC Cruises SA says it has enjoyed a phenomenal 99.7% average occupancy for the 23 cruises which have already departed since the start of the 2014/15 season in October 2014.
“In spite of a stagnant economy, weak rand and a budget conscious market, the cruise sector continues to perform even in tough economic times." (54 of about 350 words)
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Mozambique seeks clarity over Lake Tanganyika borders

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Mozambique has entered the dispute over where the international borders on Lake Malawi are actually situated (also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania or Lago Niassa). The matter of the borders on the lake has long been a contentious issue between Malawi and Tanzania. The lake shares its banks with three countries, Tanzania in the north-east, Mozambique to the south-east and Malawi along its entire western bank. (68 of about 460 words)
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Nigeria’s Shippers Council comes down on illegal port charges

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The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) says it is urging port service providers to stop collecting illegal port charges that are not statutorily approved. In a media statement the NSC says the council’s decisions as challenged by the service providers and upheld by a federal high court must be carried out with full compliance. (53 of about 230 words)
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TFR’s new diesel locos to be powered by Rolls-Royce engines

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Rolls-Royce has announced that it has received an order from the Chinese locomotive manufacturer CNR Dalian and its local South African consortium (SNRSSA) for the delivery of 232 MTU Series 4000 engines. (32 of about 280 words)
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Indonesia is Toyota's Key to Africa

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Last year, as Indonesia’s best performing exporter, PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia received the Ministry of Trade’s Primaniyarta Award. Toyota also received the award in 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2013, reports EIN News. (33 of about 310 words)
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Three new Liebherr mobile cranes for APM Terminals, Apapa

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APM Terminals, Apapa in Lagos, Nigeria has taken delivery of three new Liebherr mobile cranes to complement the terminal’s existing equipment. Managing Director of APM Terminals, Apapa, Andrew Dawes said the cranes would enable the terminal to expand its operations and service delivery. (43 of about 260 words)
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Ship sinking in Durban Harbour is a HOAX

The pictures circulating on social media and via emails showing a MSC container ship with a severe list and down at the stern, being towed into Durban port behind a number of tugs, is a HOAX. Anyone even slightly familiar with Durban and Transnet National Ports Authority tugs would be able to identify several things indicating that this cannot be Durban. (61 of about 160 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 - NNS CENTENARY

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The Nigerian Navy’s latest naval ship, the large offshore patrol frigate NNS CENTENARY (F91) arrived at the Simon’s Town Naval Base yesterday (Wednesday, 28 January) at 11h40 on her delivery voyage from China to Nigeria.

The ship, which on arrival in Nigeria will be commissioned into Nigeria’s expanding navy, went to berth at the West Breakwater.

NNS Centenary is the first of two Type P18N offshore patrol vessels ordered by the Nigerian Navy from the China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company’s Wuchang Shipyard in Wuhan, China. She was launched Monday 27 January 2014 by Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Faka Jonathan. The launch ceremony also marked the hull formation ceremony of the second vessel, F92, which will not be built entirely in China – some 50% - 70% of F92 is to be constructed at the Nigerian Naval Shipyard in Port Harcourt in order to enhance local shipbuilding capability and to provide for technology transfer.

Both vessels displace 1,800 tons with a length of 95.5m, beam of 11.6m and draft of 3.5m. They are powered by 2x MTU 20V 4000M diesel engines with a maximum speed of 21 knots and with 20 days endurance at sea. The crew complement is 70 personnel.

Armament includes 1x 76mm main gun, 2x 30mm guns and 2x 20mm guns.

The major missions for F91 include patrolling and guard duties along the Nigerian coastline, protecting the exclusive maritime economic zone, carrying out marine search and rescue, and preventing marine pollution. Reporting and pictures: David Erickson (248 of 248 words)
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Wednesday 28 January 2015
 
First View – MAERSK McKINNEY MOLLER
Transnet announces plans for Saldanha oil services hub
Construction begins on ‘world’s most luxurious ship’
Somaliland seizes ship carrying military equipment
Botswana won’t wait for Trans-Kalahari, will export coal through Maputo
Dryad maritime crime figures for 2014
Uncertainty over Mozambique/South Africa sea borders
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – EVER RELIANCE

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Tuesday 27 January 2015
 
First View – PACIFIC MELTEM
Transnet gets clearance to deepen and lengthen DCT berth 203
Maritime Search and Rescue Project Launched in Mauritius
Moma Sands’ Kenmare Resources fights for survival
Agility to develop 40-acre distribution park at Tema, Ghana
Seven in the running to operate Tema Container Terminal
The tail wagging the dog
Prepare now for container weight verification requirements
Wharftalk: Maritime Museum is open for business
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – DSV VINNICE

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Monday 26 January 2015
 
First View – LIN JIE
Mozambique patrol and fishing boats being delivered
Africa is addressing intra-Africa trade bottlenecks - Zuma
Cruise ship Boudicca has fire in engine room
LNG tanker Magellan Spirit refloated
Latest Transnet dredger under construction
ENI Brings New Congo Field Online
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CMA CGM STRAUSS

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Thursday/Friday 22-23 January 2015
 
First View – MANIVIKI ROVER
Tazara railway reopened after strike
Stowaways on Dutch Navy Ebola-Aid ship
Liner Review...Please Sir, Not More Of The Same?
Wharftalk: General news from around the ports
Cruise News: News items from the world of cruising
Damen and SAAB team up for sub replacement programme
Chinese plans for Walvis Bay naval base hit a snag
Panalpina expands Africa network
Focus on Lomé: the new ‘Port Africa’
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – GREATSHIP ANJALI and VOYAGER

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Wednesday 21 January 2015
 
First View – ELENI
Part of the new Suez Canal is flooded by accident
Transnet advertises tender for new bed leveller dredger
Anadarko to start prospecting for oil & gas in Mozambique
Liberia implements 25-year plan to improve port system
Congestion the biggest issue facing West African ports and landside
Dredging of Ghana’s Takoradi commences
Richards Bay Coal Terminal hits new record
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – GREAT INCREASE and VIOLET ACE

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Tuesday 20 January 2015
 
First View – DS REPUBLIC
Mombasa’s port expansion begins with Japanese loan
Ghana’s Navy routs pirates on highjacked tanker
Apapa Lagos container volumes reach 970,000 TEU
Damen Cape Town completes first FCS 5009 patrol vessels
Locally-built steel tanks & pressure vessels for African oil & gas market
West African crude being stored in US by oil traders
Another ship sinks in Lake Tanganyika – 14 feared drowned
Wharftalk: News from Durban Bay
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – LISBON

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Monday 19 January 2015
 
First View – PINOTAGE and NINGBO EXPRESS
Tazara railway closed by another strike over unpaid wages
Angola authorised to export fish to Europe
Smit Amandla Marine marks a decade of growth
Konecranes scores big in West Africa
Wärtsilä donates ship engine to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Cameroon becomes a LNG exporting nation
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MOL GARLAND

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Thursday/Friday 15-16 January 2015
 
First View – OMANDA
Port Statistics for December are now available
Namibian rail company TransNamib to retrench 1000 workers
New RTGs for Port of Lomé as MSC places 6000-TEUers on service
Cruise News: C&MV buys Astor; and Crystal has them guessing
MSC Sinfonia goes for the big chop
2015 brings tighter marine fuel sulphur limits
BIMCO looks at the shipping market in 2014, and ahead
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – THORSTREAM and BETSY ROSS

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Wednesday 14 January 2015
 
First View – VOYAGER
Expansion plans for Natal N3 Corridor but no delays foreseen
Kenya’s infrastructure projects to benefit neighbours
New Durban port engineers appointed
LNG tanker Magellan Spirit still aground after refloating attempts fail
Doyen of SA cruise tourism, John Foggitt, dies
Indian offshore patrol vessel for Mauritius
Cyclone Bansi update
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SMIT LOMBOK

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Tuesday 13 January 2015
 
First View – SMIT LOMBOK
CMA CGM refines and adjusts African Liner Movements
CMA CGM partners with Angolan logistics group
RS Africana is towed from Simon’s Town
MSC extends Africa Express service to Tianjin
CSCL announces joint West Africa services with PIL
Upgrade of Sena Railroad to be completed in Q1 2015
Cape Verde closes public shipyard company
Cyclone Bansi to miss Mauritius
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MODERN LINK

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Monday 12 January 2015
 
First View – Seabourn Sojourn
Mombasa goes past million TEU mark and looks for 2nd terminal concessionaire
LNG tanker goes aground off Bonny Island
New mustering regulations for cruise ships come into force
Congo River ferry disaster blamed on authorities
Somaliland arrests 52 fishing vessels
Nigeria’s latest warship arrives home
It’s been a lousy start to 2015, hasn’t it!
Cabinda’s deepwater port construction begins in June
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MSC ALGECIRAS and SAN FELIX

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Thursday/Friday 18-19 December 2014
 
First View – PIETER SCHELTE
APM Terminals calls for reform and infrastructure investment for Africa
Nigerian dock workers call off strike
CMA CGM, Emirates call off Mombasa call because of congestion
African forces plan an end to illegal fishing
Angola’s Sonangol orders two more tankers from DSME
Swiber wins US$710 million contract in West Africa
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – VTC GLORY

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Tuesday 16 December 2014
 
First View – JING PO HE
Death toll rises in Lake Tanganyika sinking
13 dead in Suez Canal collision
China-Europe container block train reaches Madrid
Uncertain Dry Bulk sector outlook for 2015
China fills Africa’s port infrastructure vacuum
MSC Cruises orders more ships; Insignia’s fire
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MOÇAMBIQUE and ARUNDEL CASTLE

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Monday 15 December 2014
 
First View – HANSA VICTORY
High winds blow containers from ship into Durban harbour
Now MSC boasts the world’s biggest container ship
New record throughput for Port Maputo
South Africa, Mozambique study $6 billion gas pipeline
Angola targets 2 million barrels of oil a day
Odfjell CEO Jan Hammer steps down
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PG JOUBERT and VISTAFJORD

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Thursday/Friday 11-12 December 2014
 
First View – BOURBON LIBERTY 315
Port Statistics for November are available here
Nersa gives nod to Burgan’s Eastern Mole terminal facility
China to finance 2nd Abidjan Container Terminal
Oman aims to become a major cruise tourist destination
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PT MONTO, HERVEY BAY, WIDE BAY

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Wednesday 10 December 2014
 
First View – STAMFORD PIONEER
Shipboard armed guards face shrinking market
TNPA calls for new tenders for Cape Town Cruise Terminal
MACS Line spreads into North Atlantic trade
Repairs to Port Elizabeth tanker berth completed
Tug Signet Warhorse II tows cargo barge 6,700 n.miles to Pointe Noire
BidAir acquires Imperial Air Cargo
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – STOLT VINLAND

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Tuesday 9 December 2014
 
First View – CONCORDIA
China denies building overseas base at Walvis Bay
Durban entrance drama – the Durban Sandbar
Mitsui buys stake in Vale and Nacala Railroad
Richard Branson announces Virgin Cruises
MSC Cruises 90 percent sold for season
Denmark’s DSV in talks to buy out UTi Worldwide
French court orders release of Somali pirates
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – IBSA QUINTO, SEA AXE 26 and 25

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Monday 8 December 2014
 
First View – K OPAL
Another ship ‘touches bottom’ in Port of Durban entrance
Transnet signs MoU with Chinese locomotive manufacturer
Ghanaian minister worried over threats to maritime industry
Nautilus warns over piracy ransom payments
New Durban port chaplain licensed
Sanko emerges from court protection, a.k.a judicial management
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SANKO MERMAID and SANKO ODYSSEY

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Thursday/Friday 4-5 December 2014
 
First View – DIAMBOGNE
Call for easing of restrictions on port weapon movements
Madagascar welcomes EU Naval Force frigate FGS Luebeck
Hapag-Lloyd/CSAV merger now complete
India’s MRPL to set up petroleum hub in Mauritius
World Bank in $1.2 billion African Port Drive
Railway project to transform Nigerian economy
Emirates Shipping Line upgrades Middle East-Africa Service
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SANCO SWORD

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Wednesday 3 December 2014
 
First View – BRENDA
Strong coal exports for October
Mozambique aims high at 15 minute customs clearance at Ressano Garcia
Zanzibar terminates ship registry contract
SAS Makhanda completes Mozambique deployment, replaced by SAS Isaac Dyobha
Seabourn goes for a double, orders second ship
HMAS Canberra enters service with Australian Navy
All swap for Spanish aerial counter piracy teams
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – BRITISH COMMERCE and NILEDUTCH ELEPHANT

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Tuesday 2 December 2014
 
First View – UBUNTU
Mozambique one of three African economies with highest growth by 2019
Construction ready to start on Cabinda deepwater port
MSC Cruises & Mozambique discuss long-term sustainable growth
Collaboration key to security solutions for Africa’s oil & gas industry
Danish company Niras awarded new Mombasa oil terminal contract
Cruise ship calls at Richards Bay, Walvis Bay and Port Louis
Video Clip – The lengthening of MSC Armonia
Large oil spill in Durban Harbour
New diesel-electric locomotives arrive in Cape Town
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ASTOR

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Monday 1 December 2014
 
First View – SALVIGILANT
Shock as Kenya’s High Court stops Lamu (Lapsset) project
Mombasa port threatened by new Ugandan strike
Update on Kasumbalesa fire
Port Elizabeth service boat in bizarre accident
New generation Grimaldi con-ro ships on West African service
Mombasa City to go ahead with import/export tax
First train from Moatize reaches Nacala
Somali piracy still a burning issue
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ILLYRIC and CYCLOPS

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Thursday/Friday, 27-28 November 2014
 
First View – CMA CGM EIFFEL
Thai Moçambique Logística promises low-cost solution to transport coal
Evergreen enhances services between Asia and East Africa
Wharftalk from around the ports a & harbours
Durban cruise ship call shedule
Norwegian Cruise Line buys Ocean Princess, renamed SIRENA
Tanzania Ports Authority completes feasibility study for Kasanga harbour
Transnet NPA signs MOU with Port of Sudan
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PACIFIC DRAGON and COMET

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