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Wednesday 23 April 2014

First View: First View – ASTOR

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Emerging from the early morning mist outside Cape Town harbour is Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV)’s smart cruise ship ASTOR, arriving from Durban and Australia. The 21,000-ton ship operates for half the year in Australian waters, offering short four-day and longer Round-Australia cruises, and for the next couple of years will be sailing between Australia, South Africa and England or vice versa in either April (northbound to the UK) or November (southbound) to Australia. As a result she offers the opportunity of line voyages for South Africans wanting to sail one way to either the UK or Australia, and the other way by air. Details available from Triton Cape Sea Travel, + 021 443 9030. This picture: Ian Shiffman (119 of 119 words)
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Green light for Maydon Wharf reconstruction

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A R760 million contract to reconstruct the sheet-pile quay walls at Maydon Wharf, awarded to the joint venture consortium of Stefanutti Stocks and Axsys, was signed recently by Transnet Capital Projects, (on behalf of Transnet National Ports Authority) and the consortium. The reconstruction and deepening of berths 1 to 4 and 13 and 14 which starts in May 2014 marks the second phase of the project. Completion of the reconstruction is scheduled for..... (73 of 439 words)
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Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV merger now official

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It’s now official. German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd AG and Chile’s Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) yesterday agreed to merge CSAV’s entire container business with the German line. The resultant merger sees the combined German/South American company becoming the world’s fourth largest container shipping company, after Denmark’s Maersk Line, Switzerland/Italy’s MSC, and France’s CMA CGM. (55 of 324 words)
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Maputo commissions its two new tugs

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The Mozambican Port Development Company (MPDC) last week commissioned two new tugboats with 1,750 horsepower engines each to improve the port’s operating conditions, the Mozambican press reported. The chief executive of the MPDC, Osório Lucas, said that the two tugs – named SEREIA and BULANI – had been specifically built to operate at the port of Maputo and cost US$15 million. (59 of 217 words)
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Zero theft at Tin Can Island

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Tin Can Island Container Terminal (TICT), Apapa, Lagos has not recorded any theft in its terminal since 2006, TICT’s Managing Director, Yehuda Kotik, claims. Pilfering and outright theft by what is popularly referred to as ‘wharf rats’ and even including the theft of entire containers was the order of the day in Nigerian seaports before concessioning in 2006 during the economic reform that was carried out by the Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration. Since that date concessionaires are now in charge of..... (81 of 343 words)
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Quantum of the Seas to head for China


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The growth of the Asian cruise market can be seen in the announcement that Royal Caribbean International’s latest and most technologically advanced cruise ship, the 4,180-passenger QUANTUM OF THE SEAS, is to make her permanent homeport not in New York or Miami or any other Florida- based cruise destination, but in Shanghai, China as from next year. This will follow the giant ship having spent her inaugural season sailing from New York to the Bahamas. (74 of 542 words)
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R178 million bonus boost for Transnet pensioners

Retired Transnet employees belonging to two of the company’s biggest defined benefit pension funds will receive bonus payments or thirteenth cheques totalling R178 million, taking the total paid to pensioners in ad hoc bonuses to R356 million over the last six months. Transnet, the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund (TSDBF) and the Transnet Sub-Fund of the Transport Pension Fund (TTPF) on Tuesday announced that each of about 67 000 pensioners and beneficiaries will be paid an ad hoc bonus equalling 8,33% of their annual individual benefit by the end of April. (91 of 321 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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Many are the strange and unusual ‘ships’ that arrive at the port of Cape Town these days, with most of them involved in one way or another with the oil and gas industries. Such a vessel that arrived in the Mother City last week was Heerema’s deepwater construction vessel, also referred to as a pipelayer, AEGIR (50,229-dwt, built 2012), owned and managed by Heerema Marine Contractors of Leiden, Netherlands. Pictures: Aad Noorland (72 of 72 words)


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Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Nigerian port statistics for 2013
TNPA orders its largest ever dredger
CMA CGM Group strengthens presence in Madagascar
MSC introduces new Asia-Africa Express service
Our favourite cruise liner
ENI wants floating natural gas processing plant in Mozambique
Mainport’s Brian Hawkins makes a move
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – AEGIR

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Thursday/Friday, 17-18 April 2014
Int’l Spotlight – Hundreds missing in ferry disaster
Richards Bay clean-up continues
Obangame Express naval exercise begins in Gulf of Guinea
Jack-up rig docked and repaired on Walvis Bay floating dock
Nairobi convention on wreck removal enters force
CMA CGM’s MIDAS line now calls at Lomé and Longoni
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – BOURBON EVOLUTION 803

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014
First View – GO ALTAIR
Greenpeace pressure forces whale ship to bypass Durban
Kenya’s long-awaited single electronic window goes live
Nigerian ports lose out as rice ships go elsewhere
Piracy rears its ugly head on Lake Tanganyika
Total goes ahead with Angola’s Kaombo oil project
P3 is akin to re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic
Int’l Spotlight - First Ukrainian Navy Ships Sail Out of Crimea
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014
First View – Captain Steven L Bennett
Emission controls set to skyrocket shipping costs
East African railway project gets underway
Namibia marine mining moratorium still in force
Transnet completes dredging training programme
DP World looks to eliminate Somali piracy at its source
Awards galore for Wallem
Int’l Spotlight – Cabotage is a barrier to world trade, says WEF
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MSC NAMIBIA II

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Monday, 14 April 2014
First View – ASUKA II
Private cargo handlers banned from Mombasa port
Benguela Railway to operate to DRC border by July
European Union challenge to Mozambique fishing
Latest high-tech US Navy warship named
Mogadishu port plan on hold
Int’l Spotlight: Australia may drop its cabotage laws
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ROCKWATER 2

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Thursday/Friday, 10-11 April 2014
Nacala port and railway ready by December
Massive R100 bill for Trans-Kalahari railway
Mauritius orders fleet of fast patrol boats
Transnet School of Excellence shows its stuff
Mwambani Bay controversy as govt pushes ahead with new port
CHEC to build new harbour at Zanzibar
Nautical Institute launches new book on stowaways
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – HMS PORTLAND

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014
First View – LORELAY
Major oil spill at Richards Bay
New monthly cargo volume record for Walvis Bay Corridor Group
Tanzania’s attention turns to Mtwara and Lindi
Green light for Saldanha Bay terminal
Germany intercepts MiG fighter jets bound for Mozambique
Port Sudan complaints pile up – strike action threat
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PACIFIC DUCHESS

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014
First View – RED BISHOP
Mega ship cascade damaging North-South trade - Drewry
SA welcomes Nigeria’s economic growth
Damen sells barges to West Africa while en route to Europe
‘Arriverderci’ MSC Opera
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – AURORA

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Monday, 7 April 2014
First View – BLACK ROVER
SA Port statistics for March are now available
Mombasa added to CMA CGM Mid-East / Somalia service
Guebeza says investing in infrastructure is an investment in peace
Beira fishing port to be rebuilt
French Navy to visit St Helena
SA remains on alert as Ebola spreads
TRADE: Expansion plans for Cape Town’s South East Marine Services
International Spotlight – MOL to sue shipyard over MOL Comfort
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – OCEAN PRIDE

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Thursday/Friday, 3-4 April 2014
First View – AMSTERDAM
Transnet helicopters back in service
CMA CGM improves intermodal network in Mozambique
NorSea Group buys Danbor from Maersk
East African ports ivory smuggling gateways
Rough seas remain ahead for Carnival Cruises
Renamo gunmen attack Sena Railway
Bumi Armada to place FPSO off Angola
Admiral Mudimu steps down
International Spotlight – Marine Institute’s 125th Anniversary
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CSS OLYMPIA

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014
First View – TOPAZ SEEMA
TNPA responds to tariff decision by Ports Regulator
Liberia: Buchanan port meets ISPS Code
UASC introduces ARC2 service to southern Red Sea ports
Oil industry drives Ghana’s port growth
Japan to build two patrol boats for Djibouti
India’s Essar wants to build 10mtpa Beira coal terminal
South Africa committed to peacekeeping role in Africa
International Spotlight – UN warns on climate change
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – OCEAN COSMOS

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014
First View – BOUDICCA
Cyclone Hellen strikes Madagascar, heads for Mozambique
Ship comes under fire in Strait of Hormuz
Cameroon shortlists five operators for deep-sea port Kribi
European company to build and operate Seychelles fishing quay
Cruise the world with Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s Grand Voyages
Two fishing vessels abandoned to their fate in Indian Ocean
AMSA suspends search for missing Tanzanian vessel
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Monday, 31 March 2014
Port Regulator turns down Transnet tariff request
Huge loss of life in Lake Albert boat tragedy
Tankers some under pirate attack near Somalia
Chinese ships reach missing aircraft search area
Cargo volumes improve at Dar es Salaam
Grave concern for Tanzanian-flagged fishing vessel
Accommodation along Mozambique’s railway lines
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SCHOKLAND

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Thursday/Friday, 27 March 2014
First View – TCG ORUÇ REIS
International Spotlight – CSAV/Hapag-Lloyd deal almost there
Operation Copper – the SA Navy in Mozambique, to continue
Kenya ready to export second shipment of ilmenite to China
Virgin Cruises in the offing
Detained ship’s crew freed on bail from Indian jail
MOL m.d. banks on mega ships for the future
Beacon Hill Resources takes delivery of 90 new rail wagons
Bills of Lading Going Digital
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – AFRICAN PRINCESS 3

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014
First View – ARKAS
Turkish Navy sets sail round Africa
KPA to increase investments ahead of new railway
NPA donates patrol boats to Nigerian navy
ANL orders Intermix/Transmix offshore vessel for Nigerian field
Rice ships lining up at Lagos
EU naval ships at sea replenish with US logistics ship
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Pics of the Day – K. AMBER

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Tax authority says it will confiscate UN armoured cars
P&O’s Aurora to make maiden call at Port Elizabeth
The classic Astor is heading our way!
MSC Cruises orders two 167,000 ton ships
New STS cranes and RTGs good news for TPT customers
Congestion besets Botswana’s Tlokweng border post
Helping secure the future of power supply in Ghana
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Pics of the Day – CLIPPER MOON

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