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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday 28-29 August 2014

FIRST VIEW – MIGHTY SERVANT 3

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Dockwise’s Mighty Servant semi submersible heavylift vessels are among the most recognisable of their unique type and have been a familiar sight in South African ports for many years. Who in Durban will forget Mighty Servant 2 arriving in port from mid-ocean with a collapsed rig leg lying across her deck, having miraculusly fallen but without bringing down the rest of the rig or causing any major damage or injury to those on board, although the deck had been crowded just minutes before. Then we had Mighty Servant 3 sinking in Luanda Bay, before being refloated and brought to Cape Town for dry docking and a full assessment of her damage. Because of delays with building a new ship due mainly to the backlog of new engines, her owners decided to save the ship repaired (in the Persian Gulf) even though it meant a complete overhaul of her mechanical parts and the rewiring of most of her electrical systems. This week saw the same ship MIGHTY SERVANT 3 (27,720-gt, built 1984) arriving in port for repairs and maintenance. This visit is less sensational but nevertheless still welcome, espacially by the ship repair industry. Picture: Aad Noorland (196 of about 196 words)
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Sub-Saharan ports fare poorly in 2013, Durban in 54th position

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The Port of Durban – sub-Saharan Africa’s largest and busiest, slipped three places from 51st to 54th in the world container port rankings for 2013, just published.
The annual report prepared and published by Container Management ranks the world’s top 120 ports according to volumes of containers handled. Durban showed a growth of just 2 percent on 2012, which saw her slide three places having handled 2.63 million TEU. (68 of about 290 words)
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Mozambique to produce 20 million tons of LNG annually

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In a massive programme of redevelopment, some US$ 30 billion is to be committed in Mozambique for the country to produce 20 million tons of LNG each year.
Not very long ago Mozambique was billed as one of the world’s poorest countries, based on GDP. Today it is brimming over with opportunity, following the exploitation of minerals in its hinterland, and the discovery of gas in the Ruvuma Basin along the northern border with Tanzania . (75 of about 170 words)
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Dramatic sea rescue off St Francis harbour

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Mozambique has confirmed the existence of 170 trillion cubic metres of natural gas in the Rovuma Basin, offshore and in the district of Palma in northern Mozambique.
Minister for Mineral Resources, Esperança Bias said during the opening session of the 24th Coordinating Council of her ministry, which was meeting over two days in Pemba and which examined all aspects of the oil and gas sector over the last five years. “That amount puts Mozambique among the 10 countries with the largest reserves of that energy resource,” she said. (88 of about 250 words)
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Combined Ghana ports ready to handle one million TEU

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The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) could handle a combined container capacity of one million Twenty-Equivalent Units (TEUs) by close of the year at the Tema and Takoradi ports. Best estimates showing the figure could double by 2028, Marketing and Corporate Affairs Manager Paul Ansah-Asaresyas, according to Ghanaweb.
The bright prospects, he said, are due to the consistent surge in container traffic to the two ports over the last four years and ongoing expansion projects which are expected to create space for more vessels to call. (87 of about 460 words + link)
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Ebola crisis: Maersk delists ports from rotation

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The disruption to shipping as a result of the Ebola crisis in West Africa is continuing, with news that Maersk (and by definition Safmarine as well) is changing its network involving its 4,500-TEU container ships in West Africa. (38 of about 95 words + link)
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Fishing concerns over planned seismic surveys

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Beyond a busy harbourside market in the twin Ghanaian cities of Sekondi-Takoradi, where hundreds of fishermen scurry past pans sizzling with sardines, mackerels and moonfish, sit two offshore rigs that serve as a constant reminder of Ghana’s looming energy boom.
Many in the country’s western region, the epicentre of the fishing industry, had been optimistic that oil production would bring jobs, cheaper fuel and economic prosperity. But now, they say oil exploration programs are impeding their livelihoods. (77 of about 590 words + link)
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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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PIC OF THE DAY - MAERSK LAVRAS and KOTA LAZIM

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Two of the many ships that call at the busy South American port of Santos each year. On top is the 7,450-TEU MAERSK LAVRAS (94,267-dwt, built 2011) while below is the Singapore owned and flagged 4,253-TEU container ship KOTA LAZIM (50,689-dwt, built 2008). Santos, Brazil’s leading container and general cargo port, experienced an increase in volumes of 8.8 percent in 2013 to 3.45 million TEU, and in the process moved up four places into the world’s Top 40 ports for the first time. Not bad for a port with draught restrictions where only this year has Santos been deepened to 12.6m alongside some of the berths. Acknowledgements to Container Management for port volumes. Pictures by Robero Smera. (117 of about 117 words)
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Wednesday, 27 August 2014
 
First View – HMS IRON DUKE
Kenya seeks pvt investors for 2 new Mombasa berths
What went wrong with Rio Tinto in Mozambique?
Mozambique’s Rovuma Basin holds 170 trillion cuc feet of natural gas
East African land corridors open for business
Mozambique taxman confiscates UN armoured cars
PetroSA cans Mossel Bay gas terminal plans
Death of Durban’s well-known Roy Hitchings
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PACIFIC DUCHESS

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014
 
First View – ITALENI
How southern African small businesses are making the world rethink
Reunion to become CMA CGM Indian Ocean hub terminal
Mozambique to reduce dependency on rice imports
TNPA acts against Ebola threat
New initiatives to enhance Dar es Salaam’s productivity
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ENSCO 5001

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Monday, 25 August 2014
 
First View – UOS EXPLORER
First of nine Transnet tugs goes into production
SA signs new Benguela Current pact
Ebola: Two die in DRC as virus spreads
Port of Lobito re-inaugurated
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ONEGO BURAN

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Thursday/Friday, 21-22 August 2014
 
First View – MKHUZE
Construction of Pemba port logistics base starts
Tug contract begins today with first steel cutting
Liberia introduces curfew to combat Ebola
Celebrations as Benguela Railway is completed
EBH Namibia announces housing project for employees
Somali pirate kingpin arrested
Ship under quarantine over Ebola
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – EHOALA TROZO and STRIKER

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014
 
First View – ORANGE BLOSSOM 2
First 5 Ematum vessels arrive in Mozambique
Ebola Scare Threatens West African ports business
USS aircraft carrier conducts unmanned, manned ops
Maersk raises forecast for 2014
HMS Iron Duke and HMS Protector making waves
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – RFA BLACK ROVER

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014
 
First View – CAP SAN SOUNIO
Dire warning as Vale Moçambique posts heavy loss
WHO cautions against closing borders on Ebola virus
Chinese firm to develop Mombasa Free Trade Zone
NSRI rescues stricken yacht off KZN coast
Mozambique spends US$15m fighting illegal fishing
MSC goes big with order for 19,200-TEU ships
Epicentre of Nigerian Piracy Found - claim
International Spotlight – Maersk SeaLand to return
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ORANGE BLOSSOM 2

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Monday, 18 August 2014
 
First View – BALTIC HOLLYHOCK
Kalmar secures order for 10 straddle carriers for DCT
Call for Africa to beneficiate its minerals
Transnet strengthens Executive Committee as Charl Möller retires
SADC Summit now underway
Earthquake at sea south-east of Mauritius
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MAERSK LABREA and NILEDUTCH ZEBRA

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Thursday/Friday, 14-15 August 2014
 
First View – SAFMARINE HIGHVELD
Major overhaul for Beira railway systems
Transnet NPA on the alert over Ebola virus
Loss for Hapag-Lloyd as it moves towards CSAV merger
The wreck of Hektor 3, ex HMSAS Soetvlei, 60 years on
Namibia to sell problematic locomotives
Mozambique Govt not officially informed of Rio Tinto sale
South Africa ready to respond to Ebola threat
HMS Iron Duke due in Cape Town
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SCT PERU and PACIFIC HERON

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014
 
First View – PACIFIC FINDER
Reports on Ebola scare on Richards Bay ship unfounded
Malawi, Tanzania move towards One Stop Border Post
New law will keep 25% of oil and gas in Mozambique
Port Nouakchott expansion inaugurated
Special Report: China inflates seaborne minerals export trade
British warships calls at Walvis Bay
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CALM BAY

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014
 
First View – SAFMARINE LONGA
Tanzania lays out five-year transport plan
Ghana reported to be looking at a third port
Zambia issues US$ 3 million bail-out for Tazara
5,000 Chinese workers to build Kenya’s std gauge railway
Indian consortium to invest US$300 million in Benga extension
Australian Navy vessel on fire in Brisbane
Senior DP World exec says ports best place to weigh containers
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – L’ATALANTE

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Monday, 11 August 2014
 
First View – ITALENI
Port statistics for July 2014 are now available here
Nigerian Ports Authority acts on Ebola
East Africans optimistic after US-Africa Leaders Summit
General Electric to invest in African infrastructure
Audacious open-ocean ambush of product tanker in Gulf of Guinea
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ESVAGT CLAUDINE

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Thursday/Friday, 7-8 August 2014
 
First View – WIEBKE
Vale ready to sell stake in Moatize coal mine
Transnet secures R6bn in US locomotive funding guarantee
Durban STS cranes still awaits repairs
US announces $33 billion in investments for Africa
Egypt wants to build new Suez Canal
Africa pushes for stronger links with US
South African legislation holds Maputo Corridor to ransom - MCLI
South Africa welcomes Obama AGOA pledge
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MOL GLIDE

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Wednesday, 6 August 2014
 
First View – SOUTHERN ACTOR
Zuma tells US Press Club of a ‘good story’
Mixed results for Japan’s three main container lines
Trawler in difficulty south of Agulhas
An East-West Showdown in the Heart of Africa?
Benguela Current Convention ratification process completed
Ports Regulator issues tariff methodology
Ebola crisis as virus spreads across West Africa
Ships go aground in Durban harbour
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – BARTOLOMEU DIAS

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014
 
First View – WIND SURF
US-Africa summit – looking for partnerships
Chinese sign deal to build 1st stage of Lamu port
Zambia to benefit from Lake Tanganyika Corridor
Complete rail scanner scanning at 60 kmph
Kenmare restructures debt associated with Moma mining
Highjacked tanker Hai Soon 6 released off Nigeria
Choosing a shuttle service company
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MARIDIVE 603

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Monday, 4 August 2014
 
First View – WIEBKE
Africa to benefit developmentally from BRICS bank
TPT re-opens DCT’s berth 108/109
Nacala enters the heavy-haul league as first locos arrive
New dredger Italeni due in South Africa
South Africa’s economy intertwined with Africa
Oil Companies accused of funding crimes on Nigerian waters
Abelone (perlemoen) fishing rights exempted
Mozambique Auction
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – KOTA SABAS

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Thursday/Friday, 31 July-1 August 2014
 
First View – BONNY ISLAND
Port development key for trade expansion Eskom turns to Mozambique for gas UASC becomes a state-owned shipping line
Hamburg Süd to buy CCNI container business
Ngqura port strike declared illegal and unprotected
That mysterious nosewheel
Tazara rail back on strike
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MSC JEMIMA

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014
 
First View – BONNY ISLAND
Port development key for trade expansion Eskom turns to Mozambique for gas UASC becomes a state-owned shipping line
Hamburg Süd to buy CCNI container business
Ngqura port strike declared illegal and unprotected
That mysterious nosewheel
Tazara rail back on strike
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MSC JEMIMA

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014
 
First View – DURBAN BAY
Extend AGOA, urges South Africa
Hamburg, Rotterdam face congestion charges as dwell times stretch
Cargo Cruising, a thrilling and unforgettable experience
MSC Cruises’ Armonia is the first to ‘get the chop’!
Oops….. Was my face red!
The conclusion of the SADC EPA
Another mystery from the sea
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PACIFIC HERON

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Monday, 28 July 2014
 
First View – MARVEL SCAN
South Africa on track with Special Economic Zones
Blue economy massive boost for jobs
Replacement of SAS Protea process begins
Singapore tanker seized by pirates off Ghana
Costa Concordia arrives in Genoa
Mineral resources central in economy
UN Agency urges Europe to stop migrant deaths at sea
NATO warship completes Dar es Salaam visit
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – NORDIC MACAU

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Thursday/Friday, 24-25 July 2014
 
First View – PACIFIC PEACOCK
Durban dig-out port delayed
SADC and EU conclude EPA negotiations
Brazil looks to increase exports to Angola
CMA CGM re-organises ASAF and WAX service rotations
Costa Concordia on her final voyage
New railway and road to unlock Tanzania’s south
Insatiable Chinese demand ransacking Mozambique forests
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CAPE DON

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
 
First View – ARMADA TUAH 307
SA to probe Citrus Black Spot shipment
Plans announced for expansion of Liberia’s Port Harper
Search for man overboard near St Francis Bay
Kenya Ports Authority taken to task over overspending
Nigerian truckers plan for port call-up system
Two years after fire at sea, MSC Flaminia comes back
Brics Bank will mobilise resources for development
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MAERSK VISBY

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
 
First View – CMA CGM ROSSINI
South Africa kickstarts maritime leg of development plan
Bolloré targets Mombasa’s second container terminal
Costa Concordia’s final voyage starts today
South Africa to benefit from economic pact with EU
All change for Tazara
Military trucks to transport maize from Ruvuma
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CRIMSON QUEEN

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