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LATEST NEWS

Wednesday 25 May 2016

FIRST VIEW: WILD LOTUS

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An early morning view of the reefer WILD LOTUS (10,139-dwt, built 1998) on her berth at the Maydon Wharf fruit terminal (berth 7). The Panamanian-flagged Wild Lotus is managed by Cool Carriers of Stockholm, Sweden where the ship is also shown as being owned. This picture is by Ken Malcolm
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Ematum tuna vessels to be refurbished

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A number of the EMATUM tuna fishing vessels that arrived in Mozambique recently from the French shipbuilding firm of CMN are to be refurbished to meet European Union standards. The Mozambique newspaper Noticias reported that a South African shipyard would do the refurbishment in its floating dock but not for the whole fleet owing to money constraints. Mozambican Minister of the Economy & Finance, Adriano Maleiane said that the European Union requires that vessels involved in tuna fishing for the EU market should meet certain conditions, which is why the Mozambican company needs to refurbish some of its vessels and adapt them to those requirements..
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Tanzanian Police Probe Port Fee Controversy

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Police have taken over the investigation into the alleged theft of Sh48.4 billion in wharfage fees at Dar es Salaam port. Initially some 200 freight companies were suspected of corruption in the matter of not having paid billions of shillings in wharfage fees. The 200 freight companies were then banned from the port, but now police investigations have switched attention to Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) and CRDB Bank employees who are now said to be at the centre of the investigation. Tanzania's Works, Transport and Communication Permanent Secretary Leonard Chamuriho said this week that preliminary investigations had established that there were "elements of criminality" in the matter and that what the suspects have been involved in is "actionable".
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SMIT Amandla -- Well Done Old Lady

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They threw a party in Cape Town last week. In some ways the celebration should have been here in Durban, for this is where she comes from but, for much of her life Cape Town has been her home when not at sea, so hosting the function in the Mother City made sense. We're talking about a very special old lady, who was born in a Durban shipyard and has gone on to become world famous, as well as an icon on our long coastline, keeping us safe from the threat of environmental disaster and giving assurance to ships' masters with vessels in distress.
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ICS publishes Annual Review

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its 2016 Annual Review of maritime policy developments, in advance of the ICS Annual General Meeting, to be held in Tokyo from 1-3 June. This will be the final ICS AGM under the chairmanship of Masamichi Morooka (Japan), who will be stepping down after four years in office. The ICS Annual Review is intended as a comprehensive overview of all the major issues faced by the global shipping industry, and in which the International Chamber is engaged on behalf of its member national shipowners' associations.
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East London TPT leads the way in sustainability

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The beginning of May 2016 saw some harsh realities being faced by the residents and businesses of East London who had suffered a severe water outage due to a failure detected in one of the city's main water pipelines. During the water outage, some businesses and schools shut down and hospitals switched to using their own supplies, with tanker top-ups. Every city service, institution, business and home throughout East London and surrounds was affected -- including Transnet Port Terminals (TPT).
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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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CRUISE NEWS and NAVAL NEWS

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We publish news about the cruise industry and naval news here in the general news section, but now also in dedicated Cruise News and Naval News sections. These sections will include stories or news not necessarily covered in the general news section so if you have an interest in either of these don't forget to check regularly in our CRUISE NEWS and NAVAL NEWS sections.
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PICS OF THE DAY : CMA CGM MISSOURI

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The recently introduced French line container ship CMA CGM MISSOURI (115,600-dwt, built 2016) in Cape Town earlier in the month. The 9448-TEU, 300-m long Singapore-registered ship is managed by Rickmers Shipmanagement-Singapore while Rickmers Reederei of Hamburg, Germany is the registered owner, the vessel being on charter to CMA CGM who has the vessel currently deployed on the Asia, South Africa, West Africa service. The ship was built by STX Shipbuilding. These pictures are by Ian Shiffman
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Tuesday 24 May 2016
 
First View : MOL GRATITUDE
Dredger arrives to commence channel dredging
Suez Canal Co fails to halt backhauls via Cape
Electrifying moment for Port Louis
Unwanted ships: How to lay-up a vessel
NATO strengthens cooperation with Royal Moroccan Navy
Technical: LNG Hybrid Barge's second year in port of Hamburg
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MATSU ARROW

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Monday 23 May 2016
 
First View : SERENDIPITY
First Black South African Female Master Mariners
Lynx helicopter in NSRI sea rescue operation
SAMSA to lay more charges against Chinese fishing vessel
DP World Opens Door for Ethiopia in Berbera, Somaliland
Transnet completes leadership team
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : KOTA SELAMAT

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Thursday/Friday 19-20 May 2016
 
First View : STAR FIGHTER
Pirate attack on container ship in Gulf of Aden thwarted
Bulker New Mykonos breaks and sinks off Madagascar
Tamaya 1 owner turns up in Liberia
New Transnet leadership team announced
MSC ship fined for Ghana oil spill
BIMCO/ICS report predicts massive seafarer shortage by 2025
China to take over Tazara management
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SUMMER FLOWER and STOLT VIRTUE

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Wednesday 18 May 2016
 
First View : ROYAL PRINCESS
Port Statistics for the month of April are now available
Four Damen patrol boats for Nigeria
Second of five 600t gas tanks delivered in Saldanha
Terex delivers 10 reach stackers to Benin
TPT improves port efficiencies in Benin
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC JUDITH

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Tuesday 17 May 2016
 
First View : SOUTHERN VENTURE
Landmarks unveiled at Port of Ngqura
Relief for Transnet as Moody's improves credit rating
Successful Navis upgrade for Transnet Port Terminals
Panama Canal expansion nears completion
Mailbag: TNPA and progress at Saldanha
e-navigation -- Where is it going?
Chinese Navy visits Simon's Town
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC AZOV

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Monday 16 May 2016
 
First View : JOLLY DIAMANTE
APM Terminals to provide VGM weighing services at 29 terminals
Mystery of Tamay 1 grounding deepens
Nigerian oil woes increase as Shell evacuates Bonga Field
Maritime Awareness key to Alliance Assurance
Sudanese government plans to privatise sea ports condemned
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : KOTA SAHABAT

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Thursday/Friday 12-13 May 2016
 
First View : GECO SCORPIO
Genting adds another two mega cruise ships to fleet
DP World to launch education programme
Unmanned Warrior marches on
Nigerian oil output falls as violence hits production
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : FOUMA and EMPRENDEDORA

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Wedneday 11 May 2016
 
First View : AUXIS
Trucks congest Bayhead Road, disrupt DCT and Bluff terminals
Safmarine returning home to South Africa
Zambia backs Tazara rail route with Dar es Salaam
Cargo Working: Balancing act with 30,000 tons of aluminium bars
Karachi welcomes first call of new MSC Middle East service
Safmarine Meru collision and fire update
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : UMM LAQHAB

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Tuesday 10 May 2016
 
First View : ASIAN ADONIS
Safmarine container ship catches fire after collision
Port of Durban to host World Hydrographic Day
Africa suffers as oil rout chases off exploration
Carnival and Viking Cruises launch new ships, new itineraries
Australian Government's future submarine programme
DCNS corvettes for Egypt
Navis upgrade puts TPT in forefront of terminal operations
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : DE LAPEROUSE

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Monday 9 May 2016
 
First View : UMHLALI
Ship aground; Bulker with fire on board; Ship collides with STS crane
Mozambique's public debt now "unsustainable"
SAMSA issues new Certificate on Standard of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping Convention
China asked to begin work on $7 billion Tanzanian railway asap
Complaints and concerns with Lake Victoria ferry Kalangala
Two new tugs roll off production line
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : CAP CORTES

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Thursday/Friday 5-6 May 2016
 
MSC JEANNE
Maputo appoints Jan de Nul to dredge port
Tough First Quarter for Maersk Line
Europe okays CMA CGM takeover of Neptune Orient Line
Damen to develop expedition cruise ship
Port of Dar es Salaam to undergo US$60 million expansion
Surprise as huge coral reef discovered off Amazon mouth
Plans to up Africa trade by half a trillion rand
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : ALPHA PINA

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Wednesday 4 May 2016
 
First View : INGWENYA
Dormac Dock 1 is on her way
Nigerian Navy identifies and seeks piracy mastermind
Uganda and Tanzania tie up pipeline loose ends
Uganda borrows US$48 million to build port at Bukasa on Lake Victoria
Container VGM weighing: Some ports will and some ports won't
Transnet says it is on top of railway OEM deal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : WG AMUNDSEN

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Tuesday 3 May 2016
 
First View : MAERSK INVERNESS
Durban's first female deputy harbour master
Mozambique leaves open the use of Shire and Zambezi rivers by Malawi
Tanzania's CAG reveals rot in Dar ferry purchase
MSC Sinfonia reaches Cape Town after eventful voyage
Giant MSC containership grounds in Suez Canal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SAFMARINE NOKWANDA

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Thursday/Friday 28-29 April 2016
 
First View : MAERSK INVERNESS
Durban's first female deputy harbour master
Mozambique leaves open the use of Shire and Zambezi rivers by Malawi
Tanzania's CAG reveals rot in Dar ferry purchase
MSC Sinfonia reaches Cape Town after eventful voyage
Giant MSC containership grounds in Suez Canal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SAFMARINE NOKWANDA

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Tuesday 26 April 2016
 
First View : FAIRLANE
Debacle on Durban's North Pier
Give us level playing fields when enforcing SOLAS
Eish, was that the Navy Festival?
MSC Seaside revealed in all her glory
World Bank assists Myanmar Ports financing
GAC announces new Group Management appointments
Cathelco desalinators gaining customers worldwide
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : DONG-A METIS and RYUJIN

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Monday 25 April 2016
 
First View : NYK FUTAGO
South Africa likely to resume Iranian oil imports
Further confirmation that Tanga is the terminal port for Uganda's oil
South Durban Basin recruits join TNPA training course
New AIDA cruise ship arrives home
Huge spike in pirate attacks off West Africa
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : GLOVIS MAESTRO

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Thursday/Friday 21-22 April 2016
 
First View : YORKTOWN EXPRESS
Ocean Alliance sets the shipping world abuzz
SA Navy Festival this weekend
SAMTRA expands, acquires Seatrain Consulting
Freeport of Monrovia to open 24 hours a day
EBH Namibia tightens belt as docking activity declines
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : CMA CGM JACQUES JUNIOR

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Wednesday 20 April 2016
 
First View : FAIRPARTNER
ArcelorMittal denies reports of Saldanha Steel closing down
Fewer but bigger ships for West African ports
MAILBAG: Affording a cruise? Really!
West African piracy up, SE Asia down, Somalia nil
Mombasa's River of Death
Mega yacht Crystal Endeavour to have P6 Polar class designation
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SINOMERCHANT

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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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Ports & Ships provides news and in-depth reporting from the ports, harbours and shipping lines serving Southern and Sub-Saharan Africa including regularly updated shipping movements (schedules) and port, rail and road transport developments.

In addition Ports & Ships offers analysis of the many issues affecting the maritime industry throughout the region, including East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. The latest developments in the ports are covered, while legal comment covering some pertinent issues is provided by experts in the field.
 
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