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LATEST NEWS

Tuesday 2 September 2014

FIRST VIEW – SARAH BAARTMAN

SARAH BAARTMAN aad noorland CT (3) rotcro 470The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) research vessel SARAH BAARTMAN photographed in Cape Town harbour recently. The research ship is due to undergo a routine dry docking for maintenance and survey next month (October) which will probably be in East London. Nautic South Africa is the appointed management company respopnsible for the operational management of the vessel and whose senior engineering superintendent will carry full oversight of planning of docking, and will be onboard overseeing all workscopes. Damen is the preferred ship repairer and will carry out all work related to docking through arrangement of third party support (ie tailshaft measurements, steelwork renewal etc). Picture: Aad Noorland (109 of about 109 words)
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Mystery surrounds scuttling of gun-running ship at Dakar

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There’s still a lot of mystery about the scuttling of the Romanian-owned cargo ship SEA SOUL 1 (3,050-dwt, built 1985, IMO 8502377) outside the port of Dakar in Senegal.
The ship is owned by a Romanian company and managed by Lale International Srl of Constanta, Romania. She flies the Tanzanian flag and at the time of her scuttling was manned by an Egyptian crew. It appears that the ship was detained by the Senegalese Navy on 9 August after they discovered arms on board the ship, which was loaded with ..... (90 of about 360 words)
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Drug ship Al Noor blown up by Kenyan Navy

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The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) destroyed a ship carrying US$11.3 million (1 billion shillings) worth of heroin off the coast of Mombasa on Friday (29 August), Kenya's Capital FM reported.
The ship, the freighter AL NOOR, was packed with explosives under the control of the Kenyan Navy and taken to anchor south of Mombasa, where the ship was safely detonated, while President Uhuru Kenyatta watched from a hovering military Puma helicopter. (71 of about 380 words)
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India’s ICV starts recruiting staff for Mozambique coal

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International Coal Ventures Limited (ICVL), a consortium of state-owned companies in India, has started the process of recruiting Indian staff for various positions in Mozambique. (25 of about 110 words)
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Ebola: Liberia bans shore leave at its ports

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Liberia’s National Port Authority has banned all shore passes at its ports in an effort to restrict the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
At present no-one associated with the ports has been affected by the disease, which has been described as spinning out of control. There are claims that over 30,000 people have been infected, far in excess of the 3,000 that official sources quote. (66 of about 330 words + link)
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Senegal latest victim of Ebola

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Senegal has become the latest West African country to be hit by the deadly Ebola virus outbreak. And according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola cases rose last week at the fastest pace since the epidemic began in March this year.
The Senegalese man who has contracted the disease arrived at a Dakar hospital for treatment last week. The man, a student from neighbouring Guinea, had been in contact with victims in his home country. (77 of about 270 words + link)
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Dutch treat for the Cape!

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>Holland America Line's 59,855gt ROTTERDAM will call at Cape Town on 14 November, as part of its 85-night Africa Explorer sailing.
The vessel will depart for Southampton, sailing along the west coast of Africa, on 16 November. Fares for the 35-night northbound cruise are from R63,070 pps. (47 of about 150 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 - CALTEX CAPE TOWN and EASTERN SATURN

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Two ships from Yesteryear, when everything seemed more simple, or was it just an illusion. At least the ships were beautiful … mostly, and plentiful, thanks to events such as the Suez crisis that help keep South African ports busy in those days before the container revolution.
The two ships featured today are the oil tanker CALTEX CAPE TOWN (above) seen arriving in the port of Durban while the lower picture is of the freighter EASTERN SATURN, whose picture was taken in 1977 as she sailed from Durban. Pictures: Trevor Jones (91 of about 91 words)
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Monday, 1 September 2014
 
First View – Early morning at Simon’s Town
TNPA embarks on promoting a maritime career
Somalia in dispute with Kenya over border
Ghana set to build third FPSO
Maritime piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
Zim upgrades West Africa MAF service to weekly
Monkeys stowaway on board Maersk E-class container ship
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CAP SAN TAINORO

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Thursday/Friday, 28-29 August 2014
 
First View – MIGHTY SERVANT 3
Sub-Saharan ports fare poorly in 2013, Durban in 54th position
Mozambique to produce 20 million tons of LNG annually
Dramatic sea rescue off St Francis harbour
Combined Ghana ports ready to handle one million TEU
Ebola crisis: Maersk delists ports from rotation
Fishing concerns over planned seismic surveys
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MAERSK LAVRAS and KOTA LAZIM

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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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