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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday 27-28 November 2014 First Edition

FIRST VIEW – CMA CGM EIFFEL

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The French container ship CMA CGM EIFFEL (58,334-DWT, BUILT 2002) sits out in Table Bay waiting for a berth at the Cape Town Container Terminal earlier this week. The 4,367-TEU capacity vessel was built in South Korea by Hanjin Heavy Industries as yard number 099 (45 of 45 words)
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Thai Moçambique Logística promises low-cost solution to transport coal

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The Thai Moçambique Logística consortium will create a “low cost logistics solution” to transport coal mined in Mozambique, particularly in Tete province, the consortium’s chief executive said in Maputo.
Almost a year after winning the tender launched by the government for the development and operation of a deep water port in the town of Macuse, in Zambezia province, and a railway line connecting the region to the Moatize coal basin in Tete the consortium of Mozambican and Thai investors has given assurances that it has a “solution” to the logistical challenges faced by the Mozambican coal sector, which it compared to low-cost civil aviation companies. (105 of about 540 words)
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Evergreen enhances services between Asia and East Africa

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CMA CGM Group is upgrading its Asia-East Africa (ASEA) service, starting December 2014, with the launching of two new services.
Until now the ASEA service has been operated on one single service but from December is being spread into two distinct services. (42 of about 300 words)
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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CMA CGM buys OPDR feeder line, SpaceX port drone ship built for space station use, New Silk Road inaugurated between China and Europe. (23 of about 680 words)
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Durban cruise ship call schedule

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The list of cruise ships expected at the port of Durban is beginning to take on slightly larger than usual proportions with 17 other cruise ship calls booked for the summer.
Of interest is the number of ships calling more than once, indicating they are remaining in South African waters for brief periods – getting a taste of the African experience one hopes. (62 of about 300 words)
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Norwegian Cruise Line buys Ocean Princess, renamed SIRENA

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Norwegian Cruise Lines has announced having reached agreement with Princess Cruises for the purchase of OCEAN PRINCESS which will go to NCL’s recently acquired Oceania Cruises brand.
The 684-passenger Ocean Princess is to be renamed SIRENA and will join Oceania Cruises’ trio of refurbished sister ships, INSIGNIA (which is calling in South Africa in February 2015), REGATTA and NAUTICA. (59 of about 205 words)
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Tanzania Ports Authority completes feasibility study for Kasanga harbour

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Tanzania Port Authority (TPA) has completed a feasibility study for the upgrading of the small ‘port’ at Kasanga, on the southern shores of Lake Tanganyika.
This was revealed by Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, Tanzania’s Minister for Transport when asked a question by the Kalambo representative in parliament, who wanted to know what the government’s plans were for Kasanga. (57 of about 270 words)
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Transnet NPA signs MOU with Port of Sudan

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Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has signed another Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), this time with the Sea Ports Corporation of Sudan.
TNPA then led a delegation to Walvis Bay to give impetus to the MOU signed in 2013 with the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport). The MOU with the Sea Ports Corporation (SPC) was signed in Kenya on the sidelines of the 10th Pan African Association of Port Co-operation conference and brings the number of MoU’s signed with TNPA since 2013 to five. (82 of about 520 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 - PACIFIC DRAGON and COMET

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Another of Swire Pacific Offshore’s supply tugs, the impressive PACIFIC DRAGON (6,641-gt, built 2014), arrived in Cape Town to take on supplies and bunkers earlier this week, and is seen here on her berth at 502. The OSV is owned and managed and flagged in Singapore. In the lower picture, Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) tankers are not so frequent callers in South African ports that they do not attract attention. Here is COMET (54,335-dwt, built 2014) at her berth in Cape Town on Sunday, 23 November taking on provisions and bunkers. Both pictures: Aad Noorland. (95 of 95 words)
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Wednesday, 26 November 2014
 
First View – DANAH EXPLORER
Petrol tankers explode at Kasumbalesa Zambia/DRC border
CMA CGM upgrades liner services between Asia and East Africa
Small island states cut off from major trade routes
Angola spends US$500 million on rolling stock
EU counter-piracy mission opens base in Mogadishu
New Members Apply To Join The ‘100 Club’
Video clip showing conditions on ship during a storm at sea
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – THASOS

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014
 
First View – SEROJA LIMA
DCT ranked no.1 amongst African ports for berth productivity, says Maersk
Maersk plans ever bigger ships for container fleet
Majesty of the Seas transfers to Pullmantur in 2016
Strong growth in throughput forecast for Port of Mombasa
Westminster Group Clinches West Africa Ferry Deal
World seaborne trade grows by 3.8 per cent in 2013
NSRI’s WaterWise uses milk container as a life ring
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – GRETA

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Monday, 24 November 2014
 
First View – MERCURIUS
Austrian company awarded the Port Louis upgrade contract
Ghana port of Tema secures US$ 1.5 billion funding
Australian Navy makes another drug haul off Africa
China Railway Construction Corp to build Nigerian coastal railway
EBH Namibia trains its own internal auditors
EU naval forces to remain off Somalia for another two years
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CSCL GLOBE

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Thursday/Friday, 20-21 November 2014
 
First View – LOTHENI
Australian trawler arrested, Master jailed then released without charge
Seafarers arriving from West Africa denied medical care
One-stop border eases Tanzania-Burundi cargo jam
Port of Conakry inaugurates new container berth
Indian consortium receives first shipment of Mozambican coal
Japan wants to rewrite Antarctic whaling rules
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SOUTHAMPTON CASTLE and RHODESIA CASTLE

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014
 
First View – TOPAZ MEGAN
First for Durban terminal in using Kalmar SmartStack narrowband comms network
Nigeria’s Apapa Port recovers from strike
First MSC Cruises ship Armonia completes her lengthening
Funds secured for new Zambia - Angola railway
Indian Navy ship INS Teg docks in Nacala
NMT takes over Dutch shipping line RMR
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ROTTERDAM

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014
 
First View – SPIRIT OF SHANGHAI
Angola plans interconnected railway network
Ghana faces strike across petroleum sector
France urges Mozambique to acquire warships
DCD Marine acquires Lloyd’s ISO accreditation
Special feature: The sustainability of Africa’s transportation infrastructure development
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PACIFIC GANNET

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Monday, 17 November 2014
 
First View – JO LOTUS
Nigeria faces port strike action from today
Royal IHC (Merwede) outlines role in South Africa
MSC switches to Lomé as West Africa-Far East hub
Kenya, Seychelles testing new anti-piracy software
DHL sees world economic centre of gravity shifting eastward
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MAERSK VILNIUS

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Thursday/Friday, 13-14 November 2014
 
First View – EMMA MAERSK
Boom time for West African ports
Wharftalk: among the ports and ships
Ghana Ports & Harbour Authority aims big with -16m draught
Spanish firm to build fishery school in Angola
Walvis Bay North Harbour: Pros & Cons of SADC gateway port
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics from Yesteryear – ORESTES and SAXONIA

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014
 
First View – BREEDE
Port Statistics for October are now available here
Costa’s latest ship is named Costa Diadema
OW Bunker, world’s largest bunker supplier, goes bust
Mysterious asphalt mounds discovered off Angola
New terminals planned for Djibouti
Agreement on revising IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – AFRICAN COMET and AL ZOHAL

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014
 
First View – FLINTSTONE
German cruise ship companies file for banruptcy
Port of Takoradi appeals support to expand
Final scoping report prepared for Saldanha IDZ
Greenpeace names 20 monster vessels as ‘scourge of the oceans’
India donates patrol ship to Seychelles
Port of Nacala expansion on target
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MSC RITA

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Monday, 10 November 2014
 
First View – TOP ESTRELA DO MAR and rig ENSCO 5001
Chinese-built Nigerian Navy ship undergoes sea trials
Chinese explore for mineral sands in Mozambique
Mauritius court frees 12 Somali pirate suspects
Second new motor assembly plant for Matola
DHL invests US$38 million in SA warehousing
Nigeria’s AfrikDelta buys new tug
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – TIGER

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Thursday/Friday, 6-7 November 2014
 
First View – LOUIS S
Durban’s DCT well stocked with new equipment
SA maritime students in Sweden complete degrees
eLoran technology will protect world’s busiest sea lane
Wharftalk: News from around the Ports & Harbours
Another 10 locomotives for Nacala Corridor
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – TOP ESTRELA DO MAR

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014
 
First View – EVER RESPECT
Angola to sell oil to Indonesia from next year
Africa: Think Again - Europe Leaves Refugees to Sink or Swim
Indian Navy visits Port Louis, Mauritius
Where have all the pirates gone, long time passing….
New ferries planned for Kenya Ferry Services
Bagamoyo port deal in the bag – contracts signed in China
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – LAUST MAERSK

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Tuesday, 4 November 2014
 
First View – CARME
Not a good weekend for the cruise industry
Namibian Navy pays South African Navy a visit
KPA enters into partnership with TNPA to improve efficiency
GAC EnvironHull starts green hull cleaning in Oman
Let’s build the Smart Port City starts today
CMA-CGM retro-refits another 10 bulbous bows
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics from Yesteryear – Arcadia and City of Durban

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Monday, 3 November 2014
 
First View – CALABRIA
Port of Beira cargo expected to rise 15 percent
Cruise ship Marco Polo runs aground
MCLI celebrates 10 years of promoting Maputo Corridor
Nautic links up with Doen Pacific
Durban’s latest restaurant boat runs into difficulty
Somalia to offer offshore blocks in a bid for oil
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – FADELSIA

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Thursday/Friday, 31 October 2014
 
First View – TAIHUA STAR
Transnet profit drops but investment remains high
Wharftalk – From around the ports and harbours
East Africa – freight rates rise as fewer ships call
Somali pirates release 7 Indian seamen from Asphalt Venture
Maputo railway line reopened after collision
Ebola may impact on iron ore exports from Sierra Leone
Economist tells Mozambique to boost logistics to be competitive
Insuring abnormal cargo – what’s needed?
Explosives discovered in Mogadishu harbour
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – FS FLOREAL and MONA FRONTIER

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014
 
First View – UACC HARMONY
15 new RTG & STS cranes for Mombasa port
Mozambique sugar production likely to reach 400,000 tons this year
Cruise ship Quantum of the Seas is delivered
African cruise news in short – MSC Opera arrives
Somaliland Coast Guard completes two-month course
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – RUBELLA

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014
 
First View – NEDLLOYD KIMBERLEY
DP World remains keen on African investment despite Djibouti dispute
Kenya standard gauge railway derailed – Govt accused of trying to bulldoze project
UN gives go-ahead for vessel inspections off Somalia
South African catamaran Cassinga caught red-handed by FNS Floreal
Chinese dredger detained by Kenyan authorities
Indian mining house to spend US$500m on logistics support
Trains collide near Ressano Garcia – block Maputo line
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – NORDIC BEIJING

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Monday, 27 October 2014
 
First View – AEGEAN Wave and ETC Nefertari
Piracy: Effective state governance crucial - UN
Transnet NPA signs MoU with Kenya Ports Authority
Successful completion of Mombasa heavylift
Turkey’s Albayrak Group has strong vision for Mogadishu port
Nigeria looks to port automation for efficiency
Damen delivers second of three seismic research support chasers
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MSC NINGBO

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Thursday/Friday, 23-24 October 2014
 
First View – INS TEG F45
IMO stowaway seminar being held in Durban
Hanjin takes slots of Asia-South Africa service
Nigeria’s Lekki port on track, says consortium CFO
Further relief for Transnet pensioners
Pirated captain sues ship operator and Chevron Oil
From the Wharfside – port and ship activity this week
Somali government questions handover of Mogadishu port to Turkish operators
Shell discovers deepwater gas off Gabon
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – S A PIONEER and JR MORE

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