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LATEST NEWS

Tuesday 28 June 2016

FIRST VIEW: INDUSTRIAL ROYAL

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The general cargo heavylift vessel INDUSTRIAL ROYAL (10,536-dwt, built 2005) makes an arrival in the port of Durban. The ship, which is equipped with two x 250ton cranes, is owned by Hammonia Reederei of Hamburg, Germany but is under charter to Intermarine, a specialist in the movement of heavylift breakbulk cargo via a fleet of around 30 chartered multipurpose ships. This picture is by Keith Betts
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Transnet posts strong annual performance

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Despite a challenging environment, Transnet has continued to stand out among the South African state-owned enterprises with another good performance while maintaining a record level of capital expenditure. In doing so, Transnet has posted an EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) growth well in excess of GDP growth.
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Panama Canal opens new extensions

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The multi-billion dollar extensions to enable the Panama Canal to handle larger than Panamax size ships was officially opened at the weekend, before 25,000 excited and cheering visitors. The expanded canal has the potential of transforming the Central American country, provided profits and other expenses are managed carefully and correctly. The manner in which the extensions have been built or close to budget, with no huge overruns, promises much for the future. In the meantime, neopanamax sized ships and LNG tankers are now able to transit the canal, bringing new opportunities and also new challenges to ports along the eastern US and South American seaboards. The next few years promise much of interest to port watchers.
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Mercy Ships announces partnership with Mobility At Sea

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Mercy Ships has been selected as the official charity partner of Mobility at Sea; the company which provides everyday living aids to enhance the experience of being on a cruise and to help make it more accessible to those with mobility problems. This well-aligned partnership will help to support Mercy Ships' mission and awareness of the charity's efforts. Mercy Ships is an international charity which operates the world's largest civilian hospital ship, AFRICA MERCY, providing free healthcare services to those living in developing countries, particularly in Africa, where the services of professional medical staff are most needed. Africa Mercy has recently been in the waters of Madagascar, one of the world's poorest countries with only two physicians and three hospital beds available for every 10,000 of the population. The ship is currently in Durban where it is understood she will remain until August before leaving for either east or west Africa.
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Making inroads with Bayhead roads

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Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) says that it takes pride in operating port terminals that are considered to be world-class in terms of infrastructure and service. In the Port of Durban the Durban Container Terminal's (DCT) road at Pier 2 is the main arterial supply for the North, South and East quays and other departments in DCT which handle approximately 3,000 laden trucks and other vehicles in the terminal daily. The Bayhead and Langeberg Roads leading to DCT and the part of Bayhead Road leading further to the Island View Cutler Complex are frequently in the news for reasons relating to congestion .......
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IMF calls for audit of Mozambique public companies

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has made a recommendation to the Mozambican government that an independent international audit be conducted on state companies Empresa Mocambicana do Atum (Ematum-patrol boats and fishing trawlers), Proindicus and Mozambique Asset Management (MAM), according to a statement issued in Washington. Ematum (US$850 million), Proindicus (US$622 million) and MAM (US$535 million) are the three state companies that between 2013 and 2014 took on loans totalling over US$2 billion with State backing.
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Weighing in on SOLAS in South Africa

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As the 1 July deadline looms for the implementation of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) amendments to the Safety of Lives at Sea Agreement (SOLAS), questions have been raised whether a number of countries including South Africa are ready, writes Dr Darren Fraser and Mark Fearick. Gross container weight is a critical variable for all players within the container logistics supply chain. The mis-declaration of container weights globally have resulted in vessel casualties, ship's crew/stevedores being placed at risk and damage to port handling equipment such as shore cranes and lifting gear. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) adopted amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention (chapter VI, part A, regulation 2), in November 2014 in order to address the problem of container weight mis-delaration.
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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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PIC OF THE DAY : JOLLY PERLA

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Ignazio Messina Line's RoRo cargo container ship JOLLY PERLA (50,720-gt, built 2012) has been a regular caller at Durban since making her maiden voyage to Durban in 2012, at the terminus of the line's Italy-South Africa via the African east coast service. Messina Line operates with a fleet of eight of the largest RoRo container ships ever built, each with a length of 239 metres and a width of 37.5m. The ships have a container capacity of 3,000 TEU and a top speed of 21.5 knots. Messina also operates a number of lo-lo vessels and other RoRo's on charter. This picture is by Trevor Jones
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Monday 27 June 2016
 
First View : AZTECA
Malawi to transport oil on Tazara railway
Wentworth named operator of Rovuma Onshore
Maritime arbitration as an effective tool
Soren Skou appointed new Maersk CEO
IHMA celebrates its first 20 years
SA relations with AGOA all in order, says Dti
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pic of the Day : LOGOS HOPE

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Thursday/Friday 23-24 June 2016
 
First View : PENELOPE
Small vessel tracking trials completed in South Africa
Vale stops using Sena Railway and Beira port
Update on Benita grounding
New era as widened Panama Canal in readiness to open
Kenmare Resources reaches agreement with creditors
NSSLGlobal continues expansion via Cape Town office
IKE in the Med
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : DELTA COMMANDER and SYROS I

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Wednesday 22 June 2016
 
First View : PHOLELA and LOTHENI
24-Hour operations for Monrovia Free Port
PetroSA's FPSO vessel ORCA is for sale
Korea may merge Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine
Naming ceremony for second of two Shoalbuster workboats
Hefty CMA CGM Rates Restoration on South Africa trade
S&P affirms Transnet's credit worthiness
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC PARIS

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Tuesday 21 June 2016
 
First View : SAS PROTEA
CMA CGM raises freight rates across its system
Oil leaks from grounded Benita on Mauritian beach
TradeMark East Africa launches 2nd Round of LIFT Fund
TNPA to host Gauteng B2B
Concargo re-establishes its brand in Africa
Geftarail challenges Bollore over West Africa rail link
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MOMENTUM SCAN

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Monday 20 June 2016
 
First View : JOGELA
Indian Ocean ship casualty dramas
Record motor car exports for East London
No clear VGM Guideines for Nigeria -- Shippers Council
Ghana ready for 1 July VGM deadline
Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in the Med
Bill calls for new Nigerian Ports Authority
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MOL PRESENCE

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Wednesday 15 June 2016
 
First View : SANTA CATHARINA
MSC brings giant 13,000-TEU ships to Durban
Suez offers 65 percent discounts to keep ships flowing east
Record maize imports on the way
Austerity plan for Mozambique
Maersk heir becomes AP Moller Holding CEO
First Angolan GE locos due next year
Funding found for Onne shipyard offer
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships
Pics of the Day : CAP INES and CAP ISABEL

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Tuesday 14 June 2016
 
First View : GIULIANA
Renamo focus on ambushing Malawian road tankers in Mozambique
Flying start for Fred Olsen's Boudicca Southern Africa cruise adventure
Weekend of fun lies ahead at Durban Port Festival
Uganda-Kenya one stop border crossing opens
Whale watching, shark cage diving permit processes delayed
Greek owners look west to Gibdock
RMS St Helena to make three more Cape Town voyages
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : AFRICA MERCY

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Monday 13 June 2016
 
First View : THORCO RANGER
MSC move to help reduce Durban Port congestion
Mombasa road blocked by angry truckers
Manganese rail exports pass 1 million tons in May
DNV GL performs first drone ship's tank survey
Exports fall at Kenmare's Moma mine -- ship was late
Boat tragedy in Maputo Bay
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SPAR CORONA

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Thursday/Friday 9-10 June 2016
 
First View : CERTOUX
New investment strengthens Nacala Corridor and port
DP World's Maputo Container Terminal ranked top for improved productivity
Renamo denies attacking Vale Sena Railway train
Growing demand for LNG drives Mozambique opportunities
Wood and stone for Angola's Mocamedes railway
Environment: HullWiper to launch in Rotterdam
Breadbox Extends West Africa Service
International: Posidonia 2016 Opens for Business
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MAERSK KYRENIA

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Wednesday 8 June 2016
 
First View : LEXA MAERSK
Port Statistics for May are now available
R.I.P. Captain Dai Davies
MSC Cruises appoints new managing director for South Africa
GAC Bunkers partners with Dubai's ENOC in South Africa
Seko seeks stronger links between the US and South Africa
International: DP World looks to Argentina
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : K-STORM

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Tuesday 7 June 2016
 
First View : SIYAKHULA
CMA CGM makes all cash offer for NOL
New terminal manager for Ngqura Container Terminal
Second Debmarine tug for Port Nolloth is named
Chinese interest in Mozambique granite
Subtech provides three students with bursariess to Lawhill
Piracy off Somalia remains uncertain, says MAST
Ardent Turns One
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : BW EAGLE

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Monday 6 June 2016
 
First View : KOTA DESA
Liberian Registry introduces cost-saving measures
SOLAS container weight guidelines workshop
Durban Port Festival details revealed
BIMCO head outspoken of way forward for dry bulk market
Mauritania receives two new patrol vessels from China
SASOL spuds first Mozambique well
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pic of the Day : MAERSK LA PAZ

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Thursday/Friday 2-3 June 2016
 
First View : HOEGH INCHON
Drones: In Africa preparing for your next delivery
Lake Victoria ferry Serengeti to be overhauled
Transnet seeks private operator for inland terminal
China could build new north-south Mozambique highway
Sale of Terex MHPS business to Konecranes to go ahead
Rickmers-Linie takes over Nordana's Project Business
GAC opens business in Namibia
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SIBANYE and SBM

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Wednesday 1 June 2016
 
First View : FUGRO EXPLORER
DP World chairman bullish about Africa
Sobantu Tilayi appointed acting CEO of SAMSA
Hapag-Lloyd imposes charges at Abidjan
Transnet bursaries for full time studies on offer
Maersk growth contibuted to low freight rates
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : BATTLE OF JUTLAND COMMEMORATION

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Tuesday 31 May 2016
 
First View : GENESIS
Nigerian probe into maritime sector
Arrested Hanjin bulker Hanjin Paradip sails
Royal Caribbean Cruises orders three more ships
Seafarer medivac'd to East London from passing ship
The search for the missing Egyptair Flight MS804
Port Festival returns to Durban
IMB highlights growing violence off West African coast
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC BILBAO

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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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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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