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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday 29-30 September 2016

FIRST VIEW: OCEAN

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The 1122-TEU container ship OCEAN (14,587-dwt, built 1996) on the Port Everglades bunker berth taking fuel before completing her port call and heading back to sea. The ship is owned by Reinhold Nibbe KG of Hamburg, Germany and operated by Maersk. She was built at the Volkswerft Stralsund GmbH shipyard in Germany as their hull number 412. The ship is flagged in Antigua. This picture was taken by Tony de Freitas
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SA Competition Commission conducts raids on six container lines

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The raid on six of the leading container lines by the South African Competition Commission yesterday came as a surprise to everyone, including the shipping lines which received no advance warning. The shipping companies raided were Maersk, Safmarine, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), CMA CGM, Pacific International Lines (PIL) and Hamburg Sud.
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Australia & Mauritius strengthen SAR capabilities

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A specialised Search and Rescue (SAR) course aimed at developing more effective responses to maritime and aviation distress situations within the Australian and Mauritius' SAR areas was launched this week at the Mauritius Maritime Training Academy in Pointe aux Sables. Acting on the initiative of the Mauritian Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, Shipping and Outer Islands, and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the course is being attended by 15 participants from the Shipping Division of the Ministry, the Department of Civil Aviation, the National Coast Guard, the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Centre, and the Mauritius Radio Services. The two-week training course, from 26 September to 7 October, is being run by Mr Dan Gillis, a Senior Search and Rescue Officer of AMSA.
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Illegal logging decimates Mozambique's Zambezia forests

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Illegal logging on a massive scale in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia has led to the loss of two thirds of the precious hardwood Pau ferro (ironwood) from the Gile Reserve, reports Tuesday's issue of the independent daily O Pais. Journalists from the paper investigated the assault on Zambezia's forestry resources for two weeks, describing the province as 'the epicentre' of the onslaught to loot the country's timber.
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TPA ordered to buy four new port scanners

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Tanzania's President John Magufuli has issued a two-month ultimatum to Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) to purchase another four cargo scanning machines for the Dar es Salaam Port. The president's intervention came after he had visited the port to discover that only two of the four scanners were functioning. The two functioning machines, however, lack the capacity to handle all the goods imported into country through the port, which led to suggestions that large volumes of cargo were escaping through the port unchecked.
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Africa tables position on AGOA

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African Trade Ministers have tabled the continent's position in the 15th Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, says the Department of Trade and Industry. The position is on the report titled, Beyond AGOA: Looking to the future of the US-Africa Trade and Investment, issued by the US on 22 September 2016, as required by Congress in line with the AGOA Extension and Enhancement Act of 2015. The Ministers said they consider the report as a start of a conversation on trade and investment relationship beyond AGOA.
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Angola completes final fishing inspection station

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Angola has completed its network of fishing inspection stations with the handing over of the Dande station in Bengo province. The Dande station is the seventh of its kind that stretches the length of the 1650km long Angolan coastline covering an exclusive economic zone area of 330,000 square kilometres.
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Lurssen buys Blohm+Voss shipyard

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The German ship and yacht builder Lurssen, based in Bremen, has acquired the well-known Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg for an undisclosed price. "With the acquisition of Blohm+Voss we are taking over a shipyard with a strategically advantageous location and versatile production facilities," said Peter Luerssen, Managing Partner at Luerssen Maritime Beteiligungen GmbH & Co. KG. "We want to use these facilities to complement our existing refit and repair activities and also to offer our customers an ever better service."
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Farstad awarded 18-month sub-sea Congo contract

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Total E&P Congo has awarded Farstad an 18-month contract to support their subsea development activity in Congo. The award involves the subsea construction vessel FAR SLEIPNER (9,200-dwt, built by Vard in 2015) and the contract commences during Q4 2016. Total has an option to extend the contract by 6 x 2 months periods. The contract was awarded by Total E&P Congo through Petro Services. By agreement, the commercial terms of the agreement will be kept private and confidential.
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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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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 : MSC CATERINA

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Mediterranean Shipping Company's 300-metre long, 48m wide container ship MSC CATERINA (109,581-dwt, built 2015) in Cape Town harbour this week. The ship, which has a capacity of 8,819-TEU was built at the privately-owned New Times Shipbuilding yard in Jingjiang City, Jiangsu province in China, and is deployed on the MSC Europe-South Africa service. MSC Caterina is flagged in Panama. Picture is by Ian Shiffman
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Wednesday 28 September 2016
 
First View : AMALTAL MARINER
Ghana Ports introduces online vessel booking system
Carnival to build cruise ships in China
Angry scenes as protesters block cruise ships from Venice
TNPA Graduation Day
Maritime Human Element Training : is it working?
Japanese navy ship visit Mombasa
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : STAR ZETA

Read More ....

Tuesday 27 September 2016
 
First View : TUGELA
MtS calls on Hanjin Shipping to consider seafarers
Dti encourages Tesla to invest in South Africa
Special Feature: The LED Revolution
SMIT Amandla's Bursary Scheme 2017
New Nigerian Navy ship is on her way
HMS PORTLAND arrives in Durban tomorrow
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : GREEN MOUNTAIN

Read More ....

Monday 26 September 2016
 
First View : INS KOLKATA
CMA CGM SIMBA incident: Madagascan tug Domingue capsizes
Major structual changes for AP Moller-Maersk
Busy weekend for National Sea Rescue
New harbour tug for Port Louis
Davies attending this week's AGOA Forum in Washington
Pirate robbers attack container ship Windhoek in West Africa
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : INS TRIKAND

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Thursday/Friday 22-23 September 2016
 
First View : JPO PISCES
Sikorsky helicopters for Ghana's Port of Takoradi
Mozambique & Anadarko close to gas production agreement
Seized Namibian f/v Antilles Reefer transferred to Mozambique Navy
Hanjin saga can redefine container shipping landscape -- Xenata
Storm batters Rhapsody of the Seas Mediterranean cruise
Jotun chuffed with EU decision on copper in marine antifoulings
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : BRITISH LOYALTY

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Wednesday 21 September 2016
 
First View : INS KOLKATA
TNPA launches fourth new harbour tug OSPREY
Kenya to defend its maritime economic zone
US-based Oceanwide Logistics Opens in South Africa
Kidnapped truck drivers rescued by DRC army
Terex renews Lloyd's Register approval for floating cranes
PSA employs Vesconite bushings on prime mover axles
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : RUTH FIRST

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Tuesday 20 September 2016
 
First View : BALTIC PRIME
Crystal Serenity completes Northwest Passage voyage
Bowmans to hold ports & logistics seminar
CMA CGM introduces training course for Africa executives
SA Shipyards to launch Transnet's 4th new tug today
Ship Safety in West African Waters
140th Edition of Brown's Nautical Almanac available from October
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : ISLAND VIEW BERTHS

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Monday 19 September 2016
 
First View : ZEYNO
Burgh Group and Vitol buy into Richards Bay Coal Terminal
Dredging resumes at Maputo's long entrance channel
China Railway International Group to resupply Angolan railway network
Long distance truck drivers kidnapped by DRC rebels
CEVA announces Supplier of the Year winners
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : CAP CARMEL

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Thursday/Friday 15-16 September 2016
 
First View : HAM 310
Port Statistics for August are now available
BIMCO reports lowest level of newbuilding contracts in 20 years
Dar es Salaam Port looks to re-invent itself
Electric cruise ships of the near future
NATO Operation Active Endeavour in the Mediterranean
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : ELLENSBORG

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Wednesday 14 September 2016
 
First View : MAERSK VARNA
SA Ports gearing up to new e-Commerce Platform
Harmony of the Seas lifeboat falls -- one dead, four injured
Contract awarded for Freetown terminal extension
Oil & Gas: Qatar to buy stake in Mozambique's Rovuma Area 4
Denel & China's Poly Technologies in maritime sector agreement
Cathelco tests ballast water treatment system with US Coast Guard
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SAS DRAKENSBERG & SAS SPIOENKOP

Read More ....

Tuesday 13 September 2016
 
First View : KOBE STAR
IDZ plan for Mozambique's Tete province Nacala rail corridor to handle 22mt from 2018 Tema Shipyard busy with five vessels undergoing repair USS Zumwalt: The future guided-missile destroyer Sea Rescue: Chokka boat runs aground Expedition ship HANSEATIC completes Northeast Passage crossing Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port Cruise News and Naval Activities Pics of the Day : MSC SILVIA
Read More ....

Monday 12 September 2016
 
First View : PLEIADES SPIRIT
Tema port expansion to commence next month
Taiwanese fishing vessel escorted to Cape Town
SA Navy ships Drakensberg & Spioenkop in Durban for repairs
Carnival orders three new LNG-powered cruise ships
Can China help Mozambique fight deforestation?
Medcruise endorses Mercy Ships Charity of Choice
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : THOR INTEGRITY

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Thursday/Friday 8-9 September 2016
 
First View : PERISTIL
Ghana removes controversial Terminal Handling Charges
WBHO selected to build Saldanha oil terminal
Rwanda promises to continue using port at Dar es Salaam
Tanzania standard gauge railway timelines
Kenya to start exporting crude oil by mid-2017
Port Techobanine railway back in vogue
New port engineer for Durban
Automation & Technology, say Nigeria's port authorities
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC SILVANA

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Wednesday 7 September 2016
 
First View : MAYDON WHARF 4
World shipping facing challenges
Port of Dar es Salaam revenue improves
DP World gets 30-year concession to run Berbera port
MoA signed between IALA and India
China's hunger for Avocados
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MAERSK VALLVIK

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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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