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LATEST NEWS

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

FIRST VIEW – OCEAN PREFECT

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The London-registered bulk carrier OCEAN PREFECT (53,035-dwt, built 2003) sailing from Durban along the entrance channel. The vessel is part of the Lomar Shipping fleet. Picture: Trevor Jones (28 of 28 words)
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Transnet in bid to manage new Mombasa Container Terminal

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Transnet is among interested terminal operators in the bidding to manage and operate the Port of Mombasa’s second container terminal. The bidding has attracted interest from a large number of terminal operators which includes giant terminal operators APM Terminal, DP World and ICTSI . (43 of about 290 words)
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TAZARA troubles now at presidential level

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The problems besetting the Tanzania – Zambia railway known as TAZARA, on which staff have engaged in regular strikes over non-payment of their salaries, is now being taken up at presidential level between the Heads of State of both countries. (39 of about 465 words)
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Equatorial Guinea: New Luba Freeport depot opens for business

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Hutton’s Group announced on 27 February that its new depot in Luba Freeport in Equatorial Guinea is now operational. Serving maritime and offshore customers in West Africa, the Luba depot will provide a comprehensive range of frozen and dry provisions and a wide selection of cabin stores, it is understood. (50 of about 380 words)
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Another marvel of maritime engineering floated out in Germany

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Royal Caribbean International’s 167,800gt ANTHEM OF THE SEAS is but one of seven new cruise vessels scheduled to come online in 2015, including four destined for the North American market and three entering the fleets of European brands. "Anyone," writes cruise specialist Vernon Buxton, "even vaguely interest in cruise ships cannot fail to be impressed by Royal Caribbean International’s latest addition to its highly progressive fleet of cruise liners." (64 of about 730 words)
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Transnet concludes funding for 1,064-locomotive deal

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State-owned freight logistics group, Transnet, yesterday announced a combined R13-billion funding for its long awaited 1,064 locomotive acquisition programme. Making the announcement at its Esselenpark campus, Transnet Group Chief Executive Brian Molefe said the funding was raised in two agreements with various financial institutions in the country as well as others from Canada and the United States of America. (59 of about 480 words)
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Wharf Talk: Summer cruise season is coming to an end

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As this summer’s cruising season winds down – the resident cruise ship MSC Opera has less than a month to go before departing (from Durban) for Cape Town and Europe via the Atlantic seaboard – thoughts are looking ahead to ships that will visit Durban and Richards Bay in the coming summer. (50 of about 1160 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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PIC OF THE DAY - GERMAN NAVY SHIPS AT SIMON'S TOWN

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Of the four German Warships that are expected at Simon’s Town, three (the Flagship, HESSEN, KARLSRUHE and BRANDENBURG) arrived in False Bay on Sunday evening (1 March 2015).

All three entered Simon’s Town Naval Harbour on Monday morning and are moored alongside the West Breakwater.

First to enter the harbour was F221, FGS Hessen at 08h20 hrs following a salute fired from Lower North Battery. At least, we think it was a salute; with the continued cut-backs in the Navy budget year on year, it is understood that only a quarter-charge is now used for saluting purposes, in order to economise. The net result of this is that the salutes can no longer be heard in Simon’s Town, and are only barely audible in houses situated close to Lower North Battery. Anyway, some puffs of white smoke were observed at the Battery as the HESSEN arrived, so it is assumed that a salute was indeed being fired! (See top photo).

Second to enter the harbour was F215, FGS Brandenburg at 09h19 hrs. (photos 2 & 3).

Third to enter the harbour this morning was F212, FGS Karlsruhe at 10:11 hrs (photo 4). As can be seen from the lower photo, she was a tight fit on the West Breakwater berth.

There is no sign as yet of the fourth vessel (BERLIN). She normally berths on the outer wall of the West Breakwater which is relatively weather-independent.

All pictures: David Erickson. (240 of 240 words)
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Monday, 2 March 2015
 
First View – AKADEMIK FEDOROV
Three kidnapped from tanker released by Nigerian pirates
Security breach at FPSO Kwame Nkrumah
Botswana dry port at Walvis Bay to open next month
NATO maritime commander visits IMO training course
Enthusiasm for Kenya’s standard gauge railway
Pirates release seamen after five years in captivity
South-Easter keeps German warships at anchor in Table Bay
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – EMMA OLDENDORFF

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Thursday/Friday, 26-27 February 2015
 
First View – UOS EXPLORER
Grindrod earnings increase by 4 percent
Evergreen joins the Mega-Club – aka the Herd Mentality
Mtwara port now able to handle bigger ships
The cost of logistics – a critical factor for Africa
Record cargo for Port of Nacala
Trade News: Hempel opens its first factory in Africa
Anthem of the Seas rolls out – video
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SALVIGILANT and JAYA VIGILANT

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015
 
First View – CARPE DIEM II
Kenya’s Lamu mega port to begin in March
Single Customs Territory - what's it all about?
DRC traders pledge to continue using Dar es Salaam port
UK signs contract for new Type 26 frigate
Trade News – MSC opts for Jotun’s Hull Performance Solutions
Death of GAC South Africa head, David Hitchman
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pic of the Day – SAS ISANDLWANA F146

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015
 
First View – XUE LONG
Nigerian concern over port security
ICS says don't fly flags of Tanzania, Mongolia, Moldova, Cambodia, or Sierra Leone
German Navy due in SA for Exercise Good Hope
CMA CGM opens new logistics platform in Douala
Railway woes across the continent
Wharf Talk : Port priorities need a re-think
Wharf Talk : French Navy ship stops in at Richards Bay
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ISABENA and S A WELTEVREDEN

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Monday, 23 February 2015
 
First View – RAINBOW WARRIOR
Four warships commissioned into Nigerian Navy
Plans to tap into ocean's resources on track
Safmarine MPV upgrades its SA-West Africa multi-purpose service
Madagascar to develop regional maritime information centre
Maldive Islands coastal protection plan
Kenmare Resources dismisses 20% of its mine workers in Moma
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SAGA FRAM and MSC OPERA

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Thursday/Friday, 19-20 February 2015
 
First View – ORIENT BECRUX
South Africa to upgrade ports and pipelines for increased gas imports
Tanzanian Port Authority boss is suspended
Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) navies meet in Maputo
Costa Cruises rebuilds its image
China linked to Thai Kra Canal plans
Odfjell set to roll out NAVTOR e-navigation solutions
South African Navy orders T-ACT from OSI
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day –BRITISH VALOUR and CAP SAN SOUNIO

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015
 
First View –HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
Government mobilising funds to complete Takoradi port project
Tata Steel to pull out of Benga Mining
Ferry deaths on Lake Tanganyika – court case begins
ENI’s floating Mozambique factory passes muster
TUI to restructure and build leading European cruise company
Customs to install CCTV at Tin Can Island
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ZHE HAI 2 and CMA CGM AUCKLAND

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015
 
First View – QI LIN SONG
Dozens missing after yet another Congo River boat accident
France to retain strong naval presence in western Indian Ocean
Railway to connect Moatize with Macuse delayed by funding
Anthem of the Seas ready for floating out
Turning a fishing vessel into a wave power plant
CMA CGM rate restoration on SHAKA service
Death of Stolt-Nielsen founder
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – JIAOLONG SPIRIT

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Monday, 16 February 2015
 
First View – LOUIS S
Ethiopia spreads the net with port access
Burgan Cape Terminals now an Operation Phakisa project
First train on Benguela Railway completes journey
Swakop Uranium to build large storage facility at Walvis Bay
Construction starts on two Star Cruises’ 151,000-gt ships
High winds close Maydon Channel
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – JOLLY DIAMANTE and GREY FOX

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Thursday/Friday, 12-13 February 2015
 
First View – NORFOLK GUARDIAN
Vale coal exports via Nacala hit by flooding
Tema set for massive port expansion with Maersk
Carriers that don’t order big ships will be left behind
Heavy fines for CSAV, CCNI, EUKOR Car Carriers, K-Line, MOL and NYK Line
Africa's Maritime Security Wish List for 2015
Can a Chinese billionaire build a canal across Nicaragua?
Indian Ocean shipbreaking – a Japanese study
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – UBUNTU

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015
 
First View – ITALENI
Port statistics for January are now available here
23 million cruisers will take to cruising this year
AllSeas bows to pressure, renames Pieter Schelte
Piracy: Denmark focuses on West Africa; ship attacked in Gulf of Aden
UK increases investment at Mombasa port
Latest update on quarantined ship at Durban
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – BRAVE HARALAMBOS and KARROO + JOHN DOCK

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015
 
First View – HMS DRAGON
Port News: Quarantine ship moved to outer anchorage
New terminal manager for Port of Cape Town Terminals
Maritime Security Exercise Concludes in Djibouti
BIMCO issues African security advisory
All but a sell-out season for MSC Cruises in SA
Improvements at Dar es Salaam allow larger ships to dock
Wharf Talk: Durban’s problems with dredging and a hoax
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MSC VANCOUVER and MSC DAMLA

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Monday, 9 February 2015
 
First View – ZAGORA
Ebola scare in Durban as ship docks with body on board
Cruise ship aground in South America – Chilean Navy rescues 120
SA Shippers Council adopts news name
International port welfare partnership pilot project
FOCUS ON… Elgin Brown & Hamer and the DCD Marine Cluster
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – HMS DRAGON and RFA GOLD ROVER

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Thursday/Friday, 5-6 February 2015
 
First View – SVS GUARDSMAN
Nigeria to stop importing petrochemicals by 2018
Pirates strike again in Gulfs of Guinea and Aden
MSC Cruises returns to SA via Indian Ocean
Cruise ship Insignia cancels South Africa visit
Free Trade Area a fait accompli by May – African Union
Nigeria urged to build more shipyards
Nigeria detains vessels with security guards on board
Royal Navy’s HMS Dragon visits Tristan da Cunha
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SYLVIE

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015
 
First View – PACIFIC MELTEM
Power cuts at Port of Mombasa to ease
Call for urgent impact assessment before Saldanha expansion
Japan’s three big lines stay in black
Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior due in South Africa
West African ports a threat to West Mediterranean hubs
Copenship files for bankruptcy
Chevron to close for annual maintenance
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CALEDONIAN SKY

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Tuesday, 3 February 2015
 
First View – PACIFIC VENUS
UN report highlights illegal exports of timber to China
Maersk goes for more mega ships
Turning 50 with an epic voyage
Dar es Salaam Port clamps down on defective trucks
UK aims to build most modern navy in the world
Treasury stops further SAA flights to China
Wharftalk: New Year find unearths memories
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MSC MARINA

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Monday, 2 February 2015
 
First View – MAASGRACHT
Tanzania Ports Authority targets theft by clearing agents
India’s ICVL invests US$2 billion in Mozambique coal & electricity
Call to expand West Africa’s maritime industry
Shipping News: Niledutch names latest newbuild
Training coastguards is key to tackling piracy
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CAP ANDREAS

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Thursday/Friday 29-30 January 2015
 
First View – PINOTAGE
TAZARA back on strike
MSC Cruises reports high occupancy for South African season
Mozambique seeks clarity over Lake Tanganyika borders
Nigeria’s Shippers Council comes down on illegal port charges
TFR’s new diesel locos to be powered by Rolls-Royce engines
Indonesia is Toyota's Key to Africa
Three new Liebherr mobile cranes for APM Terminals, Apapa
Ship sinking in Durban harbour is a HOAX
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – NNS CENTENARY

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Wednesday 28 January 2015
 
First View – MAERSK McKINNEY MOLLER
Transnet announces plans for Saldanha oil services hub
Construction begins on ‘world’s most luxurious ship’
Somaliland seizes ship carrying military equipment
Botswana won’t wait for Trans-Kalahari, will export coal through Maputo
Dryad maritime crime figures for 2014
Uncertainty over Mozambique/South Africa sea borders
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – EVER RELIANCE

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Tuesday 27 January 2015
 
First View – PACIFIC MELTEM
Transnet gets clearance to deepen and lengthen DCT berth 203
Maritime Search and Rescue Project Launched in Mauritius
Moma Sands’ Kenmare Resources fights for survival
Agility to develop 40-acre distribution park at Tema, Ghana
Seven in the running to operate Tema Container Terminal
The tail wagging the dog
Prepare now for container weight verification requirements
Wharftalk: Maritime Museum is open for business
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – DSV VINNICE

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Monday 26 January 2015
 
First View – LIN JIE
Mozambique patrol and fishing boats being delivered
Africa is addressing intra-Africa trade bottlenecks - Zuma
Cruise ship Boudicca has fire in engine room
LNG tanker Magellan Spirit refloated
Latest Transnet dredger under construction
ENI Brings New Congo Field Online
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CMA CGM STRAUSS

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Thursday/Friday 22-23 January 2015
 
First View – MANIVIKI ROVER
Tazara railway reopened after strike
Stowaways on Dutch Navy Ebola-Aid ship
Liner Review...Please Sir, Not More Of The Same?
Wharftalk: General news from around the ports
Cruise News: News items from the world of cruising
Damen and SAAB team up for sub replacement programme
Chinese plans for Walvis Bay naval base hit a snag
Panalpina expands Africa network
Focus on Lomé: the new ‘Port Africa’
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – GREATSHIP ANJALI and VOYAGER

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Wednesday 21 January 2015
 
First View – ELENI
Part of the new Suez Canal is flooded by accident
Transnet advertises tender for new bed leveller dredger
Anadarko to start prospecting for oil & gas in Mozambique
Liberia implements 25-year plan to improve port system
Congestion the biggest issue facing West African ports and landside
Dredging of Ghana’s Takoradi commences
Richards Bay Coal Terminal hits new record
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – GREAT INCREASE and VIOLET ACE

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Tuesday 20 January 2015
 
First View – DS REPUBLIC
Mombasa’s port expansion begins with Japanese loan
Ghana’s Navy routs pirates on highjacked tanker
Apapa Lagos container volumes reach 970,000 TEU
Damen Cape Town completes first FCS 5009 patrol vessels
Locally-built steel tanks & pressure vessels for African oil & gas market
West African crude being stored in US by oil traders
Another ship sinks in Lake Tanganyika – 14 feared drowned
Wharftalk: News from Durban Bay
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – LISBON

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Monday 19 January 2015
 
First View – PINOTAGE and NINGBO EXPRESS
Tazara railway closed by another strike over unpaid wages
Angola authorised to export fish to Europe
Smit Amandla Marine marks a decade of growth
Konecranes scores big in West Africa
Wärtsilä donates ship engine to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Cameroon becomes a LNG exporting nation
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MOL GARLAND

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