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Friday 31 October 2014



Taihua Star, Dunedin 25 10 14 470

Our choice of ship this morning comes from New Zealand, but not as is often the case from the port of Lyttleton but from Dunedin. Here we see the Hong Kong-flagged Chinese bulk freighter TAIHUA STAR (28,456-dwt, built 2007) arriving in port to load logs for China at the South Island port of Dunedin, New Zealand. Picture: Alan Calvert (58 of 58 words)
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Transnet profit drops but investment remains high

Transnet profits for the first six months of this fiscal year decreased almost 25 percent, but chief executive Brian Molefe poured water on this saying it was of no concern sad the group’s core business earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Ebitda), increased by 6 percent to reach R12.8 billion.
The state-owned transport company, which runs the ports, railways, and pipelines continued its capital investment programme, which Transnet refers to as its Market Demand Strategy, or MDS. In the six months Transnet has spent..... (69 of about 440 words)
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Wharftalk – From around the ports and harbours

3 Drill Ships Atwood Achiever, WEest Saturn, Wes

A ship on reported laybye in Durban harbour has a tenuous connection with the ongoing search for the missing Malaysian B777 airliner which disappeared, it is thought, over the Indian Ocean.
The ship currently in Durban is the FUGRO EXPLORER, a research ship owned by Fugro Gulf of Houston USA. The ‘connection’ if it can be called that is that . (60 of about 830 words)
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East Africa – freight rates rise as fewer ships call

A general cargo ship berthing at conventional ca

The average cost for exporting and importing a container by sea between East Africa and North America, South America, Asia, Europe and Middle East through Mombasa and Dar es Salaam increased 45 percent last year.
The dramatic increase in freight charges has been attributed to fewer vessels plying East African coastal routes, says Schednet, which reports that the East African logistics performance survey 2014 published by the Shippers Council of East Africa, states that maritime freight rates for exports to North America now average US$2,800 per TEU, making it the most expensive export destination for East Africa. (97 of about 360 words)
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Somali pirates release 7 Indian seamen from Asphalt Venture

ASPHALT VENTURE Indian sailors freed from asphal

Seven Indian seafarers who have been held hostage by Somali pirates for the past four years, were released this week and are now safe in Kenya.
The seven men were seamen working on the vessel ASPHALT VENTURE, which was captured by Somali pirates while sailing for Somaliland from Durban. Although the ship and eight of her crew were released in April 2011, after a UAE businessman paid the ransom for them and the ship, the Indian sailors were kept behind as the ransom did not include them. (87 of about 370 words)
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Maputo railway line reopened after collision

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Traffic resumed on the railway between South Africa and the Mozambique port of Maputo on Tuesday morning, following a collision on the line near the border.
The accident occurred when two South African goods trains collided at Tenga station, not far from the border crossing at Ressano Garcia . (48 of about 270 words)
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Ebola may impact on iron ore exports from Sierra Leone

First train travelling to the mine

Sierra Leone’s iron ore export drive may find itself impacted by the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease as more P&I clubs issue warnings to their members on the issues they might be faced with, reports World Maritime News.
Correspondents of marine insurer Skuld advised their members that the cargo offered for shipment in Sierra Leona comes from locations several hours inland and may be transported by the Port of Pepel by rail or to the River Port of Thofeyim by truck. (82 of about 370 words)
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Economist tells Mozambique to boost logistics to be competitive

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Public-private partnerships should be created to develop a logistics chain that will increase the international competitiveness of Mozambique coal.
That’s the word from the President of the Mozambican Association of Economists, Tobias Dai, speaking on Tuesday in Maputo. He said that given that the investment model based on a two-pronged approach focused on mining and logistics has led to continual losses to business competitiveness, Mozambique needs to identify international accredited logistics operators with the capacity to invest in the development of rail and port facilities in Mozambique. (87 of about 440 words)
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Insuring abnormal cargo – what’s needed?

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Increased trade with Africa and the commencement of numerous infrastructure projects has led to more cargo interests, brokers and underwriters to ask how to insure project cargo.
The insurance of project cargo has two main legs: marine cargo insurance, and, if applicable, “project cargo delay in start-up” insurance (“PCDSU”) to cover project delays. It is common for a PCDSU policy to require the insured to have marine cargo insurance, writes Peter Lamb, maritime attorney at Norton Rose Fulbright. (69 of about 635 words)
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Explosives discovered in Mogadishu harbour

Mogadishu by Lucy Hannan IRIN 470

A container filled with bomb-making materials and other military-style equipment has been discovered in a routine inspection.
Somali police made the discovery during a routine inspection at Somalia’s main port. The container when opened was found to be carrying bomb-making equipment, military uniforms, boots and knives, reports Sabahi. (48 of about 130 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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The French patrol frigate FS FLOREAL which is based at Reunion, paid Durban a visit recently, during which time the crew was able to enjoy a spell of R&R before the ship sailed again to resume her patrol. This picture shows the frigate, accompanied by one of the South African Navy Namacurra harbour patrol boats, approaching the port entrance to Durban.

The lower picture shows that Steve McCurrach doesn’t only take aerial photographs from the aircraft that he flies, although that may be called his speciality. He also views things from a lower altitude, as this image of the giant capesize vessel MONA FRONTIER (172,565-dwt, built 2001) shows, as the ship enters Durban port to take bunkers before continuing her voyage from the Arabian Gulf to Brazil. It was taken on an overcast day, typical of Durban’s October weather. Pictures by Steve McCurrach www.airserv.co.za (150 of 150 words).


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Wednesday, 29 October 2014
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
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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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
First View – STX ACE 10
Ballast water treatment guidelines to be reviewed
RFA Argus deploys to Sierra Leone
Construction of Mombasa-Uganda standard gauge railway begins
DCD-Marine Cluster shipshape for new era in SA shipping
Audacious theft of Madagascan nickel ore
Today, a blog about Durban harbour
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – GENMAR GEORGE T

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Richards Bay Bulk Terminal exceeds target thanks to quick vessel turnaround
Hong Kong and South Africa enter into tax pact
NIMASA clamps down on non-compliant ISPS facilities
Ebola: DRC to train 1000 volunteers to fight epidemics
Consortium awarded US$1.5 billion Suez Canal dredging contract
Seamen from Advanfort guard ship must face Indian trial again
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – IBSAMAR 2014 PREVIEW

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Monday, 20 October 2014
Mayotte Channel Gateway selects Navis N4
SA takes up citrus black spot issue at WTO
Safmarine Makutu in collision in Sydney harbour
South African designed patrol vessel targets growing African demand
TFR personnel complete railway operations management degrees
NSRI aids 82-year old lone sailor, medivacs sick fisherman
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port

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Thursday/Friday, 16-17 October 2014
Statoil scores with seventh gas discovery off Tanzania
SA’s Ocean Economy expected to contribute R20-billion to GDP
NSRI medivacs fisherman off trawler at sea
Ebola: RFA Argus to deploy this week to Sierra Leone
New Mission to Seafarers chaplain appointed in Durban
Angola to become Africa’s largest oil producer from 2016
Port Window – Around our ports this morning
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – AFRICA MERCY

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Special cargo of Australian locomotives arrive in Durban
Kenya Chamber of Commerce alarmed at Mombasa port taxes
Africa begins stocking up with patrol boats
New Damen tugs begin operations in Equatorial Guinea
NATO exercise tests crisis responses in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic
How well do you know ship parts? - an interactive guide
USS Constitution and naval titbits
No interest shown in Cape Town cruise terminal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – JUST FITZ III

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014
First View – RB3 and EHOALA TROZO
Nautic SA to transfer DAFF vessels to SAMSA
Port of Calabar reopened to shipping after dredging
President Zuma to release Ocean Economy delivery plans
Latest cruise ship Mein Schiff 4 floats out
Let's build the Smart Port city
A little known titbit of naval history
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MOL PRECISION

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Monday, 13 October 2014
First View – SAS UMHLOTI
Multi-billion dollar projects for Nigeria’s Onne port
World rallies to fight Ebola
New Smit Amandla Marine utility vessel named
Dredging and Port Expansion Africa draws nearer
Exercise Ibsamar 2014 details announced
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – GREEN MOUNTAIN

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Thursday/Friday, 9-10 October 2014
First View – EIRIK RAUDE
Indian Navy ships head for East and South Africa
Mozambique to open 15 blocks for oil & gas exploration
MSC Opera sets sail for South Africa
National Marine Week observed
Mombasa to ban trucks from parking in city areas
Piracy tipped to peak ahead of Nigerian elections
HMS Queen Elizabeth floats out
Injured seaman evacuated from ship off Cape Town
The Great Wall of Lagos
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MAERSK CERES

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014
Port statistics for September are now available
Dube Tradeport now an IDZ – moves to reindustrialise SA’s economy
CMA CGM revamps Africa-India service, adds call
Barawe, last port town in Somalia, falls to government
Ebola: US ports begin screening process
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MAGSENGER 3

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014
First View – MSC TOMOKO
Disabled French frigate FNS Nivose back in Reunion
Nigeria’s Ladol shipyard open to business
DRC Customs go hi-tech, leads to 20km queues at border
EBH sponsors Erongo reading programme
Namibian fuel train derails
TNPA emphasises maritime careers during October Transport Month
Former Port Exec is new Durban Chamber of Commerce CEO
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – JO ACER and SVENDBORG

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Monday, 6 October 2014
First View – E.R. ATHINA
Questions over how the tanker Pacific Quarz touched bottom in Durban channel entrance
Fight against Ebola hampered by gaps in data, hidden cases
Changing of the guard for MSC
Transport month to be highlighted in Gauteng
Congestion outside Apapa port returns with vengeance
Ghana Shippers Authority commended
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – KOTA PERMATA

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Thursday/Friday, 2-3 October 2014
Tanker touches bottom and is holed outside Durban entrance
Somalia’s Mogadishu ports returning to normality
Fractured hull girder led to sinking of MOL Comfort
Nautic Africa teams up to build support craft for FPSO
MSC Opera ready to return to South Africa
Another successful project concluded by Cape Town’s DCD Marine
Piracy: It never goes away
Collison in Suez Canal - Video
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pic of the Day – CMA CGM MOZART

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014
First View – BRITANNIA
New Durban port manager announced
French frigate FNS NIVOSE reportedly on fire
Transnet and BHP sign R24Bn coal export ‘take or pay’ contract
Ships collide in mouth of Suez Canal
Singapore latest port to tighten up on Ebola checks
MOL announces details of Far East-South Africa services
Mozambique hires firm to study sale of natural gas
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CAP SAN TAINORO

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