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LATEST NEWS

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

FIRST VIEW – MINNA

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The Polish-built 3,100-TEU container ship MINNA (41,850-dwt, built 2002) seen in Cape Town during the month of July. The self-geared ship is owned by Germany’s Doehle Peter Schiffahrts. Picture is by Ian Shiffman. (33 of about 33 words)
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Tanzanian standard gauge railway to link Rwanda, Burundi

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A new East African initiative is exploring prospects for a standard gauge railway (SGR) from the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam, to landlocked neighbours Burundi and Rwanda. If the project is successful it can have a significant impact on the port of Dar es Salaam and the future port at Bagamoyo. The proposed 1,661-km long railway, built to the 4ft 8 ½ ins standard gauge as used in most of Europe and North America, will operate in competition with a similar SGR under construction in Kenya. The Kenyan line, from the port of Mombasa is being built only as far as Nairobi but it isintended that the line will link Uganda and Rwanda with the Kenyan port. (119 of about 520 words)
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Casefile: Bulk carrier Agatis and her distressed crew

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An example of the difficult life that many seafarers face when they sail across the oceans far from home and familiar places involves the bulk carrier AGATIS (27,254-dwt, built 1996) which spent three months at anchor while under arrest outside the port of Cape Town earlier this year. The vessel was carrying a cargo of bagged rice loaded in Myanmar, intended for delivery at Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire. (68 of about 530 words)
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MSC Cruises launches Voyagers Club

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MSC Cruises has launched its MSC Voyagers Club, the company’s new loyalty programme that rewards experienced travellers and reinforces the company’s commitment to offer guests an exceptional all-around experience before, during and after their cruise. (35 of about 290 words)
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Mozambique sugar industry warns of cheaper imports

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Mozambican sugar producers on Thursday (23 July) warned the Minister of Industry and Trade, Max Tonela, that the domestic market is being swamped by cheap, imported sugar, threatening the continued existence of the Mozambican industry. (35 of about 175 words)
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New Appointments: BGAG appoints David Forfar...

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Pan-African corporate law firm, Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group (BGAG), has announced the appointment of David Forfar as head of their Oil & Gas sector group. Forfar will be based in the Cape Town office of BGAG where his substantial experience in Africa will complement the sector group’s expertise across the continent. Having worked and travelled in Africa, he has considerable knowledge of, and experience in, the oil and gas sector throughout Africa. (72 of about 350 words)
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Port director indicted for sabotage, theft and conspiracy

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Matilda Parker, the suspended Liberian National Port Authority’s managing director has been indicted by the Monteserrado County Grand Jury in Liberia. Ms Parker was suspended in April and faces charges of economic sabotage, theft of property and criminal conspiracy. She was arrested on 21 July and released on a $1 million bond. (52 of about 160 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...... (55 of about 400 words)
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PIC OF THE DAY – MAGELLAN

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Trevor Jones has recently visited Europe during which time he was able to visit a number of places of shipping interest for himself. One of these was Aalborg in Denmark and among the ships seen and photographed was the cruise ship MAGELLAN.
“This was quite a significant vessel and a rather significant event,” says Professor Jones. “The vessel is the Magellan, now operating in the British market, but of course better known as Carnival's Holiday. The significance of the visit was quite notable, as she was built in Aalborg, as the last vessel to be completed by the Aalborg Vaerft, delivered in June 1985, just over thirty years ago.
“She had not been back to her birthplace since, and the event elicited gigantic interest in the city, with coverage in local papers and television, and huge interest from the local populace. A cannon salute was fired from the site of the former shipyard as she came up the Limfjord, and a special lunch was laid on board for former shipyard workers and other locals of note.
“When she sailed, the waterfront was lined with thousands of onlookers, over a wide age spectrum, and frankly quite an emotive scene. The disintegration of the European shipbuilding industry must have hit cities like this very hard, and its passing is really quite sad.”
Pictures are by Trevor Jones (225 of 225 words)
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Monday 27 July 2015
 
First View – BORKUM
Cape Town port gets its first scanner
First ships test the new Suez Canal
War clouds over Libya but Aden is relieved
Dredger being built in Port Elizabeth
Italian ship towed into Djibouti – EUNAFOR warships guard
India, US and Japan to conduct naval exercise in Indian Ocean
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MSC LONDON

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Thursday/Friday 23-24 July 2015
 
First View – CALABRIA
Saldanha: Start made on SA’s first dedicated offshore supply base
Mozambique president stresses importance of territorial waters
Is this the end of the freight forwarding middleman
Governor tells CFM to meet Beira’s increased railway demand
Suez security on high alert for inauguration of new canal
Fire on Freedom of the Seas
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CAUSEWAY SUPPLIER

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Wednesday 22 July 2015
 
First View – MSC KRITTIKA
New Nigerian Govt clamps down on crude oil tankers
Crystal Cruises expansion plans – 3 new 100,000-ton ships
Mombasa port users won't be penalised by recent strike
Mozambique must modernise ports and railways
Doubts over Uganda’s role with standard gauge railway
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MAYDON WHARF BERTH 1 REBUILDING

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Tuesday 21 July 2015
 
First View – DURBAN CAR TERMINAL
Nautic to custom develop range of boarding craft for SA Navy
Mombasa Container Terminal Phase 2 awaits govt approval
Durban Dry Dock closes for 2 months for repair
Meet Wärtsilä’s two-stroke X92 engine for a 20,000-TEU ship
Another Odfjell top official steps down
Nacala begins exporting coal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – BRIGHT SKY

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Monday 20 July 2015
 
First View – BREAUX TIDE
Richards Bay – the navy’s coming to town
CMA CGM & Hapag-Lloyd improve West Africa-Europe services
R1.34 billion upgrade for Richards Bay Coal Terminal
Still no bids for tug Umzumbe
New Suez Canal waterway is completed
Unesco says discovery of Captain Kidd’s ship is a fake
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ROSITA

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Thursday/Friday 16-17 July 2015
 
First View – UZAVALO
Uproar as Navy’s Belmont House unilaterally renamed by admiral
NileDutch starts new South America-Africa service
Mombasa container traffic keeps increasing
Livestock carrier ‘Trust’ placed on blacklist
EBH Namibia boosts safety through ISO and OHSAS compliance
Video Clip: Somalia’s Mogadishu Port Project
There’s a lady in charge of this cruise ship
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – HOLSTEIN EXPRESS

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Wednesday 15 July 2015
 
First View – SAA ADAM KOK, Boat 1563
Port Statistics for June are now available here
Transnet annual results published
Nigeria’s Chief of the Navy fired
EMATUM makes more Mozambican waves
China buys US$3.5 billion of graphite from Mozambique
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – Launching of dredger Ilembe

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Tuesday 14 July 2015
 
First View – KS FLORA
Indian frigate Teg on patrol off Mauritius
Russian Navy ships visit Luanda
Restructuring of port facilities in Libya
SMIT Amandla Marine partners with NSRI in KZN
News from around the ports
Are Africa’s railways on track for sustainable development?
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MAERSK VILNIUS

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Monday 13 July 2015
 
First View – HMAS ANZAC
Repair of Durban dry dock caisson awarded
ENI announces oil investments in Angola
Australian Navy ship nabs more drugs off East Africa
Cruise Lines begin travelling to Cuba
Chaos as 4000 Chinese descend on small Japanese town
Mozambique forest under risk from illegal loggers & mining
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – WEST ECLIPSE & JASPER EXPLORER

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Thursday/Friday 9-10 July 2015
 
First View – MARE ATLANTICUM
New SA Navy tug Imvubu delivers this week
European investors hosted to SA Oceans Economy seminar
Coal India relinquishes 75% of its licensed area in Tete
EC approves CMA CGM acquisition of short sea line OPDR
Gloomy outlook for shipping industry
Drewry says big ship policy is starting to backfire
Lamu port design work completed
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – DP STAR

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Wednesday 8 July 2015
 
First View – THALATTA
Skuld P&I issues cautionary over Durban groundings
Suez scare as 13 bomb suspects arrested
Migrant smuggling at sea – New platform established
Govt optimistic about investor growth at Coega
Cruise terminal for Mombasa Port
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – HOKUETSU IBIS

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Tuesday 7 July 2015
 
First View – MSC AJACCIO
French president visits Angola for shipbuilding orders
Uncertainty at Mombasa as 27 dock workers are fired
Charges brought against officers of rogue fishing vessel Thunder
Silversea expands into its biggest ship ever
First widened containership returns to service
Moma mine returns to work after strike
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – BOUGAINVILLE

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Monday 6 July 2015
 
First View – MTS STATUM
Mombasa striking workers return but may continue this week
Saldanha’s offshore supply base gets underway
Ro-Ro vessel TABA sinks in Red Sea
Sailors’ Society launches crisis response centre
Registration starts for Integrated Port Management System
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – BRITISH ENVOY

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Thursday/Friday 2-3 July 2015
 
First View – UHUVA and UZAVOLO
Cape Town Cruise Terminal to be run by V&A Waterfront
SA Commission fines NYK R104 million for price fixing
Cattle ship heads for East London
Indian Ocean naval exercises but no South Africa
Cameroon’s Kribi port ready for shipping
Panama Canal widening project 90% complete
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – BALTIC PATRIOT

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Wednesday 1 July 2015
 
First View – AFRICAN PELICAN
S Korea’s Lim Ki-tack elected next IMO secretary-general
Heroin seizures off East African coast mount
Anadarko seeks to sell LNG to Japan’s Jera
Chinese move on making Suez Canal part of Silk Road
India studies navigational capacity of River Ganges
SMIT Amandla Marine partnering women in business
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – HS ROSSINI

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Tuesday 30 June 2015
 
First View – THAT MYSTERY JACK-UP BARGE
Lady of Zanzibar ferry to operate Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar
Second Viking Cruise ship launched
ISS announces convoy info ahead of new Suez Canal opening
Veecraft delivers wave piercing crew boat
MV Victoria story brings back memories
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – DR ACE

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Monday 29 June 2015
 
First View – NORMAND PACIFIC
African dredging contracts for Royal Boskalis
MAST’s latest security update – Somalia, Libya, Yemen
New Customs system needed – not more red tape, says Deloitte
Smit Amandla Marine partnering women in business
Solstad Offshore returns to Gibdock
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – AFON CADNANT

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Thursday/Friday 25-26 June 2015
 
First View – UOS NAVIGATOR
Pirates kill four policemen in Port Harcourt
Call for more tugs at Lagos ports
Strike halts production at Kenmare’s Moma Mine
Start made on MSC Cruises’ biggest ship, Seaside
Virgin Cruises makes its debut into cruising
Unique Group aims at new markets and acquisitions
Nigeria slashes price of crude oil
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PRIVMED

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Wednesday 24 June 2015
 
First View – MSC ARICA and MSC ATHOS
Nigerian LNG talks of building large shipyard
New era as Panamax is docked for repair at Walvis Bay
Nestle cuts back in Africa after misjudging growth
German bank loans Transnet R2.8bn for loco acquisition
South Africa – USA agree on transportation cooperation
Moatize coal to be exported through Nacala in July
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MAERSK VARNA

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Tuesday 23 June 2015
 
First View – CHESHIRE
Tanzania conducts marine survey on nine lake ships
Mega ship trend close to optimal limit - OECD official
Five Royal Caribbean ships to be deployed to China!
Book Review: Lawrence and the Red Sea
New Appointments
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ULYSSE

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