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LATEST NEWS

Tuesday 25 November 2014 First Edition

FIRST VIEW – SEROJA LIMA

Seroja Lima by Dirk Erasmus Algoa Bay 470

The container ship SEROJA LIMA (99,500-dwt, built 2011) which lost a number of containers overboard during rough seas in Nelson Mandela Bay recently. The ship has a carrying capacity of 8,540 TEUs. The area where the containers fell can be seen in this picture, which is by Dirk Erasmus, courtesy of Glyn Hunter (53 of 53 words)
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DCT ranked no.1 amongst African ports for berth productivity, says Maersk

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The Durban Container Terminal is often the butt of criticism about productivity but the latest report by the world’s largest container carrier, Maersk Line, shows a different picture. In the latest report it ranks DCT, Pier 2 in 1st place among African ports.
DCT’s Pier 1 comes fares less well, but still coming in at a handy 8th position. These results amongst African ports are based on berth productivity to date. The berth productivity key performance indicator is monitored for all of African ports by Maersk Line vessels. (88 of about 530 words)
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Maersk plans ever bigger ships for container fleet

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No sooner has China Shipping Container Lines prepared to take delivery of the first of their new 19,000-TEU container ships, CSCL GLOBE (see yesterday’s News Bulletin) than Maersk Line has contradicted previous indications by entering into talks with South Korean shipyards regarding an order for six ships of a similar, i.e. 19,000-TEU size. (53 of about 225 words)
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Majesty of the Seas transfers to Pullmantur in 2016

Key West Cruise Ship Majesty of the Seas 470

Cruise company Royal Caribbean Cruises has announced that it will be transferring MAJESTY OF THE SEAS to its European-based Pullmantur brand as from 2016.
The transfer will take place in April 2016 when the ship enters dry dock for a full refit before joining the Pullmantur fleet. This will enable her interior décor and fittings to be restyled for the Pullmantur brand. (62 of about 220 words)
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Strong growth in throughput forecast for Port of Mombasa

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The Port of Mombasa is expecting to increase the total volume of cargo handled in 2014 by over 14 percent as compared with last year.
According to managing director Gichiri Ndua, this is due to the increase in capacity at the port, good marketing and improved coordination between the port authority and the general port community. (56 of about 220 words)
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Westminster Group Clinches West Africa Ferry Deal

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The UK-headquartered Westminster Group Plc. has through its Managed Services division secured a 21 year agreement with a government in West Africa for the complete management and operation of a number of recently constructed ferry terminals together with the provision of a new sea ferry transfer service. (47 of about 225 words)
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World seaborne trade grows by 3.8 percent in 2013

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Reflecting stumbling growth in the world economy, world seaborne shipments grew by an average of just 3.8 percent in 2013, taking total volumes to nearly 9.6 billion tons, UNCTAD's Review of Maritime Transport 2014 reports.
Much of the expansion in seaborne trade was driven by growth in dry cargo flows, in particular bulk commodities, which grew by 5.6 percent, the report says. Meanwhile, world container port throughput increased by an estimated 5.6 percent to 651.1 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2013. (82 of about 920 words)
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NSRI’s WaterWise uses milk container as a life ring

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In the hope of preventing children from drowning the NSRI’s educational initiative, WaterWise Academy, is testing a water safety project which uses affordable life rings.
The project, using a 3 litre milk container attached to a pole with a length of rope, is being tested in Ceres and will soon also be trialled in the Eden district. The WaterWise Academy’s Ceres based Instructor, Eoudia Erasmus, with the blessing of farmers and the help of school children, is putting ‘rescue buoys’ in places where children play in water during the summer. (90 of about 280 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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PICS OF THE DAY - GRETA

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The German-owned, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged general cargo ship GRETA seen arriving in the Port of Cape Town last week. This type of self-geared general cargo ship can hardly be regarded as highly attractive but are nevertheless a practical design for smaller type vessels. Pictures: Ian Shiffman. (46 of 46 words)
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Monday, 24 November 2014
 
First View – MERCURIUS
Austrian company awarded the Port Louis upgrade contract
Ghana port of Tema secures US$ 1.5 billion funding
Australian Navy makes another drug haul off Africa
China Railway Construction Corp to build Nigerian coastal railway
EBH Namibia trains its own internal auditors
EU naval forces to remain off Somalia for another two years
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CSCL GLOBE

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Thursday/Friday, 20-21 November 2014
 
First View – LOTHENI
Australian trawler arrested, Master jailed then released without charge
Seafarers arriving from West Africa denied medical care
One-stop border eases Tanzania-Burundi cargo jam
Port of Conakry inaugurates new container berth
Indian consortium receives first shipment of Mozambican coal
Japan wants to rewrite Antarctic whaling rules
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SOUTHAMPTON CASTLE and RHODESIA CASTLE

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014
 
First View – TOPAZ MEGAN
First for Durban terminal in using Kalmar SmartStack narrowband comms network
Nigeria’s Apapa Port recovers from strike
First MSC Cruises ship Armonia completes her lengthening
Funds secured for new Zambia - Angola railway
Indian Navy ship INS Teg docks in Nacala
NMT takes over Dutch shipping line RMR
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ROTTERDAM

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014
 
First View – SPIRIT OF SHANGHAI
Angola plans interconnected railway network
Ghana faces strike across petroleum sector
France urges Mozambique to acquire warships
DCD Marine acquires Lloyd’s ISO accreditation
Special feature: The sustainability of Africa’s transportation infrastructure development
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PACIFIC GANNET

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Monday, 17 November 2014
 
First View – JO LOTUS
Nigeria faces port strike action from today
Royal IHC (Merwede) outlines role in South Africa
MSC switches to Lomé as West Africa-Far East hub
Kenya, Seychelles testing new anti-piracy software
DHL sees world economic centre of gravity shifting eastward
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MAERSK VILNIUS

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Thursday/Friday, 13-14 November 2014
 
First View – EMMA MAERSK
Boom time for West African ports
Wharftalk: among the ports and ships
Ghana Ports & Harbour Authority aims big with -16m draught
Spanish firm to build fishery school in Angola
Walvis Bay North Harbour: Pros & Cons of SADC gateway port
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics from Yesteryear – ORESTES and SAXONIA

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014
 
First View – BREEDE
Port Statistics for October are now available here
Costa’s latest ship is named Costa Diadema
OW Bunker, world’s largest bunker supplier, goes bust
Mysterious asphalt mounds discovered off Angola
New terminals planned for Djibouti
Agreement on revising IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – AFRICAN COMET and AL ZOHAL

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014
 
First View – FLINTSTONE
German cruise ship companies file for banruptcy
Port of Takoradi appeals support to expand
Final scoping report prepared for Saldanha IDZ
Greenpeace names 20 monster vessels as ‘scourge of the oceans’
India donates patrol ship to Seychelles
Port of Nacala expansion on target
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MSC RITA

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Monday, 10 November 2014
 
First View – TOP ESTRELA DO MAR and rig ENSCO 5001
Chinese-built Nigerian Navy ship undergoes sea trials
Chinese explore for mineral sands in Mozambique
Mauritius court frees 12 Somali pirate suspects
Second new motor assembly plant for Matola
DHL invests US$38 million in SA warehousing
Nigeria’s AfrikDelta buys new tug
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – TIGER

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Thursday/Friday, 6-7 November 2014
 
First View – LOUIS S
Durban’s DCT well stocked with new equipment
SA maritime students in Sweden complete degrees
eLoran technology will protect world’s busiest sea lane
Wharftalk: News from around the Ports & Harbours
Another 10 locomotives for Nacala Corridor
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – TOP ESTRELA DO MAR

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014
 
First View – EVER RESPECT
Angola to sell oil to Indonesia from next year
Africa: Think Again - Europe Leaves Refugees to Sink or Swim
Indian Navy visits Port Louis, Mauritius
Where have all the pirates gone, long time passing….
New ferries planned for Kenya Ferry Services
Bagamoyo port deal in the bag – contracts signed in China
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – LAUST MAERSK

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Tuesday, 4 November 2014
 
First View – CARME
Not a good weekend for the cruise industry
Namibian Navy pays South African Navy a visit
KPA enters into partnership with TNPA to improve efficiency
GAC EnvironHull starts green hull cleaning in Oman
Let’s build the Smart Port City starts today
CMA-CGM retro-refits another 10 bulbous bows
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics from Yesteryear – Arcadia and City of Durban

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Monday, 3 November 2014
 
First View – CALABRIA
Port of Beira cargo expected to rise 15 percent
Cruise ship Marco Polo runs aground
MCLI celebrates 10 years of promoting Maputo Corridor
Nautic links up with Doen Pacific
Durban’s latest restaurant boat runs into difficulty
Somalia to offer offshore blocks in a bid for oil
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – FADELSIA

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Thursday/Friday, 31 October 2014
 
First View – TAIHUA STAR
Transnet profit drops but investment remains high
Wharftalk – From around the ports and harbours
East Africa – freight rates rise as fewer ships call
Somali pirates release 7 Indian seamen from Asphalt Venture
Maputo railway line reopened after collision
Ebola may impact on iron ore exports from Sierra Leone
Economist tells Mozambique to boost logistics to be competitive
Insuring abnormal cargo – what’s needed?
Explosives discovered in Mogadishu harbour
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – FS FLOREAL and MONA FRONTIER

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014
 
First View – UACC HARMONY
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
 
First View – NEDLLOYD KIMBERLEY
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
 
First View – HARBOUR POLLUTION
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
 
First View – STOLT VINLAND
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
Pics of the Day – GOTTFRIED SCHULTE

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