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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday 18-19 December 2014, First Edition

FIRST VIEW – PIETER SCHELTE

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When the biggest ship in the world calls, you drop everything and hasten down to the seafront or any other vantage point from where you can take a look, and if you are wielding a camera, you are able to capture some lasting moments of the ship.
That was what happened this morning (Thursday, 18 December 2014) when Ian Shiffman learned that the heavylift catamaran vessel PIETER SCHIELTE was outside in the No.1 anchorage of Table Bay outside Cape Town. (72 of about 310 words)
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APM Terminals calls for reform and infrastructure investment for Africa

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Interior African Cargo Transportation is in Need of regulatory reform and infrastructure investment, says a leading port terminal operator.
According to APM Terminals, port and inland logistics will require new rail, roadways and regulations to accommodate projected population growth and economic development. (42 of about 455 words)
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Nigerian dock workers call off strike

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According to media reports, the strike at Nigerian ports which commenced on Wednesday this week (17 December) was called off this morning (Thursday) and workers had returned to duty.
President of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), National Ports Authority division, Mr Adeleke Sanni said normal services would resume as the union has suspended the strike action. This followed a lengthy meeting yesterday in which the management of the NPA engaged with leaders of MWUN and other stakeholders. (81 of about 490 words)
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CMA CGM, Emirates call off Mombasa call because of congestion

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French shipping giant CMA CGM and UAE’s Emirates Shipping say they will be stopping calls at the Kenyan port of Mombasa on account of lengthy delays affecting their container shipping.
In particular this applies to their joint Middle East/Indian Sub-Continent-East Africa Swahili Express/GIA which comprises of four CMA CGM vessels and two vessels from Emirates Shipping. (57 of about 225 words)
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African forces plan an end to illegal fishing

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Member countries of the anti-illegal fishing network FISH-i Africa should build on their early successes by continuing to take action in their respective countries to help eliminate illegal fishing in the Western Indian Ocean.
The message was delivered by Minister of Halieutics Resources and Fisheries for Madagascar, Minister Ahmad, who opened a FISH-i Africa Task Force meeting in Antananarivo . (59 of about 340 words)
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Angola’s Sonangol orders two more tankers from DSME

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Angola’s state-owned oil company Sonangol has placed an order for two 156,290-dwt crude oil tankers with South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME).
The contract signing ceremony was held on Thursday, December 11th in Seoul, South Korea. (39 of about 110 words)
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Swiber wins US$710 million contract in West Africa

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Swiber Holdings Limited (Swiber), a Singapore-listed global provider of integrated offshore construction and support services to the oil and gas industry, has made its first foray into the offshore oil and gas market in West Africa by securing an award from a Houston-based oil and gas company to provide Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation and Commissioning (EPCIC) services for an offshore field development project. (63 of about 270 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 - VTC GLORY

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The Vietnamese owned and managed bulk carrier VTC GLORY (23,620-dwt, built 1998) arriving in the Brazil port of Santos in September this year. Pictures: Roberto Smera (26 of 26 words)
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Tuesday 16 December 2014
 
First View – JING PO HE
Death toll rises in Lake Tanganyika sinking
13 dead in Suez Canal collision
China-Europe container block train reaches Madrid
Uncertain Dry Bulk sector outlook for 2015
China fills Africa’s port infrastructure vacuum
MSC Cruises orders more ships; Insignia’s fire
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MOÇAMBIQUE and ARUNDEL CASTLE

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Monday 15 December 2014
 
First View – HANSA VICTORY
High winds blow containers from ship into Durban harbour
Now MSC boasts the world’s biggest container ship
New record throughput for Port Maputo
South Africa, Mozambique study $6 billion gas pipeline
Angola targets 2 million barrels of oil a day
Odfjell CEO Jan Hammer steps down
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PG JOUBERT and VISTAFJORD

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Thursday/Friday 11-12 December 2014
 
First View – BOURBON LIBERTY 315
Port Statistics for November are available here
Nersa gives nod to Burgan’s Eastern Mole terminal facility
China to finance 2nd Abidjan Container Terminal
Oman aims to become a major cruise tourist destination
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PT MONTO, HERVEY BAY, WIDE BAY

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Wednesday 10 December 2014
 
First View – STAMFORD PIONEER
Shipboard armed guards face shrinking market
TNPA calls for new tenders for Cape Town Cruise Terminal
MACS Line spreads into North Atlantic trade
Repairs to Port Elizabeth tanker berth completed
Tug Signet Warhorse II tows cargo barge 6,700 n.miles to Pointe Noire
BidAir acquires Imperial Air Cargo
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – STOLT VINLAND

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Tuesday 9 December 2014
 
First View – CONCORDIA
China denies building overseas base at Walvis Bay
Durban entrance drama – the Durban Sandbar
Mitsui buys stake in Vale and Nacala Railroad
Richard Branson announces Virgin Cruises
MSC Cruises 90 percent sold for season
Denmark’s DSV in talks to buy out UTi Worldwide
French court orders release of Somali pirates
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – IBSA QUINTO, SEA AXE 26 and 25

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Monday 8 December 2014
 
First View – K OPAL
Another ship ‘touches bottom’ in Port of Durban entrance
Transnet signs MoU with Chinese locomotive manufacturer
Ghanaian minister worried over threats to maritime industry
Nautilus warns over piracy ransom payments
New Durban port chaplain licensed
Sanko emerges from court protection, a.k.a judicial management
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SANKO MERMAID and SANKO ODYSSEY

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Thursday/Friday 4-5 December 2014
 
First View – DIAMBOGNE
Call for easing of restrictions on port weapon movements
Madagascar welcomes EU Naval Force frigate FGS Luebeck
Hapag-Lloyd/CSAV merger now complete
India’s MRPL to set up petroleum hub in Mauritius
World Bank in $1.2 billion African Port Drive
Railway project to transform Nigerian economy
Emirates Shipping Line upgrades Middle East-Africa Service
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SANCO SWORD

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Wednesday 3 December 2014
 
First View – BRENDA
Strong coal exports for October
Mozambique aims high at 15 minute customs clearance at Ressano Garcia
Zanzibar terminates ship registry contract
SAS Makhanda completes Mozambique deployment, replaced by SAS Isaac Dyobha
Seabourn goes for a double, orders second ship
HMAS Canberra enters service with Australian Navy
All swap for Spanish aerial counter piracy teams
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – BRITISH COMMERCE and NILEDUTCH ELEPHANT

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Tuesday 2 December 2014
 
First View – UBUNTU
Mozambique one of three African economies with highest growth by 2019
Construction ready to start on Cabinda deepwater port
MSC Cruises & Mozambique discuss long-term sustainable growth
Collaboration key to security solutions for Africa’s oil & gas industry
Danish company Niras awarded new Mombasa oil terminal contract
Cruise ship calls at Richards Bay, Walvis Bay and Port Louis
Video Clip – The lengthening of MSC Armonia
Large oil spill in Durban Harbour
New diesel-electric locomotives arrive in Cape Town
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ASTOR

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Monday 1 December 2014
 
First View – SALVIGILANT
Shock as Kenya’s High Court stops Lamu (Lapsset) project
Mombasa port threatened by new Ugandan strike
Update on Kasumbalesa fire
Port Elizabeth service boat in bizarre accident
New generation Grimaldi con-ro ships on West African service
Mombasa City to go ahead with import/export tax
First train from Moatize reaches Nacala
Somali piracy still a burning issue
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ILLYRIC and CYCLOPS

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Thursday/Friday, 27-28 November 2014
 
First View – CMA CGM EIFFEL
Thai Moçambique Logística promises low-cost solution to transport coal
Evergreen enhances services between Asia and East Africa
Wharftalk from around the ports a & harbours
Durban cruise ship call shedule
Norwegian Cruise Line buys Ocean Princess, renamed SIRENA
Tanzania Ports Authority completes feasibility study for Kasanga harbour
Transnet NPA signs MOU with Port of Sudan
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PACIFIC DRAGON and COMET

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014
 
First View – DANAH EXPLORER
Petrol tankers explode at Kasumbalesa Zambia/DRC border
CMA CGM upgrades liner services between Asia and East Africa
Small island states cut off from major trade routes
Angola spends US$500 million on rolling stock
EU counter-piracy mission opens base in Mogadishu
New Members Apply To Join The ‘100 Club’
Video clip showing conditions on ship during a storm at sea
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – THASOS

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014
 
First View – SEROJA LIMA
DCT ranked no.1 amongst African ports for berth productivity, says Maersk
Maersk plans ever bigger ships for container fleet
Majesty of the Seas transfers to Pullmantur in 2016
Strong growth in throughput forecast for Port of Mombasa
Westminster Group Clinches West Africa Ferry Deal
World seaborne trade grows by 3.8 per cent in 2013
NSRI’s WaterWise uses milk container as a life ring
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – GRETA

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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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