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LATEST NEWS

Tuesday 31 May 2016

FIRST VIEW: GENESIS

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The former Singapore-registered research vessel REFLECT SCORPIO (3211-gt, built 1982, IMO 8208385) made an appearance in Durban in 2012 only to be arrested when the crew and other creditors could not be paid. After a protracted delay the ship was finally sold and, it would appear, sailed from Durban under the name GENESIS, possiby for the breakers. The last record we can find is of the ship sailing for Maputo and being off the Zululand coast opposite Lake St Lucia on 17 December 2013, on a northeasterly heading. Does any reader know what happened to this vessel -- did she end up as scrap steel at some Asian or Turkish breaker, or what? This picture of her being moved across Durban harbour in June 2013 is by Terry Hutson
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Nigerian probe into maritime sector

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According to a statement issued by Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Transportation, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved an audit of the maritime sector to determine why there has been insufficient progress. The statement said the Transportation minister, Rotimi Amaechi received a visit from the Technical Unit on Governence and Anti-Corruption Reforms (TUGAR) who advised him of the probe.
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Arrested Hanjin bulker Hanjin Paradip sails

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The South Korean bulker HANJIN PARADIP (82,158-dwt, built 2013), which was detained in the port of Richards Bay because of unpaid charter fees, has been released and has sailed from port. By last evening (Monday) the bulker was rounding the Cape of Good Hope, having sailed from the Zululand port on Sunday, 27 May 2016. Hanjin Paradip was arrested when she arrived off Richards Bay, on behalf of creditors who had not been paid.
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Royal Caribbean Cruises orders three more ships

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Having just taken delivery of the world's biggest cruise and passenger ship, the gigantic 227,ppp ton, 362 metre HARMONY OF THE SEAS and capable of carrying over 6,000 passengers , one might be tempted to think the cruise operator would be satisfied to sit back and consolidate for a while. Not so! RCCL has signed orders for another Oasis class ship for RCCL and two 'Edge' class ships for its Celebrity brand.
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Seafarer medivac'd to East London from passing ship

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The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), a volunteer body, reports that their East London duty crew were called out at 07h30 on Monday 30 May to launch their sea rescue craft Spirit of Lotto and rendezvous with the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier GREAT HOPE (75,480-dwt, built 2012), sailing from Brazil to Singapore, with a 44 year old Chinese seaman on board suffering from allergic reaction to medication.
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The search for the missing Egyptair Flight MS804

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On 22 May US Navy P-3s continued to support the search effort for the missing Egyptair Flight MS804 with two missions (the sixth and seventh) from Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, Italy. The first flight of the day discovered another debris field that was a radius of three nautical miles in size. Once reported to the Egyptian on scene commander, the aircraft was sent elsewhere to search for additional debris fields.
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Port Festival returns to Durban

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After a gap of more than a decade, the once popular Durban Port Festival is set to stage a comeback of portside fun and will take place in the port precinct from 18 to 19 June -- the first to be held in Durban since the advent of the ISPS code in 2004. The Festivak is part of Transnet National Ports Authority's (TNPA) efforts of reconnecting communities with the ports Free activities lined up so far for all ages include tours of South African Navy ships, tugboat rides, a careers exhibition focusing on maritime vocations, a special kids' zone, live entertainment and an array of other waterside and landside activities. There will also be a craft market and food stalls where goodies can be purchased from local stallholders. Activities will take place around Wilson's Wharf and the Durban passenger terminal's N-shed.
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IMB highlights growing violence off West African coast

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Growing violence in the seas off West Africa has been highlighted by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in its weekly report. The report says that as piracy on the world's seas continues to fall, new figures from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) highlight growing violence off the coast of West Africa, where 44 seafarers have been captured so far this year.
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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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CRUISE NEWS and NAVAL NEWS

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We publish news about the cruise industry and naval news here in the general news section, but now also in dedicated Cruise News and Naval News sections. These sections will include stories or news not necessarily covered in the general news section so if you have an interest in either of these don't forget to check regularly in our CRUISE NEWS and NAVAL NEWS sections.
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PICS OF THE DAY : MSC BILBAO

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Another container ship today to complete this edition of PORTS & SHIPS. This is the 7,928-TEU capacity MSC BILBAO (102,756-dwt, built 2006) which is owned by Doehle Peter Schiffahrts of Germany. The ship's original name chosen by her owner was HAMMONIA BREMEN before going on charter more recently with Mediterranean Shipping Company. The ship was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries Ltd Co, South Korea as their hull number 1634. This picture is by Trevor Jones
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Monday 30 May 2016
 
First View : CHANG HANG GUANG RONG
IMO urges pragmatic approach on container VGM implementation
SAMSA CEO Tsietsi Mokhele resigns
News of Ports & Ships
Nautic and Mariflex partner in liquid cargo handling
First captain joins Royal Navy's future flagship
International: DP World Yarimca Port inaugurated
Botswana wants Port Techobanine project reopened
TPT provides SOLAS insights for stakeholders
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : USS BAINBRIDGE & USS BATAAN

Read More ....

Thursday/Friday 26-27 May 2016
 
First View : CHANG HANG GUANG RONG
IMO urges pragmatic approach on container VGM implementation
SAMSA CEO Tsietsi Mokhele resigns
News of Ports & Ships
Nautic and Mariflex partner in liquid cargo handling
First captain joins Royal Navy's future flagship
International: DP World Yarimca Port inaugurated
Botswana wants Port Techobanine project reopened
TPT provides SOLAS insights for stakeholders
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : USS BAINBRIDGE & USS BATAAN

Read More ....

Wednesday 25 May 2016
 
First View : WILD LOTUS
Ematum tuna vessels to be refurbished
Tanzanian Police Probe Port Fee Controversy
SMIT Amandla -- Well done old Lady
ICS publishes Annual Review
East London TPT leads the way in sustainability
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : CMA CGM MISSOURI

Read More ....

Tuesday 24 May 2016
 
First View : MOL GRATITUDE
Dredger arrives to commence channel dredging
Suez Canal Co fails to halt backhauls via Cape
Electrifying moment for Port Louis
Unwanted ships: How to lay-up a vessel
NATO strengthens cooperation with Royal Moroccan Navy
Technical: LNG Hybrid Barge's second year in port of Hamburg
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MATSU ARROW

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Monday 23 May 2016
 
First View : SERENDIPITY
First Black South African Female Master Mariners
Lynx helicopter in NSRI sea rescue operation
SAMSA to lay more charges against Chinese fishing vessel
DP World Opens Door for Ethiopia in Berbera, Somaliland
Transnet completes leadership team
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : KOTA SELAMAT

Read More ....

Thursday/Friday 19-20 May 2016
 
First View : STAR FIGHTER
Pirate attack on container ship in Gulf of Aden thwarted
Bulker New Mykonos breaks and sinks off Madagascar
Tamaya 1 owner turns up in Liberia
New Transnet leadership team announced
MSC ship fined for Ghana oil spill
BIMCO/ICS report predicts massive seafarer shortage by 2025
China to take over Tazara management
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SUMMER FLOWER and STOLT VIRTUE

Read More ....

Wednesday 18 May 2016
 
First View : ROYAL PRINCESS
Port Statistics for the month of April are now available
Four Damen patrol boats for Nigeria
Second of five 600t gas tanks delivered in Saldanha
Terex delivers 10 reach stackers to Benin
TPT improves port efficiencies in Benin
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC JUDITH

Read More ....

Tuesday 17 May 2016
 
First View : SOUTHERN VENTURE
Landmarks unveiled at Port of Ngqura
Relief for Transnet as Moody's improves credit rating
Successful Navis upgrade for Transnet Port Terminals
Panama Canal expansion nears completion
Mailbag: TNPA and progress at Saldanha
e-navigation -- Where is it going?
Chinese Navy visits Simon's Town
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC AZOV

Read More ....

Monday 16 May 2016
 
First View : JOLLY DIAMANTE
APM Terminals to provide VGM weighing services at 29 terminals
Mystery of Tamay 1 grounding deepens
Nigerian oil woes increase as Shell evacuates Bonga Field
Maritime Awareness key to Alliance Assurance
Sudanese government plans to privatise sea ports condemned
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : KOTA SAHABAT

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Thursday/Friday 12-13 May 2016
 
First View : GECO SCORPIO
Genting adds another two mega cruise ships to fleet
DP World to launch education programme
Unmanned Warrior marches on
Nigerian oil output falls as violence hits production
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : FOUMA and EMPRENDEDORA

Read More ....

Wedneday 11 May 2016
 
First View : AUXIS
Trucks congest Bayhead Road, disrupt DCT and Bluff terminals
Safmarine returning home to South Africa
Zambia backs Tazara rail route with Dar es Salaam
Cargo Working: Balancing act with 30,000 tons of aluminium bars
Karachi welcomes first call of new MSC Middle East service
Safmarine Meru collision and fire update
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : UMM LAQHAB

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Tuesday 10 May 2016
 
First View : ASIAN ADONIS
Safmarine container ship catches fire after collision
Port of Durban to host World Hydrographic Day
Africa suffers as oil rout chases off exploration
Carnival and Viking Cruises launch new ships, new itineraries
Australian Government's future submarine programme
DCNS corvettes for Egypt
Navis upgrade puts TPT in forefront of terminal operations
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : DE LAPEROUSE

Read More ....

Monday 9 May 2016
 
First View : UMHLALI
Ship aground; Bulker with fire on board; Ship collides with STS crane
Mozambique's public debt now "unsustainable"
SAMSA issues new Certificate on Standard of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping Convention
China asked to begin work on $7 billion Tanzanian railway asap
Complaints and concerns with Lake Victoria ferry Kalangala
Two new tugs roll off production line
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : CAP CORTES

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Thursday/Friday 5-6 May 2016
 
MSC JEANNE
Maputo appoints Jan de Nul to dredge port
Tough First Quarter for Maersk Line
Europe okays CMA CGM takeover of Neptune Orient Line
Damen to develop expedition cruise ship
Port of Dar es Salaam to undergo US$60 million expansion
Surprise as huge coral reef discovered off Amazon mouth
Plans to up Africa trade by half a trillion rand
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : ALPHA PINA

Read More ....

Wednesday 4 May 2016
 
First View : INGWENYA
Dormac Dock 1 is on her way
Nigerian Navy identifies and seeks piracy mastermind
Uganda and Tanzania tie up pipeline loose ends
Uganda borrows US$48 million to build port at Bukasa on Lake Victoria
Container VGM weighing: Some ports will and some ports won't
Transnet says it is on top of railway OEM deal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : WG AMUNDSEN

Read More ....

Tuesday 3 May 2016
 
First View : MAERSK INVERNESS
Durban's first female deputy harbour master
Mozambique leaves open the use of Shire and Zambezi rivers by Malawi
Tanzania's CAG reveals rot in Dar ferry purchase
MSC Sinfonia reaches Cape Town after eventful voyage
Giant MSC containership grounds in Suez Canal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SAFMARINE NOKWANDA

Read More ....

Thursday/Friday 28-29 April 2016
 
First View : MAERSK INVERNESS
Durban's first female deputy harbour master
Mozambique leaves open the use of Shire and Zambezi rivers by Malawi
Tanzania's CAG reveals rot in Dar ferry purchase
MSC Sinfonia reaches Cape Town after eventful voyage
Giant MSC containership grounds in Suez Canal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SAFMARINE NOKWANDA

Read More ....

Tuesday 26 April 2016
 
First View : FAIRLANE
Debacle on Durban's North Pier
Give us level playing fields when enforcing SOLAS
Eish, was that the Navy Festival?
MSC Seaside revealed in all her glory
World Bank assists Myanmar Ports financing
GAC announces new Group Management appointments
Cathelco desalinators gaining customers worldwide
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : DONG-A METIS and RYUJIN

Read More ....

What! Still not enough? Good grief, as Snoopy would say! Okay, check out the archives-they go back way back, about 12 or 13 years actually, and that ought to keep you reading for a while, but don't forget, we're adding new news every weekday Monday to Thursday. That's just to keep things fresh and up to date. In the meantime you can start HERE.....

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Ports & Ships provides news and in-depth reporting from the ports, harbours and shipping lines serving Southern and Sub-Saharan Africa including regularly updated shipping movements (schedules) and port, rail and road transport developments.

In addition Ports & Ships offers analysis of the many issues affecting the maritime industry throughout the region, including East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. The latest developments in the ports are covered, while legal comment covering some pertinent issues is provided by experts in the field.
 
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