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Thursday/Friday 20-21 November 2014 First Edition


Lotheni DSC1372cc Steve Mc Currach 470

The Durban harbour tug LOTHENI (460-gt, built 2010) crosses Durban Bay after completing another job of assisting a ship to her berth. Lotheni is one of a fleet of modern Durban-built Voith-Schneider propelled tugs and has a bollard pull of 55 tons. Picture by Steve McCurrach www.airserv.co.za (48 of 48 words)
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Australian trawler arrested, Master jailed then released without charge

Southern Champion Antarctica RC 470

On Saturday 15 November the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (“DAFF”) issued a directive preventing the Southern Champion, an Australian flagged fishing trawler which had called at Durban for bunkers and provisions, from leaving the port due to alleged contraventions of the Marine Living Resources Act 18 of 1998.
In addition the Master of the vessel, a New Zealand national, was arrested and held in custody from Saturday evening until his release without charge on Monday afternoon. (78 of about 740 words)
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Seafarers arriving from West Africa denied medical care

09 25 2014 WHO Ebola pic WHO C Banluta 470

United Nations and other leading international transport, trade and tourism organisations have expressed concern about the reported denial of medical care for ill seafarers on board ships that had previously called at ports in Ebola-affected countries.
In a statement, the Travel and Transport Task Force called for international cooperation of governments and the transport sector in following the recommendations of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola, convened by the UN World Health Organization (WHO). (76 of about 430 words)
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One-stop border eases Tanzania-Burundi cargo jam

Kabanga with Tanzania and Burundi 470

A pilot one-stop border crossing at the Kobero border between Tanzania and Burundi has eased cargo delays caused by congested traffic build-up, reports Tanzania Daily News.
The article says that when things are working smoothly, cargo clearance at the one-stop border has eased to a single day’s delay. This compared with lengthy delays of several days or longer. The project of One-Stop border posts is being established at the instigation of TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) and commenced in June this year. It is designed to cater for transit traffic from the port of Dar es Salaam which is destined not only Burundi but the eastern DRC as well. (108 of about 385 words)
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Port of Conakry inaugurates new container berth

Conakry container terminal 470

A new 340-metre long quay and berth was inaugurated earlier this week at the Port Autonome de Conakry container terminal in Guinea.
The Bolloré Group invested a total of €47 million in developing the new berth with a draught alongside of -13 metres. As such it the port can now handle larger sized container ships of up to 5,000-TEU capacity, placing the Guinean port on a par with Abidjan, Dakar, Lagos and Tema. (73 of about 230 words)
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Indian consortium receives first shipment of Mozambican coal

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The first shipment of coal mined in Mozambique by the International Coal Ventures Ltd consortium is due arrive to India on 24 November, CS Verma, chairman of the consortium of Indian state-owned enterprises has announced. (35 of about 190 words)
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Japan wants to rewrite Antarctic whaling rules

whale hunting Yushin Maru 470

Japan this week revealed its latest whaling research programme for the Antarctic and Southern Ocean, in which it targets killing 333 minke whales annually as part of a 12-year research programme which it says is "to achieve conservation of [Antarctic marine ecosystem] resources while pursuing their sustainable utilization and to understand and predict the effects of factors such as climate change."
This new plan takes the place of Japan’s previous programme that the International Court of Justice in The Hague called to a halt in March. Known as JARPA II that programme called for the killing of 850 minkes, 50 humpbacks and 50 fin whales every year. (107 of about 410 words)
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SOUTHAMPTON CASTLE 470 Rhodesia Castle pt st to scrap June 1967 from Vi

Two Union Castle ships of Yesteryear to bring this week’s News Bulletins to a close and to add something to those who like a dash of nostalgia with their reading. The upper picture shows SOUTHAMPTON CASTLE (10,538-gt, built 1965) at Cape Town. The ship was sold to Italian interests in 1978 and renamed Paola C. Below is a final glimpse of RHODESIA CASTLE (17,041-gt, built 1951) as she sailed one last time from Cape Town in 1967 on her way to be broken down. This ship was a sister vessel to Kenya Castle. Both pictures: Ian Shiffman (97 of 97 words).


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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
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
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
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
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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