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LATEST NEWS

Monday 25 July 2016

FIRST VIEW: STAR MAINE

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The bulk carrier STAR MAINE (61,263-dwt, built 2015) arrived in Durban earlier in July (3 July) for bunkers, before departing again for the Gulf of Guinea. Owned by a Japanese company, Misuga SA, and managed by associated Rotterdam-headquartered company Isuga Kaiun Holland BV, the 199m long x 32m wide bulker was built by Iwagi Zosen Co Ltd in Japan. Misuga Shipmangement began operations about 20 years ago as a specialist woodchip carrier but has since diversified into general and specialist bulk commodities with a fleet of around 170 managed ships and is considered today as one of the top ship management companies. The name Maine features importantly among Misuga's fleet, Maine Marine Philippines being the name of Misuga's manning company opened in the Philippines in 1998, later changed to Misuga Philippines. Misuga uses Filipino seamen almost exclusively. Star Maine flies the flag of the Marshall Islands, one of the faster growing ships registration offices. This picture was taken by Keith Betts
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Benita successfully refloated off Mauritius beach

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The bulk carrier BENITA (44,183-dwt, built 1998), which went aground on 17 June off Le Bouchon beach (Mahebourg), Mauritius, has been successfully refloated, the London PA Club reports. Salvors Five Oceans Salvage (FOS) confirm that the vessel was refloated on Saturday (24 July) and has been taken under tow to a position some 20 miles offshore, where a skeleton salvage crew will remain on board. A decision on the most appropriate course of action will largely depend on an assessment of the vessel's seaworthiness and general state.
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Transnet planning Durban liquid bulk terminal

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Transnet has posted a request for proposals for a terminal operator to design, develop, finance, construct, operate, maintain and transfer a liquid bulk terminal for the handling of refined petroleum products for a 25 year concession in the port of Durban. The proposal call comes at a time when South Africa faces a shortage of refining capacity thus creating a demand for increased storage. "Based on the current growing demand for liquid fuels and the lack of investment in refining or alternative liquid-fuel manufacturing capacity, SA and the region will remain short of products in the foreseeable future," Transnet said in the document posted on the Treasury's website.
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Bulk carrier IDEE FIXE goes aground off Douala in Cameroon

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Somewhat belatedly we have learned that another bulk carrier has gone aground in the anchorage outside port. This time it is off the coast near Douala in Cameroon. The Marshall Island-flagged IDEE FIXE (63,600-dwt, built 2015) went aground one week ago, on Sunday, 16 July 2016 while arriving off Douala from Conakry and other West African ports, bound for Douala and Owando. The 200 metre long ship is laden with a cargo of Canadian grain. SMIT Salvage is understood to have been appointed as the ship's salvors under terms of Lloyd's Open Form.
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Chinese loan for Tanzania Central standard gauge railway

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Tanzania has secured a US$7.6 billion loan from China's Exim Bank to build a standard gauge (4ft 8.5ins) railway from the coast to Tanzania's inland neighbours, Burundi and Rwanda. The announcement is the latest development in the strong competition that has developed between Tanzania and its northern neighbour Kenya to secure the import and export cargoes of landlocked neighbours to the west. Tanzania is also planning, with the help and financial support of the Chinese, to build a new deepwater port at Bagamoyo north of Dar es Salaam. Recently, Uganda signed contracts with Tanzania to have the oil pipeline from Uganda's new oilfields connect with Tanzania's port of Tanga, defeating a similar bid by Kenya for the Uganda pipeline to go through Kenya to their northern port of Lamu.
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NOSA awards for Transnet Port Terminals

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Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has announced that it was the recipient of a number of awards at this year's NOSA Eastern Region Awards, held recently at the Maharani Hotel in Durban. The statement from TPT said that recipients included TPT's Ngqura Container Terminal, Port Elizabeth Car Terminal and East London Car Terminal who were all awarded the Top Companies Award, achieving excellence in a leading Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Company. In addition, Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT) won first place in the NOSA Eastern Region Award, Sector I : Transport Storage and Communication, and PE's Container Terminal and their Multi-purpose Terminal came in at second and third place respectively within the same sector category.
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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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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 : MINNA

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The container ship MINNA (41,850-dwt, built 2005) enters the Port of Durban earlier in July to work cargo at the port's container terminal. The 3,104-TEU maximum capacity (empties) ship is owned by the German shipowner Peter Schiffahrts and operated by Emirates but appears to be under sub-charter to CMA CGM at present. She was built at the Stocznia Szczecinska SA shipyard in Poland as their hull number 178/I/14. The ship is 221 metres in length and 32.3 metres wide, with a maximum draught of 12.2 metres. This picture is by Trevor Jones
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Thursday/Friday 21-22 July 2016
 
First View : AFRICAN BLACKBIRD
Skiptainer assists manganese growth at Port Elizabeth
Nigeria orders fresh probe into NPA, NIMASA
MOL introduces GRI on Asia-South Africa trades
Mombasa Port Charter has reduced congestion
ENI close to ordering $5.4bn FLNG vessel for Mozambique
Underwater drones to transform marine industry risk management
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : CHALLENGE PEAK

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Wednesday 20 July 2016
 
First View : HOEGH TRIGGER
Mozambique intercepts large cargo of illegal timber
Rolls-Royce signs $33M deal for 4 Hurtigruten cruise ships
Cosco aims at major Arctic route
Epic service for CMA CGM
TAZARA secures large DRC petroleum contract
Damco expands Hub-in-Transit programme to include Morocco
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : KOTA SINGA

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Tuesday 19 July 2016
 
First View : SAS PROTEA
Stolt-Nielsen takes over Jo Tankers chemical fleet
Hapag-Lloyd enhances West Africa-Med Express (WSX) service
NYK pleads guilty to criminal cartel activity
Transnet expands capacity on coal lines
SMIT Amandla supports E Cape maritime schools
Profile on Advisian of the WorleyParsons Group
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : DORMAC DOCK 1

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Monday 18 July 2016
 
First View : DORMAC DOCK 1
Mauritian court convicts 12 Somali piates for attack on MSC ship
Another ship flagged in Port Elizabeth
Bomin launches bunkering operation in Port Louis
Two new mobile cranes for Benin's Port of Cotonou
WWL pleads guilty to RoRo price-fixing
US/Moroccan forces complete Exercise African Sea Lion 2016
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : INDIANA

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Thursday/Friday 14-15 July 2016
 
First View : JUPITER LEADER
EIA process for Salisbury Island infill starts
World Bank to help build Port Harcourt fertiliser terminal
Cape Town and Durban swap Terex and Kalmar straddles
Update on Benita grounding off Mauritius
Ardent and Ardentia combine salvage strengths
CMA CGM upgrades Europe-Africa services
Record bulk cargo for reconstructed Maydon Wharf berth
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : INVENTANA

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Wednesday 13 July 2016
 
First View : NORTHERN DEPENDANT
Beira introduces VGM levy and extends stack closing dates
New Moz port and railway at Macuse to start in 2017
Nigeria seeks greater collaboration with IMO
Stressing Cape Town's importance as oil industry meeting place
Indian tanker master to receive 2016 IMO Bravery Award
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC ALTAMIRA

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Tuesday 12 July 2016
 
First View : HOEGH BRASILIA
Port statistics for June are now available
CMA CGM shuffles India Middle East Gulf services to East Africa
New Port Elizabeth tug QUNU delivered
First ship works cargo at rebuilt Maydon Wharf berth 1
Dormac Dock 1 floating dock due in Durban on Friday
MSC Seaview to cruise the Mediterranean
US Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, expands facilities
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pic of the Day : NORD MISSISSIPPI
Yesterday's Pic of the Day : PRIMA

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Monday 11 July 2016
 
First View : ASIAN DYNASTY
Competition Commission opens case against Transnet for excessive pricing
SOLAS weight rules running smoothly at APM Terminals
World Maritime Day theme: Connecting ships, ports and people
Delays with building Pemba logistical base
Boskalis to take 24 vessels out of service, with loss of 650 jobs
Seamen Guard Ohio crew abandoned and languishing in Indian jail
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : PRIMA

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Thursday/Friday 7-8 July 2016
 
First View : NORWEGIAN GETAWAY
Nigerian maritime surveillance system goes live
Decrease in general cargo handled at Nigerian ports
China to develop the first (of many) cruise ships
Costly passage through the Panama Canal
Transnet strengthens team in drive for new business
Super Group in JV with logistics specialist Agility
China Railway Rolling Stock wants increased stake in Mozambique
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : EMPRESS OF THE SEAS

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Wednesday 6 July 2016
 
First View : GLOVIS SUN
Maritime security high on Indian PM's Africa agenda
Transnet and Zimbabwe in talks over railway partnership
New obstacle to revamp of TAZARA
Demolition of Panamax containerships triples in first 5 months
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC ARBATAX

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Tuesday 5 July 2016
 
First View : TR CROWN
SAMSA addressing delays in issuing Seafarer Certificates
'Sisonke' flies the South African flag
Durban Dry Dock returns to full service
Dramatic new cruise terminal for Miami
Update on Benita grounding off Mauritius
UNCTAD 14 to be held in Nairobi
"Join us as we celebrate Sea Sunday"
Passing of Robert Pabst
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : WASHINGTON

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Monday 4 July 2016
 
First View : DURBAN TRAWLERS WHARF
News in brief from the ports and harbours
SA companies should explore port opportunities in Tanzania
Maritime news briefs from West Africa
Logos Hope due in Walvis Bay for first time
Gulf of Guinea piracy more sophisticated and prevalent
Sudden death of Don Mkhwanazi
Chaos at Beit Bridge
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : CMA CGM CHATEAU D'IF

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Thursday/Friday 30 June-1 July 2016
 
First View : SPIRIT OF MELBOURNE
That was quite some week
Update on collision between MSC Chiara and dredger Macuti
Kenya and Ethiopia in pipeline deal
Maintenance shutdown for Richards Bay coal line
A first for Nautic
SOLAS Amendment on container weights: D-Day
Mozambique convoy route now 260km long
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : HORNCLIFF

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Wednesday 29 June 2016
 
First View : LION
MSC Chiara in collision with Beira dredger Macuti
Cargo vessel capsizes near Zanzibar
Scandal over Mozambique maritime loans thickens
Nigeria launches Standard Operating Procedures at all ports
CMA CGM crosses ownership threshold to delist NOL
Join us as we celebrate Sea Sunday
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MAERSK CONGO

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Tuesday 28 June 2016
 
First View : INDUSTRIAL ROYAL
Transnet posts strong annual performance
Panama Canal opens new extensions
Mercy Ships announces partnership with Mobility At Sea
Making inroads with Bayhead roads
IMF calls for audit of Mozambique public companies
Weighing in on SOLAS in South Africa
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : JOLLY PERLA

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Monday 27 June 2016
 
First View : AZTECA
Malawi to transport oil on Tazara railway
Wentworth named operator of Rovuma Onshore
Maritime arbitration as an effective tool
Soren Skou appointed new Maersk CEO
IHMA celebrates its first 20 years
SA relations with AGOA all in order, says Dti
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pic of the Day : LOGOS HOPE

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Thursday/Friday 23-24 June 2016
 
First View : PENELOPE
Small vessel tracking trials completed in South Africa
Vale stops using Sena Railway and Beira port
Update on Benita grounding
New era as widened Panama Canal in readiness to open
Kenmare Resources reaches agreement with creditors
NSSLGlobal continues expansion via Cape Town office
IKE in the Med
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : DELTA COMMANDER and SYROS I

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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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