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LATEST NEWS

Wednesday 27 August 2014

FIRST VIEW – HMS IRON DUKE

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The Royal Navy type 23 frigate HMS IRON DUKE was a recent visitor to the V&A Waterfront at the port of Cape Town, where the ship was opened to the public for visiting purposes. The frigate has recently voyaged down the west coast of Africa, making a number of visits to various counrties along the way during which the opportunity was taken for joint training exercises with the respective countries navies. HMS Iron Duke is the current RN ship on deployment to the South Atlantic. This picture shows her departing on Monday this week, 25 August 2014. Picture: Ian Shiffman (100 of about 100 words)
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Kenya seeks pvt investors for 2 new Mombasa berths

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The Kenyan government says that it intends looking for a private company to operate berths 20 and 21 in Mombasa once their construction is completed in February 2016.
Transport cabinet secretary Michael Kamau said that it was required that the company awarded the contract would have experience from operating berths or terminals with a capacity of at least 400,000 TEU. He acknowledged that this factor would probably rule out a local Kenyan company winning the tender but said that having the necessary expertise and experience was essential. (87 of about 290 words)
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What went wrong with Rio Tinto in Mozambique?

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Rio Tinto is one of the biggest companies on the planet. These guys do not make mistakes, surely, especially ones that cost in the region of US$3.7 billion. Except sometimes they do. Below is an examination of why the mining giant is exiting Mozambique with a massive hole in its balance sheet – and its tail between its legs.
Ah, 2011. The good old days for big mining. Riding the commodities boom for all it was worth, and more, the mining behemoths were rolling in profit and gorging themselves on new and ever more exotic concessions, splashing billions of all sorts of currencies around as they jostled for position and sought to keep up with China’s unquenchable thirst for all things mineral. (121 of about 810 words)
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Mozambique’s Rovuma Basin holds 170 trillion cuc feet of natural gas

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Mozambique has confirmed the existence of 170 trillion cubic metres of natural gas in the Rovuma Basin, offshore and in the district of Palma in northern Mozambique.
Minister for Mineral Resources, Esperança Bias said during the opening session of the 24th Coordinating Council of her ministry, which was meeting over two days in Pemba and which examined all aspects of the oil and gas sector over the last five years. “That amount puts Mozambique among the 10 countries with the largest reserves of that energy resource,” she said. (88 of about 250 words)
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East African land corridors open for business

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French shipping giant CMA CGM says that all east Africa CTBL (Combined Transport Bill of Lading) corridors are now open for business.
The shipping and logistics group says it continuously reviews each corridor to ensure that each service is running smoothly and offers reliable transit times along with picking the best option and availability of equipment. (56 of about 220 words + link)
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Mozambique taxman confiscates UN armoured cars

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The Mozambican Tax Authority (AT) has carried out the threat first made in March to confiscate armoured cars illegally assembled in Maputo, even though their final destination was to be United Nations peacekeeping missions, news agency AIM reports.
In March the AT warned that the assembly and attempted export of the armoured cars involved assorted tax and customs irregularities committed by the company OTT-Technologies Moçambique, which is a branch of the US company DynCorp International. (75 of about 330 words + link)
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PetroSA cans Mossel Bay gas terminal plans

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PetroSA has decided not to establish a Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) import terminal in Mossel Bay, following extensive feasibility research conducted by Worley Parsons.
South Africa’s national oil company on Tuesday said the research results have determined that the identified location had technical and commercial challenges for the operation. (50 of about 370 words + link)
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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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PIC OF THE DAY - PACIFIC DUCHESS

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Swire Pacific Offshore’s recently built supply tug PACIFIC DUCHESS (21,143-gt, built 2014) seen at the bunker berth in Cape Town harbour, discharging slops and later loading bunkers. The 92m, 17,824 bhp tug boasts a bollard pull of up to 245 tonnes. She is owned by Swire Pacific Offshore of Singapore and is flagged in that country. Pictures: Aad Noorland (59 of about 59 words)
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Wednesday, 27 August 2014
 
First View – UOS EXPLORER
First of nine Transnet tugs goes into production
SA signs new Benguela Current pact
Ebola: Two die in DRC as virus spreads
Port of Lobito re-inaugurated
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ONEGO BURAN

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014
 
First View – ITALENI
How southern African small businesses are making the world rethink
Reunion to become CMA CGM Indian Ocean hub terminal
Mozambique to reduce dependency on rice imports
TNPA acts against Ebola threat
New initiatives to enhance Dar es Salaam’s productivity
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ENSCO 5001

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Monday, 25 August 2014
 
First View – UOS EXPLORER
First of nine Transnet tugs goes into production
SA signs new Benguela Current pact
Ebola: Two die in DRC as virus spreads
Port of Lobito re-inaugurated
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ONEGO BURAN

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Thursday/Friday, 21-22 August 2014
 
First View – MKHUZE
Construction of Pemba port logistics base starts
Tug contract begins today with first steel cutting
Liberia introduces curfew to combat Ebola
Celebrations as Benguela Railway is completed
EBH Namibia announces housing project for employees
Somali pirate kingpin arrested
Ship under quarantine over Ebola
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – EHOALA TROZO and STRIKER

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014
 
First View – ORANGE BLOSSOM 2
First 5 Ematum vessels arrive in Mozambique
Ebola Scare Threatens West African ports business
USS aircraft carrier conducts unmanned, manned ops
Maersk raises forecast for 2014
HMS Iron Duke and HMS Protector making waves
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – RFA BLACK ROVER

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014
 
First View – CAP SAN SOUNIO
Dire warning as Vale Moçambique posts heavy loss
WHO cautions against closing borders on Ebola virus
Chinese firm to develop Mombasa Free Trade Zone
NSRI rescues stricken yacht off KZN coast
Mozambique spends US$15m fighting illegal fishing
MSC goes big with order for 19,200-TEU ships
Epicentre of Nigerian Piracy Found - claim
International Spotlight – Maersk SeaLand to return
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ORANGE BLOSSOM 2

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Monday, 18 August 2014
 
First View – BALTIC HOLLYHOCK
Kalmar secures order for 10 straddle carriers for DCT
Call for Africa to beneficiate its minerals
Transnet strengthens Executive Committee as Charl Möller retires
SADC Summit now underway
Earthquake at sea south-east of Mauritius
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MAERSK LABREA and NILEDUTCH ZEBRA

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Thursday/Friday, 14-15 August 2014
 
First View – SAFMARINE HIGHVELD
Major overhaul for Beira railway systems
Transnet NPA on the alert over Ebola virus
Loss for Hapag-Lloyd as it moves towards CSAV merger
The wreck of Hektor 3, ex HMSAS Soetvlei, 60 years on
Namibia to sell problematic locomotives
Mozambique Govt not officially informed of Rio Tinto sale
South Africa ready to respond to Ebola threat
HMS Iron Duke due in Cape Town
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SCT PERU and PACIFIC HERON

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014
 
First View – PACIFIC FINDER
Reports on Ebola scare on Richards Bay ship unfounded
Malawi, Tanzania move towards One Stop Border Post
New law will keep 25% of oil and gas in Mozambique
Port Nouakchott expansion inaugurated
Special Report: China inflates seaborne minerals export trade
British warships calls at Walvis Bay
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CALM BAY

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014
 
First View – SAFMARINE LONGA
Tanzania lays out five-year transport plan
Ghana reported to be looking at a third port
Zambia issues US$ 3 million bail-out for Tazara
5,000 Chinese workers to build Kenya’s std gauge railway
Indian consortium to invest US$300 million in Benga extension
Australian Navy vessel on fire in Brisbane
Senior DP World exec says ports best place to weigh containers
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – L’ATALANTE

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Monday, 11 August 2014
 
First View – ITALENI
Port statistics for July 2014 are now available here
Nigerian Ports Authority acts on Ebola
East Africans optimistic after US-Africa Leaders Summit
General Electric to invest in African infrastructure
Audacious open-ocean ambush of product tanker in Gulf of Guinea
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ESVAGT CLAUDINE

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Thursday/Friday, 7-8 August 2014
 
First View – WIEBKE
Vale ready to sell stake in Moatize coal mine
Transnet secures R6bn in US locomotive funding guarantee
Durban STS cranes still awaits repairs
US announces $33 billion in investments for Africa
Egypt wants to build new Suez Canal
Africa pushes for stronger links with US
South African legislation holds Maputo Corridor to ransom - MCLI
South Africa welcomes Obama AGOA pledge
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MOL GLIDE

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Wednesday, 6 August 2014
 
First View – SOUTHERN ACTOR
Zuma tells US Press Club of a ‘good story’
Mixed results for Japan’s three main container lines
Trawler in difficulty south of Agulhas
An East-West Showdown in the Heart of Africa?
Benguela Current Convention ratification process completed
Ports Regulator issues tariff methodology
Ebola crisis as virus spreads across West Africa
Ships go aground in Durban harbour
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – BARTOLOMEU DIAS

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014
 
First View – WIND SURF
US-Africa summit – looking for partnerships
Chinese sign deal to build 1st stage of Lamu port
Zambia to benefit from Lake Tanganyika Corridor
Complete rail scanner scanning at 60 kmph
Kenmare restructures debt associated with Moma mining
Highjacked tanker Hai Soon 6 released off Nigeria
Choosing a shuttle service company
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MARIDIVE 603

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Monday, 4 August 2014
 
First View – WIEBKE
Africa to benefit developmentally from BRICS bank
TPT re-opens DCT’s berth 108/109
Nacala enters the heavy-haul league as first locos arrive
New dredger Italeni due in South Africa
South Africa’s economy intertwined with Africa
Oil Companies accused of funding crimes on Nigerian waters
Abelone (perlemoen) fishing rights exempted
Mozambique Auction
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – KOTA SABAS

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Thursday/Friday, 31 July-1 August 2014
 
First View – BONNY ISLAND
Port development key for trade expansion Eskom turns to Mozambique for gas UASC becomes a state-owned shipping line
Hamburg Süd to buy CCNI container business
Ngqura port strike declared illegal and unprotected
That mysterious nosewheel
Tazara rail back on strike
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MSC JEMIMA

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014
 
First View – BONNY ISLAND
Port development key for trade expansion Eskom turns to Mozambique for gas UASC becomes a state-owned shipping line
Hamburg Süd to buy CCNI container business
Ngqura port strike declared illegal and unprotected
That mysterious nosewheel
Tazara rail back on strike
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MSC JEMIMA

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014
 
First View – DURBAN BAY
Extend AGOA, urges South Africa
Hamburg, Rotterdam face congestion charges as dwell times stretch
Cargo Cruising, a thrilling and unforgettable experience
MSC Cruises’ Armonia is the first to ‘get the chop’!
Oops….. Was my face red!
The conclusion of the SADC EPA
Another mystery from the sea
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PACIFIC HERON

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Monday, 28 July 2014
 
First View – MARVEL SCAN
South Africa on track with Special Economic Zones
Blue economy massive boost for jobs
Replacement of SAS Protea process begins
Singapore tanker seized by pirates off Ghana
Costa Concordia arrives in Genoa
Mineral resources central in economy
UN Agency urges Europe to stop migrant deaths at sea
NATO warship completes Dar es Salaam visit
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – NORDIC MACAU

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Thursday/Friday, 24-25 July 2014
 
First View – PACIFIC PEACOCK
Durban dig-out port delayed
SADC and EU conclude EPA negotiations
Brazil looks to increase exports to Angola
CMA CGM re-organises ASAF and WAX service rotations
Costa Concordia on her final voyage
New railway and road to unlock Tanzania’s south
Insatiable Chinese demand ransacking Mozambique forests
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CAPE DON

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
 
First View – ARMADA TUAH 307
SA to probe Citrus Black Spot shipment
Plans announced for expansion of Liberia’s Port Harper
Search for man overboard near St Francis Bay
Kenya Ports Authority taken to task over overspending
Nigerian truckers plan for port call-up system
Two years after fire at sea, MSC Flaminia comes back
Brics Bank will mobilise resources for development
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MAERSK VISBY

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
 
First View – CMA CGM ROSSINI
South Africa kickstarts maritime leg of development plan
Bolloré targets Mombasa’s second container terminal
Costa Concordia’s final voyage starts today
South Africa to benefit from economic pact with EU
All change for Tazara
Military trucks to transport maize from Ruvuma
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CRIMSON QUEEN

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