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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday 30 June-1 July 2016

FIRST VIEW: SPIRIT OF MELBOURNE

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A rather scruffy looking Hamburg Sud container ship, SPIRIT OF MELBOURNE (34,500-dwt, built 2007) is seen departing from the Port Chalmers Container Terminal at the New Zealand South Island port of Dunedin earlier this month. The 2,800-TEU capacity vessel is owned by ER Shiffart and was originally named BAHIA GRANDE while operating within the Hamburg Sud fleet. The picture is by Alan Calvert
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That was quite some week

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Well, that has been an eventful week, give or take a few days. Major changes at the top of the tree at Maersk -- one of the biggest shipping groups, merger agreements between Hapag-Lloyd and UASC, full control of Singapore's Neptune Orient Line (NOL) by France's CMA CGM, the UK exiting (or should that be brexiting?) the European Union with all its ramifications for shipping and various trading partners, and tomorrow's implementation of the SOLAS Amendment regarding container weights. Who's not to say that the maritime industry always has challenges to face?
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Update on collision between MSC Chiara and dredger Macuti

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Details of the collision involving Mediterranean Shipping Company's container ship MSC CHIARA (41,828-dwt, built 1988) and the state-owned Emodraga dredger, MACUTI which occurred on Monday in the access channel of the Mozambican port of Beira. The collision occurred at around 08h00 on Monday in foggy conditions in the access channel. MSC Chiara was outbound from the port, bound for Durban when she struck the dredger which had been working in the channel. Eye witnesses have suggested that the reduced visibility as a result of the fog may have contributed to the accident.
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Kenya and Ethiopia in pipeline deal

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Ethiopia and Kenya have signed an oil pipeline deal during a recent visit to Kenya by Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. President Uhuru Kenyatta signed on behalf of the host country. The agreement calls for an oil pipeline to be built from the port of Lamu in north-eastern Kenya to Addis Ababa and will form a part of the region's ambitious Lamu Port-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) corridor. The original concept was for another pipeline to extend from Lamu further west into Uganda but that has been halted following an agreement by Uganda to combine with Tanzania in a US$4 billion oil pipeline from the oilfields in Uganda to the Tanzanian port of Tanga.
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Maintenance shutdown for Richards Bay coal line

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Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) says it will embark on a 14 day total shutdown of the coal export line from the 11th till the 24th of July 2016. The export coal total shutdown is an annual event which is carried out in order to achieve operational efficiency and customer service excellence, says TFR. The export coal line rails on average 230,000 tons per day.
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A first for Nautic

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Nautic, a Paramount Group company, has become the first shipyard in South Africa and one of the first on the continent to achieve certification to the revised International Quality Management Standard, ISO 9001:2015. The Cape Town-based shipyard recently passed its annual ISO 9001 audit and chose not to take advantage of the three-year transition period available to companies to migrate their quality management to the new 2015 Standard.
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SOLAS Amendment on container weights: D-Day

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Tomorrow, 1 July 2016 is D-Day for the implementation, worldwide, of the Verified Container Mass (VGM) requirement on containers, which enters force under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which is responsible for bringing the convention into force, the declaration of the accurate gross mass of a packed container is critical to maritime safety. Here is some background to VGM.
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Mozambique convoy route now 260km long

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Mozambican authorities have extended the distance covered by military escorts operating in convoys along National Road 7 (EN7) from Guro district in the central province of Manica to the Changara district in neighbouring Tete, a distance of about 260 kilometres. The initial EN7 military escort covered a distance of about 180 kilometres between Vanduzi district in Manica and Guro
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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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PIC OF THE DAY : HORNCLIFF

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The Liberian-flagged refrigerated cargo ship HORNCLIFF (12,887-gt, built 1992), looking much in need of a maintenance paint job, passes at speed the cruise ship CARNIVAL GLORY on her starboard side. Although operating in Caribbean waters, Horncliff is German-owned and British managed and operated (Norbulk Shipping out of Glasgow, Scotland). For a number of years the reefer has been operating exclusively between South and Central America, the North American west coast and the Gulf of Mexico but now in 2016 the ship has begun calling on US east coast ports as well as in the Caribbean. This picture was taken one day out of Miami. The picture is by Tony de Freitas
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

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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Wednesday 22 June 2016
 
First View : PHOLELA and LOTHENI
24-Hour operations for Monrovia Free Port
PetroSA's FPSO vessel ORCA is for sale
Korea may merge Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine
Naming ceremony for second of two Shoalbuster workboats
Hefty CMA CGM Rates Restoration on South Africa trade
S&P affirms Transnet's credit worthiness
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC PARIS

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Tuesday 21 June 2016
 
First View : SAS PROTEA
CMA CGM raises freight rates across its system
Oil leaks from grounded Benita on Mauritian beach
TradeMark East Africa launches 2nd Round of LIFT Fund
TNPA to host Gauteng B2B
Concargo re-establishes its brand in Africa
Geftarail challenges Bollore over West Africa rail link
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MOMENTUM SCAN

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Monday 20 June 2016
 
First View : JOGELA
Indian Ocean ship casualty dramas
Record motor car exports for East London
No clear VGM Guideines for Nigeria -- Shippers Council
Ghana ready for 1 July VGM deadline
Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in the Med
Bill calls for new Nigerian Ports Authority
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MOL PRESENCE

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Wednesday 15 June 2016
 
First View : SANTA CATHARINA
MSC brings giant 13,000-TEU ships to Durban
Suez offers 65 percent discounts to keep ships flowing east
Record maize imports on the way
Austerity plan for Mozambique
Maersk heir becomes AP Moller Holding CEO
First Angolan GE locos due next year
Funding found for Onne shipyard offer
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships
Pics of the Day : CAP INES and CAP ISABEL

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Tuesday 14 June 2016
 
First View : GIULIANA
Renamo focus on ambushing Malawian road tankers in Mozambique
Flying start for Fred Olsen's Boudicca Southern Africa cruise adventure
Weekend of fun lies ahead at Durban Port Festival
Uganda-Kenya one stop border crossing opens
Whale watching, shark cage diving permit processes delayed
Greek owners look west to Gibdock
RMS St Helena to make three more Cape Town voyages
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : AFRICA MERCY

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Monday 13 June 2016
 
First View : THORCO RANGER
MSC move to help reduce Durban Port congestion
Mombasa road blocked by angry truckers
Manganese rail exports pass 1 million tons in May
DNV GL performs first drone ship's tank survey
Exports fall at Kenmare's Moma mine -- ship was late
Boat tragedy in Maputo Bay
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SPAR CORONA

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Thursday/Friday 9-10 June 2016
 
First View : CERTOUX
New investment strengthens Nacala Corridor and port
DP World's Maputo Container Terminal ranked top for improved productivity
Renamo denies attacking Vale Sena Railway train
Growing demand for LNG drives Mozambique opportunities
Wood and stone for Angola's Mocamedes railway
Environment: HullWiper to launch in Rotterdam
Breadbox Extends West Africa Service
International: Posidonia 2016 Opens for Business
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MAERSK KYRENIA

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Wednesday 8 June 2016
 
First View : LEXA MAERSK
Port Statistics for May are now available
R.I.P. Captain Dai Davies
MSC Cruises appoints new managing director for South Africa
GAC Bunkers partners with Dubai's ENOC in South Africa
Seko seeks stronger links between the US and South Africa
International: DP World looks to Argentina
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : K-STORM

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Tuesday 7 June 2016
 
First View : SIYAKHULA
CMA CGM makes all cash offer for NOL
New terminal manager for Ngqura Container Terminal
Second Debmarine tug for Port Nolloth is named
Chinese interest in Mozambique granite
Subtech provides three students with bursariess to Lawhill
Piracy off Somalia remains uncertain, says MAST
Ardent Turns One
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : BW EAGLE

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Monday 6 June 2016
 
First View : KOTA DESA
Liberian Registry introduces cost-saving measures
SOLAS container weight guidelines workshop
Durban Port Festival details revealed
BIMCO head outspoken of way forward for dry bulk market
Mauritania receives two new patrol vessels from China
SASOL spuds first Mozambique well
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pic of the Day : MAERSK LA PAZ

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Thursday/Friday 2-3 June 2016
 
First View : HOEGH INCHON
Drones: In Africa preparing for your next delivery
Lake Victoria ferry Serengeti to be overhauled
Transnet seeks private operator for inland terminal
China could build new north-south Mozambique highway
Sale of Terex MHPS business to Konecranes to go ahead
Rickmers-Linie takes over Nordana's Project Business
GAC opens business in Namibia
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SIBANYE and SBM

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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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