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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday 28-29 April 2016

As Monday 2 May is a public holiday in South Africa, the next edition of the maritime news will appear on Tuesday 3 May.

FIRST VIEW: NORMAND PIONEER

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Solstad Shipping's pipe-layer vessel NORMAND PIONEER (5913-gt, built 1999) has arrived in Durban for a very special reason -- she is the support and maintenance vessel in the upcoming switchout involving the single buoy mooring (SBM) which is located outside the port opposite Isipingo Beach. The switchout will take place next week when the original larger unit will be reinstalled. Apparently the turn circle bearing on this unit has been replaced. The Norwegian vessel is registered in the Isle of Man whereas most of the other Solstad fleet is registered in Kubneshavn in Norway. These pictures are by Ken Malcolm
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Cape storms hold up MSC Sinfonia

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It hasn't been the ideal end to what has been a highly successful cruise season, and when MSC SINFONIA slipped away from her summer homeport of Durban at around midnight last Friday night (22 April), few on board would have anticipated what lay ahead. The plan was for a pleasant cruise along the South African east and south coasts as far as Cape Town where MSC Sinfonia was due to undertake several cruises before heading to the Mediterranean, her 2015/16 South African season over for another summer. Unfortunately Mother Nature had other ideas, and along the KwaZulu-Natal and Wild Coasts the ship began to experience unpleasant conditions with swells reaching over ten metres.
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CMA CGM launches new West Africa 'West Feeder 2' service

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CMA CGM has announced the introduction of its new service, West Feeder 2, to be deployed on the West Africa trade. West Feeder 2 starts on 8 May 2016 at Pointe Noire, when CMA CGM will deploy one vessel of 618 TEU nominal capacity, which will operate on a fortnightly basis with the following rotation: Pointe Noire, Libreville, Douala, Pointe Noire.
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Hapag-Lloyd and UASC in merger talks

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German container carrier Hapag-Lloyd and the UAE's United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) are reported to be in talks about a possible merger ot other ways of joint cooperation. The talks concern primarily their container ship operations. In a statement Hapag-Lloyd said the respective parties are "basing their discussions on a relative valuation of the two businesses at 72 percent (HL) and 28 percent (UASC), subject to a mutually satisfactory completion of the negotiations and the mutual due diligence exercise."


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Norway's Hurtigruten order four new cruise ships

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Norway's coastal cruise line Hurtigruten last week revealed plans for a major fleet renewal by placing an order for four combined passenger/cargo ships with Norwegian shipbuilder, Kleven Maritime. The Memorandum of Understanding between the two companies reflects a firm order of two ships with an option for a further two. This makes this the biggest order ever placed by Hurtigruten throughout its 120-year history.
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CMA CGM introduces live lobster shipping

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France's CMA CGM Group has launched AQUAVIVA, a new generation of containers which allows for the safe carriage of live lobsters in their original water in conditions maintaining their natural habitat. The development of this global innovation relies on CMA CGM's Reefer specialist expertise and the unique technology INNOPURE, developed by EMYG Environnement & Aquaculture.
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New trend? 14-year old container ship sold for scrap

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Craig Jallal, Senior Data Editor of mapping, ship search and valuation service VesselsValue, examines whether the sale of a 14-year old containership is the start of a new trend. To set the sale in context, the average age of all sizes of containerships sold for scrap in 2014 and 2015, was around 22-years old. There have been relatively few Post-Panamax containerships sold for scrap, but the average age at the time of sale was around 19.5-years old. Therefore, the 2002-built, 5,447-TEU Post-Panamax containership CONTI TAIPEI Taipei was sold relatively young, but this does not appear to be a one-off event.
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Wind Prospect Africa new general manager

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Wind Prospect Africa (WPA) has appointed a new general manager, Duncan Ayling, who brings more than a decade of experience in the international renewable energy industry, and who has been an integral part of the South African renewables industry for the past six years. This was reported on 25 April and it is understood that he will lead the WPA team based in Cape Town.
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Nigerian pirates free crew of tanker Puli

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The six crew members abducted at gunpoint off the Turkish tanker PULI along the coast of Nigeria last week, have been freed after, it is presumed, a ransom was paid.
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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 : LOGOS HOPE

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The library ship LOGOS HOPE has been undergoing meintenance and repair on the floating dock of EBH South Africa, followed by a spell on the ship repair jetty adjacent to EBH's quay. This is prior to the library ship continuing her visit to other South African ports. Her next port of call is in about a week's time, at the Zululand port of Richards Bay and this will be followed by calls at East London, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. The ship has meanwhile emerged from the floating dock looking much more spruce than when she went on Eldock and her maintenance overhaul should see her through for a few more years. These two pictures are taken by Trevor Jones
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

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

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Monday 25 April 2016
 
First View : NYK FUTAGO
South Africa likely to resume Iranian oil imports
Further confirmation that Tanga is the terminal port for Uganda's oil
South Durban Basin recruits join TNPA training course
New AIDA cruise ship arrives home
Huge spike in pirate attacks off West Africa
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : GLOVIS MAESTRO

Read More ....

Thursday/Friday 21-22 April 2016
 
First View : YORKTOWN EXPRESS
Ocean Alliance sets the shipping world abuzz
SA Navy Festival this weekend
SAMTRA expands, acquires Seatrain Consulting
Freeport of Monrovia to open 24 hours a day
EBH Namibia tightens belt as docking activity declines
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : CMA CGM JACQUES JUNIOR

Read More ....

Wednesday 20 April 2016
 
First View : FAIRPARTNER
ArcelorMittal denies reports of Saldanha Steel closing down
Fewer but bigger ships for West African ports
MAILBAG: Affording a cruise? Really!
West African piracy up, SE Asia down, Somalia nil
Mombasa's River of Death
Mega yacht Crystal Endeavour to have P6 Polar class designation
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SINOMERCHANT

Read More ....

Tuesday 19 April 2016
 
First View : MSC FEDERICA
Mega ships, mega ports make winners, losers of port operators -- APMT
MSC Cruises enhances guest connectivity across fleet
RRS Ernest Shackleton to escort Crystal Serenity through Arctic
Warning about counterfeit UK Admiralty products
Cruising is fastest growing sector in worldwide tourism
First Sea Lord Change of Command
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : LOGOS HOPE

Read More ....

Monday 18 April 2016
 
First View : FS FLOREAL
Bollore raided in corruption investigation
Regional woes bring drastic reduction in Walvis Bay cargo
RMS St Helena is for sale
Oman Shipping Company new service
Mozambique ready to resume cabotage
Saldanha Bay, a Zone Dedicated to Serving The Oil & Gas Industry in SA
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : CPO JAPAN

Read More ....

Thursday/Friday 14-15 April 2016
 
First View : FS LE MALIN
Siyabonga Gama confirmed as Transnet Chief Executive
Africa abounds with untapped prospects and growth opportunities -- DHL
Mozambique orders UAV drones for patrol ships
Royal Caribbean takes delivery of Ovation of the Seas
Fair sailing for Stolt-Nielsen
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : POURQUOI PAS

Read More ....

Wednesday 13 April 2016
 
First View : NEPTUNE LEADER
Another pirate attack off coast of Nigeria
290 ships traverse Suez Canal last week
Twin bulkers sold at auction in Durban realise US$20 million
China negotiating free trade pact wih East African region
Total confirms that it has chosen Tanzania route over Kenya
GibDock maintains HMS Scott
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : HOPE ISLAND

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Tuesday 12 April 2016
 
First View : CMA CGM RIO GRANDE
Discount to use Suez instead of backhauling past the Cape
Why I love cruising
TNPA hosts Richards Bay B2B
Norwegian Joy packs features for the Chinese market
Wan Hai has best profit margin among container lines
Royal Navy Warship Escorts Russian Task Group
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : HAMBURG

Read More ....

Monday 11 April 2016
 
First View : SAFMARINE HIGHVELD
Port Statistics for March Are Now Available Here
TNPA hosts Richards Bay B2B
FPSO Nkrumah's turret bearing damaged
President updates PE maritime fraternity on Operation Phakisa
Marine Accident Investigation Report (UK): Hoegh Osaka
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC DOMITILLE

Read More ....

Thursday/Friday 7-8 April 2016
 
First View : MMA PRIVILEGE
MSC and INTTRA partner over SOLAS VGM
MSC signs for four new 200,000-gt cruise ships
Dar es Salaam faces crisis as port traffic slumps
Big day ahead for Port Elizabeth
Third arms shipment intercepted at sea
Nigeria's Marine Engineers & Surveyors call an end to obsolete ships
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : AURORA

Read More ....

Wednesday 6 April 2016
 
First View : VSC TRITON
Drewry raises questions over viability of mega containerships
Strange bedfellows: Ematum's fishing fleet and Russian diamonds
Tanger-Med 2 to become Africa's first automated container terminal
Nigeria Customs to tighten up on oil & gas discharging
Minerva Bunkers moves into West Africa
Wilhelmsen Ships Service launches offshore service lifejacket
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : YACHT EXPRESS

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Tuesday 5 April 2016
 
First View : DONG WON 637
Blockade of Durban Container Terminal planned
Alarm bells as 69,000-ton cruise ship takes on Northwest Passage
Port of Richards Bay -- 40 years young
Bill for Saldanha Bay IDZ Licencing Company finalised
UNCTAD launches novel Maritime Country Profiles
Bollore brings group under single banner
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : HMS PROTECTOR

Read More ....

Monday 4 April 2016
 
First View : MVEZO
Aegean establishes full offshore bunkering in Algoa Bay
Mauritius eyes ship bunkering
Nigeria's NIMASA raises alarm over piracy in its waters
Holland America's latest ship Koningsdam is delivered
Hydrographic concerns for modern-day large vessels
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC SINFONIA

Read More ....

Thursday/Friday 31 March-1 April 2016
 
First View : KUPE
SAS Spioenkop's disappointing arrival at Simon's Town
Liberia signs contract with Smit Lamnalco for marine craft at Greenville
Tanger-Med now major transhipment hub including for West Africa
Tanker crew released by Nigerian pirates
ENI negotiates sale of Mozambique assets
French frigate intercepts Somalia-bound weapons
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MELTEMI

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Wednesday 30 March 2016
 
First View : SMIT AMANDLA and MONTE PELMO
New head and new structure for Evergreen
Shock as study shows high-volume shippers lose out on lower rates
Botswana wavers over Trans-Kalahari Railway
Lady's miraculous swim to catch a ship
Complex mission concluded by Bourbon in Angola
Wilhelmsen Ships Service warns on firefighting compliance
New Tanzanian patrol vessels on the way
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : LIMARI

Read More ....

Tuesday 29 March 2016
 
First View : COSCO WUYISHAN
Tanker attacked by pirates off Nigerian coast
Nigerian pirates release two abducted Bourbon crew
Royal Caribbean to build a flashy new Miami terminal
Second of six Viking Cruise ships delivered
Lake ferry MV Serengeti stops operating again
Japan donates meteorological equipment to Mozambique
Transnet a big hit with engineering students
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MORNING LUCY

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Thursday/Friday 24-25 March 2016
 
First View : ASHPHALT SPLENDOR
Maersk sees rough seas ahead for South African trade
Tanzania PM meets freight forwarders over claims of corruption at port
Largest ship ever to dock at Maputo arrives
A luxury resort that moves
HMS Artful commissioned
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SUNSHINE STATE

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Wednesday 23 March 2016
 
First View : MSC CAMILLE
Maersk 2015 Trade Report by Dirk Hoffmann
CMA CGM upgrades for Ethiopia and Djibouti services
Walvis Bay's new harbour halfway done
Carnival sails Fathom brand into Cuba
10 things to know about new SOLAS weighting regulations
HMS Bronington sinks at her mooring
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : EXCELERATE

Read More ....

Tuesday 22 March 2016
 
First View : FIESTA MAIL
Nigeria & Equatorial Guinea sign maritime security accord
CMA CGM strengthens West Africa services
NileDutch buys Safmarine MPV Europe-West Africa service
Cruise Lines International Association joins World Ocean Council
Tullow declares force majeure in Ghana
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : ADMIRAL VLADIMIRSKIY

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Thursday/Friday 17-18 March 2016
 
First View : EHOALA TOLY
Mombasa second container terminal nears completion
Nigerian ship owners form new forum
Ponant orders four new advanture cruise ships
News from Africa's ports and harbours
Nigeria returns highjacked tanker Maximus to owner
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : LOGOS HOPE ARRIVING IN DURBAN

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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