The former ferry AQUARIUS BRASIL (22.152-gt. Built 1999) which called at Cape Town last week for bunkers while on her delivery voyage to Brazil, where the ship will spend her days as an accommodation vessel for Petrobras. Read More…..
Container ship MOL Comfort breaks in two and sinks
The Mitsui OSK Line (MOL) container ship MOL COMFORT broke in two yesterday off the coast of Yemen and has sunk. All 26 crew members were rescued after a joint coordinated operation involving various rescue and response services, including the Indian Coast Guard. The drama began when the 316-metre long container ship, carrying about 4,500 containers encountered rough seas with swells reaching a reported six metres, accompanied by strong winds. The ship was about 200 n.miles off the Yemeni coast and 800 n.miles from India when she broke in two and sank. Read More…..
Shipwatch:Samsung to build largest ever FPSO for Nigeria
Samsung HI has confirmed that it has been awarded a US$3 billion contract to build a FPSO for the Nigerian offshore market. According to Tradewinds, the FPSO will be the biggest ever. Read More…..
Portwatch: Ngqura benefits from MSC’s move away from Valencia
As a result of increased capacity and improved transhipment services at the Port of Ngqura, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has switched a considerable volume of West Africa cargo along its ‘southern route’, i.e. via the Cheetah service between the Far East and South Africa. This has been in place of the ‘northern route’ – the Lion service between the Far East and Europe. Read More…..
Shipwatch: MSC revises East Africa – South Africa weekly
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced a revision of its weekly South Africa - East Africa service. MSC will now offer Dar es Salaam direct on a weekly sailing with improved connectivity to Zanzibar and Tanga. Read More…..
Mailbag: Incentives to recruiting local crews
Would Safmarine, our former national carrier, be willing to recognise the past and present benefits it has acquired through its long association with this country by adopting a similar policy as their old rivals MSC? Read More…..
First LPG tanks arrive at Saldanha
The first set of four liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanks for storing LPG have arrived and are being installed at Avedia Energy’s permanent LPG storage facility at the Port of Saldanha Bay. The tanks will go into use towards the end of this year, when they will be used to store LPG imported into South Africa from the Bonny River Terminal in Nigeria. The tanks were built in China and have a collective 4,000 tons capacity. Read More…..
MBC goes offshore for R300m offshore tug
Cape Town’s black empowered shipping company Marine Bulk Carriers (MBC) says it has placed an order with a Chinese builder for a R300 million anchor-handling tug, which will be built in China to local specifications for meeting the requirements of the local offshore industry. There is no indication however as to why the ship, which will be manned and operated by South Africans, should not have been built locally. Read More…..
Pics of the Day – Sonangol Sambizanga
A photographic record of some of the ships that have called in our ports in recent years. Read More…..
Previous News . . . .
Thursday 13 June 2013
First View – EAGLE BAY
Transport secretary vows to streamline Mombasa port activities - no excuse for port inefficiency
Tanker catches fire in pirate waters
Massive graphite discovery in Mozambique
EU naval force strengthens ties with Kenya
New Far East-EC South America service to call at Ngqura
Hamburg Süd and Niledutch in new South Africa-Argentina/Brazil service
Walvis Bay synchrolift reopens
Death of Capt Brian Greenwood in Cape Town
Third issue of The Navigator tackles passage planning
Pics of the Day – PRAHA Read More .....
Wednesday 12 June 2013
First View – GULF MIST
Govt clamps down on direct releasing of cargo at Dar es Salaam
Kenya ups its trade with South Sudan
US gives Nigeria ultimatum over port security
The silent invasion
Magellan Star pirates sentenced to five years
Mandatory code regulating Arctic shipping by 2016
Triple-E ship bunkers in Russia
Trade News: Orbita zooms into quay crane OCR market
Pics of the Day – VICTORIA Read More .....
Tuesday 11 June 2013
First View – BGP CHALLENGER
Transnet raises R3.3 billion bond on capital market
MSC SA recruits South African crew
Transnet School of Ports to move to Durban Airport site
Chauncy Maples rebuild: Big charity row
MSC sale of terminal division finalised
Mailbag: Why not East London?
Book Preview: Light Upon the Waters
Pics of the Day – ANTONIO Read More .....
Monday 10 June 2013
First View – MACUTI IN CAPE TOWN
Port statistics for the month of May are now available
Mombasa port traffic picks up post election
Shipwatch: CMA CGM and Delmas close down feeder loop
Large export of Transnet rolling stock to Nacala
Japanese AGOA type deal in the offing
Piracy: Matrix crew released
Monthly statistics for Richards Bay Coal Terminal
UNMIL says vessel Caterina did not sink
SA divers rescue Jascon 4 survivor
Pics of the Day – SAS TAFELBERG and TIMARU STAR Read More .....
Thursday 6 June 2013
First View – HK CHALLENGER
West African states seek anti piracy code
Rail link between SA and Moz to be strengthened
Great Lakes: Tanzania confirms 3 new ships
Reefer ships fight back
Russia to send nuclear submarine to Southern Ocean
Shipwatch: CMA CGM introduces Swahili service
Shipwatch: Stand by for first Triple-E launch
Shipwatch: Peacekeeping vessel sinks near Harper
Shipwatch: Namport 3 and tug Fairplay 33 sit out bad weather
Pics of the Day – BOURBON OCEANTEAM 101 Read More .....
Wednesday 5 June 2013
First View – CALAMITY JANE
Shape up or lose out, World Bank warns Mombasa port
Tambo Springs to be largest inland port in Africa
IMO cautioned over eco measures for shipping
Malawi objects to Tanzania deploying ships to lake
News in Brief: Namdock 3’s latest position
Ngqura becomes a world leader in volume growth
SAMSA stages career expo, and goes shopping for a diamond recovery vessel
Pics of the Day – HANJIN ROTTERDAM Read More .....Tuesday 4 June 2013
First View – OCEAN SPRAY 1
Suez Canal will remain in Egyptian hands
Monrovia new wharf officially opened – 9 months early
Transnet and Maputo Ports sign MoU
Third Quantum-class cruise ship for Royal Caribbean
SA and Japan meet to study joint economic cooperation
Weak rand works in favour of SA fruit
Pics of the Day – ZONDA and OXL AVENIR Read More .....Monday 3 June 2013
First View – NORCA
Coastwatch: Namdock 3 sits out storm on Zululand coast
Offshore Patrol Boat takes over in Mozambique Channel
Exporter of the Year for 2013 launched
Chinese fishing company to increase Mozambique fleet to 20 ships
Bad weather damages new Norwegian Breakaway
Rescuers recover bodies from the sunken Jascon 4, one survivor
SA’s trade deficit widens
Cabinda deepwater port will ensure Angola’s sovereignty
Pics of the Day – Genevieve Lykes and Hellenic Glory Read More .....Thursday 30 May 2013
First View – TRANQUIL ACE
Shipwatch: News of ships and the shipping lines
Somali piracy costs African states over $6 billion
Ship pirated off Nigeria, crew kidnapped
Beira’s new STS cranes commissioned into service
Cruise passenger Bill of Rights announced
Support for Vale Moçambique’s terminal and railway
Solid transport infrastructure crucial, says Martin
Pics of the Day – GOLDEN HARMONY Read More .....Wednesday 29 May 2013
First View – Oosterschelde
Walvis Bay North Port could be fast tracked
Beira port losing traffic - claim
Nigeria tightens up on private security providers
Mwambani Port: Tanga will never be the same again
Fire cripples giant cruise ship
12 missing when tug Jascon 4 sinks off Nigeria
Brazil to fund Ethiopia-South Sudan railway
Trade News: Aids to navigation technician training courses
Pics of the Day – Northern Practise Read More .....Tuesday 28 May 2013
First View – Coyo Tercero
Dti calls for increased black participation in maritime industry
Forced labour at sea still commonplace
US provides Nigeria with two more patrol ships
Operation Copper allocated R585 million for next year
New RTGs to enter service at Tema
Pirates free Hansa Marburg sailors
Pics of the Day – A flurry of sails Read More .....Monday 27 May 2013
First View – OOSTERSCHELDE
Boskalis admits to bribing Mauritian port officials
IAPH conference tables a number of resolutions
Pullout from anti piracy patrols
Shipping: PIL starts 2nd Far East-Red Sea loop
Victor Restis denies having business links with Iranians
Promising oil strike off Namibian coast
Disappointment over Dutch Tall Ships visit
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