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LATEST NEWS

Tuesday 30 August 2016

FIRST VIEW: CARNIVAL VISTA

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Carnival Cruise Line's recently launched CARNIVAL VISTA (133,500-gt, built 2016) seen here at Livorno on 27 July. With a passenger capacity of almost 4,000 passengers (3,954 for the specific) the ship was launched at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy and has yet to leave the Mediterranean. The attractive ship will do that in October when she transfers across the Atlantic to cruise in the Caribbean out of Miami. See our report HERE for some more background to this new ship. This picture is by Trevor Jones
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Ship Spring Bay adrift off Mozambique's Inhambane coast

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The refrigerated (reefer) cargo ship SPRING BAY (5,420-dwt, built 1987) which lost engine power close to the coast of Inhambane in Mozambique, is understood to be underway again and was last reported as heading for the port of Maputo for engine repairs. Yesterday afternoon however the ship appeared to be underway once more and was proceeding in a north easterly direction in Maputo Bay at a speed of just 5 knots but this has not been confirmed
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Detained bulker Hyderabad released and sails for Abidjan

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The bulk carrier HYDERABAD ( 52,951-dwt, built 2004) which was arrested while in Algoa Bay, has been released and has resumed her voyage to the port of San Pedro in Cote d'Ivoire. The bulker was detained while taking bunkers offshore of Port Elizabeth after a court order was granted against the vessel on account of of a default case regarding the Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) which has entered into a contract with a South African iron ore supplier for one million tonnes of iron ore.
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Tanzania Ports Authority to open office in Kigali

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The Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) is finalising plans to open a liaison office in Kigali, Rwanda in October, 2016 writes Elisha Mayallah in the East African Business Week. Rwanda importers and exporters will no longer need to travel to the Tanzanian port in Dar es Salaam to clear their shipments.
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MV Werften to build two luxury polar ships for Crystal Cruises

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Europe's newest luxury cruise ship builder, MV Werften announced on Friday last week (26 August) that it has signed contracts to build two Polar class luxury expedition ships for the rapidly expanding Crystal Cruises. The letter of intent was signed with the engineering company Foreship in Stralsund. "We are excited to build a series of the world's first purpose-built expedition yachts, with PC6 polar-class designation," said Jarmo Laakso, Managing Director of MV Werften.
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Subtech assists trainees with sea experiential learning

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This year the MSoE has another group of 26 students (TNPA CSI Trainee Ratings) who have completed their Able Seafarer: Deck and Engine theoretical training as well as all the required STCW ancillary courses. MSoE now wants them put through a similar sea going familiarization training programme again with the assistance of Subtech.
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Durban Port Operators Lauded for Excellence

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Transnet National Ports Authority's (TNPA) inaugural Port of Durban Customer Awards acknowledged outstanding terminal operators for their role in the success of South Africa's busiest commercial seaport. The The Great Gatsby themed event was held at the Durban International Convention Centre on Thursday, 25 August. Licenced operators were adjudicated in the categories of Best Safety Performer, SHE Compliance, Transformation, Best Performing Terminal Operator, Best Performing Ship Repairer, as well as Best Performing Shipping Line and Most Improved Shipping Lines. Durban Port Manager Moshe Motlohi said the new awards were important in recognising operators' compliance with stringent operating standards set by the authority.
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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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PIC OF THE DAY : TUI DISCOVERY

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The European cruise ship TUI DISCOVERY (69,472-gt, built 1996) sailing out of Livorno on 27 July this year, makes for an attractive conclusion to today's news edition. The 264-metre long, 1,830-passenger TUI Discovery is the former Splendour of the Seas of Royal Caribbean Cruises but is now transfered to Thomson Cruise Lines where, unusually, she carries the TUI prefix instead of Thomson. Tui Discovery is currently sailing in the Mediterranean area and is one of Thomson's larger ships. She was built in Nantes Saint Nazaire by the Alsthom Chantier de L'Atlantique shipyard as their hull number B31 and is managed by Columbia Ship Management. Tui Discovery will be joined in the 2017 European summer by her sister ship, Splendour of the Seas, and will carry the rather unimaginative name Tui Discovery 2. This picture is by Trevor Jones
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Monday 29 August 2016
 
First View : RUTH FIRST
Bulker attacked off Conakry -- hostages taken
Angola: Cargo volumes down in first half 2016
Grindrod to sell loco assembly company
Bombardier opens its South African loco production plant
Gaberone terminal delegation visits Richards Bay
Transnet App offers mobile tracking solutions
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : GASLOG SHANGHAI

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Thursday/Friday 25-26 August 2016
 
First View : MAERSK WESTPORT
First of two new mobile cranes arrives in Matadi Gateway
Large-scale upgrade for Cape Town port's tanker basin
Hanjin battles to stave off bankruptcy
ZIKA virus spreads, shipping affected
Northern Mozambique railway reopens
Four Durban Tech students benefit from Subtech bursaries
Port Nolloth students have bursary opportunity at Lawhill
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : THEBEN

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Wednesday 24 August 2016
 
First View : FEDERAL KIBUNE
Tanzania Ports Authority sets out to boost performance
Ferry weather problems in Maputo
Major Cape Town port development highlighted
Western Cape port progress with Operation Phakisa
Old SAFBULK building becomes port training centre
Correction: Oil leak in Algoa Bay
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SARDINIA VERA

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Tuesday 23 August 2016
 
First View : SS NUJOMA Sonangol suspends building Lobito refinery Oil spill in Algoa Bay Dry bulk vessels face continued distress NSRI PE medivacs seriosuly ill seafarer from ship at sea SA companies take part in Maputo International Fair ArcelorMittal to pay R1.5 billion penalty Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port Cruise News and Naval Activities Pics of the Day : AFRICAN ARROW
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Monday 22 August 2016
 
First View : BOW LIND
Saldanha celebrates exporting one million tons of iron ore
WHO Yellow Fever Alert affects Africa
ZIKA virus spreading out of control
Chinese car maker signs R11bn deal with Coega
Female learners hosted at Richards Bay port
Braemar Adjusting agrees Iranian strategic partnership
Female learners hosted at Richards Bay port
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC FABIOLA

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Thursday/Friday 18-19 August 2016
 
First View : TIAN ZHEN
Alarm bells over big ships in African ports
Transmaritima to choose Mozambique cabotage partner
EBH Namibia and Unions agree on minimum retrenchment programme
USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69)in the Arabian Gulf
IMarEST bursary supportS distance e-learning students globally
International Fair of Maputo (FACIM) 2016
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : NORDIC VISBY

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Wednesday 17 August 2016
 
First View : CRANE
MOL announces rate hikes to Southern Africa
Tanzania to build US$30 billion gas processing plant
Nigeria's NIMASA takes action on Ballast Water Management Convention
Maersk line suffers US$139 million second quarter loss
Lindblad reveals details of new ship, National Geographic Quest
Grindrod sells tanker Oliphant for US$13.5 million
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : STOLT GULF MISHREF

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Tuesday 16 August 2016
 
First View : PRINCE OF WAVES
TPT imports new haulers for Durban DCT Pier 1
China launches satellite for maritime observation
CMA CGM upgrades and adds to its EURAF services
Shire Zambezi Waterway comes a step closer
Delivery of new rail wagons to Nacala begins
APM Terminals profit drops while revenue rises
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : COPENHAGEN

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Monday 15 August 2016
 
First View : ARKLOW SPRAY
NSRI has busy weekend with sea rescues
Crystal Serenity sails for Northwest Passage tomorrow
Reduction in weighbridges on Tanzanian Central Corridor cuts transit time but......
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : HS DEBUSSY

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Thursday/Friday 11-12 August 2016
 
First View : POINTIS
Port statistics for July are available here
Tanzania building three new vessels for Lake Nyasa
Angola to spend US$1.329 billion on three port-related projects in 2016
Nigerian oil industry employment cut by 26 percent
DNV GL welcomes world's largest semi-submersible drilling rig
General rate increases to Africa for CMA CGM
First half 2016 loss for Hapag-Lloyd
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : CMA CGM JACQUES JUNIOR

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Wednesday 10 August 2016
 
First View : SERENE SUSANNAH
Mauritania positions itself as an African exports hub
One-Stop Border mooted for Nacala Corridor
Maersk upgrades E-class ships by additional 1300 TEU
Dolosse: putting the record straight
Saimena Cape Town annual luncheon
Oil rig Transocean Winner goes aground off Scotland
Richards Bay Superintendent graduates in marine surveying
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC FABIOLA

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Monday 8 August 2016
 
First View : HOEGH BERLIN
Giant MSC containership in collision with VLCC
Vale and Mitsui agree on percentage sale of Vale Mozambique
More rate increases from CMA CGM
Crystal Cruises abandons SS United States project
Aminex gains extension to Mtwara license for the Ruvuma PSA
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : KORHAAN and tugs MKHUZE and UHUVA

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Thursday-Friday 4-5 August 2016
 
First View : CORINTHIAN
Female shipping student refused interview because of gender
Tazara turns corner with modest profit
Miami Zika virus scare hurts cruise line share prices
Kenmare's Moma Mine makes record titanium shipments
IMarSET launches distance e-learning bursary
Mozambique opens coastal shipping services to foreign lines
SAIMENA Cape Town Annual Luncheon
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SANTA CATHARINA

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Tuesday 2 August 2016
 
First View : CAP CORTES
TAZARA wants independent study of Port into Dar es Salaam's competiteveness
Maersk Line dismisses talk of Hyundai Marine merger
Cruising the Caribbean aboard Carnival Glory
AFRICA RISK COMPLIANCE: An innovative new business
CMA CGM introduces GRR on West and South Africa services
Transnet Port Terminals brings warmth in winter
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : THORCO GALAXY

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Monday 1 August 2016
 
First View : AMETHYST ACE
MV Benita sinks off Mauritius
Nigerian Federal Govt opens talks with MEND
Vale Mozambique loses US100m in Q2
IMO events in Maputo and Mauritius
DHL enters strategic partnership with Ambatovy
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SIR WILLIAM HOY

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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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