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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday, 21-22 May 2015

FIRST VIEW – MSC MARIA PIA

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One of Mediterranean Shipping Company’s older container ships, MSC MARIA PIA (40,117-dwt, built 1997) sailing from Cape Town harbour yesterday (Wednesday, 20 May). The ship, which is owned by MSC and registered in Panama, has a container capacity of 2,808 TEUs. Picture: Ian Shiffman (42 of 42 words)
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Work begins on oil tank farm at Saldanha

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Oiltanking MOGS Saldanha (RF) (Pty) Ltd, a joint venture between OTGC Holdings (Pty) Ltd and MOGS (Pty) Ltd, has commenced with the detailed engineering works for the development and construction of a commercial crude oil blending and storage terminal. (39 of about 210 words)
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Iranian warships join merchant ship on way to Yemen

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It’s decision time for Saudi-led Arab naval forces and today will reveal who is going to play chicken. That’s if everything pans out the way it has been developing. An Iranian merchant ship, IRAN SHAHED is due to dock in Hodeidah port today to discharge what Iran says is humanitarian aid. The ship has been joined by two Iranian warships who will accompany her ... (64 of about 375 words)
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Cruise ship Norwegian Dawn goes aground

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The cruise ship NORWEGIAN DAWN ran aground in shallow water on Tuesday evening just off the coast of Bermuda. According to a Norwegian Cruise Line statement, on Tuesday, 19 May at approximately 5:00 pm ET, the cruise ship had a temporary malfunction of its steering system. (46 of about 170 words)
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Huge ivory haul in Singapore

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Acting on a tip-off, Singapore authorities swooped on a consignment of ivory smuggled from Kenya in tea boxes. Over 3.7 tonnes of ivory and animal teeth was discovered when officials from Singapore’s Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority, assisted by Singapore Customs officials seized the consignment that had arrived earlier from Kenya. (50 of about 310 words)
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First ferry powered by electric drive system

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Siemens has announced that, together with the Norwegian shipyard Fjellstrand, it has developed the world's first electrically powered car ferry. The 80-metre vessel can carry 120 cars and 360 passengers and has entered service on the route between Lavik and Oppedal, across the Sognefjord. (44 of about 530 words)
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Oldest commissioned warship goes into dry dock

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USS CONSTITUTION, the world’s oldest commissioned warship was moved into dry dock this week at the start of a planned three-year restoration effort. (23 of about 320 words)
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Ocean Rig secures two contracts for offshore Angola

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Ocean Rig has secured contracts with Italian oil major ENI for two of its ultra-deepwater drill ships to work offshore Angola. One contract sees the drill ship OCEAN RIG POSEIDON extending an existing contract for another year until the second quarter of 2017, with total contract backlog now standing at about US$367 million. (53 of about 200 words)
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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...... (55 of about 400 words)
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PIC OF THE DAY - ESVAGT CHASTINE

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The recently built Danish standby safety vessel ESVAGT CHASTINE (963-gt, built 2015) which arrived in Cape Town harbour yesterday. Picture: Aad Noorland. (22 of 22 words)
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Tuesday, 19 May 2015
 
First View –CHANG HANG XIAN FENG
Construction underway at Nigeria’s Lekki port Cabotage raises its head in East Africa Maersk Londrina at Ngqura for fire damage repairs Nigerian Navy impounds 30 ships, promises greater action West Australian to sell off Fremantle port to reduce debt GAC appoints new VP for Oil & Gas division Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port Pics of the Day – CY THUNDER and DS REPUBLIC
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Monday, 18 May 2015
 
First View – PROMINENT ACE
AGOA extended but with conditions for S Africa
New road regulations published for comment
Five vessels adrift in Hout Bay Harbour
SA Agulhas II returns from Marion Island
Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire reach a deal over oil drilling
Tensions rise in the Gulf of Aden
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pic of the Day – Nefeli

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Thursday/Friday, 14-15 May 2015
 
First View – SILVER WHISPER
New Guinea-Bissau Mining Venture Requires New Port
Mounting Tensions as Iran Defies Yemeni Naval Blockade
Port User Roadshows for South African Ports
DCD Marine Commended for Modification of DSV Vinnice
Durban Police Target Harbour Trucks
Nautical Institute’s Latest Book is Launched
Traders Shun Nigerian Crude
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – GOTTFRIED SCHULTE and GREEN MALOY

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Wednesday, 13 2015
 
First View – VICTOIRE
Migrants: German Navy Advised to Widen Search Area
Libyan Forces Shell Turkish ship Tuna-1 off Tobruk
SMIT Amandla Marine Newbuilds on Track
ILEMBE, Africa’s largest Dredger Launched
Angolan purchase of Brazilian patrol ships in doubt
Richards Bay Coal Line Annual Maintenance Shutdown
Bourbon Crew Released by Pirates
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ADVANTAGE

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015
 
First View – UMSUNDUZI
Transnet and DBSA do a multibillion rand investment deal
Another ‘Quantum’ Leap for Royal Caribbean Cruises
Two Ships for Taiwan Gamblers!
The Meeting of the Famous Queens!
Cruise News in Brief
New aerial photography service
Port User Roadshow for Cape Town and Saldanha
Next Generation Container Port Winner
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – NORMAND INSTALLER

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Monday, 11 May 2015
 
First View – SAN FELIX
Port Statistics for April are now available here
Navigability study of the Shire and Zambezi rivers ready in August
Drilling for oil in Comoros
Port User Roadshows for Cape Town and Saldanha
Tug Umzumbe fails to sell at auction
Spanish ship breaks in two in storm
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
>Pics of the Day – MSC AMALFI

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Thursday/Friday, 7-8 May 2015
 
First View – SEA PRINCESS
Transnet’s latest dredger Ilembe to be launched this Saturday
Shipping: CMA CGM’s largest boxship Kerguelen enters Med
Shipping: Iran releases Maersk Tigris crew
Mombasa port stats on the increase
French Gowind patrol ship returns to Cape Town
Call for Nigeria to overhaul its maritime sector
Removing excess capacity unlikely to stem drop in freight rates
Did You Know?
Ocean ‘Dead Zones’ found in open waters
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – RUNAWAY BAY and BOW VICTOR


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Wednesday, 6 May 2015
 
First View – ADRIAN SCHULTE
TNPA responds to silting of Durban entrance channel
New watchdog for transport sector
Japanese Big Three, MOL, NYK and K, all back in profit
Shipping industry faces major ballast water dilemma - BIMCO
Reviving the Ocean Economy
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – 7-SEAS and UACC RIYADH

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015
 
First View – BOURBON EXPLORER 510
Capsized vessel off Cape Peninsula poses navigation threat
It’s Full Ahead for TNPA tug project
Giant container ship catches fire in Suez Canal
Grain traffic lost by rail because it’s seasonal
Effectiveness of learnerships in logistics industry
Social and Appointments
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – OCEAN PRINCESS

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Monday, 4 May 2015
 
First View – NORMAN INSTALLER
Maersk Tigris arrest a commercial dispute - Iran
Another delay for Cape Town cruise terminal
Durban Court rules on maritime claims
Armscor’s Project Hotel tender extended
Tazara eyes large contract with DSM Corridor Group
Tanzania ‘looking into’ circumstances of drug tug Hamal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – TTS POINT LISAS

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Thursday/Friday, 30 April- 1 May 2015
 
First View – HOKUETSU USHAKA
JS Danube aground at Mombasa, Maersk Londrina on fire off Mauritius
Maersk Tigris seized by Iranian naval forces
Arrested ship Agatis abandoned off Cape Town
NileDutch names third newbuilding
New Suez Canal to be lined with modern buoys
Crystal Cruises identity will not be compromised
CM&V AZORES to enter French market as Astoria
EU Naval Force trains Somaliland coast guard
Pics of the Day – BBC LONDON and BBC PACIFIC

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015
 
First View – NINGPO
Work to begin on Pemba Logistics Base
Ports inefficient but Africa trade continues to grow
Food crisis in Yemen
Durban port entrance silting again as dredging halts
New name for Mombasa ship chandler
Somaliland’s Berbera Port likely to be operated by DP World
New Debmarine vessel to be named MV Nujoma
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – BRITISH ENVOY

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015
 
First View – ASTOR
Marine disruptions in Durban port
Heavy shelling of Yemen by Saudi navy
Nautic Africa acquires the Anchor Boat Shop
Cavotec automatic mooring system for Port of Ngqura
Chinese shipyard widens MSC ship
IMO Somalia Maritime Forum
Court says Ghana may continue drilling in disputed offshore area
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ST. JACOBI

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Thursday/Friday, 23-24 April 2015
 
First View – NIGER DELTA KING
Conventional buoy mooring (CBM) installed in Luanda Bay
Mystery surrounds loss of Inhaca Island ferry
Single-hull Nigerian cabotage tankers reprieved until 2021
Mombasa port takes action over false certificates
Most container ships losing money on Asia-Europe trade
SA sends condolences on Migrant ship tragedy
APM Terminals Apapa wins Nigerian safety award
Giant CMA CGM Kerguelen under 12 cranes at Port Klang
Xenophobic attacks have hurt SA, says Trade Dep Minister
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day –MSC MARIANNA

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015
 
First View – BORDER
First time for Richards Bay as wheat ship docks
Yemeni crisis heightens as more warships arrive
Nigerian FG moves against seven rice importers
TPT KZN port terminals awarded NOSA Five Star Ratings
Meraviglia is the name of MSC Cruises’ new Vista class ship
Container packing seminar at ICHCA Durban conference
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – LAVELA

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015
 
First View – SVS FROBISHER
Siyabonga Gama appointed acting Transnet Group chief executive
Transnet School of Excellence graduates 115 trainees
SA Shipyards enters into MoU with China Shipbuilding Trdg Co
Another huge loss of life in migrant ferry tragedy
BIMCO: Containership Rates Take a Nosedive
Uncertainty over proposed Tete-Macuse railway and port
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – URSUS

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Monday, 20 April 2015
 
First View –KARIBA
Transnet’s Molefe seconded to Eskom
US$596 million development for Port of Dar es Salaam
Merchant ships stopped from entering Yemeni ports with vital foodstuffs
Ovation of the Seas to sail in Australian waters
Two ships ground themselves in Suez Canal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – QUEEN MARY 2

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Thursday/Friday, 16-17 April 2015
 
First View – AURORA
SA delegation in the US for AGOA talks
Nautic Africa expands into quayside management
TPT shortlisted by Navis as one of the best terminal operators
Queen Mary 2 in South Africa
Guinea-Bissau gets tough, bans logging for five years
Book Release: The Admiralty Manual of Seamanship
Suez Canal widening to be completed by July
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – AVONBORG

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015
 
First View – QUEEN MARY 2
Piracy returns to Nigeria as 3 crew members are snatched
BlueTec turbines - Harnessing the ocean current
Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention Enters into Force
South Africa and US commit to addressing AGOA concerns
OOCL orders six 21,000-TEU container ships
Yemen bans ships from entering its territorial waters
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – DA QING XIA

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015
 
First View – ANTHEM OF THE SEAS
Maputo port authority found liable in grounding of Dubai Sun
Cruise ship Azores held in Lisbon over debt dispute
Wharf Talk: A pollution disaster waiting to happen
MSC axes world’s biggest ship’s maiden voyage as rates hit all-time low
SA Agulhas leaves on another scientific voyage
West Africa set to get new generation PSV tonnage
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – THERMOPYLAE

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Monday, 13 April 2015
 
First View – LOUIS 2
Eighteen of EMATUM fleet already in Mozambique
Mozambique seeks US$2.3 billion to expand rail and port network
Zambia joins IMO
Shipping lines pull back as Yemen crisis shows no sign of ending
CMA CGM new service connects Houston and West Africa
Sound familiar? Six-mile truck jam outside US port
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – WARDEH

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Thursday/Friday, 9-10 April 2015
 
First View – KANG SHENG
Illegal fishing vessel Thunder scuttled off São Tomé
First cruise ship visit to Southern Angolan port of Namibe
Inchcape Shipping Services opens in Mozambique
Another giant for MSC as Oliver enters service
Marion Dufresne undergoes life extension renovation
Sub-Sahara Africa loses 85 percent of oil trade with US
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – TAI FU No. 3

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015
 
First View – CRYSTAL SERENITY
Lengthy delays at Douala port bring surcharges
Ugandan shippers upset by shipping line fees
Six contenders for IMO top job
India and China cooperate on joint Indian Ocean trade routes
Gambia Ports Authority signs MOU with Guinea Bissau Ports
The Changing Face of Marine Risk
Fire on board Russian nuclear submarine
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ATLANTIC BLUE

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