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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday 19-20 January 2017

FIRST VIEW: MSC ALTAMIRA

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The 299 metres of overall length along Mediterranean Shipping Company's MSC ALTAMIRA (112,150-dwt, built 2012) looks impressive in the afternoon sun as the ship enters Durban harbour with a good-size cargo of containers. The ship is capable of carrying up to 8900 TEU when fully laden. She is 48 metres wide and has a maximum draught of 14.5 metres. MSC Altamira is owned by the Ofer Group and operated of course by MSC. She was built at the Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Shipyard in South Korea as their hull number S592. This picture is by Trevor Jones
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Strong interest in Nigerian tug order

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Strong interest has been shown in an order for the provision and operation of a tug fleet to meet the requirements of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) at the ports of Lagos, Warri and Port Harcourt.

It is understood that up to 50 expressions of interest were shown in the contract when bidding opened in the NNPC headquarters in Abuja, in the company of representatives from the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR); Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI); and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

The provision of the tugs is to be on a time charter basis for an initial two-year contract with and option of renewal for a further one year.

In a related matter, a pair of ex Ministry of Defence (MOD) tractor tugs has been refitted with air conditioning units to prepare for new operations off the coast of West Africa.
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Search for missing Malaysian aircraft called off

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One of the costliest and longest underwater searches in history has been called off after no direct evidence was found to justify its continuance.

The search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared in 2014 with 239 people on board, has taken the efforts of a number of search aircraft and a variety of ships. This week the last vessel still searching, FUGRO EQUATOR, was called away, leaving the Indian Ocean to guard its secrets.

Three countries have carried out most of the searching, Malaysia, China and Australia and costing an estimated US$145 million.
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Ovenstones replaces MV Edinburgh with new ship Geo Searcher

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Cape Town-based fishing agency Ovenstones has acquired the fishing vessel GEO SEARCHER (1863-gt, built 1982) which will be replacing MV EDINBURGH as the island of Tristan da Cunha's principal fishing vessel, which is also used to supply the island with general goods from South Africa as required.

The 69-metre long GEO SEARCHER was built and operated as a research vessel owned by Pegasus Shipping of Gdynia, Poland and managed and operated by Vestland Marine Sp, also of Gdynia. The ship underwent conversion to a refrigerated factory vessel with passenger and cargo capacity and is to replace MV Edinburgh as the island's main fishing vessel.
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Mombasa plans ambitious cruise ship terminal

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Kenya Ports Authority has revealed plans to develop a gleaming new passenger terminal at the port to cater for an expected influx of cruise ships in the future.

The terminal at berths 1 and 2 will feature all the necessary facilities including a lounge area, restaurants, and souvenir shops.

The passenger terminal will be built by TradeMark East Africa which has teamed up with the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA). It is hoped that construction can commence within six months.
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Grimaldi orders 7 U-design hybrid Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubbers

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On 22 December the Grimaldi Group announced that had placed orders for seven hybrid Alfa Laval PureSOx systems with U-design scrubbers. These orders are an important milestone, as the second of these systems is also the 100th U-design scrubber to be sold by Alfa Laval.

Grimaldi Group, which is the parent company of Atlantic Container Line, Finnlines and others, is a multinational logistics group based on maritime transport, which includes operating a shipping service between Europe and West Africa. Specialised in the operation of RoRo vessels, car carriers and ferries, the group has been using Alfa Laval PureSOx systems to meet SOx emission limits since 2014.

With new PureSOx orders booked in October, comprising seven car carriers to be built at China's Yangfan Shipyard, the Grimaldi Group will bring its total number of PureSOx systems to 19. The second system ordered is also the 100th PureSOx system to be sold with a U-design scrubber.
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Norsafe contract with the Swedish Coast Guard (KBV)

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Norsafe has signed a new contract with the Swedish Coast Guard (KBV) to deliver nine new Magnum 750 MKII boats (of the type illustrated). The boats are specially developed in close cooperation with KBV and are a continuation of seven boats already delivered between 2015 and 2016.

For many years Norsafe has had a particularly good and fruitful cooperation with KBV. Through this collaboration, Norsafe has developed a fast rescue boat that also meets the KBV's operational requirements.

The order is important for Norsafe and confirms the commitment the company has made in recent years in the business area of military and professional boats.
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Odessa Port Management slammed over bureaucratic delays

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The Acting CEO of Ukrainian Seaports Authority Raivis Veckagans held a meeting at the port of Odessa in which he strongly criticised the port's management.

He referred to long-term construction projects such as the Quarantine Mole and reconstruction of berth No.1-z which have not been completed. He pointed out that the reconstruction of the passenger terminal with a new customs terminal area remains far from resolution.

CEO Veckagans looked at each capital investment project and focused his attention on the poor quality of production, a lack of discipline and failure to fulfil what the investors had committed.
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Konecranes launches low cost overhead crane

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Konecranes recently launched a new economically priced overhead crane, the CXT UNO. Developed to give small and medium-sized SME's in southern Africa access to Konecranes' proven technology, the CXT UNO is based on Konecranes' existing CXT hoist, and is said to deliver many of the industry-leading strengths of the CXT.

The CXT UNO combines a strong range of features based on a simpler set of components and technical solutions compared to existing CXT products. This straightforward design, together with easy access to spare parts, means that the CXT UNO will be easy to maintain.

The crane is designed for everyday lifting. By focusing on the essential features and core components, such as the CXT hoist, the product can be offered at a very sensible price without compromising on quality.
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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 : DA QING XIA

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Cosco's general cargo ship DA QING XIA (28,341-dwt, built 2011) arrived in Durban on a regular call for bunkers, befgore sailing east. The ship, whose name we believe to mean 'GREAT CELEBRATION, is registered in Hong Kong. The name incidentally is not marking some political or military event but is apparently named for the largest oil field in China, which was discovered in 1959. Any corrections or confirmation of this will be welcome. These pictures were taken by Keith Betts
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Tuesday 17 January 2017
 

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Wednesday 18 January 2017
 
First View : NOBLE GLOBE TROTTER II
Saldanha port manager takes early retirement
Transnet's new intake of maritime trainees
Tanzania to buy three ships for lake duty
Shanghai, Trinidad and Tobago to host maritime technology centres
Mozambique to default over paymnent due for Ematum fleet
Rotterdam Offshore Group modifies and recommissions Boskalis' Ndeavor
USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group deploys to Western Pacific
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : OVATION OF THE SEAS

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Tuesday 17 January 2017
 
First View : POURQUOI PAS?
11TH International Harbour Masters' Congress in London
Damen continues contact with Ivory Coast
Hamburg Sud to play the Safmarine role in South America
Antaios makes it to port but may head for the breakers
SAS Amatola to sail for England and the SS Mendi centenary
Another two Maydon Wharf berths deepened
Seven nights on a combo cruise Cape Town to Durban
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : NAVIG8 AVENTURINE

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Monday 16 January 2017
 
First View : KOEI MARU No.1
Port Statistics for December 2016
Container Terminal for Ghana's Takoradi port
SA Agulhas gives sea-time to 30 cadets in Antarctic waters
Durban container berth deepening project tender issued
Ivory Coast bans terminal handling charges (THC)
Milestone for Polar Protection
Port Data Project gathers steam; 13 new ports sign up
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : USNS GY-SGT FRED W STOCKHAM

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Thursday 15 December 2016
 
First View : SORLANDET
Durban container berth deepening goes out to tender
Massive project cargo involving solar panel equipment to Karoo
Mozambique wants more rigorous logging operations
Rickmers sells youngest ever container ship for scrap
Across the Seas
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : APL SANTIAGO

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Wednesday 14 December 2016
 
First View : VIKING BRAVERY
Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo to operate Ngqura Liquid Bulk Terminal
Oil & Gas industry drives Nigerian ship and boat building
Pandaw announces new ship for Borneo river cruising
ICTSI completes what it calls the world's most advanced terminal
Mozambique Agriculture Minister implicated in logging scandal

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Tuesday 13 December 2016
 
First View : CYGNUS LEADER
Kenya chosen as IMO's Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre for Africa
TPT dismisses claims about manganese handling at Cape Town terminal
Damen to build 16 passenger ferries for Ivory Coast
SAMSA confirms electronic verification of seafarer's certificates
Book Review: Light in the Darkness
EfficienSea 2: Getting Connected to the Future

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Monday 12 December 2016
 
First View : OSPREY
Deal signed that will connect Zambia with Nacala Corridor & port
Fire on oil platform off Congo -- one dead
Pearl Harbour Commemoration
South Africa takes part in maritime conference
Dar es Salaam increases imports/exports for Rwanda
Mess-up at Cape Town's Sturrock Dry Dock
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MAERSK BRIGIT

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Thursday/Friday 8-9 December 2016
 
First View : JONATHAN SWIFT
South African port statistics for November are now available
Cape Town dry dock drama as caisson collapses
Salvage of Antaios underway in South Atlantic
Puntland's Port Qandala retaken by government troops
Tschudi expands in South-East Africa
World's first LNG-powered hopper dredger is launched
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : COSCO SHENGSHI

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Wednesday 7 December 2016
 
First View : TABEA
Mozambique seizes 1200 containers of illegal logs heading for China
Maritime surveillance on agenda in Mozambique
Norwegian sail training ship Sorlandet heads for Durban
Iranian Navy plans to enter the Atlantic are delayed
Indian Navy frigate INS Betwa capsizes in dock
Research ship Marion Dufresne in rescue dash for lone yachtsman
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : THURINGIA

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Tuesday 6 December 2016
 
First View : MSC SINFONIA
Crew rescued from burning and sinking bulker in South Atlantic
NATO co-chairs counter-piracy conference
Dredging of Maputo harbour 90 percent complete
Seabourn takes delivery of its latest ship, Encore
High spec security vessels to go on urgent sale
TNPA Richards Bay honours 47 long service employees
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : TORTUGAS

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Monday 5 December 2016
 
First View : MARISKA-G
A couple days in the life of the NSRI
Patrol craft on auction at Cape Town
CMA CGM imposes a spread of THC charges across West Africa
MLA College wins Gold Award: Best online distance learning programme
Elon Musk's Ocean Mission together with NASA
South Africa, Brazil Competition authorities sign MOU
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : KURUTAI

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Thursday-Friday 1-2 December 2016
 
First View : MSC LANA
SMIT Amandla Marine, now AMSOL, takes on South African ownership Maersk takes over Hamburg Sud in buy-out Beira port goes over to Navis operating system
Lake Victoria residents up in arms over repair of ferry Kalangala
Bollore still interested in concessioning of Cape Verde ports
UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2016
Maersk tipped as possible Hamburg Sud buyer
Parker report seeks shake-up in UK naval shipbuilding
Africa must align development plans with AGOA
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : TORONTO TRADER

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Wednesday 30 November 2016
 
First View : HMNZS CANTERBURY
Illegal fishing costs Mozambique US$57 million annually
SS Nujoma diamong mining vessel starts sea trials
Tema Shipyard to maintain and repair dredger fleet
EU Operation Atalanta off Somalia extended by two years
Albania joins NATO maritime activities
Tazara problems continue, leaders intervene
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : WARRIOR SPIRIT

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Tuesday 29 November 2016
 
First View : SEASMILE
Situation update on Port of Durban
South Africa takes part in Africa Trade Week
TPT Richards Bay Dry Bulk steams ahead
Portsmouth being readied as new carrier's home port
Hapag-Lloyd's passion for shipping coffee
Hamburg Sud's Oetker family debate selling the company
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : NCC AMAL

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Monday 28 November 2016
 
First View : MAERSK CUNENE
NATO withdraws from Somali counter piracy
Sod turning for Port of Tema expansion
Indian master receives 2016 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea
Dredge-King dredger goes to work in Madagascar
West African pirates attack two ships, one dead
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC HINA

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Thursday/Friday 24-25 November 2016
 
First View : EUROPA
GPHA seeks Euro 47m waiver on Takoradi Port
BIMCO warns of long road ahead for dry bulk shipping
Eni approves plan for Coral South Project, offshore Mozambique
Denmark withdraws from Somalia piracy patrols
Nigeria's maritime law outdated, needs revising
Why Africa's borders are a mess
Polar Onyx chartered for West African contract
CMA CGM imposes THC at Conakry
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : OCEANLOVE

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Wednesday 23 November 2016
 
First View : SEAROAD MERSEY II
Nectar Sierra Leone Bulk Terminal takes top IBJ award
Lawhill Bursary Holders Make TNPA Proud
New generation Maersk ships to exceed 20,000 TEU?
EU and UNCTAD discuss support for Angolan trade
Sea Shepherd's Ocean Warrior sails for rendezvous with Japanese whalers
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : WHALE CATCHERS

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Tuesday 22 November 2016
 
First View : SEVEN SEAS NAVIGATOR
Transnet orders 23 Kalmar Straddle Carriers for DCT Pier 2
DCD Marine enters voluntary business rescue
Hapag-Lloyd withdraws Apapa call from WAX service
MSC Magnifica to handle cruise line's first round the world cruise
Fish-rich Mauritania looks to its Nouadhibou port for a brighter future
Whaling in our blood
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : ARTANIA

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Monday 21 November 2016
 
First View : IRIN ALVAND
SAMSA investigates cause of fire and deaths on Hartebeesporrt Dam
UN Security Council unanimously adopts Resolution 2316 (2016)
Transnet tugs remain unsold at auction
Agulhas Current is widening, research discovers CMA CGM reports significant improvement since acquisition of NOL
Transnet scoops top award for integrated reporting
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : IRIN BUSHEHR

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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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