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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday 21-22 July 2016

FIRST VIEW: AFRICAN BLACKBIRD

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A smart looking Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier AFRICAN BLACKBIRD (66,637-dwt, built 2015) arrives in Durban to work cargo earlier in July. MUR Shipping, which is majority owned by MacSteel International Holdings BV, operates with a fleet of about 80 ships either owned or on time charter and has long had an association with South African ports with whom the line has been calling for many years. African Blackbird is on charter to MUR, being owned by Japanese interests. About 56 of MUR's fleet are named with the prefix 'African' -- providing an indication of where much of the company's interest rests. This picture is by Trevor Jones
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Skiptainer assists manganese growth at Port Elizabeth

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TPT's Port Elizabeth terminal is the largest manganese export facility in Africa. Over the past three years this terminal has introduced a number of innovative handling methods to facilitate the growth of emerging miners and to improve capacities including the successful handling of skiptainer vessels. According to TPT, the skiptainer solution has proven a successful method in meeting the rising demand while supporting the South African economy.
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Nigeria orders fresh probe into NPA, NIMASA

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A fresh probe into the affairs and conduct of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has been ordered by Nigeria's transport minister, Chief Rotimi Amaechi. The Nigerian newspaper Daily Trust reports that while after receiving the ministerial committee report on NIMASA, the minister expressed concern at the level of decay and corruption in NIMASA. He said that a full audit of all Ministry of Transportation agencies was necessary. "We are in the process of appointing an auditor to audit NIMASA, NPA and other agencies in the Ministry of Transportation," he said. "Maybe after the auditor's work, we will have a clearer picture as to where all the billions went."
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MOL introduces GRI on Asia-South Africa trades

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Chinese shipping giant Cosco is set to send three cargo ships through the Arctic Ocean, in a bid to take advantage of a route that is being made more viable by global warming, according to the China Post. The shipping line's first ship to depart on this route, YONG SHENG, left the Chinese port of Tianjin on Saturday 16 July 2016, and is now on route to the Arctic.
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Mombasa Port Charter has reduced congestion

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The signing of the Mombasa Port Community Charter in July 2014 has resulted in a significant improvement in performance by the Kenya Ports Authority, says Transport Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia.
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ENI close to ordering $5.4bn FLNG vessel for Mozambique

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The Italian hydrocarbon company ENI is close to awarding the contract for the construction of the floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) vessel which will supply the world's markets with gas from Offshore Area Four in the Rovuma basin off the northern coast of Mozambique. ENI is the operator of Offshore Area Four, which is estimated to contain 85 trillion cubic feet of gas. According to the South Korean news agency Yonhap, a consortium composed of the French company Technip, JGC (formerly known as the Japan Gasoline Company) and South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries is likely to get the contract which is valued at 5.4 billion US dollars.
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Underwater drones to transform marine industry risk management

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Researchers from the University of Southampton, UK, and Europe have developed ground breaking technology that will enable underwater unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs) to scan the oceans and gather environmental analytics to provide the Port of Leixoes, Portugal, with data for optimising their port management strategy. The on-demand UAVs will drive intelligent data analytics to provide the Port of Leixoes, Portugal with environmental impacts in a matter of hours. The Internet-connected UAVs will send observations to a geo-spatial environmental data fusion platform that prepares data for marine risk analysis allowing for rapid response impact analysis. The trial is conducted as part of research by the European Commission funded SUNRISE EXPOSURES project.
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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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PICS OF THE DAY : CHALLENGE PEAK

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NYK Shipmanagement's oil and chemical products tanker CHALLENGE PEAK (45,945-dwt, built 2012) seen arriving at the New Zealand port of Lyttelton with a cargo of diesel loaded in Yeosu in South Korea. The 182m long, 33m wide tanker is owned by NYK Bulkship (Asia) Ltd and was built by the Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co, Ltd. The ship is registered in Singapore. The pictures were taken by Alan Calvert
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Wednesday 20 July 2016
 
First View : HOEGH TRIGGER
Mozambique intercepts large cargo of illegal timber
Rolls-Royce signs $33M deal for 4 Hurtigruten cruise ships
Cosco aims at major Arctic route
Epic service for CMA CGM
TAZARA secures large DRC petroleum contract
Damco expands Hub-in-Transit programme to include Morocco
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : KOTA SINGA

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Tuesday 19 July 2016
 
First View : SAS PROTEA
Stolt-Nielsen takes over Jo Tankers chemical fleet
Hapag-Lloyd enhances West Africa-Med Express (WSX) service
NYK pleads guilty to criminal cartel activity
Transnet expands capacity on coal lines
SMIT Amandla supports E Cape maritime schools
Profile on Advisian of the WorleyParsons Group
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : DORMAC DOCK 1

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Monday 18 July 2016
 
First View : DORMAC DOCK 1
Mauritian court convicts 12 Somali piates for attack on MSC ship
Another ship flagged in Port Elizabeth
Bomin launches bunkering operation in Port Louis
Two new mobile cranes for Benin's Port of Cotonou
WWL pleads guilty to RoRo price-fixing
US/Moroccan forces complete Exercise African Sea Lion 2016
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : INDIANA

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Thursday/Friday 14-15 July 2016
 
First View : JUPITER LEADER
EIA process for Salisbury Island infill starts
World Bank to help build Port Harcourt fertiliser terminal
Cape Town and Durban swap Terex and Kalmar straddles
Update on Benita grounding off Mauritius
Ardent and Ardentia combine salvage strengths
CMA CGM upgrades Europe-Africa services
Record bulk cargo for reconstructed Maydon Wharf berth
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : INVENTANA

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Wednesday 13 July 2016
 
First View : NORTHERN DEPENDANT
Beira introduces VGM levy and extends stack closing dates
New Moz port and railway at Macuse to start in 2017
Nigeria seeks greater collaboration with IMO
Stressing Cape Town's importance as oil industry meeting place
Indian tanker master to receive 2016 IMO Bravery Award
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC ALTAMIRA

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Tuesday 12 July 2016
 
First View : HOEGH BRASILIA
Port statistics for June are now available
CMA CGM shuffles India Middle East Gulf services to East Africa
New Port Elizabeth tug QUNU delivered
First ship works cargo at rebuilt Maydon Wharf berth 1
Dormac Dock 1 floating dock due in Durban on Friday
MSC Seaview to cruise the Mediterranean
US Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, expands facilities
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pic of the Day : NORD MISSISSIPPI
Yesterday's Pic of the Day : PRIMA

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Monday 11 July 2016
 
First View : ASIAN DYNASTY
Competition Commission opens case against Transnet for excessive pricing
SOLAS weight rules running smoothly at APM Terminals
World Maritime Day theme: Connecting ships, ports and people
Delays with building Pemba logistical base
Boskalis to take 24 vessels out of service, with loss of 650 jobs
Seamen Guard Ohio crew abandoned and languishing in Indian jail
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : PRIMA

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Thursday/Friday 7-8 July 2016
 
First View : NORWEGIAN GETAWAY
Nigerian maritime surveillance system goes live
Decrease in general cargo handled at Nigerian ports
China to develop the first (of many) cruise ships
Costly passage through the Panama Canal
Transnet strengthens team in drive for new business
Super Group in JV with logistics specialist Agility
China Railway Rolling Stock wants increased stake in Mozambique
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : EMPRESS OF THE SEAS

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Wednesday 6 July 2016
 
First View : GLOVIS SUN
Maritime security high on Indian PM's Africa agenda
Transnet and Zimbabwe in talks over railway partnership
New obstacle to revamp of TAZARA
Demolition of Panamax containerships triples in first 5 months
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC ARBATAX

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Tuesday 5 July 2016
 
First View : TR CROWN
SAMSA addressing delays in issuing Seafarer Certificates
'Sisonke' flies the South African flag
Durban Dry Dock returns to full service
Dramatic new cruise terminal for Miami
Update on Benita grounding off Mauritius
UNCTAD 14 to be held in Nairobi
"Join us as we celebrate Sea Sunday"
Passing of Robert Pabst
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : WASHINGTON

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Monday 4 July 2016
 
First View : DURBAN TRAWLERS WHARF
News in brief from the ports and harbours
SA companies should explore port opportunities in Tanzania
Maritime news briefs from West Africa
Logos Hope due in Walvis Bay for first time
Gulf of Guinea piracy more sophisticated and prevalent
Sudden death of Don Mkhwanazi
Chaos at Beit Bridge
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : CMA CGM CHATEAU D'IF

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Thursday/Friday 30 June-1 July 2016
 
First View : SPIRIT OF MELBOURNE
That was quite some week
Update on collision between MSC Chiara and dredger Macuti
Kenya and Ethiopia in pipeline deal
Maintenance shutdown for Richards Bay coal line
A first for Nautic
SOLAS Amendment on container weights: D-Day
Mozambique convoy route now 260km long
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : HORNCLIFF

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Wednesday 29 June 2016
 
First View : LION
MSC Chiara in collision with Beira dredger Macuti
Cargo vessel capsizes near Zanzibar
Scandal over Mozambique maritime loans thickens
Nigeria launches Standard Operating Procedures at all ports
CMA CGM crosses ownership threshold to delist NOL
Join us as we celebrate Sea Sunday
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MAERSK CONGO

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Tuesday 28 June 2016
 
First View : INDUSTRIAL ROYAL
Transnet posts strong annual performance
Panama Canal opens new extensions
Mercy Ships announces partnership with Mobility At Sea
Making inroads with Bayhead roads
IMF calls for audit of Mozambique public companies
Weighing in on SOLAS in South Africa
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : JOLLY PERLA

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Monday 27 June 2016
 
First View : AZTECA
Malawi to transport oil on Tazara railway
Wentworth named operator of Rovuma Onshore
Maritime arbitration as an effective tool
Soren Skou appointed new Maersk CEO
IHMA celebrates its first 20 years
SA relations with AGOA all in order, says Dti
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pic of the Day : LOGOS HOPE

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Thursday/Friday 23-24 June 2016
 
First View : PENELOPE
Small vessel tracking trials completed in South Africa
Vale stops using Sena Railway and Beira port
Update on Benita grounding
New era as widened Panama Canal in readiness to open
Kenmare Resources reaches agreement with creditors
NSSLGlobal continues expansion via Cape Town office
IKE in the Med
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : DELTA COMMANDER and SYROS I

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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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