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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday 25-26 August 2016

FIRST VIEW: MAERSK WESTPORT

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A routine caller in Florida, USA is the 1700-TEU container ship MAERSK WESTPORT (22,314-dwt, built 2009) which operates a regular service between the Florida ports and northern South America. The 175-metre long, 28m wide vessel is flagged and registered in Hong Kong and is owned by Cido Shipping HK and operated by Maersk Line. The ship was built in Taiwan at the China Shipbuilding Corp, Keelung Shipyard as their hull number 939. This picture is by Tony de Freitas
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First of two new mobile cranes arrives in Matadi Gateway

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The first of two new mobile cranes scheduled to go into service with the Matadi Gateway Terminal (MGT), the new container and general cargo terminal on the Congo River, DR Congo, has arrived. The Terex Model 5 crane is the largest member of the medium size crane family available from Terex Port Solutions and was delivered fully erect on-board the m/v BBC ODER which commenced its voyage from Antwerp, Belgium.
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Large-scale upgrade for Cape Town port's tanker basin

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A large-scale upgrade of the fire protection system at the Port of Cape Town's tanker basin, which serves the petrochemical industry, is due for commissioning at the end of next month (September). The project will bring the port in line with the International Standard Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT) and ensure that the Eastern Mole berths meet the local municipality requirements. The Eastern Mole berths could be converted into fully fledged liquid bulk handling berths that will supplement the port's two tanker basin berths to cater for increased liquid bulk volumes.
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Hanjin battles to stave off bankruptcy

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South Korean shipping company Hanjin Shipping is facing bankruptcy unless it is able to raise over US$1 billion in the next year. Hanjin's main creditor, the Korea Development Bank says that the container line has to come up with a 'substantial' self-rescue plan -- this after Hanjin failed to meet a previous deadline of 13 August. Chairman of the bank, Lee Dong-geol warned that failure to produce an acceptable plan could lead to a court receivership.
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ZIKA virus spreads, shipping affected

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With the Olympic Games having now concluded, one of the stories that played out behind all the glitter, glamour and excitement involved the risks that competitors and visitors to Rio de Janeiro alike faced from the Zika virus, which has only in the past year begun to receive publicity as a mosquito-borne disease which can result in birth defects known as microcephaly. This is a result of mothers becoming infected during their pregnancy.
And while Brazil has borne the brunt of the adverse Zika publicity because the connection between Zika and microcephaly in new-borne infants first came to light in that country around about a year ago, what doesn't seem to have sunken home is how swiftly the virus is spreading across the world.
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Northern Mozambique railway reopens

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The railway line between the cities of Cuamba and Lichinga in Mozambique's Niassa province is set to be reopened to traffic in November after being closed for six years because of the poor state of repair of the track. The project involves the rehabilitation of 262 kilometres of railway line and was costing in the region of US$100 million.
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Four Durban Tech students benefit from Subtech bursaries

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Four students hoping to undertake maritime studies at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) have benefited from bursaries awrded to them by Subtech South Africa. The four students, who have all achieved a 75% or more average in their S1 examinations, but were unable to continue to S2 as they had outstanding fees for their S1 studies, are Mr N Ndmande, Ms N Mbele, Mr M Cushela and Mr MP Mokwena. The bursaries will enable them to continue to S2 and, as a result of their exemplary results in S1, qualify for a 50% reduction in their S2 fees.
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Port Nolloth students have bursary opportunity at Lawhill

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Although Port Nolloth is a Northern Cape harbour town, not everyone living there is aware of the many exciting and potentially lucrative career opportunities available to young people in the maritime sector. The Lawhill Maritime Centre in Cape Town is offering two Grade 9 learners from Port Nolloth the opportunity to attend Grades 10 to 12 at the Centre, and apply for bursaries which will allow them to prepare themselves now, while they are still at school, for these careers in the maritime industry, both at sea and ashore. The bursary, to be sponsored by leading marine solutions company SMIT Amandla Marine, covers tuition and boarding at Lawhill for Grade 10 in 2017, as well as transport costs between Cape Town and Port Nolloth. Parents are only required to pay for school uniforms and stationery and provide pocket money. Contact www.lawhill.org to download the application forms and qualifying criteria. Alternately telephone Debbie Owen +27 021 786 2106 (Monday-Friday).
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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 : THEBEN

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One of the larger car carriers to call at Durban in recent months was Wilhelmsen Wallenius' 8000 car unit THEBEN (75,283-gt, built 2016) which is seen here in harbour on the R berth quay. The 200m x 37m wide vessel was built at the Hyundai Heavy Industries dockyard in South Korea as their hull number S726, with her delivery date being April this year. The ship's beneficial owner is Wilhelmsen Wilh of Norway and she is flagged in Singapore. Despite her great bulk and impressive capacity, when cheked out shortly before this is published she was sailed in the Strait of Malacca at a good 16 knots. Incidentally, can anyone offer an explanation of the origin of this ship's name - perhaps based on the Egyptian capital city of Thebes in the New Kings period around 1600 BC to 1000 BC? There was also a Greek city of that name in central Greece. Any suggestions or answer please send to terry@ports.co.za -- This picture is by Keith Betts
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

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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Thursday/Friday 28-29 July 2016
 
First View : GLORIOUS EXPRESS
Problems experienced with tow of Benita
Study finds no growth in global trade
EBH Namibia pulls back from unilateral retrenchments
Zhonghong Group acquires majority stake in Abercrombie & Kent
GAC expands with new office at fast-growing port
Safeguarding Africa's Seaports to Safeguard Its Economies
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : VEGA SAGITTARIUS

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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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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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