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Thursday/Friday, 26-27 March 2015


Another oil spill enters Durban Harbour

For the second time this month an oil spill has entered Durban harbour in the area of the Silt Canal.

The latest spill is the result of a massive fire at the premises of a Durban vegetable oil refinery, Africa Sun Oil Refineries in Mobeni. The fire broke out in the early hours of Thursday morning (26 March) and blazed for hours afterwards, before spreading the warehouse of a paint factory next door, Plascon Paints.

As a result of the fire a quantity of edible oil was lost into the nearby Umhlatuzana River, which flows into Durban Bay at the Silt Canal in the Bayhead. Because of the shape of the canal and the fact that port authorities were alerted, booms were placed in position to limit the spill to the Silt Canal area, which unfortunately is adjacent to the Bluff Yacht Club.

Another spill into the same area occurred earlier this month when a quantity of light oil entered the bay via the Amanzimnyama stream which also flows into the bay at this point. On that occasion yachts at the Bluff Yacht Club were contaminated by the oil before authorities could act on cleaning up the area.

According to Transnet National Ports Authority, the present oil spill is confined to the Silt Canal by booms and is being skimmed from the surface and bio-absorbing agents are also being used to mop up the spill.

“The clean-up team is working as fast as it can and operations will continue until the clean-up is complete to ensure minimum impact to the environment,” said port manager Moshe Motlohi.

The Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) and KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife have been alerted by the port as there is a risk of fish and birds being affected by the spill. The eThekwini Municipality (Durban) has been called in to measure dissolved oxygen levels and to continuously monitor the situation.


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Pacific International Lines (PIL) general cargo vessel KOTA BISTARI (27,000-dwt, built 2014) which called at Durban yesterday (Wednesday) to load bunkers. The ship, as with most PIL vessels, flies the Singapore flag. Picture: Trevor Jones (35 of 35 words)
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Transnet Group Corporate says it invites readers to join them in bidding farewell to their colleague, Mr Tau Morwe, Chief Executive for Transnet National Ports Authority and a long-standing member of the Group Executive Committee. Mr Morwe will retire from all his positions in the company and will leave at the end of April. (54 of about 360 words)
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Nigerian port workers embark on three-day strike

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Dockworkers belonging to the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) have embarked on a three-day strike in support of their demand for increased wages. Meanwhile, it is reported that despite the Federal Government having declared the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) to be the Port Economic Regulator, disagreement continues between the Council and the Nigerian Ports Authority over the constitutional rights of the NSC. (63 of about 445 words)
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MOL increases Moz and Madagascar rates – CMA CGM orders 20,000-TEU ships


Mitsui OSK Line (MOL) says it will increase the rate of all cargo moving to Tamatave in Madagascar as well as cargo going to Maputo and Beira ports. Meanwhile, French line CMA CGM, the third largest container line in the world, has revealed that it is spending US$470 million to buy three newbuild 20,000-TEU container ships in order to increase the overall fleet capacity. (40 of about 290 words)
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South Africa to stay net maize exporter, despite drought

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The incentive from soaring prices will prompt South African farmers to lift corn area for next year’s harvest, US officials said, cautioning of a sharper-than-expected drop in exports too, reports AgriMoney.com. The US Department of Agriculture’s Pretoria bureau forecast a rise of some 135,000 hectares to 3.20m hectares in maize plantings for the 2016 harvest. (55 of about 520 words)
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Two new berths at Port of Ngqura

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Two new container berths were officially opened at the Eastern Cape port of Ngqura last week (Monday 9 March). This brings to four the container berths now in service at the port, in which Transnet has so far invested no less than R14 billion. The port is also open to deepwater ships with draughts of up to 14.5 metres, having water dredged to a depth of -16 metres alongside the four berths. This means that fully loaded ships with up to 10 000 TEU on board are able to call at the port. (92 of about 1280 words)
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Trade News: Veecraft Marine pioneers hybrid propulsion system

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Cape Town-based Veecraft Marine is set to become the first vessel construction and maritime engineering solutions company in South Africa to introduce hybrid-propulsion technology in locally-built commercial craft. (28 of about 290 words)
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Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port


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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The South African Navy recently held its annual Navy Festival at the Simon’s Town Naval Base. With warships open to the public and other attractions on view, this has become a popular activity to look forward to in the Western Cape. These two images offer ‘different’ views of some of the ships that were taking part, including the submarine SAS Manthatisi (S101) and a couple of German warships that have been taking part in naval exercises with the South African Navy. Pictures: Anup Rampiar (84 of 84 words)
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015
First View – RS AFRICANA
Namibia moves ahead with CapeFria deepwater port process
Nigeria repositions to become Africa’s biggest fertiliser exporter
Ghanaian Navy hones skills in maritime security training
Cameroon’s container imports block country’s cocoa exports
Tanzanian president vows to reduce road blocks on Central Corridor
Mega ships bring mega logistical headaches
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – GLOVIS CHALLENGE

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015
First View – THE WORLD
Grimaldi introduces second newbuild to West Africa
WISTA-UK recognises achievements of women in shipping
ABB’s Azipod propulsion selected to new Mercy Ship
How is the cruise industry faring?
New MSC ship to be based in Miami
Angola’s Moçâmedes Railroad now in business
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – HAPPY DOVER

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Monday, 23 March 2015
South Africans experience a Tunisian terrorist attack!
No SA Air Force patrols over Mozambique Channel
MSC OPERA departs from Durban today
First batch of 95 Transnet electric locomotives rolled out
HMS Dragon and South African sub play cat and mouse game
Prison for pirates who received Danish compensation
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pic of the Day – CELESTE

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Thursday/Friday, 19-20 March 2015
EU support for the Somali Coast Guard
Maputo dredging of access channel announced
Walvis Bay upgrades to Navis 2.6 system
Luanda handles over 13 million tonnes of cargo in 2014
Full of the joys of spring, the Queen christens Britannia
Industry News: Concargo merges into TSI Central Station
Invaders from the Sea – Ballast Water – video clip
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – TORINO

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015
First View – ARMANA
Anadarko withdraws drill ship from Mozambique
Transnet National Ports Authority 2015/16 tariff increases
Angola-Zambia rail link study to cost US$4.9 million
Large scale port projects planned for Casablanca
A rare ferry gem faces the chop…The horror, the horror!
Wharf Talk: R19-bn Zululand oil hub goes ahead
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – FGS HESSEN F221

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015
SA Port statistics for the calendar year 2014 are available here
New Suez Canal will handle ‘most types’ of ships
Messina Line takes delivery of world’s biggest ro-ro container ship
Bringing new meaning to the word ‘evocative’!
Promar targets Gulf of Guinea with new-build PSV
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – DONG-A ARTEMIS

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Monday, 16 March 2015
First View – FATIH
Port statistics for the month of February 2015 are now available here
Counter piracy centre opens in Cotonou
New Walvis Bay container terminal on track
Uncertainty over AGOA proving damaging
USNS Spearhead undertakes Cameroonian phase of African Partnership Station
OPV Barracuda commissioned into Mauritian Coast Guard
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – FGS KARLSRUHE (F212)

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Thursday/Friday, 12-13 March 2015
First View – EMMA BULKER
Nigerian port results for 2014 listed
Skuld issues advisory over ship-to-ship oil transfers off West Africa
Transnet to secure 36 take-or-pay coal contracts by 31 March
P&O Flagship debuts on Saturday
EBH Namibia: When the going gets tough
Maersk Line says slow steaming will continue
Liebherr opens African maritime hub
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pic of the Day – BALAO

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015
First View – HMS DRAGON
US, British and Spanish marines carry our weapons drills with Angolans
SafmarineMPV adds Angola and Congo to its USA-West Africa service
Suez Canal gains the most over US West Coast congestion
Mission to Seafarers assists crew of arrested ship Iskandar
World’s largest cutter suction dredger for Jan de Nul
Disputes simmer over oil & gas rights in Eastern Africa
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pic of the Day – COSTA neoRIVIERA

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015
First View – HMS DRAGON
Ngqura port’s 3rd and 4th container berths open for business
Arrested Taiwanese fishing boats up for Cape Town auction
Jaw dropper from RCI…It will be the world’s largest!
India counters Chinese influence among Indian Ocean Islands
Shipping in the Indian Ocean is still at risk
Wharf Talk: Durban’s Dig out Port delayed
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pic of the Day – Salisbury Island and SAS Drakensberg

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Monday, 9 March 2015
‘Daily Maersk’ service canned – clients not willing to pay
Chaos as Mombasa ferry services comes up short
IMO head calls on Africa to harness the Blue Economy
Botswana, Zimbabwe firm up rail deal
National Maritime Surveillance System for Angola
Africa a hive of road and rail building
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port

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Thursday/Friday, 5-6 March 2015
UN’s IMO meets to address unsafe migration by sea
Royal Caribbean’s Oasis III will be the biggest cruise ship ever built
And the winners are…2015’s top cruise ships
E-marine launches ambitious fleet expansion with cable layer CS Maram
Angola plans to boost oil and gas output
Special Feature: Madagascar rebounds with Blue Economy
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – IVS RAFFLES and KOTA BINTANG

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015
First View – TRAVELLER
Maersk CEO says ports are not matching productivity to mega ships
MOL enters race with six biggest ever container ships
TUI buys Splendour of the Seas from Royal Caribbean
Crystal Cruises sold to Genting Hong Kong (GHK)
Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 and SA National Defence Force in talks
Jindal Africa to remain in Africa despite drop in coal price
Humanitarian crisis in Mediterranean spiralling out of control - ICS
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SEROJA ENAM

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Transnet in bid to manage new Mombasa Container Terminal
TAZARA troubles now at presidential level
Equatorial Guinea: New Luba Freeport depot opens for business
Another marvel of maritime engineering floated out in Germany
Transnet concludes funding for 1,064-locomotive deal
Wharf Talk: Summer cruise season is coming to an end
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port

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Monday, 2 March 2015
Three kidnapped from tanker released by Nigerian pirates
Security breach at FPSO Kwame Nkrumah
Botswana dry port at Walvis Bay to open next month
NATO maritime commander visits IMO training course
Enthusiasm for Kenya’s standard gauge railway
Pirates release seamen after five years in captivity
South-Easter keeps German warships at anchor in Table Bay
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – EMMA OLDENDORFF

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Thursday/Friday, 26-27 February 2015
Grindrod earnings increase by 4 percent
Evergreen joins the Mega-Club – aka the Herd Mentality
Mtwara port now able to handle bigger ships
The cost of logistics – a critical factor for Africa
Record cargo for Port of Nacala
Trade News: Hempel opens its first factory in Africa
Anthem of the Seas rolls out – video
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015
First View – CARPE DIEM II
Kenya’s Lamu mega port to begin in March
Single Customs Territory - what's it all about?
DRC traders pledge to continue using Dar es Salaam port
UK signs contract for new Type 26 frigate
Trade News – MSC opts for Jotun’s Hull Performance Solutions
Death of GAC South Africa head, David Hitchman
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pic of the Day – SAS ISANDLWANA F146

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015
First View – XUE LONG
Nigerian concern over port security
ICS says don't fly flags of Tanzania, Mongolia, Moldova, Cambodia, or Sierra Leone
German Navy due in SA for Exercise Good Hope
CMA CGM opens new logistics platform in Douala
Railway woes across the continent
Wharf Talk : Port priorities need a re-think
Wharf Talk : French Navy ship stops in at Richards Bay
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ISABENA and S A WELTEVREDEN

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Monday, 23 February 2015
Four warships commissioned into Nigerian Navy
Plans to tap into ocean's resources on track
Safmarine MPV upgrades its SA-West Africa multi-purpose service
Madagascar to develop regional maritime information centre
Maldive Islands coastal protection plan
Kenmare Resources dismisses 20% of its mine workers in Moma
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SAGA FRAM and MSC OPERA

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Thursday/Friday, 19-20 February 2015
South Africa to upgrade ports and pipelines for increased gas imports
Tanzanian Port Authority boss is suspended
Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) navies meet in Maputo
Costa Cruises rebuilds its image
China linked to Thai Kra Canal plans
Odfjell set to roll out NAVTOR e-navigation solutions
South African Navy orders T-ACT from OSI
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Government mobilising funds to complete Takoradi port project
Tata Steel to pull out of Benga Mining
Ferry deaths on Lake Tanganyika – court case begins
ENI’s floating Mozambique factory passes muster
TUI to restructure and build leading European cruise company
Customs to install CCTV at Tin Can Island
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ZHE HAI 2 and CMA CGM AUCKLAND

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015
First View – QI LIN SONG
Dozens missing after yet another Congo River boat accident
France to retain strong naval presence in western Indian Ocean
Railway to connect Moatize with Macuse delayed by funding
Anthem of the Seas ready for floating out
Turning a fishing vessel into a wave power plant
CMA CGM rate restoration on SHAKA service
Death of Stolt-Nielsen founder
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – JIAOLONG SPIRIT

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Monday, 16 February 2015
First View – LOUIS S
Ethiopia spreads the net with port access
Burgan Cape Terminals now an Operation Phakisa project
First train on Benguela Railway completes journey
Swakop Uranium to build large storage facility at Walvis Bay
Construction starts on two Star Cruises’ 151,000-gt ships
High winds close Maydon Channel
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – JOLLY DIAMANTE and GREY FOX

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Thursday/Friday, 12-13 February 2015
Vale coal exports via Nacala hit by flooding
Tema set for massive port expansion with Maersk
Carriers that don’t order big ships will be left behind
Heavy fines for CSAV, CCNI, EUKOR Car Carriers, K-Line, MOL and NYK Line
Africa's Maritime Security Wish List for 2015
Can a Chinese billionaire build a canal across Nicaragua?
Indian Ocean shipbreaking – a Japanese study
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – UBUNTU

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