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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday 5-6 May 2016

FIRST VIEW: MSC JEANNE

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Mediterranean Shipping Company's vessels are regular callers in South African ports and are arguably the biggest container operator calling at South Africa. The 2,959-TEU MSC JEANNE (35,021-dwt, built 1996) was recently in Cape Town where she was seen outbound from the Mother City earlier this week. MSC Jeanne has operated under several names for different companies, including more recently with Thor Dahl Shipping as THORWAVE. With the vessel's next name being shortened to 'WAVE' in 2013 it suggest she may have been intended for the breakers before being 'rescued' and acquired by MSC. Confirmation of this, anyone? The ship was built at the Hyundai Heavy Industries Ltd shipyard in South Korea as their hull number 960. This picture is by Ian Shiffman
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Maputo appoints Jan de Nul to dredge port

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A contract has been issued to UAE-based Jan de Nul Dredging Middle East for the further dredging of the Port of Maputo. The contract signed in late April will see the Maputo Port main entrance channel being deepened from the current -11 metres to a depth of -14.2 metres to enable much larger shipping to use the port.
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Tough First Quarter for Maersk Line

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Despite a 7 percent increase in volumes for Maersk Line during the first quarter of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015, profits plunged to US$37 million as against $714 million in Q1 2015. A 26 percent decline in average freight rates is largely responsible for this situation along with a small (1 percent) increase in global demand.
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Europe okays CMA CGM takeover of Neptune Orient Line

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The European Commission has given the green light to French container carrier CMA CGM in its takeover of Singapore's Neptune Orient Line (NOL). The approval comes with a condition of NOL exiting from the G6 shipping alliance, a condition already agreed to by both CMA CGM and NOL.
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Damen to develop expedition cruise ship

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In response to interest from clients in the fast-growing expedition cruise market, Dutch shipbuilder Damen says it has teamed up with Expedition Voyage Consultants Ltd to develop a specialist Damen cruise ship, with a capacity for around 100 passengers. The cruise ship combines Expedition Voyage Consultants' unmatched operational experience with Damen's shipbuilding excellence, providing unforgettable experiences in luxury travel to destinations from Polynesia to the Northwest Passage, said Damen in a statement.
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Port of Dar es Salaam to undergo US$60 million expansion

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Dar es Salaam port is to undergo a 690-million-dollar expansion programme. Tanzania Ports Authority Acting Director General Aloyce Matei said this week that the World Bank has provided a loan of 600 million US dollars while 30 million US dollars have been issued by TradeMark East Africa and the Department for International Development (DFID).
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Surprise as huge coral reef discovered off Amazon mouth

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Coral reefs can only be found in clear, sunny, unspoilt waters, right? Um.. actually, no! To the surpise of scientists, governments and oil companies who have been exploring and drilling with some success for oil, there's a huge 960 km long, 9,300 square kilometre coral reef stretching a vast distance right in the path of all that muddy water and sediment that pours hourly into the Atlantic Ocean. The reef ranges from between 30 and 120 metres deep and stretches from French Guina to Brazil's Maranhao state. Scientists have always thought that major rivers usually punch holes in reef systems because of the muddy, unclear water and sediment.
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Plans to up Africa trade by half a trillion rand

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International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana Mashabane says South Africa is aiming to boost trade with African states by half a trillion rand before the end of the current administration. The Minister was briefing the media ahead of delivering the department's Budget Vote at the Old Assembly Chamber, in Parliament on Tuesday.
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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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PICS OF THE DAY : ALPHA PINA

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A somewhat unusual incident took place earlier in April just as the cruise ship MSC Sinfonia was on her way towards the harbour entrance and another cruise off Mozambique. As the big 65,500-ton ship approached the channel the light on the tower was showing red (clear for outgoing vessels), but then a harbour tug sped past and into the channel where it met another tug MV ALPHA PINA (318-gt, built 1976), which was towing the hopper split barge ALPHA ROTTERDAM.

Taking up escort duties the harbour tug then led the towing party into the channel and towards the harbour itself, just as the cruise ship appeared around the NSRI corner. At this point MSC Sinfonia was slowing and then a Subtech tug appeared to assist. Next to the her was one of the TNPA rope boats, presumably in anticipation of the berthing of the barge but there in the meantime to watch the action. All were now close to the path of the still oncoming cruise ship. At around this point in time the TNPA tug took over the tow and, assisted by the Subtech tug, moved the barge Alpha Rotterdam smartly to a berth at the City Terminal (Point). The tug Alpha Oina was delivering the hopper split barge for a one-year dredging project in Durban, presumably to do with work on deepening various berths in Durban where Subtech is a contractor. What the reason for bringing her into port in the face of a departing cruise ship was not immediately apparent.

The visiting tug is registered in Palau and was clearly marked MALAKAL HARBOUR (KOROR ISLAND PALAU) -- there's not many vessels arriving in South Africa with that registration. Alpha Pina is owned and operated by Tanzanian company Alpha Logistics. The pictures are by Keith Betts. The next set of pictures show the barge which was the centre of all the attraction, including Alpha Rotterdam safely on her berth at the City Terminal A berth.
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Wednesday 4 May 2016
 
First View : INGWENYA
Dormac Dock 1 is on her way
Nigerian Navy identifies and seeks piracy mastermind
Uganda and Tanzania tie up pipeline loose ends
Uganda borrows US$48 million to build port at Bukasa on Lake Victoria
Container VGM weighing: Some ports will and some ports won't
Transnet says it is on top of railway OEM deal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : WG AMUNDSEN

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Tuesday 3 May 2016
 
First View : MAERSK INVERNESS
Durban's first female deputy harbour master
Mozambique leaves open the use of Shire and Zambezi rivers by Malawi
Tanzania's CAG reveals rot in Dar ferry purchase
MSC Sinfonia reaches Cape Town after eventful voyage
Giant MSC containership grounds in Suez Canal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SAFMARINE NOKWANDA

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Thursday/Friday 28-29 April 2016
 
First View : MAERSK INVERNESS
Durban's first female deputy harbour master
Mozambique leaves open the use of Shire and Zambezi rivers by Malawi
Tanzania's CAG reveals rot in Dar ferry purchase
MSC Sinfonia reaches Cape Town after eventful voyage
Giant MSC containership grounds in Suez Canal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SAFMARINE NOKWANDA

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Tuesday 26 April 2016
 
First View : FAIRLANE
Debacle on Durban's North Pier
Give us level playing fields when enforcing SOLAS
Eish, was that the Navy Festival?
MSC Seaside revealed in all her glory
World Bank assists Myanmar Ports financing
GAC announces new Group Management appointments
Cathelco desalinators gaining customers worldwide
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : DONG-A METIS and RYUJIN

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Monday 25 April 2016
 
First View : NYK FUTAGO
South Africa likely to resume Iranian oil imports
Further confirmation that Tanga is the terminal port for Uganda's oil
South Durban Basin recruits join TNPA training course
New AIDA cruise ship arrives home
Huge spike in pirate attacks off West Africa
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : GLOVIS MAESTRO

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Thursday/Friday 21-22 April 2016
 
First View : YORKTOWN EXPRESS
Ocean Alliance sets the shipping world abuzz
SA Navy Festival this weekend
SAMTRA expands, acquires Seatrain Consulting
Freeport of Monrovia to open 24 hours a day
EBH Namibia tightens belt as docking activity declines
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 20 April 2016
 
First View : FAIRPARTNER
ArcelorMittal denies reports of Saldanha Steel closing down
Fewer but bigger ships for West African ports
MAILBAG: Affording a cruise? Really!
West African piracy up, SE Asia down, Somalia nil
Mombasa's River of Death
Mega yacht Crystal Endeavour to have P6 Polar class designation
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SINOMERCHANT

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Tuesday 19 April 2016
 
First View : MSC FEDERICA
Mega ships, mega ports make winners, losers of port operators -- APMT
MSC Cruises enhances guest connectivity across fleet
RRS Ernest Shackleton to escort Crystal Serenity through Arctic
Warning about counterfeit UK Admiralty products
Cruising is fastest growing sector in worldwide tourism
First Sea Lord Change of Command
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : LOGOS HOPE

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Monday 18 April 2016
 
First View : FS FLOREAL
Bollore raided in corruption investigation
Regional woes bring drastic reduction in Walvis Bay cargo
RMS St Helena is for sale
Oman Shipping Company new service
Mozambique ready to resume cabotage
Saldanha Bay, a Zone Dedicated to Serving The Oil & Gas Industry in SA
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : CPO JAPAN

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Thursday/Friday 14-15 April 2016
 
First View : FS LE MALIN
Siyabonga Gama confirmed as Transnet Chief Executive
Africa abounds with untapped prospects and growth opportunities -- DHL
Mozambique orders UAV drones for patrol ships
Royal Caribbean takes delivery of Ovation of the Seas
Fair sailing for Stolt-Nielsen
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : POURQUOI PAS

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Wednesday 13 April 2016
 
First View : NEPTUNE LEADER
Another pirate attack off coast of Nigeria
290 ships traverse Suez Canal last week
Twin bulkers sold at auction in Durban realise US$20 million
China negotiating free trade pact wih East African region
Total confirms that it has chosen Tanzania route over Kenya
GibDock maintains HMS Scott
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : HOPE ISLAND

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Tuesday 12 April 2016
 
First View : CMA CGM RIO GRANDE
Discount to use Suez instead of backhauling past the Cape
Why I love cruising
TNPA hosts Richards Bay B2B
Norwegian Joy packs features for the Chinese market
Wan Hai has best profit margin among container lines
Royal Navy Warship Escorts Russian Task Group
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : HAMBURG

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Monday 11 April 2016
 
First View : SAFMARINE HIGHVELD
Port Statistics for March Are Now Available Here
TNPA hosts Richards Bay B2B
FPSO Nkrumah's turret bearing damaged
President updates PE maritime fraternity on Operation Phakisa
Marine Accident Investigation Report (UK): Hoegh Osaka
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC DOMITILLE

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Thursday/Friday 7-8 April 2016
 
First View : MMA PRIVILEGE
MSC and INTTRA partner over SOLAS VGM
MSC signs for four new 200,000-gt cruise ships
Dar es Salaam faces crisis as port traffic slumps
Big day ahead for Port Elizabeth
Third arms shipment intercepted at sea
Nigeria's Marine Engineers & Surveyors call an end to obsolete ships
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : AURORA

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Wednesday 6 April 2016
 
First View : VSC TRITON
Drewry raises questions over viability of mega containerships
Strange bedfellows: Ematum's fishing fleet and Russian diamonds
Tanger-Med 2 to become Africa's first automated container terminal
Nigeria Customs to tighten up on oil & gas discharging
Minerva Bunkers moves into West Africa
Wilhelmsen Ships Service launches offshore service lifejacket
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : YACHT EXPRESS

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Tuesday 5 April 2016
 
First View : DONG WON 637
Blockade of Durban Container Terminal planned
Alarm bells as 69,000-ton cruise ship takes on Northwest Passage
Port of Richards Bay -- 40 years young
Bill for Saldanha Bay IDZ Licencing Company finalised
UNCTAD launches novel Maritime Country Profiles
Bollore brings group under single banner
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : HMS PROTECTOR

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Monday 4 April 2016
 
First View : MVEZO
Aegean establishes full offshore bunkering in Algoa Bay
Mauritius eyes ship bunkering
Nigeria's NIMASA raises alarm over piracy in its waters
Holland America's latest ship Koningsdam is delivered
Hydrographic concerns for modern-day large vessels
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC SINFONIA

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Thursday/Friday 31 March-1 April 2016
 
First View : KUPE
SAS Spioenkop's disappointing arrival at Simon's Town
Liberia signs contract with Smit Lamnalco for marine craft at Greenville
Tanger-Med now major transhipment hub including for West Africa
Tanker crew released by Nigerian pirates
ENI negotiates sale of Mozambique assets
French frigate intercepts Somalia-bound weapons
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MELTEMI

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Tuesday 29 March 2016
 
First View : COSCO WUYISHAN
Tanker attacked by pirates off Nigerian coast
Nigerian pirates release two abducted Bourbon crew
Royal Caribbean to build a flashy new Miami terminal
Second of six Viking Cruise ships delivered
Lake ferry MV Serengeti stops operating again
Japan donates meteorological equipment to Mozambique
Transnet a big hit with engineering students
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MORNING LUCY

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Thursday/Friday 24-25 March 2016
 
First View : ASHPHALT SPLENDOR
Maersk sees rough seas ahead for South African trade
Tanzania PM meets freight forwarders over claims of corruption at port
Largest ship ever to dock at Maputo arrives
A luxury resort that moves
HMS Artful commissioned
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SUNSHINE STATE

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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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