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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday 22-23 January 2015

FIRST VIEW – MANIVIKI ROVER

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The smart new offshore supply ship MANIVIKI ROVER (3,600-dwt, built 2014) which called at Cape Town earlier this month where she was photographed at the laybye berth. The vessel flies the flag of St Vincent and Grenadines and is owned and managed by Emerald Marine Global, registered in Tortula, in the British Virgin Islands. Picture: Aad Noorland. (56 of 56 words)
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Tazara railway reopened after strike

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The railway line between Zambia and Tanzania’s port of Dar es Salaam reopened earlier this week following the latest strike over unpaid wages and salaries. (25 of about 240 words)
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Stowaways on Dutch Navy Ebola-Aid ship

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Three stowaways have been discovered hiding on board the Dutch Navy multi function support ship HNLMS KAREL DOORMAN, which is returning to The Netherlands after delivering aid to Ebola-hit West African nations. (32 of about 280 words)
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Liner Review...Please Sir, Not More Of The Same?

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By Trevor Crowe (Clarkson Shipping Intelligence)
In the famous novel a young Oliver Twist pleads in vain with Mr Bumble at the workhouse “Please Sir, I Want Some More”. In early 2014, containership owners would have been looking for the opposite of the young Oliver - anything but more of the prevailing conditions. Yet once again challenging markets prevailed, and by the end of the year boxship players had probably “had enough”. (72 of about 590 words)
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Wharftalk: General news from around the ports

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Cape Town’s notorious Cape Doctor - a South-Easterly wind blew hard all Monday (19 January) and delayed not only the arrival of the cruise ship MSC OPERA, but her next departure. MSC Cruises issued the following message to passengers .... (39 of about 580 words)
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Cruise News: News items from the world of cruising

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MSC SINFONIA, well-known to South Africans as the ship that normally cruises from Durban and Cape Town each summer, is currently undergoing a ‘stretching’ to increase her length by 24 metres and the number of cabins by 193, as well as modified and relocated crew accommodation. (46 of about 660 words)
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Damen and SAAB team up for sub replacement programme

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Swedish defence and security company Saab is teaming with Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group to explore future opportunities in the international submarine market.
The companies have signed an exclusive teaming agreement to work together in pursuit of the potential Walrus-class submarine replacement programme for the Netherlands. In addition to this project, Saab and Damen will also explore ways in which they might bid jointly on other submarine procurement programmes. (69 of about 220 words)
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Chinese plans for Walvis Bay naval base hit a snag

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Chinese plans to establish a naval base for themselves at Walvis Bay may have hit a snag – a constitutional one.
Namibian Defence Minister Nahas Angula says that in terms of Namibia’s Constitution, no foreign military base may be built on Namibian soil. However, at ameeting held in Beijing involving Namibian ambassador, Ringo Abed and the Chinese Defence Ministry's Geng Yangsheng on 19 December 2014, discussions were held to prepare the way forward for final discussion regarding the naval base. (79 of about 295 words)
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Panalpina expands Africa network

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Panalpina has established its own offices in Morocco and Kenya, giving customers in these expanding economies a single point of contact, and direct access to the company’s global network and services in air freight, ocean freight and logistics. (38 of about 490 words)
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Focus on Lomé: the new ‘Port Africa’

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The Port of Lomé in the small West African country of Togo has the potential of turning around the fortunes of one of the region’s smallest countries while its effect could be felt across West Africa. In this report from Global Construction Review, the question is asked: What difference will Togo’s state-of-the-art container terminal make to one of the world’s poorest counties?. (62 of about 1450 words)
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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 - GREATSHIP ANJALI and VOYAGER

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The Indian offshore supply ship GREATSHIP ANJALI (2209-dwt, built 2008) seen at the Cape Town harbour laybye berths earlier this month. The vessel is not only owned and managed in India but flies the Indian flag as well.
In the second picture we take another look at the cruise ship VOYAGER (15,270-gt, built 1990) which is currently on the South Africa east coast heading for Richards Bay. Voyager carries a maximum of 540 passengers in 270 cabins and staterooms and is one of a number of cruise ships that ‘lingers’ on the South African coast undertaking several ‘fly/cruise’. Both pictures: Ian Shiffman (102 of 102 words)
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Wednesday 21 January 2015
 
First View – ELENI
Part of the new Suez Canal is flooded by accident
Transnet advertises tender for new bed leveller dredger
Anadarko to start prospecting for oil & gas in Mozambique
Liberia implements 25-year plan to improve port system
Congestion the biggest issue facing West African ports and landside
Dredging of Ghana’s Takoradi commences
Richards Bay Coal Terminal hits new record
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – GREAT INCREASE and VIOLET ACE

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Tuesday 20 January 2015
 
First View – DS REPUBLIC
Mombasa’s port expansion begins with Japanese loan
Ghana’s Navy routs pirates on highjacked tanker
Apapa Lagos container volumes reach 970,000 TEU
Damen Cape Town completes first FCS 5009 patrol vessels
Locally-built steel tanks & pressure vessels for African oil & gas market
West African crude being stored in US by oil traders
Another ship sinks in Lake Tanganyika – 14 feared drowned
Wharftalk: News from Durban Bay
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – LISBON

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Monday 19 January 2015
 
First View – PINOTAGE and NINGBO EXPRESS
Tazara railway closed by another strike over unpaid wages
Angola authorised to export fish to Europe
Smit Amandla Marine marks a decade of growth
Konecranes scores big in West Africa
Wärtsilä donates ship engine to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Cameroon becomes a LNG exporting nation
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MOL GARLAND

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Thursday/Friday 15-16 January 2015
 
First View – OMANDA
Port Statistics for December are now available
Namibian rail company TransNamib to retrench 1000 workers
New RTGs for Port of Lomé as MSC places 6000-TEUers on service
Cruise News: C&MV buys Astor; and Crystal has them guessing
MSC Sinfonia goes for the big chop
2015 brings tighter marine fuel sulphur limits
BIMCO looks at the shipping market in 2014, and ahead
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – THORSTREAM and BETSY ROSS

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Wednesday 14 January 2015
 
First View – VOYAGER
Expansion plans for Natal N3 Corridor but no delays foreseen
Kenya’s infrastructure projects to benefit neighbours
New Durban port engineers appointed
LNG tanker Magellan Spirit still aground after refloating attempts fail
Doyen of SA cruise tourism, John Foggitt, dies
Indian offshore patrol vessel for Mauritius
Cyclone Bansi update
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SMIT LOMBOK

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Tuesday 13 January 2015
 
First View – SMIT LOMBOK
CMA CGM refines and adjusts African Liner Movements
CMA CGM partners with Angolan logistics group
RS Africana is towed from Simon’s Town
MSC extends Africa Express service to Tianjin
CSCL announces joint West Africa services with PIL
Upgrade of Sena Railroad to be completed in Q1 2015
Cape Verde closes public shipyard company
Cyclone Bansi to miss Mauritius
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MODERN LINK

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Monday 12 January 2015
 
First View – Seabourn Sojourn
Mombasa goes past million TEU mark and looks for 2nd terminal concessionaire
LNG tanker goes aground off Bonny Island
New mustering regulations for cruise ships come into force
Congo River ferry disaster blamed on authorities
Somaliland arrests 52 fishing vessels
Nigeria’s latest warship arrives home
It’s been a lousy start to 2015, hasn’t it!
Cabinda’s deepwater port construction begins in June
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MSC ALGECIRAS and SAN FELIX

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Thursday/Friday 18-19 December 2014
 
First View – PIETER SCHELTE
APM Terminals calls for reform and infrastructure investment for Africa
Nigerian dock workers call off strike
CMA CGM, Emirates call off Mombasa call because of congestion
African forces plan an end to illegal fishing
Angola’s Sonangol orders two more tankers from DSME
Swiber wins US$710 million contract in West Africa
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – VTC GLORY

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Tuesday 16 December 2014
 
First View – JING PO HE
Death toll rises in Lake Tanganyika sinking
13 dead in Suez Canal collision
China-Europe container block train reaches Madrid
Uncertain Dry Bulk sector outlook for 2015
China fills Africa’s port infrastructure vacuum
MSC Cruises orders more ships; Insignia’s fire
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MOÇAMBIQUE and ARUNDEL CASTLE

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Monday 15 December 2014
 
First View – HANSA VICTORY
High winds blow containers from ship into Durban harbour
Now MSC boasts the world’s biggest container ship
New record throughput for Port Maputo
South Africa, Mozambique study $6 billion gas pipeline
Angola targets 2 million barrels of oil a day
Odfjell CEO Jan Hammer steps down
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PG JOUBERT and VISTAFJORD

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Thursday/Friday 11-12 December 2014
 
First View – BOURBON LIBERTY 315
Port Statistics for November are available here
Nersa gives nod to Burgan’s Eastern Mole terminal facility
China to finance 2nd Abidjan Container Terminal
Oman aims to become a major cruise tourist destination
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PT MONTO, HERVEY BAY, WIDE BAY

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Wednesday 10 December 2014
 
First View – STAMFORD PIONEER
Shipboard armed guards face shrinking market
TNPA calls for new tenders for Cape Town Cruise Terminal
MACS Line spreads into North Atlantic trade
Repairs to Port Elizabeth tanker berth completed
Tug Signet Warhorse II tows cargo barge 6,700 n.miles to Pointe Noire
BidAir acquires Imperial Air Cargo
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – STOLT VINLAND

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Tuesday 9 December 2014
 
First View – CONCORDIA
China denies building overseas base at Walvis Bay
Durban entrance drama – the Durban Sandbar
Mitsui buys stake in Vale and Nacala Railroad
Richard Branson announces Virgin Cruises
MSC Cruises 90 percent sold for season
Denmark’s DSV in talks to buy out UTi Worldwide
French court orders release of Somali pirates
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – IBSA QUINTO, SEA AXE 26 and 25

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Monday 8 December 2014
 
First View – K OPAL
Another ship ‘touches bottom’ in Port of Durban entrance
Transnet signs MoU with Chinese locomotive manufacturer
Ghanaian minister worried over threats to maritime industry
Nautilus warns over piracy ransom payments
New Durban port chaplain licensed
Sanko emerges from court protection, a.k.a judicial management
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SANKO MERMAID and SANKO ODYSSEY

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Thursday/Friday 4-5 December 2014
 
First View – DIAMBOGNE
Call for easing of restrictions on port weapon movements
Madagascar welcomes EU Naval Force frigate FGS Luebeck
Hapag-Lloyd/CSAV merger now complete
India’s MRPL to set up petroleum hub in Mauritius
World Bank in $1.2 billion African Port Drive
Railway project to transform Nigerian economy
Emirates Shipping Line upgrades Middle East-Africa Service
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SANCO SWORD

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Wednesday 3 December 2014
 
First View – BRENDA
Strong coal exports for October
Mozambique aims high at 15 minute customs clearance at Ressano Garcia
Zanzibar terminates ship registry contract
SAS Makhanda completes Mozambique deployment, replaced by SAS Isaac Dyobha
Seabourn goes for a double, orders second ship
HMAS Canberra enters service with Australian Navy
All swap for Spanish aerial counter piracy teams
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – BRITISH COMMERCE and NILEDUTCH ELEPHANT

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Tuesday 2 December 2014
 
First View – UBUNTU
Mozambique one of three African economies with highest growth by 2019
Construction ready to start on Cabinda deepwater port
MSC Cruises & Mozambique discuss long-term sustainable growth
Collaboration key to security solutions for Africa’s oil & gas industry
Danish company Niras awarded new Mombasa oil terminal contract
Cruise ship calls at Richards Bay, Walvis Bay and Port Louis
Video Clip – The lengthening of MSC Armonia
Large oil spill in Durban Harbour
New diesel-electric locomotives arrive in Cape Town
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ASTOR

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Monday 1 December 2014
 
First View – SALVIGILANT
Shock as Kenya’s High Court stops Lamu (Lapsset) project
Mombasa port threatened by new Ugandan strike
Update on Kasumbalesa fire
Port Elizabeth service boat in bizarre accident
New generation Grimaldi con-ro ships on West African service
Mombasa City to go ahead with import/export tax
First train from Moatize reaches Nacala
Somali piracy still a burning issue
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ILLYRIC and CYCLOPS

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Thursday/Friday, 27-28 November 2014
 
First View – CMA CGM EIFFEL
Thai Moçambique Logística promises low-cost solution to transport coal
Evergreen enhances services between Asia and East Africa
Wharftalk from around the ports a & harbours
Durban cruise ship call shedule
Norwegian Cruise Line buys Ocean Princess, renamed SIRENA
Tanzania Ports Authority completes feasibility study for Kasanga harbour
Transnet NPA signs MOU with Port of Sudan
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PACIFIC DRAGON and COMET

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014
 
First View – DANAH EXPLORER
Petrol tankers explode at Kasumbalesa Zambia/DRC border
CMA CGM upgrades liner services between Asia and East Africa
Small island states cut off from major trade routes
Angola spends US$500 million on rolling stock
EU counter-piracy mission opens base in Mogadishu
New Members Apply To Join The ‘100 Club’
Video clip showing conditions on ship during a storm at sea
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – THASOS

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014
 
First View – SEROJA LIMA
DCT ranked no.1 amongst African ports for berth productivity, says Maersk
Maersk plans ever bigger ships for container fleet
Majesty of the Seas transfers to Pullmantur in 2016
Strong growth in throughput forecast for Port of Mombasa
Westminster Group Clinches West Africa Ferry Deal
World seaborne trade grows by 3.8 per cent in 2013
NSRI’s WaterWise uses milk container as a life ring
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – GRETA

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Monday, 24 November 2014
 
First View – MERCURIUS
Austrian company awarded the Port Louis upgrade contract
Ghana port of Tema secures US$ 1.5 billion funding
Australian Navy makes another drug haul off Africa
China Railway Construction Corp to build Nigerian coastal railway
EBH Namibia trains its own internal auditors
EU naval forces to remain off Somalia for another two years
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CSCL GLOBE

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Thursday/Friday, 20-21 November 2014
 
First View – LOTHENI
Australian trawler arrested, Master jailed then released without charge
Seafarers arriving from West Africa denied medical care
One-stop border eases Tanzania-Burundi cargo jam
Port of Conakry inaugurates new container berth
Indian consortium receives first shipment of Mozambican coal
Japan wants to rewrite Antarctic whaling rules
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SOUTHAMPTON CASTLE and RHODESIA CASTLE

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