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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday 26-27 May 2016

FIRST VIEW: CHANG HANG GUANG RONG

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The Singapore-registered oil products tanker CHANG HANG GUANG RONG (45,720-dwt, built 207) discharging petroleum products from Singapore at the liquid bulk terminal in Lyttelton Harbour, New Zealand. The picture is by Alan Calvert
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IMO urges pragmatic approach on container VGM implementation

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With a little over one month to go before the SOLAS verified container mass (VGM) requirements regarding container weights kicks in across the world, the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has taken note of issues raised by stakeholders and is to issue a circular on the SOLAS requirements on containers verified gross mass (VGM) that comes into effect on 1 July. The circular contains pragmatic advice to administrations, port state control authorities, companies, port terminals and masters across the world.
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SAMSA CEO Tsietsi Mokhele resigns

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After eight years as head of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), CEO Tsietsi Mokhele has announced his resignation, with immediate effect. Regarded as the most dynamic person to have headed the organisation, Mokhele was also at the forefront of government policy in deriving commercial benefit from the oceans, which has since evolved into one of the main sectors of Operation Phakisa. He was also passionate about the drive to bring more ships onto the South African Register and in particular to introduce more seafarers from the African community in South Africa.
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News of Ports and Ships

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Two naval type vessels will be visiting Cape Town in the coming weeks. The first is the French warship LA GRANDIERE which will be in port from 28 May until 2 June. The ship is a tank landing ship displacing 1330 tons. The second ship due in Cape Town is the USNS PATHFINDER due in port from 6 to 10 June.
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Nautic and Mariflex partner in liquid cargo handling

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A new partnership between Nautic Africa, a Paramount Group company, and Mariflex will bring international expertise in liquid cargo handling to the African market through the transfer of skills and exposure to the global market. Seeking to develop a footprint in Africa, Mariflex's previous collaboration with Nautic Africa and its employees has resulted in the establishment of a partnership that will see the creation of Mariflex Africa powered by Nautic Africa.
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First captain joins Royal Navy's future flagship

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On 24 May the Royal Navy's future flagship the 65,000 tonne HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, currently being built in Scotland, reached a major milestone in her construction programme with the arrival of her first Commanding Officer, Captain Jerry Kyd. In his first speech to his ship's company, Captain Kyd said: "It is a singular honour to be taking command of you today, the crew of our future Flagship. I am extremely proud to be leading you as the ship's first Captain as we work together with the Aircraft Carrier Alliance to sail from Rosyth for sea trials early next year."
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International: DP World Yarimca Port inaugurated

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On 13 May Turkey's President Erdogan inaugurated the country's newest port and thus Turkey and the UAE became bridges to the world at a place that is a crossroads of trade. DP World Yarimca was officially opened for business that day by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the presence of senior government officials and executives of DP World.
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Botswana wants Port Techbanine project reopened

Botswana wants to promote the re-opening of the project for a deepwater port at Tecobanine, south of Maputo, says Eric Molela, Botswana Minister of the Presidency for Social Affairs and Public Administration. Molela said in Maputo this week that his country has no direct access to the sea and thus has greater difficulties in its relationship with trading partners overseas.
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TPT provides SOLAS insights for stakeholders

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Stakeholders participated in two Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) coordinated events in East London and Port Elizabeth this week. The purpose of these events was to provide an overview of the SOLAS requirements in terms of IMO guidelines and to communicate Transnet's approach to SOLAS with system implications.
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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 : USS BAINBRIDGE & USS BATAAN

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With Fleet Week being held early in May a number of US Navy ships made calls at various US ports to mark the day. At Port Everglades in Florida four navy ships performed the honours, with the destroyer USS Cole entering port just ahead of the arrival of Mr de Freitas and his camera. He was in time however for another Arleigh Burke destroyer, USS Bainbridge DDG96 (top picture), just as the ship's complement began lining the decks for the arrival in port. USS Bainbridge was involved in helping prevent the highjacking of the Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates some years ago, an incident that captured world headlines and propelled the gravity of the Somali pirate menace into world attention for the first time.
USS Cole was also involved in an incident in much the same region but some years earlier. The destroyer was rammed by suicide bombers in a small boat in Aden harbour, in which a number of servicemen were killed and the ship badly damaged.
Also arriving was USS Bataan LHD-5 (lower picture), an amphibious assault ship of the Wasp class. Yet another navy vessel to arrive was the Virginia class submarine, USS California SSN-781 (not shown here). These pictures are by Tony de Freitas
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Wednesday 25 May 2016
 
First View : WILD LOTUS
Ematum tuna vessels to be refurbished
Tanzanian Police Probe Port Fee Controversy
SMIT Amandla -- Well done old Lady
ICS publishes Annual Review
East London TPT leads the way in sustainability
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : CMA CGM MISSOURI

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Tuesday 24 May 2016
 
First View : MOL GRATITUDE
Dredger arrives to commence channel dredging
Suez Canal Co fails to halt backhauls via Cape
Electrifying moment for Port Louis
Unwanted ships: How to lay-up a vessel
NATO strengthens cooperation with Royal Moroccan Navy
Technical: LNG Hybrid Barge's second year in port of Hamburg
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MATSU ARROW

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Monday 23 May 2016
 
First View : SERENDIPITY
First Black South African Female Master Mariners
Lynx helicopter in NSRI sea rescue operation
SAMSA to lay more charges against Chinese fishing vessel
DP World Opens Door for Ethiopia in Berbera, Somaliland
Transnet completes leadership team
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : KOTA SELAMAT

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Thursday/Friday 19-20 May 2016
 
First View : STAR FIGHTER
Pirate attack on container ship in Gulf of Aden thwarted
Bulker New Mykonos breaks and sinks off Madagascar
Tamaya 1 owner turns up in Liberia
New Transnet leadership team announced
MSC ship fined for Ghana oil spill
BIMCO/ICS report predicts massive seafarer shortage by 2025
China to take over Tazara management
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SUMMER FLOWER and STOLT VIRTUE

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Wednesday 18 May 2016
 
First View : ROYAL PRINCESS
Port Statistics for the month of April are now available
Four Damen patrol boats for Nigeria
Second of five 600t gas tanks delivered in Saldanha
Terex delivers 10 reach stackers to Benin
TPT improves port efficiencies in Benin
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC JUDITH

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Tuesday 17 May 2016
 
First View : SOUTHERN VENTURE
Landmarks unveiled at Port of Ngqura
Relief for Transnet as Moody's improves credit rating
Successful Navis upgrade for Transnet Port Terminals
Panama Canal expansion nears completion
Mailbag: TNPA and progress at Saldanha
e-navigation -- Where is it going?
Chinese Navy visits Simon's Town
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC AZOV

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Monday 16 May 2016
 
First View : JOLLY DIAMANTE
APM Terminals to provide VGM weighing services at 29 terminals
Mystery of Tamay 1 grounding deepens
Nigerian oil woes increase as Shell evacuates Bonga Field
Maritime Awareness key to Alliance Assurance
Sudanese government plans to privatise sea ports condemned
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : KOTA SAHABAT

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Thursday/Friday 12-13 May 2016
 
First View : GECO SCORPIO
Genting adds another two mega cruise ships to fleet
DP World to launch education programme
Unmanned Warrior marches on
Nigerian oil output falls as violence hits production
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : FOUMA and EMPRENDEDORA

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Wedneday 11 May 2016
 
First View : AUXIS
Trucks congest Bayhead Road, disrupt DCT and Bluff terminals
Safmarine returning home to South Africa
Zambia backs Tazara rail route with Dar es Salaam
Cargo Working: Balancing act with 30,000 tons of aluminium bars
Karachi welcomes first call of new MSC Middle East service
Safmarine Meru collision and fire update
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : UMM LAQHAB

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Tuesday 10 May 2016
 
First View : ASIAN ADONIS
Safmarine container ship catches fire after collision
Port of Durban to host World Hydrographic Day
Africa suffers as oil rout chases off exploration
Carnival and Viking Cruises launch new ships, new itineraries
Australian Government's future submarine programme
DCNS corvettes for Egypt
Navis upgrade puts TPT in forefront of terminal operations
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : DE LAPEROUSE

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Monday 9 May 2016
 
First View : UMHLALI
Ship aground; Bulker with fire on board; Ship collides with STS crane
Mozambique's public debt now "unsustainable"
SAMSA issues new Certificate on Standard of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping Convention
China asked to begin work on $7 billion Tanzanian railway asap
Complaints and concerns with Lake Victoria ferry Kalangala
Two new tugs roll off production line
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : CAP CORTES

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Thursday/Friday 5-6 May 2016
 
MSC JEANNE
Maputo appoints Jan de Nul to dredge port
Tough First Quarter for Maersk Line
Europe okays CMA CGM takeover of Neptune Orient Line
Damen to develop expedition cruise ship
Port of Dar es Salaam to undergo US$60 million expansion
Surprise as huge coral reef discovered off Amazon mouth
Plans to up Africa trade by half a trillion rand
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : ALPHA PINA

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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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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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