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Thursday/Friday 17-18 April 2014
We wish our readers a very pleasant and blessed long weekend. As Monday 21 April 2014 is a holiday our next news bulletin will be published on Tuesday

First View: First View – GREEN MOUNTAINGREEN MOUNTAIN 12 April 2014 1 CROP 470

MACS Maritime Carrier Shipping’s general cargo ship GREEN MOUNTAIN (37,511-dwt, built 2013) seen moving into the Maydon Channel in Durban earlier this month. Picture: Trevor Jones (26 of 26 words)
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Int’l Spotlight – Hundreds missing in ferry disaster

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At least 300 people were unaccounted for after the South Korean ferry SEWOL capsized off the coast of southwest South Korea on Wednesday morning. Early accounts told of a loud impact and noise immediately prior to the ferry beginning to list to port before sinking shortly afterwards. Seas were calm at the time although a number of other ferries had their services cancelled because of fog. It was initially reported that the ferry was carrying 477 people including crew. A total of 164 were reported as having been rescued, leaving over 300 listed as missing. Many of these were children from a school in one of Seoul who were on a field trip to the island of Jeju. (118 of 253 words)
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Richards Bay clean-up continues

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Transnet says that teams involved in the clean-up operation at the Port of Richards Bay, where a burst oil pipe spilled thousands of litres of heavy fuel oil into the bay, is continuing. It has also been confirmed that the oil came from a pipe at the Engen tank farm near the Richards Bay Coal Terminal shortly after midnight on 6 April. The pipe had been decommissioned in 2012 but a spokesman for Engen said an investigation would be held to find out why her was still oil in the 2.5km pipe which had been sealed with three isolating valves. The pipe had been drained of oil two years ago. He said it was not possible to say who was responsible as an investigation was underway and had not yet reported. Picture: Zululand Observer(131 of 392 words)
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Obangame Express naval exercise begins in Gulf of Guinea


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Obangame Express 2014, a joint naval exercise involving naval forces from the US, Europe, South America, West and central Africa, began his week in the Gulf of Guinea. A total of 22 countries and 14 warships including nine from the Nigerian Navy are participating in the event which is being coordinated at the new maritime operations centre at Apapa in Lagos, Nigeria. (62 of 302 words)
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Jack-up rig docked and repaired on Walvis Bay floating dock


Ship repair company Elgin Brown & Hamer (EBH) Namibia recently secured the contract to dock and repair the jack-up oil rig, SEAWORK 1 at the newly-acquired Panamax floating dock in Walvis Bay. The project entailed the rig being lifted clear out of the water to facilitate repair work – a first for EBH Namibia. The company is able to carry out this specialised work thanks to its investment last year in a new Panamax-sized floating dock, which, at 195 metres long and a 15,000 ton rigging capacity, is suitable for a project of this size..... (94 of 342 words)
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Nairobi convention on wreck removal enters force

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The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal Wrecks entered into force on 14 April 2015 following the deposit that day of an instrument of ratification by Denmark, with the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Among several provisions, the Convention will place compulsory financial responsibility for the removal of certain hazardous wrecks on shipowners, making insurance, or some other form of financial security. (61 of 605 words)
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CMA CGM’s MIDAS line now calls at Lomé and Longoni


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CMA CGM Group has announced the introduction of Lomé (Togo) and Longoni (Mayotte) as direct calls on its MIDAS line connecting India & Middle East with Africa. Introduction of the Lomé call will be effective as from MV BOSUN voyage MU737W, which started her rotation in Mundra on 6 April 2014 and is expected to call at Lomé on ..... (590 of 170 words)
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Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port

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Port Elizabeth

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The French-flagged offshore supply vessel BOURBON EVOLUTION 803 (6,146-GT, built 2013) seen returning to Cape Town recently following sea trials. Picture: Aad Noorland (23 of 23 words)


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Wednesday, 16 April 2014
First View – GO ALTAIR
Greenpeace pressure forces whale ship to bypass Durban
Kenya’s long-awaited single electronic window goes live
Nigerian ports lose out as rice ships go elsewhere
Piracy rears its ugly head on Lake Tanganyika
Total goes ahead with Angola’s Kaombo oil project
P3 is akin to re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic
Int’l Spotlight - First Ukrainian Navy Ships Sail Out of Crimea
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014
First View – Captain Steven L Bennett
Emission controls set to skyrocket shipping costs
East African railway project gets underway
Namibia marine mining moratorium still in force
Transnet completes dredging training programme
DP World looks to eliminate Somali piracy at its source
Awards galore for Wallem
Int’l Spotlight – Cabotage is a barrier to world trade, says WEF
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MSC NAMIBIA II

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Monday, 14 April 2014
First View – ASUKA II
Private cargo handlers banned from Mombasa port
Benguela Railway to operate to DRC border by July
European Union challenge to Mozambique fishing
Latest high-tech US Navy warship named
Mogadishu port plan on hold
Int’l Spotlight: Australia may drop its cabotage laws
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Pics of the Day – ROCKWATER 2

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Thursday/Friday, 10-11 April 2014
Nacala port and railway ready by December
Massive R100 bill for Trans-Kalahari railway
Mauritius orders fleet of fast patrol boats
Transnet School of Excellence shows its stuff
Mwambani Bay controversy as govt pushes ahead with new port
CHEC to build new harbour at Zanzibar
Nautical Institute launches new book on stowaways
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – HMS PORTLAND

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014
First View – LORELAY
Major oil spill at Richards Bay
New monthly cargo volume record for Walvis Bay Corridor Group
Tanzania’s attention turns to Mtwara and Lindi
Green light for Saldanha Bay terminal
Germany intercepts MiG fighter jets bound for Mozambique
Port Sudan complaints pile up – strike action threat
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PACIFIC DUCHESS

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014
First View – RED BISHOP
Mega ship cascade damaging North-South trade - Drewry
SA welcomes Nigeria’s economic growth
Damen sells barges to West Africa while en route to Europe
‘Arriverderci’ MSC Opera
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Pics of the Day – AURORA

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Monday, 7 April 2014
First View – BLACK ROVER
SA Port statistics for March are now available
Mombasa added to CMA CGM Mid-East / Somalia service
Guebeza says investing in infrastructure is an investment in peace
Beira fishing port to be rebuilt
French Navy to visit St Helena
SA remains on alert as Ebola spreads
TRADE: Expansion plans for Cape Town’s South East Marine Services
International Spotlight – MOL to sue shipyard over MOL Comfort
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – OCEAN PRIDE

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Thursday/Friday, 3-4 April 2014
First View – AMSTERDAM
Transnet helicopters back in service
CMA CGM improves intermodal network in Mozambique
NorSea Group buys Danbor from Maersk
East African ports ivory smuggling gateways
Rough seas remain ahead for Carnival Cruises
Renamo gunmen attack Sena Railway
Bumi Armada to place FPSO off Angola
Admiral Mudimu steps down
International Spotlight – Marine Institute’s 125th Anniversary
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Pics of the Day – CSS OLYMPIA

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014
First View – TOPAZ SEEMA
TNPA responds to tariff decision by Ports Regulator
Liberia: Buchanan port meets ISPS Code
UASC introduces ARC2 service to southern Red Sea ports
Oil industry drives Ghana’s port growth
Japan to build two patrol boats for Djibouti
India’s Essar wants to build 10mtpa Beira coal terminal
South Africa committed to peacekeeping role in Africa
International Spotlight – UN warns on climate change
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Pics of the Day – OCEAN COSMOS

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014
First View – BOUDICCA
Cyclone Hellen strikes Madagascar, heads for Mozambique
Ship comes under fire in Strait of Hormuz
Cameroon shortlists five operators for deep-sea port Kribi
European company to build and operate Seychelles fishing quay
Cruise the world with Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s Grand Voyages
Two fishing vessels abandoned to their fate in Indian Ocean
AMSA suspends search for missing Tanzanian vessel
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Monday, 31 March 2014
Port Regulator turns down Transnet tariff request
Huge loss of life in Lake Albert boat tragedy
Tankers some under pirate attack near Somalia
Chinese ships reach missing aircraft search area
Cargo volumes improve at Dar es Salaam
Grave concern for Tanzanian-flagged fishing vessel
Accommodation along Mozambique’s railway lines
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Pics of the Day – SCHOKLAND

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Thursday/Friday, 27 March 2014
First View – TCG ORUÇ REIS
International Spotlight – CSAV/Hapag-Lloyd deal almost there
Operation Copper – the SA Navy in Mozambique, to continue
Kenya ready to export second shipment of ilmenite to China
Virgin Cruises in the offing
Detained ship’s crew freed on bail from Indian jail
MOL m.d. banks on mega ships for the future
Beacon Hill Resources takes delivery of 90 new rail wagons
Bills of Lading Going Digital
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – AFRICAN PRINCESS 3

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014
First View – ARKAS
Turkish Navy sets sail round Africa
KPA to increase investments ahead of new railway
NPA donates patrol boats to Nigerian navy
ANL orders Intermix/Transmix offshore vessel for Nigerian field
Rice ships lining up at Lagos
EU naval ships at sea replenish with US logistics ship
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Pics of the Day – K. AMBER

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Tax authority says it will confiscate UN armoured cars
P&O’s Aurora to make maiden call at Port Elizabeth
The classic Astor is heading our way!
MSC Cruises orders two 167,000 ton ships
New STS cranes and RTGs good news for TPT customers
Congestion besets Botswana’s Tlokweng border post
Helping secure the future of power supply in Ghana
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Pics of the Day – CLIPPER MOON

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Monday, 24 March 2014
First View – THORCO DIVA
Nigeria seeks to upgrade ports, transport sector
P3 Alliance overcomes American hurdle
CMA CGM launches new Asia-Southern Red Sea Express
Nigeria to Raise Gas Price
Green light for navy’s Project Biro
Chinese ivory smuggler gets 20 years in jail
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Pics of the Day – CAP SAN ANTONIO

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Thursday/Friday, 20-21 March 2014
First View – RUPE
In’tl Spotlight – Port gives discount to green ships
Angola’s Sonamet to build new quay at Lobito port
Dredging blamed for new Mauritian islands
EU Pledges €1.2m to African & CP Port State Control
Controversy over lifting of ban on big cruise ships at Venice
In’tl awards for Luanda Container terminal and Shippers Council
First LNG-powered cargo ship starts testing
PSL Navagacao opens Portugal-Angola service
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Pics of the Day – KIWI ARROW

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