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LATEST NEWS

Wednesday 30 July 2014

FIRST VIEW – BONNY ISLAND

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The Hong Kong owned and managed bulker BONNY ISLAND (58,044-dwt, built 2013) seen departing from the Brazilian port of Santos during July. The ship is also flagged in Hong Kong. Picture: Roberto Smera (33 of about 33 words)
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Port development key for trade expansion

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Ports in southern and eastern Africa are seeing major redevelopments and investment in order to accommodate the increasing flows in global sea trade.
“The East Africa region has various projects underway," CEO of Transnet Port Terminals Karl Socikwa has been quoted as stating. "The new Lamu Port in Kenya costing US$5.3 billion and the Bagamoyo port in Tanzania costing US$11 billion are examples of countries preparing for the ever-growing port capacity needs.” (72 of about 290 words)
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Eskom turns to Mozambique for gas

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Eskom says it could soon look into gas to satisfy most of South Africa’s electricity needs.
Speaking to SAnews shortly after Eskom briefed Parliament’s Portfolio Committees on Public Enterprises and Energy on the state of the national power grid on Tuesday, the utility’s acting CEO Collins Matjila said they already had plans in place to exploit gas reserves off the east coast of Mozambique as early as next year. (69 of about 535 words)
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UASC becomes a state-owned shipping line

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United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has become a state-owned shipping line. This emerged after Qatar confirmed that it has taken a majority shareholding in the company.
The news became available following a US Federal Maritime Commission filing, which revealed that Qatar, the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, has taken a 51.3% stake in the shipping line. (56 of about 300 words)
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Hamburg Süd to buy CCNI container business

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Germany’s Hamburg Süd and Chile’s CCNI (Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica S.A.) have announced jointly that they have an agreement in which Hamburg Süd will acquire the container liner activities of CCNI.
The deal includes the related general agency functions and is subject to due diligence, execution of a Sale & Purchase Agreement and approval by the competent authorities. The acquisition is scheduled to be executed by 31 December 2014 at the latest. . (73 of about 190 words)
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Ngqura port strike declared illegal and unprotected

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The Labour Court this Tuesday declared the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa’s (Numsa) strike at the Ngqura Container Terminal illegal and unprotected, forcing the few members of the union who were still on strike to return to work or face dismissal.
The order applies to Transnet permanent employees only. All Transnet employees who were on strike had to report for duty starting this morning (Wednesday) at 6am – the first shift of the day. (75 of about 445 words)
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That mysterious nosewheel

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A number of suggestions have been offered as to the origin of the mysterious aircraft nose wheel hat was trawled from the 250 fathom mark directly off Durban this week. The options seem to be that it came from…. (39 of about 260 words)
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Tazara rail back on strike

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The troubled TAZARA railway that runs between Zambia and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which used to be known as the ‘Freedom Railway’ is again crippled by striking workers objecting (and rightly so) to not having been paid salaries in arrear.
The strike which is taking place at the Kapiri Mposhi branch is now entering its 7th day. (57 of about 180 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 - MSC JEMIMA

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Mediterranean Shipping Company operates with a very large fleet of container ships including ships in the ultra-large league (14,000-TEU capacity vessels). In 2013 the fleet was hovering around the 460 mark and may well have increased slightly since then. Gone are the days when the Swiss/Italian company was known for operating with older tonnage acquired inexpensively which were then worked hard but kept well maintained. Today the company orders newbuildings from Chinese as well as South Korean yards in addition to taking in numerous chartered vessels. The arrival in Cape Town this week of the 2,394-TEU MSC JEMIMA (36,887-dwt, built 1994), one of the surviving ‘older’ vessels, brought all this to mind. With the emergence of UASC as a major league player of the future (see above) the fascination of the ebb and flow of world shipping lines continues. Pictures: Ian Shiffman (142 of about 142 words)
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Tuesday, 29 July 2014
 
First View – DURBAN BAY
Extend AGOA, urges South Africa
Hamburg, Rotterdam face congestion charges as dwell times stretch
Cargo Cruising, a thrilling and unforgettable experience
MSC Cruises’ Armonia is the first to ‘get the chop’!
Oops….. Was my face red!
The conclusion of the SADC EPA
Another mystery from the sea
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PACIFIC HERON

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Monday, 28 July 2014
 
First View – MARVEL SCAN
South Africa on track with Special Economic Zones
Blue economy massive boost for jobs
Replacement of SAS Protea process begins
Singapore tanker seized by pirates off Ghana
Costa Concordia arrives in Genoa
Mineral resources central in economy
UN Agency urges Europe to stop migrant deaths at sea
NATO warship completes Dar es Salaam visit
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – NORDIC MACAU

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Thursday/Friday, 24-25 July 2014
 
First View – PACIFIC PEACOCK
Durban dig-out port delayed
SADC and EU conclude EPA negotiations
Brazil looks to increase exports to Angola
CMA CGM re-organises ASAF and WAX service rotations
Costa Concordia on her final voyage
New railway and road to unlock Tanzania’s south
Insatiable Chinese demand ransacking Mozambique forests
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CAPE DON

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
 
First View – ARMADA TUAH 307
SA to probe Citrus Black Spot shipment
Plans announced for expansion of Liberia’s Port Harper
Search for man overboard near St Francis Bay
Kenya Ports Authority taken to task over overspending
Nigerian truckers plan for port call-up system
Two years after fire at sea, MSC Flaminia comes back
Brics Bank will mobilise resources for development
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MAERSK VISBY

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
 
First View – CMA CGM ROSSINI
South Africa kickstarts maritime leg of development plan
Bolloré targets Mombasa’s second container terminal
Costa Concordia’s final voyage starts today
South Africa to benefit from economic pact with EU
All change for Tazara
Military trucks to transport maize from Ruvuma
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CRIMSON QUEEN

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Monday, 21 July 2014
 
First View – ARAGO
Print yourself a 3D spare ship’s part
New West African transhipment service planned
Royal Navy’s biggest and most powerful carrier is floated
Copper, zinc and lead discoveries made in Mozambique
Big drop in Angola’s oil exports
British and French navies exercise with Guinean Navy
Citrus Black Spot discovered in EU export consignment
Press Release: Strategic investment for Unique Management Group
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CAP SAN RAPHAEL

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Thursday/Friday, 17-18 July 2014
 
First View – KACEY
Navy threatens to intervene with Apapa road congestion
Start made on world’s most luxurious ship
Costa Concordia finally afloat
New tugs for the navy under construction
Hopes of an end to Mozambique strife
Still uncertainty over East-West trade agreements
Al Noor arrest yields 342kg stash of smuggled heroin
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PACIFIC PEACOCK and TAI SHAN

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014
 
First View – GO ALTAIR
Which way now, Port of East London?
Five tuna fishing boats leave Cherbourg for Maputo
NCL orders another two Breakaway ships
Durban law firm merges with Bowman Gilfillan
Maputo back as a trade hub for Southern Africa
South African fuel levy – R238bn in 6 years?
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CAP SAN SOUNIO

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014
 
First View – PACIFIC PEACOCK & TAI SHAN TOW
Abidjan secures €200 million facility for port expansion
President Zuma in Fortaleza for BRICS summit
Liberian truckers to stage go slow over lack of terminal services
Guinea Bissau government suspends exports of wood
Tug contract awarded to Durban’s Southern African Shipyard
SA economy battles to get out of the woods
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PACIFIC SHARAV

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Monday, 14 July 2014
 
First View – TAIAROA
Tug contract awarded to Durban’s Southern African Shipyard
South African Navy enters Knysna Lagoon
Nigerian piracy a major threat to seafarers
KPA to assume landlord role under privatisation plan
Matching supply and demand is out of shipping industry reach
Costa Concordia to be refloated today
Seaman Guard Ohio crew released by Indian High Court
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CAP SAN MALEAS

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Thursday/Friday, 10-11 July 2014
 
First View – PACIFIC LEADER
DoT says transport infrastructure will unlock economy
MSC Cruises introduces Distance Care for children on board
Increased production at Kenmare’s Moma mine
Costa Concordia to be moved next week
US$ 80 million injection for Tazara railway
Next step, a 24,000-TEU container ship
SA, Botswana to co-operate on cross-border trade
Maersk and MSC in 10-year Vessel Sharing Agreement
Int’l Spotlight – Nicaragua Approves US$ 40 Billion canal route
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MAERSK CERES

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014
 
First View – OCEAN RAPTOR
President Zuma leads SA delegation to Brics summit
Portus Indico takes control of Navique
Djibouti cancels DP World’s Doraleh container terminal concession
Big tobacco harvest not enough to save Zimbabwe’s economy
Tonkolili’s iron ore exports on track
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – BOURBON EVOLUTION 804

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014
 
First View – AMBOIM
S African port statistics for June are now available here
Nigeria plans to destroy tankers used for oil theft
Tim McClure passes away
Selso – hauls out on Marion Island after 169 days at sea
Nile River cruises set to double in price
Mozambican state-controlled fishing company to begin operations
Road upgrade delay at Port of Richards Bay
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MSC DIVINA

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Monday, 7 July 2014
 
First View – WBI TRINITY
Mombasa port upgrade, Phase II to begin
Al Noor intercepted off Lamu on drugs charge
Queen Elizabeth names Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier
Deadly al-Shabaab attack on Lamu
Coastal shipping returns to Mozambique
Trade News: Kalmar straddle carrier setting the benchmark
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MSC CHALLENGER

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Thursday/Friday, 3-4 July 2014
 
First View – NORWEGIAN SKY
BREAKING NEWS: Serious acid spill at Port of Richards Bay
Still no weighbridge on the Durban horizon
TPT ready to help drive Africa’s growth
Indian consortium to make bid for Rio Tinto Mozambique coal assets
Judge acquits 12 suspects in Spice Islander accident
São Tomé and Príncipe and Nigeria score in oil pact
More Mozambique attacks despite talks
Moroni call added to CMA CGM's Rhino service
Int’l Spotlight – Hamburg Süd takes Green Award 3 times in a row
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MEREDA

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014
 
First View – NYK DANIELLA
WISTA conference tackles container weighing
Funding clears way for North-South freight corridor study
DCD Marine attracts R1 billion business to Western Cape
Brenda Horne-Ferreira returns to the fold
West Africa Service Kicks Off at London Gateway
New pirate attack in Gulf of Aden
Int’l Spotlight – Costa Concordia to go to Genoa one last time
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – TORM LOUISE

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Tuesday 1 July 2014
 
First View – ER INDIA
Transnet raises profits by 25% to R 5.2 billion
Lekki Container Terminal to be operational in 2017
Voyage report: Cruise ship Astor
Cruise News: Viking Star floats out
MSC Cruises donates €3 million to UNICEF
Blanket Appeal
Late News: Brenda Horne-Ferreira returns to the fold
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – COSCO JEDDAH

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Monday 30 June 2014
 
First View – MSC PARIS
AGOA: US removes Swaziland, reinstates Madagascar for AGOA Benefits
Local support grows for Zambia-Angola rail link
Kenmare rejects offer on Moma Mine
Ghana Port Authority to set up port training school
US Coast Guard assesses 127 Nigerian terminals as unsecure
Int’l Spotlight: First of 28 new 9,400-TEU ships launched
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – LEWEK CONSTELLATION

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Thursday/Friday 26-27 June 2014
 
First View – PROFESSOR KHROMOV
Nigerian Navy will arrest vessels with armed guards
Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth completes her refit
New graphite discoveries in Mozambique
Blanket Appeal
Mozambique considers building North-South gas pipeline
Int’l Spotlight: Supreme Group acquires EMS Seven Seas
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – LEONID LOZA

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Wednesday 25 June 2014
 
First View – CMA CGM HUGO
Fisheries patrol vessel Ellen Khuzwayo back in service
Renamo gunmen attack village in Tete Province
Maputo-Catembe harbour bridge on again
New frigate commissioned into Equatorial Navy
Fears of sea level rise in Maputo Bay
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pic of the Day – CELEBRITY SOLSTICE

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