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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday 11-12 February 2016

FIRST VIEW : CHARLIE

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The bulk carrier CHARLIE (34,168-dwt, built 2011) moves along the Esplanade Channel in Durban harbour, assisted by the tug UTHUKELA after having completed cargo working at Maydon Wharf earlier this month. The Greek bulker is owned by Load Line Marine SA of Athens and is flagged in the Marshall Islands. Picture is by Terry Hutson
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Maputo Port traffic declines by 19 percent

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Has the bubble burst at Mozambique's main port of Maputo? Has the port reached its proper level, or, as is likely, is this a reflection of the current economy of its neighbour, South Africa? These questions arise following the annoucnement that the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) has seen a decline of 19.2 percent in traffic volume in 2015 when compared with the year before. In 2014 the Port of Maputo handled a total of 19.1 million tons of cargo whereas during the calendar year 2015 this dropped to 15.6 million tons, a decrease of 19.2 percent..
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Beyond Piracy -- What Next for African Maritime Security?

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Last year saw an almost total absence of reports of piracy and armed robbery at sea in the western Indian Ocean and off the coast of Somalia. This is the laudable outcome of concerted international and regional counter-piracy efforts. Since 2012, there has been an annual decline in the total number of reported attempted and actual attacks in the region. The decline has led to calls for reforms to four key international counter-piracy institutions in the new 'post-piracy' environment. These reforms are important, but will not provide lasting solutions if African maritime, economic and developmental interests are neglected, says the Institute for Strategic Studies in an analysis of the subject.
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French Navy comes a visiting

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Two ships of the French Navy will pay visits to southern Africa in the next few weeks during a quite busy period of naval activity. The two French Navy ships are the patrol frigate FNS NIVOSE which arrives in Cape Town for a rest and recreational visit on 21 February. The ship will berth at the V&A Waterfront. A week later a second French ship, the futuristic Gowind class patrol corvette FNS L'ADROIT P725 arrives also in the Mother City harbour for a short visit.
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Draft regulations boost South Africa’s ocean protection

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South African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has published draft notices and regulations in the Government Gazette to declare a network of 22 new proposed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as part of Operation Phakisa. "The declaration of these new MPAs aims to create approximately 70 000 square kilometres of marine protected areas, bringing our ocean protection within the South African Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to more than 5 percent," the Department of Environmental Affairs said on Tuesday.
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Submission date for fishing rights extended

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The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Minister Senzeni Zokwana has extend the submission deadline for the Fishing Rights Application Process (FRAP) 2015/16 applications to Friday, 26 February at 4pm. The Minister extended the deadline after consultation with the various prospective applicants. The initial closing date was this week, Friday 12 February..
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Environmental Ship Index (ESI) still going strong

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TOKYO: The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI) was launched in November 2008 to tackle global warming and climate change worldwide from a recognition that ports can contribute to and have responsibilities for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. One of major pillars of the WPCI is Environmental Ship Index (ESI) that identifies seagoing ships that perform better in reducing air emissions than required by the current emission standards of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) by evaluating the amount of nitrogen oxide (NOX) and sulphur oxide (SOX) that is released by a ship and includes a reporting scheme on the greenhouse gas emission of the ship.
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Maersk profits plunge

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Things are worse than they were in 2008, said AP Moller-Maersk chief executive Nils S Anderson when presenting the news that his company profits had collapsed, falling 84 percent on the previous year. Anderson described the shipping industry as being in a crisis. "The oil price is as low as its lowest point in 2008-2009 and doesn't look like it is going up soon."
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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 : CMA CGM DANUBE

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The French CMA CGM line's container ship CMA CGM DANUBE (112,580-dwt, built 2014) called at Cape Town earlier and was seen in this unusual condition, minus any containers. Flying the Maltese flag, Danube, which was making her maiden call in South Africa, has the ability to carry up to 9,365 TEUs. She has 1,458 reefer points and is just on 300 metres in length with a beam of 48 metres. The ship has since departed, calling at Walvis Bay and is currently off the coast near Pointe Noire in the Congo. A prime example of cascading of vessels? CMA CGM Danube was built at the Dalian Shipbuilding Imp & Export Co yard in China. This ship was originally featured in PORTS & SHIPS in June 2014, shortly after entering service -- you can find that report HERE. Use the code jacobs789 to gain access. These pictures are by Ian Shiffman.
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Wednesday, 10 February 2016
 
First View : MAERSK SEEKER
Mombasa stumbles over port concessioning process
Giant container ship refloated as a cruise giant is battered
Brenda Horne-Ferreira resigns as Shippers Council CEO
Kenya, Uganda one-stop border crossings ready
Focus on Konecranes, 106 years on
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : RAN J

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Tuesday, 9 February 2016
 
First View : BOUDICCA
Maersk Line prepares awareness campaign for container weighing
Navy welcomes new Damen tug into fleet
Boudicca to cruise here in 2017/18 summer
Safmarine ship highjacked then released
India aims at acquiring SA coal mines to boost exports
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : SUN PRINCESS

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Monday, 8 February 2016
 
First View : MORGENSTOND II
Zika virus outbreak requires regulatory response by ports and ship operators
Safmarine MPV sells SA-West Africa service to Fairseas International
Tanker Leon Dias hostages released
ADB provides US$300 million for Nacala railway and terminal
Namport seizes ship accused of polluting
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : MAERSK LANGKLOOF

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Thursday/Friday, 4-5 February 2016
 
First View : HAI YANG SHI YOU 278
Second tanker attacked by pirates in Gulf of Guinea
First group of 2016 maritime cadets go to sea
Nick Sloane joins Resolve Marine
Competition Commission welcomes World Bank Study
IMarEST launches campaign to support seafarers
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : HMS PROTECTOR

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016
 
First View : HANTON TRADER V
Tanker highjacked off Nigerian coast by Biafran separatists
Mozambique unrest as yet no threat to coal traffic
Sasol gets Mozambique go-ahead to drill for new Mozambique oil and gas
Getting ready for Armed Forces Day celebrations
MSC Cruises confirms orders for new ships
Transnet appoints new Group Chief Financial Officer
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : TAI FU No.3

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
 
First View : BOUDICCA
Port of East London ends year on positive note
MSC launches weekly Asia-Red Sea and Djibouti service
MOL warns of US$1.45 billion loss
China is nabbing the world cruise market!
DP World Group CEO retires
Maydon Wharf upgrade passes safety milestone
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pic of the Day : FAIRPLAYER

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Monday, 1 February 2016
 
First View : LEWEK CONSTELLATION
Drewry highlights coming problems with container weighing
Svitzer's new man for Middle East and Africa
Machenga Bay to be site of Tanzania LNG plant
TPT hands over computer lab to Alicedale School
Industry urged to open its doors to TVET colleges
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : BOUDICCA

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Thursday/Friday, 28-29 January 2016
 
First View : ALBATROS
No interest shown in developing Durban Cruise Terminal
Port Elizabeth to host Navy during Armed Forces Day
Reunion becomes CMA CGM's new Indian Ocvean maritime hub
2016 Indian Navy Fleet Review
Prestige master sentenced to two years
Becker Marine praises new rudder profile
Namura Shipbuilding places ClassNK-NAPA Green software on newbuilding
Chinese company in takeover bid for Terex Corp (and possibly Konecranes)
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : ST ANDREW

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016
 
First View : BRENTON
Drug busts involving ships from the Caribbean
BIMCO says container shipping faces low and slow growth
Brazilian court overturns closure of Turabao port
Queen Elizabeth, maiden call to South African waters
UK P&I Club advises on reducing mooring incidents
MSC Cruises appoints new UK head
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pic of the Day : BUSY PORT: MAYDON WHARF

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016
 
First View : BRITISH LOYALTY
Gold Star upgrades its Far East-West Africa service (FAX)
CMA CGM cascades 9,000-TEU ships onto Asia-West Africa trades
MOL adds new calls on Asia-West Africa service
Huge loss warning for CSCL investors
Brazil closes Vale's Port Tubarao on environmental grounds
Unions join forces to eliminate shipboard bullying
2016 Maritime Industry 7-a-side soccer tournament
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : AN FONG No.136

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Monday, 25 January 2016
 
First View : GRANDE ANGOLA
Car carrier Silver Sky chased by pirates in Gulf of Guinea
Queen Elizabeth makes maiden visit to Cape Town tomorrow
ENI pulls plug on Ocean Rig Olympia
Shipping companies encouraged to use new Transitional Ship Recycling measures
Technical: New Class Rules sound death knell for oil-lubricated propeller shafts
Catamaran yacht hull sighted off Agulhas
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : OCEAN DREAM

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Thursday/Friday, 21-22 January 2016
 
First View : ILEMBE
Missing yacht Sunsail may have been found
Man overboard from Hyundai Dangjin
Chinese Navy back visiting Sri Lanka
NileDutch introduces new US East Coast to West Africa service
Germany's new F-125 class frigate revealed
Evergreen Group Chairman Dr Yung-Fa Chang dies
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : TRANS FUTURE and FUJITRANS WORLD

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016
 
MSC SINFONIA
New Debmar diamond recovery ship takes to the water
New Transnet dredger Ilembe due today
SAMSA considers new standby tugs for SA coast
Celebrations as Mein Schiff 5 floats out
Sena Railway line blocked by derailment
NSRI rescue 14 crew members from sinking trawler
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pic of the Day : MSC DENISSE

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016
 
First View : UZAVOLO and UHUVA
Analyst raises importance of East and Southern Africa trades
Sena railroad capacity to top 20 million tons
Technical: Wartsila develops zero-emission ferry concept
PMAESA annual conference is cancelled
African maritime journalists conference debuts in Ghana
UASC's world's greenest vessel transits new Suez Canal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : KATHARINA

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Monday, 18 January 2016
 
First View : BOURBON THERA
Large explosion rocks Port of Santos
ICTSI's African Terminal Nears Completion
Former anti-piracy boss warns of resurgent piracy in Gulf of Aden
Paper offers insight into Container Weight Verification
Namibian strike hits fishing industry
New Director of Operations at Trinity House, London
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : FLAG EVI

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Thursday/Friday, 14-15 January 2016
 
First View : THOR WIND
This is the week that was
Shock as India imposes 5-year sentences on Seaman Guard Ohio crew
ACE submarine cable next phase underway
Cruise ship AIDAprima catches fire at Japanese shipyard
IMO: A message from the new secretary general
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : AEGEAN ODYSSEY

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Wednesday, 13 January 2016
 
First View : ASIAN BRIER
Nacala port expansion set to start in 2016
Ghana gives go-ahead for Port of Takoradi development
Gabon takes loan to build new port in Owendo
Car Carriers accused of collusion fined US$ 63 million
Kenya to import 50 locomotives for new railway
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : RFA GOLD ROVER

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016
 
First View : OCEAN SURGE & EUROPA 2
Uncertainty over Bagamoya port development
News from the shipping lines
Maersk joins Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
Cruising: Crystal Espirit named in the Seychelles
Container shipping, year in review
DCD Marine & 6Sigma Naval Architecture get together
Durban's Charles Maher appointed GM of ASRY Shipyard
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : ENDURANCE

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Monday, 11 January 2016
 
First View -- THOR INTEGRITY
Port Statistics for December are now available here
Shipping news from around Southern Africa's coasts
Explosions and fatalities in Matola and Durban
Cruising: NCL again voted world's leading large cruise line
Global shipping industry welcomes Paris agreement
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day -- ADMIRAL VLADIMIRSKIY

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015
 
First View : NAUTICA AT MOSSEL BAY
Competitiveness of Africa's ports rely on their efficiencies
South African coin laid into keel of latest Silverseas ship
New man at the helm of MBC and MCS
Report on the collision between Ever Smart and the Alexandra 1
Mozambique fish catch exceeds 200,000 tons after 9 months
Details of COSCO and CSCL merger announced
Port automation -- adapt or die
CMA CGM's WAX Service to resume direct calls in Cameroon
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
YESTERYEAR: SCENES FROM DURBAN'S R-SHED

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Monday, 14 December 2015
 
First View : ROMANDIE
Bill to unlock ocean economy gets green light
Saudi's take strategic Red Sea islands from Yemeni Houthi rebels
China Shipping-COSCO merger appears certain
MRAD equipment fitted on new I&J vessels Umlobi and Ferox
From Drakensberg Clouds of Hope to the Sea
DP World warns of overcapacity in container shipping
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : HHL KOBE

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Thursday/Friday, 10-11 December 2015
 
First View : PORT ELIZABETH
IMO Urges Fishing Vessel Treaty Acceptance
Nigerian Navy impounds ships with stolen diesel
New TPT appointments in Eastern Cape ports
Nigeria inaugurates maritime surveillance system
Nigerian state-owned oil company to be divided
New executive director of Mozambique Ports & Railways Company (CFM)
New fast Damen crew boat for Gulf of Guinea
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : RED EAGLE

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Wednesday 9 December 2015
 
First View : EAST LONDON CAR TERMINAL
Port statistics for November are now available here
Tanzanian port chief sacked in anti-corruption action
Busy days for Cape Town's Sturrock Dock
Impatience among Nigerian Shippers over red tape
Kidnapped Polish seafarers released
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : NYK PEGASUS and MSC ATHENS

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Tuesday 8 December 2015
 
First View : SANTA ISABELLA
CMA CGM seals deal to buy NOL
Dormac Marine's new floating dock for Durban
Support for conditional allocation of Mombasa port revenue
Norwegian Escape sets sail with world's biggest scrubber system
World Bank supports Mozambique forestry reform
ICHCA International Conference 2016
Durban Naval base upgrade begins
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : TIJUCA

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Monday 7 December 2015
 
First View : IBHAYI
Freight rates keep sliding despite capacity cuts
New TNPA workboat Inyosi nears completion
Anadarko and Eni in joint Rovuma gas venture
HMAS Melbourne nabs another haul of heroin
MOL increases rate on Asia-Southern Africa trades
Durban Naval Base upgrade begins
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : HS BEETHOVEN

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Tuesday 8 December 2015
 
First View : SANTA ISABELLA
CMA CGM seals deal to buy NOL
Dormac Marine's new floating dock for Durban
Support for conditional allocation of Mombasa port revenue
Norwegian Escape sets sail with world's biggest scrubber system
World Bank supports Mozambique forestry reform
ICHCA International Conference 2016
Durban Naval base upgrade begins
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : TIJUCA

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Thursday/Friday 3-4 December 2015
 
First View : NORTHERN HIGHWAY
Drought forces South Africa into record yellow maize imports
Transnet secures US$2.5Bn funding guarantee from China
Largest wind farm installation ship delivered
Royal Navy in Mediterranean drugs seizure
Survey reveals concern over SOLAS container weight requirement
Port Said container turnover drops 11 percent
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : FRONTIER

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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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