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Tuesday 21 October 2014


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It’s not often that we lead with a story and pictures like these, but every time there is heavy rain in the Durban area, this is the result for Durban Bay.
Pollution comes not from people dropping or tossing awy their rubbish into Durban Bay, but from the many rivers and stormwater drains that empty into the bay. Where else would this be tolerated, wher you can throw into the gutter your KFC carton in the Albert Part area of Durban (Durban’s Hillbrow) and later that day it will be found bobbing on the waters of Durban harbour. Pictures: Richard Brook-Hart and Terry Hutson (98 of 370 words)
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Richards Bay Bulk Terminal exceeds target thanks to quick vessel turnaround

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The Richards Bay Bulk Terminal (not to be confused with RBCT, the Richards Bay Coal Terminal) recorded an outstanding performance of loading a total of 1.49 million tons versus a monthly target of 1.32 million tons in the month of September.
Transnet Port Terminals, which operates the terminal says that contributing to this positive achievement is the reaching of vessel targets ahead of deadline thus creating capacity for export to handle more vessels – which resulted in more volumes being shipped. (80 of about 335 words)
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Hong Kong and South Africa enter into tax pact

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Hong Kong and South Africa last week signed an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income, a spokesman for the Hong Kong government announced.
Under the agreement, profits from international shipping transport earned by Hong Kong residents that arise in South Africa, which are currently subject to tax there, and vice versa, will not be taxed in South Africa. (71 of about 365 words)
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NIMASA clamps down on non-compliant ISPS facilities

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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is clamping down on all port and jetty facilities that are not ISPS compliant.
This follows severe criticism from the US Coast Guard in 2013 when after an audit of Nigerian ports, the USCG issued a 90-day ultimatum to Nigeria to get its act in order with regards the requirements of ISPS, or face having ships that have visited Nigerian ports being banned by US ports. (74 of about 320 words)
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Ebola: DRC to train 1000 volunteers to fight epidemics

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) intends training a thousand volunteers to fight future outbreaks of Ebola or other epidemics.
The DRC is the one country outside of West Africa to be affected by Ebola this year, although the strain of the Ebola virus is said to be unrelated to the strain being experienced in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. (60 of about 410 words)
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Consortium awarded US$1.5 billion Suez Canal dredging contract

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Royal Boskalis Westminster NV, Van Oord, NMDC of Abu Dhabi, and Jan de Nul have been awarded the contract worth US1.5 billion to dredger the second Suez Canal alongside the original.
Each partner has an equal share in the consortium, according to the contract papers. (45 of about 190 words)
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Seamen from Advanfort guard ship must face Indian trial again

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Thirty-five men who have already spent a year in India must remain in India to face re-trial, despite having already been found not guilty after their armed patrol ship was blown into national waters in a typhoon last year.
The men were jailed for a year in Chennai, after their Liberian-flagged but US-owned 197-ton Seamen Guard Ohio, fitted out as an armed anti-piracy support vessel, was arrested. (67 of about 320 words)
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Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port

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Ships of the Indian and Brazilian Navies arrived at the South African Naval Base of Simon’s Town yesterday (20 October) ahead of the 2014 IBSAMAR naval exercises, which will take part off the Cape coast over the next two weeks. The two visitors consist of the Brazilian corvette BS BARROSO V34 (top) and the Indian Navy guided missile frigate, INS TEG F45 (lower picture). They will join with elements of the South African Navy including the guided missile frigate SAS SPIOENKOP, the submarine S101 MANTHATISI, one of the former strike craft now utilised as offshore patrol boats, and the mine hunter vessel SAS UMHLOTI. Several aircraft of the South African Air Force will also take part in the exercises. Pictures: Louis Vosloo (122 of 122 words).


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Monday, 20 October 2014
Mayotte Channel Gateway selects Navis N4
SA takes up citrus black spot issue at WTO
Safmarine Makutu in collision in Sydney harbour
South African designed patrol vessel targets growing African demand
TFR personnel complete railway operations management degrees
NSRI aids 82-year old lone sailor, medivacs sick fisherman
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Thursday/Friday, 16-17 October 2014
Statoil scores with seventh gas discovery off Tanzania
SA’s Ocean Economy expected to contribute R20-billion to GDP
NSRI medivacs fisherman off trawler at sea
Ebola: RFA Argus to deploy this week to Sierra Leone
New Mission to Seafarers chaplain appointed in Durban
Angola to become Africa’s largest oil producer from 2016
Port Window – Around our ports this morning
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Pics of the Day – AFRICA MERCY

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Special cargo of Australian locomotives arrive in Durban
Kenya Chamber of Commerce alarmed at Mombasa port taxes
Africa begins stocking up with patrol boats
New Damen tugs begin operations in Equatorial Guinea
NATO exercise tests crisis responses in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic
How well do you know ship parts? - an interactive guide
USS Constitution and naval titbits
No interest shown in Cape Town cruise terminal
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Pics of the Day – JUST FITZ III

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014
First View – RB3 and EHOALA TROZO
Nautic SA to transfer DAFF vessels to SAMSA
Port of Calabar reopened to shipping after dredging
President Zuma to release Ocean Economy delivery plans
Latest cruise ship Mein Schiff 4 floats out
Let's build the Smart Port city
A little known titbit of naval history
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Pics of the Day – MOL PRECISION

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Monday, 13 October 2014
First View – SAS UMHLOTI
Multi-billion dollar projects for Nigeria’s Onne port
World rallies to fight Ebola
New Smit Amandla Marine utility vessel named
Dredging and Port Expansion Africa draws nearer
Exercise Ibsamar 2014 details announced
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Pics of the Day – GREEN MOUNTAIN

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Thursday/Friday, 9-10 October 2014
First View – EIRIK RAUDE
Indian Navy ships head for East and South Africa
Mozambique to open 15 blocks for oil & gas exploration
MSC Opera sets sail for South Africa
National Marine Week observed
Mombasa to ban trucks from parking in city areas
Piracy tipped to peak ahead of Nigerian elections
HMS Queen Elizabeth floats out
Injured seaman evacuated from ship off Cape Town
The Great Wall of Lagos
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Pics of the Day – MAERSK CERES

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014
Port statistics for September are now available
Dube Tradeport now an IDZ – moves to reindustrialise SA’s economy
CMA CGM revamps Africa-India service, adds call
Barawe, last port town in Somalia, falls to government
Ebola: US ports begin screening process
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Pics of the Day – MAGSENGER 3

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014
First View – MSC TOMOKO
Disabled French frigate FNS Nivose back in Reunion
Nigeria’s Ladol shipyard open to business
DRC Customs go hi-tech, leads to 20km queues at border
EBH sponsors Erongo reading programme
Namibian fuel train derails
TNPA emphasises maritime careers during October Transport Month
Former Port Exec is new Durban Chamber of Commerce CEO
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Pics of the Day – JO ACER and SVENDBORG

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Monday, 6 October 2014
First View – E.R. ATHINA
Questions over how the tanker Pacific Quarz touched bottom in Durban channel entrance
Fight against Ebola hampered by gaps in data, hidden cases
Changing of the guard for MSC
Transport month to be highlighted in Gauteng
Congestion outside Apapa port returns with vengeance
Ghana Shippers Authority commended
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Pics of the Day – KOTA PERMATA

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Thursday/Friday, 2-3 October 2014
Tanker touches bottom and is holed outside Durban entrance
Somalia’s Mogadishu ports returning to normality
Fractured hull girder led to sinking of MOL Comfort
Nautic Africa teams up to build support craft for FPSO
MSC Opera ready to return to South Africa
Another successful project concluded by Cape Town’s DCD Marine
Piracy: It never goes away
Collison in Suez Canal - Video
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pic of the Day – CMA CGM MOZART

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014
First View – BRITANNIA
New Durban port manager announced
French frigate FNS NIVOSE reportedly on fire
Transnet and BHP sign R24Bn coal export ‘take or pay’ contract
Ships collide in mouth of Suez Canal
Singapore latest port to tighten up on Ebola checks
MOL announces details of Far East-South Africa services
Mozambique hires firm to study sale of natural gas
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Pics of the Day – CAP SAN TAINORO

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Clarity over the keel clearance issue at DCT
Record load for Durban’s Bulk Connections terminal
Another Damen Dredger for Nigerian Customer
Lake Victoria medical ship launched
Three new locos arrive for Moçâmedes Railway
Iluka Resources bids to buy Moma minerals mine from Kenmare
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – AFRICA MERCY

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Monday, 29 September 2014
NATO and Japan conduct counter piracy exercise in Gulf of Aden
Dar es Salaam: New STS and RTG cranes arrive
PIL launches new Far East-SA service with partners
Draught limitations tightened at Durban Container Terminal
Minister satisfied with ongoing works at Tema
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – SAS AMATOLA F145

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Thursday/Friday, 25-26 September 2014
First View – MA DEVI Maputo Corridor Joint Operating Centre launched
Air Sea Rescue evacuates injured seafarers
Mozambique in multi billion port-rail plan
Australian warship intercepts more drugs off African coast
Customs seize fake medicines in 15 African ports
Transnet buys second-hand Australian locomotives
US forecasts over 500,000 Ebola cases in West Africa
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CAROLINA STAR

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014
First View – SAGA MORUS
Airlines stop flying into Yemen but ports remain open
The link between illegal fishing and piracy
Final call for Queen Mary 2 as full World Cruise looms
MSC Cruises signs terminal agreement with Russia
Watching as MSC Armonia is cut in half
Mozambique tuna boats prompt donor concern
IMO general-secretary to stand down
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Pics of the Day – BERGE SUMMIT

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Monday, 22 September 2014
TNPA appoints new chief operating officer
SA solo yachtsman in South Pacific drama
Rift Valley Railway commissions three new locos
Technip transfers technology and training in Mozambique
New Suez Canal: Alarming challenges and awaited benefits
Parts of Beira flooded
E-payments speed up Onne vessel and cargo traffic
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Thursday/Friday, 18-19 September 2014
First View – Sir Emeka Offor
KPA blames operational challenges for Mombasa delays
Ebola scare as ship with sick crewman reaches New Orleans
Nicaragua Canal begins with port in December
Africa Marine Expo planned for Scottburgh
Piracy: Iranian Navy rescues CSCL ship in Gulf of Aden
New Walvis Bay port brought forward
PierPass launches Free-Flow cargo programme
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Pics of the Day – CENTAUR

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Vale to overcome two-year Chinese ban on Valemax ships
SAS Isandlwana returning home after Atlasur
Ghana growing its ports
Corruption and bureaucracy costs Kenya dearly
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Pics of the Day – HMS IRON DUKE

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