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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday 8-9 December 2016

FIRST VIEW: JONATHAN SWIFT

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Here's a container ship with a name familar to most of us but one that we haven't come across before, on a ship in these parts at least, the Liberian-flagged JONATHAN SWIFT (50,201-dwt, built 2010). The ship has a German owner and German management company, Norddeutsche Reederei Schuldt which is based in the inevitable Hamburg. Jonathan Swift can load up to 4253 TEUs. She was built at the Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co Ltd shipyard in China as their hull number 2006-747C. This picture of the ship in Lyttelton harbour earlier in November, New Zealand is by Alan Calvert.


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South African port statistics for November are now available

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Port statistics for the month of November 2016, covering the eight commercial ports under the administration of Transnet National Ports Authority, are now available.

Total cargo handled at all eight ports during the past month amounted to 26.089 million tons, compared with .......
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Cape Town dry dock drama as caisson collapses

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Cape Town's dry dock, which was the scene of a monumental mix up last week when dry dock personnel placed the offshore supply vessel GO REGULUS on the wrong blocks, resulting in hull damage as the water was pumped from the dry dock chamber and the 2486 ton ship settled on incorrect blocks.

Ship repair company EBH was left to explain to the GO Regulus' Australian owner and Malaysian manager about how the accident came to happen in a major port like Cape Town.

They are now even more difficult questions to answer after the second caisson used to separate the dock into two chambers, began to collapse and 'popped', causing water to pour into the dock unexpectedly. The offshore supply vessel took further damage to her side and bottom hull and another inspection will have to be conducted to determine the extent of damage.
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Salvage of Antaios underway in South Atlantic

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A salvage operation is underway in the South Atlantic where the abandoned bulk carrier ANTAIOS (27,776-dwt, built 1999) has been taken in tow by the South African salvage tug SMIT AMANDLA.

The captain and crew reported that a fire began in the ship's engine room last Thursday (1 December 2016). Crew battled the blaze and successfully extinguished it, but water began entering the engine compartment causing it to flood completely and placing the ship in added danger. When the flooding appeared uncontrollable the master of the vessel is understood to have ordered the crew to take to the boats and await rescue.
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Puntland's Port Qandala retaken by government troops

Somalia Puntland Qandala Castle Town 250 One can't keep Somalia out of the news for long. Government soldiers and militia fighters have retaken the port town of Qandala in the semi-autonomous reion of Puntland after a battle involving the Western-backed government soldiers assisted by militia, and the rebel ISIS affiliated terrorist groups that have occupied the town and port since October.

According to news reports the battle -- perhaps skurmish is a better description -- took place last week. The main battle was to the west of Qandala and followed an insurgent counter-attack away from their former stronghold. Having lost this battle the government troops were able to move into former ISIS-held areas and regain control of the town and its small port and airport.
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Tschudi expands in South-East Africa

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The Tschudi Offshore & Towage Group has announced the establishment of Tschudi Mozambique Lda to enter the South-East African offshore market.

Tschudi has linked up with EnergyWorks, a well-established Mozambican company with a solid knowledge of doing business in the local market known for providing services in the oil and gas industry. Mozambique has vast unexplored oil and gas reserves and limited offshore infrastructure and a local presence is a key success factor for operating in the South-East African market.

Tschudi says it has a strong track record of operating the Group's AHTS vessels offshore Angola. In this new venture, Tschudi will continue to provide high quality services to the South-East African oil and gas sector.
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World's first LNG-powered hopper dredger is launched

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The launch ceremony of DEME's 3,500m3 LNG-powered trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) MINERVA took place on 3 December at Royal IHC's shipyard in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands.

The official name giving and christening ceremony will take place in the spring of 2017 in Zeebrugge, Belgium.

"The launch of this vessel is an important milestone for the dredging industry," says IHC's Executive Director Shipbuilding, Arjan Klijnsoon. "IHC had already started to investigate the integration of LNG into dredging vessels in 2012, enabling us to understand the challenges of this green solution."
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Ports Regulator settles on average tariff increases of 5.97%

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The Ports Regulator has ruled that the appropriate overall increase in average tarfiffs for 2017/18 shall be 5.97%. The average increase that Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) had applied for came to 8.02%.

Mahesh Fakir, CEO of the Ports Regulator of South Africa, said that after considering the application and the written and oral submissions by all stakeholders during the consultation period, and based on latest available data, and in considering the proposed average 8.02% tariff increase for the 2017/18 tariff year, he had decided that an appropriate overall increase in average tariffs for 2017/18 shall be 5.97%.
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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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PIC OF THE DAY : COSCO SHENGSHI

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The RoRo car carrier COSCO SHENGSHI (51,671-gt, built 2011) in Durban recently. The RoRo is owned by COSCO Shipping and managed by COSCOL of Guangzhou, Guangdong, in China. The 174-metre long, 32m wide vessel has a capacity of 5,276 cars. This picture is by Keith Betts
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Wednesday 7 December 2016
 
First View : TABEA
Mozambique seizes 1200 containers of illegal logs heading for China
Maritime surveillance on agenda in Mozambique
Norwegian sail training ship Sorlandet heads for Durban
Iranian Navy plans to enter the Atlantic are delayed
Indian Navy frigate INS Betwa capsizes in dock
Research ship Marion Dufresne in rescue dash for lone yachtsman
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : THURINGIA

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Tuesday 6 December 2016
 
First View : MSC SINFONIA
Crew rescued from burning and sinking bulker in South Atlantic
NATO co-chairs counter-piracy conference
Dredging of Maputo harbour 90 percent complete
Seabourn takes delivery of its latest ship, Encore
High spec security vessels to go on urgent sale
TNPA Richards Bay honours 47 long service employees
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : TORTUGAS

Read More ....

Monday 5 December 2016
 
First View : MARISKA-G
A couple days in the life of the NSRI
Patrol craft on auction at Cape Town
CMA CGM imposes a spread of THC charges across West Africa
MLA College wins Gold Award: Best online distance learning programme
Elon Musk's Ocean Mission together with NASA
South Africa, Brazil Competition authorities sign MOU
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : KURUTAI

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Thursday-Friday 1-2 December 2016
 
First View : MSC LANA
SMIT Amandla Marine, now AMSOL, takes on South African ownership Maersk takes over Hamburg Sud in buy-out Beira port goes over to Navis operating system
Lake Victoria residents up in arms over repair of ferry Kalangala
Bollore still interested in concessioning of Cape Verde ports
UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2016
Maersk tipped as possible Hamburg Sud buyer
Africa must align development plans with AGOA
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : TORONTO TRADER

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Wednesday 30 November 2016
 
First View : HMNZS CANTERBURY
Illegal fishing costs Mozambique US$57 million annually
SS Nujoma diamong mining vessel starts sea trials
Tema Shipyard to maintain and repair dredger fleet
EU Operation Atalanta off Somalia extended by two years
Albania joins NATO maritime activities
Tazara problems continue, leaders intervene
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : WARRIOR SPIRIT

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Tuesday 29 November 2016
 
First View : SEASMILE
Situation update on Port of Durban
South Africa takes part in Africa Trade Week
TPT Richards Bay Dry Bulk steams ahead
Portsmouth being readied as new carrier's home port
Hapag-Lloyd's passion for shipping coffee
Hamburg Sud's Oetker family debate selling the company
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : NCC AMAL

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Monday 28 November 2016
 
First View : MAERSK CUNENE
NATO withdraws from Somali counter piracy
Sod turning for Port of Tema expansion
Indian master receives 2016 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea
Dredge-King dredger goes to work in Madagascar
West African pirates attack two ships, one dead
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC HINA

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Thursday/Friday 24-25 November 2016
 
First View : EUROPA
GPHA seeks Euro 47m waiver on Takoradi Port
BIMCO warns of long road ahead for dry bulk shipping
Eni approves plan for Coral South Project, offshore Mozambique
Denmark withdraws from Somalia piracy patrols
Nigeria's maritime law outdated, needs revising
Why Africa's borders are a mess
Polar Onyx chartered for West African contract
CMA CGM imposes THC at Conakry
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : OCEANLOVE

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Wednesday 23 November 2016
 
First View : SEAROAD MERSEY II
Nectar Sierra Leone Bulk Terminal takes top IBJ award
Lawhill Bursary Holders Make TNPA Proud
New generation Maersk ships to exceed 20,000 TEU?
EU and UNCTAD discuss support for Angolan trade
Sea Shepherd's Ocean Warrior sails for rendezvous with Japanese whalers
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : WHALE CATCHERS

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Tuesday 22 November 2016
 
First View : SEVEN SEAS NAVIGATOR
Transnet orders 23 Kalmar Straddle Carriers for DCT Pier 2
DCD Marine enters voluntary business rescue
Hapag-Lloyd withdraws Apapa call from WAX service
MSC Magnifica to handle cruise line's first round the world cruise
Fish-rich Mauritania looks to its Nouadhibou port for a brighter future
Whaling in our blood
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : ARTANIA

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Monday 21 November 2016
 
First View : IRIN ALVAND
SAMSA investigates cause of fire and deaths on Hartebeesporrt Dam
UN Security Council unanimously adopts Resolution 2316 (2016)
Transnet tugs remain unsold at auction
Agulhas Current is widening, research discovers CMA CGM reports significant improvement since acquisition of NOL
Transnet scoops top award for integrated reporting
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : IRIN BUSHEHR

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Thursday/Friday 10-11 November 2016
 
First View : INDUSTRIAL DOLPHIN
Port statistics for October are now available
Matola Coal Terminal presents opportunities for emerging mines
Fire damaged Verona may have to be scrapped
Gunmen open fire on another Nacala coal train
NATO Operation Sea Guardian in the Mediterranean
Uganda launches Electronic Single Window
Ports & Ships next week
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : ROCKIES HIGHWAY

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Wednesday 9 November 2016
 
First View : EUROPA
Nigeria reveals plans for 25-year port master plan
Mergers widening gap between the big few and other container lines
UNCTAD issues Third Quarter Transport & Tade Newsletter
Call for improved water transport system for Ghana's Lake Volta
Subtech receives ISO 9001:2015 accreditation
GAC EnvironHull's HullWiper cleans 100th Maersk ship
Ports & Ships takes a break
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : RFA GOLD ROVER

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Tuesday 8 November 2016
 
First View : BORDER
Fire ravaged Verona still a problem for Cape Town
Transnet's healthy half year return
Crystal Cruises rebrands and goes for two more expedition ships
First tank cleaning station in West Africa opens at Tema
Summer start for Royal Navy's Type 26 frigates
South Africa looks south for ocean economy opportunities
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : ANUKET PEARL

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Monday 7 November 2016
 
First View : MSC SUSANNA
New rail link will connect port at Nacala direct with Zambia
Somali pirates strike again
26,000 TEU boxships may be viable: Industry view
Liverpool commemmorates Arctic Convoys' 75th Anniversary
East London NSRI in medivac off passing bulker
SAMSA investigation into fire on board ship in Cape Town
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC RITA

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Thursday/Friday 3-4 November 2016
 
First View : SANTA ISABELLA and PHOLELA
Fish factory ship Verona on fire in Cape Town harbour
SA the preferred destination for major ship arrests
Kenya's SGR poses threat to metre gauge Rift Valley Railway
Tema Port takes delivery of 24 tele trucks for terminals
Meet Hronn, the world's first unmanned workboat
New BLOK-BEAM system will load 6 empty containers at a time
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC TORONTO

Read More ....

Wednesday 2 November 2016
 
First View : BBC SPRING
TMEA and Maersk sign partnership agreement
MSC Sinfonia arrives to kickstart cruise season
Oil tank farm to start operations in Takoradi port in 2017
New French-built patrol vessel for Senegal
Tuakana revealed
Hapag-Lloyd imposes THC at Senegal Terminal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : PHILADELPHIA EXPRESS

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Tuesday 1 November 2016
 
First View : OCEAN SPRAY
Japan's three major container lines agree to merge
Tanzania Revenue Authority denies 'ripping' off importers
Call for a revival of Ghana's maritime structures
The great boxship conundrum
South Africa working on improving trade volumes
New CEO for The Nautical Institute
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : APL NORWAY

Read More ....

Monday 31 October 2016
 
First View : SAN ASPIRING & TUAKANA
What will shape the future of shipping?
Public invite to welcome MSC SINFONIA
Chinese company to build up Conakry port
Lady in White finds a new home
Significant discovery in Nigeria for ExxonMobil
CMA CGM announces rate restoration from Asia to South Africa
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MELATI 6

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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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