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LATEST NEWS

Thursday/Friday 23-24 June 2016

FIRST VIEW: PENELOPE

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The MSC chartered containership PENELOPE (35,924-dwt, built 2007) inbound to the Lyttelton Container Terminal in New Zealand during May this year. The ship flies the flag of Antigue and is owned by Hansa Treuhand. She was built in Poland at the Stocznia Gdansk S.A. shipyard as its hull number 8200. This picture is by Alan Calvert
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Small vessel tracking trials completed in South Africa

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exactEarth Europe, along with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and assisted by two other companies, reports that it has completed a small vessel tracking trial using the Advanced Class B Satellite Enabled AIS (ABSEA) identifier in South African waters. The trial is a part of exactEarth's South Africa Safety Initiative for Small Vessels (OASIS) project, and is part-funded by the UK Space Agency (UKSA) under its International Partnership Space Programme (IPSP). The two associated companies also involved in the sea trial are SRT Marine Technology (SRT, UK) and Marine Data Solutions (MDSol, South Africa).
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Vale stops using Sena Railway and Beira port

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The Brazilian mining company Vale has called a halt to using the Sena railway line to rail coal from its mine at Moatize in the western Mozambican province of Tete to the port of Beira, following two attacks on its trains earlier this month by gunmen of the rebel movement Renamo, reports the Mozambique news agency AIM. Meanwhile, the National Oil Company of Malawi Limited (NOCMA) says that the recent attacks on fuel tankers operating between Malawi and the port of Beira is a wake-up call for Malawi to take the strategic fuel reserves project serious and to reassess from where it draws its fuel supplies.
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Update on Benita grounding

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The owners of the bulk carrier BENITA (42,717-dwt) have confirmed reports concerning the grounding of their vessel on the evening of Friday 17 June near Mahebourg, Mauritus. In a report issued by The London Club as P&I insurers, they state that they, the crew members and the London Club are working with the appointed salvors, Five Ocean Salvage, and the local authorities to re-float the vessel and to prevent any environmental damage. Booms are in place and a dedicated salvage tug is on site to provide assistance as needed. As a precaution, an 24 hour anti-pollution team remains on standby.
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New era as widened Panama Canal is ready to open

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It's not only the description of 'Panamax' that is about to become obsolete with the opening of the widened Panama Canal on Sunday 26 June, but numerous panamax container ships that have carried the standard as far as traffic through the canal is concerned, are likely to become less visible as they gradually disappear from service on the Asia-East Coast USA trades. The UK's Loadstar reports that statistics provided by Alphaliner show that six vessels ranging from 6,000 to 10,000 TEU capacity are due to arrive at the waterway between 30 June and 8 July, on six transpacific US east coast upsized services replacing nine strings deploying ships of up to 5,100 TEU -- the previous Panama Canal maximum.
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Kenmare Resources reaches agreement with creditors

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Ireland's Kenmare Resources, which mines heavy sands deposits at Moma in central Mozambique, announced in a statement on Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with its main creditors on a restructuring plan for the company, reports Macauhub. Under the agreement, the Oman Sovereign Fund will invest US$100 million in the company and the company's board will, in turn, issue securities -- shares and bonds -- to raise an additional US$175 million.
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NSSLGlobal continues expansion via Cape Town office

An award winning satellite communications provider, NSSLGlobal has announced the opening of a new office in Cape Town as part of its ongoing global expansion plans. The office will focus on delivering sales and support for partners, resellers and end-users in the region and in response to increased business growth in sub-Saharan Africa in recent years. In a statement NSSLGlobal said that Africa has huge potential for the satcoms market, particularly outside of large cities, as the current communications infrastructure makes it hard for businesses and communities to communicate effectively, and consequently hinders their growth potential.
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IKE in the Med

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USS Dwight D Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG) entered the Mediterranean Sea on 13 June in support of US national security interests in Europe. Ike CSG ships are the centerpiece of the Great Green Fleet initiative, which emphasises use of energy conservation measures as a key combat enabler to allow ships to go farther, stay longer and deliver more firepower.
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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 : DELTA COMMANDER and SYROS I

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Two recent bunker callers in the port of Durban were the Suezmax Delta Tankers' crude oil tanker DELTA COMMANDER (157,477-dwt, built 2010) and the dry bulk carrier SYROS I (81,393-dwt, built 2011), seen on her berth at the City Terminal (Point). The Greek-owned (and flagged) Delta Commander is, as indicated along the side of the ship, owned and operated by Delta Tankers, a relative newcomer among tanker companies having been established just ten years ago. Delta manages a fleet of 21 modern tankers with a total deadweight in excess of 3 million tons of which this ship is one of the oldest. The second vessel, Syros I, is British-owned, Hong Kong-managed and Liberian-flagged although the company has, as the name may suggest, origins among the Greek islands. These pictures are by Ken Malcolm
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Wednesday 22 June 2016
 
First View : PHOLELA and LOTHENI
24-Hour operations for Monrovia Free Port
PetroSA's FPSO vessel ORCA is for sale
Korea may merge Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine
Naming ceremony for second of two Shoalbuster workboats
Hefty CMA CGM Rates Restoration on South Africa trade
S&P affirms Transnet's credit worthiness
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC PARIS

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Tuesday 21 June 2016
 
First View : SAS PROTEA
CMA CGM raises freight rates across its system
Oil leaks from grounded Benita on Mauritian beach
TradeMark East Africa launches 2nd Round of LIFT Fund
TNPA to host Gauteng B2B
Concargo re-establishes its brand in Africa
Geftarail challenges Bollore over West Africa rail link
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MOMENTUM SCAN

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Monday 20 June 2016
 
First View : JOGELA
Indian Ocean ship casualty dramas
Record motor car exports for East London
No clear VGM Guideines for Nigeria -- Shippers Council
Ghana ready for 1 July VGM deadline
Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in the Med
Bill calls for new Nigerian Ports Authority
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MOL PRESENCE

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Wednesday 15 June 2016
 
First View : SANTA CATHARINA
MSC brings giant 13,000-TEU ships to Durban
Suez offers 65 percent discounts to keep ships flowing east
Record maize imports on the way
Austerity plan for Mozambique
Maersk heir becomes AP Moller Holding CEO
First Angolan GE locos due next year
Funding found for Onne shipyard offer
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships
Pics of the Day : CAP INES and CAP ISABEL

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Tuesday 14 June 2016
 
First View : GIULIANA
Renamo focus on ambushing Malawian road tankers in Mozambique
Flying start for Fred Olsen's Boudicca Southern Africa cruise adventure
Weekend of fun lies ahead at Durban Port Festival
Uganda-Kenya one stop border crossing opens
Whale watching, shark cage diving permit processes delayed
Greek owners look west to Gibdock
RMS St Helena to make three more Cape Town voyages
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : AFRICA MERCY

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Monday 13 June 2016
 
First View : THORCO RANGER
MSC move to help reduce Durban Port congestion
Mombasa road blocked by angry truckers
Manganese rail exports pass 1 million tons in May
DNV GL performs first drone ship's tank survey
Exports fall at Kenmare's Moma mine -- ship was late
Boat tragedy in Maputo Bay
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SPAR CORONA

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Thursday/Friday 9-10 June 2016
 
First View : CERTOUX
New investment strengthens Nacala Corridor and port
DP World's Maputo Container Terminal ranked top for improved productivity
Renamo denies attacking Vale Sena Railway train
Growing demand for LNG drives Mozambique opportunities
Wood and stone for Angola's Mocamedes railway
Environment: HullWiper to launch in Rotterdam
Breadbox Extends West Africa Service
International: Posidonia 2016 Opens for Business
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MAERSK KYRENIA

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Wednesday 8 June 2016
 
First View : LEXA MAERSK
Port Statistics for May are now available
R.I.P. Captain Dai Davies
MSC Cruises appoints new managing director for South Africa
GAC Bunkers partners with Dubai's ENOC in South Africa
Seko seeks stronger links between the US and South Africa
International: DP World looks to Argentina
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : K-STORM

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Tuesday 7 June 2016
 
First View : SIYAKHULA
CMA CGM makes all cash offer for NOL
New terminal manager for Ngqura Container Terminal
Second Debmarine tug for Port Nolloth is named
Chinese interest in Mozambique granite
Subtech provides three students with bursariess to Lawhill
Piracy off Somalia remains uncertain, says MAST
Ardent Turns One
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : BW EAGLE

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Monday 6 June 2016
 
First View : KOTA DESA
Liberian Registry introduces cost-saving measures
SOLAS container weight guidelines workshop
Durban Port Festival details revealed
BIMCO head outspoken of way forward for dry bulk market
Mauritania receives two new patrol vessels from China
SASOL spuds first Mozambique well
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pic of the Day : MAERSK LA PAZ

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Thursday/Friday 2-3 June 2016
 
First View : HOEGH INCHON
Drones: In Africa preparing for your next delivery
Lake Victoria ferry Serengeti to be overhauled
Transnet seeks private operator for inland terminal
China could build new north-south Mozambique highway
Sale of Terex MHPS business to Konecranes to go ahead
Rickmers-Linie takes over Nordana's Project Business
GAC opens business in Namibia
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : SIBANYE and SBM

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Wednesday 1 June 2016
 
First View : FUGRO EXPLORER
DP World chairman bullish about Africa
Sobantu Tilayi appointed acting CEO of SAMSA
Hapag-Lloyd imposes charges at Abidjan
Transnet bursaries for full time studies on offer
Maersk growth contibuted to low freight rates
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : BATTLE OF JUTLAND COMMEMORATION

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Tuesday 31 May 2016
 
First View : GENESIS
Nigerian probe into maritime sector
Arrested Hanjin bulker Hanjin Paradip sails
Royal Caribbean Cruises orders three more ships
Seafarer medivac'd to East London from passing ship
The search for the missing Egyptair Flight MS804
Port Festival returns to Durban
IMB highlights growing violence off West African coast
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : MSC BILBAO

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Monday 30 May 2016
 
First View : CHANG HANG GUANG RONG
IMO urges pragmatic approach on container VGM implementation
SAMSA CEO Tsietsi Mokhele resigns
News of Ports & Ships
Nautic and Mariflex partner in liquid cargo handling
First captain joins Royal Navy's future flagship
International: DP World Yarimca Port inaugurated
Botswana wants Port Techobanine project reopened
TPT provides SOLAS insights for stakeholders
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Cruise News and Naval Activities
Pics of the Day : USS BAINBRIDGE & USS BATAAN

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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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