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LATEST NEWS

Monday, 31 August 2015

FIRST VIEW -- PERIDOT

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The Singapore-flagged offshore supply tug PERIDOT (2,428 gt, built 2010) is currently operating from Cape Town where she was seen in this photograph. Picture is by Aad Noorland.


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Shipping industry enters fascinating period of uncertainty

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With the new improvements to the Suez Canal, and the opening next year of the expanded waterway across the Panamanian isthmus, the shipping industry enters a fascinating period of uncertainty. There will be new choices made available, for the shippers of goods, for the carriers, and not least the ports along the routes, which may (or may not) be redrawn, writes 'Watchkeeper' in his column published by BIMCO.
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Bulker Minerva Faith aground in Suez Canal -- update

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As of Saturday 29 August the Chinese-built bulk carrier MINERVA FAITH (175,620 dwt, built 2012) was still aground in the Suez Canal and while not blocking the canal she was described as hampering traffic. Four tugs were in attendance attempting to pull the bulker clear. The ship went aground near the 101km mark while sailing in a southern direction towards Port Suez. There appears to be no damage to the ship and no injuries to crew and once towed clear she is expected to proceed to Port Suez for a fuller inspection. Importantly, there are no reports of pollution.
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MSC Ajaccio towed to safety off Spain

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he 9,400 TEU capacity container ship MSC AJACCIO (103,500 dwt, built 2013), which operates on the South Africa - Northern Europe service, has had to be towed to safety after drifting within a few miles of the Spanish coast. The ship had apparently lost all engine power. Spain's maritime emergency agency Salvamento Maritimo was alerted when the large container ship requested assistance while the ship was 18 nautical miles west of Cape Finisterre. By the time the tug DON INDA (3,646 GT, BUILT 2006) arrived and secured a line to the 299 metre long container ship, MSC Ajaccio was within three miles of Cape Tourinan.
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West Africa cooperates to fight piracy

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Up to 20 West and Central African countries have agreed to cooperate in combating piracy in West African waters. The agreement to unite in the prevention of active piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and adjacent areas was made during the 2015 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) conference held in Lagos, Nigeria.
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Nigeria cancels delivery of crude to refineries

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Nigeria's state oil company Nigerian National Petroleum Corp (NNPC) has announced the cancellation of its contract for the delivery of crude to the country's refineries in Warri, Port Harcourt and Kaduna. It said this was "due to exorbitant cost and inappropriate process of engagement." NIDAS Marine Limited, a subsidiary of the NNPC has been engaged to provide crude delivery service on negotiated industry standard rates pending the establishment of any new contract.
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Iranian fishing vessel escapes from Somali pirate captivity

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An Iranian fishing vessel and at least some of its crew have escaped from captivity in the hands of Somali pirates for the past five months. What is not clear is whether all 19 crew were on board the fishing vessel named JABER when it made its escape last week, according to maritime piracy observers.
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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 BELLINI

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The 5,782 TEU French container ship CMA CGM BELLINI (73,235 dwt, built 2004) in Cape Town harbour earlier this month. Picture is by Ian Shiffman

The 5,782 TEU French container ship CMA CGM BELLINI (73,235 dwt, built 2004) in Cape Town harbour earlier this month. Picture is by Ian Shiffman
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Thursday 27-28 August 2015
 
First View : EL MAR VICTORIA
TNPA's Western Cape ports now smartPORTS
Japan aims to finance Phase 2 of Namibe port modernisation
Nigerian Navy chief runs the rules over badly maintained ships
South Africa attending Libreville AGOA Forum
Grounded ship blocks southbound Suez Canal traffic
Algoa Bay fish farm application under consideration
Angola's Lobito Corridor : White Elephant or not?
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : NAVARRA, MAYDON WHARF CORNER & MAERSK VILNIUS, PIER 1

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Wednesday 26 August 2015
 
First View : GAJAJA
Nigerian truck drivers threaten to boycott Lagos ports
Zimbabwe seeks a deepwater port north of Beira
Landlocked Swaziland seeks its own port and canal
Lottery fund aids Mission to Seafarers
Fire at South Korean shipyard, two dead
Are Africa's railroads on track for sustainable development?
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : CHARLOTTE MAERSK

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Tuesday 25 August 2015
 
CLEMENS SCHULTE -- MOMBASA'S BIGGEST CONTAINER SHIP
Ngqura port's manganese terminal green light
South Africa to participate in AGOA Forum
Cacophany of sound as MSC Zoe pulls into Hamburg
Bahamas Celebration makes unexpected call at Walvis Bay
Panama Canal expansion faces delay as cracks appear in lock
Southern Power Products to join in global testing of new engines
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : CMA CGM AFRICA TWO

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Monday 24 August 2015
 
First View : LOUIS
US concerns over China's growing influence in Djibouti
Angola wants to privatise floating dock
World-record pipeline unites DR Congo and Angola
Aden reopens as another Yemeni port is bomber and shelled
How China's slowdown is affecting Africa
Two Royal Navy ships arrive in Simon's Town
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : WHITE FIN

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Thursday/Friday 20-21 August 2015
 
First View : XIN HAI TONG 8
Maputo ship loading times down to two and a half days
Moody's : Moz govt will have to assume Ematum's US$850 million debt
Kenya's Northern Corridor road to be complete by December
Uganda and Kenya agree on oil pipeline route
Lagos ports to handle 3m tons of cargo for Niger
MOL reaches class action antitrust settlement
Konecranes new Hook Latch Trigger safety feature introduced
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : DITLEV REEFER

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Wednesday 19 August 2015
 
First View : CAP SAN SOUNIO
Former Nigerian Ports Authority managing director reinstated
Colombian Navy ship joins EU counter-piracy patrols
Norwegian Escape floats out from building dock
Ship catches fire at entrance to Suez Canal
Iran Navy spoils pirate attack in Gulf of Aden
Africa Mercy leaves Durban's dry dock: caisson repair can begin
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : COSCO JEDDAH

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Tuesday 18 August 2015
 
First View : HMS RICHMOND
Small harbour rehabilitation planned
SA Agulhas II returns from winter research expedition
Ghana's fishing failure
Recognition for Marine Data Solutions MD Steve Nell
International: UNCTAD helps as Port au Prince is rebuilt
PIL celebrates 15 years in South Africa
Upgrade of Sena railway line 75 percent complete
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : SPIKE

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Monday 17 August 2015
 
First View : PENELOPE M
Green light for Ngqura manganese terminal
Power ships to be operational in Ghana next month
Operation Phakisa to assist South Africa's economy
India's pm holds talks with Mozambique's Pres Nyusi
Transnet launches carbon calculator app
China to build nine tuna fishing boats for Mozambique-based company
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : BERLIN TRADER

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Thursday/Friday 13-14 August 2015
 
First View : INYALAZI
Port statistics for July are now available
Operation Phakisa report back
MSC Cruises reveals details of 2016-17 cruise season
Naval exercise lines up at Richards Bay
Indian frigate INS Trikand calls at Djibouti
Maersk's three minute video transit of Suez Canal
Mozambique's Goba railway to increase annual capacity to 5m tons
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : MSC GISELLE

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Wednesday 12 August 2015
 
First View : JIIN SHUN HORNG 4 & SHUN HORNG No.101
Lagos Ports channels dredged to 13.5 metres
CMA CGM upgrades West Africa Europe services
Port Suez increases container capacity to 5.4 million TEUS
Nigeria LNG denies Badagry dry dock connection
WWL ships massive mining excavator to Durban
Kenyan crew rescued from sinking vessel
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : MAERSK LAGUNA

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Tuesday 11 August 2015
 
First View : DURBAN CAR TERMINAL
South Africa could turn to wave energy for electricity needs
Two Nautic Africa patrol vessels for Nigeria
Two new STS cranes will lift DCT productivity
New dedicated grab dredger for Port of Durban
COSCO and CSCL to merge : China reports
Futuristic design of Branson's Virgin Cruise ship revealed
Kitesurfing the East African coast
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : BRESSAY BANK

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Thursday/Friday 6-7 August 2015
 
First View : MSC VANCOUVER
New Suez Canal to be inaugurated today
Rob Davies confident about AGOA outcome in Washington
US wants Kenya to adopt increased surveillance at Mombasa
Floating electricity power stations on govt agenda
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : PICTORIAL SUEZ SCENES

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Wednesday 5 August 2015
 
First View : Maersk Deliverer in Port of Ngqura
Big day ahead as new Suez Canal section is inaugurated
Thailand to export 760,000 tons of rice to Africa
Zambia ships peacekeeping equipment through Walvis Bay to CAR
Competition between the Eastern and Northern Corridors hots up
Industry expects more wide-beam container giants
Pipe Dream
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : BALTIC PRIDE

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Tuesday 4 August 2015
 
First View : BERMUDA
Collapsed stacker won't hold back coal exports - Vale
Marion Dufresne II renovated in life extension project
General shipping and port news
Cunard celebrates!
Hydro2015 to be held in Cape Town later this year
Recent Appointments
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : BERG

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Monday 3 August 2015
 
First View : BERMUDA
Collapsed stacker won't hold back coal exports : Vale
Marion Dufresne II renovated in life extension project
General shipping and port news
Cunard celebrates!
Hydro2015 to be held in Cape Town later this year
Recent Appointments
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : BERG

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Thursday/Friday 30-31 July 2015
 
First View : SADLERS WELLS
PMAESA Gets a New Secretary General
Two mega sized LNG-fuelled cruise ships for Costa
Angola turns to Brazil for fishery cooperation
Nigeria to take delivery of six LNG carriers
Nigeria moves against rice importers and smugglers
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : BERGENSFJORD

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Wednesday 29 July 2015
 
First View : SA EXPLORER
Setback for Vale exports as Nacala coal stacker collapses
TNPA takes the lead with Smart Port technology
Four Fred. Olsen cruise ships met together in Bergen
Nigerian state oil company to be split in two
CMA CGM takes delivery of largest Chinese-built ship
Moma mine improves despite setbacks
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : OCEAN EXPORTER

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Tuesday 28 July 2015
 
First View : MINNA
Tanzanian standard gauge railway to link Rwanda, Burundi
Casefile: Bulk carrier Agatis and her distressed crew
MSC Cruises launches Voyagers Club
Mozambique sugar industry warns of cheaper imports
New Appointments: BGAG appoints David Forfar
Port director indicted for sabotage, theft and conspiracy
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : MAGELLAN

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Monday 27 July 2015
 
First View : BORKUM
Cape Town port gets its first scanner
First ships test the new Suez Canal
War clouds over Libya but Aden is relieved
Dredger being built in Port Elizabeth
Italian ship towed into Djibouti : EUNAFOR warships guard
India, US and Japan to conduct naval exercise in Indian Ocean
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : MSC LONDON

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Thursday/Friday 23-24 July 2015
 
First View : CALABRIA
Saldanha: Start made on SA's first dedicated offshore supply base
Mozambique president stresses importance of territorial waters
Is this the end of the freight forwarding middleman
Governor tells CFM to meet Beira's increased railway demand
Suez security on high alert for inauguration of new canal
Fire on Freedom of the Seas
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : CAUSEWAY SUPPLIER

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Wednesday 22 July 2015
 
First View : MSC KRITTIKA
New Nigerian Govt clamps down on crude oil tankers
Crystal Cruises expansion plans : 3 new 100,000-ton ships
Mombasa port users won't be penalised by recent strike
Mozambique must modernise ports and railways
Doubts over Uganda's role with standard gauge railway
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : MAYDON WHARF BERTH 1 REBUILDING

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Tuesday 21 July 2015
 
First View : DURBAN CAR TERMINAL
Nautic to custom develop range of boarding craft for SA Navy
Mombasa Container Terminal Phase 2 awaits govt approval
Durban Dry Dock closes for 2 months for repair
Meet Wartsila's two-stroke X92 engine for a 20,000-TEU ship
Another Odfjell top official steps down
Nacala begins exporting coal
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day : BRIGHT SKY

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What! Still not enough? Check out the archives-they go back way back, about 12 or 13 years actually, which 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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