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LATEST NEWS

Tuesday 30 September 2014

FIRST VIEW – AFRICA MERCY

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Mercy Ships hospital ship AFRICA MERCY made a return visit to South Africa yesterday when she arrived in the Port of Cape Town for an unspecified stay. Africa Mercy has been in operation at a number of West African ports. She was last in South Africa in 2010/2011 when she underwent a lengthy repair and maintenance refit at Southern African Shipyards in Durban. See related article below. Picture: Ian Shiffman (70 of about 70 words)
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Clarity over the keel clearance issue at DCT

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Yesterday’s comments in the Newsletter that goes out to over 3,100 readers each day resulted in some misunderstanding over a report that ships using the Durban Container Terminal will have their maximum keel clearance reduced from 60cms to 30cms.
The comments came in the form of an editorial in the Newsletter and were intended to be read in conjunction with the article inside the news Bulletin headed ‘Draught limitations tightened at Durban Container Terminal’ where it was emphasised that the matter related to the DCT berths. (86 of about 545 words)
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Record load for Durban’s Bulk Connections terminal

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Durban’s Bulk Connections terminal, which is situated at the Bluff near the harbour entrance, completed a record load for a bulk ship at this facility.
The vessel, the bulk carrier CONSTANTINOS is a gearless bulk carrier, 229 metres long and with a beam of 36.8m, arrived last week at berth number 4, which has a draught of only 10.3 metres. An all-time record for the largest uplift of cargo was achieved by more than 8,500 tons . (76 of about 205 words)
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Another Damen Dredger for Nigerian Customer

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A Nigerian customer has added his 9th Damen dredger to its fleet. The CSD500 type cutter suction dredger was chosen due to the excellent availability of Damen Field Service in Nigeria.
This local presence was very practical as well due to the challenging assembly conditions. (45 of about 235 words)
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Lake Victoria medical ship launched

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A 160-ton floating hospital has arrived on Lake Victoria where it will take up service providing medical care among the hundreds of isolated small islands that dot the lake.
The vessel was built in Scotland and transported to Africa with the help of Aberdeen oil company, the Wood Group, which has operations in Africa and which provided technical know-how on moving the vessel. (63 of about 430 words)
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Three new locos arrive for Moçâmedes Railway

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The fleet of the Moçâmedes Railroad has been increased with the arrival of three new locomotives acquired in the United States, the chairman of the rail management company has announced.
Daniel Quipaxe said that six locomotives, which were recently acquired in China and India, were currently in service and that the three new American units would streamline “the process of movement and transport of people and goods in between the port at Namibe, Huila and Kwando Kubango.” (77 of about 290 words)
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Iluka Resources bids to buy Moma minerals mine from Kenmare

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Australia’s Iluka Resources has made an offer of US$780 million to buy Irish company Kenmare Resources, whose main asset is the Moma heavy sands mine in Nampula, Mozambique, the Australian company said recently. (33 of about 200 words)
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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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PIC OF THE DAY - AFRICA MERCY

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Another two pictures of the hospital ship Africa Mercy arriving at Cape Town yesterday. Pictures: Ian Shiffman (17 of 17 words).
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EARLIER NEWS . . . .

Monday, 29 September 2014
 
First View – QUANTUM OF THE SEAS
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
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – BERGE SUMMIT

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Monday, 22 September 2014
 
First View – MILBURN CARRIER II
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
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – NINGBO EXPRESS and CMA CGM PUCCINI

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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
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CENTAUR

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014
 
First View – GOLDEN KAROO
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
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – HMS IRON DUKE

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014
 
First View – MSC ASTRID
Hundreds feared dead in another emigrant boat tragedy
Sudden death of Grindrod’s Captain Dave Rennie
Ebola Virus: Cotonou issues preventative measures
MSC Armonia is ‘having an operation’
Chokka boats collide offshore St Francis Bay
Expansion planned for Tanzania Port Mtwara
South Africa urged to import more agri imports from India
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MSC MAUREEN and MOL GLIDE

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Monday, 15 September 2014
 
First View – SEA AXE 25
UN calls for stronger action against Indian Ocean drug smuggling
TNPA opts for Caterpillar engines in new tugs
Banks to bankroll expansion of Dar es Salaam port
Nautic SA donates to Lawhill Maritime Centre
NSRI evacuates sick seafarer off passing ship
Mozambique concluding customs tariff exemption
Ebola: Maersk’s new West African port rotations
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – EVER REACH

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Thursday/Friday, 11-12 September 2014
 
First View – HMS PROTECTOR
Transnet’s Italeni to dredge Maputo harbour
‘K’ Line orders another five 14,000-TEU boxships
Rehabilitation of Inhambane and Maxixe piers completed
Kenyan ships agents call for better productivity
Ebola: Liberia facing its greatest threat
Navis downtime: SASC calls urgent meeting
New communication network for Oman
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MOL PROFICIENCY

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014
 
First View – GRANDE AMERICA
SA Port statistics for August are available here
Bolloré plans massive rail investment for West Africa
CMA CGM, CSCL and UASC sign up for Ocean Three
DHL Express confident about trade with Africa
Engen Refinery reopens after maintenance shutdown
Thirty three die in Niger River boat tragedy
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – TOP CORAL DO ATLANTICO

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014
 
First View – ORCHARD BULKER
Angola orders seven patrol boats from Brazil
Bagamoyo, Tanzania’s mega-port, gets a head start
World transport bodies put heads together over Ebola outbreak
Full season of diverse MSC Opera cruising looms!
Fishing in Guinea-Bissau remains unmonitored
South Africa suspends citrus exports to the EU
Int’l Spotlight: UK to go ahead with 2nd aircraft carrier
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – AURORA LEO

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Monday, 8 September 2014
 
First View – JOLLY QUARZO
15 percent growth forecast for Port of Beira
New Nigerian port of Lekki making progress
Chinese to deliver Angola’s Moçâmedes railroad next month
Nautic Africa buys out Vee Craft
Prospecting begins on 9 oil blocks in Angola
Russian Mistrals could work well as NATO asset
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ROCKWATER 2

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Thursday/Friday, 4-5 September 2014
 
First View – AFON ALAW
Work on New Suez Canal has started
Giant XLE-2 rig heading our way
Kenyan court says sinking of drug ship was ‘wrong’
Tanker seized by pirates in Gulf of Guinea
Mozambique joins the fight against illegal fishing
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – FUJITRANS WORLD and HMNZS OTAGO

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014
 
First View – MARAL SEGUNDO
Norwegian Cruise takes over Oceania and Regent Seven Seas
Grimaldi increases frequency of West African service
Angola’s first maritime training college launched
Kenmare posts loss at Moma heavy minerals plant
Chinese experts meet over TransNamib locomotives
Int’l Spotlight: MSC ship banned then arrested
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – KOTA LANGSAR

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
 
First View – SARAH BAARTMAN
Mystery surrounds scuttling of gun-running ship at Dakar
Drug ship Al Noor blown up by Kenyan Navy
India’s ICV starts recruiting staff for Mozambique coal
Ebola: Liberia bans shore leave at its ports
Senegal latest victim of Ebola
Dutch treat for Cape Town!
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CALTEX CAPE TOWN and EASTERN SATURN

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Monday, 1 September 2014
 
First View – Early morning at Simon’s Town
TNPA embarks on promoting a maritime career
Somalia in dispute with Kenya over border
Ghana set to build third FPSO
Maritime piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
Zim upgrades West Africa MAF service to weekly
Monkeys stowaway on board Maersk E-class container ship
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – CAP SAN TAINORO

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Thursday/Friday, 28-29 August 2014
 
First View – MIGHTY SERVANT 3
Sub-Saharan ports fare poorly in 2013, Durban in 54th position
Mozambique to produce 20 million tons of LNG annually
Dramatic sea rescue off St Francis harbour
Combined Ghana ports ready to handle one million TEU
Ebola crisis: Maersk delists ports from rotation
Fishing concerns over planned seismic surveys
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – MAERSK LAVRAS and KOTA LAZIM

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
 
First View – HMS IRON DUKE
Kenya seeks pvt investors for 2 new Mombasa berths
What went wrong with Rio Tinto in Mozambique?
Mozambique’s Rovuma Basin holds 170 trillion cuc feet of natural gas
East African land corridors open for business
Mozambique taxman confiscates UN armoured cars
PetroSA cans Mossel Bay gas terminal plans
Death of Durban’s well-known Roy Hitchings
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – PACIFIC DUCHESS

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014
 
First View – ITALENI
How southern African small businesses are making the world rethink
Reunion to become CMA CGM Indian Ocean hub terminal
Mozambique to reduce dependency on rice imports
TNPA acts against Ebola threat
New initiatives to enhance Dar es Salaam’s productivity
Expected Ship Arrivals and Ships in Port
Pics of the Day – ENSCO 5001

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