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NYK goes on huge expansion trail
Dec 31, 2003
Author: P&S

NYK announces plans to build 160 new ships ...
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Ports & Ships is one year old today.
Dec 27, 2003
Author: Terry Hutson

This website was introduced on 27 December 2002 as a modest means of bringing ...
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Borobudur ship at Mossel Bay.
Dec 27, 2003
Author: P&S

Here is the latest news from the Indonesian 8th Century replica Borobudur sailing ship, now in Mossel Bay ...
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Mombasa tug order confirmed
Dec 27, 2003
Author: P&S

An order for three tugs from Dutch shipbuilder Damen has been confirmed following an appeal ...
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Tazara to be privatised
Dec 27, 2003
Author: P&S

The important rail link between Zambia and Dar es Salaam, known as Tazara is to be concessioned ...
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Port of Namibe held back by lack of infrastructure
Dec 27, 2003
Author: P&S

Namibe port in need of urgent rehabilitation ...
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Privatisation will benefit Nigeria, says minister
Dec 27, 2003
Author: P&S

Concessioning Nigerian ports will not create unemployment, says minister ...
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Greetings
Dec 24, 2003
Author: P&S

Greetings to all readers ...
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An incredible sail for an 8th Century Vessel
Dec 22, 2003
Author: P&S

- latest news from the Borobudur Expedition ship
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16th Century sailing ship arrives
Dec 20, 2003
Author: P&S

a replica of a 16th century sailing ship is on the South African coast ...
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Search for new container cranes ends
Dec 18, 2003
Author: P&S

Three almost new super-post-panamax container cranes will arrive in the port of Durban early in 2004 ...
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Maritime BEE Charter is signed
Dec 11, 2003
Author: P&S

Despite there being no full agreement, the Maritime BEE Charter has been signed ...
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Unicorn orders fifth tanker from Shina
Dec 11, 2003
Author: P&S

First of five new tankers is launched and named ...
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Borobudur sailing ship reaches Port Elizabeth
Dec 7, 2003
Author: P&S

With fair winds and a strong current the Indonesian Borobudur sailing ship reached Port Elizabeth yesterday ...
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Richards Bay gets new bulk handling facility
Dec 5, 2003
Author: P&S

A new R250 million bulk materials handling facility will be built at the port of Richards Bay ...
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Swaziland sugar exporters happy with Maputo
Dec 5, 2003
Author: P&S

Swaziland sugar exporters are happy with security measures being provided by Mozambique for the delivery of sugar to the port of Maputo ...
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Angola hits illegal Japanese fishing vessel hard in the pocket
Dec 5, 2003
Author: P&S

Angola courts levied a hefty fine on a Japanese fishing vessel caught fishing illegally in Angoland waters during November ...
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Borobudur ship sets sail for East London
Dec 4, 2003
Author: P&S

The Borobudur sailing ship left Durban for East London this morning (Thursday, 4 November), sailing into a light breeze and what was hoped ...
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New crane improves options for cornered coal terminal
Dec 3, 2003
Author: P&S

Frustration over the inability of Spoornet to deliver sufficient coal to the port of Durban had a sequel this weekend ...
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US Customs inspectors take up position in Durban
Dec 3, 2003
Author: P&S

Four American customs officers from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) unit took up positions in the port of Durban yesterday ...
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Bid to salvage chokka boat Thane
Dec 3, 2003
Author: P&S

A race was on today to salvage the chokka (squid) fishing boat Thane, which beached at Blue Horizon Bay near Port Elizabeth yesterday ...
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Durban ship handling simulator proves its mettle
Dec 2, 2003
Author: P&S

The new marine simulator at the Durban-based Port Academy of SA became the focus of attention last week when a group of port marine pilots passed ...
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Filling the big hole in Durban
Dec 2, 2003
Author: P&S

The dredger Filippo Brunelleschi has arrived in Durban to begin work on filling ...
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Maputo dredger identified
Dec 2, 2003
Author: P&S

The trailing suction dredger on charter to deepen the approaches into Maputo harbour is Waterway ...
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Indonesian Borobudur sailing ship reaches Durban
Dec 2, 2003
Author: P&S

One of the strangest seagoing craft ever to visit Richards Bay and Durban, the Indonesian replica vessel Samvdra Rausa arrived unexpectedly this week ...
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Grindrod and J&J Consortium announce a Black Empowerment deal
Nov 27, 2003
Author: P&S

Grindrod, South Africa’s major shipping and logistics company and a consortium lead by the J&J Group, announced today ...
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Dredging of Maputo entrance channel gets underway
Nov 24, 2003
Author: P&S

Long awaited dredging of the Maputo port approach channels gets underway with the awarding of a contract to ...
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Multi purpose crane enters service at Richards Bay
Nov 24, 2003
Author: P&S

A R30.65 million multi purpose ship unloader, one of three in the port of Richards Bay, was unveiled this afternoon ...
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Unique marine insurance service introduced
Nov 23, 2003
Author: P&S

a new marine insurance service backed by specialised risk management and claim assessment services has been introduced ...
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Country’s busiest port faces safety shortage
Nov 22, 2003
Author: P&S

There is strong concern that Africa’s busiest port and the KwaZulu-Natal coastline are at risk because ...
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Red Tide warning for Table Bay
Nov 20, 2003
Author: P&S

A dense bloom of toxic red tide has been detected in the Table Bay area ...
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Durban shipyard closes
Nov 18, 2003
Author: P&S

The closure of Southern African Shipyards in Durban yesterday brought to a sudden end a ...
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Latest cruise schedules posted
Nov 14, 2003
Author: P&S

the latest cruise ship schedules for South Aftrican ports is available in the Cruise News section ...
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SAS Amatola arrives in Simon's Town
Nov 11, 2003
Author: P&S

there's a new report in the Naval Review section ...
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Safmarine takes advantage of reinstated Belgian Ships Register
Nov 11, 2003
Author: P&S

Safmarine transfers 8 ships to the Belgian flag ...
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Safmarine looking for growth in South America
Nov 3, 2003
Author: P&S

A greater share of the South American market is the target for Safmarine, following ...
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New naval story posted
Nov 1, 2003
Author: P&S

the latest on the arrival in South Africa of USN Swift has been posted in the NAVAL REVIEW column on this site ...
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Maputo ends citrus season on a juicy note
Oct 29, 2003
Author: P&S

Record fruit exports for the port of Maputo as the 2003 season winds down ...
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SAS Amatola due next week
Oct 29, 2003
Author: P&S

The navy's newest ship arrives next week - visit Naval Review for the latest report ...
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First ‘black’ coal shipped from Richards Bay
Oct 27, 2003
Author: P&S

The first consignment of coal in terms of a recent empowerment agreement was loaded in Richards Bay at the weekend ...
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Mystery surrounds sinking of Danish offshore vessel
Oct 24, 2003
Author: P&S

Eleven seafarers are feared dead after a Danish offshore service vessel Stevns Power sank close to Nigeria's Bonny offshore oil terminal ...
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Safmarine opens offices in the Congo
Oct 23, 2003
Author: P&S

Safmarine opened offices in Kinshasa and Matadi in the Democratic Republic of Congo this week ...
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Oil terminal opens in Beira
Oct 20, 2003
Author: P&S

Mozambique president Joachim Chissano opened a USD 8.2million oil terminal in the port of Beira today ...
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The oysters of Saldanha Bay
Oct 20, 2003
Author: P&S

An oyster farm in the middle of a busy port suggests the environmental battle is being won ...
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Second container terminal for Durban is mooted
Oct 19, 2003
Author: P&S

Reports that Transnet is considering a second container terminal for Durban are nothing new ...
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Sea Elegance to enter port
Oct 17, 2003
Author: P&S

The container ship Sea Eleagance, damaged in a fire last week ...
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African Journal of Marine Science launched
Oct 17, 2003
Author: P&S

The inaugural issue of the African Journal of Marine Science was launched in Port Elizabeth this week at ...
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Government condemns non-declaration of hazardous cargo
Oct 14, 2003
Author: P&S

The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism today strongly condemned the non-declaration of extremely hazardous chemicals on board the vessel Sea Elegance ...
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Fire extinguished on Sea Elegance
Oct 13, 2003
Author: P&S

The fire, which raged on the stern quarter of the PIL container ship Sea Elegance on Saturday and Sunday, has been extinguished and the vessel ...
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Sea Elegance smoulders off Durban
Oct 12, 2003
Author: P&S

The fire, which engulfed the engine room and accommodation as well as the stern section of the PIL container ship Sea Elegance yesterday, has ...
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Sea Elegance still burning
Oct 11, 2003
Author: P&S

The PIL container ship Sea Elegance was still burning fiercely late on Saturday afternoon ...
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Container ship on fire off Durban
Oct 11, 2003
Author: P&S

The PIL container ship Sea Elegance is on fire at the Durban outer anchorage ...
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Nigerian port strike called off
Oct 9, 2003
Author: P&S

Th threatened port strike in Nigeria has been called off ...
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Lykes Line ups its frequency between Europe, Africa and South America
Oct 7, 2003
Author: P&S

Lykes Lines is improving the frequency of its service between Europe, the west coast of Africa and the East Coast of South America from every eleven days to ...
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Mozal 2 aluminium smelter comes on stream
Oct 7, 2003
Author: P&S

Mozal 2, BHP Billiton's new aluminium smelter outside Maputo in Mozambique, which opens today, has doubled capacity at the ...
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Round of Black Economic Empowerment Workshops
Oct 6, 2003
Author: P&S

A series of black economic empowerment workshops is being held at various ports around the country ...
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Durban Container Terminal hits new high
Oct 6, 2003
Author: P&S

Few can dispute the volumes the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) continues to handle month after month
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Nigerian ports to go on strike
Oct 6, 2003
Author: P&S

Nigeria faces a general strike affecting all ports later this week ...
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Chinese surveillance tracking ship sails
Oct 4, 2003
Author: P&S

The Chinese satellite surveillance ship Yuan Wang 3 slipped out of Durban harbour on Thursday night bound for ...
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Sealand Express arrives in Durban
Oct 4, 2003
Author: P&S

Sealand Express arrived safely in Durban this morning on tow behind the tug John Ross ...
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Government slams fishing industry
Oct 3, 2003
Author: P&S

Another 16 rock lobster boats are in the process of being seized after fishing in restricted areas ...
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Ships divert as bunker shortage affects Durban
Oct 2, 2003
Author: P&S

A shortage of bunkers at Durban has been confirmed ...
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US Navy Swift to visit South Africa
Sep 30, 2003
Author: P&S

One of the fastest naval ships to operate in any navy is to visit Durban and Cape Town during November ...
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Safmarine opens offices in three Ghana ports
Sep 29, 2003
Author: P&S

Safmarine has opened offices in Tema, Takoradi and Kumasi in Ghana ...
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Chinese satellite surveillance ships calls
Sep 28, 2003
Author: P&S

The Chinese surveillance tracking ship Yuan Wang 3 arrived in Durban port at the weekend ...
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From Europe out of Africa
Sep 28, 2003
Author: P&S

P&O Nedlloyd is withdrawing its Europe-West Africa service ...
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Government and Unions still in talks about port concessioning
Sep 28, 2003
Author: P&S

Little agreement has been reached over the concessioning of the SA port terminals ...
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Six Cape fishing vessels seized
Sep 26, 2003
Author: P&S

Six Cape fishing vessels were seized earlier today by the authorities for catching lobster ...
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China Shipping retains South Africa call
Sep 25, 2003
Author: P&S

China Shipping says it will retain Durban calls on the new WAX II service ...
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New Southern Tanker naming
Sep 24, 2003
Author: P&S

A tanker being built in South Korea for Black Economic Empowerment company Southern Tankers has been given the name Southern Unity ...
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Oil spill mystery near Mombasa
Sep 24, 2003
Author: P&S

A mysterious oil spill has destroyed millions of mangrove trees at Tsunza Bay near the port city of Mombasa ...
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Placing the last caisson at Durban
Sep 24, 2003
Author: P&S

The last of 52 giant concrete caissons goes into position to form a new quay wall at the historic Durban Point Docks tomorrow ...
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Missing tanker mystery
Sep 24, 2003
Author: P&S

A tanker named Beacon has been reported as missing after sailing from the northern Mozambique port of Nacala ...
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Dar es Salaam takes back Zambian copper
Sep 24, 2003
Author: P&S

The port of Dar es Salaam is winning back exports of Zambian copper from other ports to the south, principally at the expense of Durban ...
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Bulker scuttled near La Reunion
Sep 24, 2003
Author: P&S

A 1986-built bulk carrier named Adamandas was scuttled on Monday by members of the French Navy based at the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion ...
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Contract awarded for Sealand Express repair
Sep 20, 2003
Author: P&S

The US-flagged container ship Sealand Express, which was recently refloated after spending 25 days aground in Table Bay, will be towed later this coming week to Durban ...
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New addition to Unicorn Shipping fleet
Sep 18, 2003
Author: P&S

The 47 000-dwt products tanker Eland, built in Japan for long-term charter to Unicorn Shipping, commenced her maiden voyage under Unicorn colours today ...
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Safmarine opens offices in Niger and Benin
Sep 16, 2003
Author: P&S

After five years of providing shipping services in Niger and Benin via third party agents, Safmarine has opted to open its own ...
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New joint venture on West Africa service
Sep 15, 2003
Author: P&S

Gold Star Line and Delmas are forming a new joint venture on the West Africa service ...
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Sealand Express successfully refloated
Sep 13, 2003
Author: P&S

At 15.24 this afternoon, the container ship Sealand Express was successfully refloated ...
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News Flash – Sealand Express pulled free
Sep 13, 2003
Author: P&S

Free at last! Sealand Express saga comes to and end ...
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Good progress in ‘Sealand Express’ refloating attempt
Sep 13, 2003
Author: P&S

Here is the official communiqué from the Joint Operations Committee overseeing the salvage of the container ship Sealand Express
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Partial success with refloating Sealand Express
Sep 13, 2003
Author: P&S

- salvors confident the ship will be clear this afternoon
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Durban port twins with Guangzhou Harbour
Sep 12, 2003
Author: P&S

A Sisterport Agreement is due to be signed between the Ports of Durban and Guangzhou ...
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Today’s the day of reckoning for Sealand Express
Sep 12, 2003
Author: P&S

Salvors are making final arrangements for this afternoon’s big pull aimed at getting the grounded container ship Sealand Express ...
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New harbour cranes for Maputo
Sep 11, 2003
Author: P&S

The port of Maputo in Mozambique took delivery of several new mobile harbour cranes recently ...
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President Mbeki opens new South African Maritime Training Academy
Sep 10, 2003
Author: P&S

On Tuesday President Thabo Mbeki launched the new South African Maritime Training Academy ...
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Friday is D Day for Sealand Express
Sep 10, 2003
Author: P&S

Weather forecasts are favourable for Friday's attempt to refloat the grounded Sealand Express ...
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Sealand Express update
Sep 8, 2003
Author: P&S

Dredging around the grounded container ship Sealand Express continues ...
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Dredger back at work on Sealand Express
Sep 7, 2003
Author: P&S

Damage to the port rudder of the dredger Ham 316, which was incapacitated on Friday evening has proved less serious ...
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Sealand Express dredger damaged
Sep 6, 2003
Author: P&S

Salvage of the grounded container ship Sealand Express received a setback yesterday when the dredger Ham 316 was damaged ...
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Sealand Express saga continues
Sep 5, 2003
Author: P&S

The drama surrounding the stranded Sealand Express has entered a quiet period ...
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Fishing trawler Rietvlei goes aground off Langebaan
Sep 5, 2003
Author: Martin Meyer

Skipper dies during rescue

Report and photograph by Martin Meyer
email: webmaster@highwaysurf.com
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Richards Bay port forced to close
Sep 5, 2003
Author: P&S

Bad weather today forced the port of Richards Bay to close this morning ...
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Port strikes closer after union and government disagree
Sep 4, 2003
Author: P&S

The possibility of strike action at South African ports moved a bit closer today ...
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Change of plan for Viarsa 1
Sep 1, 2003
Author: P&S

Due to legalities the arrested Uruguayan fishing vessel Viarsa 1 is unlikely to be escorted to Cape Town ...
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Sealand Express remains stuck on beach
Aug 31, 2003
Author: P&S

Attempts to refloat the grounded Maersk Sealand container ship Sealand Express on Friday and Saturday were unsuccessful ...
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Tugs for sale
Aug 30, 2003
Author: P&S

correction to earlier report ...
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Attempt to refloat Sealand Express fails
Aug 30, 2003
Author: P&S

The latest attempt made last night to refloat the stranded container ship Sealand Express was unsuccessful ...
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Russian submarine K-159 sinks
Aug 30, 2003
Author: P&S

The Russian Navy November-class submarine K-159 sank in the Barents Sea this morning with ten people on board and early reports ...
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Indian Navy to visit SA ports
Aug 28, 2003
Author: P&S

there's a new naval report posted in the Naval Review section - use the navigation keys on the right to gain access ...
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Dramatic high seas pursuit ends in arrest
Aug 27, 2003
Author: Phindile Makwakwa, Dept of Environmental Affairs & Tourism

Minister Mohammed Valli Moosa today announced that South Africa's Marine and Coastal Management had successfully assisted the Australians to arrest the Uruguayan registered fishing vessel Viarsa 1
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Sealand Express latest
Aug 27, 2003
Author: P&S

The salvage master in charge of operations to refloat the stranded container ship Sealand Express said yesterday he was not confident about refloating the ship ...
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Viarsa 1 saga comes to an end - ship boarded
Aug 27, 2003
Author: P&S

The dramatic 20-day chase across two oceans and among icebergs in the Southern Ocean came to an end today with the boarding of the Uruguayan fishing vessel Viarsa 1 ...
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Winds hamper Durban port operations
Aug 26, 2003
Author: P&S

Strong winds have played havoc with operations at the Durban Container Terminal, with approximately 79 hours having been lost for the month of August to date ...
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Pursuit of Viarsa 1 nears end
Aug 26, 2003
Author: P&S

The three week drama involving the Uruguayan-flagged fishing vessel Viarsa 1, which is accused of poaching Patagonian toothfish, appears to be nearing a fairly dramatic end ...
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Sealand Express salvage continues
Aug 25, 2003
Author: P&S

Hazardous cargo on board the stranded container ship Sealand Express is to be removed on Wednesday ...
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Ship movements for port of Durban
Aug 25, 2003
Author: P&S

latest ship movements for port of Durban ...
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Good news for Durban port as gantry cranes are ordered
Aug 24, 2003
Author: P&S

SA Port Operations last week ordered three container gantry cranes from Argentine manufacturer IMPSA ...
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Cape Town wants to become a big player in ship repair
Aug 23, 2003
Author: P&S

The port of Cape Town has to regularly turn away ships needing repair facilities ...
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Wanted – new ship repair facility at Cape Town
Aug 23, 2003
Author: P&S

Expressions of interest for development and operation of of a ship repair facility at the port of Cape Town have been invited ...
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Tugs for sale
Aug 23, 2003
Author: P&S

The National Ports Authority has two Voith propulsion tugs for sale at the port of Richards Bay ...
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NPA announces plans to widen Durban port entrance
Aug 23, 2003
Author: P&S

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process has started ahead of the widening and deepening of the port entrance channel at the port of Durban ...
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New port engineer for East London
Aug 23, 2003
Author: P&S

First woman to be appointed a port engineer
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Plans to remove Sealand Express hazardous cargo
Aug 23, 2003
Author: P&S

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Scare over Sealand Express cargo
Aug 22, 2003
Author: P&S

After three attempts to pull the stranded container ship Sealand Express clear of the beach in Table Bay outside Cape Town harbour, salvors have turned their attention to removing ...
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Department keeps a close eye on Sealand Express
Aug 21, 2003
Author: P&S

The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism takes a tough stance over the grounding of the Sealand Express ...
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Is Cape Town a poachers ‘home from home’?
Aug 21, 2003
Author: P&S

Another long line fishing vessel, the Maral, which was seen fishing illegally in St Helena waters, sailed from Cape Town ...
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Pursuit of Viarsa 1 continues
Aug 21, 2003
Author: P&S

The pursuit of the Uruguayan-flagged long line fishing vessel Viarsa 1 goes into its second week with ...
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Race against time to save Sealand Express
Aug 21, 2003
Author: P&S

It’s now a race against the elements as salvage teams from Smit Pentow battle to refloat the grounded container ship Sealand Express ...
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SA Navy ship goes on sea trials
Aug 19, 2003
Author: P&S

South African Navy corvette SAS Amatola went on sea trials yesterday - see the report in NAVAL REVIEW section ...
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Container ship Sealand Express goes aground off Cape Town
Aug 19, 2003
Author: P&S

A container ship Sealand Express went aground off Cape Town today after dragging her anchors ...
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Dramatic chase of Viarsa 1 across the Southern Ocean
Aug 18, 2003
Author: P&S

Questions are being asked why Uruguayan authorities failed to monitor the movements of the Uruguayan-flagged long-line fishing vessel Viarsa 1 ...
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African Piracy and Casualty and Piracy report
Aug 17, 2003
Author: P&S

Piracy and casualties on the African coast for August 2003 - look for weekly updates
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Dramatic chase across the Southern Ocean
Aug 16, 2003
Author: P&S

A dramatic chase across wild seas in the Southern Ocean is taking place, with an Australian fisheries vessel in hot pursuit of ...
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Maritime Security
Aug 15, 2003
Author: Quintus van der Merwe, Shepstone & Wylie

Far reaching maritime security measures are being introduced ...
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Clear sailing ahead for Grindrod
Aug 15, 2003
Author: P&S

The strong rand has, it appears, proved no barrier to Durban-based logistics and shipping line owner and operator Grindrod ...
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Good news for Sena to Beira railway
Aug 2, 2003
Author: P&S

Obstacles to rebuilding the railway from the Mozambique port of Beira to Sena have been lifted ...
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Conference time
Aug 2, 2003
Author: P&S

Durban is getting ready to host another maritime conference – this time one with a difference.
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New rail service links Beira with Zimbabwe
Aug 2, 2003
Author: P&S

A new rail service linking the port of Beira with Zimbabwe has been launched ...
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Container ship in collision
Jul 29, 2003
Author: P&S

ANL Oryx, which trades between Asia, South and West Africa has been involved in a collision ...
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VLCC crippled off Madagascar
Jul 28, 2003
Author: P&S

The 285,640 tanker Napa has hove-to off Madgascar after discovering a leak in side-shell plating ...
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Hamburg Süd and NYK introduce new Good Hope Express Service
Jul 28, 2003
Author: P&S

Germany’s Hamburg Süd, which recently acquired the Taiwanese line Kien Hung) and Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kabushiki (NYK) have jointly announced a partnership in the Asia, South America East Coast and South Africa service ...
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Modern reefer ship calls
Jul 25, 2003
Author: P&S

One of the most modern reefer ships to call at a South African port arrived at Durban last week to load citrus ...
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Grindrod joins up with empowerment company
Jul 25, 2003
Author: P&S

Durban-based shipping and logistics group Grindrod disclosed its intentions with regards to port concessioning this week ...
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Union hits out at government over concessioning
Jul 23, 2003
Author: P&S

Trade union calls government sponsored talks a sham ...
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South Africa joins US Container Security Initiative (CSI)
Jul 23, 2003
Author: P&S

US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) personnel will shortly take up posts in the port of Durban ...
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Mystery Hulk at Matola
Jul 16, 2003
Author: P&S

A Ports & Ships reader believes he has the answer to a question posted on this site in February ...
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NPA tightens up on port security
Jul 15, 2003
Author: P&S

More than R200 million is being invested at South Africa's ports to beef up perimeter security ...
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Former Transvaal Castle arrives at Alang
Jul 13, 2003
Author: Ken Malcolm/P&S

The former Union-Castle mailship Transvaal Castle has arrived at Alang for breaking up ...
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Urgent search for harbour cranes
Jul 8, 2003
Author: P&S

SA Port Operations has been given three months in which to find six second-hand quayside gantry cranes ...
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Bulker auctioned to pay debts
Jul 2, 2003
Author: P&S

A Cypriot-registered bulk carrier, Planet (23,930-dwt), was sold at auction in Durban today after coming under judicial arrest.

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Winds close Durban terminal
Jul 2, 2003
Author: P&S

Strong winds reaching gale force that blew for much of today (Wednesday, July 2) forced the closure of the strategic Durban container terminal ...
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Go ahead for Nacala Corridor
Jul 1, 2003
Author: P&S

An agreement to create the first regional integrated port/railway transportation system for Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia was signed in Washington DC last Friday ...
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Safmarine to build two new Big Whites
Jun 28, 2003
Author: P&S

Safmarine intends building two larger and faster container ships to replace its fleet of four ‘Big White’ vessels introduced in 1977/1978
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Explosives ship intercepted
Jun 24, 2003
Author: P&S

A cargo ship named Baltic Sky intercepted on Sunday (22 June) by Greek special forces and described as a ‘floating bomb’ was found to have 680 tonnes of undeclared ‘explosives’ ...
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New port managers appointed
Jun 22, 2003
Author: P&S

A new set of hands will be on the helm of the country’s two biggest and busiest ports from this month as a result of ...
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New heights for Durban container terminal
Jun 19, 2003
Author: P&S

Despite all the criticism Durban’s beleaguered container terminal keeps on breaking records ...
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NPA springs a surprise
Jun 18, 2003
Author: P&S

The National Ports Authority sprang a surprise during the recent IAPH World Ports Conference ...
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New man tops IMO
Jun 18, 2003
Author: IMO

- Efthimios Mitropoulos elected new IMO Secretary-General
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Bluff gantry crane commissioned
Jun 18, 2003
Author: P&S

The Bluff Mechanical Appliance (BMA), which has been a feature of the Durban port since the early 1900s ...
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Unicorn orders fourth tanker
Jun 18, 2003
Author: P&S

Unicorn Tankers now has four new 37,000-DWT product tankers on order with the South Korean Shin A shipyard, for delivery between ...
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BEE company takes control of SA Shipyards
Jun 18, 2003
Author: P&S

Marking one of the more significant black economic empowerment (BEE) deals to be concluded in the South African maritime industry ...
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Durban’s new harbour master
Jun 13, 2003
Author: P&S

Durban has a new harbour master, Captain Sanjiv Tandon who transferred from Port Elizabeth ...
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Durban port helicopter withdrawn for maintenance
Jun 12, 2003
Author: P&S

The port of Durban’s marine helicopter, which is used to ferry ships’ pilots to and from vessels entering or leaving port, will be out of service ...
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Tugs ahoy for Maputo
Jun 10, 2003
Author: P&S

Two powerful harbour tugs, recently purchased by Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC), sailed this week from Hong Kong for Maputo on board the heavy lift ship ´Da Zhong´ ...
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Cape Town ship movements now online
Jun 4, 2003
Author: P&S

the latest ship movements for the port of Cape Town are now online - see Ship Movements section ...
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Port workers to march in Durban
Jun 4, 2003
Author: P&S

Members of the SA Transport & Allied Workers Union plan to march to the Durban City Hall this Saturday in support of negotiations ...
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Sudanese locos loaded in Durban
Jun 3, 2003
Author: P&S

A consignment of six 82-ton diesel electric locomotives was loaded on board the Thai freighter Suphan Navee at Maydon Wharf on Monday morning, bound for Port Sudan ...
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Large naval exercise off coast
Jun 2, 2003
Author: P&S

a large naval exercise is taking place off the East Coast - see Naval Review ...
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IAPH Conference a success
May 31, 2003
Author: P&S

An overview of the IAPH 2003 World Ports Comnference held in Durban ...
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Lykes upgrades Africa service
May 22, 2003
Author: P&S

Lykes Lines has cut transit times from South Africa to Canada by almost a week, which it says is now the fastest North America - Africa service on the trade ...
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Full steam ahead
May 20, 2003
Author: P&S

The IAPH 2003 conference of world ports is almost upon Durban with frantic last minute arrangements going ahead to make this a truly memorable affair ...
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SAPO gets tough with port users
May 19, 2003
Author: P&S

Port users can expect a tough time in future after SA Ports Operations (SAPO), tired of being the whipping boy of the port industry, opted last week to take a ...
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Joint statement on port restructuring
May 14, 2003
Author: P&S

Joint statement by government and organised labour of port restructuring
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SAECS to replace Big White fleet
May 14, 2003
Author: P&S

The Southern Africa Europe Container Service (SAECS) intends replacing its ageing fleet of seven container ships from January 2004 ...
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SA Port Operations reacts to shipping line surcharge
May 9, 2003
Author: P&S

The CEO of SA Port Operations says he can’t understand why members of the Europe Southern Africa Conference (Esac) have introduced a surcharge on containers ...
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The sword falls
May 8, 2003
Author: P&S

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Workers march on SAPO offices to protest concessioning of terminals
May 7, 2003
Author: P&S

A group of about 50 port workers marched on the offices of South African Port Operations (SAPO) this week to register a protest against the planned concessioning ...
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Doyen of maritime law retires
May 5, 2003
Author: P&S

A senior maritime lawyer and past president of the SA Maritime Law Association has retired - read the story in LEGAL NEWS & OPINION ...
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Port are under-valued, says economist
May 2, 2003
Author: P&S

A leading economist says the importance and size of seaborne commerce involving South African ports is not always realised ...
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Anti submarine hazard lifted
May 1, 2003
Author: P&S

Last week a major headache was overcome with the removal of a large section of the old north outer submarine caisson in the harbour mouth at the port of Durban ...
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Beira not closed by ship grounding
Apr 28, 2003
Author: P&S

Beira port officials have denied the harbour is closed after a ship went aground last week ...
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SA Ship Registration Act published
Apr 26, 2003
Author: P&S

The South African Ship Registration Act was published on Friday ...
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Praise for East London car terminal
Apr 26, 2003
Author: P&S

After a mere three years port officials say the East London Car Terminal is on the brink of a new era
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Safmarine re-enters West African timber trade
Apr 26, 2003
Author: P&S

Safmarine has re-entered the conventional timber trade between West Africa and the North-West Continent with plans to ...
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Strike action hits port of Richards Bay hard
Apr 26, 2003
Author: P&S

A wildcat strike has crippled part of the port of Richards Bay, causing delays to shipping ...
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Pressures mounting on ports as volumes increase
Apr 23, 2003
Author: P&S

Pressure on the ports of Cape Town and Durban is mounting as container volumes increase suddenly ...
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IAPH places security under the spotlight
Apr 23, 2003
Author: P&S

Security will come under the spotlight at next month's 23rd IAPH Conference which is being held in Durban ...
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Ship grounds in Durban port entrance
Apr 22, 2003
Author: P&S

It was a close shave for the port of Durban when the container ship MOL Sassandra ran aground last night ...
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DCT breaks records in an attempt to ease backlog
Apr 18, 2003
Author: P&S

In the past week the Durban Container Terminal has had to deal with some shipments that were unusually large in volume terms, and this has contributed ...
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Do or Die - Ports face up to changing trends
Apr 15, 2003
Author: P&S

Ports throughout the world are faced with having to decide whether they should cater for Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCS) that are already too big to enter most ports ...
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Looking good for Salvage Association
Apr 15, 2003
Author: P&S

Excerps from the Salvage Association annual report ...
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Government still not consulting labour on ports restructuring says unions
Apr 9, 2003
Author: P&S

SATAWU has called a press conference for Thursday (10 April) to discuss what it says is the government's absence from consultation with the privatisation process ...
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BEE company benefits from R60 million Smit Marine bunker contract
Apr 9, 2003
Author: Smit Marine

SMIT Marine South Africa (Pty) Ltd today announced the outsourcing of the management of its bunker and lubricants procurement activities ...
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Iraq contract goes to Gulf Agency
Apr 8, 2003
Author: P&S

International ship agent Gulf Agency Company (GAC) has been appointed by the World Food Programme to handle vessels taking aid to Iraqi ports ...
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Safmarine expands into Bulgaria
Apr 8, 2003
Author: P&S

Multi-trade ship owner and operator Safmarine further expands its
customer service and sales network in Eastern Europe with representation in Bulgaria
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New man at the helm of Africa’s busiest container terminal
Apr 6, 2003
Author: P&S

A new manager has been appointed at the large Durban container terminal. Ton Btestenbreur was previously ...
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New tug enters service in Durban
Apr 6, 2003
Author: P&S

The port of Durban’s latest new tug, Mkuze (yard number 305) entered service on ...
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Bunker supply disruption
Mar 27, 2003
Author: P&S

Bunker supplies of MGO and MDO at South African ports will be disrupted between ...
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Moosa slams illegal fishing
Mar 26, 2003
Author: DEAT

Government slams illegal fishing as R20 m worth of Patagonian toothfish seized in Cape Town
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Seized vessel to be used for training
Mar 26, 2003
Author: DEAT

The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) will receive a forfeited fishing vessel, Eagle Star, from the Asset Forfeiture Unit ...
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The sun sets on Harland & Wolff
Mar 25, 2003
Author: P&S

The famous Northern Ireland shipyard of Harland & Wolff closed off 142 years of shipbuilding at the weekend ...
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SA and Ghana port authorities agree to co-operate
Mar 25, 2003
Author: NPA

The National Ports Authority of South Africa (NPA) and the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) have established an inter-port relationship that will ...
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Green light for Maputo port concessioning
Mar 25, 2003
Author: P&S

After several years of delays the concessioning of the port of Maputo has finally been signed. As from 14 April a ...
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First Toyota export from SA
Mar 22, 2003
Author: P&S

When the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines car carrier Mignon arrives in Durban at the end of March it won’t be a routine visit ...
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Port tariff increases
Mar 21, 2003
Author: P&S

The National Ports Authority of South Africa (NPA) has announced proposed tariff increases to come into effect on 1 April 2003 ...
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Port Authority buys simulator to train tugmasters and pilots
Mar 19, 2003
Author: P&S

The National Port Authority of South Africa (NPA) says it will shortly install a state-of-the-art ship-handling simulator for the training of marine pilots and tugmasters ...
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QE2 reschedules visit
Mar 18, 2003
Author: P&S

The luxury cruise liner QE2 will arrive in South Africa several days early because of a rescheduling ...
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Ports conference hots up
Mar 18, 2003
Author: P&S

Plans for the 23rd International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) Conference, which is to be held in Durban from 24 May to 30 May 2003, are firming up, ...
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Hello Hamburg Süd, Goodbye Kien Hung
Mar 18, 2003
Author: P&S

Taiwanese shipping line Kien Hung, which has ships calling at South African ports, has been sold to Germany’s Hamburg Süd for an undisclosed amount.
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Springbok in collision
Mar 10, 2003
Author: P&S

The 1979-built SD14 freighter Springbok, a regular caller in the port of Durban, was involved in a collision with the gas carrier Gas Roman near Singapore ...
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East London car terminal could double in capacity
Mar 10, 2003
Author: P&S

After a mere three years in operation the world class East London car terminal, operated by SA Port Operations (SAPO) has notched up another accolade ...
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Gulf war threatens Durban bunker supplies
Mar 10, 2003
Author: P&S

A severe shortage of bunker fuel at the port of Durban is impacting on ship movements ...
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Huge expansion planned for Gulf port
Mar 10, 2003
Author: P&S

The port of Jebel Ali in the emirate of Dubai is about to embark on a US1.14 billion (R8.8Bn) expansion programme aimed at increasing container capacity.
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Ten maxi container ships for MSC
Feb 27, 2003
Author: P&S

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), confirmed today that orders for ten new 8,000 TEU capacity container ships have been placed with ...
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Grindrod rides the waves of success
Feb 26, 2003
Author: L&O

Grindrod Limited, the owner of Unicorn Shipping and Island View Shipping, produced a healthy and profitable return in 2002 for ...
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Three more big ‘uns for MSC
Feb 25, 2003
Author: P&S

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has placed orders with Hanjin Heavy Industries for three 8,000 TEU container ships, which will become ...
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Putting the Samba into West Africa
Feb 24, 2003
Author: P&S

Safmarine today announced an extended SAMBA service with ship calls at key West African ports. ...
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Construction of Fishing Patrol Vessels begins in Cape Town
Feb 21, 2003
Author: Phindile Makwakwa: Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Tourism

The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, launched the construction of the first of three fishery and environmental protection vessels at a ceremony held in Cape Town today ...
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Minister applauds toothfish seizure
Feb 20, 2003
Author: Phindile Makwakwa : Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Tourism

The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, has praised those responsible for once again cracking down on illegal fishing activities by ...
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SA Agulhas leaves for Antarctica
Feb 19, 2003
Author: The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism

- 13 students on board for trip of a lifetime
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Delays at port of Durban reduced
Feb 19, 2003
Author: P&S

- new marine reservation system is called a success ...
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Mystery hulk at Matola
Feb 18, 2003
Author: P&S

Can anyone identify this steam-powered vessel ...
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New appointment to increase Safmarine’s customer focus
Feb 17, 2003
Author: Safmarine

Multi-trade carrier Safmarine has appointed Rudi Labeau as Key Account Executive, reporting directly to CEO Howard Boyd. This new position ...
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Safmarine appoints new liner director
Feb 17, 2003
Author: Safmarine

Multi-trade carrier Safmarine has appointed Ivan Heesom-Green, currently
Safmarine's Liner Executive for South African-based trades, as its new Liner
Director. ...
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Stowaways found on Torm Lines ship
Feb 14, 2003
Author: P&S

US Customs Service agents who boarded the 18,030-dwt Torm Lines multi purpose ship Torm Brigitte in Camden harbour as part of a drug sting at the weekend got ...
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The World to visit South Africa
Feb 14, 2003
Author: P&S

The World of Residensea, one of the most unusual cruise ships afloat, is set to visit South Africa next year.

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New ship, new service for Safmarine
Feb 12, 2003
Author: P&S

Safmarine launches new multi purpose vessel service between US Gulf and West Africa utilizing Safmarine Houston ...
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A dream comes true as 13 maritime studies students head for Antarctica
Feb 12, 2003
Author: P&S

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Lykes Lines makes a flying start to 2003
Feb 10, 2003
Author: P&S

Lykes Lines has taken delivery of two new ships, the Lykes Flyer and the Lykes Deliverer.
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Mkuze tastes the water
Feb 10, 2003
Author: P&S

Durban's latest tug Mkuze enters the water for the first time ...
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Spanish release master of Prestige
Feb 10, 2003
Author: P&S

The 68-year old master of the ill-fated tanker Prestige, Apostolos Mangouras, was freed on bail last week when the ship’s English P&I Club put up the bail money ...
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Building the quay wall at Durban
Feb 5, 2003
Author: P&S

In an earlier news bulletin Ports & Ships reported that the first concrete caisson had been towed across Durban Bay ...
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New tug launched in Durban
Feb 1, 2003
Author: P&S

The latest tug built for the National Ports Authority (NPA), Mkuze, was launched into the water with little ceremony on Friday, 31 January at the ...
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Seized vessel is auctioned for R2.9 million
Feb 1, 2003
Author: Phindile Makwakwa, spokesperson: Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Tourism

The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) sold a fishing vessel, Cobelo, for R2.9 million after seizing it last year for over-fishing.
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SA Agulhas in the Antarctic
Jan 31, 2003
Author: SMIT Marine SA Africa

The S.A. Agulhas' annual Summer Cruise, a 72-day voyage to Antarctica, is gradually drawing to a close. Yesterday, the team began ferrying ...
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Fishing vessel to be auctioned
Jan 30, 2003
Author: Phindile Makwakwa
Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Tourism

The fishing vessel, Cobelo, owned and operated by SA Hake Fishing (Pty) Ltd, will be sold by public auction on Friday, 31 January 2002 at 12:00 in terms of a court order. The vessel, worth ...
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Changinf face of Durban Bay
Jan 29, 2003
Author: P&S

The first of fifty-two concrete caissons that will ultimately form a new deepwater quay wall along Durban’s historic Point dockside, were floated across Durban Bay earlier today ...
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Conference time in Durban
Jan 29, 2003
Author: P&S

Durban has several major port conferences lined up. The first is on port and ship management ...
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Gross overloading - who is responsible?
Jan 25, 2003
Author: P&S

A grossly overloaded truck carrying transhipment containers was caught in KZN this week - Ports and Ships poses the question of who should be held accountable
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Arrested cattle ship sails
Jan 20, 2003
Author: P&S

The Norwegian livestock carrier Coban, which was placed under arrest in East London harbour last week, has been released from judicial attachment and allowed to sail for ...
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Trade Unions warn Port Authorities
Jan 21, 2003
Author: Satawu

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Stricken ship sails from Richards Bay
Jan 20, 2003
Author: P&S

The dry bulk/tanker ship Inville, which so nearly went aground off the KwaZulu Natal South Coast on New Year’s Eve, finally sailed from Richards Bay ...
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Incidental Catch of Seabirds in Longline Fisheries
Jan 20, 2003
Author: DEAT

The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) has drafted a National Plan of Action for reducing the incidental catch of Seabirds in longline fisheries ...
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New Durban tug passes sea trials
Jan 17, 2003
Author: P&S

A new tug built by SAFBuild for National Ports Authority (NPA) passed her sea trials with flying colours this week (17 January 2003), says the Durban shipyard's director Jurgen Cobarg. ...
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Safmarine orders three ships
Jan 17, 2003
Author: P&S

Safmarine today confirmed it has ordered three new container ships for the West Africa-Europe service ...
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Spectacular start to Cape to Rio race
Jan 11, 2003
Author: P&S

This afternoon the second fleet sets off in spectacular fashion from Cape Town at the start of the 2003 Cape to Rio race, accompanied by ...
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Peace Boat docks in Cape Town
Jan 10, 2003
Author: P&S

The Japanese Peace Boat Olivia arrived in Cape Town yesterday (Thursday, 9 January 2003) for a short stopover. This is the passenger vessel’s fifth visit ...
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Inville prepares to sail
Jan 9, 2003
Author: P&S

The dry bulk oil carrier (OBO) Inville which came close to going aground near Sezela on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast on New Year’s Eve, is preparing to sail from Richards Bay ...
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Safmarine goes with Maersk to India
Jan 9, 2003
Author: P&S

Safmarine is to withdraw from the EPIC (Europe-Pakistan-India Consortium) fixed day weekly container service ...
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Draft Ports Policy is faulty, says CC
Jan 4, 2003
Author: Competition Commission

The draft Ports Policy fails to address vital competition issues, says the Competition Commission ...
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Eyewitness view of South Coast drama
Jan 4, 2003
Author: P&S

Eyewitness view of South Coast drama

Additional information about the near grounding of the Brazilian oil and dry bulk (OBO) ship Inville has come to hand. The 121,232DWT ship was... ...
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Drama as ship flounders off the South Coast
Jan 2, 2003
Author: P&S

The KwaZulu Natal South Coast was the setting for high drama on New Year's Eve as the Brazilian oil and dry bulk/oil tanker (OBO) ...
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Safmarine upgrades Torm Line service
Dec 23, 2002
Author: P&S

The new service times follows the takeover of Torm Lines by AP Møller in September 2002 and will ...
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Maputo growth likely
Dec 23, 2002
Author: P&S

The signing of an agreement in December for the consortium known as Ressano Garcia Railway Company to operate the Maputo - Komatipoort railway ...
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New Berth Planner at the port of Durban
Dec 23, 2002
Author: P&S

Ms Ester Claasen has taken over the position of Berth Planner at the port of Durban from Mr Bert Kurten, who ...
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New Acting Business Unit Manager for Port Elizabeth
Dec 23, 2002
Author: P&S

Mr Siya Mhlaluka has been appointed Acting Business Unit Manager for the ...
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New Port GM for East Cape
Dec 23, 2002
Author: P&S

Ms Nosipho Damasane has been appointed General Manager Operations for the ports of East London and Port Elizabeth, after having been appointed to the position in an acting capacity in June 2002. ...
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Cape Town plans new V&A terminal
Dec 23, 2002
Author: P&S

Cape Town's successful Victoria & Alfred Waterfront may soon have a new R60 million terminal for cruise ships and Antarctic research and supply ...
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Winds mess with East London grain ships
Dec 31, 2002
Author: P&S

Winds are causing costly delays to ships waiting to discharge at the East London Grain Terminal.
The terminal, which is South Africa’ largest, was designed as an export facility but is currently handling large imports of urgently required grain ...
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Links with the past
Dec 23, 2002
Author: P&S

A Durban diving company, Propshine Diving has begun removing the first of four anti submarine caissons lining the port entrance channel.

The caissons, built of reinforced concrete, were laid at the outer edges of the port entrance during World ...
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Drop in coal exports anticipated
Dec 23, 2002
Author: P&S

Exports of coal through Richards Bay is likely to dip below the budgeted figure of 68 million tonnes because of low prices experienced earlier in 2002, according to reports.

Richards Bay Coal Terminal anticipates handling ...
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MSC refocuses services
Dec 23, 2002
Author: P&S

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is reorganising services between South Africa and Europe, Australia and the Indian Ocean Islands from January 2003.

"This is to establish the integrity of ...
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Unicorn pioneers new security measures
Dec 23, 2002
Author: Robert Young - Marine Director of Unicorn Shipping

Last year's 11 September terrorist attacks in the USA and the growing scourge of ship piracy in certain sea lanes have prompted a re-think about maritime security. ...
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Happy ending after ordeal in Antarctic
Dec 23, 2002
Author: P&S

Magdalena Oldendorff, the German ice strengthened supply ship stranded by thick ice in Antarctica since July 2002, finally reached Cape Town on Friday 20 December.

The 18,627-gt ship, with 17 crew on board including an Argentine doctor transferred from ...
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Durban plans to stay ahead
Dec 23, 2002
Author: P&S

The port of Durban was seldom out of the news for long during 2002, often on the basis of being found wanting in terms of productivity.
Judged on the rate of how long it takes a ship to enter port and complete discharging or ...
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