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FIRST VIEW: ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS

RCCLs Enchantment of the Seas
Enchantment of the Seas. Picture: Tony de Freitas

Royal Caribbean International Lines’ Vision-class ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS (82,910-gt) makes her way towards Port Everglades in Florida, USA. The 2,446-passenger ship cruises in the Caribbean all year round sailing mainly out of Miami. She was launched in 1996 from the Kvaerner Masa Yards Helsinki New Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland as hull number 493 and entered service the following year. Enchantment of the Seas is registered in Nassau in the Bahamas. This picture is by Tony de Freitas

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ZAMBIA BANS ALL ‘IN TRANSIT’ TIMBER: 600 TRUCKS IMPOUNDED

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Zambia has announced an indefinite ban on all “in transit” timber, meaning that the country’s roads and rail may no longer be used to move timber to the ports in Tanzania, Mozambique or Namibia.

The ban is thought to have come about because of international concerns raised that Zambia was being exploited by smugglers of African forest timber that is cut illegally and exported, mainly to Vietnam and China.

In Mozambique a similar situation exists and a moratorium on the cutting of all timber in the forests has been declared for a six month period in response to concerns that large swathes of Mozambique’s natural forests are being destroyed.

According to a report from tralac, Namibia’s Chief Agricultural Scientific Officer reported to…

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BOTSWANA’S PRES KHAMA CALLS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF RAILWAY LINK TO TECHOBANINE PORT

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Presidents Ian Khama (left) and Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, who met thjis week

Botswana’s President Ian Khama said during talks with his Mozambique counterpart, President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, that it was critical for the two countries to redouble efforts in accelerating the implementation of strategic projects such as the development of a deep-sea port at Techobanine south of Maputo and a railway line linking Botswana with Mozambique.

President Khama has been on a three-day state visit to Mozambique during which trade and infrastructure issues featured high on the agenda.

Khama said the development of the…

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CHINA’S NEW IMPORT RULES FAVOUR 3 PORTUGUESE-SPEAKING AFRICAN NATIONS

Portuguese-speaking countries to enjoy China's preferential ststaus
Luanda, Angola – preferential status

Three Portuguese-speaking African nations are to benefit from China’s new import rules by enjoying preferential treatment status, reports China Briefing.

The three African countries, Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique, as well as East Timor will all enjoy preferential treatment under the new rules.

China Briefing said that the…

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STENA IMAGINATION NAMED IN DUBAI

Stena tanker
Stena Imagination. Picture: Patrick Deenik, Shipspotting

On 18 April the MR* tanker STENA IMAGINATION was named in the Port Rashid Terminal in the heart of Dubai by the vessel’s godmother Lourdes Torgersen who, as tradition dictates, wished the vessel, her captain and his crew fortune and prosperity on the seven seas.

Guests were given the opportunity, led by Captain Alexander Vasko, to inspect the vessel from her engine room to the bridge.

The vessel left on Sunday, 23 April for East Africa with a cargo of diesel oil.

In the words of Erik Hånell, President & CEO of Stena Bulk and CEO of Stena Weco: “Naming the Stena Imagination in Dubai is very much a strategic choice. Stena Bulk recently opened an office here together with Stena Weco and Golden Stena Weco. We already had a presence in the market in the region but wanted to get even closer to our customers. The naming ceremony gives us the opportunity to further reinforce our image and forge more contacts with customers, partners and suppliers in the region.”

Dubai is an important meeting-place for the oil industry in the Middle East. Stena’s tanker business already has a presence in the area with contacts in the neighbouring region. For Stena Bulk and Stena Weco which, with their IMOIIMAX fleet, are focusing increasingly on trade in chemicals, Dubai is an important hub. Here, the oil industry is building several refineries closer to the oil wells in the region.

Stena Imagination was built at the Chinese shipyard GSI (Guangzhou Shipbuilding International) as with all the thirteen IMOIIMAX tankers ordered by Stena Bulk – each delivered and under construction. The new vessel is jointly owned on a 50-50 basis by Stena Bulk and Indonesian Golden Agri Resources (GAR).

The IMOIIMAX concept
Stena Imagination, a chemical and product tanker, is of 183 metres loa, with a beam of 32 metres and is of 50,000 dwt.

About Stena Bulk AB
With offices in six countries, Stena Bulk is one of the world’s leading tanker shipping companies. The company controls a combined fleet of around 100 vessels. Stena Bulk is part of the Stena Sphere, which has more than 20,000 employees and sales of SEK 60 billion (£5.226 billion).

* Medium Range. The vessels are all equipped with 12 cargo tanks of max 4,500 m³ capacity and can carry crude oil, products and chemicals.

Paul Ridgway
London

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NIGERIAN INTERNATIONAL APPOINTMENT: NIMASA AND AAMA

Peterside, NIMASA D-G

The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside (illustrated) has been elected as the new Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administrators (AAMA).

This is one of the decisions reached at the third conference of the association with the theme Sustainable Use of Africa’s Oceans and Seas attended by 34 African countries and held from 19-21 April in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Bashir Jamoh, who addressed a media conference shortly after the event, said that the NIMASA – DG would pilot affairs of AAMA for a period of a one year tenure, as Egypt would…

Paul Ridgway
London

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CARRIERS REMAIN OPTIMISTIC ABOUT 2017 DESPITE CAPACITY WARNINGS FROM ANALYSTS

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Much of the Hanjin fleet has re-entered service. Picture: Shipspotting

Despite growing confidence in a container market recovery over the past six months, a leading shipping analyst has predicted the return of freight rate volatility to the world’s major trades as the spectre of overcapacity comes back to haunt the industry.

Tan Hua-Joo, executive consultant at Alphaliner, told delegates at the TOC Asia Container Supply Chain event that launched in Singapore yesterday morning that despite 2016 being the “most balanced year in terms of supply and demand since 2009”, with a global fleet growth of just 1.6%, that “hopes on the part of carriers for greater stability are still some time away”.

This is largely because the growth rate last year was constrained due to a high number of new vessel delivery deferrals, in combination with an unprecedented number of vessels sent to scrapyards and an unnaturally large idle fleet propelled by the collapse of Hanjin.

“As we move into this year the rate of growth…

TOC Asia 2017
Singapore

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PICS OF THE DAY : MSC SINFONIA

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MSC Sinfonia. Pictures: Ian Shiffman

MSC Cruises’s 2016/17 is about to draw to a close with MSC SINFONIA now on her final cruises out of Cape Town, before returning to the Mediterranean for the winter months. She sails back to South Africa in November when a new destination, to the MSC-owned resort of Pomene in central Mozambique will feature high in the cruise schedule from her South African homeport of Durban. These pictures by Ian Shiffman

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