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FIRST VIEW: AURORA

Aurora at Akaroa. Picture: Alan Calvert

P&O Cruises AURORA (76,150-gt) seen here at anchor at Akaroa, near Christchurch in New Zealand’s South Island. Akaroa is a favourite beauty spot often visitid by cruise ships and passengers are tendered ashore as there are no docking facilities. Aurora was built for P&O Cruises by the German shipyard of Meyer Werft in Papenburg and was launched in January 2000. The ship carries up to 1874 passengers and has a crew of 850. This picture is by Alan Calvert

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GHANA PORTS CALLS FOR SCRAPPING OF ‘NUISANCE’ TRANSIT TAXES

Freeport of Takoradi – gateway to Ghana’s northern neighbours. Picture: OTAL

The Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority wants what it calls ‘nuisance’ taxes on transit goods cancelled, to encourage the greater use of the ports of Tema and Takoradi by landlocked neighbouring countries.

Paul Ansah-Asare, GPHA’s acting director-general, has identified these transit taxes as being the reason why Ghana’s ports are not attracting stronger volumes of transit cargo…

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PUNTLAND SACKS ANTI PIRACY CHIEF OVER STATEMENT

Aris 13, captured and then released

The Director in charge of counter piracy in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland has been sacked over a statement that he made in the aftermath of the seizure and subsequent release of the Comoros-registered tanker, ARIS 13.

Abdirizak Mohamed Dirre has been relieved of his duties by the region’s president, Abdiweli Gaas, who sent a statement to this effect to local newsrooms.

In it President Gaas said that Abdirizak Mohamed Dirre had failed in his duties. This however came about after the director had spoken out…

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KENYA BANKS ON REGAINING CRUISE TOURISM

Kenya’s ‘own’ cruise ship Royal Star. Picture: David Shackleton

Kenya has embarked on a marketing campaign aimed at regaining the country’s position as a leading attraction to the global cruise ship industry.

That position was lost in the aftermath of rampant piracy in Somali waters just to the north of Kenya, as well as outbreaks of terrorism within Kenya itself, which saw cruise ships avoiding the region entirely and even a local cruise company being forced to close down its operations.

Now however…

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INDIAN COMPANY TO RESUME IRON ORE EXPORTS FROM MOZAMBIQUE

Picture: Wikipedia Commons

Damodar Ferro Limitada, a family business established in Maputo in June 2005, will resume iron ore mining in a deposit located in the Lalaua district, Nampula province, due to rising prices in the international market, said the provincial director of Mineral Resources and Energy, as reported by Macauhub.

The exploration of…

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EQUATORIAL GUINEA DEMANDS THE RETURN OF SUPERYACHT SEIZED BY THE DUTCH

Ebony Shine

The government of Equatorial Guinea in West Africa wants the Dutch government to return a luxury superyacht, EBONY SHINE, because it says the beneficial owner is immune from prosecution.

The Dutch arrested the yacht acting on a request from the Swiss government, which stated that the US$100 million superyacht Ebony Shine had been purchased with stolen funds by the millionaire playboy vice-president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue.

He is the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and is…

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IMarEST HOSTS SUCCESSFUL ANNUAL GUILDHALL DINNER

On 21 March guests gathered for the IMarEST 114th Annual Dinner at Guildhall, City of London, to celebrate another year for the Institute. Photo kindly provided by IMarEST©.
Guests gathered on 21 March for the IMarEST 114th Annual Dinner at Guildhall in the City of London to celebrate another year for the Institute.

Professor Chris Hodge, the 115th President of IMarEST, gave a warm welcome, speaking of the Institute’s transformation over recent years: “We are now, as an Institute, much more fit for our future challenges than we have been for a very long time. We are now delivering more services to more members than ever – and at less cost, with less staff. I applaud the efforts of the entire executive team.”

Remembrance
The President also went on to remember David Henderson, the Institute’s registrar, who died in December at the untimely age of 31. The Institute launched…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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Nigerian Government commends Dangote Cement self-sufficiency feat

Nigeria’s Federal Government has officially confirmed that Nigeria has attained self-sufficiency in the production of cement and is now an exporter of the commodity, ascribing the feat to Dangote Cement (www.Dangote.com) which spear-headed the backward integration policy introduced by the government.

Minister for Solid Minerals Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi who led a team of …

ORBCOMM, Pole Star and Weatherdock launch Class B vessel tracking solution

ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC), a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, announced this week that it has collaborated with maritime technology industry leaders Pole Star and Weatherdock to develop Hali, a Class B vessel tracking solution that ensures complete vessel visibility.

Hali combines terrestrial and satellite …

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Port Louis – Indian Ocean gateway port

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

We publish news about the cruise industry here in the general news section.

Naval News

Similarly you can read our regular Naval News reports and stories here in the general news section.

PIC OF THE DAY : HÖEGH SYDNEY

Pictures: Keith Betts

Höegh Autoliners’ car carrier HÖEGH SYDNEY (51,731-gt, built 2007) makes her way down the Durban port entrance channel towards the open sea and her next port of call in a busy and tight schedule. The RoRo ship is owned by Kambara Kisen-Fukuyama of Japan, and was built in the Philippines at the Tsuneishi Heavy Industries shipyard. She flies the Panama flag. Boasting a ramp able to handle up to 100 tonnes, the ship has a maximum capacity of 5,400 cars. These pictures by Keith Betts

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