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FIRST VIEW: ILEMBE

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Ilembe. Picture: Trevor Jones

Transnet’s trailing suction hopper dredger, the biggest in the fleet (5,500m3) enters Durban port at the weekend after a spell doing maintenance dredging outside. The dredger was built for Transnet by IHC Merwede in 2015 and can be considered the ‘flagship’ of the fleet responsible for maintaining navigation levels at South Africa ports. Transnet dredgers also handle contract work at other African ports. This picture is by Trevor Jones

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PORT AND RAIL WORKS TO FURTHER IMPROVE MAPUTO PORT

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Port of Maputo

The dredging contract at the Port of Maputo in Mozambique has been completed, the government announced last week in a statement advising that the access channel, now deepened from 11 to 14 metres, allows the port to receive considerably larger vessels.

“The Port of Maputo has become more competitive in regional and international markets with the recent completion of the dredging of the access channel, allowing the access of cargo ships up to 120,000 tons,” it said in a statement sent to Lusa.

Dredging commenced…

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WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ON AFRICA TAKES OFF IN DURBAN THIS WEEK

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International Convention Centre, Durban

Africa is facing a mixed outlook for growth. The economic growth forecast for the continent over the coming year is expected to be lower than the 5% average of the past decade. This is largely due to the dip in commodity prices and the economic slowdown in China. That said, a number of countries are growing above 6% per annum and foreign direct investment inflows continue to rise. Overall, the divergence of Africa’s economies makes it imperative to address the challenges posed by a growing unemployed youth population and climate change, among others.

The impact of the headwinds for commodity-dependent countries has refocused attention on the urgency of economic diversification, revitalization of manufacturing and harnessing of human innovation in order to weather the economic storm. The Fourth Industrial Revolution offers new opportunities to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth by fast-tracking market integration in Africa through industrial corridors.

In partnership with the Government of the Republic of South Africa, the World Economic Forum on Africa is being staged in Durban, South Africa, this week from Wednesday, 3 May until Friday, 5 May 2017. The meeting will convene regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to explore solutions to create economic opportunities for all.

As host country – the only African G20 economy- South Africa is championing reforms to eradicate extreme poverty and promote shared growth nationally, regionally and globally. The host city, Durban, which has the busiest industrial port in sub-Saharan Africa, offers insights on how trade in regionally manufactured goods can strengthen economic resilience and create jobs. source: International Convention Centre (ICC), Durban

As part of the event a number of delegates will go on a boat trip across Durban Bay to see the various sections of the sub-continent’s busiest port. Later the delegates will visit Transnet’s School of Excellence at the Bayhead and will witness a number of simulators in action.

For more information regarding the event, please go HERE

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TANZANIAN TERMINAL OPERATOR SUPPORTS GOVT AGRICULTURAL PROJECT

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Port of Dar es Salaam

Tanzania International Container Terminal Services (TICTS) has announced its support for a Tanzania government agricultural mechanisation and development project in the form of a TSh 327 million (approx. US$146,400) storage charge waiver for a shipment of unassembled tractors.

The shipment includes 204 tractors, 180 disc harrows and 40 disc ploughs, which will be…

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AfDB FUNDING BOOST FOR KENYA’S LAMU PORT FEASIBILITY STUDIES

Lamu in Kenya
The picturesque waterfront at Lamu, soon to have major new port built nearby. Picture: Jimmy Kamude/IRIN

A funding boost from the African Development Bank (AfDB) for feasibility studies on Kenya’s Lamu Port development will help advance a key component of the country’s proposed multi-billion-dollar logistics project, says a report prepared by the Oxford Business Group.

On 7 March the AfDB announced plans to make available a US$1.93m grant to fund advisory services and technical support for a full transaction study on the development of Lamu Port. The facility is located 340 km north-east of the Port of Mombasa, which currently serves as Kenya’s primary maritime hub.

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COLLISION IN THE DARK AT DURBAN – SHIP HITS PIER

Bidfreight Bulk Connections Bluff coal loading installation
The coal loader at the Bluff after being struck by the vessel Julian. Picture: Ken Malcolm

We’re scant on details, partly because yesterday was a public holiday and most folk were away from work. However, during the early evening of Sunday night, 30 April 2017, the LIberian-flagged bulk carrier JULIAN (73,613-dwt, built 2003) ran into the quayside at the Durban Bulk Connections terminal on the Bluff, previously known as the coal terminal…

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WORLD AQUACULTURE SOCIETY CONFERENCE SET FOR NEXT MONTH

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P.E. fish farming proposals
Fish farming ventures proposed for offshore of Port Elizabeth

South Africa’s cabinet has approved the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to co-host the World Aquaculture Society conference in Cape Town from 26 to 30 June 2017.

“This contributes to…

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US NAVY & EGYPTIAN NAVAL FORCES EXERCISE IN THE RED SEA

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Guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103). Official US Navy file photo©.

Exercise Eagle Salute 2017

Naval forces from the US and Egypt and several other countries completed the multilateral training exercise Eagle Salute 2017 on 27 April after beginning the exercise in the Red Sea on 23 April.

Participating US military forces included representatives of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 50/ Task Force (TF) 55, guided missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG* 103) embarked detachment from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70, US Coast Guard Maritime Engagement Team and explosive ordnance disposal personnel.

Egyptian military forces included the guided-missile frigate…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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THREE’S COMPANY BUT FOUR’S A CROWD IN S-E ASIA’S TRANS-SHIPMENT TANGO

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The chances of a creating a fourth container trans-shipment hub in south-east Asia appear to be growing increasingly slim, delegates at last week’s TOC Asia Container Supply Chain event in Singapore were told.

Carrier consolidation, in terms of the new alliance structure, merger and acquisition activity and the increasing propensity to take equity stakes in existing terminals to secure port capacity, mean that plans to build new port facilities in the Straits of Malacca were unlikely to be commercially viable.

Jason Chiang, director of consultancy Royal Haskoning, said that with the huge expansion ongoing…

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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.

In the case of South Africa’s container ports of Durban, Ngqura, Ports Elizabeth and Cape Town links to container Stack Dates are also available.

You can access this information, including the list of ports covered, by going HERE remember to use your BACKSPACE to return to this page.

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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.

PICS OF THE DAY : OCEAN SPRAY & OCEAN SURF

Ocean Spray fishing trawler

Ocean Spray and Ocean Surf in Durban harbour

Two local Durban-based stern trawlers, engaged in trawling for prawns (crustaceans) off the KZN coast. They operate primarily along the Tugela Bank off the KZN North Coast, an area rich in nutrients brought down by the uThukela and other North Coast rivers. Among the prawns caught in their nets are the well-known ‘LM prawns’ which might come as a surprise to some who thought these only occurred in Mozambique – hence the name (Lourenco Marques = LM). Unfortunately we don’t have too much information about the two vessels other than they operate with Spray Fishing – we welcome any input. The top picture is of OCEAN SPRAY, the lower OCEAN SURF. These pictures are by Keith Betts

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― John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

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