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FIRST VIEW: MAREX NOA

tanker Marex Noa, Lyttelton
Marex Noa. Picture: Alan Calvert

The Singapore-flagged oil and chemical products tanker MAREX NOA (12,479-dwt) discharging methanol at the New Zealand Port of Lyttelton, earlier this month. The 124 metre long by 20 metre wide Marex Noa was built by the Kurinoura Shipyard and Dock Company in Japan in 2015 and is operated by Executive Ship Management Pte Ltd. This picture is by Alan Calvert

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DAR ES SALAAM PORT DEPARTMENTS ORDERED TO GO 24/7

container terminal, Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam Container Terminal

Government departments and institutions in Dar es Salaam have been ordered to begin working on a 24/7 basis to eradicate charges of inefficiency and delay at the Port of Dar es Salaam.

Tanzania’s Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa, gave these instructions at a meeting of the 10th Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC) which was being attended by the various port stakeholders. The meeting heard complaints of inefficiency and poor time keeping at the port, mainly lodged by the Tanzania Truck Owners Association.

Included in the government departments are the…

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SPANISH FISHING COMPANY PESCANOVA TO INVEST €42.5 million ($46.3m) IN ITS AFRICAN FLEET

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Novanam, Pescanova’s processing plant at Lüderitz in Namibia

The Spanish fishing firm of Pescanova (Grupo Nueva Pescanova) plans to invest €42.5 million ($46.3m) to renew its fleet in Africa.

Pescanova is active in several African states including Mozambique, Angola and South Africa. Altogether the company will be investing €125 million as part of its 2017-2020 strategic plan, in which it foresees…

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IVORY COAST LNG TERMINAL TO LAUNCH IN MID-2018

LNG terminal, Abidjan

A consortium headed by Total will launch construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Ivory Coast in mid-2017, it has been announced.

The CI-GNL (Ivory Coast LNG) consortium has been awarded the rights to build and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) re-gasification terminal in Ivory Coast with a capacity of 3 million tons per year.

The decision announced by the Government of the Ivory Coast in October last year was followed by the signature of the shareholders’ agreement in Abidjan between Total, which will operate the project with a 34% interest, national companies PetroCI (11%) and CI Energies (5%) as well as SOCAR (26%), Shell (13%), Golar (6%) and Endeavor Energy (5%).

Total will use the terminal to supply LNG volumes from its global portfolio in proportion to its participating interest in the project. The re-gasification terminal project is expected to become operational by mid 2018.

“This project illustrates Total’s strategy to develop new gas markets by unlocking access to LNG for fast-growing economies. Working closely with our partners enabled us to put together an integrated proposal combining LNG supply and import infrastructure through a floating storage and re-gasification unit,” said Philippe Sauquet, President Gas, Renewables and Power of Total. “We are very pleased to have been selected by the Ivorian authorities to manage this project, which will meet growing domestic and regional needs for gas and power.”

The project involves the construction of a terminal with a floating storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU) in Vridi, Abidjan area, and a pipeline connecting the FSRU to existing and planned power plants in Abidjan, as well as to regional markets connected to the Ivorian network. This will enable Ivory Coast to become the first regional LNG import Hub in West Africa, and to meet both regional and domestic demand.

The project has an estimated cost of around US$141 million and is expected to be up and running by mid-2018.

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SHIPPING ALLIANCES CAUSE OF CHINA’S PORT CONGESTION

Shanghai container terminal

Congestion at China’s big container ports is continuing and it is no longer fog that is receiving the blame. Analysts, including Drewry are of the opinion that the alliances between shipping lines are a contributor to the problems facing not only Shanghai, the world’s biggest and busiest container port, but other Chinese ports as well.

There is mounting concern that this will spread over to other Asian ports in the region.

Several weeks ago it was thought the…

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PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO SAYS GHANA WILL ACCEPT JUDGEMENT ON MARITIME BOUNDARY DISPUTE

Jubilee Field, Ghana, Ivory Coast
The disputed Jubilee Fields off Ghana/Ivory Coast maritime border

President Akufo-Addo says that Ghana is ready to accept any ruling by the Tribunal for the International Law of the Sea over the dispute of the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast).

Ghana went to the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in September 2014 seeking a declaration that it has not encroached on Ivory Coast’s territorial waters. Judgement on the boundary dispute is…

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UNCTAD 5th TRAINING PROGRAMME COMMENCES

UNCTAD training

The 5th of 8 modules of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) trainfortrade, a port management training program has commenced at the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority.

The program is meant to train middle level managers in the port community so as to develop their skills and capabilities to manage.

The 1st module centred on international trade and transport, the 2nd module on organisation of a port system, the 3rd module on functioning of a port system and the 4th module on future challenges facing port management.

The 5th module is currently looking at methods and tools of modern port management.

UNCTAD expert in Dublin, Joe Hiney (pictured) who lectured on how to develop a port strategic plan stressed the need for port managers to get themselves abreast with modern ways of doing things.

“We are working in an environment where policy and legislation and regulation is defined by national government and per regional organisations such as the International Maritime Organization. These are changing constantly so as port managers we need to be alive and aware of those changes and we need to respond as managers in an appropriate manner,” he said.

Alphonse Wordi, the Human Resource Manager at GPHA, who doubles as the focal point of the UNCTAD program explained the importance of statistics in port management.

“Every port in the world, you need statistics to enhance decision making, what is the productivity, what is the berth occupancy, what is the ship turnaround time, what is the output, what is the performance of the dockers and everything. This is what is going to enable you take a decision whether to do a lot of training, whether to even bring in new equipment, whether to expand the port and the facilities,” he said.

The IT manager of GPHA, David Boison underscored the importance of ICT for port improvement.

“IT is the main driver of every business organisation of which Ports and Harbours is part. When you look at the whole supply chain process of the port right from the manufacturing site, moving the cargo to the port, exporting the cargo bringing it to the destination port, all the supply chain processes are being driven by IT. So if you want to eliminate waste from any system, if you want to inject efficiency to any system, you introduce technology,” he said. source: Ghana Ports

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PORTRIX LOGISTIC SOFTWARE TARGETS DEMURRAGE & DETENTION SOLUTION

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Portrix Logistic Software (PLS), the leading developer of logistics rates management solutions, is developing a software application that promises an end to the headache of managing Demurrage and Detention (D&D) charges. The solution, part of Portrix’s acclaimed Global Price Management (GPM) platform, will transform the way D&D is handled, for carriers, freight forwarders and shippers worldwide.

The first prototype of GPM Demurrage & Detention will be unveiled at the transport logistic exhibition in Munich from 9-12 May 2017, one of the highest profile exhibitions within the industry. The GPM extension offers users an intuitive window onto their global D&D spend, storing all Free Time agreements in one portal, from where global container movements and costs can be easily tracked. Fees can be prevented through proactive warnings of upcoming D&D charges, invoicing becomes simplified, and the drain on resources incurred by managing D&D can be halted.

It is, says Henning Voss, Co-founder and CEO of Hamburg headquartered PLS, exactly what the industry has been crying out for.

“The complexity of D&D costs and management is a huge issue for everyone within this industry,” he comments, “but often falls somewhat under the radar as it exists outside the spectrum of the normal transportation movement and associated costs. However, every company, from every part of container logistics, feels the pain.

“The carriers find it difficult to keep track of the correct fees to invoice. Freight forwarders, who both buy and sell these services, aren’t always aware of what they will be invoiced and many struggle to invoice their customers correctly. Shippers share the freight forwarders challenge in regards to the carrier invoices. It’s a twisted web of interactions, fees and movements, which, until now, the industry has really struggled to untangle.”

The new software gives users an unparalleled global overview of D&D activity, with easy calculation of applicable D&D cost, and the ability to drill down and refine views, as well as determining which containers are at risk and actual costs being incurred. Users can then search for individual containers, customers and a host of other options. Information can be easily accessed, analysed and, if desired, downloaded into Excel.

“We’ve been developing solutions for the logistics industry since 2001 and know the needs of our customers inside out,” Voss states. “In a business environment that is ever more complex, demanding and competitive, we’re focused on continually refining our solutions to simplify tasks, enhance productivity and increase profitability.

“That is the very essence of our new D&D portal. It provides transparency and clarity, and that ensures that invoicing is straightforward and accurate for all parties. Costs can better be managed, workloads reduced and movements monitored. Put simply, no more D&D headaches.”

GPM Demurrage & Detention is expected to be launched to the wider logistics market during the second half of 2017.

PLS’s GPM is the trusted choice of the freight forwarding industry, with five of the top ten global providers utilising the software. It is a solution built on over 15 years of specialist niche expertise and backed up by a unique software toolbox, unrivalled master data and high quality, personalised service.

About Portrix Logistic Software:
For almost two decades, PORTRIX LOGISTIC SOFTWARE has built best-in-class rate management applications for the largest Freight Forwarders in the world. Today we count five of the top ten forwarders among our customers. Through our in-depth knowledge of the logistics industry and continuously evolving solutions, we have successfully helped our customers increase profits and productivity year-over-year. PORTRIX LOGISTIC SOFTWARE is a member of the Portrix group, which has created and developed software for corporate customers since 2001. More details available at http://portrix-ls.de/

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : MSC ROMANE

MSC Romane, container ship, Durban
MSC Romane. Picture: Trevor Jones

Making her first visit to Durban this week was the Mediterranean Shipping Company container ship MSC ROMANE (111,300-dwt), which left the Chinese Jinhai shipyard on 27 March this year as yard/hull number JO231. Owned and managed by Sinoceanic Shipping of Norway, the 300-metre long, 48-metre wide ship is operated by MSC and has a container capacity of 9,400 TEU. MSC Romane flies the Portuguese flag and is number three of a planned 15 of this class of vessel. This picture is by Trevor Jones

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