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FIRST VIEW: AWANUIA

Awanuia in Auckland. Picture: Alan Calvert, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime shipping news
Awanuia. Picture: Alan Calvert

Scene from Auckland harbour on New Zealand’s North Island. The Auckland-based bunker tanker AWANUIA (3,900-dwt) on her way back to her berth after refuelling a containership. The little oil products tanker is used for ship refueling and is owned by Auckland-based bunker supply company Seafuels and is managed by Bunker Shipz, with fuel being supplied by Z Energy Ltd. The tanker was built in 2009 at the Yardimci Shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey. This picture is by Alan Calvert

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SHIPPERS PLEASED WITH SCRAPPING OF MANDATORY USE OF NACALA SPECIAL EXPORT TERMINAL

Port of Nacala scene, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime shipping news
Port of Nacala

The Confederation of Economic Associations of Mozambique (CTA), which represents various sectoral federations, traders’ chambers and business associations, has commented favourably on the decision by the Mozambique government to eliminate the compulsory use of the Nacala Special Export Terminal with regards to exporting through the Mozambique port.

The CTA says it is also pleased that the cost of border visas has “been fixed”.

Issuing a statement yesterday, the CTA says the two measures will have a positive impact on the business environment in Mozambique. It called on the government to continue listening to the concerns of the entrepreneurs who it said were the driving force behind the country’s development.

Eliminating the mandatory use of the Nacala Special Export Terminal was a relief and would correct a situation that was creating serious problems for the economy, particularly the productive sector, the CTA said.

“The mandatory use of the Nacala Special Export Terminal constituted a major non-tariff obstacle to the development of business activity, affecting the competitiveness of Mozambique’s exports.”

The time and cost involved in exporting cotton, cashew nuts and vegetables, among other items will be significantly reduced by way of the new provision.

“However, it is a shame that this measure was taken only in July, because it will not affect the 2018 Doing Business classification, only the 2019 edition,” the CTA noted.

With regard to the new cost of border visas, the private sector said the US$50 fee was generally in line with practice in the region.

“First, it was a breakthrough to introduce border visas. Now we have gone further in reducing costs. As a private sector, it is true that we want more: we dream of getting a visa for investments, and will continue to work with the government in pursuing this objective,” the association said.

Background

In 2010 the Mozambique government approved the creation of a new 10-hectare port terminal in Nacala which was later concessioned to a private company – NCL & Africa Import and Export Ltd – which would operate it.

The purpose was ostensibly to unblock the existing port terminal at Nacala which was said to be completely overloaded. Initially the two terminals operated simultaneously while providing the same services to exporters and imports but in 2012 the customs authority announced a mandatory use of the new terminal for exporters.

However, traders in the Northern provinces raised objections to the introduction of the terminal and the use of a scanner which they said led to a duplication of tasks and was time consuming, increased costs, dysfunctional localization and lacked the minimum technical standards required for an export port terminal.

They also objected to the terminal not operating a 24-hour service. source Noticias

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CALL FOR GREATER UTILISATION OF NIGERIA’S INLAND WATERWAYS

Not all river transport along the Niger is sophisticated, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime shipping news
Not all river transport along the Niger is sophisticated

A greater use of the country’s waterways as a means of alleviating road congestion and assiting with delays in moving cargo from the ports, was the centre of focus at last week’s National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) International Conference and Exhibition held in Lagos.

According to Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, the network of rivers, creeks lagoons and lakes are great resources that the country possesses. He called on…

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NEW LINE TO CONNECT NORTH AFRICA WITH WEST AND SOUTH AFRICA

Zied Ladhari, Tunisia's minister of industry & trade, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIS maritime shipping news
Zied Ladhari, minister of industry & trade

A new shipping service connecting Tunisia with ports in West and South Africa is on the cards, according to Tunisia’s Industry & Trade minister.

Minister of Industry and Trade Zied Ladhari was speaking to TAP during a day of bilateral economic meetings at the 35th Annual Conference of Heads of Diplomatic and…

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NIGERIA CALLS ON DANGOTE TO COMPLETE REFINERY BEFORE 2019

Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote Group, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime shipping news
Aliko Dangote

The Nigerian Federal Government has called on the Dangote Group to complete its refinery in the Lekki Free State Zone before 2019.

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Ibe Kachikwu, was visiting the Dangote oil refinery site at Lekki Free Trade Zone, and said the government is ready to play its part in making sure the project is completed before the scheduled date.

The Dangote Group is building the world’s largest single line refinery, Petrochemical Complex, and the world’s second largest Urea Fertiliser plant. The refinery will have the capacity to refine 650,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The Petrochemical Plant will produce 780 KTPA Polypropylene, 500 KTPA of Polyethylene, while the…

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CMA CGM MARCO POLO IN TOWING EXERCISE OFF LA HAVRE

CMA CGM Marco Polo. Picture: CMA CGM, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
CMA CGM Marco Polo.    Picture: CMA CGM

A towing exercise involving one of the world’s biggest container ships, CMA CGM MARCO POLO, recently took place off the coast of La Havre in France.

The exercise was a simulation of a real tow involving an ultra large container ship and was arranged by the Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea in liaison with the CMA CGM Group and Les Abeilles (Bourbon Group).

The tug employed in the exercise was the L’ABEILLE LANGUEDOC and included an…

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SOUTH AFRICA’S POPULATION ON THE RISE

1979 statistics for South Africa, as a comparison with those in the report accompanyint this graphic. Appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime shipping news
As a comparison with this week’s report below this was the population demographic of 1979

South Africa’s population has increased by close to a million from 2016 to 2017, says Statistician-General Pali Lehohla.

This week Lehohla released the mid-year population estimates 2017, which indicate that South Africa’s mid-year population is at 56.52 million. This shows an increase of about 902,200 from 2016.

Females make up the majority of the population, with about 28.9 million (51%) as compared to…

 

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MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL TARGETS AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST

Marriott banner, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime shipping newsDUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 31 July 31 2017: Marriott International today announced the expansion and strengthening of its Sales and Marketing Leadership Team for Middle East and Africa.

This bold new initiative comes on the heels of the successful mega merger between Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts and the fast progressing integration of the two companies. The revamped Brand, Marketing, Sales and Consumer Services (BMSC) Leadership Team comprises of highly experienced professionals from Marriott International and legacy Starwood Hotels and Resorts, bringing together exceptional talent and expertise from both companies and speaks to the company’s commitment to support its…

 

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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 : JOLLY PERLA

Jolly Perla at Durban. Pictures: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime shipping news

Jolly Perla at Durban, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime shipping news

Jolly Perla in Durban. Pictures: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime shipping news
Jolly Perla.  Pictures: Keith Betts

Ignazio Messina’s RoRo container ship JOLLY PERLA (50,720-gt) and her sisters have appeared in Africa PORTS & SHIPS on several occasions, and why not, for these are highly interesting and attractive ships designed specifically for trade with the African coast, and with Durban as their southern terminus – Genoa being the port at the northern end of their regular journey. They are also ships that call at any or all of the East African ports – some on inducement, some as regular ports of call. Built in 2012 at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in Geoje, South Korea, Jolly Perla was at the forefront of Messina Line’s newbuilding project that resulted in a fleet of modern RoRo type ships replacing the older tonnage that had served the Italian company so well. Jolly Diamante was the first of four identical 239-metre long, 37.5m wide ships to enter service in 2011 from the Daewoo yard. The other two vessels to follow were Jolly Cristallo and Jolly Quarzo. These were later followed by a second series of four similar ships, the Jolly Titanio class, which appeared in 2014 and 2015, making for a total owned fleet of eight vessels. Other ships are chartered in as required. Each of the Jolly ships has a maximum container capacity of 3,000 TEU or 6,350 linear metres (the name means ‘Joker’). These pictures of Jolly Perla were taken by Keith Betts

 

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