Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 28 January 2024

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   Port of East London

Maputo port concession extended to 2058 – R38 billion additional investment
WHARF TALK: LPG Ethylene Tanker GASCHEM PACIFIC
MACS Maritime to commence service to St Helena Island this week
Galp & partners announce light oil discovery off Namibia
Transnet Recovery Diary 24 January 2024
Korean line introduces new service to East Africa
Cape Town Container Terminal recruits to beef up capacity
WHARF TALK: oceanographic research vessel RRS DISCOVERY
Largest container ship for Nigeria’s new Lekki port berths
IMO and Morocco: Port facility security auditors’ training
CMA CGM joins the fleet around the Cape of Good Hope
Xeneta Update: Ocean freight shipping rates are set to rise further in February
UK-India naval accord
WHARF TALK: Offshore Windfarm Support Vessel IWS SKYWALKER
Transnet invited to appear before Western Cape government department over table grape & stone fruit export troubles
Red Sea: The Warlike Operations Area Committee agreement
The Red Sea: Seafarer safety paramount
In Conversation: AI and satellite imagery to map out of sight ocean activities, including fishing, shipping and energy development
SAECS Advisory: Kalahari Express Port Elizabeth call and Cape Town omission
WHARF TALK: passenger cruise ship CELESTYAL JOURNEY
Red Sea crisis: MSC Cruises cancels three Grand Voyage sailings
Durban Container Terminal Pier 2 begins to prepare for the citrus season
ITF and abandonment
SAIC Motor launches Anji Sincerity, largest LNG dual-fuel car carrier
Wharf Talk: Two cruise ships brighten Durban port for a day
Ngqura Container Terminal recruits operators to run a full three-berth operation
TFR returns Richards Bay coal line to service
WHARF TALK: SA Port Statistics for December 2023

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 15 September 2023

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   TORM RAGNHILD

Angola’s Sonangol takes delivery of second Suezmax oil tanker, ‘Njinga Mbande’
A Sonangol de Angola recebe o segundo petroleiro Suezmax, ‘Njinga Mbande’
WHARF TALK: Damen FCS 3307 Type – CAPE TOWN
Port of Cape Town’s Culemborg project making progress
Nigeria’s Lagos-Ibandan SGR freight trains start to roll
Nigerian minister calls for rehabilitation of Apapa and Tin Can Island ports
Taiwanese fishing vessel DER HAE No.66 reported sinking deepsea off Durban
WHARF TALK: Split Hopper Barge TRINIDAD
Saldanha port fencing project benefits local SMMEs
Dust, dust and more dust
Second Senegalese OPV 58S undergoing sea trials
Change of command at Trinity House
Dramatic rescue after fishing vessel sinks off Namibia’s Diamond Coast
WHARF TALK: Split bridge superstructure, Part 2 of MSC BIANCA expanded
US & EU provide support for extending the Lobito Corridor directly to Zambia
DP World incentivises cargo owners to use rail instead of road
TNPA acquires additional Shore Tensioner units for SA ports
WHARF TALK: semi-submersible heavyload vessel MIGHTY SERVANT 3
Russian Federation declares ITF an undesirable organisation
Mailbag: The Russian Lady R saga – government’s report proves nothing
African countries listed by NOAA for illegal fishing activities
Cameroon: Maritime security – IMO promotion
Maersk and Amazon agree on ECO delivery for 20,000 FFE containers
TNPA programme to encourage maritime interest among school learners
Xeneta update: real-time container rates update, week 36, 2023
Lest we forget: Merchant Navy Day

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 5 August 2023

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:  Port of Ngqura

Malawi to build a dry port at Nacala
WHARF TALK: AHTS offshore support vessel – STRATIS Z
Video Special – The Legacy of Kotug
Durban’s Cooper Lighthouse marks 70 years of service
Mobile crane crashes off ship in Walvis Bay
Fremantle Highway taken to Eemshaven port
WHARF TALK: MR2 product tanker – MULBERRY EXPRESS
Yemen: IMO enhances maritime security
Liberian Coast Guard rescues hijacked Chinese fishing vessel
Hapag-Lloyd completes takeover of SM SAAM terminal and logistics business
SAAM to focus on expanding its towage business
TNPA reaches out to schools in KZN and Eastern Cape
SA records preliminary trade balance deficit of R3.5bn
WHARF TALK: Type 054A guided missile frigate CNS SANYA (FFG574)
The human rights of seafarers: New ITF guidance
Upgrade for Ethiopia – Djibouti main road
Bulk carrier Cooper Island and crew detained in Nigeria on drug charges
President Ruto calls for Mombasa port reform
Egypt’s new Ain Sokhna container terminal is handed over
WHARF TALK: PLAN auxiliary replenishment ship – WEISHANHU AOE887
Major maritime companies agree to develop book and claim approaches in order to accelerate shipping’s decarbonisation transition
Xeneta Container Update: Long-term ocean freight rates hit two-year low
Super Group expands further into UK, acquires Amco
Record high temps – July 2023
Korean War commemoration 1953 – 2023
Korean War commemoration 1953 – 2023
WHARF TALK: Chinese PLAN Type 052DL Destroyer NANNING 162
Update on fire on board car carrier Fremantle Highway
Beira and Nhava Sheva port calls added to ONE’s MIM service
SA Navy chief pledges ship visit to China
Scrap on Angola’s Luanda and Bengo coastlines to be cleared
The IMO ISM Code”: Seafarers’ views sought
‘Name Your Price’ freight service introduced to South Africa

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 18 June 2023

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:    INS Trishul F43

WHARF TALK: Busted! Chinese naval ghost ship HAI YANG 24 HAO
Dishonouring of EU Fisheries Agreements: French & Spanish companies fuelling strike actions
WHARF TALK: large LR1 Panamax products tanker – SUNDA
More than 100 drown when passenger boat capsizes in Niger River
IMO support for Tanzania with draft maritime security legislation
Another pipeline thief jailed – Fuel thief pleads guilty, sentenced to seven years 
ICTSI invests further in DRC’s Port of Matadi
ICTSI investit davantage dans le port de Matadi en RDC
WHARF TALK: Ultramax bulk carrier ARABELLA
MSC Houston becomes the longest containership to call at Beira
Maersk secures green methanol for world’s first methanol-enabled container vessel
In Conversation: Exploring the Indian Ocean as a rich archive of history
DP World incentives rail use to drive decarbonisation of UK supply chains
MOL and Kenya’s GCS Velogic enter into strategic alliance
WHARF TALK: Chinese MR2 products tanker – CHANG HANG XING YUN
Two powerful 83 ton BP Damen ASD 2813 tugs are commissioned at Lekki Port
A.P. Moller-Maersk boosts cloud-first technology with Microsoft
Port impasse results in little freight traffic on Nigerian Lagos-Ibadan SGR
Modest increase in ships calling at Tanzania’s Port of Tanga
WHARF TALK: Japanese tuna longline fishing vessel SHOFUKU MARU No.1
Bonn climate conference: IMO shipping decarbonization latest
Maersk discusses ‘Logistics 4.0: Accelerating Africa’s Digital Revolution’ at the Africa CEO Forum
Fikile Mbalula flipped a Sunday ‘ace’ card in the Karpowership poker saga, but does he have a winning hand?
Leveraging logistics to unleash Africa’s vast economic potential
D-G welcomes WTO fishing subsidies agreement
MOL fleet recognised for observation and reporting to Japan’s meteorological service
MOL trials Starlink Satellite Communication service at sea

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 28 May 2023

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   INDLAZI and Ever Devote

IMO Women in Maritime conference: Highlighting gender equality initiatives
WHARF TALK: Supramax bulk carrier – FRATZIS STAR
Dronamics cargo drone takes first flight
Ghana considers establishing a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at the port of Tema
French naval ship intercepts four illegal drug shipments in Indian Ocean
TNPA seeks alternative 20 MW energy capacity at Richards Bay port
WHARF TALK: small handysize tanker – MTM ROTTERDAM
What future, SA? Container Corridor disrupted by sabotage and theft
ITF News: Transport ministers kick off global summit
Privatisation of the ports debated in Tanzanian parliament
IMO: Ships’ biofouling management workshop – First Arab women’s participation
Maputo’s Agility Logistics Park chosen by distribution specialist
WHARF TALK: Offshore Patrol Vessel – ‘NRP SETÚBAL P363’
Equipment breakdowns at Durban’s DCT leads to container move count limitations by shipping lines
Three abducted crew from Grebe Bulker released after ransoming
U.A.E firms to improve, operate, and develop Tanzania’s ports
DP World to transport unaccompanied trailers between UAE and Iraq
In Conversation: Dangote launches Africa’s biggest oil refinery – 4 ways it will affect Nigeria
Seven bodies found trapped in missing capsized fishing vessel
WHARF TALK: tracking or spy vessel? – YUAN WANG 5
Challenging road ahead for retrofitting to dual-fuel engines – DNV
Fatal accident at Port of Walvis Bay
CMF creates new maritime security training force, CTF 154
Shire River accident leaves 11 Malawians missing
WHARF TALK: synchrolift topple – EUROPA
IMO: Oil spill response incident management: Support for African countries
Second drilling rig, Deepsea Mira, en route to Namibia
At IMO: Implement the MARPOL Convention – Supporting Kenya
Derailment on Northern Corridor Richards Bay line cleared
Uganda plans revival of its Standard Gauge Railway project

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 25 March 2023

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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First-ever concept for a green corridor between South Africa and Europe
WHARF TALK: a rare visitor, LR2 tanker SC MAJESTIC LXII
Developing southern part of Suez Canal will improve navigation by 28%
WTO Director-General receives Group of Francophone Ambassadors Award for 2022
Le Directeur général de l’OMC reçoit le prix du Groupe des ambassadeurs francophones pour 2022
African Energy Chamber launches The State of South African Energy Special Report
Durban Car Terminal handles 600,000 + vehicles in 2022/23
WHARF TALK: Incat High Speed Vessel MONTEVIDEO EXPRESS
Hutchison Ports’ major investment in Egypt’s Sokhna Port
COSCO confirms taking equity in new Sokhna port development
Eco Atlantic applies to drill in Block 3B/4B in Orange Basin off N.Cape coast
Two African flag states targeted by ITF for unsafe shipping
WHARF TALK: heavily delayed boxship MSC ACAPULCO
AD Ports in line to develop new multipurpose terminal at Pointe Noire
AD Ports Group to develop and operate Egypt’s Safaga Port
African Maritime Forces Summit being held in Sal Island, Cabo Verde
Maersk divests another division, selling Maersk Supply Service
Army and police on alert at key and flash points ahead of Monday’s threatened mass action
WHARF TALK: MR2 products tanker FALCON ROYAL
Kenya’s President Ruto throws his support behind Dr Nancy Karigithu for top IMO job
Global rail, road and urban transport unions: Transformative change

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 25 November 2022

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 21 November 2022

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FIRST VIEW:   Zaandam

Transnet concludes evaluation of bids for Corridor slots
U.S. Navy destroyer makes large drug haul in Gulf of Aden
WHARF TALK: Panamax container vessel COSCO IZMIR
IMO’s Secretary-General Kitack Lim commissions new NIMASA headquarters
Xeneta market forecast 2023: Xeneta forecasts falls in freight rates, volumes and demand as storm clouds gather for 2023
SA – Maputo railway to fully reopen on Sunday 27 November 2022
Female cadet and Maersk reached settlement over sexual assault on company ship
WHARF TALK: MR2 tanker in Cape Town STAVANGER POSEIDON
Aviation: Ampaire Flies First Hybrid-Electric Regional Aircraft
Boskalis enjoys strong Q3 and tackles new project in Togo & Benin
African Upstream Activity Trending Higher in 2023: What’s Driving the Increase?
WHARF TALK: 30-year old CNFC reefer SHIP HAI FENG 728
APM Terminals to expand Suez Canal Container Terminal
COP27: Breakthrough on the Global South’s call: Climate-related loss and damage
Final update on Richards Bay railway North Corridor repair
AD Ports acquires logistic provider Noatum for EUR 660 million
Cape St. Lucia Lighthouse – 1906
Cape St Lucia Lighthouse trashing – 2022
SA Port Statistics for the month of September 2022
WHARF TALK: NeoPanamax container ship MSC DESIRÉE
Gazania-1 well off Orange River Mouth shows up dry
CRUISE NEWS: SA cruise season swings into action with arrival of ships
IATA and the Dangerous Good Code
Richards Bay coal line derailment – one BOTH lines reopened

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 11 November 2022

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   GRANDE COTONOU

Durban Port Monitor
Côte d’Ivoire Terminal officially launches operations
WHARF TALK: MSC geared container ship MSC POSITANO
Former Transnet official in the dock for fraud, money laundering
Kenya plans a dedicated cargo airport
IN CONVERSATION: Climate change: West Africa’s oceans at risk because of a lack of monitoring
Hapag-Lloyd’s happy nine months
Transnet Freight Rail’s Ore Corridor commences annual maintenance programme
WHARF TALK: large gearless bulk carrier EN MAY
Update on the Richards Bay Coal Line derailment
Kommer Damen receives Lifetime Achievement Award
New East Africa Express service (EAX5) launched by OOCL
Green machines – OOCL orders seven methanol-compatible 24,000-TEU container ships
Xeneta and Marine Benchmark partner to launch Carbon Emissions Index
Trouble on the North Coal Corridor
WHARF TALK: Trailing Hopper Suction Dredger CRESTWAY
South Africa’s IDC increases stake in Mozal smelter
UNCTAD calls for International Support: Least Developed Countries – Global Low-Carbon Transition
Kenya’s Nancy Karigithu nominated as the next IMO secretary-general
BREAKING NEWS: Coal train derails on Richards Bay coal line (Northern Corridor)
TICTS planning new $500 million upgrades at Dar es Salaam container terminal
WHARF TALK: container ship CMA CGM LEBU
Tanzanian aircraft crashes into Lake Victoria – 19 dead
New IMO office in the MENA region: Boosting regional presence
Transnet partners with motor industry & NEF to drive local manufacturing
WTO champions importance of trade in climate action
Government pushes ahead with plans for a national shipping company
WHARF TALK: visiting bitumen tanker ASPHALT TERANGA
Nigeria’s deepwater port of Lekki is completed
ITF and COP27: Transition transport – Governments must match workers’ ambitions
Nigeria secures loans to complete railway modernisation projects
SAECS Service Update: Durban berthing delays

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 27 August 2022

Africa Ports& Ships maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:  Port of Richards Bay

IN CONVERSATION: Waiting for Ethiopia: Berbera port upgrade raises Somaliland’s hopes for trade
WHARF TALK: offshore diamond mining support ship GOOD WIND
Tunisia’s grain sector: EBRD to contribute
P&O Maritime Logistics expands container shipping across the Red Sea
IN CONVERSATION: South African citrus: new EU rules are unjust and punitive
TRADE NEWS: TotalEnergies & COSCO complete first marine biofuel bunkering
Strong performances by Nigerian ports for the half-year
WHARF TALK: Seatrade reefer vessel REGAL BAY
Mystery created over the Coral Sul’s first shipment of LNG
US Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk arrives in Lagos on visit
Mozambique to pave and rehabilitate 5,000km of central & northern national roads
ZIM declares high profit returns for second quarter 2022
Cape Town port’s interim truck staging area goes into operation
WHARF TALK: MR2 class product tanker UACC SHAMS
New gantries bring completion for Port of Abidjan 2nd Container Terminal
Hapag-Lloyd close to tripling profit for H1
Road and parking space upgrade at Port of Mossel Bay
TRADE NEWS: Thordon’s SXL bearings installed on history-making Daleela
Better than a truce as APM Terminals and Monrovia dock workers sign MoU
WHARF TALK: multi-purpose general cargo ship BOHWA PIONEER
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Port of Felixstowe affected by 8-day strike
Average container prices & rates show decline in China
Mozambique’s Port of Quelimane is ready for bigger ships
WHARF TALK: Neo-Panamax container vessel NILEDUTCH LION
UN Sec-General Europe trip with visit to vessels of hope
Transnet calls for supply of desalinated water at SA ports
First LNG cargo about to be loaded from Coral Sul as LNG tanker arrives
IN CONVERSATION: Ghana has developed a maritime policy. Here is what it means
ITF Inspectors recover seafarers’ unpaid wages

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 5 March 2022

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 28 February 2022

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FIRST VIEW:   ALP STRIKER

Kenya’s ‘ship in a box’ marine security simulator
WHARF TALK: delivering a cargo of fertiliser – OCEAN VENUS
ITF Dockers unite against Putin’s Ukraine invasion
Russian invasion of Ukraine brings concern for South Africa’s fruit industry
Grindrod presents positive results for 2021
Significant upgrading taking place at Luanda’s Sogester Container Terminal
WHARF TALK: Russian visitor to Cape Town – SCF PRIME
President Biden’s claims not indicative of maritime industry or market dynamics – WSC
Significant increase in Suez Canal traffic during February 2022
Suez Canal rates to further skyrocket after 15.1% jump in profits in February
XENETA: long-term ocean freight rates on the rise again
IN CONVERSATION: How the US and UK worked together to recolonise the Chagos Islands and evict Chagossians
Russian ships and ports are frozen out
WHARF TALK: gearless bulker in Cape Town – OCEAN PRINCE
Ukraine and Russia pose a danger to ailing African economies – need for African refineries
IN CONVERSATION: African states need a vision for relations with the Indo-Pacific
UN Bodies call for further action to end seafarer crisis
World Shipping Council attacks President Buiden speech ahead of State of the Union Address
Tanker Tresta Star aground off Reunion starts breaking up, as salvors walk away over payment
WHARF TALK: another class of tanker – FAIRCHEM FORTITUDE
Five essential commodities that will be hit by war in Ukraine
Port of Douala to build bypass roads for easy access & security
NATO Allies boost support to Ukraine
Unconfirmed report says Russian Navy detains two Ukrainian merchant ships
The global shipping workforce: Russian and Ukrainian seafarers’ contributions
Ukraine – IMO Secretary-General speaks of shipping & seafarers
WHARF TALK: specialised offshore support ship – NORMAND NAVIGATOR
SA calls for Russian withdrawal from Ukraine
France intercepts Russian-bound ship in English Channel
IN CONVERSATION: How Russia-Ukraine conflict could influence Africa’s food supplies
Nigeria importing large quantities of petrol to address shortage
Chinese trawlers with forged documents threatening Madagascar’s waters
Transport unions call for immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian military from Ukraine
Dryad reports of ships being targeted off Ukraine

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