Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 7 June 2024

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   Wild Cosmos

Port & Shipping News and Advisories
Saudi Arabia takes 92-year Saudi Logistics City lease in Djibouti Free Zone
Ain Sokhna port new container terminal to open in 2025
WHARF TALK: MR2 class product tanker – DEE4 NERIUM
Crime doesn’t pay – 49 years for TFR cable theft
Latest newbuild ONE Recommendation makes maiden call at Durban
World Bank publishes Port Rankings for 2023 – poor showing by SA ports
WHARF TALK: anchor handling & oceangoing tug – ALP DEFENDER
Wind Propulsion Technology: Opportunities and challenges – Low Carbon GIA Roundtable explores
Port congestion, increased freight rates, Red Sea diversions and vessel blankings
Adani Ports signs 30-year concession to operate Dar es Salaam Container Terminal 2
WHARF TALK: Security Guard Mother Ship – MARKAB
DP World & Mawani commence work on Jeddah port logistics park
Containers lost at sea: WSC welcomes new IMO regulations
TNPA appoints Amulet/LTM Energy Groups Consortium as preferred bidder for Richards Bay solar plant
First South African citrus fruit arrives in Philadelphia this week
WHARF TALK: MR2 class products tanker – ORIENTAL DIAMOND
Operation ATALANTA conducts first ever multi-agency exercise with Kenya
Nigeria’s Lekki Port acquires two additional harbour tugs
CTF 150’s HMS Diamond intercepts 2.4 tonnes of hashish in Arabian Sea
Hapag-Lloyd resumes sea service to Ukraine
Positive cruise season spells future growth for SA tourism market
Xeneta: Ocean freight container shipping market set to surpass Red Sea crisis peak and hit levels not seen since Covid-19 pandemic
ITF includes Gabon and Eswatini as Flags of Convenience
Greek bulk carrier Laax struck by three Houthi missiles
Bulker newbuilding values at 15-year high

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 11 May 2024

Africa PORTS & sHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   Maersk Stadelhorn

Namport’s Walvis Bay to have Africa’s first hydrogen-fuelled workboat
WHARF TALK: Hapag-Lloyd cruise ship – EUROPA
Incat Crowther to construct supply vessel for Senegalese operator
Somali pirates strike again taking another Iranian fishing vessel
SA auto sector highlights South Africa as an investment destination
WHARF TALK: passenger vessel – CRYSTAL SERENITY
Hapag-Lloyd & IKEA join forces to decarbonise container shipments from Asia
MSC Cruises places orders for two enviro-advanced World ships
IMO biofouling project: Biodiversity threat extended
Taylor Smith Shipyard and Nouum Engineering to cooperate in Mauritius
WHARF TALK: LPG/Ethylene tanker – NAVIGATOR PLUTO
New Multimodal Inland Port Association to lead logistics transformation in Southern Africa
Maersk adds capacity to compensate for Red Sea situation
Port News and Advisories
WHARF TALK: multi-purpose heavylift vessel – INDUSTRIAL SKIPPER
MSC makes successful offer to buy Norwegian Gram Car Carriers
Nigerian Navy rescues hundreds of passengers from sinking boat
IMO’s Legal Committee
African Maritime Forces Summit, Naval Infantry Leaders Symposium-Africa held in Ghana
Introduction of extra trains sees road truck congestion reduced at Richards Bay
Focus on the Port of Tanga
Xeneta Update: Long term rates edge up globally as Red Sea conflict continues to cast uncertainty across the market

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 16 April 2024

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   Boka Northern Ocean 

WHARF TALK: The Queens at the Cape
MV Abdullah released by Somali pirates, apparently after ransom paid
Escalating Middle East Tensions Trigger Projected Surge in War Risk Premiums and Freight Rates
IAPH speaks out on seizure of MSC Aries by Iran
AGL signs contract to manage Walvis Bay Multipurpose Bulk Terminal
WHARF TALK: bitumen tanker – ATLANTIC NARVAL
DOF awarded West African subsea contract, utilises Maersk Installer
In Conversation: West Africa’s falling fish stocks: illegal Chinese trawlers, climate change and artisanal fishing fleets to blame
WHARF TALK: Research Seismic Survey vessel – MARCUS G. LANGSETH
Op Aspides repels 11 Red Sea attacks in two months
IMO S-G welcomes delegates to Facilitation Committee (FAL 48)
Hefty jail sentences for two oil pipeline thieves
MSC provides North Africa with improved weekly Black Sea Georgia service
APM Terminals issues challenge to DCT Pier 2 concessioning
WHARF TALK: Neopanamax cruise ship – MSC SPLENDIDA
In Conversation: Why there may be oceans inside dwarf planets beyond Pluto – and what this means for the likely abundance of life
IMO and future marine fuels and technology – New website launched
CMF Task Force 150 seizes illegal drugs in Arabian Sea
More than 90 die as unlicensed Mozambique ferry boat capsizes
WHARF TALK: passenger cruise ship – AMBIENCE
Africa Global Logistics (AGL) commences operations at AGL Lobito Terminal
DP World & local BE company score as bpSA outsources its secondary transport
The green shipping training programme: IMO and emerging leaders
Maersk to reinstate OC1 service transits through Panama Canal
Indian Navy rescues another pirated ship
Autonomous mine hunting: Indian Ocean north
Durban Terminals prepared for bumper citrus season
Cruise News: Farewell to MSC Splendida, hello to MSC Virtuosa

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 18 February 2024

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   Gas Summit

CMA CGM Mermaid, first of a new design of container ship, enters service
Maersk to demerge towage company Svitzer
MSC’s Soren Toft & the Suez Canal Authority discuss Red Sea crisis
Nexans’ new cable-laying vessel: ABB hybrid power system
In Conversation: The world’s coral reefs are bigger than we thought – but it took satellites, snorkels and machine learning to see them
Cape Town Container Terminal achieves peak reefer loading
WHARF TALK: NCL cruise ship – NORWEGIAN DAWN
Trade News: Damen enters into Strategic partnership Agreement with SA’s DTIC
Green shipping fuels made in South Africa – a World Bank Blog
Rhenus expands warehouse capacities in Pretoria, PE and East London
Minerals Council delivers judgement on 2023
WHARF TALK: survey vessel – ARGO SEARCHER
Competing ports for the mineral wealth of Central Africa
Taylor Group acquires control of CVS Ferrari
TNPA: New hydraulic units will curb ship delays in Cape Town & Ngqura ports
WHARF TALK: Ro-Ro Passenger and Truck Ferry – P&O LIBERTÉ
Eni looking for logistics provider at Pemba
Airfreight: TAAG starts regular cargo operations at the new Luanda Airport
Carga Aérea: TAAG inicia operações regulares de carga no novo Aeroporto de Luanda
Greenpeace Africa Statement on South Africa Navy Marine Blasts
MACS creates new feeder service and connecting Lüderitz
WHARF TALK: LPG, VLGC tanker SUNNY BRIGHT
Mauritius: Port facility security training
UCT develops way to measure Antarctic sea-ice using ship-mounted radar
Fire aboard tank vessel S-Trust: Lithium-ion battery thermal runaway
A.P. Moller – Maersk 4th quarter 2023 results
MOL Group 3rd Quarter Business Results
DCT 2 down to single digit ships at anchor, planning ahead
Preparations for the removal of the wreck Elke M underway

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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 21 January 2024

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   FINNCANOPUS

TFR returns Richards Bay coal line to service
WHARF TALK: SA Port Statistics for December 2023
US CENTCOM strikes more Houthi weapon sites: US bulk carrier bombed by drone
A NEW BOOK: Brief Atlas of the Lighthouses
In Conversation: Ethiopia’s deal with Somaliland upends regional dynamics, risking strife across the Horn of Africa
Cyclone Belal hits La Réunion and Mauritius
Elke M salvage operation update
Transnet Freight Rail ‘fast-tracking’ repairs on KZN coal export line
WHARF TALK: Spirit on Mighty Servant 3
Transnet Recovery Diary 17 January 2024
Tanzania Ports Authority revives plans for container port at Bagamoyo
DCT Terminal 2 reducing the backlog
In Conversation: Suez Canal is not the only ‘choke point’ that threatens to disrupt global supply chains
Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd are teaming up with an operational cooperation
Port Maputo tops 31 million tonnes throughput, 16% up on previous year
WHARF TALK: laden Supramax bulk carrier SPAR CORVUS
TNPA to appoint panel to help close operational gaps at port terminals
Tanzania bans Kenya Airways in tit-for-tat
IMO and an Onshore Power Supply package: Now available for port stakeholders
Transnet Recovery Diary 16 January 2024
Trade News: CIMC Raffles picks TMC for Havfram Wind’s WTIVs
Two coal trains collide outside Richards Bay causing derailment
WHARF TALK: Antarctic Krill fishing vessel ANTARCTIC SEA
Breaking News: Houthi missile strikes US merchant ship
Tensions rise over Ethiopia’s sea access deal with Somaliland
In Conversation: Ethiopia’s quest for access to the sea: success rests on good relations with its neighbours
Transnet Recovery Diary 12 January 2024
Degrading rebel group Houthi’s capabilities
WHARF TALK: multi-purpose heavylift vessel CPC CAROLINA
SAMSA Update: Elke M casualty, St Francis Bay
Red Sea: UN Security Council Resolution 2722 (2024) Statement by IMO S-G
World’s largest semi-submersible crane vessel calls at Walvis Bay
SAECS advisory – SANTA ISABEL to omit Cape Town call
IMO improving Polar Code training: Key recommendations proposed
In Conversation: Houthi rebel Red Sea attacks and the threat of escalation and supply chain chaos are a major headache – and not just for the west
Transnet Recovery Diary 12 January 2024
US and UK missile strikes could signal the ‘beginning of the endgame’ in the Red Sea crisis
US and UK military launch attacks against Houthi bases
Transnet Recovery Diary 11 January 2024
Vopak Terminal Durban and TPL consortium awarded LNG Terminal concession at Richards Bay port
Transnet Recovery Diary 10 January 2024
Removal of pollutants from grounded fishing vessel Elke M begins
Houthis make largest overnight attack on naval and commercial ships in Red Sea
Richards Bay conveyor belt returns to service
Airfreight: Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services adds Casablanca
DNV: Maritime decarbonization efforts propelled as orders for alternative-fueled vessels grow
Transnet Recovery Diary 9 January 2024
Transnet Recovery Diary 8 January 2024
NATO’s Operation Sea Guardian (OSG)
Attacks on shipping: UN Security Council briefed
Maersk reverses course, heads around the Cape
Transaid looks back on a silver year
Fishing vessel Elke M aground near Cape St Francis, crew safe UPDATED
WSC, ICS & BIMCO speak out about Red Sea crisis
US and allies issue warning to Houthis over shipping in Red Sea
Transnet Recovery Diary 4 January 2024
IMO S-G addresses UN
Transnet Recovery Diary 3 January 2024
Cyclone Alvaro, First of the ‘Season’ – Madagascan waters  
S-G IMO’s New Year message

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 16 November 2023

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   Port of Cape Town

Agaléga, India’s semi-secret Indian Ocean naval base
WHARF TALK: Fast Sailing Heavylift vessel – AEGIR
IMO and African SAR
The Future is Now: London Gateway receives automated stacking cranes for fourth berth
In Conversation: Fishing down the food web: Bye-bye big fish, hello jellyfish and don’t talk about conservation
Mozambique’s controversial tuna company Ematum to be liquidated
WHARF TALK: SA Port Statistics for October 2023
WHARF TALK: floating university – WORLD ODYSSEY
Beira fishing port losing vessels due to high fuel prices
CMA CGM reshuffles service between Asia and South & West Africa
Nigerian ports shut by strike action
Maersk delinks South Africa from FEW service over port congestion
WHARF TALK: chemical tanker – GTM GERMANY
IMO team in South Africa to conduct a mandatory audit under the IMO Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS)
Rwanda’s new Port Rubavu set to open in December
In Conversation: Africa-US trade: Agoa deal expires in 2025 – an expert unpacks what it’s achieved in 23 years
Remembrance Day, London 12/11/23
Cargo owners to bear the brunt of Transnet terminal failures
WHARF TALK: MR2 products tanker CHALLENGE PROSPECT II
Climate change and ship exhaust scientifically challenged
Research into seafarer demographics
Vasco da Gama, a worthy name for a visiting cruise ship
Seventy-two thousand plus seafarers visit Nigerian ports annually
IMO and transboundary oil spills: Strengthening cooperation in Africa
TFR concludes Cape Corridor maintenance shutdown
In Conversation: The bureaucratic nightmare: Unlicensed Kalk Bay fishers beached by fishing quotas   Part 3

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 9 November 2023

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   SAAGAR

Two former Transnet execs have their pension benefits interdicted
WHARF TALK: offshore platform supply vessel (PSV) – ALLIANZ CRYSTAL
Varamar and COSCO Shipping agree commercial partnership to boost respective trades
In Conversation: Abandoned oil rigs could scrape carbon from the sky and store it in empty undersea reservoirs
ICVL plans to double its Mozambique coal production
South African cruise season gets underway
WHARF TALK: MR2 products tanker – SEA ADORE
Shipping schedule updates
In Conversation: The price of fish & chips: The shark slayers and an unfolding disaster for the love of fried fish
Cargo traffic on Lake Victoria increases during Q1
Boluda provides new tug for Port of Lomé
In Conversation: The Lawless Oceans — forced labour on rust-bucket boats docking at Cape Town harbour
WHARF TALK: NeoPanamax container vessel MAERSK AMAZON
MAIB lifeboat investigation – RRS Sir David Attenborough
MSC judged ‘Best Shipping Line – Asia-Africa’ for 4th year at AFLAS
Ship collision in Cape Town’s Duncan Dock
Kenya: IMO maritime security legislation training
Fugro’s next-generation coastal mapping system on view
Maputo Port Development Company renews marine services contract with P&O Maritime Logistics
Maputo Port Development Company renova contrato de serviços marítimos com a P&O Maritime Logistics
WHARF TALK: French Navy (Marine Nationale) Frigate FS FLORÉAL (F730)
Shipping Service and Schedule Updates
TNPA to the rescue of Richards Bay Alkantstrand Beach
IMO marks 50 years since the MARPOL Convention was adopted
Ramaphosa calls for lengthier AGOA to incentify African industry
European ports concern over the EU ETS for maritime sector
Two leading terminal operators initiate widespread electrification of container handling equipment
The Master’s Practical Guide to Maritime Law published to aid seafarers with incidents at sea
Xeneta Update: Upturn in the ocean freight shipping market proves to be a false dawn

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 21 October 2023

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   Bariloche

NEWS FLASH – Tau Morwe appointed acting head of SAMSA, and confirmation of Sobantu Tilayi’s reinstatement as COO
Power outages impacting Richards Bay port operations
WHARF TALK: MR2 product tanker – WHITE PEACH
Vessel catches fire and burns out in Liberia’s Buchanan port
Heavy sentences for two rail equipment thieves
MOL confirms introduction of Starlink into more than 200 ships in its fleet
WHARF TALK: SA Port Statistics for September 2023
WHARF TALK: handy size bulk carrier – UNITY LIGHT
AGL wins bid to manage and operate Lobito port terminals
AGL vence concurso para gerir e operar terminais portuários do Lobito
“Procurement challenges” and “lack of capacity” keep SA Navy in harbour
US$ 290 million expansion & modernisation promised for Beira port
WHARF TALK: MR1 product tanker – CR TETHYS
Happy Birthday for Green Point Lighthouse KZN as it marks 118 years of service
EXMAR’s two newbuild gas tankers will have ammonia dual-fuel engines
In Conversation: Nigeria wants to revamp its railway network. Four things it needs to do to succeed
Transnet seeks proposals for Maydon Wharf citrus terminal
Transnet Board completes turnaround plan – now it’s over to DPE
WHARF TALK: Panamax gearless bulk carrier – SHI DAI 10
Breaking the back of the coal theft syndicates
Operational delays – SAECS service updates
IMO and West Africa: Implementing oil pollution, liability and compensation measures
Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd to provide Starlink to their fleets
Grindrod donates 177 bicycles to schools in Mozambique
Transnet and eThekwini Municipality take next step on developmental projects
In Conversation: New treaty to protect the world’s oceans may hurt vulnerable African fisheries
Standing NATO Maritime Group 2: Reintegrating in eastern Med

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 21 September 2023

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   Port of Durban

WHARF TALK: Grimaldi Con-Ro ships in South Africa
In Conversation: South Africa’s destructive storm surges: geoscientist reveals the 3 factors that drove them
Fatal pilot ladder crew accident: ATSB Report
Minister Gordhan responds on Chamber of Commerce port and rail concerns
Port Elizabeth tanker berth reinforced and refurbished
WHARF TALK: handysize Chemical Tanker FAIRCHEM CUTLASS
Dutch barge converted by Concordia Damen into Nigerian dredger
TNPA joins forces with tenants to keep the Port of Durban clean
CMA CGM & Maersk set joint targets for decarbonising shipping industry
Angola substituirá armazenamento flutuante de petróleo por terminal
Angola to replace floating storage of petroleum with terminal
WHARF TALK: SA Port Statistics for August 2023
WHARF TALK: Anglo-Boer War Hospital Ships – Part 2
Rail line into Port Elizabeth port heavily damaged by rough sea action
Abo FPSO sold to Nigerian interests
Ghana commissions two ex-USCG patrol ships into navy
Air cargo: Dangerous goods study
Durban Chamber of Commerce says Transnet CEO and execs must go
WHARF TALK: Anglo-Boer War Hospital Ships – Part 1
Citrus Exports: 2023 Orange season comes to an end
A busy week at IMO
Senior Transnet Engineering manager arrested for corruption
ONE and Project Maji: Safe fresh water in rural Ghana and Kenya
Trade News: Converting floriculture from airfreight to sea
Dheeraj Bhatia appointed CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Terminal Holding
MSC in J/V with Hamburg-controlled HH:LA Port Terminal & Logistics Group
SAECS schedule update – Cape Town omission for MOL Proficiency

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