Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 7 April 2024

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   Port of Mombasa 

Cruise News: Farewell to MSC Splendida, hello to MSC Virtuosa
Durban Terminals prepared for bumper citrus season
In Conversation: Turkey and Ethiopia have had close ties for many years: Somalia maritime deals may shift the dynamics
New four-lane in-gate facility in Onne Port, Nigeria
Port of Nacala-a-Velha handles over 13 million tons of Mozambican coal via Malawi
WHARF TALK: P&O cruise ship – ARCADIA
CMA CGM to update EURAF 4 & 5 services with West Africa
In Conversation: Jihadism in Mozambique: southern African forces are leaving with mixed results
TNPA develops its first water desalination plant at Port of East London
President to open R2.6 Billion multi-modal rail terminal in Durban
WHARF TALK: passenger ship – BOREALIS
Chinese naval task force visiting Mozambique
Chinese tanker targeted by Houthi anti-ship missiles
MSC strengthens freight forwarding logistics with acquisition of Clasquin
Déjà Vu – Another sickening stink ship arrives. East London this time
Steady growth for Kenya’s Port of Mombasa
WHARF TALK: luxury expedition ship – SILVER CLOUD
Coral Sul FLNG: 50 successful LNG tanker transfers offshore Mozambique
Russian frigate Marshall Shaposhnikov arrives in Massawa, Eritrea
The Baltimore Bridge disaster – one week later
Baltimore Bridge’s losses within absorption capacity of the insurance industry – Morningstar DBRS
SAMIM to withdraw from Mozambique by 15 July 2024
Commissioner Lighe takes office at Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA)
First of 45 new haulers arrive for Durban Container Terminals
In Conversation: I’ve captained ships into tight ports like Baltimore, and this is how captains like me work with harbor pilots to avoid deadly collisions

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 10 March 2024

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Here are the News Headlines:

FIRST VIEW:   Hellas Margarita

Grindrod grows its headline earnings with operational resilience
Saldanha MPT having a good year, already exceeded YTD volume budget by 6.2%
World Shipping Council speaks out on attack of True Confidence
Port advisories for South African ports
In Conversation: MH370 disappearance 10 years on: can we still find it?
Is Iran planning a naval base at Port Sudan?
Breaking News: Tanker hit by missile off Aden, 2 seafarers killed
WHARF TALK: multipurpose heavylifter – BBC SCANDINAVIA
Vice Admiral Monde Lobese to address poor morale in the SA Navy
Höegh Autoliners receives funding for two ammonia-powered car carriers
Houthi attacks continue as Italian destroyer gets into the action
WHARF TALK: newly spotted box ship – ONE REASSURANCE
IMO statement on the Red Sea crisis and the Rubymar
UNCTAD port training module for Nigerian port officials
West Africa’s GTA LNG project: Arrival of FLNG vessel GIMI – Major milestone reached
Transnet unpacks plans for repositioning ports of Durban & Richards Bay
WHARF TALK: residential cruise ship – THE WORLD
Seafarer lost overboard container ship Santa Cruz near Cape Recife
Houthi’s may have scuttled abandoned British bulker Rubymar
Tunisia commercial port traffic increases 2% in 2023
Transnet given approval to finalise DCT2 contract with ICTSI
DCT Pier 2 is steadily recovering, says TPT
WHARF TALK: Large Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHST) vessel – NORMAND SIRIUS
Transnet says it will deal ‘decisively’ concerning activities at TNPA
CMA CGM given go-ahead to acquire 
SA Navy will hit the high seas this year with ship visits to Russia and Cuba
SA Navy prepared to divorce itself from the Armscor Dockyard – Lobese
Xeneta Update: XSI® records biggest increase in 18 months
Combating harassment and bullying: ICS sets out industry principles
In Conversation: How climate change is messing up the ocean’s biological clock, with unknown long-term consequences
Transnet executive appointments – official announcement

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 25 February 2024

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Here are the News Headlines for the period between 18 and 24 February 2024

FIRST VIEW:   ITAL USODIMARE

Red-letter day as mv Mpungu is launched into Lake Victoria
Cape Town Container Terminal has 43% improvement in weekly truck volumes
Moroccan ports prepare for climate change impact
Central Region ports recovery plan in full swing
Durban port productivity and Mauritius cyclone threat force port omissions
Cyclone warning for Mauritius and Reunion
WHARF TALK: Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) – HANG JUN 4017
Tug SVITZER SANTO NIÑO (IMO 9965904) on delivery voyage to Cape Town
Transnet Port Terminals launches programme to boost technical capacity
Lest We Forget. SS Mendi 21 February 1917
Livestock carrier raises a huge stink in Cape Town
EU launches Eunavfor Aspides to safeguard freedom of Red Sea navigation
WHARF TALK: livestock carrier – AL KUWAIT
Loadshedding and logistics constraints, increase cost of doing business in South Africa – Kumba
Houthi’s score a success, force crew to abandon their damaged ship Rubymar
CMA CGM orders 3 Kalmar straddle carriers for SAMR, Port Réunion
WHARF TALK: multi-purpose offshore field support vessel – SKANDI SEVEN
Trade News: Weathernews launches “Berth Waiting Forecast” service
Shipping industry calls for release of Galaxy Leader crew
Smell in the City – livestock carrier to blame
WHARF TALK: SA Port Statistics for January 2024
Islamist terrorists occupy fishing town of Quissanga near Pemba
WHARF TALK: MR1 chemical and product tanker – MARITIME TUNTIGA
Ukraine sinks Russian landing ship Caesar Kunikov in Black Sea
Maputo port intends investing further in rail transport
O porto de Maputo pretende investir mais no transporte ferroviário
IMO: Tanzania – Enhancing maritime security
Germany sends frigate Hessen to join EU mission in Red Sea
Houthi missile strikes a laden crude oil tanker Pollux with Russian oil for India
Boskalis acquisition of ALP receives approval

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 28 January 2024

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Here are the News Headlines:

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 13 January 2024

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Here are the News Headlines:

FIRST VIEW:   MSC TOPAZ

TPT says it is reducing Durban backlog
Farewell to IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim
Transnet Recovery Diary 21 December 2023
Red Sea Crisis: Over 100 Ships Divert Round the Cape
Grindrod sets new records at its terminal operations
XENETA UPDATE: Red Sea Crisis
Two Damen ASD Tugs for Ghana Ports
APM Tangier MedPort phase 2 expansion goes operational
Naval forces gather off Strait of el-Mandeb as shipping lines pause operations
Missile attacks on ships in Red Sea mount, as more vessels divert
Transnet’s Container Corridor lease process delayed
Port Elizabeth bulk manganese terminal reopens after maintenance shutdown
WHARF TALK: MR2 class product tanker – NORD OLYMPIA
IMO Assembly 33rd session
Maritime Security Incident Overview: M/V Strinda
IMO and training seafarers for a decarbonised future
In Conversation: Somali pirates are back in action: but a full scale return isn’t likely. Here’s why
Indian Navy ship calls at Kenya’s Lamu port
Cape Town’s RTG cranes arrive in time for Christmas
WHARF TALK: chemical tanker – STOLT ORCA
Red Sea Threats: Statement by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim
Norwegian tanker Strinda struck by missile in Red Sea
Repairs to Angola’s research vessel Baía Farta will be completed by May
Durban Cruise Terminal quay wall strengthened
Transnet Recovery Diary 12 December 2023
Increasing number of ships avoid the Red Sea & turn for the Cape
WHARF TALK: logistic support ship FS JACQUES CHEVALLIER A725
Richards Bay’s South Dunes Precinct Development moves ahead – call for RfPs
US rail developer invests heavily in Angola’s rail corridors
Transnet Pipelines pleased with stiff jailtime for two fuel thieves
Transnet Recovery Diary 11 December 2023
WHARF TALK: SA Port Statistics for November 2023
Richards Bay municipality to charge R30 ton toll on arriving long-haul trucks
WHARF TALK: bitumen tanker – BALTIC NARVAL
Durban port now has six working tugs
TPT secures equipment spares for port terminals
SA police make R150 million cocaine bust at Durban Harbour
Ethio-Djibouti Railway reaches maximum capacity on 40% annual growth
COP28: Africa could lose $25 billion a year from EU Carbon tax
Maersk gets set to deploy first large methanol-enabled ship on Asia-Europe trade lane
French frigate Languedoc shoots down two drones over Red Sea
Transnet Recovery Diary 10 December 2023

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 9 September 2023

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Here are the News Headlines:

FIRST VIEW:   Durban Container Terminals Piers 1 & 2

Mystery over APM Terminals reported sale of majority share in Luanda container terminal
WHARF TALK: Split bridge superstructure,  Part 2 of MSC BIANCA
Making Africa a renewable energy superpower: UN S-G speaks
Port of Beira to implement new reefer management system
Trans Kalahari Corridor Secretariat opens new offices in Windhoek
Govt issues Lady R executive summary report 
Port of Beira attracts ONE as new shipping carrier
WHARF TALK: Neo-Panamax container vessel MSC BIANCA Part 1
FIT Alliance launches ‘Declaration of the electronic Bill of Lading’
Turkish company Tosyali Holding to export 1.8 million tonnes of iron from Namibe
Surveillance of Russian vessels: A new Defence Minister
No evidence of weapons loaded for export onto Lady R
WHARF TALK: chemical tanker YC AZALEA
HMS Prince of Wales departs Portsmouth
Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZONE) Container Terminal 2 concession awarded to APM Terminals’ SCCT
Seychelles to dredge sand for stockpile replenishment
Trade News: XXL monopile transport system lowers storage and handling costs
Transnet issues financial year end Report: unmodified audit opinion
Transnet financial report 2023 in some detail
WHARF TALK: Handymax bulk carrier VOGE MIA
Durban Dry Dock rehabilitation: Pump station commissioned 
TNPA issues RFP for East London port road widening
MOL Group Launches 1st Warehouse Operation in Africa
Shipping caught up in Gabon coup d’état
HMS Prince of Wales departs Portsmouth
SA Navy back on show with a mini festival
Xeneta Update: Long-term ocean freight rates plunge by more than 60% in year of decline, but changing fortunes appear imminent

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 25 August 2023

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Here are the News Headlines:

FIRST VIEW:   INS SUNAYNA P57

TFR adopts an Outcomes Based Security solution to solve theft and vandalism on rail network
WHARF TALK: Norwegian Fisheries Research Vessel DR. FRIDTJOF NANSEN
New Port Security Officer (PSO) appointed for Port of Durban
Tanker collision in Suez Canal
Third new tug arrives for service at Port Maputo
DRC copper mine to rail 10,000 tonnes of copper through the Lobito Corridor
Mina de cobre da RDC transportará 10.000 toneladas de cobre através do Corredor do Lobito
WHARF TALK: anchor handling, tug, and supply vessel BOKA FULMAR
Potential shortages as Panama Canal restrictions impact holiday stocks, warns Container xChange
Nigeria: Dangote Refinery completes construction and starts production
Innovative WindWings sail-assisted bulker sets off on commercial voyage
Namport planning to enlarge Walvis Bay port for oil and gas sector
WHARF TALK: offshore crane vessel BOKALIFT 1
92 Years of service for South Sands Bluff Lighthouse
In Conversation: Kenya and the US are negotiating a trade deal that could be a model for Africa
Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) explained: Video series
TPT prepares to partner with ICTSI at Durban Container Terminal Pier 2
WHARF TALK: anchor handling, tug, supply vessel (AHTS) PACIFIC DOLPHIN
Transnet calls for retraction of media comments after Group CE speech
ICTSI posts healthy half-year results
Mossel Bay port issues a Request for Information on a renewable energy facility
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim welcomes transfer of oil from FSO Safer
Testing of Tanzania SGR delayed by lack of locomotives

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 22 July 2023

Africa Ports & Ships maritime news

Here are the News Headlines:

FIRST VIEW:  Richards Bay Terminals

TNPA gets ready to kick-start deepening of N-berth at East London port’s car terminal
WHARF TALK: MR1 products tanker – HARRIS
IMO and IAPH MoU: Ship-port cooperation
Adani Ports aims at becoming terminal operator at Dar es Salaam
The Black Sea Grain Initiative
TNPA invites bids for container handling facility at Richards Bay port
TNPA invites bids for container handling facility at Richards Bay port
Three Chinese Navy ships to visit Cape Town next week
South Africa & DRC working together over border delays
Kenya’s six-year logging ban lifted- exports can resume
Proactive collaboration among all levels of government & business necessary for success of AfCFTA
Dredging Services: Making a garden for Nelson Mandela
Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco to be the IMO Secretary General
Praise for Durban Container Terminal and port from citrus sector
WHARF TALK: trailing suction hopper dredger – WILLEM VAN ORANJE
Financing confirmed for Djibouti’s Free Trade Zone
Angola’s position as an oil and gas hub consolidated regionally
TRADE NEWS: Vesconite Hilube bearings for dredging companies
The Black Sea Grain Initiative – Russia terminates
BREAKING NEWS: ICTSI selected to manage & operate Durban Container Terminal DCT2
WHARF TALK: of tankers and terminals – ELLIE M II
Mozambique has concerns over South African truck attacks
Hapag-Lloyd’s new fortnightly West Africa Service well underway
Mozambique exports 100,000 tons of eucalyptus to Europe
It wasn’t a good week for SA transport
WHARF TALK: in with one name, out with another – VB RHYNO
Service changes on South Africa-Europe Container Service
Mozambique suspends all offshore marine activity along Beira coast
Admiral of the Fleet Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL remembered
ME news: MSC named the World’s Most Inspiring Liner Service
ME News: CMA CGM named World’s Most Inspiring Sustainable Shipping Initiative
UPDATE: Richards Bay Terminals fully operational again
Richards Bay port at virtual standstill following ‘stop work’ order

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 28 May 2023

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Here are the News Headlines:

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 18 March 2023

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Here are the News Headlines:

FIRST VIEW:  ATLANTIC VISION

Improvements in contractual compliance for Durban Container Terminals
WHARF TALK: Holland America Line’s magnificent ZUIDERDAM
ONE opens its own office at Kenya’s Mombasa
Ten new big ‘uns for ONE
Transnet Pipelines welcomes latest fuel theft conviction
Migrant boat sinks off Madagascar, 34 dead others missing
WHARF TALK: diamond mining sampling vessel ADAMASTOR
Alternative marine fuels that may need future regulatory work – IMO
Xeneta Update: Air freight cargo capacity increases above pre-pandemic level
Saudi Arabia becomes the first Arab country to ratify the IALA Convention
Conservative estimates for coming South African citrus export season
WHARF TALK: coastal feeder vessel MSC ANUSHA III
Captain William Ruto takes over as Kenya Ports Authority new boss
IMO and training: Madagascar port facility security
Emphasis on importance of petroleum products to Africa
Cyclone Freddy ashore near Quelimane, another u-turn possible
WHARF TALK: Italian Con-Ro vessel JOLLY TITANIO
USCGC Spencer home from Africa
The rising futuristic port city of Neom – dredging contract awarded to Boskalis
DNV report shows demand for ocean space to grow 5-fold by 2050
WHARF TALK: newbuild bitumen carrier BITU RIVER
Mauritius & UK have maritime security discussions – may include Chagos islands
Tanzania Govt discussions over LNG project with Shell & Equinor completed
TRADE NEWS: MOL and VALE agree to install Two Norsepower Rotor SailsTM
WTO Fishing subsidies agreement: Seychelles is first African WTO member accepting
French warships intercept over a ton of narcotics off the Horn of Africa
NEW BOOKS: Rock Lighthouses of Britain & Ireland
Demand for air cargo declines
Container xChange Forecaster March 2023

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