Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 3 March 2023

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   COSTA DELIZIOSA

Transnet says allocating available capacity to emerging miners is a fair solution
WHARF TALK: Fisheries Patrol Vessel LILIBET
Saipem awarded USD400 million drilling contract off Ivory Coast
Saipem remporte un contrat de forage de 400 millions de dollars au large de la Côte d’Ivoire
Greenpeace calls for strengthened surveillance of illegal fishing off West Africa
Greenpeace appelle à une surveillance renforcée de la pêche illégale au large de l’Afrique de l’Ouest
Not all gloom and doom – TPT still performing well in certain sectors
WHARF TALK: MR2 product tanker AEGEA
Mozambique’s TotalEnergies-led LNG project in Cabo Delgado province set to restart in July
The global nature of trade will prevail, MSC CEO Soren Toft tells TPM23 conference
Mozambique’s Limpopo Railway remains closed by heavy rain
CMA CGM adds Comoros call via Mtwara on NOURA service
IN CONVERSATION: Crisis meeting called after trucks block N2 highway and trash local airfield
WHARF TALK: P&O cruise ship ARTANIA
Guinea-Bissau: Oil spill response planning
MSC introduces 15,000 TEU MSC Virgo to the port of Pointe-Noire
Two govts commit to fixing road jams at border between DRC and Zambia
Xeneta Container Update: global long-term container rates arrest decline in February, buoyed by surge in US export rates
East London port taking back its role as an agricultural export port
WHARF TALK: A cruise ship plus a quiz – COSTA DELIZIOSA
TotalEnergies & Sasol link up with Air Liquide for renewable energy in South Africa
US Coast Guard cutter hauls in 1.5 tons of illegal drugs in Arabian Sea
M-Net TV series Reyka being filmed in Port of Durban
IMO Secretary-General Statement: Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov
Torrential rains and cyclone Freddy batter Mozambique
WHARF TALK: the US oceanographic research ship – ROGER REVELLE
Nigerian Navy hands over seized tanker Sea Eunice IMO 8609072 to NIMASA
Transnet allocates 2 million tons of manganese ore capacity to emerging miners
TotalEnergies & partners to drill more oil offshore Namibia
IN CONVERSATION: Ready for Freddy? SA must prepare for more intense weather events
IMCA welcomes workboat owners & operators under new membership category
New South African freight airline, Suid Cargo Airlines, ready to take wing

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 10 February 2023

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:  WALRUS ACE

Maersk to recruit South African cadets for its global fleet
WHARF TALK: d’Amico Shipping’s MR2 products tanker – HIGH DISCOVERY
Mossel Bay port plans removal of asbestos in buildings
Air cargo 2022 at near pre-pandemic levels: IATA’s Somalia accord
Tanzania’s Port of Mtwara eyes increased container traffic
Agility Report: Key African countries gain ground in 50-country Emerging Markets rankings
WHARF TALK: first reefer of the season – CROWN SAPPHIRE
MSC temporarily suspends rail service between Beira and Zimbabwe
CMA CGM adds new intermodal service to Cabinda Feeder through Pointe Noire
Transnet Port Terminal on the way back, says its steady recovery is continuing
mv Onda: Crew seize ship after Senegal shirks obligations
Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov to call at Cape Town on Sunday
WHARF TALK: ocean going towing tug – ALP GUARD
MSC enhances West Africa feeder service with call at Conakry
South African citrus exports to Russia increase
TRADE NEWS: Mammoet & P&O Logistics transport prefab luxury villas to Red Sea resort
US Coast Guard & international partners investigating Antarctic marine casualties
Maritime Single Window SWiFT Project: Angola port moves ahead
WHARF TALK: Kuwaiti MR2 products tanker – BUBYAN
Brazil scuttles former aircraft carrier SÃO PAULO
Container demand revival as China reopens and rates stabilize – Container xChange
IN CONVERSATION: Seychelles is becoming overwhelmed by marine plastic – we now know where it comes from
Good tidings for Durban Car Terminal as it exceeds financial year end targets
WHARF TALK: Green Dolphin 38 class bulker – VOGE SOPHIE
Transnet issues successful US$ 1 billion bond at a coupon of 8.25%
Durban port tug availability improves
PIANC Mediterranean Days
TRADE NEWS: Total propulsion control makeover of Silja Europa
UKHO: Withdrawal of Standard Nautical Charts and Thematic Charts Extended beyond 2026
Algeria to become the next member of BRICS?

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 6 November 2022

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   JOLLY TITANIO

Durban Container Terminals and truckers association partner to clear backlog
WHARF TALK: heavy load landing ship MARCAP MARS
MSC introduces fast new service Senegal to North Europe
ICAO General Assembly 41: States adopt net-zero 2050 global goal
Port of Entry status for Ports of Mossel Bay and Saldanha
WHARF TALK: Panamax LR1 tanker NORSTAR INTEGRITY
Climate plans remain insufficient: More ambitious action needed
Maersk delivers strong record Q3 but warns of storm clouds ahead
Harren Group opens branch in Nigeria
Cape Columbine Lighthouse turned 86 years old in October
WHARF TALK: Panamax container vessel MSC ADELAIDE
Le Port Sec d’Adétikopé au Togo : un relais stratégique pour le Port de Lomé
Togo’s Dry Port of Adétikopé: a strategic relay for the Port of Lomé
ICS and the global CO2 reduction fund
Dan-Bunkering and Amoil to join forces on 1 January 2023
Safeen Offshore expands subsea service capabilities with a support ship
Call on government department to unlock trade at Eastern Cape ports
WHARF TALK: large ocean towing tug BOKA ALPINE
Transnet Port Terminals lifts Force Majeure across all terminals
CMA CGM to reshuffle SHAKA 2 service rotation connecting Asia with South Africa
Xeneta Container Alert: stubborn long-term rates refuse to follow in footsteps of huge spot declines, but change is coming
DP World reports a 2.5% growth rate for nine months of 2022
Despite problems, SA citrus exports via TPT terminals up 3.7% on 2021
WHARF TALK: Panamax container vessel MSC SHANELLE
UNESCO Setting a global ambition for the Ocean We Want
Ships on the East coast on Sunday
Cape Acacia rounding the Cape
Why no mention of Richards Bay? asks Minerals Council South Africa
New US-Korea air freight service from Maersk Air Cargo

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 31 July 2022

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:  CROWN OPAL

UKHO announces intention to withdraw from paper chart production
WHARF TALK: small handy bunker tanker VEMAHARMONY
In Conversation: Searcher Geodata returns to South Africa to pursue seismic surveys off the West Coast
XENETA container alert: long-term shipping rates finally peak, but now stand 112% up year-on-year
Transnet releases unqualified Financial Statements for year ending 31 March 2022
WHARF TALK: vintage visitor to Cape Town – REEF PROTECTOR
News Brief: Bulk carrier Gladiator towed into Durban for repairs
News Brief: Algeciras replaced by Port Tangier from northbound SAECS service
News Brief: Cold ironing for Port of Las Palmas
EUNAVFOR Atalanta to the rescue of a merchant ship in distress with no power
In Conversation: Africa’s free trade area offers promise for cities – but only if there’s investment
Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) partners with Angola to drive growth
Heavy sands mining for ilmenite, zircon & rutile to commence this year in Mozambique’s Inhambane province
WHARF TALK: MR2 Panamax product tanker GRAND WINNER 5
Operation IRINI finds cargo in breach of UN arms embargo
In Conversation: At Unguja Ukuu, human activity transformed the coast of Zanzibar more than 1,000 years ago
TNPA delegation visits Ghanaian port of Tema
Europe looking to Mozambique to obtain gas supplies
WHARF TALK: CNFC Antarctic krill trawler – LONG FA
TNPA issues RFI for potential renewable energy project
In Conversation: Russia/Ukraine grain export deal promises major benefits for poor countries. If it holds
NEW BOOKS: In the Treacle Mine
AIRFREIGHT: Ethiopian signs proposal for up to 4 more Dash 8-400 Freighter Door Kits
Ukraine grain shipments to resume: The world waits in hope: Odesa bombed
IMO welcomes maritime humanitarian corridor in Black Sea
WHARF TALK: The visit of the last leader of the Nazi Regime to South Africa
IMO launches decarbonisation strategy roundtables in Kenya
Xolani Mbambo to succeed Andrew Waller as CEO of Grindrod
Malindi port expects to serve ships at international standards
Work begins on Ghana’s Inland Marine Port – part of Trans-Volta Logistics Corridor
New heavy-duty weighbridge for Durban’s TPT Multipurpose Terminal

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 17 July 2022

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   OAK EXPRESS

TPT takes steps to improve Durban Container Terminal stack handling efficiencies
WHARF TALK: LR1 oil products tanker – RIVER SHINER
Global trade hits record $7.7 trillion in Q1 2022
IN CONVERSATION: Stranded in Cape Town — Ukraine’s polar vessel recalls harrowing Antarctic quest
TPT business model focusing on youth development
Cable Theft disrupts Majuba Power Station coal deliveries by rail
Good news as fourth lane of Durban’s Bayhead Road is opened
Jindal coal mine at Chirodzi drops Beira port in favour of Nacala
Richards Bay coal line (North Corridor) shuts down for maintenance
Transnet successful in re-entering the international bond market
SA Port Statistics for the month of June 2022
WHARF TALK:  a tale of drama at  sea – Restless Wave
CRUISE NEWS: Swan Hellenic’s SH Vega on first cruise
CRUISE NEWS: Another two cruise ships for Explora Journeys – LNG powered
CRUISE NEWS: Meet Captain Serena Melani, master of Explora I
IN CONVERSATION: COVID hurt West and Central Africa’s small-scale fishers. They need more support
Mozambique transport minister moves to introduce reforms and improvements to Maputo Corridor
NATO Operation Sea Guardian concluded in Western Mediterranean
IN CONVERSATION: Morocco – a top fertiliser producer – could hold a key to the world’s food supply
Maersk resigns as board member of International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
APM Terminals establishes three macro regions – new regional MDs
HMS Montrose intercepts Iranian rocket parts and weapons on smugglers’ speedboats
WHARF TALK: YACHT SPRAY 1897 & 1898 – The First Solo Round The World Voyage
NSBT’s berth extension launched in Freetown, Sierra Leone
TNPA to invest R16.1 billion in Western Cape ports over seven years
IMO combating maritime security threats: Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden
Poor ole King Cole, still down in South Africa’s dumps
South32 acquisition gives it a 63.7% share in Maputo’s Mozal Aluminium
IMO and strengthening of port security in Tunisia
South African citrus exports lagging as new challenges surface
Deal or No Deal – CGA chief executive speaks out on EU’s latest citrus move

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 16 January 2022

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   SHEGARDIAH

Ship sinks off Madagascar, 83 dead, five missing
Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) declares force majeure over Cape Town power failure
WHARF TALK: Not quite a cruise ship – CONTI EVEREST
WATCHING THE GANGWAY: by Paul Ridgway
Watching the gangway: Port of Cape Town Multi-Purpose Terminal takes delivery of new mobile crane
Watching the gangway: Meet East London’s new port manager, Lwandile Mabuza
Watching the gangway: Dock strike at Ivory Coast’s Port of Abidjan suspended
Watching the gangway: New Mombasa Shipyard is commissioned 
Watching the gangway: On Africa: Tax revenues…
Watching the gangway: …and coal
Watching the gangway: Biodiesel
Watching the gangway: Port of Dover
Watching the gangway: Höegh Xiamen
Watching the gangway: Barcelona Europe South Terminal BEST
Watching the gangway: WHO and ILO form Action Group
Watching the gangway: Jamaica and the IMO Council
Watching the gangway: ClassNK and Remote Surveys
WHARF TALK: Heavylift vessel – ANNETTE
WHARF TALK: SA Port Statistics for November 2021
Breaking News: Ports Regulator rules on TNPAS Tariff application
Shock and surprise as South Africa voted off the IMO Council
WHARF TALK: SAR Class 26 4-8-4 RED DEVIL – CAPE TOWN HARBOUR
A NEW BOOK: Trading with the Enemy
IN CONVERSATION: Checkpoint ‘taxes’ make South Sudan one of the most expensive places to move goods
Container ship Tonsberg thought to be the pirated vessel in Gulf of Guinea
DP World & DRC sign final agreement on developing Banana port
WHARF TALK: combi wood products carrier – LEROS 1
Transnet says it is continuing to implement Government’s Localisation policy
Zimbabwe runs short on fuel as Port of Beira stops pumping
Maersk reveals innovative methanol-fueled containership design
Labour dispute sees Freeport of Monrovia gates locked by court sheriff
IMO adopts amendments to expand Council to 52 states
WHARF TALK: tug on a mission – POSH OSPREY
HMS Queen Elizabeth returns home to UK
UN continues international counter-piracy patrols off Somalia for 3 months
IMO and the Central and Eastern Mediterranean: Pollution preparedness workshops
SA’s Imperial opens new multi-user logistics base in Germany
Euler Hermes Outlook: South Africa to see rise in exports in 2021, 2022 and 2023
Euro-Atlantic security: NATO SG praises France’s contributions
MSC suspends South African cruises until 9 January
IN CONVERSATION: Planned seismic survey by Shell has kicked up a storm in South Africa. Here’s an explainer

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 4 December 2021

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:  KAPETAN NONDAS

GOOD NEWS STORY: Young(ish) man scores his local cooperative a container and sewing machines
Algoa Bay oil spill cleanup completed
WHARF TALK: Something just doesn’t ‘stack’ up – STI AMBER
IN CONVERSATION: How we found a way to track alien marine species along South Africa’s coast
NS Qingdao returns to St Helena Bay to have reactive cargo removed
R240 million of cocaine discovered by Hawks on MSC container ship in Durban harbour
IN CONVERSATION: Nigeria and South Africa have a love-hate relationship: the continent needs them closerMozambique conference calls for revival of fishing communities
WHARF TALK: The cruise that wasn’t to be – EUROPA
New port managers appointed for ports of Saldanha, Cape Town, Mossel Bay & Richards Bay
News from the Coast: Cruise ships cancel seven Durban South African calls
Nigerian Maritime Law Association queries the killing of pirates in Gulf of Guinea
WHARF TALK: more tankers for Cape Town – LEFKARA
Future health of the seafaring community: Industry-wide collaboration sought
Strengthened freight rates saves PIL – all Scheme debts repaid ahead of schedule
Xeneta container rates alert: “astronomical” monthly hike pushes long-term ocean freight rates up 121% year-on-year
IN CONVERSATION: Channel deaths: the UK has clear legal responsibilities towards people crossing in small boats
WHARF TALK: tanker with a story – BW ZAMBESI
Life Saving Signals
IN CONVERSATION: Omicron is the new COVID kid on the block: five steps to avoid, ten to take immediately
Yara Birkeland, first fully electric & automated containership readies for service
UECC takes delivery of world’s first dual-fuel LNG battery hybrid car carrier
Critically ill patient airlifted from ship 45 n.miles off Richards Bay
Panic over seismic surveys off the Wild Coast
Mozambique launches sixth hydrocarbon licensing round
Shipping needs action from IMO member states on concrete climate change initiatives
Maritime security: IMO promotes a whole of government approach
WHARF TALK: From Cape to Rio (not quite) – NAVE ATRIA
Tanga port expansion pays off as bigger ships start calling
IMF warns against limiting Mozambique’s gas developments
Nigerian railway staff suspend strike but demand action on working conditions

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 26-27 June 2021

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   ON CUTTY SARK

UK P&I Club reaches deal with SCA to release Ever Given from Suez Canal
IN CONVERSATION: The maritime tussle between Kenya and Somalia – and what happens next
WHARF TALK: Supramax bulker BLUE AKIHABARA and the production of fertiliser
Energy efficiency in ports to support maritime decarbonisation
Dar es Salaam port authority bans storage of explosives in port
Tenders invited for the concession of the Lobito Port Multi-Purpose & Container Terminal
WHARF TALK: GLENDA MELODY and the story of Palm Oil
Namport tackles a meaty project
Stealth jets fight Daesh: First combat missions from HMS Queen Elizabeth
WHARF TALK: BALTIC HEATHER – voyaging along the SE African coast May and June 2021
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) becomes an independent subsidiary of Transnet
WHARF TALK: Taking SA fruit to the USA with ATLANTIC ACANTHUS
NSPCA hits out at loading of sheep on Kuwaiti livestock carrier Al-Messilah
NEW BOOKS: Another new shipbuilding title: Leith Built Ships Volume 2 
WHARF TALK: ACONCAGUA BAY – Looking as though from another age
Second new cutter suction dredger for Suez Canal Authority from Royal IHC
WHARF TALK: Oh, what an appropriate name – WINE TRADER
The UK Carrier Strike Group’s progress
WHARF TALK: Largest trawler under South African flag – Desert Diamond
Understanding the marine pollution cycle and how we can contribute towards marine conservation
TPT calls for strengthened engagement with universities
The Port Window: Durban Port Bulletin report
The Port Window: Port of Durban Volume & Vessel Call Performance
Reflections: Great Eastern – December 1869
Naval News: HMS Spey commissioned
TRADE NEWS: First DNV SILENT-E class notation awarded to a merchant vessel
100th State joins IMO ship air pollution and emissions treaty
WHARF TALK: Doric Pioneer – a ship with a recent local connection
DURBAN in the 1920s and 1930s
Ships keep skipping Yantian, as China’s new COVID measures add to supply chain woes

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 16 May 2021

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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Front Page:  BBC PLATA

WHARF TALK: COOL EAGLE – largest reefer ship to be built
StormGeo to be acquired by Alfa Laval
Sudan halts development of a Russian naval base at Port Sudan
Social Interaction Matters (SIM): Dealing with demographics
Ocean Network Express (ONE) expands its refrigerated container fleet
TPT ready to launch newer version of Navis SPARCS N4 3.7 operating system operating system
WHARF TALK: MELTEMI – upside to a downside
Mercy Ships new hospital ship Global Mercy completes sea trials
TPT’s Durban Container Terminal receives a further batch of straddle carriers
IMO’s Kitack Lim urges fair vaccine distribution for seafarers
Djibouti achieves top ranked container port in Africa
WHARF TALK:  PROUD UNITY – Ultramax bulker in port
Rising Rollover Rates Show Worsening Maritime Supply Chain Delays
MLC 2006 Interagency task force called for
IN CONVERSATION: Moving US Africa Command to Africa will not solve the continent’s security issues
Helicopter called into duty to evacuate injured seafarer from ship off Cape Point
DP World ready to commence construction and development of a deepwater port at DRC’s Banana
WHARF TALK:  BBC PEARL – equipment for Debmar’s diamond recovery vessel
We are only safe when everyone is safe: aviation unions join call for TRIPS Waiver to fight Covid
TRADE NEWS: Voith to present technology for remote-controlled tugboats at National Maritime Conference in Rostock
In Europe the strategic role of ports is respected
Another South African port-connected ship caught up in the Covid-19 crisis
WHARF TALK: SILVERFJORD – taking a rather special cargo
WHARF TALK: Durban Port Bulletin News
WHARF TALK: Durban Volume and Vessel Call Performance
Angolan Port of Luanda has slight decrease in volume throughput
Cargo containment system for large liquefied hydrogen carrier
TPT in innovative development of logistics App for industry
Santa Rosa phase-out on South Africa-Northern Europe service

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 15-16 April 2021

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Here are the News Headlines:

Front Page:   HÖEGH TROTTER

President welcomes progress made on reducing Durban port congestion
WHARF TALK: SA Port Statistics for March 2021 are now available here
WHARF TALK: STS Texas City shows off her scrubber equipment
IMO Council set to expand under approved amendments
IN CONVERSATION: Floating solar farms could cool down lakes threatened by cliamte change
President Ramaphosa to revisit Port of Durban on Thursday for oversight
WHARF TALK: Tales of the Vienna Wood N
Hapag-Lloyd improves Dakar Express service to a weekly frequency
Metro and SA Police Officers nabbed for truck highjacking
Agility Opens New Logistics Park in Maputo, Mozambique
WHARF TALK: MSC Branka – Cape Town’s delayed caller
DNV instructs safety management auditors to address seafarer health, work & living conditions
Special Economic Zones continue to perform well
IMO Ship-Port Interface Guide
Post Suez onslaught as ships begin arriving at ports
MSC diverts container ship to bring empty reefer boxes for citrus exports
CMA CGM Jacques Saade sets new container record with 21,433 TEUs
REFLECTIONS:  OGS EXPLORA – Idle in Durban since 17 February 2021
Helm Operations and ShipTracks launch new harbour automation tools
Kenyan Port Lamu to go operational in June
SA must forge a new economy in a global reality – Ramaphosa
WHARF TALK: Some ship movements on Durban Bay
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, KG KT GCVO GBE
REFLECTIONS:   D&K Yusuf I. Al Ghanim
SAMSA & UKZN to study COVID-19 pandemic impact on South African seafarers
New LEEA research reveals optimistic post-pandemic outlook
WHARF TALK: Hector N, regular caller at South African ports
Opinion Piece: Africa’s Growth and the potential of the Blue Economy

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