Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 18 May 2024

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   Bow Capricorn

WHARF TALK: MR2 products tanker – TORM HELVIG
Dali had two electrical failures minutes before colliding with Baltimore Bridge – preliminary NTSB Report
The IMO Maritime Safety Committee: London this week and next
The Future is Now: Maris Fiducia teams up with HAV & Norwegian
Namport handles 8 million tonnes of cargo, its highest yet
WHARF TALK: diving support vessel – TRAPICHE EMERALD
Construction of a multipurpose vessel for Cape Town port commences
NEW BOOK:  Remembering the Queen Mary
Xeneta Update: Congestion at Mediterranean ports is unintended consequence of Red Sea diversions
Cabo Delgado Special Report: Big rise in insurgent activity in past month
WHARF TALK: anchor handling, tug, and supply vessel – AHTS ADVENTUROUS
USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (ESB 4) goes aground off Libreville, Gabon
2024 International Day for Women in Maritime
West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) swaps diesel for solar
CMA CGM strengthens its Africa services with India and the Middle East
WHARF TALK: Super yacht – OPERA
Graduation ceremony for Transnet employees
13th iteration of Exercise Obangame Express underway
Tunisian Port Authority to use Kongsberg thrusters on six stern-drive tugs
Pirate attack in Gulf of Aden 
Shipping and the Environment: A Guide to Environmental Compliance
In Conversation: US-Africa trade deal turns 25 next year: Agoa’s winners, losers and what should come next
Salalah offers a multimodal alternative to Red Sea route
Trade News: Drydocks World unveils major propeller repair enhancements

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 10 March 2024

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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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 4 February 2024

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   Iberian Bulker

Reload Logistics acquires Sulphur Bulk Terminal at Richards Bay
MSC enhances service between South Africa and North West Continent (NWC)
Shipping schedule advisories – Durban omit
MSC introduces new Ingonyama feeder service, East London – Ngqura (Coega)
In Conversation: Houthi militant attacks in the Red Sea raise fears of Somali piracy resurgence
Port Regulator’s TNPA Port tariff decision
WHARF TALK: Fred Olsen Line cruise ship BOLETTE
Port of Nacala establishes own record in cargo handling
Yet another merchant vessel attacked in the Red Sea
Xeneta: Impact of Red Sea crisis more rapid than Covid-19
TPT says improvements are happening at Cape Town Container Terminal
WHARF TALK: MR1 class multifunctional product and chemical tanker TIVY GOLD
Ramaphosa to officiate at SA’s AfCFTA launch at Durban port
In Conversation: Somaliland has been pursuing independence for 33 years. Expert explains the impact of the latest deal with Ethiopia
Djibouti, Red Sea Area: IMO maritime security training support
Indian Navy ship rescues 19 Pakistani sailors from pirates
15,000-TEU LNG-powered container ship calls at Lekki
Wharf Talk: Coast of cruisers and floating workhorses
WHARF TALK: cable vessel DECISIVE
$70 million Djibouti port expansion completed
UNCTAD raises alarm on global trade disruptions
ICS Publishes 2023/24 Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table
Maersk names first methanol-enabled container ship Ane Maersk
IATA & ACAO: Global Standards for Dangerous Goods Shipments by Air
Coal: RBCT hits record low last seen in 1992
WHARF TALK: handysize chemical tanker CAIFU CHAO
Saharan dust reaches the Canary Islands and Cabo Verde
Queen Mary 2 and MSC Poesia visit Walvis Bay on same day
Container ship Karoline debuts at Lüderitz Port
Defence committees provide recommendations to SA defence sector after German study tour
TNPA’s Pepi Silinga takes voluntary leave of absence
SAECS South Africa-Europe schedule updates
Trade News: A maritime simulation training centre for South Africa
Derailment closes railway from South Africa to Port Maputo
In Conversation: Uganda will soon be exporting oil: an energy economist outlines 3 keys to success
Transnet Recovery Diary 25 January 2024
Transnet reacts to allegations against TNPA chief executive Pepi Silinga
Maputo port concession extended to 2058 – R38 billion additional investment

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 10 December 2023

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   Transnet Helicopter Service

DNV approval for world’s largest car carrier design
WHARF TALK: handysize bulk carrier – CINNAMON
Maputo Karpowership project: Second public consultation on 19 December
COP28: APM Terminals and DP World launch Zero Emission Port Alliance
Maersk advisory on shipping emission surcharges
Transnet Recovery Diary 6 December 2023
Red Sea security: IMO enhancing mechanisms
WHARF TALK: Pure Car and Truck Carrier – HELIOS LEADER
Progress being made in fixing SA Navy – Lobese
Groenriviermond Lighthouse marks 35 years of service
Long-distance passenger trains return to service in time for Christmas
Transnet Recovery Diary 5 December 2023
TNPA issues Request for Proposals for DCT2 North Quay deepening & lengthening
WHARF TALK: heavylift project freight carrier – BBC SEBASTOPOL
Durban Container Terminal’s berth 108 dredging completed
Airfreight: Kenya Airways adds two Boeing 737-800 conversions
Missile and drone attacks on Israeli linked ships in Red Sea
Transnet Recovery Diary 4 December 2023
Transnet gets its R47 billion facility
South Africa and Nigeria lose out on IMO Council
WHARF TALK: reefer vessel – WHITNEY BAY
TFR adds extra locomotives to ramp up service on the Richards Bay line
Port of Durban pilot helicopter service now available 24 hours a day
Transnet acquires seven refurbished RTGs from Los Angeles
French Navy ship Jacques Chevalier on maiden visit to South Africa
Mozambique: CFM’s new Indian locomotives + Port & Rail volumes
Arsenio Dominguez Velasco confirmed as next IMO Secretary-General
Xeneta Update: Ominous signs on the Xeneta XSI® point to a brutal 2024 for ocean freight carriers
Grindrod transforms education and mobility along the Ressano Garcia Corridor
IMO update to COP 28

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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 1 October 2023

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   BBG LEADER

The UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2023 Part 2
WHARF TALK: handysize bulk carrier ANTARCTIC OCEAN
DP World investing $210 million in Luanda multipurpose terminal
Heavy rains disrupt rail freight services in Eastern & Western Cape
The UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2023 Part 1
IMO World Maritime theme for 2023
SARS confirms detention of five bunker tankers in Algoa Bay
WHARF TALK: handysize bulk carrier DOUBLE DIAMOND
Cable Restorer sinks at her Simonstown mooring
APM Terminals Apapa welcomes first cargo movement on Nigerian SGR Lagos – Ibadan
IMO and Africa regional audits
Transnet accuses ‘opportunistic elements’ of having private agendas
Transnet says its challenges must not be highjacked for private agendas
WHARF TALK: geared container vessel MSC RADIANT III
Indian Ocean port security: Training in Comoros
New R3 billion auto manufacturing plant planned for Coega
The Gambia: Strengthening oil spill response planning
Tanzania to build first dedicated fishing harbour
Longline fishing company Pesquera Azul tests unique whale depredation solution
Maran Tankers’ VLCC Antonis I. Angelicoussis receives Green Award
Kenya to Uganda SGR will be built, says Kenya
Singapore ranked top maritime centre for 10th consecutive year

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Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 9 September 2023

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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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

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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

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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 23 April 2023

Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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FIRST VIEW:   SILVER CLOUD

WHARF TALK: The Kama Saga – an update and a backdate
Food for thought: railway vandalism, looting and burning
CTF 150 Seizes $23 Million in Illegal Drugs in Indian Ocean
In Conversation: Antarctica’s heart of ice has skipped a beat. Time to take our medicine
Geopolitical tensions and ‘friendshoring’ may redefine global trade patterns, warns Xeneta
WHARF TALK: SA Port Statistics for February 2023
WHARF TALK: New Nigerian Ports Authority tugs – MAI KOKO and DA-OPUKURO
ONE increases frequency for Africa, India, Middle East (AIM) service
CMA CGM in exclusive talks aimed at buying Bolloré SE’s logistics arm for Euro 5 billion
Great Antwerp, Grimaldi’s first new G5 class ro-ro multipurpose ship enters service
In Conversation: South Africa’s power outages could reach critical levels this winter – likely scenarios
Innovate and expand your market, Minister tells Maputo Port company
WHARF TALK: handyize bulk carrier – LILA PIRAEUS
IMO and Spanish e-learning – Oil pollution preparedness
La OMI y el aprendizaje electrónico en español: preparación para la contaminación por hidrocarburos
Angola to enforce rules of maritime and inland waterway navigation
Angola fará cumprir regras de navegação marítima e fluvial
Record increase in passenger ship calls at Walvis Bay
WHARF TALK: former Unicorn Handysize tanker BONITO
Transnet to rebuild its own audit capabilities
Dredging of Suez Canal nearing completion
SMART Ocean-SMART Industries (SO-SI): Ocean and climate data collection
Pirated tanker Success 9 located – crew all safe – UPDATE
BIMCO says record high container order book signals significant change
WHARF TALK: small passenger ship SILVER SHADOW
No new news of missing tanker Success 9 pirated in Gulf of Guinea
TNPA extends deadline for Richards Bay LNG Terminal proposals
50,000 Filipino jobs saved: EU on seafarer training certificates
ONE resumes its Eastern Cape Express reefer service from Port Elizabeth
India wants to work with Mozambique on rail, roads and bridges
Fishing vessel Olivia Marie on fire south of Cape Town, crew abandon ship

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