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OT Africa Line Makes Changes

OT Africa Line (OTAL) announced some changes to its North Europe – West Africa services. These take into account various factors including a slight downturn in overall trade volumes, civil unrest in certain countries and improved availability of roll-on, roll-off multi-purpose tonnage. OTAL’s RoRo service is resuming its nine day frequency utilising six vessels on a 45-day round-trip schedule. This has been made possible by the return to the service of Rokia Delmas and Rosa Delmas. Both ships have recently been employed in support of the military action in Iraq and during their absence, the service was reduced to an eleven-day frequency utilizing three RoRo vessels. The company’s Express Container Service has switched to a fixed day fortnightly schedule utilizing three modern 900 TEU vessels. Previously four ships were employed to offer sailings every eleven days. Unchanged though is the Weekly Container Service (HEB) which continues to employ five ships, each of around 1600TEU. OTAL’s Marketing Manager Rachel Bennett says it is hard to remember a time when there has been a greater need for flexibility: “The West African trades have never been easy. There always seems to be political or economic instability in one or more of the countries we serve. However, 2003 has already seen civil unrest to some degree in five of these nations. Not all impact significantly on cargo volumes but inevitably, some do.


OTAL expands into China

Strengthening its position as a leading player in West African shipping and logistics, OT Africa Line (OTAL) has expanded its agency network in China. United Transportation Limited (UTL), OTAL's general agents covering Hong Kong and China, will now co-ordinate all Chinese commercial and operational activities via a sub agency network managed by Chiao Feng Shipping Ltd. With headquarters in Hong Kong, Chiao Feng has strategically located offices (highlighted below) based at important


OTAL Upgrades West African Shipping Services

OT Africa Line (OTAL) has announced a number of developments to its West African Ro-Ro and container services designed to give customers access to a greater number of ports. The changes will also provide improved transit times and more frequent sailings to ensure even more extensive transport coverage of the trade to and from this region. OTAL continues to operate its established multipurpose Ro-Ro service but with the addition of a restructured improved all-round schedule called the


Maersk Names New Vessel Customised For West Africa

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Maersk Line aims to cement its position as undisputed leader in the West African market with delivery of new vessels 28 March 2011 - A.P. Moller - Maersk is pleased to announce the naming of the first of a series of 22 WAFMAX container vessels currently being built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea. Named after the capital of Guinea, Maersk Conakry and the 21 other West Africa MAX ("WAFMAX") vessels on order from Hyundai will be the largest container ships able to call West


CMA CGM Reshuffles ASIA-South Africa and Mozambique Services

CMA CGM announced the reshuffling of its services on the ASIA-South Africa and Mozambique trades in partnership with Maersk Line (ML). Beginning April 24, the new CMA CGM ASIA-SOUTH AFRICA service network will be covered by the following loop: •    New SHAKA2: A service jointly operated by CMA CGM and Maersk Line with 8 vessels of 6,500Teus. The rotation includes: Shanghai, Ningbo, Fuzhou, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Louis, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Ngqura, Port Louis


Safmarine Moves HQ to SA

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International container carrier focused on trade to and from Africa, West and Central Asia, Safmarine will move its head office to Cape Town, South Africa, thereby returning to its roots.    Safmarine was acquired by Maersk Line in 1999. Since 2012, Safmarine’s head office has been located in Copenhagen. The move is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.   Success in Africa matters to you and your business


CMA CGM Rearranges its Services

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The CMA CGM Group announced the reshuffling of its services from Europe and Med to West Africa which will allow the Group to adapt to the market and serve the heart of Africa by Through Bill of lading (TBL) to land lock countries. Starting mid December 2013, the CMA CGM Group will deploy five services:     • PC Weekly Service:   CMA CGM is pleased to announce the PC Weekly service improvement with the insertion of UK and Nigeria call in the rotation. 


PPG Delivers Pipe Coatings in South Africa

Coatings specialist says it draws on local production network and highly experienced team to deliver high specification products for local utility project. PPG Protective and Marine Coatings announced completion of a major project for Africa Pipe Industries, supplying internal and external coatings on a 46km, 2.1m diameter pipeline installed for South African utility Rand Water.   PPG supplied SIGMALINE 523 as an internal lining and SIGMALINE 855 as an external coating on the


Salalah Announces New CMA CGM Service Calls

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  The Port of Salalah, a major Arab Gulf region gateway port and transshipment hub on the Arabian Sea, has announced that French-based CMA CGM, the world’s third-largest container shipping line, will add two new weekly services to East Africa, and Europe, beginning the first week of December: the Noura Express and the EPIC service.   The Noura Express service, on the East Africa trade lane operates four vessels of up to 2,755 TEU capacity, linking the ports of Jebel Ali (UAE)


NileDutch Launches US East Coast to West Africa Service

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NileDutch, the container carrier specializing in West Africa, is setto introduce a new service to link the East Coast of the U.S. with West Africa and Europe. The rotation will start in New York and the service will run every nine days. The first vessel, the MV Cafer Dede will sail on February 16, 2016. According to the shipper, the new development aims to meet the growing demand from exporters in the East Coast of the U.S. for better access to their markets in West Africa


Gibdock Records Busiest Season

Gibdock played host to four offshore support vessels at the same time at the end of June. Photo Gibdock

Simultaneous attention to four offshore support vessels at Gibdock demonstrates that the Gibraltar yard is now a regional hub for this specialized repair, maintenance and renewal work, operating as a base for mobilisation and de-mobilisation projects.


Investors to Acquire $1.5 bln Shipping Portfolio from NORD/LB

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NORD/LB Norddeutsche Landesbank and KKR Credit have reached an agreement by which, subject to completion of certain conditions precedents, KKR Credit, together with a sovereign wealth fund (the “Investors”), will acquire a portfolio of performing and non-performing shipping loans


South Africa Workshop Promotes Ship Energy Efficiency

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 An International Maritime Organization (IMO) workshop is raising awareness of the Organization’s regulatory regime dealing with improving energy efficiency and the control of GHG emissions from ships.    Participants from South African governmental departments and other


Weak Freight Rates push Grindrod to H1 loss

Africa's biggest shipping group Grindrod reported a first-half loss on Thursday, pressured by low global growth and declining dry bulk shipping rates but it expects demand for commodities to pick up this year. Africa's biggest shipping group, which is present in 37 countries worldwide


Maersk Takes Business from India to East Africa Faster Than Ever Before

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 The Mawingu Express, Maersk Line's direct service from India to Kenya, offers the fastest transit times in the market and better port coverage to bring business closer to East Africa.   "Through our global connections coupled with superior customer care and market expertise


Rescuers Recover 17 bodies, pick up 1,128 Migrants

An Irish navy ship recovered 17 dead bodies on Thursday when it went to the aid of migrants packed onto a wooden boat off the coast of Libya, Italy's coastguard said, marking another deadly day of attempted sea crossings. The LE James Joyce


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Hold, Ample Tonnage Weighs

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"Pure" chartering market with little disruption. Rates to hold around W45 for Middle East; W48 for West Africa. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to hold steady around existing levels as new vessel deliveries and a reduction in port delays weigh on a ample


Migrants Survivors Tell of Struggle at Sea

The bodies of 21 women and one man were brought ashore to Sicily on Friday as fellow migrants described scenes of panic and violence when water poured into their dinghy.   Some survivors had bite marks, testimony to a desperate struggle onboard to escape death.  


Seago Line Introduces New Vessel to Liverpool Service

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Maersk subsidiary Seago Line has introduced a new vessel to its recently created feeder service calling at Liverpool. The Independent Accord has already started operating on the new cargo route between Algeciras-Liverpool-Dublin that began in April.


Piracy Drops to 21-year Low, IMB Reports

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 Piracy and armed robbery at sea has fallen to its lowest levels since 1995, despite a surge in kidnappings off West Africa, according to a new report from the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB).  


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Fall but Bottom in Sight

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VLCC owners sailing slower and idling vessels; slow market to continue into September. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which hit multi-year lows on Thursday, could slip further next week even as ship owners begin to resist charterers attempts to push rates lower


LNG-Prices Slide, Middle East Boosts Imports

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 The new new supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia's Sakhalin plant and weakening demand from Egypt helped snap a months-long rally. Hence Asian spotLNG prices fell this week, reports Reuters.   Meanwhile, countries in the Middle East and North Africa led by Egypt


CMA CGM Launches New EURAF 6 Service

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 CMA CGM Group has launched its new service EURAF 6 by cooperating with a partner under a slot swap agreement.   Effective August 30th, 2016, m/v CMA CGM MILAN TRADER, the new EURAF 6 service deployed on the Europe - West Africa will further strengthen our product and will offer the


Maersk Paints a Gloomy Picure

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 Danish shipping conglomerate A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S has reported a plunge in profits in the second quarter in the face of tough market conditions.    Maersk's quarterly net profit dropped 89 per cent to $118m compared with a year earlier


Maersk Cautions on U.S. Protectionism

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 Danish conglomerate  A. P. Moeller-Maersk A/S, the world’s largest container shipping company, has voiced its concern as a potential shift in U.S. policy threatens to reduce global trade, reports Bloomberg.   Maersk group's chief financial officer Trond Westlie said any






 
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