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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


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 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


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


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


Salalah Announces New CMA CGM Service Calls

CMA CGM vessel at Port of Salalah Photo Port of Salalah

  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)


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


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. 


Maritime Crimes On The Rise, Says BIMCO Experts

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 Industry security experts have concluded that maritime crime will not be stopped any time soon – and that cyber incidents would continue to expand in frequency and severity.   This was the consensus at BIMCO’s first ever Maritime Security Seminar in Copenhagen.  


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Slide on Lower Cargo Volumes

File Image: A so-called SuezMax tanker transits the Suez Canal (CREDIT: Suez Canal Authority)

34 VLCC MidEast cargoes fixed for early Jan -Reuters terminal; only nine fixed so far for mid-Jan.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which hit a new nine-month high this week, are on course to soften amid a weaker cargo market as owners wait for more charters to be


Countering Maritime Terrorism

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A seminar looking at maritime security issues ranging from cyber security on board ships to piracy and illegal maritime activities concluded in Copenhagen (12-13 December).   Industry security experts have concluded that maritime crime will not be stopped any time soon – and


CMA CGM Adds New MARMARA EXPRESS Line

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 CMA CGM upgrades its offer between the Eastern and Western Mediterranean Sea with the new MARMARA EXPRESS line.   "We are pleased to announce the new service offer MARMARA EXPRESS which directly links Turkey, Spain, France, Greece and Italy," says a company statement.


Transnet Appoints Ngqura Liquid Bulk Terminal Operator

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The Port of Ngqura is poised to play a vital role in ensuring the security of South Africa’s fuel supply, while creating a new petroleum trading hub for Southern Africa in anticipation of the relocation of existing liquid bulk facilities from Port Elizabeth.  


Asia Tankers-VLCC rates to Slip from Eight-Month Highs

Rates gain 10 Worldscale points in a week; but rates in 2017 may be lower than this year -Bancosta. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) may slip next week as the pre-Christmas cargo flurry, which propelled hire rates to an eight-month high on Thursday, peters out


The (Offshore) Scramble For Africa

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 The African continent accounts for 16% (490) of active offshore fields and 17% (535) of offshore fields that are either under development or are potential developments globally, says Clarksons Research. It is also home to key offshore exploration frontiers.   


Three Hanjin Ships Auctioned in Rotterdam

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 Three containerships of the bankrupt Korean shipping firm Hanjin Shipping were sold at an auction in Rotterdam for a total of USD 392 million, according to Dutch media fd.nl and Nieuwsblad Transport.   The 13,000 TEU ships were auctioned on behalf of creditor HSH Nordbank. 


IRClass Authorised RO for Oman, Nigeria, Lebanon flags

Vijay Arora, Joint Managing Director. Photo IRClass

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has obtained authorisation to act as ‘Recognised Organisation’ (RO), to carry out statutory survey, audit and certification on behalf of Nigeria, Oman and Lebanon flag states. With this developmental progress to-date


India Takes Steps To Prevent Attacks On Vessels

Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Government of India Pon Radhakrishnan. Photo: Twitter official page

 Gulf of Aden (East Coast of Africa), Malacca Strait and West Coast of Africa are shipping routes which suffer  incidents of pirate attacks.    Steps taken to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future are:-  


Africa and Shipping – A Mutually Benefiting Cooperation

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 African governments and businesses are important partners of European shipping companies and the region has become one of the most promising global growth markets.    The “blue” economy offers a lot of opportunities


NATO Ends Counter-piracy Mission as Focus Shifts to Mediterranean

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NATO has ended its Indian Ocean counter-piracy mission after a sharp fall in attacks, the alliance said on Wednesday, as it shifts resources to deterring Russia in the Black Sea and people smugglers in the Mediterranean.   All ships and patrol aircraft have now left the area off the Horn of


No recovery for Container Traffic in sight - Drewry

Fig 1 Source Drewry Maritime Research, derived from Container Trade Statistics

Asia to West Africa container traffic fell by 19% in the third quarter; the end-year result will not be much better. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook, published last month, described “multispeed” growth for sub-Saharan Africa economies with the divide between the haves


Tema Port To Be Expanded

President cuts sod for work on Tema Port project. Photo: Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority

 Ghana President John Dramani Mahama has launched the start of major expansion works at the Tema Port, near Accra, according to local reports.   This ambitious project involves an upgrade and significant expansion of Ghana’s main seaport


Kongsberg Maritime Opens South African Facility

From left to right: Alastair Pettie, Rune Haukom, Steve Nell, Shaun Ortell, Pierre Marais, Wojtek Kowalczyk  (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg said it has opened its first office and warehouse facility in the Republic of South Africa on Friday, November 4, 2016. Located in Cape Town’s airport zone, the new Kongsberg Maritime South Africa facility joins the company’s global network of first party sites






 
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