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Lykes Lines Upgrades Africa Service Fleet

The launching of Lykes Runner on August 29, rounds out the retonnaging of Lykes Lines' North America - Africa Service, East Coast Loop. This multi-purpose Astrakan Mark 3 RoRo ship joins four sisterships already on the service, operating every two weeks between Canada, the U.S. and South Africa - all of which can carry breakbulk, bulk and container traffic - including refrigerated cargo, automobiles and other rolling stock.

OTAL’s North Africa Feeder Service Hailed a Success

OT Africa Line (OTAL), the specialist West African shipping line, has undergone service schedule restructuring as from mid June of this year: 80 percent of its African port range now sees OTAL call on a weekly basis. The implementation of the OTAL-managed weekly North Africa feeder service (NFD), for example, has already created marked improvements in terms of port congestion avoidance and improved sailing frequencies for customers.

Hapag-Lloyd Inaugurates South Africa Service

Hapag-Lloyd, which has so far focused mainly on East-West services, is expanding its African network by starting a service to South Africa in mid-October. “The southern and west regions of Africa represent an attractive market for container transport with considerable development potential. We will thus be serving all five continents for the first time in our company’s history,” commented Adolf Adrion, executive board member of Hapag-Lloyd AG

Hamburg Süd Launches New International Service

Hamburg Süd will offer a new service from South Africa to Argentina and Brazil (SABR Service) in cooperation with Nile Dutch. The new fixed-day fortnightly service will provide shippers with a regular and reliable westbound link from South Africa to South America with connections to Europe and North America. The new service rotation will be: Durban – Port Elizabeth – Buenos Aires – Rio Grande – Itajai – Santos – Rio de Janeiro.

Hammond Commends DP World London Gateway

RT Hon Stephen Hammond MP and London Gateway Team

The UK’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport and Wimbledon MP, Rt. Hon. Stephen Hammond MP has paid a visit to DP World London Gateway to congratulate the team on their success. During Hammond’s last visit in January 2013, the port had only just started to install the first of its yard cranes. Since opening in November 2013, DP World London Gateway has seen a continued increase in ship traffic and is due to see a new West Africa service start in a few weeks.

CMA CGM to Develop New Terminal in Angola

Photo: CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group has signed logistics memorandum of agreements with Multiparques Group, represented by its General Manager Leonel Pinto, on December 18, 2014 in Paris, and in the presence of the French and Angola Foreign Affairs Ministers, Laurent Fabius and George Rebelo Pinto Chicoti. The agreements define the two groups association for the terminal operation, and tend to develop logistics platforms in Angola. Alexis Michel, CMA CGM Group Logistics and Reefer Senior Vice President, said

Europe to Africa Route On Table

Hydro Air, a South African company, is mulling the possibility of launching a sea-air service between Europe and Africa in the longer term. Hydro Air, will launch its first-ever cargo service and first Africa-European air service in the first week of November with a Boeing 747-200 freighter. Hydro Air cargo's commercial director Louis van Deventer said the company was considering the possibility of a sea-air service in the future

CMA CGM To Launch New Service


CMA CGM Group is pleased to announce the launching of a new service linking Asia, Indian Ocean Islands and South Africa, effective May 8th, 2011.   Called Shaka Express, this new weekly service will deploy 6 vessels between 4500 and 6500 TEU, and will allow CMA CGM to meet the growing market demand of South Africa, as over 30% of the country’s trade is with Asia.   The assets of this new service:   

Stork Announces Two New Appointments

Dave Workman, Chief Operating Officer and Erik-Jan Bijvank, Senior Vice President

Stork Technical Services has appointed Dave Workman to the new position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Erik-Jan Bijvank as Senior Vice President (SVP) UK and Africa. Mr Workman and Mr Bijvank will both be based in Aberdeen, UK, which is the operational hub for the company’s upstream oil & gas business, and take on their respective roles with immediate effect.   As COO, Mr Workman will oversee all operational matters and help drive Stork’s global growth plans

Swire Oilfield Services Strengthens East African Presence

Dan Davies

Swire Oilfield Services, a global supplier of cargo carrying solutions, modular systems, offshore aviation services and fluid management, is strengthening its newly established presence in Kenya, East Africa with the appointment of Dan Davies as the new commercial manager.   Dan will be responsible for the commercial activity across East Africa and further developing business in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and the wider East African region.  

Russia Builds 'Arc Of Steel'

Photo Credit:  SRAS

 Russia is building an “arc of steel” from the Arctic to the Mediterranean Sea said a NATO commander, in the same vein as Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain metaphor.   Navy Adm. Mark Ferguson, who commands NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, Italy, and U

Ivory Coast Starts Construction of Abidjan Port Upgrades

Ivory Coast began construction on Tuesday of a four-year, 560 billion CFA franc ($962 million) project to build a second container terminal and widen the canal leading to its main port in the commercial capital Abidjan.   Among the busiest in sub-Saharan Africa, the port serves Ivory Coast

N. Asia Snaps up Russian Crude Oil

Mideast crude freight to Japan highest since 2010. North Asian refiners have snapped up Russian crude oil loading in the last two months of this year to meet peak winter demand as Middle East and West African grades have become more costly after freight rates hit multi-year highs

Hapag-Lloyd Announce Service Improvement


  For the benefit of increased schedule reliability, Hapag-Lloyd and partner lines have decided to take the following measures: Implementation of a fourth vessel in AT2 Replace the Liverpool eastbound call on AT1 by a Southampton call on AT2

Bulker Runs Aground in Sweden

Photo courtesy Swedish Coast Guard

Liberian-flagged bulk carrier MV Victoria is reportedly stuck on a shoal off the west coast of Sweden with a 3-meter gash in its hull after running hard aground Saturday night.   According to local reports, the 190-meter ship was en route from Rostock

Kenya: Weapons, Drugs on Norway-flagged Ship

Kenyan security agents have found an unspecified amount of weapons and drugs on a Norwegian-flagged ship they intercepted last week, a senior police officer said. East Africa has become a key export route for Afghan heroin destined for Europe

Second Damen PSV for Promar

Photo courtesy of Promar

Press release - In January 2014, an order was placed with Damen Shipyards Group for two Platform Supply Vessels (PSV). The first vessel, Mamola Reliance, was delivered in February 2015 and is currently in service, managed by PROMAR, in the West African market

UK P&I Club's West Africa Piracy Guidance

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UK P&I Club provides practical guidance to Members in relation to piracy in West Africa. Stuart Edmonston, Head of Loss Prevention, says: “We have seen a sizable shift in pirate activity, from Somali to West Africa, and are witnessing an increase in incidents particularly offshore

VLCC Tankers on the Upside on Stronger Demand

Graph: Charles R.Weber

 The VLCC market continued to strengthen this week with sentiment supported by both stronger demand and expectations for the October Middle East and West Africa programs to rise substantially from September levels, according to Charles R.Weber Weekly.  

USS Porter Hosts Albanian Dignitaries

Cmdr. Blair Guy, commanding officer of USS Porter (DDG 78), provides remarks during a distinguished visitor visit while anchored off the coast of Albania Sept. 26, 2015.

  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) hosted a reception for senior Albanian defense officials aboard the ship September 26. The reception was an expression of Porter’s appreciation for hosting the ship and its crew in Vlore

Heavy-lift Ship Transporting 22 Vessels from Asia to Rotterdam

Photo: Damen Shipyards Group

Press release - The Damen Shipyards Group is shipping a total of 22 vessels from several Damen shipyards aboard the heavy-lift vessel Happy Star. This is Damen’s largest transportation of stock vessels to date. Upon arrival in Europe later this month

First SA Cargo Ship Registered

Photo: SAMSA

 Three South Africa youths made history in South Africa’s maritime economy sector at the weekend when they boarded the country’s first registered cargo ship since the dawn of democracy.   Similarly, the city of Nelson Mandela Bay also marked its name in the country’s

Nigeria's Oil Exports Under Threat

Nigeria's latest effort to combat theft could imperil its oil income lifeline, compounding the damage the crude price fall has done to its finances, access to dollars and imports. Oil traders and shipping brokers said a newly implemented "letter of comfort" requirement under which

Commodity Slump Sends Exporters' Eurobonds to Multi-year Lows

Prices for Eurobonds from many commodity-exporting emerging markets have fallen sharply this week on fears that the latest metals price reversal will hit the ability to repay debt, especially in some African countries.   A major casualty of the metals price plunge is Glencore

Epic Gas Secured Credit Facility for 7 Newbuilds

Pic: Epic Gas Ltd.

 Epic Gas Ltd has closed a new USD 120 million post-delivery senior secured credit facility to finance its remaining seven owned vessels under construction.   The facility covers approximately 65% of the contract price of the vessels, and has been closed in partnership with Coordinator

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