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APL Offers New East Africa Service

APL launched a new East Africa Express (EAX) service. The weekly EAX service will connect the Indian subcontinent and Arabian Gulf to East Africa. Trade from the Far East bound for East Africa will depart from Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Nhava Sheva in India. The port at Nhava Sheva will also serve cargoes originating from the Indian subcontinent and Arabian Gulf, alongside ports in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates. Jason Wong, APL’s Vice President, Intra-Asia, Middle East & Australia Trade, said: “Africa is an expanding economy which continues to report impressive GDP growth, averaging about 5% annually in the past six years. In East Africa, economic growth is projected to accelerate to around 6% in 2007 and 2008. To leverage on the region’s strong growth potential, APL is extending its footprint into East Africa to provide customers with consistently high-quality transportation services.” The EAX port rotation is: Colombo (Sri Lanka) – Dar Es Salamm (Tanzania) – Mombassa (Kenya) – Nhava Sheva (India) – Port Qasim (Pakistan) – Jebel Ali (UAE) – Mombassa (Kenya) – Dar Es Salamm (Tanzania) – Colombo (Sri Lanka).


Maersk Line Mulls India-East Africa Business with Mawingu Express

Image:  Maersk Line

 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 clients closer to East Africa, claims the company.   "Through our global connections coupled with superior customer care and market expertise, we serve as the perfect partner to realise your business ambitions in key markets in East Africa faster than ever before," says the statement.  


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.  


ASRY, ABB Industries Sign Agreement

ASRY signs ABB pact: (L to R) Magdy Mustafa, Nils Kristian Berge, John Fyfe

ABB Industries to open new workshop in ASRY, providing certified turbocharger expertise, global warranties, and onsite access to worldwide network Ship and rig repair specialist ASRY reports that it has signed a co-operation agreement with ABB Industries (LLC), Dubai, a division of ABB Turbocharging, a leader in the manufacture and maintenance of turbochargers for two-stroke and four-stroke engines for various types of vessels


KPA: Striking Mombasa Port Workers Must Return by Friday

The Kenya Ports Authority said on Thursday striking workers at the Mombasa port should resume work by Friday morning or lose their jobs, and that normal activities at East Africa's biggest port will resume July 6. The workers are disputing higher deductions for the government's national health insurance scheme, officials said. "Any employee who will not report or discharge his or her duties will be deemed to have forfeited their appointment


China to Start Its First Naval Base in Africa

China Navy Archives: Djibouti navy soldiers salute in front of Chinas hospital ship Peace Ark at the port of Djibouti, Sept. 29, 2010.

 China is going to build a base in Djibouti, so that will be their first military location in Africa. With the establishment of a base in Djibouti, China joins the global contest for maritime and commercial supremacy, reports Al Jazeera‎.   China has long had an economic foothold in Africa, but the base would be an expansion of its military prowess beyond the Asia-Pacific region.   The agreement opens the door to the creation of a permanent Chinese military presence on


MacAndrews Upgrades Indian Ocean Service

MacAndrews has upgraded the existing tonnage on its Swahili Express Service, which provides a regular container service between the Indian sub-continent, the Middle East/Gulf and East Africa, with a new vessel. The new ship, MacAndrews SWALA, is 1100 teu capacity and is one of two vessels in the service which has a nine-day sailing frequency and calls at Khor Fakkan, Karachi, Nhava Sheva, Jebel Ali, Dar es Salaam and Mombasa with a 28-day round voyage time


Thailand Proposes New Silk Road

Thailand at forefront of movement to build a 21st century network of land, sea and air routes to strengthen Asia. The Silk Road was a centuries-old network of linked trade routes across the Afro-Eurasian landmass that connected East, South and Western Asia with the Mediterranean and European world, as well as parts of North and East Africa. Thailand has been in the forefront of efforts to create new and better trade routes


Jaya Reports 2013 Earnings

Offshore energy services provider, Jaya Holdings Limited has reported consolidated revenue of $29.6 million and net profit of $7.6 million for the financial quarter ended September 30, 2013. The group’s revenue for the quarter under review was $29.6 million. Excluding the vessel sale, the quarter’s revenue was 12% higher than the previous corresponding quarter. This was due to improved charter utilisation of 91% compared to 84% in the previous corresponding quarter


DP World to Develop, Operate $442 mi hub in Somalia

DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Mr Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem has met  President of Somaliland Photo DP World.jpg

DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Mr Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem has met the President of Somaliland, Mr Ahmed Mohamed Mahamoud, during a visit to the country following the signing of a term sheet agreement in Dubai earlier this month to invest in the multi-purpose Port of Berbera. Mr Bin Sulayem and senior executives from DP World were hosted in the Presidential Palace in the capital Hargeisa where they also met government ministers and officials including Foreign Minister


Bumpy Ride for Car Carriers

Graph: Clarksons Research

 The car carrier sector has been yet another part of the shipping industry to have faced challenging conditions this year, says Clarksons Research.   The focus has largely been on demand side difficulties, with growth in global seaborne car trade appearing to have gone into reverse gear


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


GulfNav, SeaQuest Tie Up in Ship Management

Photo: Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC

 Dubai-based Gulf Ship Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gulf Navigation Holding, announced on Tuesday a recent tie up with Switzerland’s SeaQuest Group to set up a ship management joint venture and expand operations in the region.  


Andrew Garrad Awarded CBE in New Year’s Honours List

Photo: DNV GL

 Dr Andrew Garrad, who retired from DNV GL on 23 December 2016, has been awarded a CBE – Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List. The CBE rewards contributions to the arts and sciences as well as work with charitable


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Soar on West Africa, MidEast Liftings

File Image: A EuroNav VLCC (credit: EuroNav)

VLCC earnings double in a week. End of force majeure in Nigeria buoys cargo volumes. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to rise further next week, fuelled by a raft of cargoes from West Africa and the Middle East amid tight tonnage supply, ship brokers said on Friday


BP Pact with Eni to Buy Gas from New Mozambique Field

Photo: BP

 BP and the Area 4 concession partners, Eni East Africa (EEA), Galp Energia (Galp), Kogas and Empresa Nactional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH), have entered into a sales and purchase agreement for BP to purchase 100% of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced by the EEA-operated Coral South


Asia Tankers-VLCC Steady After Bumping Four-Month High

File photo: Euronav

Power struggle breaks out between between owners and charterers; West Africa cargoes hit a monthly record. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which surged to a four-month high on Thursday, to hold steady as ship owners await the release of November cargoes


NYK Establishes Logistics Company for Finished Cars in Kenya

Photo: NYK Line

 NYK has signed a joint-venture agreement with Bolloré Transport & Logistics Kenya Limited (Bolloré) and Toyota Tsusho Corporation to establish Bolloré NYK Auto Logistics Limited, a logistics company for finished cars. 


Crew Kidnapping Persists Despite Piracy Slowdown -Report

Despite a decline of piracy activity in several high-risk areas, a high threat of crew kidnapping and hijacking remains in Southeast Asia and West Africa, according to a recent report from specialist crisis prevention and response consultancy NYA International.  


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Rebound on Firm Cargo Volumes

File Image (Credit: EuroNav)

CNOOC VLCC deal "draws line in the sand" for tanker owners; 25-30 MidEast fixtures still to be released up to mid-November. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which plunged to a three-week low, are set to recover next week as owners hold out for higher rates on


Port Officials Charged in Kenyan Corruption Clampdown

Photo: Kenya Ports Authority

Thirteen port and customs officials were charged on Wednesday with stealing cargo containers and aiding tax evasion on freight at Kenya's Mombasa port, part of a drive to clamp down on corruption and boost efficiency at the hub. Mombasa acts as a trade gateway for much of East Africa


Damen Shoalbuster completes 14,572 nm Round Trip

SMS Shoalbuster Courtesy Damen

The SMS Shoalbuster, a 26-metre Damen Shoalbuster 2609 owned and operated by GSS Marine Services based in Rosyth, Scotland, has recently completed a 14,572 nm round trip that included two transatlantic crossings. The Shoalbuster range is designed as a multi-role workboat optimised for shallow


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:-  


The (Offshore) Scramble For Africa

Graphics: Clarksons Research

 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.   


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






 
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