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GAC to support Total E&P’s drilling project in S. Africa

  Leading gas & oil company, Total E&P, has appointed GAC South Africa to provide shipping and logistics support for its drilling project off the coast of South Africa, which started in June this year. Total E&P is one of the first companies to drill for oil & gas in the country. GAC South Africa is drawing on the global reach and resources of the GAC Group, and its own local expertise and experience, to provide strategic freight forwarding solutions to safely move the drilling equipment needed for the project by air, sea and road.

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.

South Africa Wants to Resume Iran Oil Imports

South Africa wants to resume oil imports from Iran, once its biggest supplier, and hopes to resolve "sanction issues" that have blocked purchases within the next three months, its deputy foreign minister said on Tuesday. South Africa bought around 68,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) from Iran in May 2012, a month before it halted crude purchases as Western countries pressured Tehran over its nuclear programme. That was well down from peak purchases in 2011.

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

IBIA, SAMSA to Bring Offshore Bunkering to South Africa

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has announced that it will be working with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) to develop a Bunkering code of practice for the supply of fuel from offshore barges. Offshore bunkering is currently banned in South Africa, but SAMSA is taking steps to open the market to offshore providers. SAMSA has granted provisional permission to Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc to deliver intermediate fuel oil (IFO) in Algoa Bay OPL



Jesper Jervild promoted to Regional Manager, Middle East and South Africa   OW Bunker, one of the world’s leading suppliers and traders of marine fuel, today announced that Jesper Jervild has been appointed to the position of Regional Manager for the Middle East and South Africa.  In his new role, Jervild is based in Dubai and is responsible for all of OW Bunker’s activities in this region. Jesper Jervild has been promoted from the position of Branch Manager of OW

Wholesale Port Sell-Off Not An Option

South Africa said it would not go for the wholesale sell-off of ports as they were regarded as strategic assets. Public Enterprises Minister Jeff Radebe said that the government had developed a ports policy to be released early next year. "Government does not envisage a wholesale privatization of ports. Instead, private operators will have a role in South African parts by way of concessions and public-private partnerships," said Radebe.

Cadets Sail on 'Coldest Journey'

SA Agulhas: Photo credit SANAP

'SA Agulhas', a pioneering South African seafarer training ship with 62 cadets on board supports an Antarctic winter crossing expedition. The converted 6,132gt polar research and supply vessel, SA Agulhas has left Capetown, South Africa for the final leg of the ‘Coldest Journey’ expedition to the ice. It also spearheads an ambitious plan to boost South Africa’s maritime sector. The ship visited London in December 2012

Durban University of Tech New Engine Room Simulator

Photo courtesy Transas

Transas Marine International in cooperation with its local distributor Radio Holland South Africa has recently installed a new engine room simulator at Durban University of Technology (DUT) Department of Maritime Studies, South Africa. The first group to be trained on the new engine room simulator will be the students registered for Marine Engineering Knowledge I, starting this semester. Part of their assessment will be a completion of series of progressive tasks aimed at obtaining basic

Deal Revives SA Shipbuilding

According to reports, there was a buzz of excitement at Dormac on Friday when the keel-laying ceremony for a oil bunker barge commissioned by Smit Amandla Marine signalled the revival of the shipbuilding industry in South Africa. Dormac's empowerment partner, Palisa Investments, owns 25.5 percent in the company, which procures almost 100 percent of its goods and services from black economic empowerment companies. Pim Zandee, the former chief executive of Smit Amandla

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

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

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Climb

Shipowners confident rates will climb on tighter tonnage supply; Shipowners seek rates premium for Australian coal cargoes. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could continue to recover as ship owners scent the possibility of higher cargo volumes on tighter tonnage supply, ship brokers said

Collaboration Key in MV Smart Wreck Removal

(Photo: North P&I Club)

Titan Salvage, now a part of Ardent following completion of the merger of Titan and Svitzer Salvage, has completed the removal of the wreck of the cape-size MV Smart coal carrier in South Africa, an especially challenging project due to weather conditions that prevail on the South African coast

Turbocharger Overhaul for Tidewater OSVs

Photo: Royston

Marine engineering teams from diesel power specialist Royston Limited have carried out the overhaul of turbochargers on two offshore supply ships operated by Tidewater Marine in the oilfields off the coast of South West Africa.   Royston said its engineers completed the full overhaul of

Saldanha Bay Could be S.Africa's First LNG Import Terminal

Gas seen as key to help resolve power crisis; gas could be sourced from Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique. South Africa could build its first 20 billion rand ($1.4 billion) liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility at the west coast port of Saldanha Bay to feed gas-to-power projects aimed at easing

Bunkers International Files for Bankruptcy

Photo: Bunkers International

U.S. based bunkering services firm Bunkers International Corp. announced August 28 that it has filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.   Bunkers International and its affiliated companies were forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after their primary

Private Ship Repair Moves Dry Dock Timelines

Due to a delay on a private ship repair at the Durban Dry Dock, TNPA has adjusted the project schedule for repairs on the facility’s 35 metre long, 900 ton outer caisson by 18 days.

A delay in private repairs to the hospital ship Africa Mercy has caused a two-and-a-half week adjustment of timelines for Transnet National Ports Authority’s R30 million repair project at the Prince Edward Graving Dry Dock in Durban.  

Market Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

Tonnage list grows in Pacific, Atlantic oceans; lack of coal cargoes weigh on freight rates. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are set to slide further next week, after falling to their lowest level in five weeks, due to a mounting supply of tonnage and uncertain cargo demand

Further Turmoil for Dry Bulk Shipping

Source: BIMCO

China’s demand for coal continues to diminish, so much so that India is expected to surpass China as the world’s largest coal importer later this year. According to international shipping association BIMCO, China’s consumption of coal accounts for just over 50 percent of global

S.Africa Considering Ship-Based Power Generation

South Africa could deploy power barges using gas to generate electricity to help overcome chronic supply shortages, a senior government official said on Tuesday. Under the proposal, one of 170 submissions sent to the government after it requested ideas for a gas-to-power programme

IMO Signs Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships Project

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed an agreement to allocate US$2.0 million to a two-year global maritime energy efficiency partnership project

Durban’s 90-year-old Dry Dock Set for Repair

The 35-meter-long, 900 ton outer caisson at the Prince Edward Graving dock in Durban will be undergo a $2.4 million refurbishment project over the next four months. (Photo: Transnet National Ports Authority)

The 90-yer-old Prince Edward Graving Dry Dock in Durban, which is owned and operated by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), will be undergoing a R30 million ($2.4 million USD) repair project on its outer caisson over the next four months

Second Damen ATD 2909 Tug for SA Navy

ATD 2909 Tug Imvubu

  Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) is currently building a Damen ATD 2909 Tug named Inyathi – Buffalo in English – to be delivered to the South African Navy in January 2016. Now in the production phase, this is the second tug the SA Navy has ordered from DSCT

Antwerp Joins “One Belt, One Road” Taskforce

FOD Kanselarij van de Eerste Minister

“One Belt, One Road” is a Chinese development strategy launched at the end of 2013 that focuses on connectivity and cooperation among countries primarily in Eurasia.   The strategy has two main components, namely the land-based “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the

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