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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Africa Service

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.

NileDutch Upgrades the Europe-West Africa Trade

Photo: NileDutch

Starting in March, NileDutch, the container carrier specialized in connections to and from West Africa, will upgrade its services from Europe to West Africa by operating two loops.   Port rotation - WEWA The existing West Europe – West Africa Service, known as WEWA, will be upgraded to weekly sailings and will start on March 9, with the following port rotation: Antwerp - Le Havre - Leixoes by rail to Lisbon - Lisbon - Algeciras - Tanger - Pointe Noire - Luanda - Lobito -

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

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

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 Reorganises Its Asia - West Africa Services

Map: CMA CGM

 In line with the West Africa market trend, CMA CGM Group adapts its service offering while continuing to improve its service reliability and cost efficiency.   Starting 1st week of March 2017, CMA CGM Group has decided to streamline its product offering from 5 to 4 direct weekly services on the Asia > West Africa market with an optimised port coverage: Withdrawal of WAX 2 service. The service was operated with 10 vessels of 4,500-5,400 TEU

CMA CGM: Indian Sub-continent Service Enhancement

Map: CMA CGM

 To better respond to our customers’ needs in the dynamic East Africa market, CMA CGM will upgrade and broaden its service offering connecting India and Middle East Gulf to East Africa.   Starting 15th November 2017, CMA CGM will offer an additional product to East Africa, a direct service to Mozambique, an improved connectivity for Europe, North America origins and increased export East Africa capacity:

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.

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.  

Total Reinforces its Exploration in West Africa

Map: Total

 Total and the National Office of Petroleum of Guinea (ONAP) signed a Technical Evaluation Agreement to study deep and ultra deep offshore areas located off the coast of Guinea Conakry, covering approximately 55,000 square kilometers.    “By taking this position on a new under-explored area, Total pursues its exploration strategy targeting deep offshore prospective basins,” declared Kevin McLachlan

St Helena Line Seeks Buyer for Vessel

Photo: AW Ship Management

 St Helena Line has announced that it is to withdraw the Passenger Cargo Royal Mail Ship St Helena from service in February 2018 and has appointed London ship broker CW Kellock & Co Ltd to handle her sale.   Operated by St Helena Line Ltd (SHL) on behalf of the St Helena Government (SHG), the RMS has been part of the Island’s history for over quarter of a century and provided the sole regular means of access to the Island

EU Leads the Way with Ambitious Action for Cleaner and Safer Seas

The EU Commission is composed of the College of Commissioners of 28 members, including the President and Vice-Presidents. Photo: European Commission

 At the ongoing EU-hosted Our Ocean conference in Malta (5-6 October), the European Union has committed to 36 tangible actions to foster healthier, cleaner, safer and more secure seas.    Amounting to over €550 million and involving activities worldwide, the announcements underline the EU's determination to improve the situation of the seas and send a positive signal of encouragement to the rest of the world – governments and private sector alike - to step up and

Empowering Maritime Women in East and Southern Africa

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Promoting women's access to quality employment and senior management level within the maritime sector is a key priority for International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s gender and capacity-building program and was at the core of the 8th regional conference to support the Association of Women Managers in the Maritime Sector in East and Southern Africa (WOMESA), held in Mahé, Seychelles (September 26 to 29).  

DP World to Develop Logistics Plan for Mali

Photo: DP World

 DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, met with the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, last week to discuss a trade and logistics master plan to unlock the resource rich country’s economic potential.   The plan includes a transportation and logistics strategy with electronic customs processes, replicating DP World’s successful model with Dubai Trade at its flagship Jebel Ali Port and Freezone in Dubai.   

DP World to Expand in African Market

DP World Jebel Ali. Photo: DP World

 DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem has met with Senegalese President Macky Sall as part of a tour of West and North Africa to confirm development of infrastructure projects in the country.   The discussions, attended by Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne and senior government officials, confirmed the plan for Port Du Futur with construction to start before the end of 2018 together with agreement on land allocation for the associated freezone.  

Brunswick, Mercury Marine to Aid Mercy Ships

Africa Mercy (Photo: Mercy Ships)

When the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest private hospital ship, provides its next field service in Cameroon, Africa, it will do so with a new dive boat and several new Mercury Marine outboard engines for the ship’s dive and rescue operations thanks to a recent donation from Brunswick Corporation and its engine subsidiary, Mercury Marine. Mercy Ships is a global charity that offers free life-changing surgeries

Topaz Signs with Orange for a Maritime Connect Solution

Topaz Commander (Photo: Topaz)

Dubai-based Topaz Energy and Marine has signed an agreement with Orange Business Services for a Maritime Connect solution that connects its fleet at sea and supports the corporate network.   Topaz is an offshore support vessel company for the global energy industry. The Orange integrated communications platform increases the efficiency of the fleet, lowers cost and improves the onboard experience for crew.  

Kalmar, MSC Pact for Container-Handling Equipment

Photo: Cargotec

 Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to continue its cooperation with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) with a new order for container-handling equipment.    The order, comprising five Kalmar reachstackers and two empty container handlers, was booked in Cargotec's 2017 third quarter intake. Delivery will commence in Q4 2017 and continue into Q2 2018.   MSC, a world leader in global container shipping

Hoegh Autoliners Denies Price-fixing Allegations

(File photo: Hoegh)

Norwegian shipping firm Hoegh Autoliners denied on Tuesday allegations made by South Africa that it and Japanese rival Mitsui O.S.K Lines had colluded to fix transport tariffs to and from South Africa. Hoegh Autoliners specializes in transporting cars, controlling 50 specialized vessels or 6-7 percent of the global fleet in this market. South Africa's Competition Commission said on Tuesday Hoegh Autoliners had been referred for prosecution on seven charges relating to collusive tendering

MOL Car Carrier's First Call at Port of Kisarazu

The Swan Ace calling at the Port of Kisarazu. Photo: MOL

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)  announced that on August 31, the MOL-operated car carrier Swan Ace (capacity: 6,400 standard passenger cars) called at the Port of Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture and loaded 800 used vehicles.    It was the first call for MOL-operated car carriers of Japan – East Africa trade. On the same day, the cargo owner, port officials, and other guests attended a commemorative ceremony at a hotel in Kisarazu City.  

CMA CGM to Strengthen its Presence in South America

Photo: CMA CGM

 The CMA CGM group, a world leader in container shipping, announces the reshuffling of two services in addition to the MERCOSUL buyout project and pursues its development strategy in South America, with SAFRAN and SIRIUS.   These two services between South America and Europe are: SAFRAN for Northern Europe and SIRIUS for the Mediterranean.   SAFRAN will be starting in Rotterdam on September 27, 2017

Grindrod Plans to Spin off Shipping Business

(Photo: Grindrod)

Grindrod, the South Africa-listed freight logistics and shipping services firm, is planning to separate and list its shipping business in order to unlock its value, the company said on Wednesday.   Grindrod, which also has a financial services business, has held the view for many years that the value of its shipping services was not fairly reflected in its share price.   Executive Chairman Mike Hankinson said the board has resolved to investigate a separate listing of the

Fortuna FLNG Offtake Awarded to Gunvor

Photo: Golar LNG

 The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons (MMH), Ophir Equatorial Guinea (Block R) Ltd, OneLNG SA and La Compania Nacional De Petroleos De Guinea Ecuatorial (GEPetrol) have nominated Gunvor Group Ltd (Gunvor) as its preferred LNG Buyer for offtake from the Fortuna FLNG project.    All parties have agreed the principal commercial terms subject to finalising a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) for the offtake ahead of the Final Investment Decision (FID) on the Fortuna FLNG project

Gunvor Awarded Fortuna FLNG Offtake

The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons (MMH), Ophir Equatorial Guinea (Block R) Ltd, OneLNG SA and La Compania Nacional De Petroleos De Guinea Ecuatorial (GEPetrol) have nominated Gunvor Group Ltd (Gunvor) as its preferred LNG Buyer for offtake from the Fortuna FLNG project. All parties have agreed the principal commercial terms subject to finalizing a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) for the offtake ahead of the Final Investment Decision (FID) on the Fortuna FLNG project.  

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