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Thursday, December 14, 2017

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First Ever At-sea Customs and Fisheries Boardings Conducted

Capt. Heidi Agle, commodore, Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa, presents a plaque to Chief of Cameroon Navy representative, Capt. Fru Fon Clement, chief of logistics at Naval Headquarters, during a closing ceremony for African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership Cameroon March 11, 2016. Cameroon Navy, customs and fisheries worked with U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and civilian mariners aboard USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1), during the facilitated theater security cooperation initiative that ai

USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) and an embarked multinational law enforcement team, working with Cameroon Navy Ships Ntem (108) and Sanaga (109), conducted the first ever at-sea customs and fisheries boardings supported by Cameroon Navy. The Cameroon Navy vessels patrolled the entirety of the Cameroon Exclusive Economic Zone for 12 days while conducting at-sea law enforcement operations. In the first AMLEP with Cameroon, U.S. maritime forces worked and trained with 17 Cameroon Navy personnel, two Gabonese Navy officers, six Cameroon customs officers, and seven Cameroon fisheries officers.

Vessels Arriving in U.S. from Cameroon

The US Coast Guard said that, with the exception of certain named ports, it is imposing conditions of entry on vessels arriving in the United States after having called in Cameroon during the five previous port calls. Such vessels must: (1) have implemented Security Level 2 while in the Cameroon port; (2) have ensured that each access point to the vessel was guarded and that the guards had total visibility of the exterior of the vessel while in the Cameroon port; (3) have attempted to execute a Declaration of Security with the Cameroon port facility; (4) have logged all security actions undertaken in Cameroon; (5) report the actions taken to the cognizant USCG Captain of the Port prior to arrival in US waters…

Golar Cameroon FLNG Project Update

Golar LNG Limited announced its Cameroon FLNG project has received approval and signature of the binding Tolling Term Sheet thereby confirming the commercial terms for the FLNG vessel Golar Hilli.   Cameroon's state owned oil and gas company Société Nationale des Hydrocarbures (SNH), Perenco Cameroon (Perenco) and Golar are all parties to the executed agreement. Operations are scheduled to begin in the second quarter of2017.

CMA CGM Signs Pact with Port of Kribi

Photo: CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group is pleased to announce that on July 25, 2017, the official signing ceremony for the concession agreement of the new container terminal was held in Kribi, Cameroon, chaired by the Minister for Transport, Edgar Alain Mébé Ngo’o. Following an international call to tenders, the consortium of the French groups CMA CGM and Bolloré Transport & Logistics as well as the Chinese group CHEC, were granted the funding and the operation of the Kribi Container Terminal, which they will manage for 25 years under a Public-Private partnership with the State of Cameroon.

Golar Moves Ahead with lucrative FLNG Project in Cameroon

Golar has four operational FSRU projects.

Golar LNG Limited inform that with regards the signing of a Heads of Agreement with Societe Nationale de Hydrocarbures ("SNH") and Perenco Cameroon ("Perenco") for the development of a floating liquefied natural gas export project in Cameroon that took place on 24 December 2014 an agreement has now been reached with the support of the Boards of both Golar and Perenco on the material commercial terms and conditions for the project. The Tolling Agreement which defines the material commercial terms and conditions for the project is now subject to finalisation with SNH and government approval.

CMA CGM Launches West Africa Logistics Hub

Picture by the CMA CGM Group

French maritime transporter CMA CGM has opened a logistics complex, between the port and city of Douala, Cameroon, and set up a new firm to handle inland transportation in West African markets. Christened 3CTC (CMA CGM Cameroon Container Terminal), the terminal covers a surface area of 2 hectares. Douala port is Cameroon's largest port. Located between the ring road of Douala and the port area, this "dry port" will enable CMA CGM customers to store containers, empty or full, in a secure area of 1200 m2.

CMA CGM Opens 3CTC Terminal

Rodolphe Saadé (Photo courtesy: CMA CGM)

The CMA CGM Group inaugurated its new logistics platform, the 3CTC Terminal (CMA CGM Cameroon Container Terminal), on February 19, 2015. The 3CTC platform has been operational since January 7, 2015, and its concession attributed for 25 years. It is located in an area between Douala and the port, where it occupies two hectares. With this new platform, the CMA CGM Group offers its clients a range of logistics solutions, including full and/or empty containers storage in a 1,200 square meters secured area and merchandises land transportation in Cameroon, Chad and Central African Republic.

U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon visits USNS Spearhead

Ambassador Michael S. Hoza, U.S. ambassador to Cameroon, gives a speech during a reception aboard the Military Sealift Command’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Special

Ambassador Michael S. Hoza, U.S. ambassador to Cameroon, visited and delivered remarks during reception held aboard the Military Sealift Command’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) as part of Africa Partnership Station March 13, 2015. Ambassador Hoza spoke of the importance of Africa Partnership Station, a collaborative capacity-building program in which U.S. forces train with African partner nation’s maritime forces in order to increase interoperability and enforce…

Cameroonian Navy Takes New Vessels Delivery

Photo: Grup Aresa Internacional

The Cameroonian Navy (CN) has taken delivery of two new 24 meter ARESA 2400 CPV Defender and one new 23 meter ARESA 2300 LD Craft to help the force safeguard their maritime domains. Cameroon’s Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Jean Mendoua, commissioned the 23 meter Aresa 2300 landing craft and two 24 meter Aresa 2400 CPV Defender patrol boats at the Cameroon Navy Base in Douala on November 21. The commissioning also included a presentation meeting as well as a tour of the boats while moored at the Naval Base.

Africa to Roll out Three Floating LNG Projects

Golar LNG

Africa has planned three floating LNG export proj­ects - Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Mo­zambique. According to local media reports, the African nations are launching LNG projects - three such planned projects in Nige­ria; two planned LNG projects in Equatorial Guinea; two in Mo­zambique and one in Tanzania, none of which is sanctioned. Cameroon is the latest Afri­can country to signal a planned LNG project. Of the planned LNG projects one is a Floating LNG each in Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique and Cameroon.

Bollore Consortium Misses out on Cameroon's Kribi Port Shortlist

A consortium led by France's Bollore failed to make the final shortlist of firms vying to manage a new container terminal in Cameroon's southern port of Kribi, according to a commission report seen by Reuters on Monday. The government commission, charged with recommending a container terminal manager, shortlisted Philippines-based ICTSI and port operator APM Terminals, a unit of shipping and oil conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk. The commission said in its report it had reservations over the sustainability of the proposal from Bollore's consortium and found the offers from ICTSI and APMT to be the most plausible. "The Commission accepted the offers of ICTSI and APMT as being the most advantageous for Cameroon and the central African sub-region," it said.

Navy's Evolutionary Catamaran Tested Off Africa

Low intensity conflict, littoral warfare, special forces that can be whisked ashore at a moment's notice-all familiar terms to describe just how the military must transform to fight the ongoing global war on terrorism, and the battles of the 21st century. For this very reason, the Navy's Military Sealift Command, or MSC, chartered two high-speed vessels-HSV Swift and HSV Westpac Express-sleek, stealthy, high-speed catamarans with a multitude of mission capabilities to meet today's security challenges, including: mine warfare, maritime interdiction, littoral warfare, humanitarian assistance, as well as the ability to quickly deploy troops to a combat zone.

Cameroon Cocoa Exports Down from Last Year

Cameroon, the world's fifth cocoa grower, has exported 152,941 metric tons of cocoa beans from the start of the 2013/14 season to end-June, down from 203,220 metric tons in the corresponding previous season, the National Cocoa and Coffee Board said on Thursday. The roughly 25 percent fall in total exports came despite higher shipments in June when 4,256 metric tons of cocoa left ports compared with 2,305 metric tons for the same month last year and 2,268 tonnes in May. NCCB indicated that there were 11 exporters for the month, down from 13 in May, with Producam exporting a hefty 1,003 metric tons, followed by Olam Cam with 983 tonnes and Telcar Cocoa Ltd with 853 metric tons.

Boosting Maritime Security in Cameroon

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

An International Maritime Organization (IMO)-led maritime security table top exercise is taking place in Yaoundé, Cameroon (6-8 September) for participants from a range of government departments and national agencies, including the Maritime Authority. The exercise encourages a multi-agency, whole of government approach to maritime security and maritime law enforcement issues. A range of evolving scenarios are being used to stimulate discussions and demonstrate the need for cooperation amongst government departments and agencies.

Expro Awarded Contract Extension in Cameroon

Leading international oilfield services company Expro is celebrating a significant contract extension with Perenco in Cameroon. The award is an extension of services from a previous well campaign and will last for the duration of one year. Expro will provide an extended well test, data acquisition services and its drill stem testing (DST) package including Expro’s CaTS™ wireless telemetry technology which will be utilised as a surface read-out system. Work will take place across two exploration and appraisal (E&A) wells in the Lungahe and Elombo fields and two development wells in Dissoni. Expro’s Southern & West Africa region director, Riccardo Muttoni, said: “Perenco is pressing ahead with major development plans in Cameroon and the neighbouring areas.

George D Lifted From Dock

Gardline’s coastal survey vessel the George D, named after the founder of the company, George Darling was lifted from the dock in Great Yarmouth early Tuesday morning and loaded onto the mighty 7002 tonne MV Pangini for its  transportation to Douala, the largest port and city in Cameroon. The George D is one of Gardline’s fleet of coastal vessels and was built in 1991. It will be in Cameroon to conduct metocean studies for at least 12 months, with the results of these studies used to help design a new Liquefied Natural Gas plant near Kribi.

Port Backlog Slows Cameroon Cocoa Exports

Cocoa exports from Cameroon's main port have slowed sharply because the outlet is clogged by a buildup of imported goods bound for Central African Republic that have not been sent due to political unrest, officials said. The port is the main gateway for goods into and out of the oil, cocoa, and timber-producing Central African nation and also serves landlocked neighbours Central Africa Republic and Chad. The problem at Douala International Terminal has deprived the cocoa industry of around 400,000,000 CFA francs ($653,595) in revenue this year, said Omer Gatien Maledy, executive secretary of the Inter-professional Cocoa and Coffee Board. Cameroon is the world's sixth biggest cocoa grower and produced 209,905 tonnes of beans in the 2013/14 season.

Cameroon Awards Kribi Deepwater Contract

Cameroon has awarded a contract for its Kribi port to a consortium led by French logistics group Necotrans, the two parties said. The deepwater port will allow for the import and export of raw materials such as timber and cotton as well as vehicles and service equipment for Cameroon's oil and gas sector. A contract for the Kribi container port was awarded to a Bollore-led consortium last week. The government is rushing to get Kribi operational to ease congestion on the port of Douala, 150 kilometres to the north. "As the only deepwater port in Central Africa, Kribi will be the economic lifeblood for Cameroon and the region, notably Chad and the Central African Republic," Necotrans President Gregory Querel said in a statement.

Cameroon Navy Takes Two Patrol Boats

Spanish shipbuilder Grup Aresa Internacional delivers for the Cameroonian Navy (Photo: Grup Aresa Internacional)

The Cameroonian Navy (CN) has taken delivery of two new 24m ARESA 2400 CPV Defender and one new 23m ARESA 2300 LD Craft to patrol and secure it’s coast. Cameroon’s Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Jean Mendoua, commissioned the 23m Aresa 2300 landing craft and two 24m Aresa 2400 CPV Defender patrol boats at the Cameroon Navy Base in Douala on November 21. The commissioning also included a presentation meeting as well as a tour of the boats while moored at the Naval Base. The Spanish shipbuilding group has worked extensively with Cameroon…

Cameroon Cocoa Exports Up in April

Cameroon cocoa exports jumped 24 percent to 181,893 tonnes year-on-year by end-April since the start of the 2014/15 season on Aug. 1, data from the sector's regulator showed on Tuesday. Statistics from the National Cocoa and Coffee Board (NCCB)  showed that Africa's fourth biggest grower shipped 4,384 tonnes of cocoa beans in April, down from 10,810 tonnes in March. But exports rose slightly, compared with 3,043 tonnes exported during the same month a year ago. Ten firms exported cocoa during the month, with Olam Cam, a unit of Singapore's Olam topping the chart with 1,818 tonnes, followed by Telcar Cocoa Ltd with 1,053 tonnes and Cameroon Marketing Commodities (CAMACO) with 752 tonnes.

Kidnapped Bourbon Crew Released

Bourbon announces that its 10 crew members kidnapped in Cameroon on 31st October on board the Bourbon Sagitta were released on Nov. 11. They are now safe in Yaoundé. After medical check-ups, all of them appear to be in good health. Bourbon wishes to thank everyone who has contributed to the successful outcome of this affair for their support and efforts, and in particular the local Cameroonian authorities, as well as the French Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs. The two Cameroonian crew members will be joining up with their families and friends very soon. The other eight crew members, seven French and one Tunisian, will be returning to France rapidly, where they too will be reunited with their families and friends. Nov.

USS Simpson Trains 5 Countries in Anti-piracy

USS Simpson: Credit USN

Guided-missile frigate USS Simpson completes two days anti-piracy training exercises in Gulf of Guinea.   Participating in Obangame Express, a maritime exercise aimed to improve cooperation amongs participating nations, USS Simpson acted as a boarding vessel with role players and trainers for teams from five countries - Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, and Spain. Simpson also sent a boarding team to a Nigerian navy vessel, the patrol cutter NNS Nwamba, to practice boarding techniques while other personnel visited six ships for training with counterparts.

Port Congestion Surcharges in West Africa

CMA-CGM issued an announcement stating it will implement surcharges for all cargo due to port congestion in West Africa. “Considering the deterioration of shipping operations in Douala (Cameroon), Port Gentil (Gabon) and Nouakchott (Mauritania), CMA CGM is implementing a Port Congestion Surcharge in June 2014,” the company said. cma-cgm.com  

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