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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Mauritania News

Transinsular Announces Cape Verde, Inter-Islands Trade Routes

Photo: ETE Group

Transinsular announced the 'Lince Class', the fastest maritime connection with Cape Verde from Portugal (Leixões / Lisbon) and the Canary Islands (Las Palmas). And therefore, the most competitive solution for exporting products from Portugal, Spain, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. At the same time, and as a complement to the 'Lince Class', the ETE Group will offer inter-island ‘ATOBÁ’ cabotage services, on the way from Praia, Mindelo, Sal and Boavista, connecting these ports to the African proximity markets such as Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania.

Port Security Training for Mauritanian Officials

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Officials responsible for port security in Mauritania are undergoing a week-long International Maritime Organization (IMO)  training course in the country’s capital of Nouakchott (7-11 August). The course will equip designated authority officials, port security officials and managers with the skills to carry out effective self-assessments and audits of port facilities, in line with IMO’s International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and guidance on voluntary self-assessment.

Mauritania Aims to Annul Disputed Oil Amendments

Mauritania's government vowed to use all possible legal actions to try to annul disputed amendments to oil production sharing contracts signed with Australia's Woodside Petroleum Ltd. The dispute threatens to overshadow the scheduled production start-up this month of a major offshore oil project operated by Woodside, which will turn the poor, largely desert-covered West African state into the continent's newest oil producer. Mauritania, whose new military rulers took power in a bloodless coup in August 2005, says it cannot accept the Woodside contract amendments, which were signed more than a year ago by a former oil minister who is now in prison facing trial for corruption.

CMA CGM Launches West African Service

Image: CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group announced the launch of a new service, WAZZAN, joining Morocoo to North West Africa, and improving the container shipper’s Intra African coverage. The CMA CGM Group said the new service improves transit time between Mauritania, Senegal and Morocco by eight days, with previous transshipment calls being replaced by direct ones. In addition, a new direct call, from North West Africa and to Morocco, in Las Palmas is introduced. WAZZAN also develops CMA CGM’s reefer containers offer in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, allowing fish exports to intra African and worldwide markets.

Start of Golar's FLNG in Cameroon May Draw More Africa Clients

Golar LNG said on Monday it had started production at its floating LNG (FLNG) platform in Cameroon, the world's second working example of the nascent technology and a milestone likely to boost its Fortuna project in Equatorial Guinea. As the cost of land-based LNG plants more than tripled in the decade to 2013, Golar pioneered the conversion of ageing LNG tankers into giant refrigerators capable of chilling gas into its liquid form at minus 162 Celsius. Natural gas when liquefied can be shipped and sold around the world on tankers, like oil. By starting up the pilot floating plant in Cameroon, Golar is removing uncertainty about the risks associated with squeezing equipment into a fraction of the space occupied by an LNG plant on land, shipping analysts and industry sources say.

BP Selects McDermott, BHGE for Subsea Contracts

Photo: McDermott International, Inc

McDermott International and Baker Hughes (BHGE), a GE company  announced the selection of front-end engineering design (FEED) studies in advance of a substantial engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for BP’s Tortue/Ahmeyim Field Development, a major gas project located on the maritime border of Mauritania and Senegal. During this initial engineering phase, McDermott will work on defining the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) scope for the project, while BHGE will focus on the subsea production system (SPS) scope.

Fishermen Drown During Rescue Effort

Thirteen fishermen drowned off Mauritania last week hunting for a colleague who had fallen from another boat earlier, port sources in the northern port of Nouadhibou said. Another 10 people, both Mauritanians and Senegalese, fell from the rescue boat but were pulled from the sea, which has been exceptionally rough in recent days, the sources added.

13 Lives Lost With Trawler

A Portuguese trawler has sunk off the coast of Mauritania with the loss of 13 lives, officials reported. Another 13 people are believed to have survived the wreck of the Orcados, which went down on Friday off Nouadhibou. They had no breakdown of the nationalities of the people on board.

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.  

Tankship Damaged in Nigeria Pirate Attack

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) notes pirate attacks off Nigeria, Indonesia & Mauritania in past week. A product tanker under way noticed three skiffs approaching it at high speed. A suspected mother vessel was observed on radar at a distance of around 1.2nm. As the skiffs closed, the duty officer raised alarm and non essential crew mustered in citadel. Vessel commenced evasive manoeuvres and headed towards a nearby oil terminal to seek assistance from naval guard vessels. A further two skiffs were noticed approaching the vessel and all skiffs fired towards the bridge and accommodation. A RPG was also fired but missed the vessel. The attack lasted fro nearly one hour before the skiffs broke off. Crew safe but vessel sustained damage due to the firing.

Boat with 40 African Migrants Arrives on Spanish Island

A boat containing around 40 African migrants including a toddler girl landed on a beach on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, sea rescue services said on Wednesday. The Spanish Canary Islands off the Moroccan coast were a key route around 10 years ago for migrants from Africa trying to reach Europe, but their numbers fell after Spain increased patrolling. Europe is in crisis as hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing war and economic migrants escaping poverty are arriving on the continent, crossing the Mediterranean on unsafe boats and over land across the Balkan peninsula. The group of 33 men, six women and the child, were all in good health when they arrived late on Tuesday, a government official said. One of the women was pregnant, the official said.

Oil Spill Response Workshop in Senegal

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The use of oil spill dispersants, which can be used to break down an oil slick into smaller droplets as part of response efforts, is the subject of a workshop taking place in Dakar, Senegal (17-20 July). Participants from 11 countries (Benin, the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Togo) are attending the sub-regional workshop, which will analyse national policies on dispersant use and provide training on further development and implementation of these policies.

Fifty Mali Migrants Among Hundred Drowned in Med

At least 50 Malians from the impoverished region of Kayes were among up to 900 migrants who drowned trying to cross from Libya to Europe this weekend, the government said on Friday. The deaths triggered worldwide outrage and prompted the European Union to agree to triple the size of its naval search mission in the Mediterranean at a hastily convened summit. "There were 24 survivors amongst which there were 12 Malians. Around 50 Malians drowned but that number could increase," said Kany Keita, spokesman for the Ministry for Malians Abroad. Nearly 2,000 people have died this year out of nearly 40,000 people recorded making the crossing. The Kayes region of western Mali, which borders Senegal, Guinea and Mauritania, has seen high levels of emigration for years.

OT Africa Line Appoints a New Spanish Agent

OT Africa Line (OTAL), the specialist West African shipping line, has appointed a new Spanish agent, Isamar. part of the Bolloré Group. well integrated transport organization. Founded in 1993, Isamar is a logistics company with a specific focus on maritime transport. Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Las Palmas, Seville, Tenerife, Valencia and Vigo. offices in Lisbon and Leixoes. The strengthening of OTAL's agency network in Spain is both a logistical and strategic move. Spain is an important export partner for many West African countries including: Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Mauritania and the Gambia. In addition, Spain's prime location in the Mediterranean, neighbouring both France and Portugal, makes it an important transport hub.

USCG Port Security Advisory

The U.S. Coast Guard issued an updated Port Security Advisory. The advisory lists nations that have failed to communicate to the IMO or the USCG all required information regarding port facility security compliance. The nations listed in this Advisory are: Albania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritania, and Nauru. In a change from the previous advisory, Equatorial Guinea has been removed from the list. Ships calling at a port facility in any of the listed nations should institute additional security measures during the visit and should document those measures in appropriate ship’s records.

BW Group May Sell Shares in Offshore Unit

Helmut Sohmen, chairman of BW Group Ltd. may sell shares in its offshore unit as producers order oil platforms to drill fields in deeper water, according to a Bloomburg report. An initial public offering of shares in BW Offshore is possible within the next two years, Sohmen, 66, said, according to the report. The unit operates a fleet of eight tankers converted into platforms used to pump oil from undersea fields. BW Group acquired the offshore business in 2003 when World-Wide Shipping, started in Hong Kong by Sohmen's father-in-law in 1955, acquired Oslo-based Bergesen d.y. ASA. BW Offshore's FPSOs, operate in seas off Mauritania, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea in West Africa, New Zealand, and Mexico.

USCG Port Security Advisory

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Port Security Advisory stating that Albania and Madagascar have submitted to the IMO information indicating that they are maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures in the maritime sector. The nations that have not, as yet submitted such information are the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, and Nauru. Any vessel that visited ports in these five countries (with the exception of the Port of Monrovia in Liberia) during their last five port calls will be subjected to increased port state control upon arrival in the United States unless the vessel instituted appropriate enhanced security measures during such port call.

IMO Fishing Boat Protocal Now in Force

The International Convention on Training and Certification for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F 1995) enters into force. The STCW-F Convention sets the certification and minimum training requirements for crews of seagoing fishing vessels of 24 metres in length and above. The Convention consists of 15 Articles and an annex containing technical regulations. The STCW-F Convention has been ratified by 15 States: Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Kiribati, Latvia, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Norway, Palau, the Russian Federation, Sierra Leone, Spain, the Syrian Arab Republic and Ukraine, and also by Faroes, Denmark. The entry into force of the STCW-F Convention comes just days before a diplomatic conference…

Protecting Mauritania’s Marine Park

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

A particularly sensitive sea area (PSSA) is an area of special ecological, socio-economic or scientific importance which may be vulnerable to international shipping. To date, International Maritime Organization (IMO) has designated 17 areas which benefit from the scheme and are protected. IMO Member Governments can submit applications for the designation of PSSAs at any time. Representatives from IMO, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre Marine Program and the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) met with national stakeholders in Nouakchott…

Chariot Oil & Gas 1H 2014 Interim Results

Larry Bottomley, CEO of Chariot,

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited, the Atlantic margins focused oil and gas exploration company, today announces its unaudited interim results for the six month period ended 30 June 2014. o  Additional partnering process underway aiming to fully cover seismic costs. Larry Bottomley, CEO of Chariot, commented,  "Chariot has had a very productive year to date, securing partners in Morocco and Brazil, successfully completing our Placing, as well as renegotiating our licence positions in Namibia.

Cadden Targets Exports

Dandec, Director (on left) and Frédérick Clément, new export sales representative (on right).

Cadden, specializing in electronic measuring systems for geopositioning and oceanography, is entering a new growth phase. The Nantes-based small business wants to earn 20% of its sales internationally within 2 years. To achieve this goal, a new “export” sales representative has joined the team. Until 2011, Cadden’s business outside France primarily involved leasing echosounders and sonars to the overseas territories. In 2011, the 22% jump in sales over 2010 was mainly due to an increase in exports, which grew six-fold.

Maersk Offers New Service

Maersk Line announceed a new, direct service between the Far East and Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. On January 28, the company said it will introduce a direct, weekly call in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on the Far East - West Africa 2 (FEW2) service. Thereby we can serve our customers from Far East to Abidjan and from Abidjan to Far East faster and more reliable. The FEW2 service is one of two direct services linking the Far East and West Africa: FEW1 and FEW2. These coupled with our unmatched product range via Algeciras in Spain ensures that we can continue to support the increased trade between the Far East and West Africa with fast and flexible services. First vessel on the new FEW1 rotation will be Santa Alexandra, westbound voyage 0803, calling Nansha on 23 January 2008.

Marseilles Fos Renews UNCTAD Training Agreement

Photo: Marseilles Fos

The Marseilles Fos port authority has signed a five-year renewal of its agreement with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to provide management training for ports in French-speaking Africa. The collaboration dates from 1996 and runs within UNCTAD’s Train for Trade program. Under the scheme, every two years the leading French port hosts a training visit attended by some 20 directors and senior managers from African ports. Through seminars and a mutual exchange of ideas and experience…

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