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Sunday, December 17, 2017

West Africa News

ABS Partnership Enhances Safety in Ghana’s Offshore Industry

Photo: ABS

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, formed a joint venture with Notabene Classification Limited to offer regulatory and technical support services, including key classification services to the upstream oil and gas market in Ghana. “This joint venture is an important milestone and demonstrates our strong commitment to advancing safety in all parts of the globe,” said ABS Executive Vice President, Global Offshore, Kenneth Richardson.

Saipem Bags New Offshore Contract in Saudi Arabia, West Africa

Image: Saipem S.p.A

Saipem has been awarded a new E&C Offshore contract by Saudi Aramco for Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) activities in Saudi Arabia, under the Long Term Agreement renewed in 2015 until 2021. The contract’s main scope of work includes the engineering, procurement and construction of a new 42” offshore pipeline replacing an existing one and other miscellaneous activities for the upgrade of the Manifa water injection system. Saipem has also been assigned additional works regarding previously awarded projects in the Offshore E&C in West Africa.

CMA CGM's first carrier offering a direct service of 5,700 containers (TEU) vessels to West Africa

CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group informed about the improvement of its ASAF service which will deploy 12 vessels of 5,700 containers (TEU) in direct service to West Africa starting May 9th thus becoming the first carrier with vessels of this capacity to call West Africa directly. With the 5, 700 containers (TEU) vessels calling West Africa in direct service, the CMA CGM Group confirms its ambition to reinforce its offer in the area and to support the economic development of the country. The ER CANADA…

NileDutch Launches US East Coast to West Africa Service

Photo: NileDutch

NileDutch, the container carrier specializing in West Africa, is setto introduce a new service to link the East Coast of the U.S. with West Africa and Europe. The rotation will start in New York and the service will run every nine days. The first vessel, the MV Cafer Dede will sail on February 16, 2016. According to the shipper, the new development aims to meet the growing demand from exporters in the East Coast of the U.S. for better access to their markets in West Africa. The new service will be operated by NileDutch in cooperation with Turkon Line.

UASC Boosts West Africa Services

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has launched two new West Africa services, WAF2 and WAF3, to enhance schedule reliability and cater to growing demand. The new services, effective September 2015, will operate in addition to UASC’s existing WAF1 service. Lars Christiansen, Chief Trade Officer at UASC commented, “In addition to reduced transit times and enhanced schedule reliability, the new services are designed to improve connections between West Mediterranean and West Africa enabling our customers globally to avail of new opportunities.

Maritime Security Experts Weigh in on West Africa

Maritime operations in West Africa are affected by threats from piracy and other maritime crime. It is very complex to get an overview of the different types of maritime security provisions that are legal in the countries throughout the region. Risk Intelligence now provides this insight with a new service, including reports with an overview of the use of private and government security in 18 countries in the region. Risk Intelligence CEO, Hans Tino Hansen, said, “We have provided security analysis for West Africa for more than 10 years. It has always been a complex area with many different types of threats and many different types of security risk mitigation and legal frameworks.

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. Withdrawal of WAX 2 service. WAX | Operated by CMA CGM with 12 vessels of 4,350 TEU, will discontinue South Africa and Nigeria calls. Instead, the service will add Abidjan Westbound to its current export call with an improved transit time up to 5 days. Abidjan from Shanghai will be reached in 37 days. ASAF | The sole product available on the market to West Africa South Range is operated with 12 vessels up to 9,350 TEU.

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. Antwerp - Le Havre - Leixoes by rail to Lisbon - Lisbon - Algeciras - Tanger - Pointe Noire - Luanda - Lobito - Namibe - Abidjan - Tanger - Antwerp. A new service to Dakar and Abidjan will provide extra loading ports. Dunkerque - Tilbury - Antwerp - Dunkerque - Le Havre - Montoir - Tanger - Algeciras - Dakar - Abidjan - Dakar - Algeciras - Dunkerque.

Asia Tankers-VLCC Weighed by Excess Tonnage

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MidEast, West Africa rates diverge; oil output curbs in Iraq and West Africa could weigh on tanker market. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to remain under pressure with hire rates from the Middle East to Asia tracking lower in the face of excess tonnage in the market, brokers said. Cuts in the output from Iraq and West Africa this month as part of an agreement between oil producers to curb crude production to bolster oil prices are also expected to weigh on the tanker market as the number of voyages are curtailed, brokers said.

Hapag-Lloyd Expanding Service to West Africa

The Hamburg-based shipping line Hapag-Lloyd is increasing its involvement with West Africa. It is establishing its own service linking Dakar and Tema in West Africa and Hamburg, Amsterdam and Southampton in Europe at the end of the year. Two vessels – becoming available from fleet cascading – each capable of carrying about 800 standard containers will be deployed, offering departures every 16 days. Each unit will have 100 reefer plugs. Transhipment possibilities will be offered from Dakar and Tema to all ports in West Africa. After its integration of CP Ships, Hapag-Lloyd belongs to the top 5 lines in global container shipping. Its comprehensive liner network with 90 services covers all major ports on all continents.

Greenpeace ship My Esperanza in West Africa

Image: Greenpeace

The Greenpeace ship My Esperanza has docked at the port of Praia in Cape Verde. For eleven weeks the Esperanza will sail the waters of six West Africa States - Cape Verde, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Senegal to raise awareness on the state of fisheries through political events, public engagement and consultations with the West-African science community. The ship tour named “The West Africa tour of hope” will provide an opportunity to make these countries’ voice on protecting their own sea and marine resources heard internationally.

Topaz Secures another West Africa Contract

The Topaz Faye

Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Middle East and Caspian, announced a new contract win for its fast growing West Africa operation. Under the terms of the $11 million agreement, Topaz will supply a global oil major with a platform supply vessel, the Topaz Faye, for 18 months to support its offshore production operations. This contract comes on the back of several recent contract wins in West Africa and further strengthens Topaz’s $1.2 billion contract backlog.

BHP Supports Ebola Response Efforts

Business Director West Africa Iron Ore, Graham Reynolds

In response to the widespread devastation caused by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities has donated US$400,000 to the Pooled World Health Organisation (WHO) Ebola Response fund. The contribution from BHP Billiton will provide immediate actions to support affected countries and will provide interventions in neighbouring at risk countries until December 2014. BHP Billiton has worked in West Africa for a number of years through its iron ore exploration assets.

Pirates Make a Comeback?

Graph: Oceans Beyond Piracy

A new report by U.S.-based One Earth Future Foundation Inc.'s Oceans Beyond Piracy program found that seafaring incidents involving kidnap for ransom jumped in 2016. Asia led the way with 125 instances of piracy, while West Africa had 95. Incidents of kidnap for ransom rose in West Africa and in Asia (in the Sulu and Celebes Seas specifically) from 2015 to 2016. 2016 saw a 57% rise in the number of seafarers affected by piracy in West Africa. The total cost of counter-piracy operations in the Western Indian Ocean has steadied out at around $1.5 billion.

Hapag-Lloyd Upgrades WMX Network

Enhanced West Africa Network – West Africa Mediterranean Express

Hapag-Lloyd informs about the upgraded West Africa Mediterranean Express (WMX) effective December 2015. We are pleased to inform you about our upgraded West Africa Mediterranean Express (WMX). With the upgraded WMX service together with our recently upgraded West Africa Express (WAX), we will have a further enhanced West African Network, with revamped transit times from the Mediterranean to West Africa and vice versa. With Tarragona and Valencia as new ports in our future schedule…

Hapag-Lloyd Modifies West Africa, Northern Europe Service

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Standalone West Africa Express service (WAX) offers improved transit times, connection to Hapag-Lloyds global service network. Effective August 10, Hapag-Lloyd will offer its customers an improved service between West Africa and Northern Europe, the company announced today. The new West Africa Express service (WAX) provides transits to and from key markets, for instance 13 days from Antwerp to Dakar, and from Abidjan to Antwerp in only 11 days. The improved service will be the only direct full container service from Hamburg and neighboring countries to West Africa.

Grimaldi Newbuild for Hamburg–West Africa Connection

Overnight from 25 to 26 September 2011, the GRANDE SIERRA LEONE docked at the Unikai terminal at the Port of Hamburg for the first time. It is the first sailing of the newbuild in the West Africa service operated by Grimaldi Lines. The GRANDE SIERRA LEONE joins the “Southern Express” service of the Grimaldi Lines, which now operates with a total of six ConRo ships and links Hamburg with the West African ports of Casablanca, Dakar, Conakry, Lome, Pointe Noire, Luanda and Douala. On the south-bound leg, the port rotation includes Amsterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Bilbao, Leixoes and Lisbon. The deployment of the GRANDE SIERRA LEONE allows Grimaldi to step up the frequency of departures to West Africa from ten to eight days.

CMA CGM to Upgrade its PEX 3 Service

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CMA CGM introduced its new PEX 3 service rotation linking US Gulf Coast and US East Coast (South Atlantic) to Asia, Africa and Mediterranean. Effective March 9th, 2016 in Houston with m/v CMA CGM CHATEAU D’IF voy. Improved connections from the US Gulf Coast to West Africa & North Africa via Tangier hub. Direct access to Singapore as new port of call. Improved transit times & connections to Southeast Asia from all PEX 3 ports of load. Faster transit time from Charleston (new port of call) to West Africa, Singapore and Asia.

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.

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. VLCC freight rates hit a multi-month high on Thursday. "The optimism among owners is punchy - I think the market has legs on it and could easily increase by another 10 points (on the Worldscale measure)," a European supertanker broker said on Friday.

Champion Technologies Wins First West Africa Deepwater Contract

Specialist oilfield production chemicals company Champion Technologies has secured its first deepwater chemical management services contract in West Africa in an eight-figure deal over five years. The work involves a full suite of chemicals and associated support services for Noble Energy’s Aseng Field Development project in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa . The company plans to build a base in Luba’s Freeport Zone which will include office space, a fit-for-purpose laboratory, warehouse, and a blending facility. “This is a significant contact award for Champion Technologies.

WSS Open Their Own Facility in Dakar, W. Africa

Simon Hutt: Photo credit WSS

Ship service providers WSS open their own premises in the port after 15 years of operation through sub-agents & service providers. Located at the most westerly point in West Africa, Dakar is transited by all north and south- bound traffic. The port is well-placed to handle a multitude of different vessel requirements - from dry-docking, dry and wet cargoes, containers and RoRos – to project cargoes including military and ships’ husbandry. “One of our primary aims is to expand our infrastructure in areas where shipping and trade are growing to deal with the changing needs of our customers.

NileDutch Acquires Safmarine MPV

Image: NileDutch

NileDutch, West Africa specialist container line based in the Netherlands, will take over the final portion of Safmarine MPV, which sails a mixture of containers and project cargo to and from West Africa. Safmarine MPV is owned by Denmark’s Maersk Line. The operations of Safmarine MPVs Europe to West Africa services will continue as NileDutch MPV with the first sailing commencing in April. The acquisition marks the start of NileDutch’s venture into the multipurpose vessel business…

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