CMA CGM Halts Timber Exports from Gambia Over Rosewood Risk
Shipping group CMA CGM said on Wednesday it was suspending timber exports from Gambia due to suspected trafficking of rosewood in the West African country.Demand for furniture in China has led to widespread felling of rosewood in West Africa in recent years, despite the variety being protected under the United Nations' Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)."Following several suspicions that undeclared rosewood may have been part of cargo shipments from Gambia, the group has decided to halt its timber exports from the country until further notic
Aids to Navigation Training held in Cape Town
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) successfully hosted another IALA Level 1.1 Aids to Navigation Manager training course for six participants from Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and The Gambia. The course was held in Cape Town from 22 July to 16 August 2019.The Level 1.1 Aids to Navigation (AtoN) Manager training was developed by IALA, the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities. IALA is the only international body concerned with the provision of AtoNs at sea and on inland waterways…
Privinvest’s Deliveries to Mozambique: A Model for Africa
Media reports about Mozambique’s failure to launch a fishing and security fleet and its subsequent $2 billion debt default seem destined to torpedo, or at least set back similar efforts to build needed coastal security and national fishing fleets across Africa. That must not happen.The systems and equipment Mozambique bought a few years ago from shipbuilder Privinvest could serve as a template for coastal African nations seeking to rightfully benefit from their natural resources…
Port Management and Efficiency Training in France
High-level officials and decision-makers from maritime and port authorities around the world are undergoing intense training in port management and operational efficiency at the annual Advanced Course on Port Operations and Management based in Le Havre, France (10 September to 12 October).The opening of the course coincided with Le Havre's celebration of World Maritime Day and its theme: International Maritime Organization (IMO) 70 Our heritage – better shipping for a better future.IMO's Chris Trelawny delivered the opening address and lectured on the role of IMO…
Gambian President Barrow Visits Antwerp Port
A collaboration agreement was signed on Thursday 24 May, in the port of Antwerp between on the one side Port of Antwerp International (PAI), the consultancy and investment subsidiary of Antwerp Port Authority, and APEC, its maritime training centre, and on the other Gambia Ports Authority which manages the port of Banjul in The Gambia. The collaboration, which will mainly take the form of training and consulting, underlines the leading role that the port of Antwerp plays in West Africa. As part of a visit to Belgium the delegation from The Gambia headed by H.E.
Abuja MOU to Enhance Shipping Standards in West, Central Africa
In a bid to harmonize port state control inspection procedures that will lead to the elimination of substandard shipping in the West and Central Africa sub-region, the Abuja Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will host its 3rd Ministerial Conference and 9th Port state Control Committee Meeting with the aim of developing a unified system of Port State Control inspection procedure for the region. The Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control for West and Central African Region…
Bollore Pitches for Revamp of Gambia's Main Port
France's Bollore Group has submitted an offer to develop Gambia's main port as part of a deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars, three sources familiar with the matter said, as competition for contracts heats up after a change in government. Foreign investors are vying for business in riverine Gambia, which has a population of just 2 million and a GDP of around $900 million, following 22 years of autocratic rule. Yahya Jammeh was eventually driven into exile from the West African country through a combination of pleas and military threats after losing an election.
ISS Hires New VP for Africa Operations
Peter Nielsen has been appointed by Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) to the position of vice president for Africa operations. Nielsen joined the team this month and will support Mombasa-based senior vice president David Mackay with operations activity across the region. Nielsen joins ISS with agency experience in West Africa, having operated as a director at OBT shipping for over 10 years, working through Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Gambia. Prior to that, Nielsen was a MISE management trainee with A.P.
ITIC Measures against Ebola
The International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has issued the following general advice related to the outbreak of Ebola. Vessels that have recently called in an affected country should contact their local agents prior to arrival at the next ports of call for the latest country specific advice regarding measures taken to avoid the spread of Ebola. ARGENTINA: Pilot companies rendering pilotage services in the River Plate have decided that their pilots will not board any vessel coming from the infected areas (Guinea…
West African States Lack Means to Fight Piracy
By John A. The western African states have said clearly they do not have the naval, coast guard or customs resources to deal with the piracy evident in the Gulf of Guinea. Further, they do not say, but it is clear, they do not have the money to do it. Piracy is now confined to one principal area. But piracy is similar to blood — a little spilled goes a long way. Piracy will spread elsewhere when and if strong emphasis is put on the Gulf of Guinea. Let us look at the hard facts in this hard business.
Cadets Sail on 'Coldest Journey'
'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, as part of its charter for the Trans Antarctic Winter Traverse (TAWT) Trust which is fundraising on the journey for Seeing is Believing…
Navy Researches Find Way to Track AIS 'Silent' Vessels
The Navy will soon get a leg by using 'Rough Rhino', an electronic system for locating illegal fisherman, drug smugglers, pirates, human traffickers and others at sea who don’t want to be found and thus switch off their Automatic Identification System (AIS). Today’s technology only allows ships to track other vessels not transmitting AIS if they are within the horizon, or about 25 to 35 miles, according to Dr. Michael Pollock, director for the electronics, sensors and networks division at ONR.
Thuraya to Serve African Markets
Thuraya Signs Service Partner Agreement with Africell Holding to Serve African Markets. Abu Dhabi, 23rd January 2012: To embolden its distribution network in Africa, Thuraya, an international mobile satellite operator has signed a service partner agreement with Africell Holding (a subsidiary of Lintel Holding). Through this partnership, Africell, one of Africa’s GSM operators, will be providing Thuraya’s data and voice services in Gambia, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo.