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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Namibia News

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DP World, Namibia's Nara Namib Sign MoU

Dubai based logistics giant DP World has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop a free economic zone for industry and logistics in Namibia.The port operator said the agreement with Namibia’s Nara Namib Free Economic Industrial Zone will support the growth of Namibia as a regional hub for southern Africa.The development will help Namibia grow as a center for industrial operations and logistics, creating opportunities and jobs across multiple sectors including agriculture…

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Monjasa Expands to Angola

Danish bunker company Monjasa announced the opening of its first office in Luanda, Angola, to support the West Africa oil and shipping activities.Monjasa started supplying bunkers across West Africa in 2009 and since then, it has delivered a total of 10.6 million tonnes of fuel products across the region from the Gulf of Guinea to Namibia."Monjasa is currently enabling the IMO 2020 transition by making new low-sulfur marine fuel available across the region. Today, Monjasa is the leading supplier in West Africa measured on volume and a fleet of 10 tankers deployed in the region…

Kristian Kaasing Larsen (Photo: VMS Group)

VMS Group Expands into West Africa

The Danish maritime service company VMS Group A/S expands into West Africa opening a workshop in Walvis Bay, Namibia. A favorable location combined with a rapidly growing offshore market and fishing fleet creates huge potential for a strong, maritime cluster in this region.Being the only port with service facilities between Cape Town, South Africa, and the Canary Islands, Walvis Bay on the Namibian west coast is a key area for marine traffic in the Eastern Atlantic. This is the reason why VMS Group…

Pic: Costamare

Costamare Charters 14 Vessels in Q3

Costamare, owners and providers of containerships for charter, said that it has chartered in total 14 vessels over the quarter ended September 30, 2019.According to Gregory Zikos, Chief Financial Officer of the Marshall Islands corporation, during the third quarter of the year the company delivered profitable results.As was the case in the previous quarter, net income and earnings per share more than doubled, boosted by increased charter rates and the addition of new ships, he…

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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…

Namibian officials and Sea Shepherd crew onboard the Ocean Warrior. Photo by Kerstine Launay/Sea Shepherd.

Sea Shepherd, Namibia Fight Fisheries Crime

The Namibian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) compliance officials and Sea Shepherd, onboard the Ocean Warrior, have jointly carried out successful surveillance activities in Namibia`s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), effectively causing illegal factory trawlers to abandon the Skeleton Coast.The main objective of these joint patrols was to tackle Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in Namibian waters. These initiatives assisted the MFMR and other Namibian…

Hapag-Lloyd: Expedition Fleet to Cruise Without Heavy Oil

Together with the introduction of new expedition cruise catalogues for the 2020-2021 season. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has also announced that low-pollutant marine gas oil (MGO) will be used exclusively on all routes sailed by its expedition ships in the fleet - the HANSEATIC nature, the HANSEATIC inspiration and the BREMEN from July 2020. Joining the fleet in 2021, the HANSEATIC spirit will also use this fuel.The use of low-sulphur fuels in the Antarctic has been mandatory for several years and already Hapag-Lloyd Cruises uses marine gas oil voluntarily in other sensitive regions…

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TransNamib, Botswana Railways MoU on Gobabis Container Terminal

TransNamib Holdings Ltd, and Botswana Railways (BR) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Gaborone, Botswana, which will culminate in the development and operation of a container terminal in Gobabis.The MoU, signed by TransNamib CEO, Johny Smith, and his Motswana counterpart, Leonard Musa Makwinja, signals the beginning of a fruitful and beneficial relationship to develop and enhance trade between the two countries. The MoU was .“The future of railways offers many opportunities”, said.

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Ocean Rig Announces New Contracts

The international contractor of offshore deepwater drilling services Ocean Rig UDW  has entered into a new drilling contract with Chariot Oil & Gas Limited for a one-well drilling program, for drilling offshore Namibia.The contract is expected to commence in direct continuation of the previously announced program with Tullow Namibia Limited in the third quarter of 2018 and will be performed by the Ocean Rig Poseidon.Ocean Rig has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with a European Major Oil Company for a firm two-wells program plus two optional wells…

Kanoo Shipping Acquires Wallem South Africa

Kanoo Shipping, a shipping agencies in the Middle East will acquire Wallem South Africa, a provider of integrated maritime solutions in the cities of Durban and Cape Town. Wallem South Africa, now Kanoo Africa PTY LTD, was part of The Wallem Group, the world’s largest providers of Ship Management, Ship Agency, Ship Broking, Commercial Vessel Management and Freight & Logistics. The strategic acquisition by the fully owned business division of Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Group (YBA Kanoo) will give it access to all South African ports as well as clients in Mozambique…

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AIDAmira to Join the Selection Program in 2019

AIDA Cruises is adding a further ship to its fleet in 2019. AIDAmira, as the future cruise ship will be named, will sail for AIDA’s Selection program. Felix Eichhorn, President AIDA Cruises, explains: “The feedback we have received from our guests and the high demand for our AIDA Selection program continually inspires us to keep expanding our variety of routes and to call at new dream destinations in the most beautiful regions in the world. Therefore, we are very pleased to have found with the Costa neoRiviera the perfect ship within the Costa Group for our explorer fleet at such short notice.

 Mr Nicholas Barends  (Photo: AoS)

Seafarers Charity Appoints New South Africa National Director

South Africa National Director Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) has appointed Nicholas 'Nicky' Barends as its new National Director for South Africa.Barends was commissioned at the Cape Town Seafarers Center chapel on May 5 by AoS Cape Town Port Chaplain Fr Gerardo Garcia.Barends has worked as a professional printer and has been a ship visitor with AoS Cape Town for more than 10 years.He takes the helm at a time when AoS South Africa is expanding to meet the practical…

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Port of East London to Expand its Petroleum Footprint

More than 100 attendees representing 97 companies have shown keen interest in the Port of East London’s plans to recommission an existing tank in the port for handling of liquid bulk and to introduce a liquid bulk terminal through a 25-year port concession awarded to a private, empowered entity.The companies attended a compulsory briefing on May 9, 2018 held by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). TNPA recently advertised a request for proposals (RFP) – reference number TNPA 2017/01/013/CM – with the intention to appoint a terminal operator to finance…

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Empowering Maritime Women in East and Southern Africa

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). Under the theme "A Decade of empowering Maritime Women - What does the future hold for Africa's Blue Economy?"…

Map:  CMA CGM

MIDAS Service Rotation Change

CMA CGM announced and amendment to the port rotation of its MIDAS service. Luanda served via Durban with Samwaf service: Luanda is reached from Mundra in 26 days, Nhava Sheva in 28 days, Jebel Ali in 31 days. Lome via Singapore with Afex service: Lome is reached from Mundra in 37 days, Nhava Sheva in 39 days and Jebel Ali in 37 days. Walvis Bay, Namibia will be served via Singapore on Wax service with the best transit time in the market. 29 days from Mundra, 31 days from Nhava Sheva and 35 days from Jebel Ali.

MV Maverick Guardian Photo PrLab

S. Africa Becoming Preferred Destination for Ship Arrests

At the recent annual Maritime Law Conference (MLA) held at Arabella in the Western Cape, various prominent government and international speakers took to the floor to debate and discuss national global maritime phenomena including inter alia; the progress in handling international oil spillages, port congestion, salvage and vessel arrests. Progress and unity was evident amongst the highly respected panel of speakers including Captain Rufus Lekala (TNPA Chief Harbour Master), Captain Alan Reid…

Port Nolloth shoreline which will undergo revetment works. (Photo: TNPA)

Port Nolloth Poised for Rehabilitation

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said it has commenced a multimillion rand port infrastructure rehabilitation project at the small domestic seaport of Port Nolloth on the northwestern coast of South Africa. The project is aimed at improving infrastructure for offshore activities and forms part of efforts to develop the country’s marine transport and manufacturing industry in line with the South African government’s Operation Phakisa initiative, TNPA said. “Port Nolloth has historically been overlooked…

Eric Barnard, GAC Namibia Managing Director

GAC Opens Namibia Office

GAC has launched its own operation in Namibia in response to growing demand from our oil & gas customers and increasing cargo trade between the country and neighbouring South Africa, as well as other African nations. The formation of GAC Shipping (Namibia) (Pty) Ltd represents the latest stage in the Group’s expansion in Africa. The Group is represented by a network of its own offices or trusted and constantly monitored agents in nearly 40 other countries throughout the continent.

New Rule for Temporary Import of Vessels

The Namibian Ministry of Finance (Customs & Excise) advises that a new rule governing the temporary importation of vessels into the country is now in force. - Copy of vessel's registration Certificate. - Copy of vessel's tonnage Certificate. - Sworn statement declaring the value plus equipment on board the vessel. Temporary Importation will be free of Import duty and Namibian VAT, but the agent must apply in advance, on behalf of the owner, for a rebate permit from Namibian Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Duma Looks Deep Down for Energy

US's Duma Energy Corp. says it has received new 3D seismic data in its search for deeper oil reserves in its Galveston Bay producing fields. This new data, which covers three of Duma's fields in Galveston Bay, is part of a broader effort by several other large independent oil companies to identify and exploit the deeper potential believed to exist under the bay and surrounding areas. Duma is looking to exploit these deeper zones on its more than 18,000 acres in the bay.

Team ISS on the 3 Peaks Challenge start line on Saturday afternoon.

ISS Enters 3 Peaks Challenge

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) announced it supported the Sailors’ Society again by entering two teams in the “3 Peaks Challenge 2014”. Both teams were made up of volunteers from around ISS’ global network, and included representatives from Dubai, Singapore, London and Namibia. Months of planning and training culminated in both teams successfully accomplishing their objective, to climb the three highest peaks of Great Britain - Ben Nevis in Scotland, Helvellyn in England and Snowdon in Wales - all in under 24 hours…

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TT Club Backs Young Freight Forwarder Award

TT Club is continuing its sponsorship of FIATA’s Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award. The relationship between the two organizations in relation to this training and development award is now in its sixteenth year and is aimed at identifying, recognizing and encouraging young talent throughout the freight forwarding community around the world. This year’s entries were of a very high standard and featured a spread of dissertation topics that were of a marked variety, demonstrating the complexity of the logistics supply chain.

New Salvage Joint Venture in Africa

As part of the next step in creating its global marine services network, Ardent, the newly created company between Svitzer and Crowley, is launching a joint venture with Southern African diving and marine services company, Subtech. Subtech brings a Sub-Saharan African presence through an infrastructure network with facilities and activities that cover both East and West Africa in additional to its home territory of South Africa. Subtech’s experienced marine and subsea personnel…

Larry Bottomley, CEO of Chariot,

Chariot Oil & Gas 1H 2014 Interim Results

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.

Richard Welge (Photo: AIDA Cruises)

AIDA Names Welge VP Customer Experience

Richard Welge (49) is the new Vice President Customer Experience of AIDA Cruises. He reports directly to Michael Ungerer, President of AIDA Cruises, in this newly created position. Welge has over 20 years of sales and marketing experience in a wide variety of industries and a strong track record of focusing on customer satisfaction and delivering a seamless product experience. Welge hails from PAYBACK where he was Head of Marketing. Prior to that, he held various management positions at comdirect bank for twelve years, most recently serving as Head of Marketing and Sales for eight years.

Patrice Tide

Crewboat Sold to European Buyers‏

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington infomred that Tidewater Marine International Inc. has sold their 41.2m x 8.2m x 3.5m depth / 2.38m draft, high-speed, aluminum crew / supply vessel “Patrice Tide” to private European operators. Built by Breaux Brothers Enterprises, Inc. of Loreauville, Louisiana in 2002, the vessel is powered by four 1,007bkW Cummins KTA 38M2 diesels totaling 5,400BHP driving four 44” x 46” fixed pitch props. This produces a speed range of 15 – 30kn on abt. 100 – 260gph, and range of abt. 1,721nm at economical speed.