Category archives for: Africa

Readers’ Picks of the Week (Sep 08-14, 2014)

Readers’ Picks of the Week (Sep 08-14, 2014)

Unmanned Vessels to Take Over Our Seas? Researchers at Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute (MARINTEK) believe that in ten to twenty years time there will be 200 metre cargo vessels plying the oceans without the need of a captain or crew.…Read more Limited Data Put Svendborg Maersk in Dire Straits The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation […]

Tanzania Expedites Megaport Project Start

Tanzania Expedites Megaport Project Start

Construction of the USD 11 billion Bagamoyo megaport has been pushed forward by the government of Tanzania from January 2015 to the last trimester of 2014, following the successful negotiations with Chinese officials, Global Construction Review reports. China Merchants Holdings International, the world largest independent port operators, are to develop the Bagamoyo port, starting with the quay, […]

Global Oil Demand Growth Slumping

Global Oil Demand Growth Slumping

The IEA Oil Market Report (OMR) for September trimmed global oil demand growth for 2014 and 2015 to 0.9 million barrels per day (mb/d) and 1.2 mb/d, respectively, because of a pronounced slowdown in demand growth in the second quarter of this year, and a weaker outlook for Europe and China. Demand in 2015 is […]

Safer Seas 2013 to Be a Sobering Reminder

Safer Seas 2013 to Be a Sobering Reminder

The National Transportation Safety Board has released “Safer Seas 2013: Lessons Learned From Marine Accident Investigations,” a compilation of accident investigations that were published in 2013, organized by vessel type with links to the more detailed accident reports. The introductory message from Tracy Morrell NTSB Director, Office of Marine Safety says that the goal of the report […]

Ebola Keeps Gothenburg Port Vigilant

Ebola Keeps Gothenburg Port Vigilant

Since the beginning of the year, there has been an Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Of the 11,000 ships that call at the Port of Gothenburg each year, a small number come from ports in the affected areas. The port is taking extra precautions when dealing with these ships, the company said in its press […]

ICS: Implementation of Environmental Regulations Major Concern

ICS: Implementation of Environmental Regulations Major Concern

In advance of a critical intergovernmental meeting next month at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has called on IMO Member States to give careful consideration to shipowners’ concerns about the implementation of an avalanche of new environmental regulations, which are about to impact on ship operations at more […]

Date Set for Navingo Maritime & Offshore Career Event 2015

Date Set for Navingo Maritime & Offshore Career Event 2015

The 9th annual Navingo Maritime & Offshore Career Event (MOCE) will be held on Wednesday 22 April 2015 at the Beurs World Trade Center in Rotterdam. During the 2014 event the organizer, Navingo BV, welcomed 4.449 visitors and 131 exhibitors, making this the most comprehensive career event in maritime and offshore industry. In 2015, the […]

AfDB Backs Lekki Port Construction

AfDB Backs Lekki Port Construction

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) held its first regular meeting since the Bank returned to its statutory headquarters in Abidjan on Monday, September 8, and approved a combined USD 256 million for the financing of investments in Nigeria and Ethiopia as well as a multinational projects preparation facility. The […]

Crewless Battery Powered Vessels for Short Sea Shipping

Crewless Battery Powered Vessels for Short Sea Shipping

The increasing stress placed on land based logistic networks is driving the search for alternatives. One of the most promising is short sea shipping; therefore researchers at classification society DNV GL have developed “ReVolt”, a vessel that is greener, smarter and safer than conventionally fuelled and operated vessels. According to DNV GL, autonomous, fully battery […]

Drewry: Port Refinancing Set to Hike amid Interest Rates Rise

Drewry: Port Refinancing Set to Hike amid Interest Rates Rise

The prospect of higher US interest rates is set to drive increased port assets acquisition and refinancing over the next 12 months, according to Drewry Maritime Advisors, the port consultancy division of Drewry. US Federal funds target rate is projected to increase from its all-time low of 0.25% with the tapering of the Federal Reserve’s […]

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