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Kenya: KPA to Auction Piled-Up Cargo to Clear Port

The Kenya Ports Authori-ty wants cargo that has overstayed to be auctioned to ease a pile-up of undocumented containers at the Port of Mombasa.  KPA chief executive Abdallah Hemed Mwaruwa said last week that nearly 12,000 such containers are currently lying at the gateway facility.  details.....


Sudan: SDV Transami to Sink Sh2 Billion in Port

SDV Transami, one of the leading logistics companies globally, is investing more than Sh2 billion to construct an inland port terminal in Juba.  Regional commercial manager Giancarlo Bonanno said the Sh100 million initial investment would be used to purchase land, pave the area in concrete, erecting buildings, acquire machinery such as container lifting equipment and the requisite technical skills.  details.....


Nigeria: Presidency Probes Missing Containers

A three-man Committee drawn from the Police, State Security Service (SSS) and the Navy has been set up by the Presidency to investigate the actual number of containers moved from Lagos ports to Ikorodu Lighter Terminal by the Presidential Task Force on Port Decongestion.  details.....


Kenya: Ships Bring in 20,000 Tons of Duty-Free Sugar

Some 20,000 tons of duty-free sugar are being off-loaded from ships at the Mombasa port.  A Kenya Ports Authority official yesterday said the sugar was part of the 89,000 tons to be imported from Comesa countries this year.  details.....


Somalia: Use Armies to Fight Piracy, UN Tells Member States

In the latest statement on the situation in Somalia, the council "encourages member states whose naval vessels and military aircraft operate in international waters and airspace adjacent to the coast of Somalia to be vigilant to any incident of piracy and to take appropriate action to protect merchant shipping, in particular the transportation of humanitarian aid, against any such act, in line with relevant international law."   details.....


Kenya: Dock Workers Go to Polls Amid Outcry

Members of the Dock Workers Union yesterday went to the polls to elect new officials amid complaints of irregularities and threats of formation of a parallel union.  Candidates for the post of secretary general complained of among other things, participation of Kenya Ports Authority employees holding managerial positions.  details.....


Nigeria: Country Ranks High On Ship Piracy

Piracy attacks worldwide rose slightly in the first three months of 2006, with the waters around Somalia, Nigeria and Indonesia especially vulnerable, an ocean crime watchdog said yesterday.  details.....


South Africa: Huge Rescue Operation After Cargo Ship Sinks off SA Coast

A sea rescue is currently underway in South Africa's Eastern Cape Coast waters after a 299m long bulk carrier sank. The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said that the Alexandros T sank in heavy seas and that all 33 crew members had abandoned the ship on Wednesday. details.....


East Africa: Pirate Attacks Off Somalia's Coast Increase

At least 28 people were feared dead yesterday after a ferry capsized in Lake Victoria.  Pirate attacks on the East African coast are still increasing despite the presence of British and US naval forces in the Indian Ocean.  New statistics from the International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Centre show that there were 41 piracy attacks off the coast of Somalia in the past year, making the region off the East African coast probably the most dangerous for shipping world-wide.  details......


Kenya: 28 Feared Dead After Ferry Capsizes in Lake Victoria

At least 28 people were feared dead yesterday after a ferry capsized in Lake Victoria.  The ferry christened Mv Nyamageni left the Port of Bukoba on Tuesday for Mwanza.  Mwanza deputy regional commissioner Peter Toima told The Saturday Standard on telephone that the accident occurred after the ferry encountered bad weather in Kagera.  details......


Mozambique: Borders to Be Equipped With Scanners

Mozambique's commercial borders are to be equipped with scanners, to enable customs officers to control merchandise in containers. The director of the customs services, Barros dos Santos, told AIM that this equipment is estimated to cost about 20 million US dollars.  details......


Côte d'Ivoire: First Convoy Could Mark Reopening of North-South Trade Route

The arrival of a convoy of 29 trucks in Cote d'Ivoire's port city of Abidjan from northern landlocked neighbour Burkina Faso may lead to a resumption of transit trade between the two countries after a nearly four-year war-imposed blockage, an official said on Tuesday.  details......


Nigeria: NPA Shuts Training School, May Convert to Maritime Academy

THE ongoing port concessioning programme of the Federal Government has claimed another casualty as the training school of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) at the Dockyard road end of Apapa port has been shut down.  details.....


INTERNATIONAL NEWS

A problem too jumbo-sized for Bill Gates to solve?

It will not have escaped your attention that Microsoft is labouring to finish the next version of its Windows operating system, Vista. A version aimed at the corporate market is supposed to be ready for Christmas, with the consumer edition following some time later (missing the Christmas market, which has irritated computer manufacturers and retailers more than somewhat). Last week, Gartner, a leading IT consultancy, predicted that Microsoft would miss those shipping dates. details.....


Panama plans huge canal expansion

Panama has announced an ambitious $5.3bn (£2.9bn) plan to widen its famous canal to handle a new generation of giant container ships. President Martin Torrijos described the project as a "formidable challenge" but necessary if the canal is to retain its place as a key route for global cargo. details.....


Weather hampers search for missing fisherman

Rough weather has prompted the Queensland Police to scale back the search for a 49-year-old fisherman missing after a trawler sank off Queensland's Sunshine Coast early this morning.  details.....


PPA to modernize Danao, Limasawa ports for ro-ro

THE Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) will modernize ports in Visayas and Mindanao to improve cargo handling productivity and address the growing demand for roll-on roll-off transport system. details.....


Japan on brink of controlling world whaling

Japan is poised to seize control of the International Whaling Commission and so hasten the return of commercial whale hunting, which has been officially banned worldwide for the past 20 years.  details.....


France's new port targets Asian containers

France's biggest container port has got even bigger with the launch of a major extension that will help Le Havre compete with Antwerp, Rotterdam and Hamburg in attracting cargo from Asia. details.....


Jobs boost for offshore oil and gas

There has been a seven per cent increase in the number of jobs created during 2005 in the offshore UK oil and gas industry, according to a new report. Economic consultancy Experian found a total of 365,000 jobs had been created as a consequence of the £1 billion increase in capital investment last year by firms active on the continental shelf. details.....


‘Maersk Qatar’ tanker set for debut sail to Taiwan

RasGas’ seventh LNG carrier “Maersk Qatar” will soon depart Ras Laffan with its first LNG cargo to Yung An, Taiwan, to deliver a spot cargo to Chinese Petroleum Corporation (CPC).   details.....


24 RP sailors on board ill-fated Greek ship identified

THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR and employment yesterday identified the 24 Filipino crewmen of the Greek-owned ship that sank off South Africa last week, including the 18 who remained missing, and assured their families of "all-out" government assistance.  details.....


Chan to woo aviation and shipping industries in China

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy leaves for China today to seek opportunities in the rapidly expanding aviation, shipping and maritime industries there.  The nine-day trip will see Chan promoting the Port Klang free zone area, getting students to train as pilots in Malaysia, getting more Chinese airlines to fly here and, possibly, discussing an open sky policy with China. details.....


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