What do you mean by the phrase –“long-term crew strategy”? In recent years, in our beloved shipping industry, I have tended to believe that it is trying to find a Second Engineer with a chemicals endorsement and US visa, for a ship leaving Singapore next Tuesday.

Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has announced the introduction of three new Asia-South Africa services that include direct calls to ports such as Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

Major swells and stormy conditions can make pilot boarding extremely harzardous and as result lead to disruption in port operations, something that the Port of Cape Town in South Africa is familiar.

Construction of the Port of Cape Town's Maritime Training Centre has been completed and it is set to open its doors in September.

Gold Star Line (GSL) continues build up its network with a new service that will provide a direct connection between China, Southeast Asia and South Africa.

The arrested Parakou tanker Pretty Scene is set to go up for auction on 5 December in South Africa.

Nearly all of the Port of Durban had reopened to marine operations by 4pm on Thursday, however, some issues remained with terminal handling equipment damaged in Tuesday’s storms.

The three Japanese carriers – K Line, MOL and NYK – have updated that it expects to get an approval from the South African authority for the merger of their container shipping businesses, following an earlier rejection by the country’s competition commission body.

The surprise blocking of the merger of the container line businesses of NYK, Mitsui OSK Lines and K Line should not have a significant impact, according to analyst Alphaliner.

The big three Japanese lines will engage with the Competition Commission of South Africa to review the authority’s recent rejection of their planned container lines business merger. But say work on the merger will proceed in the meantime.

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