News:Middle East & Africa

Middle East & Africa

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is not all good news for the tanker market with brokers Poten in particular highlighting a Myanmar to China pipeline.
Regional Container Lines (RCL), Gold Star Line, KMTC, TS Line and SM Line, are launching a new service connecting China, Pakistan and the Middle East.
Dry bulk ship operators are calling for the wider vetting of the shipping industry with the focus on stakeholders, including charterers, port terminal operators and port state control.
The Panama Ship Registry has announced the opening of three new technical offices (SEGUMAR) in London, UK, Manila, Philippines and Dubai, UAE.
DP World is to build a new 400 m berth at the port of Caucedo in the Dominican Republic.
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 Port of Durban is expected to re-open at midday on Thursday after surveys to assess damage from Tuesday's storms that left three vessels grounded and sank a floating dock.
Ports having to deal with mega-vessels potentially have to face all the challenges but with little of the upside from any increase in call size.
Three vessels that grounded in the Port of Durban have been refloated, including the containership MSC Ines that blocked the entrance to the port. However, port operations remain suspended.
Severe weather has wreaked havoc on the Port of Durban grounding three vessels with an MSC containership blocking the harbour entrance.
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