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Pirates kidnap 8 crew members

Hamburg - German shipping company MC Schiffahrt informs that its vessel MarMalaita “was attacked by pirates ...on the anchorage of Douala in Cameroon.”


Hapag-Lloyd offers new African service

Hamburg - German transportation company Hapag-Lloyd has expanded its African liner services to offer its MIAX (Middle East-India-Africa Express) service starting in October 2019


Boskalis’s vessel hijacked offshore West Africa

Papendrecht (The Netherlands) - The “Blue Marlin” a heavy transport vessel belonging to the dutch liner Boskalis was hijacked on Sunday approximately 80 nautical miles offshore Equatorial Guinea


Pirates kidnap three Romanian sailors off Togo

Bucarest - A ship with 21 Romanian sailors on board was attacked by pirates near a port in Togo and three sailors were kidnapped, writes the Romanian online newspaper The authorities in Romania have activated the crisis cell


Disappointing factory activity threatens global growth

London - Factory activity was at its weakest in years across much of the world during January, adding to worries trade tariffs, political uncertainty and cooling demand poses an increasing threat to global growth


West Africa, electronic data exchange for vessels

Malabo - Ships and ports will need to be able to exchange arrival and departure data electronically from April 2019, under International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Facilitation Convention said. There requirements also encourage the use of a single window in which all the many agencies and authorities


Seafarers’ “growing fear for pirates’ attacks”

Southampton - The Sailors’ Society’s Crisis Response Network (CRN) provided support to its 100th case this week, with piracy, death at sea and abandonment accounting for almost two-thirds (59 per cent) of those supported


Asia scrambles for West African oil before U.S. sanctions hit Iran

London - Shipments of West African oil to Asia are set to hit a two-month high in October as Chinese refineries scramble for alternatives to Iranian crude before U.S. sanctions take effect on Nov. 4. Africa’s loadings for Asia will rise to 2.52 million barrels per day (bpd) in October


Nigeria halts cargo arrivals for Cosco, Maersk

Lagos - Operations at Nigeria’s main container terminals and their environs have experienced significant disruption over the past week, with regulators denying access to two major ocean carriers and truckers blocking port access freeways