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Egypt’s Sisi appoints new Suez Canal Authority chairman
Morocco’s BMCE Bank looks to build on China ties to deliver $11 bln tech city
Hapag-Lloyd offers new African service
La Spezia-Casablanca deal to improve freight exchange

La Spezia-Casablanca deal to improve freight exchange

Genova - Eastern Ligurian Sea Port Authority (AdSP) and the Agence Nationale des Ports of Morocco have signed an agreement to start a project between the port of La Spezia and the port of Casablanca for the implementation of a logistics corridor

UN wants urgent end to migrant returns to Libya

UN wants urgent end to migrant returns to Libya

Benghazi - The U.N. refugee agency is calling for an immediate end to bringing migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean back to Libya after an airstrike hit a detention center, killing at least 40 people. UNHCR had warned less than two months ago that anyone inside the Tajoura detention center was at risk

Tangier port to become Mediterranean’s largest

Tangier port to become Mediterranean’s largest

Tangier - Already the biggest port in Africa with an annual volume of 3.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) in 2018, Tanger Med will add six million in capacity after its extension worth 1.3 billion euros making it the largest in terms of container capacity in the Mediterranean.

UAE tanker with Iranian oil seized by Egypt

UAE tanker with Iranian oil seized by Egypt

Ras Banas - 31 crew of Suezmax crude oil tanker “Sea Shark” called Russian News Agency TASS and asked for help, describing their dramatic situation. Owned by UAE-based company tanker loaded a shipment of crude oil at Kharg Island Oil Terminal, Iran, and sailed to Suez in late Oct 2018, where tanker stopped

Egypt receives third ThyssenKrupp submarine

Egypt receives third ThyssenKrupp submarine

Cairo - Egypt on Friday formally received a third submarine of the fourit has been promised, as part of a deal with Germany that has caused considerable controversy in Israel. A ceremony held at the shipyards of shipbuilding company Thyssenkrupp in the city of Kiel was attended

Armed group tried to attack Libya’s El Sharara oilfield
Five Algerian billionaires arrested

Five Algerian billionaires arrested

Algiers - Five Algerian billionaires,some of them close to former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika who quit over mass protests, have been arrested as part of an anti-graft investigation, Algerian state TV said on Monday. The five are Issad Rebrab, considered the richest businessman in the energy-rich north African nation

Thousands of Moroccan teachers stage protest over pay terms
Defiant judges, clerics pile pressure on Algeria’s Bouteflika
Algeria orders early university holiday as students spur protests
Libya dreams of mega port in history-laden east

Libya dreams of mega port in history-laden east

Sisah - Texas-based security firm Guidry Group confirmed to Reuters it planned to sign a 35-year deal to build and operate the project in a region once occupied by the ancient Greeks, before handing it back to the local authority.

Blocked wages, sailors caught at port of Genoa

Blocked wages, sailors caught at port of Genoa

Genova - A crew hostage of the ship, a ferry flying the flag of Morocco built almost 40 years ago. Without the possibility to go ashore and without more food on board. Seven sailors who have not received salaries for months and are hundreds of miles away from home and family

Disappointing factory activity threatens global growth
German Shipowners press the UE for action on refugees
“International military action against piracy”
Pirate attacks multiply in the Gulf of Guinea

Pirate attacks multiply in the Gulf of Guinea

London - Piracy increased on the world’s seas in 2018, with a marked rise in attacks against ships and crews around West Africa, the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest annual piracy report reveals

China’s foreign trade jumps 16%

China’s foreign trade jumps 16%

Beijing - China’s foreign trade jumped year-on-year to €3.4 trillion in the first 10 months of 2018. Imports surged 20.3 percent while exports grew by 12.6 percent

China’s Expo attracts 1,000 firms from Belt and Road countries
ABB tests fuel cells for ship propulsion

ABB tests fuel cells for ship propulsion

Oslo - ABB Marine, part of the Swedish-Swiss robotics, automation and electrical group, and Norway’s research firm Sintef Ocean have undertaken groundbreaking research to test the viability of fuel cells as an energy source for ship propulsion

Egypt purchases 180,000 tonnes of Russian wheat
La Spezia promotes itself: “We are the gateway to North Africa”
AEN, Ilva and a turbine. Genoa will not break / GALLERY

AEN, Ilva and a turbine. Genoa will not break / GALLERY

Genova - Say hello to the AE94.3A. The electricity it will generate will brighten the homes of 200,000 Tunisian families. On reaching Mornaguia, Tunisia, please inform the Societe Tunisienne de l’Electricité et du Gaz that it wasn’t easy to assemble this in good time after the Morandi Bridge of Genoa collapsed

Marcucci: “Silk Road in Africa, opportunities for Italy” / INTERVIEW
Exports to Africa travel with Grimaldi Group
“Naples and Salerno must work together on trade” / INTERVIEW
“Genoa is the reference port for North Africa” / INTERVIEW
Cruises, the Med is back on top once again / ANALYSIS
US, France, Italy, UK condemn violence in Libyan capital Tripoli
Libya: Tripoli Port resumes operations after a 6-year hiatus

Libya: Tripoli Port resumes operations after a 6-year hiatus

CAIRO – The first ship to arrive at the Libyan port since 2012 bore an Italian name; and with it the resumption of Tripoli Port’s sea traffic. The news appeared in the online media source The Libya Observer. The docking of the Grande Sicilia, which sailed from Belgium with 1,457 vehicles on board, took place on Wednesday

Migrants’ return to Libya by Italian boat could breach international law -UN
Three kidnapped Turkish engineers released in Libya
Tunisians to vote in first free municipal elections amid economic gloom
Ansaldo Energia signs contracts worth €240 million in Tunisia

Ansaldo Energia signs contracts worth €240 million in Tunisia

Genoa - Ansaldo Energia has signed contracts in Tunisia for the construction of an electricity power plant and related services for a total of €240 million. The contract, signed with the Société Tunisienne de l’Élecriticité et du Gaz (STEG), relates to the construction of an open-cycle gas-fired power plant

Libya examines Total-Marathon purchase, casting doubt on deal
Libya tries to pick itself up again post collapse / ANALYSIS
Suez, doubts and expectations three years after the expansion
Morocco: an emblem of African development
Port of Genoa plans to strengthen links to Spain and Morocco
“Med ports must look to North Africa” / INTERVIEW
Egypt’s Suez Canal revenues rise to $463 mln in March
Al Sisi’s Egypt woos back foreign tourists and investors
Maersk Line expands online platform service scope

Maersk Line expands online platform service scope

Beijing - Maersk Line takes further steps towards simplifying the supply chains of its customers by expanding the service scope on its online platform. The new scope on the platform will cover exports from Eastern and North China to all Mediterranean destinations, and to West Africa, South Africa and East Coast South America

Morocco: an emblem of African development

Morocco: an emblem of African development

Rabat - A country that has been able to radically transform its economy in recent years, Morocco represents a kind of happy island within the African continent, particularly in North Africa. Italian companies are among those showing the greatest interest in recent times

Lloyd’s Insurance inaugurates its first office in Morocco
Kidnapped technicians, convictions requested for Bonatti leadership
Ship loaded with drugs diverted from Genoa to Marseilles

Ship loaded with drugs diverted from Genoa to Marseilles

Genoa - Ships loaded with cocaine scheduled to unload at the port of Genoa, (avoiding it at the last minute, in this case), place the city once again at the crossroads of global cocaine trafficking. The cocaine was found by the French gendarmerie in a false bottom in the keel

Chinese firms to build large ferry for Algeria

Chinese firms to build large ferry for Algeria

Algiers - Algeria and China signed a contract worth 175 million U.S. dollarsfor the construction of a large ferry, an official at a Chinese company told Xinhua reporter on Monday. Director of Algiers office of China Shipbuilding Trading Company (CSTC), Luo Zengqiang, said the “agreement is important for Algeria”