Eastern DR Congo Battles with Ebola and Massacres

Insecurity, rumors and suspicion are hampering the efforts of aid agencies to combat the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Nigeria: General Strike Over

Budd's Nigeria office reports that the general strike which commenced on 27 September is now over.


General Strike in Nigeria - Ports at a Standstill

Budd’s Lagos office advises that a general strike of all public and private sector employees started this morning (27 September 2018).


Tug Stoppage in Marseille-Fos 28 September 2018

Marseille-Fos’ tug operator, Boluda, has advised all local ship agents that on 28 September 2018, there will be no tug service in the ports of: Fos and Port de Bouc from 06:00 to 13:00 Marseille from 07:00 to 13:00


Recent Attacks Confirm Piracy Increase in Gulf of Guinea

A major pirate attack took place this Saturday (22 September) when pirates boarded MV Glarus, a Swiss-flagged vessel en route from Lagos to Port Harcourt (Nigeria). The vessel was carrying wheat.


Indonesia Revokes Nickel Ore and Bauxite Export Permits

Budd Indonesia has spotted this important news published by Reuters:


Indonesia Back-Pedals on Regulation 82/2017

After postponing implementation of the stipulation under Regulation 82/2017 that only Indonesian-controlled vessels could be used for the export of coal and crude palm oil, or for the import of rice and government procurement products, from 1 May 2018 to 2020, the Indonesian government has now decided to abandon it completely.


Guinea: Petrol Prices Spark Protests

A 25% increase in petrol prices (from GF 8,000 or US$ 0.89 per litre to GF 10,000 or US$ 1.11 per litre) resulted in barricades going up in the streets of Conakry on Friday, 6 July 2018.


Budd Group Network Updates

The very latest coordinates of all Budd's offices and staff have just been published in the Budd App (search for budd group) and in the "Our Offices" section of our website.


Ships Needed for Emergency Services Training Exercises

Marseille's Naval Fire Brigade (les Marins Pompiers) is offering the opportunity for vessels calling in the ports of Marseille-Fos to participate in fire and rescue training exercises.

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