DR Congo: Pilot Services Disrupted

Although the Compagnie des Voies Maritimes (CVM) announced in the evening of 24 September 2019 that their strike had come to an end, we are receiving reports that pilot services are still disrupted in Matadi and Banana.


Port Profile: Douala, Cameroon

Budd's Cameroon office has issued an updated port profile which includes important new information regarding armed guards at anchorage.


China: Updated List of Polluting and Hazardous Liquid Cargoes

A recent regulation from the China Maritime Safety Administration updated the official list of polluting and hazardous liquid bulk cargoes.


Nigerian Port Strike Suspended

The indefinite strike which brought Nigerian ports to a standstill from the morning of 3 July was suspended on 5 July pending the outcome of talks scheduled for Monday, 8 July 2019.


Nigerian Ports on Indefinite Strike

As of yesterday, 3 July 2019, all Nigeria’s dockers have been on strike.


Country Profile: Liberia

Africa’s oldest republic, Liberia, was first declared a nation in 1847 by the freeborn and freed black Americans who had emigrated there in 1821 to a country of their own. Their descendants became the ruling class of a nation whose indigenous population was excluded from government.


Ramadan Holidays in Tunisia

In Tunisia, 4, 5 and 6 June 2019 have been declared public holidays to celebrate the end of Ramadan.


Union Announces Strikes in Port of Marseille-Fos

The CGT workers’ union has announced one-day strikes in the port of Marseille-Fos.


Increased Risk of Customs Fines in Dakar

As reported widely in previous years, vessels calling in Dakar may be subjected to Customs fines and/or detention for any alleged inaccuracies in the following documents and declarations:


Tunisia: Protests Prevent Pet Coke Discharge in Gabès

A sit in which started at the port of Gabès on Tuesday, 19 March 2019, has effectively prevented any vessels from discharging the pet coke which fuels local cement works.

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