Ports & Ships Headline News

Sep 15, 2005
Author: P&S


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Crane fatality on ship in Durban harbour
A 50 year old crane operator from a local stevedore company was killed yesterday (Wednesday) when the ships crane which he was operating on the bulk vessel Shan Hai fractured and collapsed. The COSCO bulk ship Shan Hai was working a cargo of steel products at Durban’s A berth on the Point at the time but has since been detained from sailing pending an official enquiry. Shan Hai was originally expected to sail early next week.

No more helicopter lifts to the SBM
Following the fatal accident involving the port helicopter at Richards Bay, the transporting of personnel by helicopter to tankers at Durban’s single buoy mooring (SBM) near Isipingo has been withdrawn. This service made use of the Port of Durban’s Agusta 109 helicopter, an identical machine to that which crashed at Richards Bay. In its place terminal personnel requiring ferrying to the SBM will now be make use of harbour tugs at a charge of R20,000 per ferry.

CMA CGM withdraws its CP Ships bid
French shipping giant CMA CGM has announced it is no longer interested in bidding for CP Ships, leaving the way clear for the takeover of the Anglo-Canadian company by Germany’s TUI Group, the parent body of Hapag Lloyd. CP Ships has already recommended to shareholders that the German offer be accepted. If the German offer is accepted the new company will have a fleet of 139 vessels with a further 17 on order and a present TEU capacity of 400,000 making this the fifth largest container line.

Nacala railway bedevilled by saboteurs
According to the Mozambique daily paper Noticias thieves are continuing to plague the privatised railway between the port of Nacala and the Malawi border, removing various equipment including signals and points and posing a danger to the railway operation. The company holding the concession on both the railway and the port of Nacala, Nacala Corridor Development Company, recently imported four diesel-electric locomotives from South Africa’s Sheltam Locomotive & Rails Services, although these were reported as having been impounded on arrival at the port pending customs clearance.

New container crane commissioned
The Port of Mombasa’s new ship-to-shore gantry crane was commissioned into service this week when the Maersk Verona came alongside at the container terminal. The new crane as well as two rail mounted gantries (RMGs) plus 12 rubber tyred gantries (RTGs) were ordered by the Kenya Ports Authority in the wake of a threat of surcharges by shipping lines because of continuing delays at the Kenyan port.

Somalis release hostage ship
Somali gangsters who highjacked the mv Semlow on 27 June while the ship was en route to Boosaaso in the Gulf of Aden have agreed to free the vessel which has been allowed to sail. The crew of ten on board the Kenyan ship are reported to be safe and are now heading towards the anchorage of El Ma’an after having being held captive on board their ship for just over 11 weeks. The 992-gt Semlow is expected to arrive at El Ma’an, just to the north of Mogadishu, in about three days to begin offloading a cargo of 850 tonnes of rice originally intended for the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) tsunami relief. The gunmen who seized the ship originally demanded a ransom of US 0,000 but later reduced this to a demand that the rice be distributed to a place of their choosing in central Somalia. During all this drama the WFP has continued with its food aid to tsunami victims on the Horn of Africa with one shipment completed and another due within the next few days.


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