Ports & Ships Headline News
Sep 21, 2005
Further Nigerian terminal concessions
A number of other terminal concessions have been finalised and revealed by Nigerian authorities. These include the Tin Can Island Container Terminal, awarded to a joint Bollore Group/Gold Star Lines partnership in which the concessionaire is required to invest US million towards lifting the annual throughput to between 60 and 70,000 TEU.
Terminals A and C at Tin Can Island have gone to a consortium consisting of Joseph Dam & Sons and the French group Sifex, while terminal B was awarded to an operation known as Tin Can Island Container Terminal.
In April Ports & Ships reported that the ENL Consortium of Nigeria had been successful with the awarding of terminals C and D at Lagos.
Hope dwindles for missing Durban yacht
Hopes that the missing yacht Moquini will be found have begun to dwindle after extensive searches using air force and privately funded aircraft revealed no sign of the missing yacht, which was taking part in the Mauritius to Durban race. A returning C130 aircraft of the South African Air Force, which has been combing the area in which the missing yacht might be found, last night reported seeing a strobe light in the water. One of the competing yachts in the race, the tail-ender Opela was requested to turn about and head for the position to investigate, while shipping in the area was also alerted. Unfortunately the signal turned out to be a strobe light indicating a fishing vessel’s nets.
The yacht Moquini, with a crew of six, has been out of touch with race organizers since last Tuesday (13 September) when a short distress signal was picked up. Most of the other yachts have since arrived in Durban but their successful crossings have been marred by the knowledge that one of their competitors is missing, possibly lost somewhere off the southern tip of Madagascar. Race organizers say they are determined to continue the search however despite the cost and are appealing for help, no matter how small the donation.
Banking details for this account are as follows:
RNYC Moquini Fund
Standard bank - Durban (04 00 26 00), account number 05 027 9890
Or: SMS the word RESCUE to 38205 to donate R10 to the Moquini Fund to help find our friends lost at sea.
Correction on Umfolozi cargo report
For the record, it has been pointed out that our report of 19 September that all 220 containers have been removed from the holed Ocean Africa container vessel Umfolozi is not correct. According to our informant, 128 containers still remain in the holds of the vessel, which lies alongside berth 7 at Walvis Bay. The holds are flooded and subject to tidal flow as the vessel sits on the harbour seabed with only her decks and superstructure clear of the water at high tide.
Who gets P&O Nedlloyd’s SAECS share?
The name of the shipping line to successfully bid for the P&O Nedlloyd share of the lucrative South Africa Europe Container Service (SAECS) is likely to be revealed in about three weeks, Ports & Ships has learned. The successful company will be required to take over the assets of the former Anglo Dutch company which have otherwise been purchased by AP Moller-Maersk. These assets include two chartered container ships, P&O Nedlloyd Heemskerck and P&O Nedlloyd Livingstone (both 58,289-gt, built 2005), which are both deployed on the SAECS service.
The majority of P&O Nedlloyd’s assets including ships will be absorbed into what is to be become Maersk Line, except for the SAECS and certain other services which are being sold off to other operators on grounds of competition.
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