Ports & Ships Headline News

Sep 29, 2005
Author: P&S

Chinese satellite ship arrives
The Chinese satellite tracking ship Yang Wang 3 arrived in Durban harbour yesterday (Wednesday) for a brief stayover (see our News report dated 19 September announcing the expected arrival of the ship). Yang Wang 3 has berthed at the passenger terminal on N berth and is likely to remain in the port until after the coming weekend. After that the ship is expected to head for the Atlantic west coast to be on station when two Chinese astronauts head into space on a planned 119 hour orbital mission. This is unlikely to be before 8 October at the completion of the Chinese holiday.

New breakbulk and heavylift liner service
APC Safe Line has announced a new liner breakbulk and heavylift bulk service which will operate between the Far East and the east coast of South America via South Africa.
APC is jointly owned by BBC Chartering & Logistic GmbH & Co of Leer, Germany, and Clipper Elite Carriers A/S of Denmark. Specialising in project and heavylift cargo including forest products and IMO class cargoes, the service comes under the operating control of APC’s headquarters in Singapore and BBC’s offices in Rio de Janeiro.
The liner service will operate on a four-week frequency with a westbound rotation commencing on 26 October from Kobe and calling at Masan, Xingang, Shanghai, Durban, Vitoria, Rio de Janeiro and Santos.
The eastbound rotation commences on 9 November from Vitoria and goes via Santos, Rio Grande do Sul, Buenos Aires, Durban, Singapore, Xingang, Masan and Kobe.
Other load and discharge ports are available on an inducement basis.
Durban becomes a cargo call in both directions, mainly as a ‘top-up’ port and it is expected that vessels calling at Durban will offer an average of a 30% capacity. The initial westbound service calls at Durban on 26 November and the eastbound service on 2 December. Thereafter the frequency will be every four weeks.
Agents and contact point in South Africa is Mainport Africa Shipping, tel Durban 031-202 9621 (website www.maimnportafrica.com)

New liner service will link India/Pakistan with South and East Africa
A named day line service linking India, Pakistan, the Middle East and South and East Africa has been announced by Mitsui OSK Line (MOL). Commencing in December the service offers a fixed-day weekly service utilising six 850-TEU container ships – two each to be provided by MOL, Pacific International Line (PIL) and Mauritius-based Laurel Navigation (LNL).
The rotation is Karachi, Nhava Sheva, Jebel Ali, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Karachi.
According to MOL the new service will provide a more stable cargo capacity compared with the former service offered via Singapore, while also shortening transit times.
“What’s more, linking this new service with other routes allows MOL to offer many of the industry’s fastest transit times between India, Pakistan and the Middle East, and the east coast of South America, West Africa and Indian Ocean islands, with Durban as a hub port.”

MOL upgrades Asia – South Africa – West Africa service
In a separate announcement Mitsui OSK (MOL) has announced an upgrade of the Asia – South Africa – West Africa (WA1) liner service. The first sailing commences in the first week of December 2005.
The upgraded service replaces the service MOL operated jointly with P&O Nedlloyd, and will offer dedicated sailings every ten days using seven 1,800-TEU container ships. The Indian Ocean islands are included in this service.
The rotation is Hong Kong, Singapore, Port Louis, Tamatave, Durban, Tema, Lagos, Lome, Durban, Port Louis, Colombo, Singapore, Hong Kong.
Calls at Tamatave on the westbound service and Colombo eastbound have still to be confirmed.
A second loop (WA3) continues as a space charter service on Pacific International Lines (PIL) vessels. This makes use of six 1,300-TEU ships at ten-day intervals. The rotation of the WA3 service, which commences also during the first week of December is Singapore, Cape Town, Cotonou, Lagos, Abidjan, Douala, Durban, Singapore.

Let the bands play
The National Ports Authority (NPA) is the sponsor of the National Field Band Foundation, an initiative that aims at creating lifetime opportunities for less privileged youth in South Africa through the creativity and discipline of music and movement.
From Saturday, 1 October, seven bands will compete in a championship competition that is expected to attract about 1,300 children to the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in uMdantsane, East London. The competing bands will perform using steel drums, bass drums, marimbas, baritones, cymbals, tri toms, trumpets, tubas and traditional dongo drums. Judging will be both visual and musical with precision playing an equal role to musical skills. The children participating will come from regions throughout the country.
“At NPA we believe that good corporate citizenship is an investment, and consequently a progressive corporate social investment (CSI) programme has been designed to meet the needs of our communities. As a result we will continue to be involved with the Foundation and other initiatives that fit within our CSI programme,” said Terry Taylor, NPA corporate affairs manager at the port of East London.


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