Ports & Ships Maritime News

Oct 11, 2005
Author: P&S

New job for Jan Mors

Captain Jan Mors, the former senior manager at Portnet head office in South Africa and one time port manager of Durban, has been promoted to senior vice president of International Container Terminal Service (ICTSI).
Mors was previously in charge of ICTSI Baltic Container Terminal in Gdynia, Poland and before that he was directly involved with the ICTSI-operated container terminal at Dar es Salaam. Until recently he maintained a home in Johannesburg but will now be based in Dubai where he will have responsibility for development in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Indian sub-continent, according to a statement issued by ICTSI.
In his new role his responsibilities for the Baltic Container Terminal in Gdynia and the Toamasina, Madagascar container terminal, now concessioned to ICTSI, will continue.

Another highjacking off Somalia

According to reports circulating out of East Africa another ship owned or operated by Dommel Maritime of Mombasa, the 932-gt freighter Torgelow may have been seized by pirates operating from Somalia.
Dommel Maritime also owns the 992-gt Semlow, which was the subject of a protracted highjacking by Somali pirates and which was only recently resolved (see our News reports for details of this affair).
From the reports it seems Sorgelow sailed from Mombasa, bound for El Ma’an in Somalia with a general cargo plus some stores for the Semlow, which is still at the Somali port near Mogadishu. The ship owner says he can’t be certain that his vessel has been seized, but he is aware of a ship having been taken by highjackers in the area. Sorgelow was overdue and he had also has had no radio contact with the ship since Saturday morning (8 October).

TUI extends its offer for CP Ships

TUI and CP Ships have jointly announced that the offer by TUI for 100% of the CP Ships common shares was being extended until 18.00 on 18 October 2005. The offer was originally meant to end on 7 October.
The reason for the extension is to allow time for the ‘satisfaction of the condition under its offer relating to the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals’ from governing bodies in Canada and the United States.
‘Except for this extension, the terms and conditions previously set forth in the offer continue to be applicable in all respects.’
TUI said it expected completion of the offer in October 2005.
TUI is a leading European tour operator and owns the well-known container liner operator Hapag-Lloyd.
CP Ships has been trading with southern Africa through its subsidiary Lykes Line (now trading as CP Ships) since the 1950s. In June this year the combined fleet owned or operated by CP Ships was 82 vessels.

Port workers sacked

Dock workers and union representatives in Djibouti were sacked last week and later arrested following a general strike over working conditions and unfair dismissals. The protest action stems from September when discussions between the port and workers broke down, leading to ongoing strike action and the arrests.
According to the International Transport Federation (ITF) the wave of arrests is continuing and the home of the union general secretary has been illegally raided.

ITF happy with 10% increase for crew costs

Upwards of 55,000 seafarers working on 3,200 ships operated by members of the Joint Negotiation Group (JNG) of shipowners will benefit from a 10% increase in crew costs awarded them last week.
Building on the first ever international collective bargaining agreement for workers across the world, the new agreement includes:

  • A two stage increase, based on the IBF model ship of 23 seafarers, from US,170 to US,478 on 1 January 2006 and to US,787 on 1 January 2007

  • A two stage increase on contractual death and disability compensation of 5% on 1 January 2006 and an additional 5% on 1 January 2007

  • The provision of free shipboard email access to all seafarers, where ships are appropriately equipped

  • An agreement was also reached that the JNG will recommend to their shipowner principals that they should not use the services of non-union dockworkers.
    “The negotiations had been difficult and touched on sensitive issues on both sides,” said the ITF, adding that the relationship between the ITF and JNG had reached a new level of mutual respect “that demonstrates what can be achieved through co-operation and a positive approach.”

    Combined Durban maritime dinner

    The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Master Mariners Association, General Botha Old Boys Association, WISTA, and Maritime Law Association are hosting this year’s KZN Maritime Dinner to be held on 9 November at the International Convention Centre (ICC).
    “This is in line with the rest of the world where the local variation of the Institute plays host to the Maritime Industry of that county or City. All Maritime related bodies like ICS, Master Mariners, MLA, SAIMENA, ASABOSA/ ASL, General Botha Old Boys Association, Ship Society, WISTA or any other maritime related bodies are encouraged to support such a function. This would avoid duplication of effort in organising, supporting by attendance, sponsorship and donations, and with the largest influx of overseas visitors during the 2nd week in November, together with the Island View Shipping and Seaboard functions this could become maritime week in South Africa,” said a representative of the organising body.

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