Ports & Ships Maritime News

Oct 13, 2005
Author: P&S

Kumba announces significant BEE deal

A SIGNIFICANT black economic empowerment deal was revealed jointly yesterday by Anglo American and the company in which it holds a two thirds share, Kumba Resources.

Kumba Resources is to be split into two separate companies – Kumba Iron Ore, and a separate coal and heavy metals company still to be named. Each is to be listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange.

The deal, in compliance with government pressure on Anglo to speed up its empowerment programme regarding Kumba, will also enable Anglo American to remain involved in the iron ore industry, which because of strong demand from China is now one of the world’s biggest growth markets.

In July this year the Johannesburg weekly Financial Mail correctly forecast that Anglo and Kumba would split the iron ore and coal/base materials into two separately listed companies

Kumba is the world’s fifth largest iron ore producer. The majority of its South African production is exported through the port of Saldanha, where Kumba and Transnet earlier this year signed a new agreement that will see exports receive a considerable boost.

New rules for fishing crew

A FORMAL crew register will become necessary from next year when long-term commercial fishing rights are allocated. This was announced today by John Kieser of the Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism (DEAT), who said crew on squid, hake handline and traditional linefish vessels will, at a date still to be set, be allowed out to sea only provided the entire crew is registered on the official crew register.

He said rights holders in these three fishing sectors would be advised in due course.

“It is important that crew realise that membership affords them protection from casual crew that may be brought in from outside at payment levels that are lower than the going rate of those who qualify to be on the register. Crew are not committed to a particular vessel as far as they or the DEAT is concerned. All that will be of concern is that bona fide crew goes out of these vessels.”

Kieser said that DEAT intended issuing laminated crew register cards.

Fourth ship seized by pirates as Kenya advises citizens against sailing off Somalia

IN THE WAKE of recent highjackings by pirates involving several Kenyan ships, the Kenyan government has told its citizens not to venture near the Somalia coastline in future.

Somali waters are rapidly becoming the most dangerous in the world, with more than 20 ships having been attacked by pirates operating from the lawless Horn of Africa country.

Regardless of nationality or flag state, any ship venturing too close inshore faces the threat of coming under attack and being boarded. Not too long ago one of the Ignazio Messina Ro-Ro ships operating a liner service between Durban and Italy came under attack, but was able to make its escape to safety.

Neighbouring countries which helped broker an interim Somali government are believed to be holding urgent talks with the interim government to find ways of stopping these attacks.

Meanwhile a second World Food Programme mercy ship was highjacked yesterday (Wednesday, 12 October). The Miltzow, a ship of similar tonnage to the Torgelow that was highjacked at the weekend and the Semlow which was freed last week, was carrying a cargo of humanitarian aid to tsunami victims in Somalia when it was attacked and seized. At this stage there is no news as to the fate of its crew.

Court forces Nigerian Navy to free two seized ships

THE NIGERIAN Navy has been forced to hand back to the owners two ships arrested in 2003 on charges of having illegally acquired cargoes of bunker fuel.

The two ships, Tina and Glory were released on order of the Nigerian courts.

The court’s decision followed independent tests that indicated the oil found on board the two ships was not of bunker quality. As a result judgement was given in favour of the ships owner.

However an unrepentant Nigerian Navy is understood to have given the owner 24 hours to remove the two ships from territorial waters or face being arrested once again.

New mine will boost coal exports

TOTAL COAL SA says it new mine at Forzando South in South Africa will produce about 800,000 tonnes of mostly export coal when it comes into production next August.

Within five years the mine will be producing 1.4 million tonnes a year, which will increase Total Coal’s South African production to around 6 million tonnes. The new exports are likely to be handled at Richards Bay.

Mozambique hopeful over oil strike

MOZAMBIQUE is confident that indications of oil in the Rovuma basin, on the Mozambique northern border with Tanzania, will bear fruit.

An international tender was recently issued in London inviting suitable companies to undertake exploration of seven blocks in the region – so far no offer has been made but the Mozambicans say they are not too concerned as interested parties will first need to study the detail surrounding the prospect.

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