Ports & Ships Maritime News

Nov 4, 2005
Author: P&S

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Ocean Africa adds two more ships

Ocean Africa Container Lines is about to take delivery of two additional self-geared ships for the coastal service operating between Durban and Dar es Salaam on the East Coast and Durban to Luanda on the West Coast.

The arrival of the two ships will be met with sighs of relief as the company is currently short of two vessels, Umfolozi and Doria, both of which were involved in accidents taking them out of service.

The first chartered vessel to arrive is the MV Nicolas, a 7,617-gt general cargo container vessel with a container carrying capacity of 518 TEU. Nicolas begins her first voyage from Cape Town on 10 November for Lobito, Angola and will arrive in Durban on the return voyage on 25 November.

The second ship is the 8,639-gt Limpopo which has a capacity of 754 TEU and is due in Cape Town on 17 November, from where the ship sails for Durban where she is due on 21 November. Limpopo was originally ordered as additional tonnage for the fleet.

Chinese fishing vessel fined

The Chinese fishing vessel Da Yuan Tu was found guilty in a Maputo court and fined US0,000 (10.8 Bn meticias) this week after it was found in possession of an illegal catch in Mozambique waters.

According to the Mozambique press reports the illegal catch consisted shark fins and tuna.

Bad times for Walvis Bay fishing company

Gendor Fishing Company, one of Namibia’s largest fishing firms, has begun liquidating assets in an effort to stay afloat, reports the Namibian newspaper.

The article says that the present catch this year is only half of what it normally is, which leaves the company unable even to cover fuel costs. As a result Gendor has been forced to sell some of the fishing fleet and expects to dispose of others while also reducing factory operations.

About 800 permanent staff members are affected by the cut-backs.

Repairs to Mozambique railways

The rehabilitation of the railway between the South African border at Ressano Garcia and the port of Maputo is due to begin early in 2006, according the CFM, the Mozambique port and rail company.

Mozambique cancelled the concession to operate this line which had been awarded to a Spoornet-led consortium. CFM says it expects to successfully raise the necessary funds to restore the railway to full working condition.

Meanwhile the way is clear for the rehabilitation of the Sena railway from the port of Beira to the inland mining region of Moatize in central Mozambique. According to the reconstruction team, contractors will be appointed in November and work should begin in the first quarter of 2006. The World Bank is making US0 million available for the rehabilitation and the operators, Rites of India and CFM will provide another m.

In Kenya the country’s parliament gave the concessioning of the Kenya Railways its legal blessing this week, clearing the final hurdle out of the way for the process involving the Rift Valley Railway company to go forward.

Clipper Race update 3 November

The Durban Clipper has gained a place overnight and is currently lying fifth amongst the fleet of ten international yachts which are racing towards Durban in the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race.

The fleet is expected to arrive on 17 November for a ten day stopover where the international crews will have the opportunity to enjoy the city’s warm hospitality. Preparations for their welcome include upgrades of existing facilities and the construction of a special Clipper Village. The city of Durban is the proud sponsor of the Durban Clipper which is skippered by Craig Millar.

The ten yachts are now faced with a difficult decision as they head further towards the southern tip of Africa; there is an area of high pressure which will give them either headwinds in the north, or light and variable winds in the south. Further south again the anti-clockwise airflow around this southern hemisphere high would produce a much better wind direction, but would result in a considerable increase in distance sailed.

It is unlikely that any of the skippers will choose the latter option because the distance is so much greater and there is always the chance that the high could drift further south or east, forcing them even further off their desired course to remain in the westerly winds.

The skippers are well aware that no wind is the worst of all worlds, and once stuck in a high it is very difficult to get back out. It looks likely that the only sensible option will be for them to keep on course, enjoy the current reaching conditions whilst they last, and accept that in a couple of days time, an extended period of beating against the wind will be almost inevitable.

The Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race is best summed up as 35,000 miles, 13 ports, 10 yachts, 10 months, seven legs, five continents, five oceans and one circumnavigation.

The spectacular 10-day stopover in Durban from 17 to 27 November is expected to provide a significant boost to the region's tourism, hospitality and maritime industries as well as raising the city's international profile.

The stunning Durban Clipper 68-foot ocean racer is easily recognizable with her impressive and colourful paintwork proudly bearing a blend of the South African flag with the Durban Africa logo.

Regular email updates of the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race will be made available to serve as a summary of the previous 24hrs events as well as breaking down the positions of the teams. The latest exciting diary excerpts direct from the crew can be found at http://www.clipper-ventures.co.uk/n05_06/homepage.php

Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race Current Table

1 Westernaustralia
2 Singapore
3 New York
4 Qingdao
5 Durban
6 Liverpool
7 Glasgow
8 Jersey
9 Victoria
10 Cardiff

For a detailed leader board please go to http://www.clipper-ventures.co.uk/n05_06/homepage.php

- this report courtesy Clipper Ventures and Olivia Jones Communications

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