Ports & Ships Maritime News

Jan 12, 2006
Author: P&S


  • Ondego to hold the fort at KPA

  • Mozambique flooding disrupts transport

  • New twist in P&O takeover

  • Navy nabs abalone haul

  • Antarctic supply ship gets help from above

  • Clipper Race update

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    Ondego to hold the fort at KPA

    Brown Ondego has been asked to remain as managing director of Kenya Ports Authority until a final decision is made as to his replacement.

    According to the Kenyan newspaper The Nation Ondego, whose contract expired on 5 December, said in an interview that he had been asked to remain in office ‘pending further communication’.
    - source The Nation (Kenya)

    Mozambique flooding disrupts transport

    The heavy rains that have been falling over much of southern Africa in the past week have resulted in severe flooding in parts of Mozambique and are causing disruption to rail transport. The railway between Maputo and Zimbabwe which skirts the Limpopo River has been washed away or covered in mud in several places and no rail traffic from the country’s main port is possible to its landlocked neighbour.

    A spokesman for CFM, the rail operator said that repairs will only be possible once the rain stops. In central Mozambique the small port and town of Inhambane is cut off from much of the rest of the country.

    Elsewhere in southern Africa the road between Zeerust in South Africa and Gaberone in Botswana has also been cut after flooding but road traffic is able to divert to other border crossings.

    New twist in P&O takeover

    Singapore’s PSA International has told P&O that it intends bidding for the UK-based port and ferry company.

    PSA’s announcement comes after weeks of speculation and follows an offer from Dubai-based DP World’s for P&O, which the British company has already recommended to the shareholders for acceptance.

    It is understood that PSA is prepared to pay £3.5Bn, or 470p a share, although this is subject to a number of conditions. One of these obviously refers to the completion of a satisfactory due diligence but another requires P&O to withdraw its recommendation of acceptance for the DP World bid. PSA’s offer is almost 6% higher than the Dubai bid of 443p per share.

    The latest development could lead to DP World increasing its bid and a share war evolving in which the real winners will be P&O shareholders.

    Navy nabs abalone haul

    The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) and the South African Navy have spoilt the party of 120 potential poachers in Port Elizabeth when it stopped them from stealing abalone on Tuesday, 10 January 2006.

    According to the Department's head of compliance, Abeeda Mugjenkar, the Department sent the SA Navy divers to keep an eye on the potential poachers in the water.

    "This was part of our highly visible policing. What it means is that whenever divers wanted to go into the sea, we sent out navy divers with them," explained Mugjenkar.

    However, some of them managed to steal abalone as the divers found 176 perlemoen that was taken out of the shells. The abalone, which could belong to any of them - was stashed in the water.

    Said Mugjenkar: "Our primary goal is to make sure that the abalone does not get out of the water therefore we are pleased that we managed to stop the havoc that could have been caused."
    - source DEAT

    Antarctic supply ship gets help from above

    The South African Antarctic supply ship, SA Agulhas which sailed from Cape Town on 8 January to deploy nine drifting weather buoys and an automatic weather station on South Thule Island in the sandwich island group, is receiving assistance from a number of international units.

    Read the full report and see the images (click them to go to full size) in our SEA STORIES section, headed ‘International support for the SA Agulhas’ mission in Antarctica’.

    Clipper race update

    With the fifth leg now shortened eight of the yachts had completed the section by 17.00 GMT today, with Glasgow and Cardiff still to finish. Qingdao which came in 7th, experienced the lack of winds that so hindered the leg winners Durban followed by Westernaustralia.com. Cardiff, which was forced to return to Fremantle shortly after the start, has however made remarkable progress and had closed the gap to 76 miles earlier today.

    Durban Clipper, the winner for the second consecutive leg, and Westernaustralia.com have already left for Singapore sailing together where they are expected to arrive Sunday morning. They are being followed by a group of the next four yachts, New York, Victoria, Liverpool and Singapore who should arrive sometime on Monday. The final four will group together and are expected later on Monday or early Tuesday, all in time for the grand prize-giving in Singapore on Tuesday evening.

    Race position today (with distance to finish)

    Durban (finished)
    Westernaustralia.com (finished)
    New York (finished)
    Victoria (finished)
    Liverpool (finished)
    Singapore (finished)
    Qingdao (finished)
    Jersey (finished)
    Glasgow (61)
    Cardiff (retired)
    - source http://www.clipper-ventures.co.uk

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