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Apr 12, 2006
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  • Kalmar hands over its 4000th straddle carrier to SA Port Operations in Cape Town

  • CMA CGM plans to expand its Asia-Africa trades

  • 20 deportees feared dead in Lake Volta ferry accident

  • Shut your port to the pirate, demands Greenpeace

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    Kalmar hands over its 4000th straddle carrier to SA Port Operations in Cape Town

    The mayor of Cape Town, Mrs Helen Zille yesterday (11 April) ceremoniously ‘christened’ the 4000th straddle carrier to have been manufactured by Finnish company Kalmar, at a function at the Cape Town Container Terminal.

    Mayor Zille breaks the traditional bottle of bubbly over straddle carrier number 4000 at Cape Town Container Terminal. Picture Terry Hutson. Click image to enlarge

    Kalmar, which regards itself as the leading manufacturer of straddles and other cargo moving equipment, has held similar functions each time another milestone of 1000 machines is reached. The company has now established its own subsidiary in South Africa for the sales and servicing of the straddles and rubber tyred gantries (RTG). Kalmar Industries South Africa (Pty) Ltd is located in Durban and is headed up by Edwin Briggeman, who also has responsibility for furthering the developing relationship Kalmar enjoys with SA Port Operations, which it regards as its ‘preferred partner.’

    Kalmar will also continue with African National Engineering (ANE) as its service and Black Economic Empowerment partner for straddle carriers and RTG cranes in South Africa’s ports. Other Kalmar products, such as Reachstackers and lift trucks will continue to be sold through Kalmar’s long-established partner Saficon, which is also known as Toyota Forklift.

    Kalmar has so far delivered more than 300 machines to South Africa and SAPO remains its largest ever single order client for straddle carriers. “SAPO is our preferred partner and we are proud they have chosen to work with Kalmar in their efforts to develop the ports of South Africa,” said Juhani Lukamaa, President of Kalmar Container Handling. Lukamaa said that with its new South African company, Kalmar is well placed to provide the best technology, service and support to SAPO.

    the straddle carrier around which all the fuss was made in Cape Town yesterday – this is the 4000th such machine manufactured by the Finnish company since 1976. Picture Terry Hutson – click image to enlarge

    SAPO initiated its relationship with the Finnish company in 2001 when it placed the world’s largest single order for straddle carriers of 60 machines. This was followed by a further 53 in August 2005, for which the cost of the 53 straddles came to R400 million. Then in January 2006 SAPO placed an order for 25 additional straddle carriers.

    By the end of 2006 SAPO will have a total of 146 new straddle carriers installed – 101 at the Durban Container Terminal, 30 at Cape Town Container Terminal and 15 at Port Elizabeth’s Multi Purpose Terminal. These will include 3-high and 4-high machines in addition to the standard 2-high straddles.

    SAPO also intends placing an order for RTGs for the new container terminal on Pier 1 in Durban and although this hasn’t been confirmed it is confidently expected that Kalmar will be awarded the contract.

    Kalmar is part of Cargotec Corporation, a leading provider of cargo handling equipment whose nets ales exceeded EUR 2.3 Billion in 2005. Cargotec’s class B shares are listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

    CMA CGM plans to expand its Asia-Africa trades

    Trade with Africa is literally exploding, says French shipping major CMA CGM in its latest in-house magazine.

    As a result the line intends to increase the number of services between Africa and Asia, says chief executive vice president Rodolohe Saade, who indicated that CMA CGM will increase the frequency of its services between Asia and Africa, particularly on its PC Express and Midas services.

    "Service on the Midas line, with departures from India and Dubai, has already been increased, and bigger, faster ships are being used. The same is true for the Asia service provided in partnership with MOL."

    CMA CGM has also indicated it intends integrating the recently acquired Delmas Line into its business. Delmas holds strong trade ties with Africa and West Africa in particular. CMA CGM chairman Jacques Saade said the company was not only looking at West Africa but also at East and South Africa for future expansion.

    - source HKSG

    120 deportees feared dead in Lake Volta ferry accident

    Accra 11 Apr 2006 (IRIN) - At least 120 people who crammed onto a ferry during the forced evacuation of an island in the vast Lake Volta in eastern Ghana are feared drowned after the boat sank, according to regional police.

    The ferry, headed for Abotoase in the eastern region of the lake on Saturday, was being used by people scrambling to meet a deadline to leave Dudzorme Island in the Tapa-Abotoase area, 150 kilometres north west of the capital Accra.

    map courtesy IRIN

    By Monday fishermen and police had registered 40 survivors and recovered the bodies of six adults and three children. “The main challenge we are facing are the numerous submerged tree stumps in the lake which are making the (search and recovery) work difficult,” said National Disaster Management Organisation coordinator William Asiedu.

    According to regional police the boat may have been carrying more than double its 70-person capacity as well as livestock, personal possessions and furniture. Precise passenger numbers are not available as the captain and navigator are both missing.

    Passenger boats have sunk before on shallow Lake Volta, the world's largest man-made lake, formed with the construction of a hydro-electric dam, and its waters are cluttered with tree stumps and debris hidden just below the surface. Survivors of this accident say the overloaded ferry split after hitting a submerged object 18 kilometres from Abotoase during bad weather.

    "The incident is unfortunate but it was (caused by the) sheer irresponsibility and lack of professionalism of the two navigators,” said District Chief Executive, Solomon Donkor. “I think we must tighten measures guiding transportation on the lake. Over the years these measures have been dormant."

    The evacuees from Dudzorme Island - some of whom were direct relatives of the tens of thousands of people who lived in the Volta region before it was flooded in the mid-1960s - were being evicted to make way for a game and wildlife reserve, according to the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission of Ghana.

    [This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

    - source IRIN

    Shut your port to the pirate, demands Greenpeace

    Madrid 10 April 2006: As a pirate fishing vessel loaded with fish stolen from West Africa made its way towards Las Palmas, Greenpeace and the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) on Monday presented evidence to the Fisheries Ministry in Madrid, outlining why the authorities should ban the ship Binar 4 from the port when it arrives later this week.

    The environmental and human rights groups documented the refrigerated cargo ship (reefer), Binar 4 (a) four days ago, transshipping fish in international waters. The fish had been caught in Guinean waters, and therefore should only have been transshipped in the port of Conakry according to Guinean law (b).

    The reefer is headed for Las Palmas, a port notorious for allowing pirate vessels to offload stolen fish, with the Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza following behind.

    "This is Spain's chance to prove they are serious about making piracy history," said Sebastian Losada of Greenpeace Spain, after delivering the documents to officials in Madrid. "If they do not act, they will become partners in crime with the pirates."

    During the time spent by the Esperanza in West Africa, Greenpeace and EJF witnessed 104 foreign flagged vessels, from Korea, China, Italy, Liberia and Belize. The evidence gathered suggests that 50 percent of the vessels observed were engaged in, or linked to illegal fishing activities, including fishing without a license, operating with no name or hiding their identity, trawling inside the 12-mile zone restricted to local fishermen, or transshipping anywhere other than the Guinean capital Conakry. The Binar 4 was taking fish from ships licensed to fish, but all the vessels involved had broken the laws concerning transshipments.

    "In the past few weeks we have begun to unravel the web of deceit around pirate fishing," said Greenpeace campaigner Sarah Duthie, speaking from on board the Esperanza. "The way the legal and illegal ships work together is designed to deceive, but in the end it is a simple case of stealing food from others."

    "Unless there is concrete and sustained action against pirate fishing by all governments the problem will continue to grow," warned Helene Bours of Environmental Justice Foundation. "Local communities and the environment will not survive unless the pirate fishing industry is wiped out."(c)


    (a) http://www.greenpeace.org/binar4casestudy
    (b) According to Guinean law, fish can only be caught by licensed vessels and any transshipment must be done in the Port of Conakry. According to the UN FAO Model Scheme for Port Control, pirate fishing vessels or those supporting them should be denied access to ports and services. Through its National Plan of Action to Fight Illegal Fishing, Spain committed to "prohibit the admission into or departure from port, the access to port services or the landing or transshipping of catches, whenever there are indications of engagement in activities of illegal fishing."
    (c) According to the UN High Seas Task Force on Illegal, Unreported & Unregulated (IUU or pirate) fishing, up to 20 percent of the global catch is taken illegally - as much as USD 9 Billion dollars.

    Later News

    Guinea 11 April 2006 — Greenpeace reported yesterday (11 April) that it had arrested a ‘pirate fishing vessel stealing fish off the coast of Guinea.

    Greenpeace said it had taken on board a Guinean Navy officer and a fisheries inspector who worked with crew from the Esperanza and the Environmental Justice Foundation.

    "Today we found one pirate – but we know there is a fleet of them out here and in every other ocean, stealing fish every day,” said Greenpeace’s onboard campaigner, Sarah Duthie.

    At first light on Tuesday, the Greenpeace helicopter flew over a group of fishing vessels 60 miles off the coast of Guinea. One vessel was not on the list of ships authorized to fish. An inflatable boat was launched from the Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza, taking a Guinean Navy officer and a fisheries inspector with crew from Greenpeace and the Environmental Justice Foundation on board.

    After confirming the ship, the Lian Run No 14 - one of a family of Chinese vessels observed in the area - had no license, the ship was arrested. The Esperanza will now escort her to Conakry and hand her over to officials on shore.

    Lian Run No.14 pictured from the Greenpeace helicopter off the coast of Guinea this week. Click to enlarge

    The captain of the Lian Run No 14 claimed documentation was lodged in Las Palmas – the fish laundering capital of the world. In addition, all the boxes being used to pack the stolen fish bore the names of other vessels, indicating that even licensed vessels collaborate with the pirates to sell illegally caught fish on the market.

    Fish boxes with the names of seven other vessels were found on board the Lian Run No 14, indicating how licensed vessels are packing their boxes with illegal catch from the Lian Run No 14.

    “The fact that they had boxes on board destined for Europe and claimed to be represented in Las Palmas shows a clear link between the food being stolen from Africa and the fish being served on the dinner tables of Europe,” said Helene Bours of the Environmental Justice Foundation.

    Greenpeace and the Environmental Justice Foundation are working together to expose the pirate fishing fleets that operate without sanction across the globe. Together the international environment and human rights organisations are demanding that governments close ports to ban pirates, deny them access to markets and prosecute companies supporting them.

    The drive to make piracy history is the second leg of a 14-month global expedition "Defending Our Oceans", the most ambitious ship expedition ever undertaken by Greenpeace to expose the threats to the oceans and demand a global network of properly enforced marine reserves covering 40 percent of the worlds oceans. Greenpeace aims to gather a million Ocean Defenders by the end of the expedition in February 2007.

    - source Greenpeace

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