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Jun 26, 2006
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  • Cargo ship sinks off Somali coast

  • Empowered company’s success with bulk exports

  • Unicorn man rises from ranks to master

  • KENYA: Call for coordinated anti-corruption strategy

  • Mozambique to install more scanners at borders

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    Cargo ship sinks off Somali coast

    Mogadishu media reports said on Friday that a general cargo ship carrying 20,000 tons of coal had sunk off the Somali coast.

    Twenty members of the crew of the vessel identified as m.v. Kanaya had taken to life rafts and a rescue mission had been mounted, reports quoted Andrew Mwangura of the Kenya Seafarers’ Assistance Programme as saying.

    He said a distress signal had been issued by the crew before they abandoned the vessel.

    There is no indication at this stage as to the reason for the ship sinking and no mention was made of pirates attacking the vessel.

    Mwangura said he had no knowledge of the ship’s home port. Neither is there any record of a vessel of this name, but it may turn out to have been a misspell.

    - source Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)

    Empowered company’s success with bulk exports

    Marine Bulk Carriers (MBC), a fully black empowered company established specifically to advance South Africa’s interests in the shipping of bulk cargoes, has delivered its second bulk cargo since embarking on a partnership with Japanese company, Sanko Steamships Co.

    The cargo involved was 148 000 tonnes of coal for Sasol Coal which was loaded on board the ore carrier Bosporus in Richards Bay harbour. The coal is destined for the United Kingdom.

    According to MBC director Jan Rabie, the development of a business relationship with Sasol Coal, particularly in the light of the empowerment initiative between Sasol Coal and Eyesizwe, was highly valued.

    “MBC is committed to the expansion of empowerment in the maritime sector and the opportunity to be involved in Sasol export shipments furthers this objective.”

    He said the expansion of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal and the South Dunes development will provide further opportunities for empowered coal producers.

    “MBC is hopeful that as the ‘junior miners’ establish themselves in the export market, that they will increasingly look at using South African shipping companies. The importance of job creation and skills development for the future of the country is recognised by all, and this will lead to the greater use of empowered companies in the logistics chain."

    Rabie said the Maritime Charter contains ambitious goals for the development of an empowered SA shipping industry, and participation in the export of mining commodities plays a critical role in this.

    “Unless SA shipping companies can obtain a greater share in the shipping of commodities, the goals will never be achieved. Harmonisation and integration of the mining, fuels and maritime industries is required on a logistics front. Coal and iron ore are key commodities in the Cape and Panamax markets.”

    He said MBC remained confident of playing a role in assisting South African mining companies to achieve their scorecard objectives.

    Unicorn man rises from ranks to master

    By Alison Briggs

    The second of June was a proud day for newly promoted ship’s master, Captain Dhanapalan (Sagren) Moodley.

    After completing head office orientation in preparation for his appointment as Master on Unicorn Shipping’s 6,155-dwt tanker Oribi, Marine Director Robert Young presented Captain Moodley with his new epaulettes and a copy of the book on Unicorn’s history, ‘Navigating New Frontiers.’

    Captain Sagren Moodley (left) receives his epaulettes from Robert Young, director of Unicorn Shipping – click image to enlarge

    “This is a dream come true – I have waited for this day for a long time. Command is a tremendous responsibility and I am really looking forward to the challenge,” said Captain Moodley.

    Captain Moodley started his seagoing career as a Deck Cadet with Unicorn Shipping in February 1996. During the past ten years he has gained experience on a wide variety of dry cargo ships and tankers within the Unicorn fleet. Since July 2000 he has served exclusively on products tankers, where his performance and dedication has been of a consistently high standard, making him an obvious choice for appointment as Master.

    An obviously please Robert Young said “We are always extremely proud to see Unicorn Cadets successfully climb the ladder in our fleet to the position of Chief Engineer of Master. Captain Moodley’s promotion is well deserved and we have full confidence in his ability to meet the challenge of command.”

    Captain Moodley was scheduled to relieve the present Master of Oribi, Captain John Williams, during the second week of June.

    (this article first appeared in ‘Making Waves’, the in-house newsletter of the Grindrod Group)

    KENYA: Call for coordinated anti-corruption strategy

    Nairobi (IRIN) - Kenya's efforts to combat graft would be greatly enhanced if the country's anti-corruption commission were given the power to prosecute individuals suspected of engaging in graft, said participants at a meeting on how best to fight the vice.

    Currently, the mandate of the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) is restricted to investigating cases of suspected corruption and then handing over evidence to the attorney general’s office for prosecution. Representatives from state institutions and the public sector gathered in the capital city of Nairobi recently to discuss a proposed national anti-corruption plan, designed with a view to ensuring a more coordinated approach against graft in Kenya.

    Critics said resources were not being equitably shared between the investigative KACC and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, which plays the prosecutorial role in government. They warned that the disparity in resource allocation could result in corruption cases meticulously investigated by the well funded KACC failing to lead to convictions in court because of weaknesses in prosecution.

    "The problem has been that one entity has been massively facilitated," said Keriako Tobiko, the director of public prosecution, during the meeting.

    Justice Minister Martha Karua acknowledged that corruption was still rampant in Kenya, despite efforts by the government to fight it. She supported the call for enhanced coordination between the various state organs with the mandate to fight graft. "It seems we have only scratched the surface in fighting the menace," she said.

    President Mwai Kibaki's government, which came to power in 2002 pledging to eradicate corruption, has been plagued by allegations of high-level graft. Several cabinet ministers resigned earlier this year after they were mentioned in ongoing corruption investigations. Several bilateral donors and the World Bank have withheld some funding to Kenya because of concerns that the government is not doing enough to tackle corruption.

    (This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations)

    Mozambique to install more scanners at borders

    Maputo: The Mozambique government says it will have installed another four scanners at the country’s border crossings by the third quarter of 2007.

    This was the word from Finance Minister Manuel Chang last week when the first machine was installed at Port Maputo.

    The machine installed at the port is capable of scanning a 12m container within two minutes – this is the first scanner to be introduced into border service in Mozambique and is expected to materially assist customs with the inspection of imports and exports as well as to reduce time taken for opening containers.

    It was revealed that the cost of the equipment ordered was about US $ 4 million including related infrastructure.

    Further scanners are to be installed at the Ressano Garcia border crossing into South Africa (opposite Komatipoort), at Maputo International Airport and at the country’s two other main ports, Beira and Nacala. The latter two will be installed in April and September 2007 respectively.

    The operation of the new scanners has been awarded to a private Mozambique company, Kudumba on a ‘Build, Operate and Transfer’ basis, which has minimised the cost to the government. Although a private company will operate the equipment, Mozambique Customs will decide which boxes are to be examined and will interpret the scans.

    - source Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo)

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