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Sep 4, 2006
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  • CSIR completes review of its Cape Town Container Terminal EIA

  • CVRD wants to build new railway to Nacala

  • EWATA adjusts surcharges

  • MSC in line to buy Norwegian Cruise Line

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    CSIR completes review of its Cape Town Container Terminal EIA

    The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has completed a review of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) it conducted into the proposed expansion and widening of the Cape Town Container Terminal.

    The EIA was conducted on behalf of the National Ports Authority.

    The review was held after the Minister of Environmental Affairs & Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk rejected sections of the EIA on the grounds that the study was flawed. "The non-disclosure by the CSIR of the concerns and recommendations highlighted by their expert, renders the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process flawed and reflects a serious breach of responsibility," said the minister.

    The CSIR said last week that after a thorough review of all relevant processes, procedures and documentation, it was of the opinion that the EIA study met all legal requirements and that it (the CSIR) had been diligent in its approach.

    The CSIR said the specialist shoreline modelling approach had been sufficiently robust to inform the EIA and the CSIR was confident it had applied the model appropriately. It said it was also confident that the alternative sites for infill material had been investigated and that this factor had been properly documented in the EIA document.

    Transnet has meanwhile appointed internationally recognised specialists to revisit the sediment modelling, which the CSIR says it acknowledges and welcomes.

    The rejection of the EIA by Minister van Schalkwyk has placed a delay on extensions considered highly necessary for the Cape Town Container Terminal. It had been proposed to widen the outer quay wall of the port by 300 metres which would be used as additional stacking space for the terminal and to increase its capacity.

    - source Cape Business News

    CVRD wants to build new railway to Nacala

    Brazilian mining group Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) intends building a new railway between the coal mining area of Moatize and the port of Nacala for the export of coal. And according to Mozambican Transport and Communications Minister Antonio Munguambe, the new line will not adversely affect the Sena Railway which is currently being rebuilt to link the port of Beira with the Moatize and Tete regions.

    It had earlier been announced that CVRD would build a short extension from the mining area to connect with the privately operated Malawi and Nacala railway network (CDN), which runs from Malawi to Nacala. However this line is built to relatively lightweight design and may not be suitable for operating heavy ore trains.

    An even earlier plan, before the awarding of the mining contracts, was for the coal to be exported via the Sena railway and through a new port facility to be built at Savane to the north of Beira. The port of Beira itself is considered too heavily silted to handle large coal ships and certainly not the capesize vessels that would be more cost effective.

    Munguambe said that a new line to Nacala through the province of Nampula would not affect the profitability of the existing Sena Railway to Beira. He said this line would handle other commodities such as sugar from Marromeu and lime from Muanza, freight from southern Malawi as well as some coal from Moatize.

    If the proposal of a new railway between Moatize and Nacala Bay comes to be this would entail constructing approximately 1,000 km of new railway – a huge undertaking.

    Munguambe said the decision was for CVRD to take which the government would support because it would be of benefit to Mozambique as the proposed line crosses the northern provinces of Niassa and Nampula. It would also prove of benefit to Zambia and even the DRC. He pointed out that the DRC was already exporting some of its products through the port of Beira (via Zimbabwe). Once the Sena line was rebuilt exporters could start sending their freight to Moatize by road from where it would be railed through the Sena system to Beira, he said.

    EWATA adjusts surcharges

    Member lines of EWATA (CSAV, Delmas, Hapag-Lloyd, Libra, Maersk Line, Nile Dutch Africa Line, OT Africa Line, and Safmarine) have announced an adjustment to the congestion surcharge across several West African ports. The new surcharges take effect with the first southbound sailing on 21 September.

    Port affected are :

    Lagos (Apapa and Tin Can)
    Pointe Noir

    Details of rates are available from EWATA or member lines.

    In other West African news the Italian oil company Eni is reported to have declared force majeure on the 50,000 barrels of crude oil it lost when one of the Brass River pipelines was sabotaged. No-one has claimed credit for the attack and repairs are underway.

    In Monrovia (Liberia) OT Africa Line is warning of a possible congestion problem arising from problems that have occurred with one of the port’s tugs. OTAL also advises in its newsletter that Cameroon requires as from 15 September that a Bordereau Electronique de Suivi des Cargaisons (BSC) be completed and validated by the Cameroon Shippers Council (CNCC) for all imports and exports to or from Cameroon

    MSC in line to buy Norwegian Cruise Line

    There are strong indications that Mediterranean Shipping Cruises (MSC) is negotiating with the Malaysian Star Group to purchase Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) which would give MSC a stronger position in the US market.

    The move also has the potential to strengthen NCL’s position in Europe where it has not been a strong player.

    If these reports are true it would mark a radical change in MSC operation because the company (certainly on the container side of things) has taken pride in having until now grown organically rather than through acquisitions. However in 1987 MSC did buy the Flotta Lauro which it renamed StarLauro Line – the commencement of MSC Cruises.

    In other cruise news Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) has acquired the Spanish operator Pullmantur for just over half a billion US dollars plus the Spanish company’s debt book worth 6m.

    This gives Royal Caribbean a foothold in Europe along with five additional ships. Pullmantur caters mainly for Spanish speaking guests including Latin Americans and also operates a small airline in support of its cruise and holiday package business.

    The five ships in the Pullmantur stable are SS Oceanic (ex Big Red Boat 1), Blue Moon (ex White Goddess and sister ship to Blue Dream), Blue Dream (ex R-5), Holiday Dream (the former Europa) and Sky Wonder (ex Pacific Sky). The latter was the last large cruise ship to be built with steam engines.

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