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Nov 24, 2006
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  • Force Majeure declared at Nigeria’s Okono terminal

  • Cape Town breakbulk cargo not at risk

  • New diesel locomotives arrive for Sheltam Rail

  • Small scale and subsistence fishing policies up for comment

  • Picture of the day

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    Force Majeure declared at Nigeria’s Okono terminal

    Production has been halted at Nigeria’s Okono AGIP terminal where Force Majeure has been declared as a result of an attack on the FSO Mystras on Wednesday morning.

    During the attack seven expatriate workers were taken hostage and four other people including one expatriate killed when government forces tried to intervene.

    Force Majeure came into effect at 03:00 on Wednesday 22 November 2006.

    See also our News Bulletin dated 23 November.

    Cape Town breakbulk cargo not at risk

    While concerns have been raised that the proposed container terminal expansion at the Port of Cape Town will impact on the Multi Purpose Terminal (MPT) trade, this is highly unlikely, as MPT’s focus is mainly on Combi type vessels, which carry a combination of general cargo and containers. This tendency will continue for years to come, as these type of vessels link the greater needs of ports of East and West Africa with the rest of the world. So says Coen Birkenstock, manager: port trade and logistics of the National Ports Authority in Cape Town.

    “MPT Cape Town is a trusted service provider to the Western Cape. With a solid history of service provision and a constant desire to meet and exceed customer expectations, the terminal is geared to make a positive impact on the shipping industry doing business in the Mother City,” Birkenstock says.

    He says to ensure sustainability of service offerings in the future, MPT in the Port of Cape Town needs to adapt to the ever-changing requirements of its customer base. Customers have expressed a need for a bulk storage facility on the quayside, and capital has therefore been requested to refurbish the existing H and J sheds to suit this purpose.

    The intention is to use the storage zone to enable the quickest discharge norms for vessels on the berth, as well as streamline deliveries to customers.

    Birkenstock says this will ensure that both vessels and receivers of cargo have a positive experience while plying their trade at the MPT Bulk Terminal. Improvements to the entire surface area of the terminal have also begun.

    He says MPT is a well established business unit within the port and operates across six berths offering specialized container and general cargo services.

    Strategically, MPT is split into two sub-terminals: Terminal 1 (Combi Terminal) and Terminal 2 (Bulk Terminal). These terminals are directly involved in the intermodal transfer (land to sea and vice versa) of general and bulk cargo, as well as container trade.

    MPT also offers a variety of related services such as storage and pre-assembly, which enables local importers and exporters the ability to plan their transport logistics more effectively.

    By the very nature of the MPT trade, the terminal handles a wide commodity mix. Commodities such as cement, steel, fish, timber, grains/wheat, maize, soya and oats are handled as and when required. Containerized cargo also features strongly in this mix of business.

    Due to the large variety of cargoes handled, Berths E to K/L may seem to be the busiest in the Port of Cape Town. Berth occupancy is very seldom below 50 percent across all berths operated by MPT, with the average being about 55 percent, Birkenstock points out.

    Much of MPT’s trade is seasonal by nature and this impact on the numbers of vessels calling during any one given year. For example, in time of abundant crops in the Western Cape there are less imports of agricultural products such as maize and wheat while in times of poor rainfall, these numbers will increase.

    Currently, the terminal focuses on servicing two core business sectors of trade, namely the Combi trade, which includes containers and general cargoes, and the bulk agriculture industry. The necessary equipment and expertise is at hand to handle these cargoes. To facilitate transport logistics to and from the terminal, a well-established rail/road system is in place to ensure that goods reach their destinations on time, he says.

    Interestingly to note, when the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront basin could not meet the demands from the visiting vessels in 1930s, Cape Town was under pressure to provide additional capacity. Subsequently, in 1937, Parliament approved a scheme by which a new harbour basin would be built.

    At that time all the break bulk and general cargo trade was handled in the V&A Waterfront area. The new basin, Duncan Dock, would encompass 117 hectares of water area and provide 230 hectares of new land between it and the city.

    It would cater for the ever- increasing cargo volumes destined to and from the Western Cape shores. Once opened, the new basin was operated by the South African Railways & Harbours and it was later in the 1980s when all general cargo handled in the Victoria and Alfred Basins was relocated to the Duncan Dock basin.
    The terminal was merely called the break bulk terminal, and through many years with many name changes, the Multi Purpose Terminal (MPT) was born in 1994. The terminal has been operated by South African Port Operations since 1999.

    - Cape Business News

    New diesel locomotives arrive for Sheltam Rail

    Four new Brazilian-built diesel electric locomotives will arrive in Durban this Sunday on the freighter Emerald Sea. The four locos, supplied by General Electric of Brazil are part of a consignment of ten locomotives ordered by South Africa’s fast-developing railway operator, Sheltam Rail.

    The four locomotives which will arrive this weekend form the first shipment and will be discharged at Durban’s T-Jetty (O berth), where the port’s 240-ton floating crane will lift the heavy equipment off the ship and place them on their bogies on rails at the quayside. From there the locos will be taken to an unknown destination – Sheltam has not revealed the purpose of the locos but it is thought they will enter service with some of the mining contracts operated by Sheltam.

    Meanwhile things are reported to be proceeding smoothly in East Africa where a consortium headed by Sheltam has taken over control and operation of the former Kenya and Uganda state railways. The new railway, known as Rift Valley Railway (RVR), was given 45 days from 1 November to meet certain unrealised conditions pertaining to the takeover. This ‘unfinished business’ included payments that were not finalised at the time of the 1 November handover.

    Small scale and subsistence fishing policies up for comment

    The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism is to embark on public consultations to discuss and explain the draft policies for the Allocation and Management of Medium-term Small-scale Commercial Fishing Rights and for the Allocation and Management of Medium-term Subsistence Fishing Rights which was gazetted on 17 November 2006 for public comment.

    The two draft policies provide guidelines for the allocation and management of medium-term rights for both subsistence and small-scale commercial fisheries. The policy objectives are to: grant four (4)-year medium-term rights to persons who can demonstrate their historic and cultural dependency on marine living resources, ensure orderly and sustainable development of fisheries and environmental sustainability.

    The implementation of the policies include a consultation process with participation from all stakeholders, an application process (verification), evaluation process and the issuing of medium-term rights for subsistence and small-scale commercial fishery sectors. Stock assessment of the resources will occur throughout the process. Catch monitoring data will be captured and analysed annually. This will inform the determination of the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the following year.

    The public consultations will start on 27 November - 14 December 2006 and will cover four coastal provinces starting from Port Nolloth on the northern West Coast to Northern KwaZulu Natal. A detailed schedule of when the consultations will take place is available from any Fishery Inspectorate Office along the coast or from www.mcm-deat.gov.za or www.deat.gov.za . The two policies are also available on these two websites in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and isiZulu.

    Interested and affected parties will have the opportunity to submit written comments on each policy to the Deputy Director General, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism: Branch Marine and Coastal Management Private Bag X2, Roggebaai, 8012 for Attention Sandile Sibiya. Written comments may be posted by registered mail to the above address; or faxed to (021) 402-3622; or emailed to subsistence@deat.gov.za and smallscale@deat.gov.za.

    Written comments must be received by the Department no later than 16:00 on Monday 18 December 2006. Comments received after this time may not be considered.

    - Issued by Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism

    Picture of the day
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    Going, going… almost gone. The wreck of the container ship Safmarine Agulhas on East London’s western breakwater is rapidly being reduced in size. Picture courtesy Willem Kruk of Elgin Brown & Hamer Group of companies

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