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Jan 12, 2007
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  • Safmarine Mulanje introduced to fleet

  • City and port get together to revamp Durban waterfront

  • UN Security Council calls for dialogue over Somalia

  • Mombasa terminal congestion relieved

  • Sale of V Ships on the cards

  • Pic of the day – LLANSTEPHAN CASTLE

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    Safmarine Mulanje introduced to fleet

    Safmarine on Wednesday (10 January 2007) named its latest container ship at a ceremony held at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea.

    The new vessel, the second in a series of panamax containerships to be delivered to Safmarine by the yard (SAFMARINE MERU, which arrived on the South African coast this past week was the first), has been named SAFMARINE MULANJE which is derived from the 3,000 metre high Mount Mulanje in southern Malawi.

    SAFMARINE MULANJE has the following specifications:

    Length: 292,08 m
    Breadth: 32,25 m
    Deadweight: 60700 tdw
    Service Speed: 24,50 knots
    Container Capacity: 4154-TEU

    According to Safmarine the new ship will enter the global network as of February 2007 as part of the company's long term fleet renewal programme. It would appear that Safmarine intends using the names of African mountains for this class of ship.

    City and port get together to revamp Durban waterfront

    Developers have been invited to submit proposals for the redevelopment of the Durban waterfront area between Wilson’s Wharf and the Bat Centre (tug basin) as part of the city rejuvenation programme.

    Large areas of the historic Point area have already undergone massive development, which ahs seen the run down area converted into a recreation and housing development with upmarket apartments and hotels in addition to the uShaka Marine World.

    A second phase of this development proposes that a controversial marina be built on the sea side of the Point adjacent to a widened port entrance.

    Now attention is turning to the Victoria Embankment area as part of the eThekwini Municipality (Durban) plans of upgrading the inner city.

    The area currently consists of a yacht basin shared by two yacht clubs and a harbour for small craft, which has developed over the years on an ad hoc basis. The city hopes to redevelop the site with hotels and restaurants while creating a new improved marina complex for yachting and small craft all literally a stone’s throw from the CBD.

    Developers have been invited to register their interest in transforming the area into a so-called ‘world-class tourist venue’ but have also been advised that it isn’t a tender process or even a shortlisting of preferred developers. The intention is to discover what interest is out there – “to gauge the scale and type of market appetite for this development”.

    When the tender process is reached it will be open to anyone and not just those who express an interest now, said a joint spokesperson for the city and NPA.

    In the early 1990s Transnet developed an ambitious master plan for the development of this particular area, in which hotels, restaurants, shopping centres, apartments and a large marina would have been incorporated in the area now under discussion.

    However the whole idea fell flat after the Durban city authorities of that time poured cold water on the proposal which was then abandoned.

    Legally Transnet owns the land and water area which is on a long lease to the city, which sub-lets various areas to the yacht clubs and several small craft operators as well as restaurants and a craft centre.

    UN Security Council calls for dialogue over Somalia

    UN News Service (New York): - Voicing concern at the instability and violence across strife-torn Somalia, the Security Council today called for greater humanitarian assistance and more inclusive political dialogue and reiterated its backing for the creation of an African protection and training mission to the volatile nation.

    Speaking to the press following a closed-door briefing from Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari, Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia, which holds this month's Council presidency, said members regarded the situation in Somalia - which has been beset by fighting and widespread displacement in the past month - as one of its top priorities.

    The United Nations announced yesterday it is sending a humanitarian assessment mission to Somalia's border area with Kenya, where thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) have gathered to escape fighting between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and supporters of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC).

    The assessment team will examine how to re-start humanitarian deliveries into Somalia and how to handle the large-scale population movements that have followed the intense fighting in recent weeks as the Government, backed by Ethiopian troops, has reclaimed the capital, Mogadishu. Aid operations had to be suspended and international staff evacuated because of the dangers posed by the fighting.

    Mr. Churkin said the Council's 15 members agreed that inclusive political dialogue among Somalia's various political forces is necessary to end the deadly clashes and alleviate the humanitarian situation in one of Africa's most impoverished nations.

    Last month the Council unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing the creation of an African protection and training mission to help protect Somalia's transitional federal institutions.

    To be known as IGASOM, the new force is to be set up by the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an east African group, and will have an initial mandate of six months. No countries bordering Somalia will be able to deploy troops.

    Mr. Gambari told journalists he stressed during his Council briefing that IGASOM must be deployed as soon as possible to stabilize Somalia, and he added that several countries, including Nigeria, South Africa and Malawi, are considering committing troops.

    Mombasa terminal congestion relieved

    According to Kenya media reports the congestion at the Mombasa container terminal has eased after the port authority introduced additional workers and equipment to help clear the backlog.

    The congestion had been blamed on the suspension of three insurance companies that were responsible for issuing transit bonds (see our News Report dated 5 January 2007).

    According to Kenya Port Authority’s MD Abdallah Mwaruwa, all ships that had been delayed had now cleared their cargo and sailed. He said the port had 12,568 containers in the terminal on Saturday (6 January) of which 4,000 were undocumented import boxes.

    Mombasa was expecting another 22 ships with over 8,000 containers for discharge.

    "KPA will continue to deploy additional personnel and equipment and institute extended working hours until the congestion is completely over," Mwaruwa said.
    He urged importers with uncleared containers at the port to come forward and collect their containers.

    source – The Nation

    Sale of V Ships on the cards

    According to Maritime Global Net V Ships, the world’s largest shipmanager, is expected to be sold privately for £250 million (US $ 486 million).

    The bidders are reported to be venture capitalists, among which are thought to be the Carlyle Group and Electra Investment Partners. A stock market listing for V Ships has now apparently been ruled out.

    V Ships is reputed to have responsibility for a fleet of over 800 ships, although many of these involve crew management and not full management. The company has expanded through a series of acquisitions since its launch in Monaco, and has outstripped rivals such as Hong Kong’s Wallem and Norway’s Barber, which is part of the Wilh. Wilhelmsen group.

    The company has offices throughout the world and operates with a pool of about 23,000 seafarers.

    source - MGN

    Pic of the day – LLANSTEPHAN CASTLE

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    Old black & white photographs are always fascinating and somehow manage to capture an essence that is sometimes missing even in excellent colour images. This picture of a ship of the Union-Castle Line, thought to be the intermediate steamer LLANSTEPHAN CASTLE of 11,293-gt, was taken in Cape Town harbour and is a prime example.
    The LLANSTEPHAN CASTLE was built in 1914 and enjoyed a long career with Union-Castle that was to last 38 years, having survived two world wars in the process. The ship with a length of 152m and a beam of 19.3m burned coal until 1939 when she was converted to oil. She was capable of a speed of 15 knots.
    The photographer is unknown, the picture having been purchased from a pawn ship many years ago by the present owner Leon van der Westhuizen

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