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May 16, 2007
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  • SA port statistics for April 2007

  • Representative shipping bodies merge

  • MSC Napoli’s post gets delivered

  • Tenders go out to build new jetty at Lake Nyasa's Mbamba Bay

  • Pirates attack ship nearly 200 miles off Somali coast

  • Pic of the day – SAFMARINE NAMIBE

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    SA port statistics for April 2007

    APRIL saw a general decrease in cargo handled at South African ports compared with the previous month, with a total of 13.909 million tonnes of cargo handled at the seven ports during April (March 16.368Mt). Durban had a big month especially with containers and was the busiest port by volume.

    The main reason for the overall decrease was lower volumes handled at Richards Bay.

    The above figures exclude tonnage for containers which the National Ports Authority no longer records by weight whereas the figures shown below includes all container handled, using an average container weight of 13.5 tonnes per TEU (considered as conservative) to arrive at the adjusted total.

    When this is taken into account the figure handled by all ports during April becomes 18.398 million tonnes (March adjusted was 20.049Mt).

    Including the re-calculated figure for containers, the respective ports handled the following:

    Cargo handled by tonnes

    Richards Bay               5.916 million tonnes (Mar 7.972Mt)
    Durban                       6.683 Mt (Mar 6.143)
    Saldanha Bay              3.349 Mt (Mar 3.756)
    Cape Town                 1.158 Mt (Mar 1.152)
    Port Elizabeth              1.015 Mt (Mar 0.714)
    East London                0.157 Mt (Mar 0.162)
    Mossel Bay                  0.120 Mt (Mar 0.150)

    Total cargo by tonnes 18.398 million tonnes

    Containers measured by TEUs
    (TEUs include Deepsea, Coastal, Tranship and empty containers all subject to being invoiced by NPA)

    Durban                       222,448 TEU (Mar 179,304)
    Cape Town                   68,607 (Mar 63,490)
    Port Elizabeth                37,538 (Mar 27,767)
    East London                    3,001 (Mar 2,051)
    Richards Bay                      938 (Mar 68)

    Total handled    332,532 TEU (Mar 272,680)

    Ship Calls

    Durban:          364 vessels 8.352m gt (350 vessels 7.976 million gt)
    Cape Town:     280 vessels 4.368m gt (208 vessels 3,680m gt)
    Port Elizabeth: 127 vessels 2.604m gt (126vessels 2.264m gt)
    Richards Bay:   148 vessels 5.338m gt (142 vessels 4.785m gt)
    Saldanha:         38 vessels 1,800m gt (40 vessels 2.363m gt)
    East London:     24 vessels 0.652m gt (23 vessels 0.661m gt)
    Mossel Bay:     235 vessels 0.237m gt (258 vessels 0.337m gt)

    - source NPA plus Ports & Ships adjustments to include container weights

    Representative shipping bodies merge

    THE merger of three representative South African shipping bodies has taken place, bringing under a single umbrella the Association of Ships Agents and Brokers of Southern Africa (ASABOSA), the Association of Shipping Lines (ASL) and the Container Liner Operators Forum (CLOF).

    The three organisations, which cover a wide spectrum of the local shipping industry,
    Intend commencing operations from the second half of the year as the South African Association of Ship Operators and Agents (SAASOA).
    Current ASL chairman Mark Koen said in a statement that ASL, CLOF and ASABOSA were by and large interacting with the same parties and with common goals and the opportunity existed to concentrate efforts and become more effective.

    ASABOSA chairman Athol Emerton said the new association had a clear mission of addressing and seeking solutions to the challenges facing the shipping industry in South Africa today.

    “Working together with government, parastatals, private businesses and our international partners we aim for the industry in South Africa to match and exceed world class standards and to offer a sustainable competitive advantage in the world trading environment,” he said.

    The Association intends forming as a section 21 company controlled by an Executive Board elected from within the membership of the Association. The board is currently seeking the right individual to be appointed as the full time Chief Executive Officer to manage day to day operations and to take the lead in interacting with the various stakeholders.

    Initial board members are:

    Mr Mark Koen - Island View Shipping
    Mr Athol Emerton - Tall Ships
    Mr Paul Scannell - Seaclad Maritime
    Capt. Alan Cooke - Vulindela Shipping Services
    Mr Per Heisselberg - Maersk Line
    Mr Felix Scheder-Beischin - MACS Martime Carrier Shipping
    Mr Andrew Thomas - Ocean Africa Container Lines

    MSC Napoli’s post gets delivered

    WHEN the RMS ST HELENA arrived in Cape Town from the United Kingdom recently she was carrying an unusual cargo – post off a shipwreck destined for South Africa.

    It’s quite common for the ship to carry pos; that’s why she is referred to as RMS (Royal Mail Ship) but the post carried is normally from isolated islands in the south Atlantic – St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

    The story behind her strange cargo is quite simple. As readers are aware the container ship MSC Napoli went aground off the Devonshire coast of England in January after sustaining structural damage during a heavy North Sea storm. Salvors deliberately ran the ship aground to prevent her from sinking, after which a number of containers broke loose overboard and were washed up on the beaches, where hundreds of people entered into a frenzy of helping themselves to a wide range of luxury and ordinary goods – from fancy BMW motorbikes to household furniture.

    Reported at the time was also a quantity of post scattered on the beaches, which was being carried by the ship to South Africa but which attracted little attention from the human scavengers on the beaches.

    Other post remained intact on board the vessel and has since been salvaged and sorted before dispatching on board the next most suitable ‘mailship’ which was fortuitously preparing to return to South Africa. In late April when RMS St Helena arrived in the Mother City the ship was carrying two containers of mail, most of which for South African addresses.

    Tenders go out to build new jetty at Lake Nyasa's Mbamba Bay

    TENDER documents have been issued for the construction of a new port jetty at Mbamba Bay on Tanzanian’s coastline of Lake Malawi (Lake Niassa to Mozambique and Lake Nyasa to Tanzanians).

    The lake port is in Rovuma province slightly north of the Mozambique border and facing Malawi on the opposite side of the lake. Tanzania believes that improved facilities at the harbour will facilitate trade with the two neighbouring countries.

    According to the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) it expects construction of the jetty to commence later this year and says it intends developing the port, which occupies some 1265 ha, to improve the transportation of both import and export cargo through the coastal port of Mtwara in southern Tanzania. The type of cargo expected includes coal, timber, sugar, coffee, tea and tobacco.

    Mbamba Bay, which is one of eleven inland ports under the control of the TPA, is linked by gravel road with the nearest large town of Songea, some 170 km away.

    The present harbour infrastructure is reported to be in a poor condition and in need of urgent repair.

    Other inland ports run by the TPA are Mwanza, Bukoba, Kemondo Bay, Musoma and Nansio all on Lake Victoria; Kigome and Kasanga on Lake Tanganyika; and Itungi, Liuli and Mand on Lake Nyasa/Malawi.

    The TPA expects international companies to tender for the contract.

    source - East African

    Pirates attack ship nearly 200 miles off Somali coast

    THE International Maritime Bureau, based in Kuala Lumpur says that heavily armed pirates are targeting ships not necessarily calling at Somalia and which are reasonably far out at sea at the time.

    In the latest incident reported on Monday (14 May) a general cargo ship was chased by pirates operating from speedboats who used machine gins and grenade launchers to fire on the cargo vessel.

    Although the ship, the IBN YOUNUS managed to make its escape without any injury to the crew, the accommodation section of the vessel was set on fire when a grenade penetrated the structure. The crew was fortunately able to extinguish the fire and the ship manoeuvred and made its escape.

    Ibn Younus was sailing about 180 n.miles off the coast at the time en route from Durban, where she is a regular caller, to Jebel Ali and. The attack took place in broad daylight in the mid-afternoon.

    Previous attacks off Somalia this year have all occurred close to the coastline, usually within 10 or 12 miles but in 2005 and 2006 before the Union of Islamic Courts took control of the country for a six month period (when a semblance of law and order was established) a number of documented attacks took place up to 200 miles from the coast.

    The IMB has urged the interim government to take action against the latest outbreak of piracy off Somalia, and advises all ships to maintain anti-piracy watches and report all piratical attacks and suspicious movements of craft to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Pic of the day – SAFMARINE NAMIBE

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    The last of the famous SD14 vessels still gainfully employed on Safmarine's service to West African ports, SAFMARINE NAMIBE sailed from Durban late in the afternoon of 11 May 2007. Of interest is the number of motor vehicles stowed on top of the containers. Her SD14 running mates on this service have all been replaced by more suitable vessels.
    Photograph copyright SHIPHOTO INTERNATIONAL (Email: shack@iafrica.com)

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