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Jun 20, 2007
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  • MOL SPRINGBOK delayed by engine trouble

  • Mombasa port levies surcharge on overstays

  • Look east, WEF tells Africa

  • ITF calls for complete rethink on seafarers’ welfare

  • Richards Bay port fire extinguished

  • Pic of the day – SUDAKSHA

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    MOL SPRINGBOK delayed by engine trouble

    Mitsui OSK Line South Africa (MOL) advises that the container vessel MOL SPRINGBOK on voyage 704B has suffered engine problems en route to Europe.

    “This has unfortunately caused a delay in schedule and she is expected to undergo repairs in Lisbon. In order to regain the time lost and ensure that her cargo is delivered promptly, the following changes have been made to her schedule:

  • All Bremerhaven (Import) cargo will be discharged in Antwerp. This cargo will be loaded onto the DAL East London 705A for Bremerhaven discharge

  • The Bremerhaven (Export) cargo will be loaded onto the Lars Maersk 706A or DAL East London 705A

  • All Lisbon cargo will be loaded onto the DAL East London 705A

  • Antwerp Export cargo will be transferred from the DAL East London 704A to the MOL Springbok 705A

    The ship will be omitting the Port of East London, voyage 705A/B.”

    MOL Springbok is deployed on the South Africa - Europe (SAECS) Intermediate Service. The updated schedule for MOL Springbok is as follows:

    Port Arrival at berth Departure

    CPT 06/06/2007
    LIS 24/06/2007 25/06/2007
    ANR 27/06/2007 28/06/2007
    THP 29/06/2007 29/06/2007
    LEH 30/06/2007 30/06/2007
    CPT 14/07/2007

    source – MOL

    Mombasa port levies surcharge on overstays

    A surcharge of $ 100 will be levied on any containers at the port of Mombasa which overstay their welcome in the terminal.

    That’s the latest get-tough action from the Kenya Port Authority, fed up with the number of importers who use the port as a storage facility resulting in congestion and delays to shipping and other clients.

    According to KPA managing director Abdalla Mwaruwa any container remaining in the port for more than 21 days (15 days period of grace to collect and 7 days to clear through Customs) will be levied a $100 surcharge per 20ft container and $120 for a 40ft box.

    The unwelcome boxes will be stored at two Mombasa freight stations.

    The notice sent to clients reads: “This is to notify all shipping lines, importers and clearing agents that with effect from June 15, 2007, all local and transit containers that have overstayed at the port will be transferred to the appointed container freight stations (CFSs) at the owners' cost.”

    The port of Mombasa has experienced considerable congestion this year due to increased volumes of containers arriving at the port and partly because of ships diverting from the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam, where congestion is also being experienced. Other reasons include delays with clearing the cargo and poor transport infrastructure between the port and inland destinations.

    Two licensed container depots were recently commissioned in Mombasa in an effort to help alleviate the build up of boxes arriving at the port.

    Look east, WEF tells Africa

    Cape Town, 19 June (BuaNews) - Africa should nurture its relationship with Asia, particularly China and India, and optimise the benefits of doing so while also managing the challenges of these new cultural and economic ties.

    This was concluded last week during a debate at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa Summit over the role of the two Asian countries in boosting the continent's growth.

    Many felt that China and India had a significant impact on Africa's economic landscape and the question whether the continent benefited or would be disadvantaged ultimately rested on how the continent responded to them.

    Last year more than 800 Chinese companies invested in Africa with trade between the two growing to $55.5 billion.

    South African Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa said although there had been many challenges in the early days of the relationship, investments from India and China had created new capital and new job opportunities for the people.

    "The fact that there were some negative impacts doesn't take away from the investment made in new capacity in Africa and the new opportunities created," he said, adding that calls by some sections to bar China and India from doing business on the continent were uncalled for.

    In Zimbabwe, China was fast becoming the largest investor and trading partner with investments in mining, agriculture, manufacturing and construction sectors.

    However, the Asian country has been criticised for bringing in cheap quality products that have affected business for local firms.

    In Africa as a whole, China has in some cases been accused of exploiting resources to its advantage with only cosmetic benefits accruing to the continent.

    Indian Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Minister Kapil Sibal said the key question was not about how his country and China were trading with Africa but how the continent could empower itself through bilateral arrangements.

    Globally, each country has its own challenges, which it has to find ways to deal with.

    In the case of Africa, it was the role of China and India to create mechanisms to help the continent empower itself.

    He said some years ago India had been reluctant to open its market to Chinese goods and when it eventually did, the flow of Chinese products became a "tsunami".

    However, after some time, it became apparent that the better quality goods in India had a competitive edge over some of the Chinese products, which did not compete directly with those that were being imported from China.

    "You can't say no to trade but you must be sensitive of each other's needs and find your unique strengths while the tsunamis last," said Mr Sibal.

    World Economic Forum co-chair and executive chairman of Mvelaphanda Holdings Tokyo Sexwale said business would benefits strategically from political and economic relations and other forms of co-operation evolving with the India and China.

    Critics of the relationship were "located within our traditional partners in the West".

    However, he challenged the two Asian countries to desist from practices of the continent's traditional partners who were accused of colonisation, paternalism and financial imperialism.

    ITF calls for complete rethink on seafarers’ welfare

    London, 19 June 2007 - The maritime welfare community is facing a sea change in its operations as it adapts to meet the demands of a changing shipping industry, a report by SIRC (Seafarers’ International Research Centre) and commissioned by the International Transport Federation (ITF) Seafarers’ Trust, says.

    Entitled Port Based Welfare Services for Seafarers, the report can be downloaded at www.itfglobal.org/seafarers-trust/welfarerpt.cfm

    Launched this week, it represents a year long research project which surveyed seafarers and ship operators worldwide to discover what they need from the Seafarers’ Trust and other concerned organisations. Their answers indicate that, despite the unstinting and at times even heroic efforts of maritime welfare agencies, the services being provided are no longer meeting the needs of those at sea in the way they have in the past.

    The research is based on 4,000 responses to a survey designed to mirror the sizes of the world fleet nationalities and ranks. It used a mix of focus groups, interviews and questionnaires to achieve an understanding of what, in particular, seafarers who weren’t using shore-based welfare facilities wanted.

    It found that the port-based facilities that have been so painstakingly built up to help seafarers are now often being bypassed as a result of the degradation of social life at sea in the last decade. Seafarers may now work a whole contract term without ever seeing a welfare worker, simply because port calls do not allow them the time to visit onshore facilities. It also pointed to a near complete absence in facilities offered by companies, many of whom have tended to rely on the agencies to look after the social needs of their employees.

    Once again, ship to shore communications emerged as one of the most mentioned concerns, with the majority of ratings still not allowed to use email when at sea - despite its existence on most vessels. The responses suggested that its exclusion was often an arbitrary decision made by the captain, and that access to email for all onboard would be one of the most significant changes that could be made to improve seafarers’ lives.

    Tom Holmer, Secretary of the ITF’s Seafarers’ Trust, commented: “Dramatic though these results are, they will not come as a complete surprise to ourselves and our friends in the maritime welfare community, who are already planning ahead to meet this change. We have all suspected for some time that despite the magnificent efforts the agencies have made for so long, the services are no longer always getting through. The loss of shore leave, more than anything else, has brought us to a world where the accommodation and services offered in seafarers’ centres must now be supplemented by a raft of new types of support.”

    He continued: “We commissioned this research to better guide how we can support seafarers’ welfare over the next decade, and it has highlighted the need for change. We will launch it today to a gathering of our colleagues and friends from the world’s seafarers’ welfare agencies, and I believe it will form a useful reference point for the discussions about where, together, we all go from here.”

    Richards Bay port fire extinguished

    An underground fire caused considerable damage to a product storage facility at the port of Richards Bay at the weekend, reports the Zululand Observer.

    The fire was made worse by sprinkler systems and extraction fans that did not activate, resulting in severe structural damage. Fire fighters had to don breathing apparatus in their effort to extinguish the blaze, which took them about two hours.

    Two municipal fire trucks responded to the alarm and were joined by the port’s own fire engine and teams from the Hillside and Foskor plants in Richards Bay

    The cause of the fire is thought to be an overheated bearing on a conveyor belt roller, says the paper.

    Pic of the day – SUDAKSHA

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    An interesting caller at the port of Durban on 6 June 2007 was the Indian flagged anchor handling tug/supply vessel SUDAKSHA. Presumably she is on her delivery voyage for her new owners, Varun Shipping Co Ltd, as she was only purchased and renamed last month. After spending about six days in port undergoing engine repairs she continued her voyage to Kakinada on the east coast of India. Completed in 2001 by Dalian Shipyard Co, China, for Norwegian owners as BOA QUEEN, she previously flew the flag of the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean Sea. Photograph copyright SHIPHOTO INTERNATIONAL (Email: shack@iafrica.com)

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