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Jul 24, 2007
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  • Pirates demand USD1.5 million for Danish ship and crew

  • Signs of what’s to come

  • SAPO announces who will head up Ngqura port terminals

  • APM opens container terminal in Morocco

  • Pic of the day – LAZURNYY

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    Pirates demand USD1.5 million for Danish ship and crew

    Somali pirates who seized a Danish cargo ship, DANICA WHITE a number of weeks ago are demanding a fee of USD1.5 million for the safe return of the crew and ship.

    Danica White was taken on 2 June while sailing more than 200 miles off the Somali coast en route to Mombasa (see related articles in Ports & Ships News Bulletins for 4 June, 5 June and 7 June). An American warship, USS CARTER HALL and a French warship were unable to prevent the attack because the captured ship had moved into Somali waters. Danica White has a crew of five and is now at anchorage off the Somali coast.

    There are four ships currently being held by Somali pirates including Danica White. The other three are two South Korean vessels and a Taiwanese vessel. So far this year 10 ships have been highjacked by Somali pirates, resulting in the promise of action from the United Nations.

    Meanwhile there is no sign of the missing ship REEF AZANIA which disappeared somewhere between Port Rashid, her last port of call on 18 June, and the Seychelles. At one time there were fears that this ship had also been highjacked by pirates but the feeling now is that the ship has probably sunk and the IMB is not treating the disappearance as a case of piracy. The ship, which is registered in St Vincent & Grenadines and was carrying general cargo, has a crew of 14 made up of eight Tanzanians and six Asians. The last contact was on 24 June while the ship was off the Yemeni island of Socatra.

    In still another sea mystery off the Horn of Africa, the South Korean-flagged SEA PRINCE has also disappeared. The 2,426-gt general cargo ship, carrying a cargo of cereal was last seen leaving the port of Berbera in northern Somalia in May.

    A third ship to disappear is the 2891-gt Panamanian-flagged INFINITY MARINE 1 which was last seen northeast of Somalia. Crew on board the general cargo ship, which is owned and managed by Emirates interests, sent off a distress signal on 26 June saying that she was taking water but since then nothing further has been heard. Searchers have reported debris in the vicinity of where the ship was last believed to be.

    Signs of what’s to come

    The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California, the largest and busiest container ports in North America, are already scanning more than 90 percent of all imports for radioactivity, according to the chief of US Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff.

    He revealed this during an inspection tour to see a new type of scanner recently installed at the SSA terminal in Los Angeles. Chertoff said that countering the threat of nuclear terrorism and weapons of mass destruction was the most important priority for the US, and by the end of 2007 virtually all containerised cargo entering the USA will be scanned.

    The new scanner is a spectroscopic portal which distinguishes between natural radiation sources and a dirty bomb.

    Further north in Vancouver, Canada, the Vancouver Port Authority (VPA) says it has introduced the most demanding container truck safety and environmental licensing standards in all of North America.

    The Port Authority’s new Truck Licensing System (TLS) is designed to prevent the use of substandard trucks for hauling containers and is to come into effect on 1 January 2008.

    “With our new TLS version, the Vancouver Port Authority is following through on the promise we made in April 2007 to introduce industry-leading container truck safety and environmental standards,” said VPA vice president Chris Badger. He added that the new standards will improve air quality in the adjacent communities and remove unsafe trucks from Canada’s roads.

    source – Fairplay and Shednet

    SAPO announces who will head up Ngqura port terminals

    The development of a container and a combined breakbulk and bulk terminal at the new port of Ngqura (Coega) in the Eastern Cape, plus the establishment of an automotive channel between Durban and Gauteng, has resulted in a number of new senior appointments within SA Port Operations (SAPO).

    Siya Mhlaluka, the Business Unit Executive at SAPO Port Elizabeth since 2003, has been appointed to oversee the development of the two new terminals at Ngqura. His title is Terminal Development Executive. Mhlaluka was recently elected as President of the Port Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce on which he has served since 2004.

    As first reported in PORTS & SHIPS (6 July http://www.ports.co.za/news/article_2007_07_6_1640.html#two) Bev Masson has been appointed as Automotive Channel Manager for the KZN to Gauteng region.

    For almost ten years Masson headed up the Durban Car Terminal until January this year when she transferred to the City Multi Purpose Terminal (MPT).

    In other appointments Hector Danisa, former business unit executive at the Cape Town MPT and since the beginning of this year holding the same position at the Durban Car Terminal, becomes Business Unit Executive at Port Elizabeth in place of Siya Mhlaluka.

    Taking over from Bev Masson at the City MPT in Durban is Earl Peters, the former Financial Manager and for a period acting Business Unit Executive at the Cape Town MPT and Chief of Operations at the Durban MPT (City Terminal) since 2006.

    Peters has been appointed acting Business Unit Executive at the City Terminal (MPT).

    Lionel Kruger, Chief Operations Manager at the Saldanha Bulk Terminal has been appointed acting Business Unit Executive at Saldanha, and Seleko Mametse is the acting Business Unit Executive at the Richards Bay Dry Bulk Terminal.

    APM opens container terminal in Morocco

    Tangier, Morocco 23 July – APM Terminals Tangier, SA and the Akwa Group, a Casablanca, Morocco- based partner have announced the opening of Morocco’s newest container terminal to serve the global trade in Morocco and the Western Mediterranean market.

    Strategically located on one of the world’s most important shipping arteries, the terminal will offer importers and exporters a new gateway to world markets.

    Over 200 vessels a day pass through the Straits of Gibraltar as they transit on north-south and east-west liner trade routes. Shipping lines will benefit from Tangier’s direct access to the main shipping lane, a deepwater port capable of handling the largest container ships in the world, the newest, most advanced container handling equipment and APM Terminals global best operational practices, says the company in a statement.

    Kim Fejfer, CEO, APM Terminals International, based in The Hague, Netherlands said the new terminal expands APM’s global terminal portfolio in one of the world’s most important shipping lanes. “Our vision is to offer our customers more options and solutions in the Straits of Gibraltar giving them a competitive edge in world markets,” he said.

    And according to Martin Poulsen, APM Terminals Europe Region Vice President, Morocco’s proximity to Europe’s 400 million consumer market will create a new gateway to trade.

    “We have worked closely with the Government of Morocco through the Tangier Mediterranean Special Agency (TMSA) - established in order to secure interest from the world’s leading operators and fast track Tangier-Med’s overall project timeline - and with our partner, the Akwa Group to build and deliver on time this new container terminal, said Etienne Rocher, Managing Director, APM Terminals Tangier.

    “We are creating new jobs and opportunities, bringing in foreign investment and starting a new chapter in the West Mediterranean market.” Three hundred jobs have already been created and 700 are expected to be created by the end of 2007, with 98 percent of all jobs expected to be held by Moroccan nationals. The port project is tied to the largest ever infrastructure project in Morocco that includes new highways, railway lines and other infrastructures.

    Pic of the day – LAZURNYY

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    CI>Fishing vessel LAZURNYY which is on charter to Erongo Marine Enterprises to catch horse mackerel in Namibia. The ship is owned by a company named Westrybflot and flies the Russian flag. The 4407-gt (1904-DWT) Lazurnyy has a length of 104m and a beam of 16m, with two refrigerated holds for freezing catches. The ship is named for a small town in southern Russia in close proximity to the Black Sea. Picture by Darryl Swart

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