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Sep 26, 2007
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  • South African port statistics for August

  • US and SA Navies in joint exercise this week

  • Africa must grow its manufacturing sector

  • W Cape premier lauds boat-builder

  • End of the line for DURBAN STAR III

  • Pic of the day – ALBERTA

    South African port statistics for August

    Volumes of cargo handled at South African ports experienced a marked decrease during the month of August compared with July. Only Port Elizabeth, which managed a small increase, and the smaller ports of East London and Mossel Bay showed any increase by tonnes. Total cargo handled at all ports dropped from 22 million tonnes in July to a little more than 17mt in August, a 5 million tonne reduction or almost 23 percent decrease. Most of this reduction in volume was from bulk and breakbulk cargoes.

    Figures quoted in this report have been adjusted to include container volumes as these are no longer measured by weight by Transnet National Ports Authority. This adjustment is based on a conservative estimated average weight of 13.5 tonnes for each TEU.

    The respective ports handled the following:

    Cargo handled by tonnes

    Richards Bay              6.030 million tonnes (July 8.475Mt)
    Durban                      5.899 Mt (July 7.555)
    Saldanha Bay             2.755 Mt (July 3.553)
    Cape Town                1.190 Mt (July 1.228)
    Port Elizabeth             0.992 Mt (July 0.973)
    Mossel Bay                0.176 Mt (July 0.133)
    East London               0.229 Mt (July 0.127)

    Total cargo by tonnes 17.271 million tonnes (July 22.044 Mt)

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

    Durban                      202,134 TEU (July 203,714)
    Cape Town                  65,368 (July 66,602)
    Port Elizabeth               35,733 (July 41,134)
    East London                  5,327 (July 2,235)
    Richards Bay                    258 (July 398)

    Total handled 308,820 TEU (July 314,083)

    Ship Calls

    Durban:                 429 vessels 9.453m gt (368 vessels 7.847m gt)
    Cape Town:           255 vessels 3.851m gt (278 vessels 4.449m gt)
    Port Elizabeth:        112 vessels 2.885m gt (93 vessels 2.635m gt)
    Richards Bay:         140 vessels 4.641m gt (137 vessels 4.784m gt)
    Saldanha:               42 vessels 2,316m gt (42 vessels 2,395m gt)
    East London:           26 vessels 0.758m gt (23 vessels 0.695m gt)
    Mossel Bay:           167 vessels 0.271m gt (141 vessels 0.225m gt)

    - source TNPA plus adjustments by Ports & Ships to include container weights

    US and SA Navies in joint exercise this week

    USS Forrest Sherman at Durban’s Point yesterday. Picture Terry Hutson

    The US destroyer USS FORREST SHERMAN (DDG98) arrived in Durban yesterday morning on the South African section of the ship’s journey of circumnavigating Africa in a clockwise direction - down the east coast of the continent and returning to the Mediterranean via West Africa.

    The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, which is the latest ship to be deployed by the US Navy, is under the command of Commander Dean Vesely and carries a crew of 315 officers and enlisted ‘men’ (including a number of women serving on board the ship). Together with the Ticonderoga class cruiser USS NORMANDY, the ship forms the newly established Southeast Africa Task Group, which has the goal of building strong partnerships with southeast African nations and promoting maritime safety and security initiatives.

    USS Forrest Sherman will sail from Durban this morning together with the South African Navy frigate SAS AMATOLA, which arrived in port at the weekend. At sea the two ships will link up with one of the South African Navy submarines and will participate in joint exercises en route to Cape Town.

    Also taking part in the exercise are several aircraft, including a US P3 ‘Orion’ and a SAAF C47 reconnaissance aircraft, as well as the two helicopters carried by the USS Forrest Sherman.

    The US and South African surface ships will be exchanging six crew members for the at-sea part of the exercise.

    The Commodore of the Southeast Africa Task Group 6.5, Captain Nicholas H Holman said at a reception on board the American vessel last night that it was hoped that further visits to the region would follow from next year.

    In addition to his command of Southeast Africa Task Group 60.5, Capt Holman is also Commander, Task Force 63/Commander, Sealift Logistics Command Europe, based in Italy. Sealift Logistics Command Europe is responsible for the pre-positioning and supply ships that have become regular callers at South African ports in recent years.

    From Cape Town the US ship will depart for West Africa where it is thought that further exercises in the Gulf of Guinea region are likely. In the past year the US military has embarked on training exercises with several West African countries in the region with the aim at bolstering regional security.

    Africa must grow its manufacturing sector

    by Michael Appel (BuaNews)

    Midrand (South Africa), 25 September - While Africa is blessed with an abundance of mineral resources and raw materials, the continent contributes less than 1 percent to global manufacturing figures.

    At a press briefing in Midrand on Tuesday, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Director-General Dr Kandeh Yumkella told journalists that in order for Africa to effectively tackle entrenched poverty and job scarcity, the continent needed to industrialise itself.

    The DG was speaking at a press briefing in the midst of the 1st Extraordinary Session of AU Conference of Ministers of Industry (CAMI).

    The conference brings together African Minister of Industry, senior industry officials, Regional Economic Communities (REC's), partner organisations, and AU and UNIDO officials.

    Dr Yumkella highlighted that some African economies are growing at between 3 and 5 percent as a result of the current global commodity boom.

    "One of the questions African countries should be asking themselves is how do we use the returns from this commodity boom to diversify our economies?

    "If we are going to deal with the issue of unemployment we must diversify our economies," he said.

    Africa is currently treating commodities such as oil and gas in the same way it treated other produce such as cocoa decades back he said.

    "We are not looking at downstream results such as what will our energy needs be in 10 or 20 years, and how will we be able to power the continent which is expected to grow to 1.5 billion in the coming years," noted Dr Yumkella.

    Part of the problem, he said, was Africa's inability to date to convert its abundant raw materials into finished products.

    Africa needs to urgently enhance its efforts to add value to its raw materials in order to enhance competitiveness in the global economy, he said.

    Critical to the success of creating a solid and tangible framework that will provide end results is a strong political will amongst African countries.

    In preparation of the summit currently underway, several studies entrusted to different African consultants and Expert Group Meetings organized jointly by the AU and UNIDO, concluded that the industrial development strategy of Africa should be based on the processing of its key natural resources.

    The strategy would need to focus on shifting the continent from resource-based economies towards manufacturing-based economies through the industrial transformation of these natural resources in order to benefit from rapid economic growth and development.

    The AU conference will focus on getting African Ministers of Industry and partner organisations to collectively contribute to the creation of a Comprehensive Action Plan that will lead to Africa industrial development.

    W Cape premier lauds boat-builder

    Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool last week praised Cape Town-based catamaran builder Robertson and Caine for creating 700 new jobs with a new boat-yard in Atlantis on the Cape West Coast.

    With the addition of the new boatyard in Atlantis Robertson & Caine will multiply its current Woodstock-based output by five. The company, which claims to be the number one seller of catamarans in the USA, will shortly celebrate its 500th Leopard Catamaran.

    The expansion into the economically depressed Atlantis area will contribute significantly to Atlantis job creation and the provincial economy. Premier Rasool said the company’s expansion plans were an example of how South Africa could compete with mass manufacture in China.

    “Robertson and Caine is not only one of the world leaders in boat-building but this company is leading from the front in our quest to showcase South African skills in a highly competitive global market,” he said.

    With the growth in demand for their high-quality product, Robertson and Caine’s plans for a new boatyard in Atlantis, creating 700 new jobs, also marked a vote of confidence in South Africa.

    The company, already the world’s third-largest Cat maker, has been awarded the highest industry accolades for its designs. In 2005, the Leopard 40 catamaran was named Best Overall Export Boat in the United States, and in the same year, it was named Boat of the Year at a US boat show.

    source – Cape Business News

    End of the line for Durban Star III

    According to AXS-Alphaliner News, one of the most regular ships calling on the Red Sea - East African – South African relay service between Djibouti and Durban is to be replaced.

    The 776-TEU DURBAN STAR III is to be replaced by the 1,128-TEU JASPER S, one of the CV 1100 type designs coming from the Jinling Shipyard. Durban Star III has been on the service since taking over from Durban Star II in October 1999.

    JASPER S is owned by Germany’s Heinrich Scheepers. The ship will go on charter to Gold Star Line (GSL) for assignment on the Zim-GSL Djibouti – East African and South Africa relay service, providing a three ship fleet of identical 1,100-TEU vessels.

    With the advent of Jasper S there are now a total of 62 CV 1100 vessels in service.

    source – AXS-Alphaliner & P&S

    Pic of the day – ALBERTA

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    China Shipping’s container vessel ALBERTA departing Durban in January, 2003. Picture Terry Hutson

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