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Nov 14, 2007
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  • More criticism for Maputo port

  • Coega aluminium smelter moves ahead

  • NSRI clarifies emergency number

  • Port of Saldanha December closures

  • Ships of death

  • Pic of the day – JOLLY RUBINO

    More criticism for Maputo port

    CFM, Mozambique’s public-owned ports and rail company has a 51 percent share in the consortium heading up Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC), the company which in turn runs the port, but its chairman Rui Fonseca is not averse to criticising the fact that MPDC holds the concession.

    Perhaps it’s a case of CFM wanting absolute control as it had before 2001, but Fonseca says now that it was a mistake for government to agree to lease the port to a single private consortium.

    Quoted in the Maputo newspaper Noticias, Fonseca says the lease was forced on Mozambique by foreign interests, in other words the World Bank. He claims MPDC has not honoured its agreements with CFM and has not paid in full money that is due.

    He said it was not a good idea for a concession to have been awarded to a single consortium that now controls most of the port, including terminals and marine divisions (he doesn’t mention the container terminal which was previously concessioned to P&O Ports and subsequently taken over by DP World Terminals).

    "A concession in which you lease the entire port to a single entity is not a good idea,” he said. “Ports consist of terminals and the leases should be undertaken by terminals. It's then much easier to handle the lease, much easier to identify partners with synergies appropriate to each terminal. Each terminal has a typology and a technology adapted to the cargo that it handles. A coal terminal is a coal terminal, a sugar terminal is a sugar terminal, they're technologically different," he said.

    According to Fonscea MPDC was not honouring its agreements with CFM including the agreed rent and was not following acceptable management models.

    He said the present situation was not conducive to creating jobs and disputed that the tender process used to select MPDC as the port operator was necessarily transparent.

    “Any tender can be manipulated", he said. "It's a fallacy to claim that tenders in themselves guarantee transparency. Transparency is assured by the ethics and professionalism of those who direct the tenders and the partnership processes".

    Fonseca indicated that CFM is also unhappy with the consortium running the port of Nacala in northern Mozambique, headed by US companies Edlows Resources and American Railroad Corporation. The master lease in the case of Nacala includes not only the port and port terminal operations but the railway network extending to the Malawi border as well.

    Conversely, Finseca has nothing but praise for another ‘master lease’ involving the port of Beira, which is controlled by Dutch company Cornelder, which he says is excellently run in line with agreements made with CFM. In addition the port of Beira was declaring dividends each year.

    "For us, the role of companies is to generate full employment, to generate income that produces sustainable wealth, produces dividends, and complies with tax obligations", declared Fonseca.

    Funny, we thought the role of outside enterprises in operating a port was for them to provide the capital and knowledge necessary for turning ports round and converting them into efficient and profitable entities, with benefits for other port stakeholders who in turn make money, produce dividends and fatten government tax coffers. Wasn’t that the motivation behind private enterprise after public enterprise (and we use the word lightly) failed as port operators?

    source - Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo)

    Coega aluminium smelter moves ahead

    The aluminium smelter at Coega is forging ahead and already some R700 million has been spent on the project, according to a report in the Eastern Cape EP Herald.

    The report said about half of the R1.4 Billion set aside for initial stages of the multi billion rand project had been used and employment numbers have increased to 150 as the project moves ahead.

    A full contingent of engineers for the project is expected to arrive in the Eastern Cape in the new year.

    There are some concerns however at the pace at which Eskom is moving on providing electrical power for the smelter but a senior project spokesman said the company was confident that Eskom would shortly reassure Rio Tinto of their ability to deliver.

    Source - EP Herald

    NSRI clarifies emergency number

    The NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute) says it wishes to make it absolutely clear that in a sea rescue emergency callers wishing to report a sea rescue or water related emergency can dial the National Sea Rescue Emergency number 082911.

    “This number 082911 will not change when the National 112 Emergency Number comes into full effect and when this happens callers wishing to report a sea rescue emergency or water related emergency will have the advantage of being able to call either 082911 or 112 to report a sea rescue or water related emergency.

    “At present the 112 emergency number is geared to handle all emergencies, including sea rescue emergencies, but it is anticipated that it may take some time for the 112 Control Rooms to be fully geared for the transition from the current emergency numbers 10111 (police) and 10177 (ambulance) and 107 (Provincial All Emergency Number) to be transferred into the one 112 number.

    “In a sea rescue or water related emergency time often means the difference between life and death and the NSRI require immediate notification of the emergency in order to react to averting a disaster.

    “With the summer holiday season now already upon us we urge callers wishing to report a sea rescue emergency or water related emergency to call our National Sea Rescue Emergency telephone number 082911.

    “The NSRI 082911 Control Room is fully geared to deal with any sea rescue or water related emergency and operators have at their fingertips an advanced computer mapping system that displays our coastline including the official names of areas along the coastline but also local names that are not often displayed on official maps thereby ensuring that the callers location and the exact location of the emergency incident can be easily identifiable and the nearest NSRI base to that emergency can be reacted swiftly.

    When calling 082911 to report a sea rescue emergency (or an emergency on inland waterways) the caller should:

    * State that they are calling in a sea rescue emergency.
    * State their name and a telephone number that they can be contacted on immediately.
    * State their exact address from where they are calling and easily identifiable land-marks in their immediate location.
    * State the exact nature of the emergency.
    * State the exact location (address) of the actual emergency.
    *Wait on the line until the operator confirms all of the information.
    *Stay with the telephone from which they called in the emergency until an NSRI official calls back to get updated information while the NSRI are responding to the scene.”

    Issued by the NSRI

    Port of Saldanha December closures

    The following notice has been received from the Port of Saldanha. Other ports will no doubt begin issuing similar notifications in due course:

    As you are well aware, we are fast approaching the festive season during which operations will be affected due to international public holidays that fall within this period.

    In light of the aforementioned, MPT Saldanha will be operational or closed during the following hours/days:

  • Monday, 24 December 2007 – terminal stops working at 19h00
  • Tuesday, 25 December 2007 – Christmas Day – terminal will be closed
  • Wednesday, 26 December 2007 – terminal reconvenes at 07h00
  • Monday, 31 December 2007 – terminal stop working at 19h00
  • Tuesday, 01 January 2008 – New Year’s Day – terminal will be closed
  • Wednesday, 02 January 2008 – terminal reconvenes at 07h00

    Please be advised that the Administration offices will remain closed on Wednesday, 26 December 2007 and reconvene the day thereafter. Furthermore, the day before Christmas and New Year, administration offices will close at 12h00.

    Ships of death

    Just ahead of a major policy meeting of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), researchers have come up with a startling report that international shipping emissions could be responsible for more than 60,000 cardiopulmonary and cancer related deaths a year.

    The report, issued by the American Chemical Society’s journal ‘Environmental Science and Technology’ says that Southeast Asia, India, and Europe have borne the brunt of the mortality along coastlines and near ports, although models show that inland France also saw high mortality rates due to atmospheric circulation patterns and population density.

    The report indicates relatively high levels of ship-produced pollutants around the Southern African coast, with a peak in the incidents of cardiopulmonary deaths in the Durban and Richards Bay areas.

    It says that without emissions controls, the number of premature deaths worldwide could increase by 40 percent in the next 5 years and that up to 30,000 people in Hong Kong and Asia could die in the next year as a result of ship emissions. Hong Kong received over 191,000 commercial ship calls in 2006 and the report indicates that emissions from these ships entered 3.6 million homes in the city.

    According to Janusz Cofala, who co-led research for the European Commission into sulfate emissions effects in the North Sea (which led to a ban on the use of heavy fuel oil in northern European waters), the US findings are consistent with those in Europe, despite the use of different data sets and models.

    According to US researchers shipping emits between 1.2 and 1.6 million tonnes of particulate matter (PM) each year, between 4.7 and 6.5mt of sulphur oxides and between 5 and 6.9mt of nitrogen oxides each year.

    Their study said that previous research had ignored long-range and hemispheric pollutant transport, concentrating instead on European and Western US coastlines.
    It said that 70 percent of ship emissions occur within 400km of land and that the marine transport sector contributes significantly to air pollution, particularly in the coastal regions.

    Bunker fuel is believed to have almost 2,000 times the sulphur content of the diesel fuel used by trucking.

    The full report can be found here:

    Pic of the day – JOLLY RUBINO

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    The Italian Ro-Ro ship JOLLY RUBINO caught fire shortly after sailing from Durban in 2002 and later ran aground north of Richards Bay, opposite a pristine UNESCO heritage site. All crew were saved from the burning ship in one of the most daring rescues undertaken by helicopter, with the Richards Bay port helicopter hovering above the flaming deck to lift off the seafarers one by one. After running aground the hulk was later prepared as an artificial reef, but as can be seen from this recent photograph taken from a passing yacht, most of the ‘reef’ remains high out of the water. Picture Mike Bennett

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