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Jan 11, 2008
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  • South African port statistics for December

  • Revamps ahead for shipping lines’ West and East Africa services

  • Nigerian port official says ports are under utilised

  • Port Elizabeth to double its reefer points

  • Durban introduces plan to manage marine ecosystem after fish die in harbour

  • Pic of the day – HALIS KALKAVAN


    South African port statistics for December

    Cargo figures for December and the calendar year 2007 were released by Transnet National Ports Authority yesterday and the adjusted figures for December are listed below.

    The adjustments made to the Transnet report involve a calculation on containers by weight, to provide an overall tonnage figure for cargo handled at each port (Transnet records all cargo in tonnes with the exception of containers which is measured in terms of TEUs only).

    Ports & Ships uses an average weight of 13.5 tonnes per TEU for its calculation, which is slightly below the internationally accepted estimate of average container weights.

    The calendar figures for the year 2007 will appear in our following News Bulletin next Monday, 14 January.

    The respective ports handled the following:

    Cargo handled by tonnes

    Richards Bay                      6.794 million tonnes (Nov 7.876Mt)
    Durban                              6.470 Mt (Nov 5.995)
    Saldanha Bay                     3.220 Mt (Nov 5.869)
    Cape Town                        1.006 Mt (Nov 1.085)
    Port Elizabeth                     1.076 Mt (Nov 0.938)
    Mossel Bay                        0.066 Mt (Nov 0.130)
    East London                       0.224 Mt (Nov 0.263)

    Total monthly cargo by tonnes 18.858 million tonnes (Nov 22.156 Mt)

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

    Durban                             200,287 TEU (Nov 224,835)
    Cape Town                         55 515 (Nov 54,867)
    Port Elizabeth                      30,971 (Nov 33,746)
    East London                         3,082 (Nov 6,369)
    Richards Bay                          246 (Nov 208)

    Total handled 290,101 TEU (Nov 320,025)

    Ship Calls

    Durban:             385 vessels 8.931m gt (Nov 361 vessels 8.922m gt)
    Cape Town:        206 vessels 3.783m gt (Nov 211 vessels 3.809m gt)
    Port Elizabeth:    101 vessels 2.261m gt (Nov 114 vessels 2.711m gt)
    Richards Bay:      147 vessels 5.429m gt (Nov 144 vessels 5.423m gt)
    Saldanha:            37 vessels 2,265m gt (Nov 41 vessels 2,492m gt)
    East London:        30 vessels 0.680m gt (Nov 26 vessels 0.744m gt)
    Mossel Bay:          79 vessels 0.194m gt (Nov 75 vessels 0.241m gt)

    - source NPA, with adjustments made by Ports & Ships to include container weights

    Revamps ahead for shipping lines’ West and East Africa services

    In an adjustment to its Far East – West Africa 2 service (FEW2) Maersk Line will begin direct weekly calls at Abidjan in the Ivory Coast starting on 28 January.

    The FEW2 service is one of two direct Maersk services linking the Far East and West Africa and the new rotations of both are as follows:


    Current rotation: Nansha (Pearl River Delta, China), Hong Kong, Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia), Walvis Bay (Namibia), Tema (Ghana), Apapa (Nigeria), and Pointe Noire (Congo).
    Future rotation: Nansha (Pearl River Delta, China), Hong Kong, Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia), Lome (Togo), Tema (Ghana), Cotonou (Benin), Apapa (Nigeria), and Pointe Noire (Congo)
    First vessel on the new FEW1 rotation will be SANTA ALEXANDRA, westbound voyage 0803, calling Nansha on 23 January 2008.


    Current rotation: Port Klang (Malaysia), Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia) Lome (Togo), Cotonou (Benin), and Apapa (Nigeria)
    Future rotation: Port Kelang (Malaysia), Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia), Walvis Bay (Namibia), Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire), Apapa (Nigeria), Walvis Bay (Namibia).

    First vessel on the new FEW2 rotation will be MAERSK INVERNESS, westbound voyage 0801, calling Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia) on 28 January 2008 and Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) on 20 February 2008.


    In other line news Zim has announced an upgrade of its East Africa service. With effect this month (January) the Zim EAS service will operate three ships on a 10-day frequency.

    The route is to be Durban – Mombasa – Djibouti – Mombasa – Durban with a round trip lasting approximately 30 days.

    The Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam will be served via Durban through a feeder vessel, the X-PRESS KILIMANJARO which will also call at Nacala and Beira for cargo to or from Mozambique. Feeder transit time between Durban and Dar es Salaam is three days, with a frequency of 15 days using the following rotation: Durban – Dar es Salaam – Nacala/Beira – Durban.

    The port of Djibouti functions as a relay hub for cargoes from Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean and the Americas by connecting to Zim’s network through the Far East Mediterranean Express service (FMX).

    Zim said in a statement that the changes are designed partly to ensure reliability in a situation of frequent port congestion.

    Nigerian port official says ports are under utilised

    Nigerian Ports Authority managing director Mallam Abdulsallah Mohammed says that despite having some of the greatest potential, Nigeria’s ports are under performing and underutilised.

    Mohammed said this while on a familiarisation visit to Port Harcourt for his new management team.

    “We have seen that the ports in Nigeria are not maximising their advantages,” he said. “By comparison to some other ports in West Africa those in Nigeria are lagging far behind.”

    He said this was despite having a comparative advantage in other respects. “No other country in West or Central Africa has as large a population and no other country in West or Central Africa has a similar-sized economy. No other country in the sub-region has our resources and the added advantage of being centrally located – we have the advantage of geography.”

    "But unfortunately, the ports are not being utilised to achieve their foremost potentials. What is wrong? We have the desire to meet the old reform initiative of the federal government to transform our ports into a major hub of the economic activities in West and Central Africa and I believe that is a realistic and achievable task. We have started making progress in that direction.”

    He urged NPA staff and management to adopt a change of attitude.

    source – This Day

    Port Elizabeth to double its reefer points

    Refrigerated, or reefer cargo is expected to flow more efficiently through the Port Elizabeth container terminal as 400 brand new reefer plug points are added by Transnet Port Terminals early this year. The additional points will be ready in March 2008 in time and ahead of the citrus season and will bring the number of reefer plug points to 810.

    Reefer plug points ensure that containers carrying perishable cargo like fruit, meat and poultry can remain connected to an electricity supply throughout the terminal handling process.

    The R16 million investment is the highest investment ever on reefer plug points at Port Elizabeth’s Container terminal and is an indication of Transnet Port Terminal’s commitment in meeting customer needs, a terminal spokesman said yesterday. Last year 72 plug points were added followed by this year’s significant investment. The outlay covers the electrical and civil infra-structure which included three mini sub-stations.

    The Port Elizabeth terminal has realised a 15 percent increase in reefer traffic as compared to the same period last year. The increase has been attributed to the growing market demand to containerise perishable cargo.

    “We are delighted that we could contribute towards the economic growth of the country,” says Hector Danisa, Business Unit Executive, Transnet Port Terminals.

    “With the increased capacity we will be better placed to attract more reefer cargo through the terminal and hopefully improve the service offered to our customers. This investment shows our commitment to in servicing our clients,” he added.

    Durban introduces plan to manage marine ecosystem after fish die in harbour

    Durban, 10 January (BuaNews) - An integrated harbour water quality management plan has been proposed to manage the sensitive marine ecosystem in Durban Bay in a sustainable manner.

    The municipality's City Manager Dr Michael Sutcliffe has proposed the notion in response to the recent "fish kill" incident in the Durban harbour.

    According to Durban media reports hundreds of dead fish were found in Durban Harbour, on Sunday, for the second time in a month.

    The reports claimed that there was foam in the water and suggested that detergents had been used to disperse oil pollution in the harbour.

    Sutcliffe indicated that there are a number of potential factors which could have led to the incident, including waste management practices within the port and in the catchment draining into the port (two river systems drain into Durban Bay – P&S).

    "The recent spate of rains could have contributed a greater organic load into this system and the fact that there could be industrial effluent discharges being illegally connected into the storm water system," said Dr Sutcliffe.

    eThekwini (Durban) Water and Sanitation Deputy Head, Frank Stevens said the assertion that raw sewage spilled into the Umhlatuzana River was investigated.

    Stevens reported that prior to the incident, there had been a sewage overflow into the Umhlatuzana River catchment due to a partial pipe blockage.

    However, he noted that chemical oxygen demand measurement taken downstream of the spill proved that the levels were well below those which would be harmful to fish.

    "The blockage was attended to as soon as it was brought to the notice of our operations staff.

    "As much as the media would have liked the exact source that contributed to the fish kill pinpointed, our investigations to date shows there is no unique association. The investigations are ongoing," said Stevens.

    He said the team that has been working on the incident has gone beyond normalising the situation to the point where attention will now be focused on how they work towards preventing further fish kills. This will be achieved by the implementation of an estuary management plan.

    He said the general view was that there were a multiplicity of interacting factors that led to the state of de-oxygenation in the harbour estuarine water quality that caused the fish kill.

    "There is no organisation or source that could be solely held responsible, this type of fish kill is known to have occurred in other parts of the world due to processes of urbanisation and development.

    "There could be a combination of naturally and anthropogenically induced factors, we need to develop a better understanding of this sensitive ecosystem," said Stevens.

    He added that a vigorous system of monitoring, surveillance and reporting and an early warning system was required to prevent such fish kill in the future.

    "Regular monitoring will also give us a better understanding of how the complex harbour and land-use systems interact and what are effective means of intervention.

    "All of this will be incorporated into an integrated estuary management plan,' he said.

    The key institutional and technical elements of the Estuary Water Quality Management Plan will include an assessment of all inputs in to the bay, the development of monitoring and measuring protocols and reporting thereof, the development of emergency preparedness plans and regular communication to the media and the multi-stakeholder forum.

    The plan will also entail institutional, technical and social elements.

    Pic of the day – HALIS KALKAVAN

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    The Turkish bulker HALIS KALKAVAN (22,629-gt) moves down the Esplanade channel towards her allotted berth at Maydon Wharf to discharge wheat shortly before Christmas 2007. For a 24-year old bulk ship her arrival in Durban certainly gave the impression of a smart and well-cared for ship. Picture Terry Hutson

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