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Jan 16, 2008
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  • East London plans small port expansion this year

  • Traffic starts to clear at Mombasa

  • Illegal Nacala cargo is abandoned

  • Shipping line news – Hamburg Süd and Maersk carry on after NYK goes it alone

  • Container shipping information service introduced 

  • Pic of the day – MONTE ROSA


    East London plans small port expansion this year

    The Port of East London is looking towards further expansion this year despite a ‘diminishing economic base’, says port manager Jacqueline Brown. Speaking to the local newspaper Daily Dispatch yesterday she said that Transnet National Ports Authority aims at attracting new customers while improving service delivery.

    Funding to increase the depth alongside the port’s car terminal from 9m to 10.5m had been approved, said Brown adding that the project would shortly get underway.

    In the meantime Transnet Port Terminals was exploring the building of relationships with key economic centres in South Africa and would examine how to best access these markets in a cost effective way. She acknowledged that one of the challenges facing East London was the distance between the port and major economic centres of the country.

    Brown said the port was acting at 60 percent of its capacity.

    During the calendar year for 2007 the Port of East London handled a total of 2.4 million tonnes of cargo (2.023mt in 2006 and 2.314mt in 2005). In the recent year just past East London’s container terminal handled 41,986 TEUs and the port had 307 ship calls with an aggregate of 8.435 million gross tonnes.

    Traffic starts to clear at Mombasa

    Cargo at the port of Mombasa is beginning to move out in increasing volumes following urgent appeals by port officials. The backlog followed several weeks of internal strife in Kenya during which little cargo was moved from the port, resulting in an accumulation of cargo at the terminals with container ships being delayed outside port.

    According to media reports Kenya Ports Authority has been successful in arranging for government support with armed police escorts for cargo being cleared to various destinations. The reports said major highways had been cleared to facilitate the movement of people and freight.

    "We want to reassure not only the country, but the whole region that activity at the port is back to normal and cargo clearance has been hastened. Business is back to normal," read a statement issued by the KPA.

    The drama in Kenya had overspilled into neighbouring countries by way of movement of cargo between landlocked members of the East African community and the port of Mombasa coming to a standstill.

    According to some reports a section of the railway operated by Rift Valley Railway had been damaged but has subsequently been repaired and trains are again running, with 18 trains having moved between Mombasa and Nairobi and carrying substantial amounts of containers and other cargo.

    Illegal Nacala cargo is abandoned

    Over 500 containers loaded with logs which were intended for China have been abandoned at the port of Nacala after authorities intercepted the consignment last year.
    See our related story Chinese importers fined for illegal timber CLICK HERE

    After the containers, loaded with illegally cut logs from northern Mozambique, had been intercepted and impounded at Nacala, a Mozambique court imposed a hefty fine of over half a million US dollars (13.5 million meticais) on the eight Chinese importers. It was further decreed that after the fine had been paid the logs would have to be semi-processed in Mozambique, ie cut into timber planks at local sawmills before being released for export.

    However it appears the legal owners have taken another and cheaper course of abandoning the cargo, much to the annoyance of the company operating the port and corridor railway, Northern Development Corridor (CDN) which has the containers stored within the port.

    Storage fees already exceed US$300,000 with little chance that the original importers will now take possession of the cargo.

    The Maputo-based newspaper Noticias notes that the Chinese importers have also accumulated large debts to shipping lines for the cost of hiring the containers and other expenses, again with little chance of this being paid.

    source – Noticias

    Shipping line news – Hamburg Süd and Maersk carry on after NYK goes it alone

    Hamburg, 14 January 2008 - Hamburg Süd and Maersk Line have advised they will continue the joint service co-operation in the Asia to South Africa – South America East Coast Service (ASAS/NGX) as from April 2008.

    This follows the withdrawal from the service of Japanese partner NYK - see our related story NYK and Hyundai bring on new joint Asia – South Africa East Coast South America service CLICK HERE

    The new joint Hamburg Süd/Maersk Line service will in future be carried out by ten new buildings of the Monte Class each with a nominal capacity of 5,500 TEU which are specifically designed to operate in the Latin American trades.

    The service pattern will be as follows: Nagoya – Yokohama – Pusan – Shanghai – Hong Kong – Singapore – Tanjun Pelapas – Durban – Sepetiba – Santos – Buenos Aires – Rio Grande – Itajai/Sao Francisco do Sul – Paranagua – Santos – Port Elizabeth – Durban – Singapore – Hong Kong – Nagoya.

    Other ports in Asia and South America East Coast will be covered in transhipment by either dedicated feeder services or connecting to the lines' existing service networks which will guarantee the most comprehensive trade coverage as well as competitive transit-times in all trade segments.

    The new vessels will be phased in over a period of eight months during which the two lines will complement the service with a sufficient number of additional smaller vessels to ensure providing the trade with the required weekly frequency and capacity without interruption.

    Container shipping information service introduced

    London – A Container Shipping Information Service has been launched to assist people worldwide in understanding how the humble container ‘box’ helps them to enjoy the lives they lead in today’s world.

    In a media release the organisation formed to provide the information service said, “Unsurprisingly, the majority of people do not give the world of container shipping a second thought. Yet, without it, many aspects of modern life would not exist in the way we know it. Container shipping is responsible for making available and affordable many of the everyday products and foods that people worldwide take for granted, from computers to clothing, bananas to beer and TV’s to trainers.”

    The Container Shipping Information Service has been formed by 24 of the world’s leading container shipping companies to provide information to the public, businesses and the media on this hitherto relatively unknown industry. It also plans to openly address some common areas of general concern and talk about its role in addressing them – in particular, the environment, globalisation and security.

    A first step is the creation of a public website that is also launched today. The website www.shipsandboxes.com is designed to appeal to a broad audience, featuring useful information such a ‘Did You Know’ section and a ‘Jargon Buster’, as well as covering topical issues.

    The following 24 container shipping companies comprise CSIS:

    Atlantic Container Line AB; China Shipping (Group) Company; CMA-CGM Group; COSCO; Crowley Maritime Corporation; CSAV (Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores S.A.); Evergreen Marine Corp; Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrtsgesellschaft KG; Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd.; Hapag-Lloyd AG; Hyundai Merchant Marine Co; Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha; Maersk Line; Malaysia International Shipping Corporation (MISC); Mediterranean Shipping Co. S.A. (MSC); Mitsui O.S.K. Lines; Neptune Orient Lines Ltd/APL; Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK); Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd (OOCL); Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd; United Arab Shipping Co (SAG); Wan Hai Lines Ltd; Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp; Zim Integrated Shipping Service Ltd.

    Pic of the day – MONTE ROSA

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    Hamburg Süd’’s MONTE ROSA (69,132-gt, built 2005) on the occasion of her maiden call in South Africa in 2005. These impressive ‘Monte’ class ships are set to become more regular callers in Durban in the future – see article above. Picture Terry Hutson

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