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Jan 17, 2008
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  • Dar es Salaam gears up for growth

  • Nigerian unrest halts some shipping activity

  • Merger of Hapag-Lloyd and TUI on the cards

  • Work advances on Cameroon shipyard

  • Cape Town’s R4.2 Billion port upgrade begins

  • Pic of the day – SCAN HANSA


    Dar es Salaam gears up for growth

    The port of Dar es Salaam is on course to achieve a revenue of US$158 million during the current financial year, says director general of the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), Ephraim Mgawe.

    Speaking to the East African Business Week Mgawe said the port had collected $70m for the period between July and November 2007 – the first five months of the current financial year, which gave him confidence that the annual target would be reached. He said that part of the port’s strategy was to increase the TPA’s market share in the East African and Central African region.

    Monthly revenue now averaged between $12m and $15 m but these figures were dependent on a continued stabilisation of neighbouring countries which has resulted in increased economic activities and in turn increased cargo for Tanzanian ports.

    The port of Dar es Salaam serves not only Tanzania but also its landlocked neighbours Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia and the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

    TPA’s stakeholders include the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), Tanzania Railways Ltd (TRL) and the Tanzania Bus Owners Association each of which play an important role in the delivery of cargo to and from the port.

    Mgawe said that the TPA intends dredging berths 1 to 11 in Dar es Salaam harbour during the course of this year – a project that is likely to take 32 weeks to complete. Dredging is to be undertaken under the supervision of Israel’s Oceania Advanced Industries at a cost of $4 million.

    The TPA also intends dredging the port of Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika during the current financial year.

    Mgawe said that “improvement in infrastructure such as the Dar es Salaam-Mwanza road, where a large section of the road has now been rebuilt as well as the resumption of railway transport between Dar es Salaam and Dodoma have contributed somewhat significantly to increased TPA performance."

    Dare es Salaam port had 413 deep-sea ship calls for the 5 months to November, with Tanga handling 47 vessels and Mtwara 12 ships.

    Dar es Salaam’s container terminal, operated by TICTS handled 142,538 TU for the period.

    source – East African Business Week

    Nigerian unrest halts some shipping activity

    AP Moller-Maersk is stopping all Maersk Line ship calls at Onne on account of ongoing violence and insecurity and says the boycott will remain in force until security is ‘demonstrably re-established’.

    The move follows an escalation of militant activity in the region south of Port Harcourt.

    Meanwhile French offshore company Bourbon Offshore says it too has halted all activity in the Bonny River region. “Following the armed attack [on] 9th January 2008 at 4.15pm on a convoy of ships on the Bonny River in Nigeria, Bourbon and some oil operators have decided to suspend all activity in this area until further notice.

    “During this incident, two members of the BOURBAN LEDA crew, an FSIV chartered by Shell and operated by Bourbon Interoil Nigeria Ltd, were wounded. There is no fear for their lives. They were taken into care 45 minutes after the attack by Nigeria LNG’s company hospital. Nigeria LNG had authorised access to its secure zone.

    Bourbon said on its website that due to this spiraling insecurity upgraded security procedures were immediately implemented in conformity with the Safety Management System of Bourbon and the charterer. “The safety cell at Bourbon Interoil Nigeria Ltd, together with Bourbon Offshore Corporate management in Marseilles, are monitoring the situation on a minute-by-minute basis.”

    “Bourbon ships temporarily immobilised in the secured ports continue everyday operations alongside. This decision to suspend transit in the Bonny River does not affect the offshore oil zones in which Bourbon and others continue to operate normally.”

    Meanwhile GAC Nigeria reports that a force majeure has been declared at Forcados Terminal due to a damaged export line and community disturbances. The force majeure came into effect on Friday 11 January to allow repairs to be carried out.

    Merger of Hapag-Lloyd and TUI on the cards

    A legal merger of German travel operator TUI AG and its independent shipping subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd now looks certain, according to German reports which said the merger would take place during 2008.

    In the event of a merger the head office of the group would move from Hanover to Hamburg, where Hapag-Lloyd is based.

    TUI is the parent company of Hapag-Lloyd, one of the larger container lines which in 2005 took over CP Lines, which in turn had acquired the interests of Lykes Line, a regular caller to South and East Africa for more than half a century. There has also been talk of a merger between Hapag-Lloyd and Neptune Orient Line, South East Asia’s largest container carrier although this has not been confirmed. Last year rumours surfaced that AP Moller-Maersk was about to make an offer for Hapag-Lloyd but this came to nothing at the time – although as someone once pointed out, everyone is for sale for the right price.

    Earnings at Hapag-Lloyd have not been healthy since the takeover of CP Ships, which left the shipping company as the fourth largest container carrier thanks in part to its acquisition of the Anglo-Canadian company.

    The legal merger between parent company TUI and Hapag-Lloyd is seen by some as an effort to avoid the splitting of the tourist and shipping group. But others say the move is designed by TUI chief executive Michael Frenzel as a defence strategy aimed at making hostile takeovers more difficult. By stressing the importance of shipping it would also reduce the group’s exposure to tourism.

    Other analysts say they cannot see the difference whether the companies are linked more strongly or remain as they are.

    Work advances on Cameroon shipyard

    Construction of the Limbe Shipyard in Cameroon is now half complete, says the director-general of Cameroon Shipyard and Industrial Engineering Ltd, CNIC, Zaccheus Forjindam.

    Forjindam said that marine dredging works as well as the 700-metre long breakwater had been completed and handed over to CNIC in May last year. As a result of the progress the shipyard was already bustling with activity, including oil rigs which have arrived at Limbe for maintenance.

    According to the CNIC the main purpose of the new Limbe shipyard is to provide an ultra-modern and suitable industrial facility for the repair and refurbishment of oil rigs. Only one of the oil rigs received by CNIC for maintenance has been repaired at Douala, with the balance going to the new Limbe site. Four rigs are due to arrive this month for repairs and maintenance.

    Over the years, CNIC's growth in this sector has been handicapped by operational constraints inherent at the Douala Port: shallow draft, long and narrow access channel, turbid waters rendering underwater inspection impossible, limited open spaces for work and dispersed operational sites, says the company in a statement.

    It says that Limbe was chosen as the new shipyard site because of its proximity to the open Atlantic coastline. The shipyard is expected to create 3325 jobs with a further 1700 jobs being created by sub-contractors and other related activities.

    source – The Post (BUEA)

    Cape Town’s R4.2 Billion port upgrade begins

    Cape Town, 16 January – Work commenced on Transnet Port Terminals (previously known as SA Port Operations) R4.2 Billion construction programme at the port of Cape Town this week.

    The port upgrade is an element of parent company Transnet Ltd’s R28 Billion investment in port-related projects over the next five years, during which Cape Town’s container capacity will practically double from the present capacity of 740,000 TEU to 1.4 million TEU annually by 2012.

    According to Oscar Borchards, Business Unit Executive at the Cape Town Container Terminal, the main contractors arrived on-site on Monday (14 January) to commence work.

    “Initial work will entail refurbishing the quay and deepening the berth and Ben Schoeman Basin to 15.5 metres,” he said, adding that this would be done in sections to mitigate a reduction in productivity at the terminal.

    A consortium comprising Southern African construction firm WHBO and Cape Town-based Civil and Coastal would be responsible for deepening the berth, while Danish subcontractor, Rohde Nielsen, would complete the subsequent dredging work required at the harbour to allow access to bigger vessels.

    Borchards said that other construction activities planned for 2008 include the building of a crane erection site to assist in the assembly of the first two new Liebherr ship-to-shore cranes and in the terminal’s conversion from straddle carriers to a rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) crane operation. Currently Pier One in Durban is the only South African terminal using the high-tech RTG cranes.

    Before the end of the year, the terminal marshalling yard would also be converted to a staging area. In its entirety, the project includes the demolition of nonessential infrastructure and buildings, reconfiguration of the terminal to maximise stack capacity, a reefer-point expansion programme, as well as the procurement of new, specialised equipment including Liebherr ship-to-shore cranes and 32 RTGs. The quayline will also be extended into the basin by 10 metres to accommodate the new gantry cranes.

    Borchards gave an assurance that productivity would be maintained during construction by diverting container vessels with their own ships’ gear to Cape Town’s Multipurpose Terminal. This would be supported by intense planning and engagement with all supply chain stakeholders.

    “We are confident that our current plan satisfies all requirements and will assist Transnet Port Terminals to promote efficiencies, reduce the cost of doing business and improve service delivery to customers, as dictated by Transnet’s four-point turnaround strategy.”

    Pic of the day – SCAN HANSA

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    The general cargo Ro-Ro vessel SCAN HANSA (8821-gt) carrying project cargo to West Africa on behalf of Chevron, seen sailing from Durban after a bunker call in December 2007. The 1999-built Scan Hansa is owned by the German company of the same name and flies the flag of the Isle of Man, while being managed by Scanscot Shipping. Other ships in this picture are FATEZH (left) and NAVA ELIZA (on right), both on berth at the Durban coal terminal. Picture by Clinton Wyness and courtesy of ships agent Portco.

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