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Mar 13, 2008
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  • Transnet announces April tariff increases

  • Maersk underlines service expansion constraints

  • Gautrain rolling stock arrives in Durban Harbour

  • SA youth invited to take part in Tall Ships Race

  • Pic of the day – FNS JEANNE D’ARC


    Transnet announces April tariff increases

    Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), saying it needs to adjust port and service tariffs annually to meet service commitments, has unveiled a range of increases of mainly 7.5 percent.

    “In the current economic climate of rising inflation and slowing economic growth, coupled with the vigorous roll out of our infrastructure investment programme, port tariff increases for the 2008/09 financial year are unfortunately unavoidable,” says Lauriette Modipane, TNPA’s Commercial Executive.

    She adds that Transnet National Ports Authority has limited the adjustments (increases) to 7.5 percent, the forecasted CPIX for 2008.

    The following increases will apply as from 1 April 2008.

    Port and Berth Dues – 7.5 percent

    VTS and other Sundry Services – 7.5 percent

    Marine Services – 7.5 percent

    Ship Repair Facilities – 7.5 percent

    Lighthouse Services – 7.5 percent

    Cargo Dues – 6.75 percent

    Updated tariff books will become available during April 2008 but the updated tariffs and the tariff book will also be made available (at that time) for downloading in PDF form on the TNPA website at www.transnetnationalportsauthority.net

    TNPA advises of the inclusion of a new section in the tariff book called ‘Port Service Licence, Port Rule Licence, Port Rule Registration and Port Rule Permit Fees’. These licence fees become effective following invitations by the TNPA for interested parties to apply for such licences in terms of the National Ports Act, No.12 of 2005.

    In addition, the Port of Port Elizabeth is busy finalising tariff levels to accommodate the request from industry for a 24-hour marine service at the port, which will become affective from 1 April and will be published in the official tariff book.

    The TNPA says it intends publishing tariffs applicable at the new Port of Ngqura in the forthcoming tariff book as well.

    Maersk underlines service expansion constraints

    Report by Alain Malherbe (AeroShip - Port Louis)

    Maersk Line has spelled out some of the constraints facing those developing maritime traffic in the Indian Ocean.

    Addressing a conference last week in the Seychelles, Ranjoy Neerohoo, Line and Operations Manager for Maersk Line underlined that Maersk Line uses Port Louis as its transhipment hub for the Indian Ocean because of the many advantages the Mauritian port has in its favour.

    But at the same time Maersk also faced constraints, he said. One of these was that the maximum draught allowed was insufficient for the largest ships to use Port Louis. A second came from having a service limited for coastal traffic and a third constraint was the high port costs due to prolonged vessel turnover on account of port congestion.

    He said this while acknowledging the declaration by Mr Shekar Suntah, Director General of Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) that the port congestion was due to the explosion of transhipment activities at Port Louis.

    Neerohoo said that Maersk Line transhipment operations at Port Louis over the past three years have contributed enormously towards improving access for the Indian Ocean Islands to the rest of the world. “We cannot offer direct calls to all the ports in the area. Operation wise, this is not possible as it would render the services much more expensive and less competitive.”

    Neerohoo said the acquisition of new gantries and other equipment by the Cargo Handling Corporation (CHC) and the decision of the Mauritian Government to have a strategic partner for the Corporation were paving the way to turn Port Louis into a reliable regional hub. The problems in the various ports of the region cannot be segregated and treated independently. For a shipping line such as Maersk to be efficient in the ports of the Indian Ocean, it is imperative that all the conditions are met.

    “But such is not the case presently. We find ourselves in a situation where efficiency and competitiveness cannot be maintained,” Ranjoy Neerohoo underlined.

    On the other end, Port Director General Shekar Suntah stressed the large investments envisaged by the MPA over coming years in order to meet maritime growth. These projects include a new container terminal at Fort-William, a new fishing port, a cruise terminal at Les Salines, Port-Louis, and the development of the sea front in this same area.

    Eric Magamootoo, representative of the La Reunion Chamber of Commerce added that there were presently important expansion works in Le Port, La Reunion.

    The representatives from Madagascar emphasised the actual reforms in progress in their port which aimed at increasing handling capacities and pleaded in favour of the creation of a regional shipping line to smooth the commercial maritime exchange between the Indian Ocean Islands.

    Gautrain rolling stock arrives in Durban Harbour

    The first of 14 hopper wagons comes off the freighter AVATAQ in Durban harbour yesterday afternoon. The wagons are destined for the Gautrain high speed train project in Johannesburg. Picture Terry Hutson

    A consignment of 14 hopper wagons arrived in Durban yesterday on board the freighter AVATAQ.

    The 20 tonne wagons are apparently intended for the Gautrain operation now under construction between Johannesburg and Pretoria and the OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg Airport) and from appearances seem to be for use as part of a construction train. Perhaps one of our readers can advise?

    The wagons, built on standard gauge bogies (1435mm) began unloading yesterday afternoon and were expected to have been fully discharged overnight. After temporary storage at the road transport firm of Natro Freight in Durban’s Bayhead they will be transported to a Bombela rail company address in Johannesburg by road transport.

    The wagons were discharged at the Fresh Produce Terminal – with it being out of fruit season the wharfside facilities here were considered ideal for the operation which made use of ship’s own gear to discharge the wagons.

    Robin Shipping are the ships agents, Portco the agents representing FPT and Thekweni Marine performed the stevedoring functions, with Natro Freight undertaking the road transport function.

    SA youth invited to take part in Tall Ships Race

    Cape Town, 13 March 2008. Its official! For the second time, South Africa has been invited to send a South African team of 10 youths (between 18 and 25 years) to participate in the Tall Ships’ Race 2008, aboard the Norwegian Tall Ship CHRISTIAN RADICH.

    This is a very fast and impressive ship that has won several Tall Ships’ Races in the past. The voyage will start in Bergen (Norway) on 11 August sailing to Den Helder (Netherlands) where they will arrive on 22 August. The South Africa’s participation in the Tall Ships’ Race 2008 is made possible by SASLA, the South African Sail Training for Life Skills Association.

    The South African Team

    The South African team will consist of a mix of youth from different social and cultural backgrounds, both self paying and sponsored. On top of the list for sponsored youth are Sakhekile Qoyi, 18 from Delft, and Theo Braaf, 19, who qualified for the Tall Ships Race in 2007, but could not leave South Africa since their passport could not issued in time due to the public strike. They are followed by Valentino Scholz, 17, Phillipi and Thandikaya Ncosani, 23, Khayelitsha who were part of the back up team.

    The number of sponsored youth depends on the amount of sponsorships that the project can attract. A South African mentor will accompany and support the South African team during the voyage and will support the Christian Radich crew in facilitating the international youth exchange.

    Application process

    Any youth between 18 and 25 is invited to apply to SASLA to receive sponsored berths and to become part of the South African team. No prior sailing experience is required but SASLA will assess all applicants in regard to a set of selection criteria. There are a limited number of full bursaries available.

    Intercultural youth exchange

    The South African team will sail together with 70 trainees from 16 different countries. The main part of the voyage is the race, so the crew and trainees have to cooperate closely on board: watch keeping, climbing the yards, setting the sails, steer the vessel, but also cooking and cleaning. The youth exchange programme on board is facilitated by the Dutch organisation At Sea Sail Training. During this exchange it is the SA Team’s responsibility to proudly represent their home country and to inspire as many people as possible to visit their beautiful country. It will be a great opportunity to make new friends, have a good time, learn new languages, other cultures and work together for another victory!

    Preparation and Follow Up

    The preparation and follow up program will be facilitated by Cape Windjammers Education Trust, which offers sail training voyages for life and leadership skills development aboard recreational yachts in the Western Cape. The preparation will focus on forming the South African team and on training team members in photography and video taking, writing, computer and public speaking skills. During the follow up the team will develop personal navigation plans for their lives back home. They will also organise an event where they report their experiences to families, friends, donors and the larger public.

    Dreams can come true – Sponsorships needed

    The program is partly sponsored by the UK based charity Tall Ship Youth Trust. Additional sponsorships are needed for travel costs as well as preparation and follow up program.

    The Tall Ships’ Races

    The Tall Ships’ Races are held every summer in European waters. Each year between 70 and 100 vessels from 15-20 countries, crewed by some 5-6,000 young people from over 30 countries worldwide take part in this unique event. During the racing series the young crews get the chance to gain experience by sailing with their contemporaries from other countries while facing the physical and emotional challenges that only the ocean can provide.

    South African Sail-Training for Life-Skills Development Association (SASLA)

    SASLA has been formed after the success of the South African participation in the Tall Ships’ Races 2007. SASLA promotes and assists the provision of opportunities for training under sail to youth and adults to foster the development of sustainable life skills, constructive citizenship and the art of seamanship. SASLA is also assisting the campaign towards a South African owned Tall Ship. Part of the current SASLA working group are the two Cape Town based non-profit organisations Cape Windjammers Education Trust (www.capewindjammers.org) , and Izivungu vungu Sailing School (www.izivungu.co.za), who selected and prepared the South African team in 2007. New SASLA working group members are the Western Cape Sea Scouts http://www.scouting.org.za/capewest/seascouts/ and the Jewish Maritime League.

    For more information please take a look at the first South African Team participation in the Tall ship race 2007. (See: http://teamsa-joins-tallshiprace-2007.blogspot.com/).
    Or check out the weblog for this years’ race (http://teamsa-tallshipsrace08.blogspot.com/)

    If you are interested to become part of this exciting project as trainee or as sponsor, please contact: Dr Antje Nahnsen Tel 021 448 1618 or email antje@capewindjammers.org or www.capewindjammers.org

    Pic of the day – FNS JEANNE D’ARC

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    The handsome but aging French helicopter carrier/cruiser JEANNE D’ARC (R97) arrived in Cape Town harbour yesterday in the company of the frigate FNS GEORGES LEYGUES (D640).Picture by Ian Shiffman

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