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Mar 25, 2008
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  • DP World’s Jorge Ferraz and Ron Herman to head up Maputo Port Development Company

  • Double hulled bunker barge enters service in Durban

  • Lonrho increases stake in SAILS to 66.7 percent

  • Search and Rescue has busy weekend

  • SDV invests heavily at Tin Can Island

  • Beira coal railway falls behind schedule

  • Reporting of accidents on ships in SA waters

  • SA Navy Festival – report and pictures

  • Pic of the day – SAN FERNANDO


    DP World’s Jorge Ferraz and Ron Herman to head up Maputo Port Development Company

    The directors of the MPDC were introduced at a function in Maputo last week, with Jorge Ferraz (4th from left) being announced as the Maputo Port Development Company chairman. From left to right are Ron Herman - MPDC CEO; Anil Singh - DP World-Senior Vice President and Managing Director Africa; Osorio Lucas CFM; Jorge Ferraz MPDC Chairman - DP World; Joaquim Zucule - CFM; Ronnie Holtshausen - Grindrod; Dave Rennie - Grindrod; Mark Ripka - DP World - and Marta Mapilele - CFM (not present). Picture MCLI

    Jorge Ferraz, managing director of DP World’s MIPS (the Maputo Container Terminal) has been appointed Chairman of Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC), the company that operates the port of Maputo.

    MPDC is owned by CFM (33 percent), Grindrod (24.735 percent), DP World (24.735 percent), the Mozambique government (16 percent) and Mozambique Gestores (1.53 percent).

    The announcement of the new directors and Ferraz’s appointment was made at the Polana Hotel in Maputo last week. Ron Herman is the company’s CEO.

    Ferraz will continue in his position as managing director of MIPS. He said the community of organisations making up the port management have worked hard to prepare a new business plan as well as a port master plan that aims at taking Maputo successfully into the future. The port is to be positioned strategically for significant growth in the coming years which requires a farsighted business strategy robust enough to weather the cyclical nature of the business, while remaining nimble and flexible to make the most of opportunities as they present themselves.

    Regarding regional development and growth, Ferraz said the intention is to build the various business entities at Port Maputo into a single unified enterprise and to ensure that regional standards are set that will, with increasing efficiency, service the growing volumes through the Port.

    He announced that further investments are to be made in supporting operations such as depots, warehousing, packing and unpacking facilities, amongst others.

    “Our goal is to build a unified Port Maputo where every user and operator will have a voice and be an integral part of its growth and future success as the best service provider in the region,” he said.

    source – MCLI including picture above

    Double hulled bunker barge enters service in Durban

    SMIT LiPuma’s second delivery was to the container ship Bahia last Friday. Picture SMIT Amandla Marine

    The newly built double hulled bunker barge SMIT LiPuma entered service in Durban late last Thursday night when it began delivering fuel to the container ship Maersk Needham on behalf of oil major Shell.

    The delivery was completed shortly after midnight (00h34) and heralded in a new beginning to bunker barging in South Africa.

    This follows the insistence by the oil majors for all barges to be double-hulled, meaning that the entire fleet in service in South Africa will have to be progressively withdrawn and replaced. SMIT Amandla Marine has led the way with the building of the 5,000-tonne SMIT LiPuma at the Dormac Marine shipyard in Durban and will follow this with the double-skinning of the bunker barge Pentow Energy, which was withdrawn from service on Saturday (22 March).

    Pentow Energy is to enter the Dormac shipyard to be double-hulled after which she will reappear in September next year as Smit Energy. When that happens she will transfer to Richard Bay to enable the company’s barge at that port, SMIT Bongani, to also be withdrawn and double-hulled.

    The entry of SMIT LiPuma is to be followed shortly with the arrival from China of two new barges built for Unicorn Calulo Bunkering Services, a joint venture between Grindrod and Calulo Services. A third barge for this company is to be built in Durban at the Dormac Shipyard.

    Lonrho increases stake in SAILS to 66.7 percent

    Lonrho Plc, the Pan African conglomerate with a strengthening interest in maritime transport between Europe and Africa, has increased its share in SA Independent Liner Services (SAILS) by a further 15.7 percent for USD8.96 million, swelling the Lonrho share to 66.7 percent.

    In a statement Lonrho said it was increasing its investment in SAILS as part of a capital raising by SAILS to finance the growth and development of its services between South Africa, West Africa and Europe; to finance the relocation of SAILS to larger premises and to enhance the administration and handling facilities within the company.

    "SAILS provides essential services for African companies to import much needed consumables and raw materials and for producers to get their goods to markets in South Africa and Europe. The increase in capital will allow SAILS to access better the growth opportunities that this market provides,” said David Lenigas, Lonrho's Executive Chairman.

    He said that SAILS continues to provide great synergy with other companies in the Lonrho portfolio of infrastructure and transport companies.

    SAILS provides scheduled containerised shipping services from South Africa along the West Coast of Africa to Europe, including the provision of reefer services. Since Lonrho's first investment in SAILS in July 2007 with two ships each of 650-TEU capacity, SAILS operations have expanded significantly and the fleet has grown to six vessels in service, operating a port rotation of Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Tema, Lagos, Rotterdam, Felixtowe, Bremerhaven, Antwerp, Durban.

    Search and Rescue has busy weekend


    The four-day Easter weekend was a busy one as far as the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was concerned, with several incidents involving ships and boats at sea. Before the weekend even commenced Cape Town NSRI was involved with a joint rescue effort on Thursday 20 March which also involved the South African Air Force.

    At 07h00 that morning a SAAF 22 Squadron Oryx helicopter carrying a SAAF/NSRI Air Sea Rescue team took off from Air Force Base Ysterplaat to rendezvous with the 335 metre oil tanker Overseas Chris, sailing from Angola to China, seven nautical miles off Robben Island. The purpose was to casualty evacuate the 27 year old Croatian 3rd Officer, Marko Predovan, suffering ongoing back pain.

    On arrival at the vessel the Oryx helicopter landed on the ship’s deck and the patient was transferred aboard the helicopter into the care of a Netcare 911 paramedic and brought to Air Force Base Ysterplaat in a stable and satisfactory condition and transported to the Christiaan Barnard Memorial hospital by a Netcare 911 ambulance for further treatment.

    The ship’s initial request for medical assistance came when the vessel was 124 n.miles off Paternoster on the West Coast. The master was asked to sail towards Cape Town for the rendezvous.

    On Saturday NSRI Port Elizabeth was activated to attend a capsized 5m boat The Claw, some 11 n.miles north east of Port Elizabeth near St Croix Island. Duty coxswain Daniel Heimann reports: “We launched our rescue craft Eikos Rescuer III and our NSRI rescue vehicle responded to Coega harbour with our rescue craft Boardwalk Rescuer under tow to be launched from there.”

    The NSRI team found the boat with a man and two youngsters clinging to the upturned hull but wearing life jackets. “All three were recovered and immediately treatment for hypothermia commenced, they had been in the water for a total of about an hour.

    “Netcare 911 ambulance services and Cardiolife ambulance services were on stand-by at Coega and on our arrival in the Coega harbour (Ngqura) all three were treated by paramedics for hypothermia and they all required no further assistance.

    “We then returned to recover the craft which we brought back to Coega harbour and recovered their boat which has some minor damage.”

    Travelling further along the coast, the Durban NSRI was activated at 23h00 on Saturday 22 March following a request for assistance from a 15m yacht Lady Rosalind sailing from Fremantle, Australia, to Cape Town with Jamie Copperthwaite and John Koomen on board, both from the Fremantle sailing club.

    Brian St Clair-Laing, NSRI Durban duty coxswain reports: “They had sent a Pan-Pan radio message via the Maritime Radio Services requesting rescue assistance following total gear-box failure and lying in wind-less conditions, unable to sail, in confused, lumpy and rough sea conditions 33 nautical miles off Durban.

    “We launched our rescue craft Eikos Rescuer II and on arrival at their position, which had changed due to their drift to 24 nautical miles off-shore of Durban, we found the two men tired but ecstatic to see us and very grateful for the assistance. Sea conditions were lumpy, confused and pretty rough with 2.5 to 3 metre swells.

    “They were taken under tow and brought safely into the Port of Durban, arriving at around 06h00 this morning (23 March), and they require no further assistance.

    “They reported that they had sent out a VHF radio Pan-Pan distress message 10 days ago while still in the deep ocean while a large bulk carrier ship was passing them but the distress message had gone unanswered.

    “They were already at that stage struggling with little to no wind in which to sail and unable to power the motor with total gear-box failure and slowly they limped towards the nearest port, Durban, but became increasingly frustrated with their slow progress until the NSRI arrived just after midnight this morning to assist.”

    SDV invests heavily at Tin Can Island

    A USD45 million investment (N5.265 Billion) for the Tin Can Island Container Terminal has been announced by SDV International Logistics, the terminal operators, reports TradeInvest Nigeria.

    The report quotes Pierre Bellerose, SDV managing director as saying that improvements to the terminal’s efficiency has reduced ship waiting time to zero, which was now attracting major shipping lines to Tin Can Island.

    He admitted however that clearance delays for containers t the terminal remained a problem. SDV was aiming at achieving a 48-hour clearance but containers took as long as 20 days to clear at present.

    The company has introduced four new ship-to-shore cranes and repaired other terminal equipment.

    In addition to terminal operation at Tin Can Island SDV is also involved in clearing and forwarding operations, and includes having the telecommunications sector among its major client base.

    Beira coal railway falls behind schedule

    Rehabilitation of the Sena Railway, linking the Tete Province in central Mozambique with the port of Beira, is far behind schedule and cannot be completed on due date, says report in the Beira newspaper ‘Diaro de Mocambique.

    Reconstruction of the railway, which branches off from the main Beira – Zimbabwe railway line at Dondo, and is vital to the opening of the coal mines at Moatize where Brazilian mining house CVRD has a major investment, was awarded to Indian company Rites and Ircon International (Ricon) which would also operate the railway on completion of the rehabilitation.

    CVRD has indicated it expects to rail more than 2 million tonnes of coal annually down the line to the port at Beira.

    The line fell into disuse during the Mozambique civil war and has been extensively damaged in places.

    According to the report only 191 kilometres of the 670km railway has been rebuilt to date. In addition a further 55km of branch line from Sena to the sugar town of Marromeu has been completed but the schedule called for about half of the railway to have been completed by this time. The contract stipulates a 36 month time period commencing November 2005 and completing in November 2008. Observers say there is now no way that the line will be reopened on schedule.

    In addition the cost of the rehabilitation – originally quoted at UD104.5 million, is escalating. The World Bank agreed to finance most of the reconstruction although Ricon and CCFB also agreed to put in USD40 million. CCFB is the Beira Railway Company of which Ricon is the major shareholder. Heavy rains that caused widespread flooding have been blamed for the delays but Ricon says having to source raw materials outside of Mozambique has also caused some delays.

    A spokesman for Ricon said the line to Marromeu would now open in May and not April as planned. However the rehabilitation of the famous Dona Ana rail bridge across the Zambezi remains on schedule and will be completed this month.

    Reporting of accidents on ships in SA waters

    A new entry has been posted in the LEGAL NEWS section – Reporting of accidents to and on board ships – the authorities warn…

    Tony Edwards of Shepstone & Wylie's International Transport, Trade and Energy Department, reminds the shipping industry that it faces hefty fines varying from R5,000 to R60,000 or three years imprisonment for failing to report accidents promptly that occur within South African waters and ports.

    To go direct to the article CLICK HERE

    SA Navy Festival – report and pictures

    picture by David Erickson

    The South African Navy recently opened its gates at the Simon’s Town Naval Base when it held the annual Navy Festival, in which the public was invited to visit and inspect the ships of the fleet – these included four German warships visiting Simon’s Town after having taken part in joint exercises off the Cape coast.

    The Festival included were various displays and exhibitions, including spectacular live shoots into the night sky. To read the report and see the more than 40 pictures covering the weekend event CLICK HERE

    Pic of the day – SAN FERNANDO

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    The 15,859-gt, German owned and flagged container ship SAN FERNANDO makes her way into Cape Town harbour last week with what looks like an almost ‘full deck’ of MSC containers. Table Mountain obliged on the day with its famous white ‘tablecloth’ on display. Picture Ian Shiffman

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