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Mar 5, 2008
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  • Richards Bay oil spill under investigation

  • SAS PROTEA sails for Germany to escort back latest submarine

  • Mombasa hikes port charges

  • SMIT Amandla reveals new bunker delivery fee

  • UN appeals for USD36 million for Madagascar cyclone aid

  • Pic of the day – TOLEDO


    Richards Bay oil spill under investigation

    A full investigation has been ordered by Transnet National Ports Authority and by oil company Engen following an oil spill into Richards Bay harbour in which about 100 litres of oil entered the harbour.

    The Zululand Observer quoted Transnet’s port corporate communications manager Maria Rankin as saying that the heavy fuel oil had come from a decommissioned Engen bunker pipeline that was being drained for repairs.

    She told the Empangeni and Richards Bay newspaper that while opening the flange during the draining process the oil spilled into the tunnel and because of subsequent heavy rains approximately 100 litres of the oil washed into the harbour.

    The spillage into the harbour took place last week. Clean up operations were completed by the next day although the Observer said it had received reports of oil traces seen alongside the quay at berths 301 to 304 (near the coal terminal).

    A spokesman for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife District Conservation said that daily monitoring was taking place. Transnet said it too was monitoring the situation and claimed there had been no effect on marine ecosystems in the harbour.

    source - Zululand Observer

    SAS PROTEA sails for Germany to escort back latest submarine

    The South African Navy hydrographic survey ship SAS PROTEA has sailed from Simon’s Town bound for Germany – her mission to escort back to South Africa the navy’s third and final Meko 209 class submarine, SAS QUEEN MODJADJI (S103).

    The Protea, known affectionately in the navy as the ‘White Lady’ because of her overall white-painted hull and superstructure, slipped out of Simon’s Town naval harbour last Thursday after a small send-off from family and friends of crew on board the ship.

    Dubbed Operation Siphelele (the word means ‘completed’), the ship will rendezvous with her consort in Kiel, this being the Protea’s first voyage into the Northern Hemisphere since 1992. The oldest ship in the South African Navy – she was built on the Clyde (Yarrow & Co) in 1972, becoming in the process the last South African Navy ship to be built in Britain - will also visit Spain.

    SAS Protea is 71m in length and has a beam of 15m (14.94m for the purists). Displacing 1,930 tons standard or 2,750t fully loaded the little ship is capable of 16.5 knots and has a range of 12,000 n.miles at 12kn while using two of her four engines. The ship is lightly armed with a pair of 20mm guns and two 12.7mm Browning machine guns. She was designed for carrying a single Alouette III helicopter.

    As SAS Protea left South African shores other ships of the navy, together with four visiting ships from Germany and an assortment of South African and German aircraft are taking part in one of the largest naval exercises held off the Cape coast, which is to continue for another two weeks.

    Mombasa hikes port charges

    Despite protests from port users, the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has announced a range of new port charges of between 10 and 15 percent across various services.

    Port users said they expected a moratorium of at least six months to recover from the effects of the recent political strife in Kenya, which saw severe congestion at the port of Mombasa and related transport connections.

    However, according to Harbour Master and KPA Chief Operations Manager Capt Twalib Khamis, the last general review in port tariffs was 12 years ago and shouldn’t be delayed any longer.

    The tariff is a correction, he said, claiming that in some areas port charges had actually dropped. The new tariff extends across marine services at the ports, shore-handling, stevedore services and cargo storage.

    The new tariff came into effect on 1 March not long after the KPA’s announcement of record profits. The KPA has embarked on a programme of upgrading infrastructure and equipment as well as extending the port facilities and dredging Mombasa harbour.

    SMIT Amandla reveals new bunker delivery fee

    SMIT Amandla Marine, which intends launching its newbuild bunker barge SMIT LiPuma later this week, has advised that a bunker delivery fee of USD 8.00 per tonne will come into affect at the port of Durban.

    “The revision of the delivery fee has been driven by the MARPOL Annex 1 requirement for double hull barges for bunker fuel delivery and is a result of the phasing-in of new bunker barges satisfying this requirement and the phasing out of single hull tankers carrying fuel oil. In order to comply with the MARPOL requirement outlined above, the double hulled SMIT LiPuma was built in Durban during 2007 and offers advanced safety features including closed loading and state of the art metering and gauging.”

    SMIT Amandla has also announced that another of its barges, Pentow Energy is scheduled to be double hulled in Durban and will be withdrawn from service on 21 March. Until that time, her delivery rate will remain at USD5.50 per tonne.

    “Following the completion of her double-hulling, she will be renamed the SMIT Energy and will operate in the port of Richards Bay while the (Richards Bay) bunker barge SMIT Bongani is being double hulled. A delivery fee of USD10.00 per tonne will become effective in the port of Richards Bay when deliveries by double hulled barge begin.”

    SMIT Amandla’s third barge Marine Excellence will continue to deliver at USD10.00 per tonne in the port of Durban, the price being driven by small stems and slow loading rates.

    In summary, all deliveries by double hulled barge in the port of Durban will be at USD8.00 per tonne.

    All deliveries by double hulled barge in the port of Richards Bay will be at USD10.00 per tonne.

    UN appeals for USD36 million for Madagascar cyclone aid

    New York, 3 March 2008 (UN News Service) – United Nations agencies and their partners in the international humanitarian community have appealed for more than $ 36 million to help bring relief to the parts of Madagascar that have been buffeted by cyclones in the past month.

    The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced on Saturday that it is seeking the funds to tackle the immediate needs of the more than 239,000 Malagasy affected either by the cyclones themselves or by other heavy rains and winds during the annual cyclone season in the impoverished country.

    So far almost $ 6.5 million has been committed, OCHA said, and a formal request has been sent to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for money to be disbursed.

    UN aid agencies are working with the Malagasy Red Cross Society, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to help the affected population, ranging from emergency food rations to measures that protect water quality and prevent the spread of diseases.

    At least 73 people are confirmed to have been killed from the cyclones, which brought heavy rainfall to most of the island nation but struck the northwest and northeast especially hard. Subsequent floods have reached many heavily populated areas, including the capital, Antananarivo, and important farming areas, such as the Alaotra Mangoro region.

    Pic of the day – TOLEDO

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    The 6,000 car capacity Wallenius Wilhelmsen car carrier TOLEDO visited Cape Town recently, becoming the largest car carrier so far to visit that port. WW has since introduced two car carriers of a series of 12 that can carry up to 8,000 motor cars – one of these, FIDELIO called at Durban recently. Picture Ian Shiffman

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