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Mar 6, 2008
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  • South African port statistics for February

  • Toyota SA to export 147,000 cars to Europe, Africa

  • Bulker LADY EAST comes up for auction

  • Fishery research vessel completes study as UN warns of climate change

  • DP World appoints new executives

  • Pic of the day – FGS Kõln


    South African port statistics for February

    Cargo figures for February 2008 are to hand, courtesy of Transnet National Ports Authority. As is customary we have adjusted the overall tonnage to include containers by weight (Transnet NPA measures containers by quantity only, recording TEUs, for which PORTS & SHIPS makes an estimated weight adjustment of 13,5 tonnes per TEU).

    During February (compared with January) the respective ports handled the following:

    Cargo handled by tonnes

    Richards Bay                      6.131 million tonnes (Jan 7.699Mt)
    Durban                              6.150 Mt (Jan 6.696)
    Saldanha Bay                     2.963 Mt (Jan 3.373)
    Cape Town                        1.236 Mt (Jan 1.135)
    Port Elizabeth                     0.817 Mt (Jan 0.870)
    Mossel Bay                         0.169 Mt (Jan 0.158)
    East London                       0.253 Mt (Jan 0.253)

    Total February cargo by tonnes 17.719 million tonnes (Jan 20.184 Mt)

    Containers measured by TEUs
    (TEUs include Deepsea, Coastal, Tranship and empty containers all subject to being invoiced by NPA)

    Durban                              222,429 TEU (Jan 222,794)
    Cape Town                          63,445 (Jan 60,524)
    Port Elizabeth                       27,561 (Jan 27,430)
    East London                          5,676 (Jan 2,064)
    Richards Bay                            254 (Jan 237)

    Total handled 317,365 TEU (Jan 313,049)

    Ship Calls

    Durban:              362 vessels 8.932m gt (Jan 362 vessels 8.769m gt)
    Cape Town:        266 vessels 4.748m gt (Jan 254 vessels 4.465m gt)
    Port Elizabeth:     106 vessels 2.197m gt (Jan 80 vessels 2.265m gt)
    Richards Bay:      125 vessels 4.579m gt (Jan 134 vessels 4.122m gt)
    Saldanha:            35 vessels 2,130m gt (Jan 35 vessels 1,784m gt)
    East London:        28 vessels 0.741m gt (Jan 29 vessels 0.738m gt)
    Mossel Bay:         69 vessels 0.260m gt (Jan 72 vessels 0.312m gt)

    - source TNPA, with adjustments made by Ports & Ships to include container weights

    Toyota SA to export 147,000 cars to Europe, Africa

    by Bathandwa Mbola (BuaNews)

    Durban, 5 February 2008 - More than 147,000 Toyota automobiles will be made in South Africa and exported to Europe and Africa in the coming year.

    This year the automotive giant is to manufacture a total of 220,000 units of which 147,000 would be exported, it announced on Tuesday in Durban at a ceremony commemorating its first passenger vehicle exports to African and European countries.

    The first exports of Toyota Corolla Sedans had been to Turkey, with the first shipment leaving Durban's harbour last week Thursday.

    Toyota would be distributing more of the vehicles produced at the Prospecton Plant in Durban by rail and negotiations are said to be underway with Transnet.

    Speaking at the ceremony, Transport Minister Jeff Radebe praised the company for its investment and its drive to export.

    “I am also glad to note that the impact of the Toyota SA 220K project is far-reaching and almost 50 percent of the total upgrade investment has been spent with local suppliers with established Black Economic Empowerment credentials, resulting in the creation of new jobs.”

    About 4,000 new job opportunities have been created by the initiative. The company employs around 10,000 people in South Africa.

    Radebe said vehicle exports accounted for 7 percent of the country's total exports, and he attributed the success of the vehicle exports to the government's Motor Industry Development Programme.

    “This programme has boosted exports by enabling local auto manufacturers to include total export values as part of their local content total, then allowing them to import the same value of goods duty free.”

    Investments by the company in South Africa gave the company a R20 billion export potential. This is almost the equivalent of 1 percent of South Africa's current gross domestic product.

    The 147,000 units Toyota intended exporting in 2008 would account for 60 percent of the country's vehicle exports.

    In 2007 Toyota South Africa exported 59,378 units, amounting to 34.5 percent of the vehicle export market.

    Apart from the R300 million the company had invested in training during the past three years. This will include sending 174 people to Japan for training.

    The minister noted that this is an appropriate answer to the challenge of skilled labour shortage which continues to dampen growth prospects in the automotive industry - with skilled artisans leaving the country.

    “We need to ensure that our retention strategies are in place to keep our skilled workforce.”

    With regards to environmental problems such as air pollution, global warming and the exhaustion of energy resources, the minister said demands of the automotive industry and all affected needed to respond to these challenges.

    “We have indeed noticed that the automotive companies are placing maximum importance on tackling and overcoming environmental and energy-related issues. I am confident that your industry is making every effort to develop technology that will lead to cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles,” Radebe said.

    Bulker LADY EAST comes up for auction

    The bulker LADY EAST which is under arrest in Richards Bay and is to be sold by judicial auction on 20 March – picture courtesy Capt Roy Martin / Admiralty Sales

    A public auction to sell the arrested bulk ship LADY EAST, Call Sign J8B2790, IMO number 761973 will be held in the boardroom of the law firm Garlicke & Bousfield (7 Torsvale Crescent, La Lucia Ridge Office Estate) on 20 March at 11h00.

    The 20,117-gt ship has been under arrest in Richards Bay harbour since mid 2007, shortly after arrival in the port. The arrest followed an inspection by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) which found a number of defects including severe rust erosion in various places of the ship.

    In particular there is substantial wastage of the side shell frames in all holds, perforations in transverse watertight bulkheads, and perforations in No.5 port hopper tank on the lower plating, according to the surveyors report.

    The report says that after arriving in Richards Bay under her own power the ship’s engineers pulled units Nos 2 & 6 as part of ongoing maintenance. Following the detention of the vessel and a subsequent reduction of the crew, the two units have not been replaced. “The parts removed from the engine have been covered and greased, but need to be re-fitted. Two of the three generators are currently operating, with minor spares required to run the third generator.”

    The sale of the ship is being handled by Admiralty Sales and details of the vessel including photographs and other relevant information can be accessed from the website http://www.admiralty.co.za

    Fishery research vessel completes study as UN warns of climate change

    The Spanish fisheries research vessel VIZCONDE DE ELZA has returned to Walvis Bay after completing a one-month survey of Namibia’s deep sea fish species.

    With 11 scientists including four Namibians on board, the ship the survey focused on looking for sensitive areas that requires protection from over-exploitation.

    The full report by the scientists will be sent to Namibia’s Ministry of Fisheries and copied to SEAFO – South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation which has given the research its backing.

    Meanwhile a UN report says climate change may pose a great danger to the world’s key fishing grounds, including those of countries which rely heavily on fishing for a large percentage of their gross domestic product (GDP).

    The report, headed ‘In Dead Water: merging of climate change with pollution over harvest and infestations in the world’s fishing grounds’ warns that countries that are heavily dependent on fishing, such as Namibia, Ghana, Senegal and Uganda (inland lake fishing) are at risk. It states that three quarters of the world’s key fishing grounds could be impacted.

    The report highlighted areas with semi-arid climates that are most susceptible to future temperature increases with resultant changes in rainfall patterns and coastal current systems.

    It mapped for the first time the multiple and combined impacts of pollution, alien infestations, over-exploitation and climate change of the world’s seas and oceans.

    “The worst concentration of cumulative impacts of climate change with existing pressures of over-harvest, bottom trawling, invasive species, coastal development and pollution appear to be concentrated in 10-15 per cent of the oceans concurrent with today’s most important fishing grounds” it says.

    Namibia lies alongside one of the most productive fishing grounds in the world, reliant on the cold Benguela Current, one of four similar currents worldwide. But the report warns that high catches that characterise some countries may become a thing of the past and a high dependence on fish for protein may have an adverse effect on the health of many as catches shrink.

    DP World appoints new executives

    Terminal operator DP World has announced two new executive appointments, both with strong African connotations.

    Flemming Dalgaard, who is well known in South Africa from his time in Cape Town as MD of AP Moller-Maersk, has been appointed Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Europe and Russia region. His most recent post within Maersk Line was as MD for the UK and Ireland.

    Anil Singh has been appointed Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the company’s African region (excepting Egypt which falls under the Middle East region). Captain Singh, who has been in the maritime industry for 35 years was previously Group CEO of Laem Chabang Container Terminals B1 and A0, which was a joint venture with DP World.

    “We are delighted to welcome Anil and Flemming to the team. Anil brings a wealth of experience in our industry to his new role, while Flemming’s global experience and extensive career with one of our largest customers will be invaluable as we continue to focus strongly on providing excellent service to our customers, expanding to meet their needs,” said DP World CEO Mohammed Sharaf. He said the reorganisation of the company reflects its growing business with Russia and with Africa.

    Pic of the day – FGS Kõln

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    The German frigate FGS Kõln preparing to come alongside the V&A waterfront in Cape Town during the recent weekend when ships of the South African and German Navies were open to the public. Picture Trevor Jones

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