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Mar 25, 2009
Author: Terry Hutson

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  • First View – NORDIC PIA

  • Restricted ship movements for Richards Bay during beam placement

  • Piracy update: Russians reinforce patrols with new ships

  • Global and African freight forwarding networks announce alliance

  • News from the lines: Monte Alegre christened

  • Missions to Seafarers reopen at Saldanha Bay

  • Pic of the day – MONTE ALEGRE


    First View – NORDIC PIA

    The Dutch chemical and oil products tanker NORDIC PIA (24,112-gt, built 2006) in Cape Town earlier this month. Picture by Ian Shiffman

    Restricted ship movements for Richards Bay during beam placement

    For the next five months construction of the new liquid berth no.208 at Richards Bay will be gaining momentum as beams are placed in position, and as a result ship movements are going to be restricted at certain times during this period.

    The placement of the beams will be done using the floating barge and absolute precision is required to avoid any incidents or damage to the existing structures that have been designed to hold the beams.

    This requires extreme calm weather conditions, rising tidal conditions and zero movement of water to avoid the barge rolling and pitching, and therefore no wake on the water.

    Each beam will take an estimated two and half hours to be placed.

    As a result a weekly schedule will be issued by the construction team to Port Control indicating the occupation of the beams, issued at least 24 hours ahead of the first placement. This information will be communicated to key stakeholders including but not limited to terminal operators through their ship planning offices (TPT, RBCT, and IVS/Engen), the local SAASOA office and the TNPA Port Planner.

    On the day of the placement the contractor will further communicate with Port Control which window will be used, and this will in turn be passed on to ships agents by the TNPA Planning Office on a daily basis at the planning meeting.

    Any queries should be addressed to the Harbour Master, Dennis Mqadi on 035 905 3131 or 084 444 8758.

    Piracy update: Russians reinforce patrols with new ships

    The Russian Navy is preparing to dispatch three ships from its Pacific Fleet to replace those currently on anti-piracy patrol off the Horn of Africa.

    A Udaloy-class missile destroyer, the ADMIRAL PANTELEYEV, a replenishment tanker and a tug are preparing to sail for the Indian Ocean from the navy’s Far Eastern base near Vladivostok. The destroyer is armed with anti-ship missiles and 30mm and 100mm guns but more importantly on this patrol it also has a Ka-27 helicopter.

    Another destroyer, the ADMIRAL VINOGRADOV and the tanker BUTOMA are preparing to complete their mission of anti-piracy patrol off Somalia and will return to Vladivostok at the beginning of April.

    Approximately 20 international warships are engaged in anti-piracy patrols and the protection of commercial shipping off the Somali coast. None of these involve warships from an African nation.

    A high-level conference on piracy, ‘Combating Piracy 09’ is to take place in London in late April and will include the latest progress report on the EU Atalanta naval mission to the Gulf of Aden, as well as reports and papers from the heads of security of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy and Transport, the US Maritime Administration, BIMCO, and papers from a number of affected leading ship owners such as Maersk and Stena.

    The piracy conference will be held at the Grosvenor Victoria Hotel in London on 28 and 29 April, followed by a day of workshopping. Further details are available at www.marseq.com

    Global and African freight forwarding networks announce alliance

    The Project Professionals Group (PPG) and pan African freight forwarding group, African Cargo & Logistics Alliance (ACLA), have announced an informal strategic alliance.

    Headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, ACLA is represented in 53 African countries. PPG has 125 member offices in 89 countries.

    PPG general manager Kevin Stephens said his network offers a global supply chain management footprint, while ACLA focuses on building a continent of Africa membership structure.

    “Both organisations have agreed to an alliance that is designed to support new business growth and cross-branding and promotion arising from combining a strong regional network throughout Africa with the world's largest network of international project cargo specialists,” said Stephens.

    The agreement allows ACLA and PPG members to approach each other for assistance. ACLA members in countries where PPG currently has no representation can join PPG, and PPG African members can join the ACLA network, cross-branding and conference networking activities. – source Eye for Transport

    News from the lines: Monte Alegre christened

    The MONTE ALEGRE, the ninth in a series of ten ships of the successful 5,552 TEU "Monte" class, was christened in Buenos Aires on Monday. She became the first ship christening in the more than 137-year history of Hamburg Süd to take place in Argentina.

    Sponsor of the Monte Alegre was Dr Brigitte Oetker, wife of Dr Arend Oetker, Managing Partner of Dr. Arend Oetker Holding GmbH & Co KG.

    On delivery, the Monte Alegre was phased into the shipping company's Asia - South America Service, making a call at Durban en route on 8 March. Following the christening, the ship is to be deployed on Hamburg Süd's Europe - South America East Coast Service.

    AP Moller-Maersk has announced that Tom Behrens-Sorensen, Group Executive Vice President, is to step down as Chairman of Maersk China Ltd after 14 years and will be leaving the AP Moller-Maersk Group.

    Behrens-Sorensen has been with AP Moller/Maersk for more than 30 years and was a driving force in the development of the Group’s activities in China with a number of important results to his credit, said Group CEO Nils Smedegaard Andersen.

    AP Moller-Maersk has operated in China for over 80 years and has large investments, including in terminals, logistics, intermodal services and production plants. In addition the company has built more than 100 ships at Chinese shipyards.

    Behrens-Sorensen said he intends advising national and international companies, non-governmental organisations and governments about relations with Chinese society, which he said was one of the biggest challenges of our time. “This is a cause I would like to make a contribution to," he said.

    Missions to Seafarers reopen at Saldanha Bay

    The Mission to Seafarers in South Africa has re-established a mission at the port of Saldanha after several years of absence.

    The mission has opened a centre where seafarers can congregate and make phone calls, use the internet, watch television, have a small snack or shop and generally relax while their ships are in port, along the lines of other missions at ports throughout South Africa and elsewhere.

    A bus service is available to ferry seafarers from their shipside to the mission at the change of each watch, 08h00, 12h00, 16h00 and 20h00. The bus is also available for any medical or dental visits by crew members.

    All vessels calling the Port of Saldanha Bay will be levied a fee of R200.00 per vessel, per visit and these funds will be used to maintain and improve services available at the mission. – source GAC World

    Pic of the day – MONTE ALEGRE

    The 5,552-TEU container ship MONTE ALEGRE made a call at Durban earlier in March while on her maiden voyage from the shipyards in Asia en route to South America, where she is to take up a deployment with Hamburg Süd's Europe - South America East Coast Service. The 71,270-DWT ship was officially named at a ceremony held in Buenos Aires on Monday, 23 March 2009. Picture by Trevor Jones

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