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Mar 31, 2009
Author: Terry Hutson

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  • First View – SARAH BAARTMAN

  • Road freight industry faces strike

  • South Africa: Successful off-shore environmental vessel returns

  • News from the shipping lines

  • Piracy update - Eight services now using the Cape of Good Hope

  • Gulf Oil enters local market

  • Pic of the day – TUNA


    First View – SARAH BAARTMAN

    The South African Sea Fisheries offshore patrol vessel SARAH BAARTMAN with one of the inshore patrol vessels, LILIAN NGOYI and a Transnet NPA harbour tug in the background, at sea off the Cape coast.    See report below.     Picture DEAT

    Road freight industry faces strike

    An industry-wide strike affecting the road freight industry is to commence on Tuesday, 7 April, according to the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU).

    Announcing this yesterday (Monday) SATAWU said its members were in dispute with the employers and employer associations within the Road Freight Industry Bargaining Council. The union said a dispute which had been referred to the Council in October 2008 remained unresolved.

    In an unrelated issue Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has announced that all port terminals under its control will be closed on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 because of the general election.

    Operations will close at these terminals at 06h00 on 22 April and resume at 06h00 on the following day, Thursday 23 April. Wednesday 22 April has already been declared a public holiday for the purposes of the national election.

    South Africa: Successful off-shore environmental vessel returns

    by Vivian Warby (BuaNews)

    Cape Town (BuaNews) — South Africa's off-shore environmental protection vessel, the SARAH BAARTMAN, returned to Cape Town Harbour on Thursday from a four-nation fisheries patrol in South African, Tanzanian, Mozambican and Kenyan waters.

    The joint patrol was aimed at improving and strengthening fisheries surveillance and law enforcement activities within the Southern African Developing Community (SADC) region and along the African coastline.

    According to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, the inspectors from all four countries arrested six vessels and inspected more than 40 vessels. It covered more than 7,200 nautical miles, which is the same distance from Cape Town to Helsinki in Finland and a further 3,500km beyond that.

    The eleven Fisheries Inspectors on board, including two inspectors each from Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya, arrested six vessels and inspected a total of 41 fishing vessels over a 31 day period.

    Two South African hake handline vessels were arrested approximately 30 nautical miles off Mossel Bay coast for inadequate and lack of required documentation on board the vessels, said the department.

    Inspections involve examining fishing gear, catches, log books, licenses and permits of fishing vessels.

    In Mozambique another hake handline vessel was arrested for a lack of required documentation.

    A prawn fishing vessel was arrested for illegally fishing in a restricted zone, following high levels of hostility and resistance from the master and crew of the vessel. The department said inspectors from the Sarah Baartman forcefully boarded the vessel and took control. Mozambican inspectors arrested the vessel and escorted the vessel to the Port of Angoche in Mozambique.

    In Tanzania, more than 290 tons of blue fin tuna was found onboard a vessel without any legitimate fishing permit or licence. The vessel and crew were arrested and all fish was confiscated by the Tanzanian authorities.

    This incident drew widespread national recognition from Tanzanians for the inspectors and crew on-board the Sarah Baartman, resulting in special accolades being bestowed on the team by the Tanzanian Minister for Livestock and Fishing Development, John Magufuli.

    The team inspectors were also welcomed by the President of Tanzania, President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete who paid tribute to the work they have done in fighting illegal fishing in Tanzanian waters.

    On route back to South Africa, off the coast from Durban, a Spanish foreign fishing vessel was arrested and fined R300.000 for being without a valid permit in South African waters. The vessel has been detained and will be released upon payment of the fine.

    In addition to the inspections and arrests, a vigorous training programme was also rolled out which included technical, operational and legal training.

    News from the shipping lines

    Taiwan’s Evergreen Group has announced a joint venture between itself and its present agency in South Africa, Green Africa Shipping (Pty) Ltd. The new agency, Evergreen Agency (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd, will be known as ESA.

    Green Africa Shipping has represented the Taiwan shipping company in southern Africa since 1993.

    Head office will remain in Johannesburg, with branch offices in Durban and Cape Town. The new agency will serve as agents for global carrier Evergreen Line’s South African ocean shipping services, taking effect from tomorrow, 1 April 2009. All personnel within Green Africa are transferring across to the new agency.

    Evergreen operates a weekly service between the Far East and South Africa (FAX service) making use of ships with an average capacity of 2,800-TEU. The port rotation is Shanghai, Ningbo, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Durban, Cape Town, Shanghai.

    ESA’s headquarter address and contact detail is:

    Evergreen Agency (South Africa) (PTY) Ltd
    Bedfordview Office Park No. 3
    Riley Road, Bedfordview 2007
    2008 Johannesburg,
    TEL: +27-11-574 9034
    FAX: +27-11-574 9180
    email: mgt@evergreen-shipping.co.za

    Mediterranean Project Chartering (MPC), a subsidiary of BBC Chartering & Logistic, is moving head office in Genoa.

    The company said in a statement that it was established in 2007 to foster the commercial business activities of BBC in markets across the Mediterranean. Constant growth since then has now necessitated a move to a larger dedicated office.

    “As BBC’s representative for the Mediterranean, we have benefited from having access to a large, versatile and constantly growing fleet of more than 140 modern and multipurpose heavy lift vessels,” said MPC managing director Matteo Fortuna.

    “This has enabled us to develop a number of sailing options over the last two years. Whilst they are not scheduled liner services, these effectively offer three fixed-monthly sailings for heavy and over dimensional project cargoes moving between Italian ports and ports in the Middle East Gulf, West Africa and the US Gulf respectively.

    “The result is that we can offer our customers tailor-made solutions from Italy, Southern France, Turkey and North Africa.

    “I think that BBC was the first heavy lift shipping line to open its own representative office in Italy, paving the way for other operators to do likewise.”

    NB: Mainport Africa are the South African agents for BBC.

    Piracy update - Eight services now using the Cape of Good Hope

    There are now eight shipping services that have re-routed ships around the Cape of Good Hope to avoid using the Suez and Panama Canals in either one direction or both. This includes two services that previously used the Panama Canal but have also opted for the longer route via the Cape of Good Hope.

    Most of these have been previously reported in PORTS & SHIPS but with the list constantly changing here are the affected services.

    1] Maersk Line / Evergreen CEM Asia – Northern Europe and Mediterranean service
    2] Maersk Line / Safmarine AE7 Asia – Northern Europe and Mediterranean service
    3] Maersk Line / Safmarine TP6/AE6 Asia – Mediterranean service
    4] Grand Alliance service (MISC, NYK Line, Hapag-Lloyd and OOCL) EU3 service Asia – Northern Europe
    5] MSC Asia – Northern Europe (both directions)
    6] Maersk Line Samba service East Coast South America and Middle East
    7] CMA CGM / China Shipping PEX2/AAE service Asia – Caribbean – Northern South America (previously through the Panama Canal)
    8] Maersk Line / CMA CGM Columbus long-line loop US east coast via the Cape.

    Mistaken identity

    In the Gulf of Aden seven pirates bit off more than they could chew when they attempted to board a German ship that turned out to be the German Navy’s FGS SPESSART, which is attached to the NATO fleet operating on anti-pirate patrols in the region.

    After the pirates opened fire on the supply ship to try and force it to stop the German ship returned the fire while helicopter support was summonsed from nearby Dutch and Spanish warships. The would-be pirates were taken into custody and transferred to another German ship, the frigate FGS RHEINLAND–PFALZ for questioning.

    The attack took place about 85 n.miles from the Somali port of Bosaso.

    Gulf Oil enters local market

    Gulf Oil Marine, a member of the international Gulf Oil Group and privately owned by the Hinduja Group of India, has announced the establishment of operations in Cape Town.

    Sealub Alliance South Africa (Pty) Ltd. will form part of the global marine lubricant distribution network operated under the international Sealub Alliance Network. Currently, Sealub Alliance supplies marine lubricants to more than 500 ports in over 50 countries around the world.

    International Gulf Oil Marine CEO and Managing Director (former Managing Director of Total Lubmarine - Asia Pacific), Ms Caroline Huot said South Africa is an important geography for the shipping industry and the Sealub Alliance as it moves forward in its global strategy to service more than 700 ports across 60 countries by the end of 2009.

    “It is not just about building the broadest global marine lubricant distribution network but being able to service the specific needs and requirements of ship owners and ship operators who manage their fleets on a 24/7 basis.”

    Gulf Oil Marine provides seamless marine lubricant delivery solutions to sea going vessels across the major ports of the world from Singapore to Rotterdam and Hong Kong. It also operates marine lubricant fulfillment services at a range of smaller ports from the Middle East to China and from South America to Russia.

    Gulf Oil Marine, through the Sealub Alliance has partnered with the Watson Group, a wholly, privately-owned company that has more than 40 years’ experience in supplying the local maritime industry.

    “Distribution and infrastructure is already in place in all South African ports including Namibia, Mozambique, and Mauritius with lubricant supply services coming on stream in Luanda in the next couple of weeks,” said CEO & Managing Director of Sealub Alliance South Africa, Steve Watson.

    “The emphasis is on being able to reliably supply high performance base oils, additives and other quality OEM approved marine lubricants – either in bulk supply - as required by the supertankers and ocean carriers, to fulfilling smaller volumes needed by local fishing vessel fleets at quayside.”

    “Gulf Oil Marine and its Sealub Alliance partners are in a position to offer the shipping industry marine lubricant delivery solutions from blend plant to port,” said Watson.

    Sealub Alliance South Africa (PTY) Ltd. has its head office operation based in Cape Town, South Africa. –source Cape Business News

    Pic of the day – TUNA

    The tanker TUNA in Cape Town harbour. Regret no other details available. Picture by Aad Noorland

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