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Nov 10, 2009
Author: Terry Hutson

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  • First View – ARK CHARLY

  • SA port statistics for October are now available

  • South Africa strengthening relations at China-Africa forum

  • Dar es Salaam pledges to clear container ships within three days

  • Amendments mean higher Customs duties on imported containerised cargo

  • Rough ride for Oasis of the Seas

  • News clips – Keeping it brief

  • Pics of the day – SHASA


    First View – ARK CHARLY

    The offshore supply tug ARK CHARLY (2,310-gt, built 2009) which is operated by RK Management of Singapore, called at Cape Town last week. Picture by Aad Noorland

    SA port statistics for October are now available

    South African port statistics for the month of October 2009 are now available, courtesy Transnet.

    As is customary the figures shown in this report reflect an adjustment on the overall tonnage to include containers by weight – an adjustment necessary because Transnet NPA measures containers in terms of the number of TEUs and no longer by weight - for which PORTS & SHIPS estimates an adjustment of 13,5 tonnes per TEU to reflect tonnages. This figure is on the conservative side with 14 tonnes or even more being a more realistic figure, particularly in view of the increasing quantity of bulk cargo which is now being handled in containers.

    For comparative purposes readers can see statistics from 12 months ago by clicking HERE for October 2008 figures

    Figures for the respective ports during October 2009 are (with September 2009 figures shown bracketed):

    Cargo handled by tonnes during October

    Richards Bay               7.591 Mt million tonnes (Sept 5.455Mt)
    Durban                       5.789 Mt (Sept 6.652
    Saldanha Bay              5.279 Mt (Sept 5.080)
    Cape Town                 1.064 Mt (Sept 1.086)
    Port Elizabeth              0.938 Mt (Sept 1.008)
    Ngqura                       0.026 Mt (Sept n/a)
    Mossel Bay                  0.060Mt (Sept 0.154)
    East London                0.196 Mt (Sept 0.191)

    Total monthly cargo in October 20.955 million tonnes (September 19.626 Mt)

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

    Durban                      210,289 TEU (Sept 220,548)
    Cape Town                 56,760 (Sept 64,568)
    Port Elizabeth             27,491 (Sept 42,645)
    Ngqura                       1,938 (Sept n/a)
    East London                5,475 (Sept 2,541)
    Richards Bay                  838 (Sept 671)

    Total containers handled during October 302,791-TEU (September 330,973)

    Ship Calls for October 2009

    Durban:            363 vessels 9.461m gt (Sept 408 vessels 10.257m gt)
    Cape Town:       215 vessels 4.218m gt (Sept 266 vessels 5.302m gt)
    Port Elizabeth:    100 vessels 2.400m gt (Sept 102 vessels 2.588m gt)
    Ngqura:                7 vessels 0.414 gt (Sept not applicable)
    Richards Bay:      178 vessels 5.761m gt (Sept 169 vessels 5.354m gt)
    Saldanha:            52 vessels 2.990m gt (Sept 47 vessels 3.011 gt)
    East London:        27 vessels 0.598m gt (Sept 23 vessels 0.602 gt)
    Mossel Bay:          53 vessels 0.113m gt (Sept 46 vessels 0.214m gt)

    Total ship calls for October 2009: 988 ships for 25,540,969-gt
    (September 1,061 ships for 27,328,799-gt)

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

    South Africa strengthening relations at China-Africa forum

    by Proffesor Ndawonde (BuaNews)

    Pretoria - South Africa is busy strengthening relations at the 4th Forum on Africa-China Cooperation (FOCAC) which kicked off this week in Egypt.

    International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana Mashabane and other government senior officials are attending the forum as relations between South Africa and China grow rapidly.

    According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, the visit comes within the context of strengthening South-South cooperation, which provides the basis for mutual benefit and cooperation between Africa and China.

    “Relations between Africa and China have dramatically improved, especially within both the political and economic spheres, following the 1st FOCAC Ministerial meeting in 2000 held in Beijing and the 2nd FOCAC Ministerial meeting in 2003 held in Addis Ababa,” it stated.

    The forum's central focus is on the economic development of both Africa and China.

    The issues under discussion include Infrastructure Development in Africa which will assist in the development of transportation and telecommunication networks, water conservancy (dams) and power generation facilities.

    The forum is also deliberating on agriculture related issues which will see China providing technical agricultural assistance, machinery and agricultural infrastructure support to African countries.

    The department said the forum will discuss the natural resources and energy exploration and extraction.

    “Protecting the local environment and promoting sustainable social and economic development in the local areas is also emphasized,” the department said, adding that the forum is also having sessions on the investment and business cooperation.

    Other issues under the spotlight include trade and finance which aim to encourage closer Chinese collaboration with the African Development Bank and regional development banks as well as transport and science and Information Communication Technology.

    * See also ‘News Clips – Keeping It Brief’ below…

    Dar es Salaam pledges to clear container ships within three days

    Port of Dar es Salaam from outer space - courtesy Google

    Stakeholders from the transport and logistics industry in Tanzania have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Dar es Salaam port management which is aimed at drastically reducing congestion at the port.

    Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) director-general Ephraim Mgawe said that with effect from this month (November) “every ship which will anchor at the Dar port will be cleared within three days.”

    This follows the signing of the MoU between TPA, Tanzania International Container Terminal Services (TICTS), which holds the concession to operate the container terminal, shipping agencies and owners of inland container depots.

    According to Mgawe any inland container depot that fails to transfer cargo within three days will face penalties involving additional charges.

    Amendments mean higher Customs duties on imported containerised cargo

    Importers of containerised cargo will find themselves paying more customs duties and VAT following amendments to the Customs and Excise Act 91 of 1964 which became effective on 1 October 2009.

    Quintus van der Merwe, and Tarryn Hunkin of Customs@Wylie point out that the amendments to sections 66 and 67 will impact on the amount of customs duties and VAT paid by importers, thus increasing revenue collection.

    Prior to the amendment, section 66(11)(a) defined the port or place of export as the place where the goods were packed into a container. This section now states that the port or place of export is that point where the goods are placed on board ship or on any vehicle which conveys them from or across the border of that country. It deletes the reference to the point of packaging into a container.

    For non-containerised or break-bulk cargo the port or place of export was, and remains where the goods are placed on board a ship or on any vehicle which transported them across the border of that country.

    The amendment therefore, removes the distinction between containerised and non-containerised cargo. The effect of this is that in future break-bulk and containerised cargo will be valued at the same point, namely where such goods are placed onto the ship or any vehicle which conveys them from the country of export.

    In other words, all costs incurred prior to loading the container onto a ship or vehicle for export will have to be added to the price actually payable and only the costs incurred after the goods have been loaded onto the mode of conveyance will be allowable as a deduction.

    This does mean that goods that are moved from a landlocked country of export to another country for shipping will be valued differently. There is no doubt going to be some debate as to what is meant by being “loaded onto a ship or vehicle for export…”

    It would seem that packing, handling, inland freight (except where the goods are removed from the country of export by road) are no longer deductible costs.

    Rough ride for Oasis of the Seas

    It’s been a rough ride for the world’s biggest ever cruise ship, the 228,000-gt OASIS OF THE SEAS which is completing her maiden Transatlantic crossing this week on delivery to Fort Lauderdale in the USA.

    The ship, which is not carrying any passengers other than a few construction workers completing some last-minute fitting out, encountered giant waves of 20 metres during the voyage, causing Captain William Wright, the ship’s first master to drastically reduce speed. By all accounts (and these are company accounts as there is nobody else to tell any tales) the ship did pretty well in the circumstances, which may go some way to answering one matter concerning stability.

    The ship has a relatively shallow draught of 9 metres, comparative to her overall size, but was designed with a wide hull to compensate and reduce the snappiness of some ships when encountering waves from the side. We’ll still have to wait for an independent view of the ship’s reaction but at least she came through her first bad sea experience none the worse for wear.

    Oasis of the Seas is due in Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale tomorrow (Wednesday).

    See also World’s biggest cruise ship OASIS OF THE SEAS sets sail HERE

    News clips – Keeping it brief

    Mombasa congested with containers

    The Kenyan port of Mombasa is again experiencing ‘discomfort’ as a result of nearly 7,000 containers destined for Uganda which have accumulated in the port terminal. James Mulewa, managing director of Kenya Ports Authority said last Friday that of the 6,800 containers stuck at the port, only 3,000 have documents. ‘The others are targets for thieves,” he said while appealing to importers to help by clearing the boxes and creating space for others.


    China to build container terminal in Sudan

    China Harbour Engineering Company (Chec) has signed an agreement with Sudan Port Company to build phase 1 of the Suakin International Container Terminal project, according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua. The contract has a value of over US$100 million and a construction period of 36 months, which will result in two container berths with a combined length of 790m and capable of handling 100,000-ton container ships.

    Suakin, which lies to the south of Port Sudan was from times of antiquity a Red Sea port of some importance but which dwindled in modern times, particularly with the growth of Port Sudan 30 miles to the north.


    Namibia rail holds firm

    Rail cargo volumes for Namibia during 2009 have averaged 160,000 tonnes a month, which represents a small decrease of 3.9% overall on 2008 so far. Namibia has extended considerable energy in revitalising its rail services with new lines and the reopening of others that had fallen into disuse prior to independence.


    China pledges US$10 Billion in loans to Africa

    Speaking at a two-day forum on China-Africa cooperation being held in Egypt, Chinese premier Wen Jiabao has pledged US$10 Billion in loans to Africa over the next three years. “We will help Africa build up financing capacity,” he said.

    Countries in the West have accused China of plundering Africa’s for its natural resources while China says Europeans regard Africa as if it is still their own backyard. – BBC News

    Pics of the day – SHASA

    Transnet recently took delivery of the first of seven new Voith Schneider propulsion tractor tugs from the Southern African Shipyards in Durban. This was Hull number T306, which has been named SHASA and is registered at Port Elizabeth although the tug is scheduled to operate at the new port of Ngqura. On completion of her fitting out and successful sea trials, in which the tug achieved a bollard pull of 80.7 tonnes (design 70t) and an average speed of 13.43 knots compared with Transnet’s request for 12kn, Shasa sailed for Port Elizabeth where she arrived a day or so later after an uneventful trip. Pictures by Jurgen Cobarg

    The new tug shortly after arrival in Port Elizabeth

    A view from the bridge, or wheelhouse

    What the engine room looks like All pictures by Jurgen Cobarg

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