Ports & Ships Maritime News
November 10, 2010
Shipping, freight, trade and transport related news of interest for Africa
Author: Terry Hutson
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Cape Town’s CMS offshore supply launch OCEAN PRIDE departing the harbour to provide another offshore service. Picture by Aad Noorland
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Piracy: Two South Africans now hostages of Somali pirates
Two yachtsmen who were abducted off the yacht Choizil on the Somali coast this week have been identified as South Africans Bruno Pelizzari and his girlfriend Deborah.
The owner of the yacht, Peter Eldridge refused to leave after the yacht went aground in shallow water with pirates on board. Despite earlier reports that he had been shot, the
European Naval forces operating in the area confirmed that the pirates made off with the other two crewmembers and confirmed that Eldridge was rescued from the yacht and was
safely on board the French warship FS FLOREAL.
Initial reports of a child being on board the yacht together with a woman appear to be the result of Pelizzari’s slight stature as seen from afar. He and his girlfriend
Deborah have been members of the Bluff Yacht Club in Durban for some years. According to available reports the couple have been taken to a pirates hideout ashore.
BuaNews meanwhile reports that the third member of the crew, Peter Eldridge has been taken to Nairobi, after having transferred from the yacht to the safety of the French
frigate FS FLOREAL.
Pirates attack and kidnap crew from oil rig off Nigerian coast
Armed Nigerian pirates, or militants depending on your viewpoint, have attacked an Afren offshore oil rig, kidnapping seven members of the crew and injuring two others, Afren
said on Monday. The London-based oil exploration company confirmed those taken hostage included two US citizens, two Frenchmen, two Indonesians and a Canadian. So far there
has been no claims of responsibility from MEND, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger delta which is usually responsible for such attacks. A ransom demand is expected
for their release.
The attack took place in the shallow water Okoro field off Akwa Ibom state, which produces 17,300 barrels of oil a day for Afren.
Yemen hosting States of Djibouti Code of Conduct meeting
A regional meeting of the Djibouti Code of Conduct’s signatories on Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden off Somali Coasts is
currently underway in Sana’a, Yemen. The meeting ends today (10 November).
The meeting is being attended by representatives from the host country Yemen, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Eritrea, Djibouti, Sudan, Jordan and UAE. Observers from Kenya,
Tanzania, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, France, the European Union (EU) and the European Commission are also attending, along with experts and specialists from the EU
and the IMO.
The objective of the meeting is to explore ways of combating piracy in the region.
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Of ships and shipping
Maersk first line to have CO2 emissions verified
Maersk Line has become the first shipping line to have ship-by-ship CO2 emissions data independently verified by classification company Lloyds Register.
“Maersk Line is to be congratulated for taking the lead in promoting transparency and credibility with regard to carbon emissions,” said Madlen King, Head of Climate Change
and Sustainability at Lloyd’s Register.
Mitsui develops bulker with reduced CO2 emissions
Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) says it has developed a 66,000-dwt geared bulk carrier which it claims is the first type of ship developed to reduce CO2 emissions by
The design is an enlarged version of MES’ successful 56,000-dwt type Handymax bulker for which more than 150 orders have been placed. MES says the design was preceded by a
great many discussions with owners and operators and a large amount of research which involved looking at 600 ports worldwide.
The new design will have a length of 200m, a beam of 36m and a shallow draught of 12.9m with a service speed of 14 knots. The size of the beam takes into account the widened
Panama Canal which is due to come into commission in 2014. Hatch openings are optimised to meet existing cargo handling equipment at various ports.
Despite being larger than the 56,000-dwt version, the new ship will have a lower fuel consumption thanks to a newly developed energy-saving hull form.
Dockwise gets nod for $200 million super heavylift ship
Blue Marlin uplifting the US Navy destroyer USS Cole from Yemen in 2000
The Dutch heavy lift specialist Dockwise has approved plans to build a new super heavylift ship capable of carrying 100,000 tonnes of cargo. The vessel will cost an estimated
US$ 200 million.
Although still subject to approval by shareholders, the new ship will be considerably larger than Dockwise’s BLUE MARLIN, which in 2000 carried the explosion-damaged US
destroyer USS COLE from Yemen to the United States. The newbuild will have a deck size of 275 by 70 metres and an “unusual bowless design” for which Dockwise is applying for a
patent. There is no hint about which shipyard will build the ship.
COSCO orders another eight heavylift ships
In the past few weeks Chinese ship owner COSCO Shipping has placed orders for eight heavylift ships each of 28,000-dwt. The ships are to be built by Nantong COSCO KHI Ship
Engineering Co in Shanghai (4) and Shanghai Shipyard (4). These are in addition to ten 27,000-dwt heavylift ships ordered in March this year, as COSCO positions itself as the
leading heavylift shipping line in the business.
Seven parcel tankers for Stolt-Nielsen
Stolt Tankers, a division of Stolt-Nielsen has announced the purchase of seven stainless steel parcel tankers from a number of sources for a total amount of US$ 255 million,
which includes upgrade and takeover costs.
Bribery scandal hits Korea shipbuilding
Several bribery scandals have rocked the South Korean shipbuilding industry, with 12 executives at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries and three at Daehan Shipbuilding being
implicated in the accusations. All 15 were booked last Thursday on suspicion of accepting bribes to the amount of hundreds of million of won. In addition, 13 subcontractors
are under investigation by authorities.
In 2009 the president of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, one of Korea’s largest yards, was similarly accused of being involved in bribery.
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African port news
Boskalis secures US$ 142 million contracts in Africa
Dutch company Royal Boskalis Westminster NV has announced three African contracts valued at US$ 142 million. Two of these involve port developments
One of the projects is at the port of Tangier in North Africa and involves backfilling an area behind the quay walls with about five million cubic metres of material gathered
offshore by trailing suction hopper dredgers. The project commences in mid-2012 and will last five months.
A second contract is at the Congo port of Pointe Noire where an existing breakwater is to be extended along with shore protection works. This contract commences this year and
is expected to be completed within two years.
The third African contract involves refurbishing a water flow station at Olero Creek in Nigeria, about 200km northwest of Port Harcourt. The three projects were awarded to
Boskalis by Saipem Contracting Nigeria Limited, BSTM.
Zim sells its Nigerian container terminal stake
Tin Can Island Container Terminal
Israel’s Zim Integrated Shipping Services is to sell its minority stake in the Tin Can Island Container Terminal at the port of Lagos.
Zim’s 47.5% share in Tin Can Island Container Terminal is being disposed of to a new joint venture between China-Africa Development Fund and China Merchants Holdings. The sale
is worth US$ 154 million, leaving Zim to make a gross profit of $120 million on the deal.
China Merchants Holdings is to own 60% of the JV and China-Africa taking the other 40%, after approval has been received from the Chinese regulators. In terms of the sale
agreement Zim will continue to call at Tin Can Island for the next 10 years.
Tin Can Island Container Terminal is Nigeria’s second largest container terminal, after Apapa also in Lagos. The terminal has three berths and an annual capacity of 360,000
TEUs. A fourth berth is being upgraded and will increase the terminal capacity to 400,000 TEU.
French port operator Bollore Logistics Africa holds the majority balance of shares in the terminal.
ZIM CEO Rafi Danieli said the proceeds of the sale will be used to develop and expand ZIM’s shipping activities globally. The Israeli company continues to have extensive
shipping interests in Nigeria and operates several shipping services between Nigeria and Asia, Europe and the United States.
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Cruise News – MSC Sinfonia arrives and Carnival ship crippled by fire
MSC SINFONIA arrived in Cape Town yesterday (Tuesday) at the start of its 2010/11 six month cruise season, based from the port of Durban. The ship had sailed from Genoa via
the Atlantic seaboard (to avoid running the gauntlet of Somali pirates).
She is due in Durban on Friday and will immediately begin her cruises to Mozambique destinations including Inhaca, Maputo and Barra Lodge. MSC Sinfonia will be joined by a
second MSC cruise ship in December, the MSC MELODY which will be based at Cape Town but will also undertake cruises to Madagascar from Durban.
Starlight Cruises, which is marketing the MSC cruise season says it expects 100,000 passengers to cruise in the two ships during the summer months.
Carnival cruise ship adrift after fire in engine room
The 113,323-gt CARNIVAL SPELNDOR was left drifting off the coast of Mexico this week after a fire in the aft engine room left the vessel without power.
The ship, with 3,299 passengers on board and 1,167 crew, was later placed under tow some 200 n.miles south of San Diego and is expected to arrive in the Mexican port of
Ensenada later tonight US time (Wednesday), according to the US Coastguard.
The blaze broke out on Monday morning and by the time it was extinguished the ship had lost all power and was only able to operate essential services using auxiliary
generators. Services such as hot water, air conditioning and telephone were not available. By Monday night the auxiliary generators had made it possible for toilets and
running water to be restored.
After the initial scare passengers were allowed to return to their cabins and were served with bottled water and cold food.
The two Mexican tugs helping the stricken cruise ship will take the ship to the Mexican port of Ensenada from where passengers will be bused to California. Carnival said in a
statement that passengers will be offered full refunds and complimentary cruises in compensation.
“We know this has been an extremely trying situation for our guests and we sincerely thank them for their patience. Conditions on board the ship are very challenging and we
sincerely apologize for the discomfort and inconvenience our guests are currently enduring,” said Carnival president/CEO Gerry Cahill.
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Tororo dry port to be ready by 2012
The Tororo inland dry port on the Kenya and Uganda border has finally got the go-ahead after frustrating bureaucratic delays and is now expected to be in business by November
The dry port is intended to relieve pressure on the Mombasa container terminal and depots and to speed up the delivery of containers to Uganda and other landlocked neighbours
in the Great Lakes region.
The Chairman of Great Lakes Ports Ltd of Kenya, the company which owns Tororo dry port, said the port of Mombasa should be regarded as a transit area and not a storage area.
He said that goods destined for Uganda should be able to move directly to that country for clearing. Cargo will in future take four days for the transit instead of the 15 days
it now takes to arrive in Uganda, he said.
The 200-acre Tororo dry port will be less than one kilometre from the Malaba border post between Kenya and Uganda. – source The Monitor
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Panalpina to pay US$ 81.9 million in settlement of bribery charges
Swiss-based global freight forwarder Panalpina and five oil and gas service companies and their subsidiaries have agreed to pay a settlement of US$ 156.6 million and to
disgorge another $ 80m in profits, interest and penalties, following a plea bargain agreement regarding accusations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations.
The settlement arises from charges in a Texas district court detailing bribery paid to foreign officials on behalf of oil and gas customers, in Nigeria, Angola, Azerbaijan,
Brazil, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan between 2002 and 2007. Panalpina admitted paying thousands of bribes to officials in those countries amounting to at least $ 27
Panalpina’s customers for whom it paid the bribes included Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary, Transocean Inc, and Tidewater Marine International Inc, which admitted they
approved or condoned the payment of bribes on their behalf in Nigeria and that they falsified records of these bribe payments in their corporate books and accounts.
In terms of the settlement Panalpina has to pay a $ 70.6 million penalty and disgorge $ 11.3m in profits. Shell must pay a $ 30 million criminal penalty and $ 7.2m in profits
and prejudgement interest. Transocean must pay a R 13.4 million criminal penalty and $ 7.2m in profits and interest. Tidewater must pay a R 7.35 million penalty and $ 8.3m in
profit and interest. Noble Group must pay a $ 2.6 million penalty and disgorge $ 5.5m in profits and interest, and Pride International, together with a French subsidiary will
pay a $ 32.6 million penalty and $ 23.5m in profits and interest after admitting to bribing officials in India, Venezuela and Mexico with amounts adding up to R800,000. –
source American Shipper
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Pics of the Day – MSC SINFONIA
Mediterranean Shipping Company’s cruise ship MSC SINFONIA arrived in Cape Town yesterday morning, en route to Durban and a six month cruise season from that port and city.
These pictures by Ian Shiffman
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