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Ports & Ships Maritime News

15 February 2011
Author: Terry Hutson

Shipping, freight, trade and transport related news of interest for Africa

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First View – WISH WAY

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The heavylift vessel WISH WAY called at the port of Ngqura earlier this month to discharge three barges and a dredger which will be used during the extension of the container terminal quay. Picture by by Dario Leveroni of Leveroni Marine Surveyors

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Cyclone Bingiza comes ashore on Madagascar

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The anticipated tracking of Cyclone Bingiza, the first to come ashore on Madagascar this year. Picture HurricaneZone.net

14 February 2011 - Cyclone Bingiza, the first major weather system to strike Madagascar this cyclone season, made landfall in the early hours of 14 February near Cap Masoala in the northeastern Sava region of the Indian Ocean island (and skirting Antongil Bay).

The damage caused by the category three cyclone, which has sustained wind speeds of 160 kilometres per hour with gusts of up to 220 kilometres per hour, has yet to be established.

“We expect this to be a Type 2 emergency, with over 100,000 people affected by wind damage and/or flooding, and over 30,000 severely affected,” CARE International, an NGO focusing on poverty eradication, said in an emergency alert.

The agency noted that although information was sparse at this stage, “We expect that the scale of this emergency will greatly exceed the response capacity of the Malagasy government's Disaster Risk Management Agency (BNGRC).”

John Uniack Davis, CARE International's country director, told IRIN that “high winds and low clouds” were preventing an immediate assessment of the damage caused by Bingiza. - IRIN

From Friday through the weekend Tropical Cyclone Bingiza continued to churn almost stationary less than a few hundred miles off the shore of northeastern Madagascar. Yesterday (Monday) however the storm had moved close enough for its effects to be felt on eastern Madagascar. Bingiza's strength is currently equal to that of a tropical storm in the Atlantic Basin.

The cyclone season extends from October to March, and peaks in February.

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Company News – DB Schenker wins BMW contract and Hapag-Lloyd shareholder says no to further involvement

DB Schenker wins BMW contract to supply South Africa and China

According to DB Schenker Logistics, it is setting up a logistics centre in Leipzig to supply components to BMA car plants in South Africa and China.

“It is one of the largest logistics projects we have ever acquired,” Karl-Friedrich Rausch, member of the DB Mobility Logistics AG management board for transportation and logistics, said in a statement.

The 63,000-sq metre logistics center is scheduled to be operational by mid-2012. DB Schenker will collect about 8,000 different car components for packing and stowing in containers to match delivery requirements. The center will also give sheet metal parts protective treatment for ocean transport through different climate zones.

The company estimates the centre will handle roughly 50 containers daily, most of them to be carried by ship to a port city in SA and from there to Rosslyn near Pretoria, and to Shenyang in China.

BMW is building a new production plant in Shenyang and DB Schenker is already involved in the supply chain for that location, the company said. DB Schenker also handles BMW contracts in other countries, such as spare parts supplies in South Africa. - source American Shipper

Fredriksen not pursuing Hapag-Lloyd share

According to Bloomberg, shipping magnate John Fredriksen does not plan to increase his share in the German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd.

Fredriksen owns about 15% on TUI AG, the European tourism company that owns nearly 50% of Hapag-Lloyd. TUI is planning an initial public offering for the container line during 2011.

At the height of the recent economic downturn in 2008 TUI sold a majority in Hapag-Lloyd to a consortium of German businessmen who were intent on keeping the shipping line in German hands. Since then, TUI's share of Hapag-Lloyd has risen from about 43 percent to nearly 50 percent due to short-term loans the parent company made as Hapag-Lloyd weathered the economic crisis in 2009.

TUI head Michael Frenzel said last week the company expects the container line to repay substantial amounts of those loans. On Wednesday TUI announced Hapag-Lloyd's first quarter financial year (October through December) revenues were up 34% on the corresponding period a year ago.

Hapag-Lloyd is the fifth-largest container line in the world by fleet capacity, according to maritime news service Alphaliner. – source American Shipper

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Piracy – SAS MENDI goes into action while ‘up north’ pirates take another ship

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SAS Mendi at sea off Durban this past week. Picture by Steve McCurrach www.airserv.co.za

Reports provided by the SABC at the weekend appear to have confirmed our own report of 2 February that the SA Navy may begin anti piracy patrols off northern Mozambique.

The SABC report said that South Africa had deployed a frigate (SAS MENDI) to take part in anti-piracy operations and said this followed international pressure to increase its role in the fight against piracy off Somalia.

It appears that SAS Mendi is to join five other frigates as well as a number of smaller naval craft in the anti-piracy action. The report did not say where the patrols would take place – our own information is that it will be in the southern reaches of the so-called Somali basin in the region from the Seychelles to Madagascar and incorporating the Tanzanian and Kenya coasts, including the northern entrance of the Mozambique Channel.

SAS Mendi has been seen in deployment along the KZN coast for the past few weeks and has made several arrivals at the Salisbury Island naval station.

IRISL bulker captured by pirates

The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) bulker SININ (52,466-dwt, built 2005) has been captured by Somali pirates and is now heading for Somalia. The bulk ship, previously named LAURINDA, was highjacked on Saturday, 12 February while sailing approximately 350 n.miles east of Masirah.

The ship has a crew of 23 onboard – 13 Iranians and 10 Indians. It is thought that the ship was attacked by two skiffs.

Ironically the highjacking came just a day after Iran’s navy chief Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari issued a statement praising his naval forces for their presence and success in independent anti-piracy patrols.

“In the Gulf of Aden, 25 to 30 countries (under NATO and European Union command) are busy patrolling to secure the shipping routes. The Islamic Republic of Iran is among those that work independently.”

The admiral hailed his country’s navy as the ‘strongest and best equipped and staffed force in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman.’ Iran did not need help in safeguarding the region, he said.

A day later the Sinin was attacked and captured. Sinin was not registered with MSC(HOA) and was not reporting to UKMTO.

Danish warship captures pirates

The Danish frigate ESBERN SNARE while on patrol in the Gulf of Aden intercepted and captured 16 suspected Somali pirates who were sailing a highjacked vessel, both NATO and the Danish Navy have announced.

The official report of the incident said that on Friday morning crew on the Danish ship noticed a small suspicious vessel off the Somali coast and decided to investigate. “After boarding the vessel it became clear that those aboard were 16 suspected pirates and two Yemeni hostages. The original fishing crew of nine people had been held for a year but most of them had been released.”

On searching the fishing vessel the navy crew found rocket launchers, assault rifles, ammunition, large quantities of fuel and two skiffs. The two Yemeni hostages were taken on board the Esbern Snare for repatriation home while the Somalis, because of a lack of sufficient grounds for a successful prosecution, were dropped ashore in Somalia, minus their weapons and fuel. The fishing vessel is believed to have been used as a mother ship for piracy activity.

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News Flashes: Mauritius orders naval patrol vessel and Maersk sells more ships to MSC

India to build Mauritius new patrol ship

Baird Maritime reports that a line of credit has been extended to the Government of Mauritius for the financing of an offshore patrol boat which will be built in India at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers shipyard in Kolkota.

The credit line of US$ 48.5 million was extended by the Export-Import Bank of India at the behest of the Indian Government.

Maersk sells another three ships to MSC

There was a time when the two companies wouldn’t give each other ice in winter, but recent reports indicate that AP Moller-Maersk has sold another three elderly container ships to Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).

The three 1,920-TEU ships in question are the 23,900-gt MAERSK MAINE, MAERSK VERMONT and MAERSK MARYLAND, which were all built in Japan in the early 1990s, making them around 20 years old by now. They were originally operated by Farrell Line, a well-known name in South African shipping history and a subsidiary of P&O Nedlloyd. AP Moller-Maersk inherited the ships when they bought out P&O Nedlloyd. The three ships have a reported price tag of US$ 10.5 million each.

MSC recently bought the last of the 1988-era M class ships from Maersk Line, the 4,400-TEU sister ships Maersk Marie, Maersk Magleby and Maersk Majestic, which were part of a series of 12 ships. These appear to have replaced a number of 1970-era container ships sold by MSC for recycling.

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Trade News – DHL partners with Manchester United – Cathelco wins corrosion protection system order for P63 FPSO

DHL partners with Manchester United

Express and logistics company DHL has contracted to become Manchester United’s official logistics partner over a period of three years. The contract provides the opportunity for a wide range of integrated B2B and consumer marketing activities and events across many platforms including digital advertising perimeter boards, matchday programme, club website and selected events at Old Trafford.

In addition, DHL will work with the Manchester United Foundation in the development of a series of programmes to improve the lives of vulnerable young people in local communities.

“This deal underlines the continuing global strength of Manchester United,” said Manchester United’s Commercial Director, Richard Arnold. “DHL is a like-minded global brand with a track record in sports sponsorship and a strong presence in many of our key territories around the world. We're excited at the opportunities this partnership will create for DHL and for our fans around the world.”

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 46 billion euros in 2009.

Cathelco supply hull corrosion protection system for P63 FPSO

Cathelco have won an order to supply a hull corrosion protection system for the P63 FPSO which will be operated on behalf of Petrobras in the Papa Terra offshore oil field off Brazil.

This follows the recent announcement of an order for an ICCP system for the P62 FPSO.

The project will involve the conversion of the BW Nisa, a 323,000 dwt ultra large crude carrier which was built in 1985 and is owned by BW Offshore of Norway who will supervise the marine scope of the conversion contract.

The conversion will take place at the COSCO (Dalian) shipyard with delivery scheduled for the first quarter of 2011.

Cathelco are supplying an impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP) system for the vessel which will protect the underwater surface of the hull against corrosion.

To optimise the effectiveness of the system, it has been designed with four power units which are positioned throughout the length of the vessel. These enable arrangements of anodes and reference electrodes to be located on the hull in forward, midships and stern sections to achieve the best distribution of impressed current around the vessel.

In operation, the reference electrodes measure the electrical potential at the hull/seawater interface and send a reading to the control panel which increases or decreases the output to the anodes. In this way, the hull receives the optimum level of corrosion protection at all times.

The system has been supplied with a centralised controller which enables all four control panels to be monitored and controlled from a single location for the convenience of the crew.

This provides a clear graphical representation of the system and enables the anode outputs to be displayed individually as well as the readings from the various reference electrodes.

In addition, the controller stores the readings for each ICCP unit on a daily basis and generates monthly log readings for analysis by engineers at Cathelco Ltd.

Another advantage is that if an ‘alarm’ condition arises, the controller automatically generates a log file showing all the data relating to the condition together with details of all the configuration settings. This ensures that any faults can be traced and rectified without delay.

“We have listened to our customers and developed a monitoring system which saves a considerable amount of crew time. Instead of having to check a number of controllers at different locations around the ship each day, all of the information is centralised and the data logging is carried out automatically”, said Steve Ellis, project development manager at Cathelco Ltd.

Cathelco ICCP systems are being increasingly installed on FPSOs, FSOs and semi-submersibles including the FPSO P57 which was supplied in 2009 and more recently the FPSO P62 which is being converted for Petrobras.

Wärtsilä appoints new CEO

Björn Rosengren has been appointed new President and CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation from 1 September 2011, when the current President and CEO, Ole Johansson, will be retiring.

Björn Rosengren has held several management positions at Atlas Copco. Currently based in Shanghai, he is Senior Executive Vice President of Atlas Copco AB and Business Area President for Atlas Copco Construction and Mining Technique. – shipgaz news

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Pics of the Day – CCNI ANTARTICO

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CCNI’s container ship CCNI ANTARTICO (66,362-gt, built 2002), the former K-Line LONG BEACH BRIDGE, seen in Cape Town. Pictures by Ian Shiffman

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