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Ports & Ships Maritime News

21-22 July 2011
Author: Terry Hutson

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On Wednesday we published a picture of the drill ship PACIFIC SCIROCCO outside Cape Town. This inspired another reader to send in this lovely picture of the drill ship, together with her twin sister PACIFIC BORA off Blouberg in the sunset of a few evenings ago. Picture by Maureen Marsberg

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CSCL Lima. Picture by Trevor Jones

China Shipping Container Line increases services voyages to 16 a month

Paul Scannell of Seaclad Maritime advises of further amendments and additions to China Shipping Container Line’s (CSCL) services covering South Africa.

“You recently published some news about our new SEAS service and the inclusion of Ngqura in the CSCL service offering. We now have some further improvements with our WAX service, as follows:

“The upgrade of the CSCL service from South America and to the Far East was recently announced. We are now pleased to announce that the WAX service from the Far East and to West Africa will also be upgraded from August 2011. The current WAX service in partnership with K.Line and Hapag-Lloyd consists of 8 x 2,500 TEU vessels. NYK will now join this consortium and the service be expanded to 11 x 2,500 TEU vessels offering a weekly call at Durban en route from the Far East to West Africa plus a weekly call on the return voyage.”

Scannell adds that the new SEAS and WAX services will enable CSCL to offer the South African market a total of 16 voyages a month including 12 voyages to / from Durban plus 4 voyages to / from Ngqura. The new services have also enabled CSCL to add new ports to their service offering including Singapore in both directions on the new WAX service.

The full port rotation for the WAX service is as follows: Shanghai, Zhoushan, Xiamen, Shekou, Singapore, Port Kelang, Durban westbound, Tema, Lome, Cotonou, Lagos, Durban eastbound, Port Kelang, Singapore, Shanghai.

“Between the SEAS and WAX services we now have 11 direct ports of call in the Far East with others available on a transhipment basis. The SEAS service port rotation can be found in our announcement of 24 May 2011.” See that report HERE. Use your Back Button to return to this page.

The New SEAS services have their first arrivals from South America on 27 July 2011 in Ngqura and on 7 August in Durban whilst the new WAX service will kick in with Durban import arrivals from the Far East and Exports to West Africa on 13 September 2011.

Further details are available from Seaclad Maritime who are General Agents for CSCL in South Africa.

NYK adds additional calls

For its involvement in the above service, Japanese carrier NYK (SWAX service) will be making additional calls (for NYK) at Xiamen and Port Kelang while by joining with CSCL, Hapag-Lloyd and K.Line, NYK is withdrawing from the current service it operates with Nile Dutch Line.

K.Line adds Singapore

As far as K.Line is concerned the new service will mean the addition of a Singapore call on both eastbound and westbound services.

In terms of ships on the service, CSCL is providing four vessels, Hapag-Lloyd four, K.Line two and NYK one, all in the 2,500-TEU range.

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Pre-Positioning ship USNS Sgt William R Button (T-AK 3012), one of five ships of the Bobo class which will be operated by Maersk Line

Further to our report of Maersk being awarded contract to run two pre-positioning ships (13 April 2011- see it HERE), Maersk Line has now been awarded a $126 million contract to operate five ro-ro and container vessels on behalf of the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) and a logistics program for the Marine Corps.

Under the contract Maersk will operate a number of Bobo-class vessels which will be crewed by civilian crews and deployed worldwide to provide instant stand by support for US forces deployed rapidly to counter emergencies.

“If all options are exercised, the total contract value will reach approximately $126 million, excluding reimbursable expenses and performance incentives,” Maersk said in a statement.

The Maritime Prepositioned Ships (MPS) are assigned to three Maritime Prepositioning Ship squadrons located in the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean at Diego Garcia and the Western Pacific at Guam and Saipan. The MPS ships in each squadron have sufficient equipment, supplies and ammunition to support a Marine Expeditionary Brigade of about 17,000 personnel for 30 days. The MPS ships are self-sustaining, having cranes which enable them to unload their own cargo.

They have been used extensively in the past to rapidly build up forces in theatre for events such as Operation Desert Shield and natural disasters such as the Christmas Tsunami of 2004.

Maersk Line have already been awarded contracts by the MSC to provide maintenance on some ships and to operate a tanker for the Command.

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Pretoria – The Hawks have arrested 19 suspects, including three SAPS members, believed to part of a syndicate involved in abalone related crime.

Working with the Marine and Coastal Management in the Western Cape, the Hawks made the arrests as part of an operation called Project Black Leaves, which was conducted in Beaufort West, Stanford and Gansbaai.

“The suspects have been arrested on charges of racketeering, corruption, money laundering and abalone related crimes. Abalone is the basis for all the allegations against the suspects. The suspects include three members of the South African Police Service,” the SAPS said.

The investigation revealed that the suspected syndicate has been active since July 1998 and has allegedly been operating in the Western Cape, Gauteng, Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

The suspects were due to appear in court on Thursday.

More arrests, including that of a current and former SAPS employee, as well as a Chinese national, are expected soon. – BuaNews


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The container ship MOL DIGNITY (42,110-gt, built 2010) which was in Cape Town harbour in the past week. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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Spot the hitchhiker on the bulbous bow of the MOL Dignity. No, it’s not a stowaway, but a young seal feeling a bit lazy on such a warm winter’s day. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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