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Ports & Ships Maritime News

3 August 2011
Author: Terry Hutson

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The offshore supply ship TOISA SENTINEL (4,208-gt, built 1982) at rest on her berth in Cape Town harbour. Picture by Aad Noorland


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The grounded tanker PHOENIX is continuing to resist efforts of being refloated and yesterday operations aimed at pulling the 15,000-ton ship into deep water came to naught when the tow chain again parted.

The section of chain making up part of the bridle consists of a 2.5” chain with a theoretical braking strain of 700 tonnes, whereas the Smit Amandla has a bollard pull of 180 tonnes and the Smit Siyanda a bollard pull of 100 tonnes.

SAMSA reports that during Monday night the Smit Amandla was able to recover the dyneema towing rope ready for transfer to the Phoenix. At the same time a stronger high grade chain was being prepared and was to be airlifted to the Phoenix during the course of the day.

With swell conditions predicted to increase, which is advantageous when attempting to re-float the vessel, it was anticipated that another attempt at refloating the ship might enjoy success, but unfortunately the tow rope parted during yesterday’s attempt.

A further attempt is scheduled for today (Wednesday) providing the necessary equipment can be recovered and re-rigged in time.

SAMSA’s Captain Saroor Ali is responsible for all operations regarding the salvage of the vessel.

Meanwhile, some light traces of marine gas oil (diesel) have been noted on the beach. The Department of Environmetal Affairs, which together with Provincial and local environmental authorities are continuing to monitor the area and all traces of oil are being cleaned up when found. As a precautionary measure the DEA advises that the collection and consumption of shellfish from the area of the vessel should be strongly discouraged until further notice.

It is also noted that people are continuing to use the sea area around the vessel for surfing, swimming, body boarding etc. According to SAMSA not only are these people endangering their own lives, especially during helicopter operations, but they may also hamper the operations on-board while rigging towing gear. Water uses are urged to remain well clear of the vessel at all times.


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Bay of Namibe

Namibe, Angola – Construction work on rebuilding Angola’s Moçâmedes railroad, which began in 2006 and is due to end in December, is over two thirds complete, the chairman of the company that manages the facility, Daniel Quipaxe said last week.

Quipaxe said that 680 kilometres out of a total of 970 kilometres of the line have been completed between Namibe (the present name of Moçâmedes) and Menongue in the province of Cuando Cubango.

His announcement came at the end of a visit by the governor of Huíla province, Isaac dos Santos, to inspect work being carried out on the railway station of Lubango and the work to compact the platforms at Arimba da Chanja station.

China is responsible for most of the investment in the railroad, which has been funded through a US$2 billion credit line provided by the Export Import Bank. India is also involved in funding the railroad.

In relation to reconstruction work on the railway stations, Quipaxe said that the stations built in the municipalities of Matala, Jamba, Kuvango and Menongue were due to be delivered in August and the remainder in December. Quipaxe added that the rail bridge over the Giraúl River in Namibe province, which was recently destroyed by floods, would be finished in November (macauhub).

When originally built the line was constructed to 600mm gauge (2ft) but was later re-gauged to Cape Gauge (1067mm) in the 1950s. Although designed predominantly for passenger traffic, for which a number of railway coaches and locomotives are being acquired from China, the refurbished railroad will also serve mines at Chamutete and Cassinga. Last year it was announced that the iron ore and manganese mines at Cassinga, would be able to begin exporting within three years.

Earlier this year the governor of Huila Province, Isaac Maria dos Anjos said the Moçâmedes railroad could be transporting up to nine million tonnes of ore each year.

Transnet sells ex Kei Rail coaches to Angola

Transnet Rail Engineering has sold 18 ex Kei Rail passenger coaches and two power cars to Angola, for use on the Benguela Railway.

“The sale of these units is in line with Rail Engineering's strategy of intensifying its marketing activities in the African market, with the objective of expanding its footprint in this market,” TRE said in a statement.

Transnet Rail Engineering, which is a division of Transnet Limited, has sold the 18 passenger coaches and two power cars to Dominex Imports and exports CC in Angola. The coaches were refurbished for use by Kei Rail, which is an Eastern Cape provincial government initiative aimed at re-establishing the railway between uMthatha and East London.

When Kei Rail indicated it could no longer take delivery of the coaches, TRE set about finding an export market for them. The coaches consist of 13 Economy Class Sitter Coaches, two Business Class Sitter Coaches, one Economy Class Sleeper Coach and two kitchen cum bar coaches, making up a full train of 18 coaches.

They were shipped from Durban Harbour on board the vessel PAULINA last weekend, bound for Lobito in Angola.

Success for Rift Valley Railways

After several years of uncertainty, both financially and politically, the managers of Kenya and Uganda’s Rift Valley Railway appear to have turned the corner and have been able to post a modest but healthy US$674,000 profit.

“This is indeed a significant start to RVR's turnaround process,” said Brown Ondego, chairman of RVR.

RVR operates 2,352km of railroad track from the Kenyan port of Mombasa into neighbouring Uganda. Very little maintenance has been undertaken on the century-old line since independence more than fifty years ago but RVR has reported some significant improvements in overall efficiency which Ondego says is having a positive impact on the company’s financial results.

“Throughout 2010, Citadel Capital (which holds 51% of the stock) and RVR worked closely to implement a sustainable business and investment plan that includes a $287m five-year capital expenditure programme to rehabilitate RVR's infrastructure and rolling stock,” he said. His announcement came one week after the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved a $40m loan which is part of a bigger debt package likely to be signed later this year. Ahmed Keikal, chairman and founder of Egypt’s Citadel Capital said he welcomed AfDB's decision to assist in the financing of RVR.

“The rehabilitation of the rail network in East Africa is vital to long-term economic growth prospects in the region and the loan will advance the upgrading of vital railway infrastructure, expedite the transition from road to rail in terms of regional goods transportation and allow RVR to improve on its passenger rail offerings,” he said.


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Port of Beira

Beira, 2 August 2011 – Ships of up to 60,000 gross tonnes are once again able to use the Mozambique port of Beira, following the completion of dredging work by Van Oord Dredging.

According to a report in the Maputo newspaper Noticias, this is the first time in 28 years that ships of this size have been able to dock in Beira due to excessive silting of the approaches.

The cost of the dredging amounted to €43 million and was financed through the Mozambican government via the European Investment Bank, the Netherlands based ORET Fund, Mozambique’s CFM port and railways company and the Dutch company Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors.

The project involved dredging a total of 27.5km of the approaches to the port and to a width of 230 metres and a depth of 11 metres.

Some 9,320,000 cubic metres of sediment were removed, of which 5,880,000 was sludge and 3,440,000 sand, including 3,000 cubic metres of sand transferred to the hydraulic landfill for the future coal terminal.

To complement the dredging work and ensure efficient maintenance, the CFM this year obtained financing of about 40 million euros through the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) to acquire a new dredger and improve the Beira port’s maritime service.

The vice-minister of Transport and Communications, Manuela Rebelo, said that Mozambique “can now meet the logistical challenges of handling coal from Moatize transported via the Sena line. (source: macauhub)


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CMA CGM Tema. Picture by Ian Shiffman

CMA CGM and CSAV’s new joint direct container service (WAX II) between Asia and West Africa is due to commence today (Wednesday 3 August) when CSAV’s CELINA STAR sails from Ningbo.

The service is being operated with 10 vessels in the range 2,500 TEU’s to 3,100 TEU’s, with each company provided five ships. WAX II serves China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Cameroon.

Included in the port rotation is a direct call at Douala in Cameroon plus an enhanced transhipment capacity from Lomé to Cotonou and a call to CMA CGM’s Port Kelang hub, giving access to the south-eastern Asian market.

Transit time is a fast 22 days between Apapa, the first call in West Africa and Port Kelang. “The launch of this WAX II service is another example of the CMA CGM Group’s determination to provide direct services between Asia and West Africa to meet the growing demand of its customers on this trade,” said Stéphane Courquin, CMA CGM Vice President Africa, Indian Ocean, and Oceania.

The full rotation is Ningbo – Shanghai – Chiwan – Hong Kong – Port Kelang – Lagos – Apapa – Lome – Tema – Abidjan – Douala – Ningbo.

AP Moller-Maersk reiterates intention of focusing on Africa and South America

Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk Group has reiterated what CEO Nils Andersen said earlier this year that the company will focus on rapidly developing markets such as Africa and South America.

An article in the Group magazine Maersk Post quoted Lars Reno Jakobsen, Network and Product chief at Maersk Line as saying that while the Asia-Europe trade remains dominant, ‘growth out of China to Latin America and Africa will outpace growth rates to Europe.’

“Therefore, we are focused on increasing market share in these new growth trades. We have been present in these growth markets for many years, and we adjust continuously according to developments in demand,” said Jakobsen.

Meanwhile Pyers Tucker, Startegy head at Damco, Maersk’s standalone forwarding unit was quoted as saying, “The rapid rate of outsourcing to China by western companies appears to be slowing because of increasing cost of Chinese labour and cost of fuel. Companies are looking at sourcing alternatives, either in other countries in Asia or nearer to the countries where products will be consumed.”

Another big factor, he said, was increasing demand among consumers in developing countries. “Consumption in China is growing rapidly, and India is ready to take off. Even in African countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa, we see increasing consumption.”



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The container ship MACAO STRAIT (21,018-gt, built 2008) in Cape Town harbour on 19 July 2011. Picture by Ian Shiffman

Image and video hosting by TinyPic The container ship NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR (25,713-gt, built 2001) sailing from Cape Town harbour 13 July 2011. Picture by Ian Shiffman


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