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Ports & Ships Maritime News

23 August, 2011
Author: Terry Hutson

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The photographer Andy Anderson says he dug a batch of photographs from his personal archives and this one caught his eye. ”From my youth sailing Cadet Yachts at the Point Yacht Club during Cadet week 1965! Definitely from an era when life was not so frenetic! Our only cares were homework, prefects, compulsory rugby matches on Saturdays and pocket money!

“The Karanja in the background is definitely at the end of the era of great ships of the oceans; in hindsight I would so dearly loved to have done a voyage on one of the Union Castle, Shaw Savill, P&O etc vessels." Picture by Andy Anderson

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Durban call omitted on Asia-West Africa service

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CSCL Lima in Durban harbour. Picture by Trevor Jones

Hapag-Lloyd advises that because of delays on its eastbound service, one of its partner vessels, CSCL SAN JOSE, voyage 0026E will be omitting a call at Durban.

Bookings on this vessel has been amended as follows:

Import cargo from West Africa to Durban on the CSCL San Jose, voyage 0026E

The vessel will sail direct from Lagos to Port Kelang.

All import bookings from West Africa to Durban on the CSCL San Jose 0026E will be discharged in Port Kelang. These bookings will then be transshipped back to Durban on the NYK DANIELLA, voyage 0341W.

ETA Port Kelang (CSCL San Jose 0026E): 9 September 2011 - provisional
ETD Port Kelang (NYK Daniella 0341W): 10 September 2011 – provisional
ETA Durban (NYK Daniella 0341W): 29 September 2011 – provisional

Export cargo from Durban on the CSCL San Jose 0026E

All export bookings from Durban on the CSCL San Jose 0026E will be rolled over to the GUAYAQUIL BRIDGE, voyage 0018E, ETD Durban 28 August 2011. Amended booking confirmations will be distributed shortly.

The service, which is operated with 11 ships (four from China Shipping, three each from ‘K’ Line and NYK, and one from Hapag-Lloyd), is known as WAX by China Shipping and ‘K’ Line, SWX by NYK Line and WSX by Hapag-Lloyd. Niledutch operates with the services as a slot buyer.

The service operates the following rotation:

Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Shekou, Singapore, Pot Kelang, Durban, Tema, Lome, Cotonou, Lagos (Tin Can Island), Durban, Port Kelang, Singapore and Shanghai.

Safmarine to take delivery of new 1047-TEU ship for West African trade

Safmarine will shortly take delivery of the first of four multipurpose cargo vessels of 18,000-gross ton and 1,047 TEU originally ordered in 2008 from the Wuhu Xinlian Shipyard in China.

The SAFMARINE SAHARA is a self-geared vessel designed specifically for the West Africa trade and comes with three 80-tonne cranes, which can be combined to handle 160-tonne lifts. The shipping line already employs two similar-sized ships that were built at the Jiangsu Sugang Shipyard. They were purchased from Swiss owner Enzian Shipping.

Each of Safmarine's multipurpose ships are deployed on the Maersk/Safmarine China -West Africa breakbulk and oil industry trade services that transport mainly cocoa, coffee, timber, steel, project modules, oil and gas-related cargo, reports Alphaliner.

Maersk revenue increases over half-year but container profit takes a dip

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Maersk has announced that revenue for the first half of 2011 increased by 9% to US$ 29.9 billion ($ 27.4bn), primarily due to higher oil prices and container volumes. Profit for the period was 8% higher at $2.7bn ($ 2.5bn), positively affected by a divestment gain from the sale of Netto Foodstores Limited, UK for $700 million. The Group’s ROIC was 12.8% (12.8%).

“Thanks to the good performance of our terminals and oil related businesses, the group has delivered a satisfactory result for the first half-year. As we anticipated at the start of the year, the shipping market has been difficult, due to growing capacity, and we expect the slow economic growth and market volatility to continue for the coming quarters. We have taken advantage of our solid financial position to invest in our core businesses and are thereby preparing ourselves for continued and profitable long term growth,” says Group CEO Nils S Andersen.

Maersk’s container activities made a profit of $400 million ($ 1.2bn) and a ROIC of 4.5% (13.9%). Supply of new capacity reduced rates and this, combined with high bunker prices, set margins under pressure throughout the period. The number of containers carried increased by 6% to 3.8m FFE, while average freight rates, including bunker surcharges, were 3% lower than in the same period last year.

The group’s terminal activities made a profit of $304m ($528m and $231m excluding divestment gains and other special items). Container throughput increased by 8% on a like- for-like basis and ROIC was 12.2% (21.5% and 9.9% excluding divestment gains and other special items). During the period, APM Terminals secured a number of new investment and development opportunities primarily in emerging markets.

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Durban’s graving dock with ship repair yards in background. Picture by Gary Pilford

2011 will be an interesting time for the ship repair market. The boom times have past. The burning question now is, will the gloom times be avoided, asks Drewry.

Certainly, the market has shifted from the 2008 position, when yards could pick and choose, to one which is far more competitive. Early 2011 brought reports of some startlingly low quotes for steelwork replacement. Is this a sign of desperation? Such moves look unsustainable.

The difficult fact for the shipyards is that owners have not recovered from the trauma of late 2008’s freight market collapse. Since then, many have gone into minimum maintenance mode. They will only commit to doing what is absolutely necessary. This could be storing up problems for the future. It is also a concern if owners are prioritising cost over quality.

This makes it an unfortunate time for an influx of new capacity to come on to the market. China has completed much of its expansion – though a few more yards still appear to be in the pipeline. The immediate portents look to be a slowdown for at least the next 2-3 years. Consolidations cannot be wholly discounted.

However, the big question lies with what happens when a number of China’s shipbuilders see their order books finally dry up. They might add to repair capacity. However, the ship repair industry – not surprisingly – believes that builders do not necessarily make good repairers. Meanwhile, two major new sites (in Qatar and Oman) have opened in the Middle East. Also seeing expansion is the repair sector in Turkey. Very little repair capacity has been lost. Markets are always vulnerable when the building of market share is a priority for some.

One positive for the repair market is that the global fleet continues to grow. This should continue even if not all of the recent newbuilding order glut sees the light of day. However, ship repairers also need ship owners to thrive. Ship repair is a service industry. The traditional view is that ship repairers’ fortunes mirror those of their ship owner clients – but with a time lag. Rising freight rates, therefore, would be in everyone’s best interests. – source Drewry

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Cape Verde islands

Praia, Cape Verde, 22 Aug – The United States African Command (AFRICOM) and the Cape Verdean Armed Forces signed a cooperation protocol in Praia worth US$200,000, for the acquisition of equipment for Cape Verde Coastguard patrol ships.

The signing of the protocol marks the end of a joint patrol mission in the seas around the archipelago by the Cape Verdean coastguard and the US military.

This mission was carried out, from 12 to 18 August 2011, by the US coastguard ship FORWARD and by the Cape Verdean coastguard, and also involved the Military Police, the Criminal Police, the Directorate-General for Fisheries and the Maritime and Port Institute.

In June, 2010, a Maritime Security Centre (COSMAR) was inaugurated in the Cape Verdean capital, the second of its kind in Africa funded by the United States, as part of AFRICOM, costing US$3 million. (macauhub)

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Turku, Finland – the 1960-built BORE, now repainted in Angfartgs A/B Bore colours and moored in the Aura River as a riverside hotel/hostel.

“I spent two nights on board on her,” says Trevor Jones. “A bit cramped and tired-looking on board, but sensational externally. This was really the first prize for me on the whole trip (to Europe this July).

“The bow picture was taken from the small Ruissalo ferry, and under the circumstances a triumph, as the river is very narrow at this point, especially as one of the launchways of the old Wartsila shipyard, now being demolished, protrudes into the river, so the skipper of the ferry did a splendid job of sneaking round this obstacle as far over on the other side of the river as possible. This ship was rather special for me, as I travelled on her as a young backpacker in 1972, when she was still a reciprocating steamer, and I thought her absolutely beautiful then and still do now.

The demolition work at the old shipyard meant that it was impossible to walk on the other bank of the river, though I did gain access to the site later that day to take some elevated shots from the clifftop above the yard side.”

Pictures by Trevor Jones

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