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Ports & Ships Maritime News

Thursday/Friday, 6-7 October 2011
Author: Terry Hutson


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Another container ship, the BUXCONTACT (25,375-gt, built 2002) heads off along the Maydon Channel to the still unofficial Maydon Wharf Container Terminal to discharge and load a cargo of containers. Picture by Terry Hutson


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The new board of Bidvest Panalpina Logistics, from left to right: Front row: Charles Speed-Andrews, Finance; Bruce Thoresson, Dedicated Solutions; James Reddy, Managing Director. 2nd row: Sean McSweeney, Human Capital; Louis Mthembu, Compliance; Stephen Smith, Warehousing. 3rd row: Mike Manby, Business and Supply Chain Development; Maria du Preez, Panalpina Supply Chain Operations/Airfreight; Marcus Ellappan, Transport. Back row: Alex Moir, CIO; John Cummins, Sea Freight.

Johannesburg, 5 October 2011 - The proposed amalgamation of Bidvest-owned Safcor Panalpina and Rennies Distribution Services (RDS), which is scheduled to take place on 1 December 2011, subject to the necessary approvals, will create a combined entity with an impressive global service offering, says managing director, James Reddy.

The new company is to be known as Bidvest Panalpina Logistics and will operate from 26 locations within South Africa with a joint staff complement of close on 1500 nationally.

“Over the past few years RDS and Safcor Panalpina have played significant roles in contributing positively to the performance of the Bidvest Freight Division,” says Reddy. “While Safcor Panalpina has operated primarily as a leader in the clearing and forwarding industry, RDS has built up an impressive warehousing and distribution network for clients across 20 locations in South Africa.

“With many of our clients requiring a more integrated supply chain and logistics service offering, it was a logical conclusion to bring the two companies together.”

Reddy says both companies have similar business models in that they each offer dedicated client solutions as well as multi-principal and volume based service offerings. In addition to this, Safcor Panalpina recently invested in a world class operating system whilst, at the same time, RDS has invested in more innovative warehousing and transport management systems.

“Safcor Panalpina, although local, has had a global reach in partnership with Panalpina, one of the world’s leading forwarding companies, for the past 40 years,” Reddy says. “Panalpina boasts a network of over 500 branches in 80 countries and partner companies in a further 80 countries. This global network, coupled with Safcor Panalpina’s and RDS’s local solutions, allows us to offer global door-to-door supply chain solutions for both our current and future clients.

“Similarly, our ownership by Bidvest enables us to benefit from its financial muscle, scale and diversity. Our vision going forward is to offer world class supply chain solutions to our clients and to enable significant growth for our people and our shareholders.”

David Leisegang, current managing director of RDS, has been appointed Managing Director of Bidvest-owned Island View Storage.




Tanzanian Navy captures seven pirates after rig attack

Following a gun battle in the vicinity of the Brazilian Petrobas-operated oil rig POSEIDON (96,000-dwt, built 2011), seven Somali pirates have been captured and are in custody in Dar es Salaam.

The incident took place about 82 nautical miles east of the capital Dar es Salaam. The armed pirates who were on a skiff launched their attack on the rig on Monday afternoon (3 October) but came under fire from security forces stationed on the rig and from Tanzanian naval forces patrolling in the area.

The seven pirates were captured and have been taken into custody by the Tanzanian Navy. There were no injuries reported. Other details of the skirmish are not available but the Tanzanian president recently told the oil firms exploring for oil off the Tanzanian coast that he would deploy armed security onboard each vessel exploring for oil while also ordering that the small Tanzanian Navy take steps to patrol the area where exploration is taking place.

The South African Navy frigate SAS MENDI F148 is also in the northern Mozambique Channel but was not involved in Monday’s defence of the Poseidon. SAS Mendi which is based at the SAN forward base at Pemba in northern Mozambique, was observed in Dar es Salaam harbour about ten days previously.

Petrobas’ Poseidon will be exploring for oil off the Tanzanian coast for a period of 20 months. As part of the contract, the Brazilian company has agreed to help develop the southern Tanzanian port of Mtwara.

Another 17 companies hold concessions to explore for oil off the Tanzanian coast.

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SAS Mendi which is on patrol near the Tanzanian coast. Picture by Clinton Wyness

OPEC secretary-general warns of the costs of piracy

The Opec secretary-general, Abdalla Salem El-Badri has warned that with tankers being targeted by Somali pirates and an oil rig having just come under attack this week off Dar es Salaam, piracy may spread even further than it has already.

Speaking to Lloyd’s List, he said that piracy “cuts to the heart of Opec’s efforts to ensure stable oil supplies” and called for increased efforts to prevent piracy from remaining profitable. To achieve this, he said, required an on-shore solution. He added that tanker owners cannot achieve this by themselves and said that the use of armed guards on the ships would prove to be very dangerous.

NATO chief of staff warns of escalating piracy as monsoon abates

NATO’s chief of staff, Rear Admiral Hank Ort of the Royal Netherlands Navy says that pirates are again ready to attack merchant shipping in the Indian Ocean, now that the monsoon has weakened.

“In the last few years, it has been the case that come October when the south west monsoon weakens, the pirates have been able to put to sea and we have seen the number of attacks on merchant vessels increase,” he said.

“We are warning vessels that reports show that there are pirate groups operating already in the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden. Merchant vessels should ensure that Best Management Practices are followed and that vessels continue to make it as difficult as possible for pirates to board and take control of their ships. Our Naval forces are not complacent and remain vigilant. Despite the lull in pirate attacks over the summer due to the monsoon they have continued to patrol throughout the region.”

Since the end of last week three attacks on ships have been reported in addition to the failed attack on the oil rig Poseidon off the Tanzanian coast.


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Turkey. Map courtesy CIA World Fact Book

Pretoria, 5 October 2011 - South Africa aims to strengthen trade ties with Turkey, while also looking at the issue of trade barriers, says Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Speaking at the South Africa-Turkey Business Forum on Tuesday, Motlanthe said both countries needed to seek out opportunities in the currently difficult global economy environment.

“Our two countries hold enormous trade and investment potential that needs to be reinforced through closer co-operation. For South Africa, it is therefore essential to begin to develop stronger trade and investment related initiatives with our Turkish partners,” explained the Deputy President.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan began his two-day visit to South Africa on Tuesday. Motlanthe and Erdogan were expected to review the state of bilateral political and economic relations, including the status and implementation of agreements and programmes of cooperation.

Trade between the two nations has been growing. South Africa has traditionally exported mineral products and base metals, among others, to Turkey.

Rifat Hisarciklioglu, the president of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchange -- which is the largest non-profit business organisation in Turkey -- said trade between the two parties “is not as good as we wish.”

“Trade barriers should be lifted - we ask you to get rid of barriers,” said Hisarciklioglu.

Motlanthe said concerns raised on issues of high tariffs would receive attention and that this should be resolved in order to benefit the two nations.

The prime minister said South Africa and the African continent have taken steps forward towards development.

“The world owes Africa… We have added impetus to support Africa. For us, South Africa is not a seasonal friend,” said Erdogan, adding that those who exploited the continent in the past should take responsibility.

He said Turkey wanted to co-operate further with South Africa. “Turkey and South Africa can work together… We can succeed in many areas. We are ready to share information we have with South Africa.”

The Turkish business delegation to South Africa included 125 business men and women.

Currently, 70 Turkish countries are operating in South Africa. Turkish company Arcelink took over the South African brand Defy in July. – BuaNews


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The rig DEEPSEA STAVANGER, photographed at the port of Ngqura earlier where repairs and maintenance were undertaken. Will northern Mozambique and Tanzania become another West Africa as far as oil and gas discoveries are concerned? Picture by Daniel Bottomley of Toprope

Maputo — Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Monday announced that the volume of investment in prospecting for hydrocarbons in the country jumped from 68 million US dollars in 2004 to over one billion dollars in 2011.

'This has contributed considerably to the knowledge of Mozambique's potential", said the President, who was speaking during a gala dinner to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the publicly-owned Mozambican National Hydrocarbon Company (ENH).

President Guebuza pointed out that recent discoveries of natural gas in the Rovuma Basin, along with prospecting in other sedimentary basins across the country, has turned Mozambique into a magnet for oil companies.

According to President Guebuza, given the current dynamics in the sector it is crucial to establish “cross-cutting development plans, increasingly integrated and involving all sectors of activity at all levels.”

“On the other hand, we must continue to move towards a situation where, in a deliberate and structured manner, we encourage more Mozambican citizens to discover that they can also participate in the exploitation of the natural resources inherited from their ancestors. At the same time, we must identify other opportunities arising from the establishment of projects in this sector or emerging from public investment in other social and economic areas,” urged the President.

For President Guebuza, the establishment of ENH in October 1981 was one of the major government decisions which placed Mozambique on the map of hydrocarbon producing and exporting countries.

Recent developments show that Mozambique is rich in natural resources.

Currently, revenues from mineral resources contributes with only two per cent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but this is expected to increase considerably over the next few years with the development of huge coal mining mega-projects.

President Guebuza took the opportunity to stress that the government if fully committed to transparency in the exploitation of natural resources and its dividends.

"Mozambique is a country potentially rich in natural resources, and is now a producer and exporter of significant amounts of natural gas. There are indications that in the near future there will be major growth in the extractive industry in the country", said President Guebuza.

President Guebuza reiterated the government's commitment to improve and implement legislation for the approval of concession contracts, as well as to rationalise fiscal incentives for investment projects in mining and oil.

He also reaffirmed the government's commitment to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and to consolidate the work that it has been carrying out with civil society and the private sector for its implementation. Source – allafrica.com


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Tokyo: Japanese container carrier Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) says it is expecting a JPY30bn (US$391m) net loss for its financial year ending 31 March 2012.

The loss, which K Line says is a result of poor freight rates, has been revised from an earlier forecast of 29 July that foresaw a JPY2bn net profit.

Revenue is expected to decrease to JPY998bn compared to the July forecast revenue of JPY1.06 trillion.

“In the second-quarter, freight levels did not recover as anticipated in the leadup to the peak summer season, particularly in containership business, and as a result, a decline in financial results compared to previously announced projection is expected,” K Line said on Monday.



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Above picture: The Italian cable layer TELIRI (8345-gt, built 1996) seen here in Cape Town harbour recently. Picture by Ian Shiffman.
Below: The container ship BUXMASTER (16,250-gt, built 1986) which has called on and off at South African ports for a number of years. Picture by Ian Shiffman


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