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Ports & Ships Maritime News

30 November 2011
Author: Terry Hutson

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A welcome boost to the economy in the Eastern Cape. The general cargo ship COIPENSHIP EUROPE (9981-GT, built 2009) loading the first 100 new coal wagons of a much larger consignment to be exported from Port Elizabeth. The wagons for Rio Tinto will be put into use on the coal line between Moatize and Beira in Mozambique. Picture by Captain Eric Bismeyer / Jessegaard Marine News continues below…


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The Durban port pilot boat Lufafa which missed the entrance channel and went aground on the seaward side of the south breakwater

At around midnight on Sunday night the Durban port pilot boat LUFAFA, returning to port after placing a marine pilot on board a ship waiting to enter harbour, somehow missed the now widened entrance channel and ran aground after colliding with an old disused concrete pier on the seaward side of the South Pier breakwater.

The five crew on board were not injured and all were airlifted to safety by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) pilot helicopter. According to the TNPA the Lufafa has suffered only minor damage and was later refloated and taken safely back into harbour.

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TNPA described the damage as ‘minor’ – this is what could be seen early Monday morning

In a statement the TNPA said the Lufafa ran aground due to “challenging weather conditions, which included extreme swell and poor visibility.” Durban did experience a heavy electrical storm with lots of rain on Sunday night.

On Monday a team of experts was assembled to refloat the vessel, using the late afternoon high tide to successfully accomplish the task.

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Without a crew on board the pilot boat appeared at the mercy of the sea

On Tuesday marine personnel under the leadership of Captain Mogamat Plaatjes, deputy harbour master and acting in the absence of Capt. Dennis Mqadi who is overseas, was locked in meetings for most of the day enquiring into the casualty.

The port of Durban uses a dual pilotage system comprising pilot boats (two) and helicopters (two) and as a result port operations have not been affected.

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High and dry the next morning and with the sun shining, things didn’t look quite so bad

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by Kemantha Govender

Durban – Shipping emissions are rising high and fast and must be tackled immediately to have a chance of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, says Oxfam International Policy Advisor on climate change, Tim Gore.

Emissions from the shipping and aviation industries are still uncapped despite the fact that ships are already responsible for three percent of global emissions - more than Germany and twice that of Australia.

In an interview with BuaNews, Gore explained that a fair carbon charge applied to all ships could be used as an incentive to get the industry to reduce emissions. But just as importantly, the funds can then be filtered through to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) – therefore making this a double dividend for climate change.

It is envisaged that based on a moderate $25/ton carbon price, $25 billion per year by 2020 could be raised.

Gore said to ensure consistency with the UNFCCC principles like common but differentiated responsibilities, developing countries should be directly compensated from these revenues.

At least $10 billion per year from remaining revenues should be allocated to the GCF.

This option has received the backing of countries like France and Germany, Bill Gates, Kofi Annan and the report of the World Bank, IMF to the G20 and is up for discussion at COP17.

At the Durban talks, Oxfam, WWF and the International Chamber of Shipping will call on delegates to give the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) clear guidance on continuing its work on reducing shipping emissions.

“We welcome the constructive engagement of the shipping industry in the search for solution to the climate crisis. Industry and civil society actors agree that shipping emissions can be regulated in a way which is fair to developing countries and could help generate the resources they need to tackle climate change,” said Gore. International Chamber of Shipping Secretary General Peter Hinchliffe said: “If governments decide that shipping should contribute to the UNFCCC ‘Green Climate Fund’, the industry can probably support in principle as long as the details are agreed at the IMO, with the industry’s clear preference for a market based mechanism being a compensation fund linked to the fuel consumption of ships, rather than an emissions trading scheme.” – BuaNews

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Luanda, Angola – The port of Barra do Dande, in Angola’s Bengo province north of Luanda, will be one of the largest in Africa, the director-general of the Martime and Port Institute of Angola, Victor Carvalho said on Saturday.

Speaking to the Angolan news agency Angop during the 1st International Transport and Logistics Fair (Expotrans) in Luanda, Carvalho said that Barra do Dande provides all the necessary conditions for the port to be a benchmark in Africa, taking into account its size, depth and geographical location.

In his opinion, construction of the port of Barra do Dande will make it possible to reduce traffic at the current port of Luanda, which has a low capacity to meet demand.

Carvalho also noted the poor state of repair of the road that provides access to the port of Luanda that has led to delays in delivering containers to their destinations.

“Construction of the port of Barra do Dande is urgent, taking into consideration the problems that the port of Luanda is facing,” he noted.

The 1st International Transport and Logistics Fair closed Sunday and was attended by companies from Portugal, Brazil, Spain and Namibia.

The aim of Expotrans was to present solutions and projects/proposals for the modernisation of airports, restructuring the air transport sector in Angola, in the areas of regulation and infrastructure, civil aviation and airport security. (macauhub)

See also our earlier report ANGOLA TO BUILD NEW PORT AT BARRA DO DANDE

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By Kemantha Govender

Durban, 29 November – COP17 is said to be the most unpredictable one yet, according to organisations belonging to the Climate Action Network International.

At a press briefing the Network called for more certainty from this year's United Nations climate talks, with some nations indicating their reluctance to commit to a second period under the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

Canada, Japan and Russia are determined not to commit to a second period of emission cuts under the protocol unless all major economies - including China and the USA - agree to the same legal terms.

But action has to come fast because the effects of climate change are devastating the globe. Climate change policy advisor Tim Gore said around a billion people go to bed every day without food and 239 million people in Africa make up that number.

The main reason for this is climate change taking a toll on the food system around the world.

In Kenya, there was total crop failure in some areas due to unpredictable weather changes. A significant number of livestock has also perished.

Gore added that floods in East Asia have resulted in the increase of rice prices, while the food shortage crisis in Afghanistan has seen a rise in wheat prices.

He said Sunday’s heavy rains in Durban, which left 10 people dead according to the eThekwini Municipality, was a stark reminder of the seriousness of climate change.

World Wide Fund for Nature - one of 700 organisations from 94 countries that make up the network - was represented by former Western Cape MEC for Environmental Affairs, Planning and Development, Tasneem Essop.

Essop said all countries should rise above their national interests and put the planet first. She said South Africa was able to talk and negotiate through the darkest years of its history and won the battle against apartheid – and now it was time for the same to happen with all countries in the fight against climate change.

The network would like to see the parties building on the progress made during the Cancun talks (COP16) and details for the Green Climate Fund finalised.

Meanwhile, Friends of the Earth International has expressed strong concerns over the agenda of the USA and a number of other developed countries.

“Durban could be where the greatest crime against humanity is committed. The blind greed and self-interest of developed countries could literally pass a death sentence on the people of Africa,” said Nnimmo Bassey, chair of Friends of the Earth International.

The organisation said rather than strengthen the emissions targets, some nations were pushing to scrap the agreed and legally binding targets for developed countries and replace it with a voluntary 'pledge and review' approach.

However, Bassey believed the delegates were already feeling the pressure from many civil societies who have been demanding climate justice. – BuaNews

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Emirates Shipping Line to impose surcharge

Mombasa, 29 November - Emirates Shipping Line announced on Tuesday (29 November) that it will apply a US$250 congestion surcharge on all bookings and imports taken for Mombasa and Dar es Salaam on its Africa Far East (AFA) and Gulf Indian Sub-Continent Africa (GIA) services.

The surcharge will be effective on all bookings issued after 1 December 2011.

“The surcharge is affected due to berthing delays currently being experienced at the port,” Emirates Shipping Line said in its statement.

Record number of ships use North East Passage to Far East

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Russia’s North East Passage

The Northern Sea Route across the top of Russia has seen a record number of ships transit from Murmansk to ports in the Pacific during the 2011 open season, reports Rosatomflot, the operator of the nuclear icebreaker fleet that helps keep the passage open.

This year 34 ships have successfully made the journey carrying a total cargo of 820,000 tons. In 2010 only four vessels were able to complete the attempt through the North East Passage, according to RIA Novosti.

The first Capesize tanker to make the journey, the 162,000-dwt VLADIMIR TIKHONOV successfully completed the crossing, as did the 75,600-dwt SANKO ODYSSEY which became the biggest bulker to complete the transit.

The ‘season’ opened on 29 June with the Belgian tanker PERSEVERANCE setting off to complete the journey. Another 15 vessels followed each carrying liquid bulk cargo, another four were reefer ships, three carried dry bulk cargo, two general cargo and 10 ships were in ballast.

No doubt some will put this down to another example of climate change

Japanese tuna boats to undergo inspections in Mozambique

Maputo, 29 November – Japanese boats fishing for tuna off the Mozambican coast will, as of December, by subject to inspections ahead of receiving licenses at the port of Maputo, the national director for Fishing Inspection, Manuel Casteano said.

Speaking to daily newspaper Notícias Casteano said that the inspections were intended to provide in-depth information about the boats operating in the Excusive Economic Zone, particularly for tuna, including details about the fishing methods used and the monitoring equipment on board.

The inspections allow the captains of the ships and their owners to be informed of the rules governing fishing activities in Mozambique.

Casteano also said that, as well as Japanese pavilion ships, a third of the European boats that under the terms of the 2012/2014 fishing agreement between Mozambique and the European Union can operate in Mozambican waters will also be required to undergo inspection in Mozambican ports.

A Mozambican delegation made up of six fishing inspectors are currently taking part in tuna boat inspection training in the Seychelles.

The choice of the Seychelles is due to the fact that the tuna boats have their base port (where they start and end their fishing seasons), and the initiative has the support of the Seychelles Fishing Authority and the involvement of the Indian Ocean Regional Tuna Fishing Organisation. (macauhub)

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The container ship SAFMARINE KARIBA (74,642-gt, built 2008) was named after the man-made lake separating Zimbabwe and Zambia and formed by the Zambezi River. The ship, one of the biggest in the Safmarine fleet (6,160-TEU), was in Cape Town harbour last Friday, 25 November. Pictures by Ian Shiffman

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