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SHIPWATCH: S.A. AGULHAS COMPLETES HER SEA TRIALS
South Africa’s new icebreaking research and polar supply vessel S.A.Agulhas seen on her recent sea trials. Picture courtesy Urban Soul
According to Project Manager Alan Robertson, the newly built icebreaker and polar research vessel S.A.AGULHAS II returned to port on Saturday 24 March after successfully completing a series of Ice Trials in the north of the Bay of Bothnia, having sailed from Rauma, Finland on 19 March.
The trials have been described as very successful with the ship having behaved beyond expectation. The purpose of the trials was to make a range of measurements while the vessel was navigating in ice. In addition to measuring the thickness and density of the ice, load cells fitted in various compartments on the ship measured the actual load on the hull and propulsion system.
Participants in the experiment, the first of its kind conducted on a new build included the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), STX Finland, Aalto and Oulu Universities Finland, Stellenbosch University, Aker Arctic, Det Norske Veritas (DNV), Wartsila and and Rolls Royce. In addition to the load measurements, vibration measurements were made in key areas of the ship.
Because of the lateness in the season, melting of the ice had already begun but the ship was able to very successfully navigate in ice up to 600mm thick without any difficulty. The experiment will continue during the ship's first SANAE Relief Voyage in December 2012.
During the voyage, the opportunity was taken to complete the final testing and acceptance of the propulsion system and both the shipyard and DEA are now busy with preparations for the official Handover which takes place this week (Wednesday 4 April). The ship is planned to sail on 5 April and arrive in Cape Town on 3 May 2012.
Having successfully completed her sea trials S.A.Agulhas will sail for South Africa on Thursday, 5 April. The new ship is due in the Mother City on 3 May 2012. Picture courtesy Urban Soul
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SHIPWATCH: NEWS OF SHIPS & SHIPPING LINES
MOL links with ‘K’ Line and PIL to expand Asia-South Africa service
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) is to join ‘K’ Line and PIL on their joint ASA service already in existence between Asia and South Africa. The ASA service connects Asia with South Africa on a 56-day rotation and covers the ports of Shanghai, Ningbo, Keelung, Hong Kong, Shenzhen-Shekou, Singapore, Port Kelang, Durban, Cape Town, Port Kelang, Singapore, Hong Kong and back to Shanghai.
MOL’s participation in ASA begins on Sunday, 8 April. With MOL the service which will now have eight ships, and ASA becomes a weekly call in each port. MOL is to provide a single ship at this stage, the MOL DELIGHT.
MOL Delight which has joined the ASA service. Picture by Ian Shiffman
MOL adds Nacala to Mozambique Express Service
MOL is expanding its Mozambique Express Service (MZX) by way of a fortnightly call at the northern Mozambique port of Nacala during the months of May and June this year. The new rotation will become Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Port Louis, Durban, Maputo, Tamatave/Nacala (on an alternative weekly basis), returning to Tanjung Pelepas for a total rotation of 35 days.
MSC increases Asia – East Coast South America rates
With effect from 15 April MSC intends raising its rates from Asia to the east coast of South America. An increase of US$500 per TEU will apply on Asian export cargo.
US$397 million loss for Israel’s Zim Line
Zim Integrated Shipping Services (Zim) has posted a loss of US$397 million for the 2011 financial year, down by 835% from a profit of $54 million posted in 2010. Zim is listed as the world’s 16th largest container carrier.
COSCO posts huge loss for 2011
China’s Cosco has announced what amounts to the biggest loss recorded by any shipping company so far this year - $1.66 billion for the 2011 year, which is a massive turnaround from the $1.07bn profit is reported a year ago.
The losses appear to have all been made by the shipping line divisions as Cosco’s terminal and logistics operating divisions each posted profits.
During 2011 Cosco handled 6.91 million TEU, up 22.2% on the previous year. It might be said that COSCO’s financial woes rose in proportion to its increase in volumes.
In a statement Cosco said: “In 2012, the outlook of the overall shipping market is still not optimistic. On one hand, weaker consumption in developed countries will slow down the growth of global trading volumes; on the other hand, overcapacity will remain unfavourable to the shipping market because of a large amount of newbuild vessels to be delivered.”
Cosco has 28 ships under construction and due for delivery between 2012 an 2014.
Hapag-Lloyd posts $38 million loss
Hapag-Lloyd, the world’s fourth largest container carrier posted a net loss of US$38 million for the 2011 year, after generating an operating profit of $133.3m. In the previous year the German line made a net profit of $565 million.
“In comparison with the competition, this was an excellent result for Hapag-Lloyd in a challenging year,” maintained CEO Michael Behrendt.
Sanko seeks restructuring
Japan’s Sanko Steamship is reported to have begun a process of looking to its major creditors for debt restructuring, after suffering substantial losses in the last year caused by low freight rates, high bunker costs and a strong yen.
Sanko, which is better known for carrying bulk cargoes but also has interests in the liquid bulk markets and offshore sectors, has in recent years been a strong supporter of providing training berths on ships for young South African cadets.
In addition to restructuring Sanko, which earlier this year was in control of 195 ships along with another 20 newbuilds on order, is believed to have sold off a number of modern ships in loss-making transactions in order to reduce debt levels.
Gas Roman and Springbok at their unwanted rendezvous in the Malacca Straits, 2003
One of the two ships that collided in the English Channel on 26 March was named SPRING BOK - a 10,113-dwt reefer vessel operated by the Dutch Seatrade Groningen organisation. The reefer was in collision with a 3,590-dwt gas tanker, GAS ARCTIC. Both ships suffered damage above the waterline but there were no injuries.
Spring Bok has been a frequent caller in Durban in recent years during the citrus seasons.
Readers with slightly longer memories will recall another ship named SPRINGBOK – spelt the conventional way– that was in a horrific collision near Singapore in South East Asia about nine or ten years ago. Springbok was a SD14 freighter that hadn’t long since completed a full survey and maintenance refit in Durban and was carrying a cargo of timber when she was sliced almost in half by the gas tanker GAS ROMAN, laden with 44,000-tonnes of LPG.
Miraculously both ships survived. Springbok not only survived but was repaired, despite her age and ‘injuries’, and continues to sail today as one of the surviving SD14 types as the Chinese-owned HE FENG. A picture of the collision is seen frequently in PowerPoint presentations of ship casualties, being a favourite in this topic it seems.
Springbok at the Durban repair quay in November 2002, not long before her collision with the Gas Roman. Picture by Terry Hutson
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GRINDROD AND VITOL STRENGTHEN THEIR STRATEGIC ALLIANCE
Cape Town’s bunker barge, Unical’s SOUTHERN VALOUR. Picture by The Aerial Perspective
Durban-based Grindrod Limited, South Africa’s leading integrated logistics and shipping business, intends selling a 50% interest in Cockett Marine Oil to Vitol, the world’s largest independent energy trading business.
The transaction is subject to competition commission approval.
Cockett is one of the world’s leading suppliers of marine fuel suppliers with a network of offices across Europe, Americas and Far East providing a global service to shipping clients. Cockett delivers approximately five million tonnes of marine fuels annually and is also developing a network of physical supply operations in strategic locations.
“Vitol is the ideal partner to support Cockett's global growth strategy”, said Karl Beeson, managing director of Cockett Marine Oil.
In addition to this transaction, the companies have formed a joint venture company called Leopard Tankers and will build four medium range product tankers in Korea which will deliver in the first half of 2013. The ships will be commercially operated within the Vitol Group.
“This investment represents the ideal partnership of an experienced ship owner with a first class commercial operator having access to a substantial cargo base,” said Martyn Wade, CEO of Grindrod Shipping.
“The ships represent cutting edge design and incorporate the latest engine technologies allowing significant savings in fuel consumption and running costs. We believe this partnership is an exciting platform for future expansion with the ability to rapidly scale up the investment model as opportunities develop.”
Ian Taylor, president and CEO of the Vitol Group, said they were pleased to have signed this agreement with Grindrod. “In January we acquired an interest in their Maputo coal terminal and created a coal trading joint venture. Now we have broadened our relationship with the purchase of 50% of Cockett, one of the leading value added resellers of marine fuels, and our joint agreement to build four new product tankers. These are all important additions to the Vitol Group and sources of future growth.”
DEATH OF SIR JAMES CAYZER, LAND AND SHIPOWNER
The death occurred in Scotland on 27 February this year of Sir James Cayzer, 5th Baronet who inherited his fortune from the shipping business founded by his great grandfather that later included the Cayzer Trust and various banking, property and land investments. He was 81.
His great grandfather had settled in India where he became the founder of the Clan Line which operated between India and South Africa, although the headquarters were situated in Glasgow. Clan Line went on became one of the world’s most significant shipping companies and was the foundation of the Cayzer family’s vast fortune. Clan Line merged with Union Castle in 1955 and was renamed British & Commonwealth Shipping.
Acknowledgements to The Scotsman and to Ports & Ships reader Alastair Pettie
Clan Ross of the Clan Line sailing from Durban, 1969. Picture by Trevor Jones
YESTERYEAR: Those classic ships – ELGAREN, IFAFA, SENA
The Swedish diesel ship ELGAREN (5737-gt, built1956) seen sailing from Durban circa 1960s. Capable of a speed of 17 knots and with accommodation for 12 passengers, Elgaren was owned by Rederi AB Transatlantica, otherwise known as the Swedish Transatlantic Steamship Company. Picture by Trevor Jones
The Rennies coaster IFAFA sailing from Durban. This little ship was previously Durban Lines’ CONGELLA II, which had been employed on the Durban to Mozambique coastal trade. Picture by Trevor Jones
The SENA arriving in Durban in the mid 1970s. Picture by Trevor Jones
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EAST AFRICAN NEWS
Mozambique seeks funding for new railway lines
The Mozambican government is negotiating the funding necessary to build five new railway lines in central and northern Mozambique, says Paulo Zucula, Mozambique’s Transport and Communications minister.
Speaking to the Maputo newspaper Noticias, Zucula said the lines were necessary to carry coal as well as other commodities. They amounted to some 5,000 kilometres of new railway lines, of which one would link the Nhamayabue region in Tete province, to Mutuale, in Nampula.
He said that a second line will link Nhamayabue and Nacala, crossing through Zambézia province, whilst a third will link Moatize to the Zambézia coast and Moatize to Malawi.
Zucula said that negotiations were underway with Brazilian group Vale and with Anglo-Australian group Rio Tinto as well as with other companies interested in investing in the region. Of the various lines, that from Nhamayabue to Mutuale was at the most advanced stage of negotiation with the engineering study having been completed and financing now being negotiated.
He gave no date for the start of construction, but gave assurances that in this first half of the year there would be a clear indication of concession conditions and financing for the railway lines. (macauhub)
Bids invited for Djibouti’s Doraleh container terminal extension
Doraleh Container Terminal. Picture Michael Smewing
The Port of Djibouti will invite bids for the US$300 million extension to the Doraleh Container Terminal, which will double the capacity of the present terminal to 3 million TEU. Bidding will be invited in the fourth quarter of this year.
A spokesman for the port authority said that it was in talks with the World Bank, with China, and with the African Development Bank. He said Djibouti was a small port but traffic to the hinterland (mainly Ethiopia) was increasing. Djibouti also acts as a hub port for the southern Red Sea region.
Doraleh Container Terminal, which enjoys an 18m draft alongside its 1,050m quay, is partly owned by DP World.
NEWS FROM WEST AFRICA
Angola: Benguela railroad test train reaches Cuito
Angolan news agency Angop reports that a test train carrying officials from the respective provincial governments has reached the inland town of Cuito (Kuito) in Angola’s Bié province.
Earlier the train had left from Huambo, some 202km away but this was the first time in 24 years that the railway into Huambo had been in use. From Huambo the line runs to the coast and the ports of Benguela and Lobito.
The next target is to reopen the line as far as Luena in Moxico province, with work on this already underway. The ultimate target is the border town of Luau where the railway could connect with the DRC railway (and from there to Zambia).
Nigeria: NIMASA ready to implement Cabotage
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has reaffirmed its intention of pressing ahead and implementing the provisions of the Coastal and Inland Shipping Trade Act 2003, which provides for cabotage on the Nigerian coast and waterways.
The cabotage act, which has borrowed extensively from the US Jones Act stipulates that only vessels built in Nigerian shipyards, owned by Nigerians and crewed by Nigerians, have the statutory right to engage in coastal and inland shipping trade in Nigeria.
Although the Act was passed in 2003, a clause allowing for waivers has become the rule rather than the exception and thousands of waivers have been granted to foreign-owned vessels to engage in coastal trade and shipping activity. The result is that thousands of jobs that the Act says should be taken up by Nigerians are filled by foreigners, principally seafarers from the Philippines and from India.
But now, according to NIMASA’s director-general Ziakede Akpobolokemi, the agency has identified the challenges in the implementation of cabotage and is poised to address them.
In setting about with this implementation, NIMASA faces numerous challenges, not the least being finding the necessary financial and human resources.
“It is pertinent to point out that shipping is indeed an international business and is globally regulated,” Akpobolokemi said. “NIMASA recognises that in enforcing cabotage, there is need to build a creative balance between laudable forces of nationalism which cabotage represents and the market forces of industry in oil and gas as well as maritime, which drives competitiveness.
“We are aware of our own limitations in the administration of the regime and especially enforcement capacity. With 13,000 square kilometres of water body and a coastline of 853 kilometres along the Gulf of Guinea, a claim to the inland waters of 12 nautical miles and territorial sea of 24 nautical miles, an exclusive economic zone of 200 nautical miles and a continental shelf of 200 nautical miles, it remains a daunting challenge to physically monitor bunker activities or other trade within Nigerian waters with a view to enforcing Nigeria's claims under the cabotage dispensation.
“Notwithstanding, we are addressing such challenges through rigorous and painstaking approaches including public private partnerships to improve compliance and enforcement,” he added.
Maersk increases freight rates, again
Maersk Line has announced another freight rate increase, the second in two months, on container shipments from India to West African ports.
Maersk instituted rate increase on containers of US$150 per 20ft and $250 per 40ft container on 1 March and has followed up with an increase of $100 per 20ft and $150 per 40ft as from 1 April 2012. Maersk said that rates are proving hard to sustain in the current market scenario.
CRUISE NEWS: MSC SINFONIA SAILS FOR EUROPE
MSC Sinfonia sails from Cape Town on Friday, 30 March 2012, bound for Italy at the end of a successful cruise season in South African waters. Picture by Clinton Wyness
by Sheila Hutson
MSC SINFONIA has sailed from Cape Town for Italy at the end of her summer cruise season in South African waters.
The 58,714-gross ton, 2000-passenger ship had completed a season of cruising out of Durban to Mozambique coastal destinations such as Portuguese Island and Barra Lodge near Bazaruto Island, with longer cruises to Mauritius, Reunion and Madagascar.
Together with the 1500-passenger MSC MELODY, MSC Starlight Cruises is reporting having carried 110,000 passengers on the two ships since November, with MSC Melody having operated cruises mainly out of Cape Town to Walvis Bay on the west coast and Mossel Bay eastwards.
This was MSC Melody’s final cruise season in South African waters – so far as is known – as the ship is being replaced in South African waters next summer. In its place is coming the 2,100-passenger MSC OPERA which will take up cruising out of Durban as from November this year, with MSC Sinfonia transferring to the Cape to handle cruises out of Cape Town.
Several new cruises have been laid on. One of these is an 11-night roundtrip cruise from Cape Town to Walvis Bay and then on to the South Atlantic Ocean island of St Helena. Long a requested destination for MSC to visit, St Helena is one of the most isolated islands in the world, and used to serve as an important rendezvous point and source of food for ships that were travelling from Asia en route to Europe. French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to, and is buried on the island.
Another tweak to cruising involves the popular Christmas cruise which has been changed slightly, with MSC Opera sailing to Portuguese Island and then on to the tiny beach village of Anakoa in Madagascar. This unspoiled port of call is known for its diving, fishing and surfing alongside a quaint fishing village where the locals still craft seaworthy dhows right on the beach.
An 11 night festive New Year cruise on board MSC Opera has also seen a new addition with New Year’s Eve celebrated under Reunion skies. The MSC Opera arrives in Mauritius on New Year’s Day where the ship will remain in port for 3 nights.
MSC Opera also has Port Elizabeth as a port of call towards the end of her season and will perform a couple of cruises out of Cape Town to Mossel Bay, Walvis Bay, and Luderitz before leaving South African shores for the European summer.
With an extended cruising season next year, it will now be possible to take an Easter cruise out of Durban, at a time when schools are on holiday and which is sure to be in big demand.
Fire on Azamara Quest
by Sheila Hutson
The cruise ship AZAMARA QUEST has become the latest in a flow of mishaps to strike the cruise industry this year, when the 30,277-gross ton ship, built in 2000, experienced a fire in the engine room on 30 March.
The ship was sailing in Philippines’ waters at the time, having earlier left Hong Kong on a 17-day cruise to Singapore. Although the fire was quickly extinguished and basic electrical service restored, the ship was left with no propulsion and was forced to drift. The cause of the fire has not been disclosed.
Azamara Quest of Azamara Club Cruises, a division of Royal Caribbean Cruises, is the original R7 of Renaissance Lines and has also sailed under the names Delphin Renaissance and Blue Moon.
She was reported to have 590 passengers and 411 crew on board on her current voyage. Spirits were said to be good among passengers but no doubt the complaint, and claims, will flow once everyone is ashore and back home. There are no reported injuries to passengers or crew.
A pair of Filipino coast guard vessels were among the first to reach the stricken ship later on Saturday. The ship has since docked at the port of Karamunting. Passengers were flown to Singapore on chartered flights.
NAVAL NEWS: VISITING NAVAL SHIPS
FS TONNERRE L9014, sister ship to the dock landing ship FS DIXMUDE which is expected in Cape Town within the next week. This picture was taken in Durban when Tonnerre made her first visit to South Africa in May 2010. Picture by Trevor Jones
Ships from the navies of several nations are currently in southern African waters and making visits to ports in the region.
Among these are two ships of PLAN, the Chinese Navy, which arrived in the port of Maputo, Mozambique just before the recent weekend. The two ships, the destroyer HAIKOU DDG-171 and the frigate YUNCHENG FFG-571 have until recently been deployed on anti-piracy patrols off the Horn of Africa.
The Chinese ships have since sailed from Maputo. It is not known at this stage whether they will continue their voyage down the African coast to call at any South African ports. One year ago last April three Chinese navy ships also returning from anti-piracy patrol visited Maputo and Durban each for several days.
Three French Navy ships are expected in Cape Town in the next week. These are the frigate FS FLOREAL F730, the frigate FS GEORGES LEYGUES D640 and the Mistral-class dock landing ship FS DIXMUDE L9015. Floreal is listed to arrive in Cape Town on 11 April.
PICS OF THE WEEK – MSC CANDICE
Mediterranean Shipping Company’s 9580-TEU container ship MSC CANDICE (107,849-gt, built 2007) in Cape Town harbour last week. Pictures by Ian Shiffman
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