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Ports & Ships Maritime News

30 November 2012
Author: Terry Hutson

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FIRST VIEW – MAERSK BROOKLYN

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The container ship MAERSK BROOKLYN in Cape Town harbour earlier in November. The 48,853-gt ship, which was built in 2007 has been a regular caller at South African ports. Incidentally, the name Brooklyn has Dutch origins, being derived from the word ’breukelen’ which means either ’uncertain’... or ’broken land’ which was perhaps how the early Dutch settlers to North America first regarded the land and their future . Picture by Ian Shiffman

 

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MARCHES AND DISRUPTIONS PROMISED FOR GAUTENG ROADS AND DURBAN PORT

A planned mass gathering along Langeberg Road leading to the strategically important Durban Container Terminal tomorrow (Saturday, 1 December 2012) threatens to disrupt activity at the terminal already affected this month by wind delays.

In Gauteng meanwhile, trade unions opposed to the implementation of e-tolls on the province’s highways have planned large-scale marches in the Johannesburg and Tshwane (Pretoria) city centres today (Friday). Severe traffic congestion in the affected areas can be expected.

The trade unions say that the re-implementation of e-tolling on the country’s roads is ill-conceived and will prove to be a burden and expense for the people, in particular the workers and poor of the country. “E-tolls once implemented are going to escalate food prices and deepen inequalities and will lead to mass retrenchments in major industries as a result of the high cost of transporting goods and services in our public roads,” the National Union of Mineworkers said yesterday (NUMSA).

Numsa called on its members to ‘swamp the streets of Johannesburg and Tshwane.’

In Durban a mass gathering in Langeberg Road, which is the only route in and out of the Durban Container Terminal, has been called by environmental and community groups opposed to the proposed dig-out port on the site of the former Durban International Airport, and the proposed back of port redevelopment of the area between the existing Durban port and the proposed new port further south of Durban Bay.

DCT handles about 60% of South Africa’s container traffic.

A number of meetings called by the eThekwini Municipality (Durban) to discuss the proposed back of port facilities ended in chaos with walk-outs and disruption. The city is proposing redeveloping the back of port land for logistics parks and container depots with new arterial routes between the twin ports and a new major road system leading inland.

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DURBAN-GAUTENG PIPELINE STAGE 1 COMPLETED

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Laying the new pipeline between the Port of Durban and Gauteng. Picture by Steve McCurrach www.airserv.co.za

Friday, 30 November - Public Enterprises Minister, Malusi Gigaba, yesterday marked the last stage of phase 1 in the development of Transnet’s New Multi-Product Pipeline (NMPP) project – the construction of the coastal terminal – TM1 – at Island View in the Port of Durban.

Scheduled for completion in December 2013, TM1 together with TM2 in Jameson Park, near Heidelberg Gauteng, will enable the pipeline to carry all grades of petrol, diesel and jet fuel, making it a full multi-product facility.

The TM1 phase of the project includes:

 

  • 10 accumulator tanks for the different products (capacity of 20 000 cubic meters or 20 million litres)
     
  • metering and proving facility to verify quantities of products and quality control
     
  • Control building - the nerve centre of the terminal
     
  • 3 terminal mainline pumps to drive product up the line (volumes can be increased as demand rises)
     
  • Effluent treatment facility to manage spillage and contamination.

    Transnet successfully completed and began operating the 16-inch network in May 2011, while the 24-inch trunk line between Durban and Gauteng has been operational since January this year. In addition, the company has completed all construction of the three pump stations at Tweni in Durban, Hilltop near Pietermaritzburg and Mnambithi Pump Station near Ladysmith. In total, all 712 km of the pipeline network is complete and commissioned.

    Speaking at the TM1 construction site, the Minister said the project faced significant challenges in its early stages, including lack of capacity and in-house expertise, which led to an over-reliance on contractors; an overly ambitious timeline; and an underestimated budget. However, he was confident that the project would be a world-class, high-spec, and uniquely South African infrastructure investment for generations to come.

    Minister Gigaba also announced that he had concluded the special review of the cost and schedule variations, which had dogged the project during its early stages. These were shared with Transnet’s Board and management. There were significant lessons learnt through the exercise, he said. These lessons would be documented and shared across all projects of similar size and complexity in the country.

    The minister said the Shareholder was confident in Transnet’s ability to address the shortcomings.

    The NMPP is a key strategic investment for South Africa that will ensure the security of supply of petroleum products to the inland region – the country’s economic hub. Once complete, the NMPP will have capacity to carry five products: 95 and 93 unleaded petrol, 500 and 50 PPM diesel, and jet fuel.

     

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    US$1.5 BILLION DOLLAR PROJECTS FOR NACALA CORRIDOR

    The Mozambican authorities have approved private sector projects budgeted at 1.2 billion US dollars to be implemented in the Nacala Corridor, in the north of the country, according to Danilo Nala, general director of the Office for the Accelerated Development Economic Zones (GAZEDA), cited in Wednesday’s issue of the Maputo daily Noticias.

    At the same time, 500 million dollars have been mobilised for the public sector, including the rehabilitation of the Nacala dam, and of the city’s water supply system, its electricity supply and its telecommunications, creating 7,000 jobs.

    The central feature of the Nacala Corridor is the railway from Nacala port to Malawi, but the term is nowadays used loosely to cover much of northern Mozambique.

    Nala said that the development strategy of the corridor for the period 2013-2017, defines, as the central area, investment in agriculture to guarantee the coexistence of large publications and small scale agriculture, through a mechanism of mutual support.

    He added that the transport of merchandise “will be solved through three large projects to be implemented in the area – namely the construction of Nacala International Airport, the rehabilitation of the port of Nacala, and the conclusion of rehabilitating the roads and railways.”

    Studies undertaken by the government, in partnership with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), indicate that the government should support small farmers so that they can draw greater advantage from improved access to markets and to technology, through cooperation with the growing foreign investment in the sector.

    The studies stress the importance of an operational system for transporting agricultural and other merchandise, and of rehabilitating the electricity transmission lines so that Nacala and Nampula cities can receive good quality electrical power.

    The studies also recommend an integrated approach to attract investment to the agricultural sector, in response to the increased demand for fresh vegetables to feed workers on the gigantic coal and natural gas projects in the north and centre of the country. (source: AIM)

     

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    NEW CARGO HANDLING EQUIPMENT FOR DP WORLD CARGO SERVICES

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    Despite the current uncertainty in the market along with the downward trend the world is currently seeing in global trade, DP World Cargo Services (DPWCS) still felt it was the perfect time for the acquisition of there new forklifts to compliment its current fleet, says Ian Hall, GM of the Durban-based cargo and terminal operator. He announced this week that DPWCS has purchased seven new machines ranging from 4 ton all the way up to 25 ton forklifts.

    Hall said that DPWCS felt that even more so in this current market it was important to service clients quickly and efficiently and to expedite the quick turnaround of vessels in all South African ports.

    “When deciding on the machines the obvious choice for DPWCS was Toyota Forklift as their standards were based on the same principals as ours - reliable service to clients coupled with outstanding service levels. The other point that was extremely important to us was the environment as DP World is committed to reducing its emission levels by 27% in the next five years and these machines produce extremely low emission levels which will go a long way in helping us reach these targets.”

     

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    THE NAUTICAL INSTITUTE LAUNCHES GUIDE ON MARITIME SECURITY

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    The Nautical Institute has today (Thursday) launched Maritime Security – a practical guide aimed at providing a comprehensive and practical guide to making vessels truly secure and creating a real security culture that works both onboard and ashore.

    Since the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code came into force in 2004 there have been significant developments in the training, information and products and services available to Masters and to company and ship security officers. Security has become part of life on board ship. During the same time, the number and sophistication of the threats to security have also increased.

    There is no room for complacency, maintains author Steven Jones MSc BSc (Hons) MNI. Those responsible for vessel crews, cargoes and the ships themselves must continue to develop a security management system that actually works on board. “People are the key to security and this new guide looks to develop the ways and means of creating a security management system which has the human element at its core. It explores not simply the rules and lists of requirements but also the implications of failure and the steps to developing successful maritime security techniques.”

    Publication of this guide is in line with The Nautical Institute’s Strategic Plan for 2011-2015, which identified maritime security as a continuing and major concern for the industry and particularly those serving at sea.

    As Maritime Director of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI), the primary focus for Steven Jones is to bring security techniques and effective management to the attention of crews of merchant vessels, office personnel and ship operators.

    “Whether fighting pirates, stowaways or countering terrorism, true security begins when the Master and crew work within a system they respect, understand and appreciate,” he said.

    In addition to a decade of onboard experience as a navigation officer, including a pirate attack, he has advised numerous shipping companies on security planning and has worked for insurers, publishers and professional bodies.

    The book examines the threats to maritime trade, and to specific ship types, before discussing in detail how the ISPS Code came into being and its underpinning principles and requirements. Subsequent chapters focus on the practicalities of security planning, shipboard procedures and equipment, and how to make security work – including the use of armed guards.

    In his Foreword, Efthimios Mitropoulos Secretary General Emeritus of the International Maritime Organization, commended the “dedication and commitment” of companies and sea staff and the “tremendous efforts” made to secure port facilities across the world to meet the requirements of the ISPS Code. He pointed out that “as seafarers are in the front line of maritime security” and shoulder the burden of responsibility for maritime security onboard, it is up to those working ashore to support them.

    The book was launched at the SAMI members’ event in Dubai and will be followed by a suite of handbooks on specific security problems, such as piracy, stowaways and maritime crime. The Nautical Institute believes that all of these will support the development of a security culture that is based on excellence rather than compliance.

    Maritime Security – a practical guide is available from The Nautical Institute at £40; ISBN: 978 1 906915 45 2 Nautical Institute

    Note: The Nautical Institute is the international professional body for qualified seafarers and others with an interest in nautical matters. It provides a wide range of services to enhance the professional standing and knowledge of members who are drawn from all sectors of the maritime world. Founded in 1972, it has over 40 branches world-wide and some 7,000 members in over 110 countries.

     

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    WINDS CLOSE CAPE TOWN PORT

    Winds close Cape Town port Strong South Easterly gale winds (Cape Town’s ‘Cape Doctor’) forced the closure of the port to shipping on Wednesdays this week lasting through to yesterday, by which time the wind had ‘died down’ to a mere 55 knots.

    Shipping and cargo working in the port was disrupted and among those vessels delayed in port was the MSC SINFONIA, newly arrived from Europe and due to begin her inaugural 2012/13 season of cruises with a four-day voyage to Walvis Bay and return. Early this morning (Friday) the cruise ship remained windbound with a wind rated at around 25mph blowing.

     

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    PICS OF THE DAY – DEUTSCHLAND

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    The classically styled and opulent DEUTSCHLAND of Peter Deilmann Cruises is currently cruising again in South African waters, as the southern hemisphere ‘cruise season’ gets underway. On 20 November 2012 Deutschland was joined in Cape Town by another German cruise ship, HANSEATIC and also by MSC OPERA, which was arriving on her positioning cruise from the Mediterranean. Later the same day MSC Opera sailed for Durban where she is now homeported for the summer. Meanwhile, her sister ship MSC SINFONIA has arrived in Cape Town from where she will operate for several months before transferring to Durban. These pictures of Deutschland arriving in Cape Town were taken by Ian Shiffman.

     

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