Ports & Ships Maritime News

Jan 3, 2006
Author: P&S


Amex partners add eighth ship to N America service

CP Ships do a shuffle

APL container ship resists efforts to refloat

Nigeria – Bonga delivers first crude

Ships queue outside Cape Town

Clipper Race Update

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Amex partners add eighth ship to N America service

By adding an eighth ship to the America Express Service (AMEX), which is operated jointly by Safmarine, Maersk and MSC, the schedule will be able to revert to a fixed-day weekly service as from this week.

“The service partners in AMEX have made a substantial investment in acquiring an additional vessel in order to ensure customers trading in the Southern Africa and North American markets receive a more reliable service offering,” says Alex de Bruyn, Safmarine’s Southern Africa Trades Executive.

He said the eighth vessel, MSC Amsterdam, will be phased into the AMEX service in Durban in the first week of January. Partner space allocation remains unchanged, as does the port rotation of Durban – Port Elizabeth – Cape Town – Newark – Baltimore – Newport News – North Charleston – Freeport – Cape Town – Durban.

MSC Amsterdam is currently expected to berth at Durban’s Container Terminal at 01.00 tomorrow morning (Wednesday 4 January).

CP Ships do a shuffle

Two senior officers with CP Ships are stepping down from their offices in advance of the takeover of the company by Germany’s TUI AG, the owner of Hapag Lloyd.

CP Ships are represented in southern Africa by the former Lykes Lines, which has traded non-stop with South Africa for more than 50 years.

CEO Ray Miles left the company on 31 December 2005 and chief financial officer Ian Webber will go at the end of January. Miles joined CP Ships as CEO in 1988 and has enjoyed a career in shipping since 1972. He also served as the first chairman of the World Shipping Council.

Later this week a new CP Ships management team is expected to be announced but Adolf Adrion, the CEO of Hapag Lloyd Container Line has already been identified as CP’s new CEO.

Over the past 12 years a number of subsidiary shipping companies were absorbed into the CP Ships group, although some continued trading under separate identities almost to the end. The subsidiaries included ANZDL, Cast, CCAL, Contship Containerline, Italia Line, Ivarian Lines, Lykes Lines and TMM Lines.
- source Schednet

APL container ship resists efforts to refloat

A container ship under charter to APL which has been a familiar sight in South African ports, the Panama went aground on a sandbar near the port of Ensenada (Mexico) on Christmas Day. Initial reports said the ship failed to observe the usual rules by attempting to enter the port’s access channel before a pilot had come on board, although a spokesman for the German owners has denied this.

Other reports said the vessel was waiting for the pilot boat and drifted on the strong current.

There were no injuries to crew on board the vessel but so far all efforts to pull the ship clear have proved unsuccessful. Observers described the stranded ship as looking like a great beached whale. Crowds of onlookers have been attracted to the unusual sight and are able to walk fairly close to the vessel.

APL Panama is currently employed on the trans-Pacific trades.

Nigeria – Bonga delivers first crude

The first cargo of crude oil – 200,000 barrels has been uplifted from Nigeria’s Bonga FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading).

Loading was completed on board the tanker Arion on 29 December. The Bonga field is operated on behalf of Nigeria’s state-owned National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by SNEPCO – Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company and is expected to produce 225,000 barrels a day later this year along with 150 million cu ft of gas per day.

Ships queue outside Cape Town

Ships have been queuing outside Cape Town since before Christmas thanks (or no thanks) to a combination of events – the holidays, bunching of vessels and Cape Town’s south-easter.

With a resumption of normal services this week following the disruption of the Christmas and New Year holiday’s – Cape Town closes on those two days – the line of ships at anchor in Table Bay is expected to begin reducing.

Meanwhile Durban is experiencing exactly the opposite, with few container or other ships at the many vacant berths in the port. Even the roadstead outside looks comparatively empty compared to a few weeks ago during the height of the ‘busy season’. The Durban Container Terminal expects to have recorded its highest ever volume of containers handled for 2005.

Durban remained open throughout the holidays but by late December the number of ships calling had reduced considerably.

Clipper Race Update

Tuesday 3 January 2006
After excellent work by the local shipbuilder, Cardiff’s rudder was refitted and the yacht was able to rejoin the Clipper Round the World Race today at 09.07 GMT, after having lost two days due to having collided with Conner’s Rock.

As for the rest of the yachts, Glasgow is making good progress after rejoining the race from Geraldton, where they had to drop off an injured crewmember. Durban has moved into second place narrowly behind Westernaustrali.com with the front eight yachts having split into and east and a west pack – Westernaustralia.com, Durban, Qingdao and Jersey to the east and the rest adopting a more westerly approach as they race up the West Australian coast, angling further out to sea as they go. With the winds expected to lighten the lead positions may change somewhat in the next few days.

Race position at 05.00 today (with distance to finish)
Westernaustralia.com (1895 mls)
Durban (1897)
Qingdao (1914)
New York (1915)
Victoria (1926)
Jersey (1941)
Liverpool (2035)
Singapore (2060)
Glasgow (2127)
Cardiff (at Fremantle)

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