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Mar 17, 2006
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  • New locos for Richards Bay coal line unveiled

  • USD 4 million to salvage Kabalega

  • Nigeria to build inland container terminals

  • New ship, new name for Safmarine

  • DP World will speed up sale of US terminals

  • Angolan port tariff adjustment

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    New locos for Richards Bay coal line unveiled

    In September 2002, The UCW Partnership quoted with four Electrical Main Contractors, namely MARS (Mitsui & Co African Railways Solutions), Alstom, Siemens and Bombardier as the mechanical car builder for new locomotives as well as the upgrading of existing locomotives for Spoornet.

    Alternative quantities were quoted, ranging from 27 new locomotives over a three year period to 220 units within a fifteen year period. The quote includes the upgrading of Spoornet’s diesel and electric locomotives for COALlink (Richards Bay coal line), Orex (Sishen-Saldanha iron ore line) and their General Freight Business (GFB)

    Mitsui, along with Toshiba (propulsion equipment supplier) and The UCW Partnership (designer and mechanical builder), received a letter of intent from Spoornet in April 2003 for the purchase of new BoBo locomotives as well as the upgrading of Spoornet’s class 7E2 locomotives. This was subsequently amended for the supply of new locomotives for the COALlink corridor due to pressures by the private sector

    artists impression of the new 19E locomotive – courtesy UCW

    On 20 December 2005, after three years of intense negotiation, a final agreement on all contract conditions between MARS and Spoornet (client) was reached, with a significant contribution made by the UCW Partnership.

    Transnet’s legal team reviewed and approved the draft contract during January 2006. MARS and Transnet signed the deal for the 110 BoBo locomotives on 13 February 2006. The order value for The UCW Partnership scope is estimated at about R1 billion.


  • The UCW Partnership will be responsible for the overall mechanical design, systems integration, fabrication and assembly of the locomotives

  • Toshiba will contribute to the Coal Link project through the design, development and supply of the electrical propulsion equipment. Toshiba engineers will work closely with The UCW Partnership team in South Africa during the design, building and commissioning phases of the Coal Link project

  • The first locomotive is scheduled to leave The UCW works in November 2007, which will be followed by extensive commissioning and final acceptance onto Spoornet’s network. The 110th locomotive is scheduled to leave The UCW works in March 2011, five years from the implementation date to the delivery of the last locomotive.

    The building phase of the locomotives will secure approximately 200 direct workers and at least 20 additional indirect workers and staff at The UCW Partnership. It is estimated that approximately the same number of jobs (220) will be created in the South African supply chain, therefore a total of around 440 jobs will be created from the project. The project will secure the above amount of jobs over the five year building period.

    The 19E locomotive will encompass the latest technologies available to the freight rolling stock field.

    Some significant features of the 19E locomotives include:

  • Single driver cab loco BoBo axle configuration (two axles per bogie and two bogies per locomotive). BoBo can negotiate Coal Link’s tight curves therefore minimising costly wheel wear

  • The cab will be equipped with comfort features such as air conditioner, refrigerator, hot plate, etc. A chemical toilet will also be installed in the rear end of the cab

  • 25 ton axle = Total locomotive weight of 100 tons

  • Dual voltage (3kV dc/25kV ac) which will allow locomotives to operate on any of the Spoornet networks, with the exception of the OREX network which utilises a 50kV AC supply

  • - source UCW

    USD 4 million to salvage Kabalega

    A South African salvage company, believed to be Durban-based Subtech has submitted a USD 4 million tender to salvage the sunken Lake Victoria vessel mv Kabalega.

    The ship sank after colliding with another vessel, mv Kaawa in May last year. There was no loss of life but the ship’s cargo of wheat was lost. Subtech Diving was offered the tender late last year after inspecting the vessel underwater.

    The ship is owned and was operated by the Uganda Railways Corporation URC), which is currently awaiting transfer to another South African company, the rail operator Sheltam Rail via a concessioning deal agreed recently. Sheltam operates in East Africa as part of a consortium known as Rift Valley Railways Holdings and holds the majority share. While a similar concession has already been signed with Kenya Railways Corporation, URC has withheld its signature while legal technicalities concerning pension funds and other workers rights are clarified.

    In terms of the concessioning of Uganda Railways, Sheltam Rail will also ‘inherit’ the operation of the three lake steamers – URC also owns two other vessels, the mv Kaawa which was in collision with Kabalega but did not sink, and mv Pamba. However both require extensive repairs costing an estimated USD 2.4 million before returning to service.

    The URC says it has handed the tender for salvaging the mv Kabalega, which is a relatively young ship as inland vessels go, to the Uganda Government. It is hoped that World Bank grants will make the salvage, repair and return to service of all three vessels possible.

    Nigeria to build inland container terminals

    According to Nigerian reports the federal government has agreed to the establishment of inland container terminals in the country at a cost of some USD 164 million.

    The terminals will be built by the private sector on a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.

    - source Nigeria First

    New ship, new name for Safmarine

    Container analyst BRS Alphaliner reports that Safmarine has chartered in a 1,856-TEU newbuild container vessel named Viona which will operate as Safmarine Mbashe.

    The new 17,189-gt ship will be deployed on the SAECS 2nd loop service between Europe and South Africa, replacing another slightly smaller capacity charter vessel Safmarine Mgeni.

    The new ship is owned by German interests and flagged in the Marshall Islands. The ship is managed by P Dohle of Hamburg.

    DP World will speed up sale of US terminals

    DP World has agreed to sell its US port terminal interests as quickly as possible to avoid further controversy in American political circles.

    The news has been generally welcomed by critics and supporters alike, glad to have ‘won’ a victory and to have avoided further argument and discord.

    The terminals previously owned by P&O Ports are situated along the east coast of the USA in New York/New Jersey, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Miami and New Orleans.

    The sale of the terminals is now expected to go take place within four to six months and will be administered by officials from P&O Ports head office in the UK, with the New York offices of Deutsche Bank Securities acting as financial adviser.

    The deal enabling Dubai-based DP World to acquire the worldwide operations of P&O has been financed by the UK’s Barclays Bank and Germany’s Deutsche Bank. With the transaction DP World acquired about 85 port terminals in more than 20 countries, taking it in the rankings as the world’s third largest port terminal operator after Hutchison Whampoa and PSA International of Singapore.

    Angolan port tariff adjustment

    The Angolan Ministry of Finance has increased the Unit Correction Factor
    from 38 to Kwanza 50. This will have an impact on port tariffs.

    For vessels with GRT above 20,000, the tax increases from USD 0,06 to USD
    0,08 per GRT.
    For vessels with GRT below 20,000, the tax increases from USD 0,12 to USD
    0,17 per GRT

    The new tariffs, expressed in USD, are as follows:


    - 27 Forms: New fee: USD 20,00 (Old fee: USD 14,00)
    - 56a Loading / Discharging: New fee USD 903,00 (Old fee: USD 617,00)
    - 71 Not specified: New fee USD 67,00 (Old fee: USD 45,00)
    - 56b Arrival on Normal working days: New fee USD 164,00 (Old fee USD
    - 56b/2 Departure on Normal working days: New fee USD 328,00 (Old fee USD
    - 56c Arrival on Saturday, Sunday or Holiday: New fee USD 230.00 (Old
    fee USD 157,00)
    - 56c/2 Departure on Saturday, Sunday or Holiday: New fee USD 410,00
    (Old fee USD 280,00)
    - 56d Arrival After sunset: New fee USD 459,00 (Old fee USD314,00)
    - 56d/2 Departure After sunset: New fee USD 296,00 (Old fee USD
    - 56e/2 Harbour Master: New fee USD 33.00 (Old fee USD 23,00)


    New fee USD 164,00 (Old fee USD 112,00)


    a) GRT up to 20,000: New fee GRT x 0.17 (Old fee GRT x 0,12)
    b) GRT above 20,000: New fee GRT x 0,08 (Old fee GRT x 0,06)

    Rate of exchange USD1 = 80 kwanza

    - source http://www.MyGAC.com

    For information about operations in Angola contact GAC Angola at angola@gacworld.com

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