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Dec 11, 2006
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  • Kenya Ports has good half year

  • Dutch port criticised over Ivory Coast contamination

  • Drama off Luanda as heavylift sinks

  • Festive Season – Richards Bay shutdowns

  • Life membership recognition for humanitarians

  • Pic of the day – tug CPC Soave

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    For technical reasons tomorrow’s News Bulletin will be published later than usual – approximately mid to late-morning 12 December

    Kenya Ports has good half year

    Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) recorded improved trading with a 2.6 per cent increase in cargo handling for the half year ending June 2006.

    Managing Director Abdallah Mwaruwa said transshipment traffic was on the upswing which he attributed to the modernisation of port cargo handling equipment and economic growth in the region.

    "In the first six months, we handled 151,933 tonnes of transshipment cargo compared to 147,862 tonnes in 2005," said Mwaruwa.

    He said transit traffic increased by 9.6 per cent from 1,788,075 2005 to 1,959,657 tonnes this year. Mwaruwa said Uganda accounted for the bulk of the cargo though the volume reflected a slight decline.

    Uganda accounted for 68.5 percent of transit goods this year compared to 77.4 per cent last year.

    Source – Kenya Ports Authority

    Dutch port criticised over Ivory Coast contamination

    The Dutch port of Amsterdam has come under attack for its role in the contamination of the city of Abidjan in the Ivory Coast.

    The contamination occurred when a ship, Probo Koala (now renamed Gulf Jash) discharged slops at Abidjan which had earlier been refused in Amsterdam. The Abidjan agent handling the slops dispersed the toxic chemical mixture into city sewers and landfill sites leading to the death of ten people and thousands who became ill.

    Now a municipal enquiry held in the Netherlands has found that four agencies can be held responsible for allowing the ship to leave the port of Amsterdam with hazardous slops on board. The Dutch enquiry found that while the ship sailed from Amsterdam in compliance with Marpol regulations, the slops were hazardous and should have been treated in the Netherlands where the necessary technical capabilities were present. The cargo should not have been taken to West Africa for disposal.

    In the Ivory Coast a similar enquiry has found Ivorian authorities and the cartage company involved with disposing of the slops to be culpable.

    Two French directors of Trafigura, the company responsible for the ship and its ‘cargo’ of slops, are in detention in the Ivory Coast – they entered the country to render assistance and were placed under arrest pending a decision whether to bring charges.

    Drama off Luanda as heavylift sinks

    The three pictures in this sequence show the unfortunate Mighty Servant 3 shortly before and during last week’s sinking off the coast of Luanda in Angola. See our report on 7 December 2006 for details of the story. Click each image to enlarge

    The first picture shows the heavylift with the oil rig Aleutian Key on board, immediately prior to submerging to allow the rig to float off

    Things start going horribly wrong as the vessel submerges to discharge the rig. At this stage the rig is still above the semi-submersible and in danger itself

    Picture 3 shows Mighty Servant’s last moments above water. Shortly afterwards she sank in about 62m of water. All crew on board the heavylift were rescued and those on board the rig were unaffected by the drama, as was the rig itself.
    Pictures courtesy Elgin Brown & Hamer

    Festive Season – Richards Bay shutdowns

    The following times will be observed at the respective SA Port Operations’ terminals in the Port of Richards Bay during the Festive Season.

    Multi Purpose Terminal

    The Multi Purpose Terminal (MPT) will be closed for cargo working on the following days:

    Christmas Day 2006

    Close Sunday 24 December 2006 at 14:00
    Open Tuesday 26 December 2006 at 06:00

    New Year 2007

    Close Sunday 31 December 2006 at 14:00
    Open Tuesday 2 January 2007 at 06:00

    Dry Bulk Terminal

    The Dry Bulk Terminal (DBT) will be closed for cargo working on the following days:

    Christmas Day 2006

    Close Sunday 24 December 2006 at 14:00
    Open Tuesday 26 December 2006 at 06:00

    New Year 2007

    Close Sunday 31 December 2006 at 14:00
    Open Tuesday 2 January 2007 at 06:00

    information - courtesy Sturrock Shipping, Richards Bay

    Life membership recognition for humanitarians

    by Yvonne de Kock

    “The International Sailors’ Society of South Africa (ISSSA) is privileged to host two such outstanding humanitarians,” said Barry Haley, ISSSA chairman at a function where life-membership of the organisation was bestowed up Ivan Clark, CEO of Grindrod and Rea-Admiral Paul Wijnberg, retired naval officer commanding at Salisbury Island.

    Clark, who is well-known and highly respected in the international business world, particularly in the maritime industry, retires at the end of 2006 and has also retired from the ISS after actively serving on the board for nine years.

    He will be particularly remembered for his expert financial advice regarding investments for the ISSSA as well as being involved in fundraising drives. What many may not be aware of, however, was his assistance to those seafarers and their families who had fallen on hard times, for example, the arrest of vessels when the crew had to remain on board for months at a time. Clark, together with members of the ISSSA, was often instrumental on obtaining assistance by way of foodstuff, clothing and other necessities and enabling the organisation to carry out this vital work.

    Paul Wijnberg has also recently retired from the Board of Directors after 23 years. As a result of his maritime background, his advice and input with regard to seafarers was invaluable. It provided the ISSSA with a deeper understanding of the intricacies of the maritime sector and those problems which can be experienced by seafarers.

    He was also responsible for drawing the ISS chaplains and the Naval chaplains into a closer relationship thereby strengthening the religious ties between the two groups. Both could draw on each others experience and knowledge.

    Like Clark, Wijnberg also showed intense concern for the families of seafarers. Seafarers often experience a lonely life on board a ship away from loved ones. Having been in the same position for many years, he had an understanding of the problems experienced and could therefore reach out to assist them.

    Both men held important positions in the business world; they moved in high circles and received acclaim from many. But the value of people can best be measured by their humanitarian qualities, when, despite their busy lives they still find the time to give to those who are in need. It is something we can all aspire to.

    Clark and Wijnberg were most appreciative of receiving Life Membership awards, expressing the fact that amongst so many accolades they had received during the course of their careers, these were particularly valuable.

    Picture of the day – tug CPC Soave

    Click on image to enlarge – with some browsers click twice

    This 399 ton tug has become quite a regular visitor to the port of Durban towing a barge loaded with ‘project cargo’.
    She was built for Selco Salvage & Marine in 1976 at their shipyard in Singapore. In 2004 she was acquired by a United Arab Emirates company and renamed Harmony 1. Kenya Marine Contractors Ltd of Mombasa purchased her early this year and gave her the name CPC Soave.

    Photograph copyright SHIPHOTO INTERNATIONAL (Email: shack@iafrica.com)

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