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Dec 8, 2006
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  • SA port statistics for November

  • Export terminal comes under attack – three kidnapped

  • Festive Season – Saldanha Bay MPT shutdowns

  • Generous donation from SAAFF to NSRI

  • Mlambo-Ngcuka to rally support for AsgiSA, JIPSA

  • Pic of the day – stretched Elektra calls

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    SA port statistics for November

    South Africa’s ports handled a total of 17.085 million tonnes of cargo during the month of November 2006 (Oct 12.311Mt). This figure excludes containers which the National Ports Authority records in TEUs but no longer by weight.

    Ports & Ships calculates average container weight based on 13.5 tonnes per TEU (a conservative estimate) and taking this into account the figure handled by all ports becomes 21,229 million tonnes (October was 16.408Mt) - a 29 percent increase. The increase can be attributed to a resumption of both the iron ore and coal terminals after last month’s breakdowns plus a high level of containers handled.

    Including the calculated figure for containers, the respective ports handled the following:

    Cargo handled by tonnes

    Richards Bay               8.171 million tonnes (Oct 5.561Mt)
    Durban                       7.221 Mt (Oct 6.455)
    Saldanha Bay              3.660 Mt (Oct 1.987)
    Cape Town                 1.083 Mt (Oct 1.031)
    Port Elizabeth              0.751 Mt (Oct 1.076)
    East London                0.134 Mt (Oct 0.192)
    Mossel Bay                  0.209 Mt (Oct 0.106)

    Containers measured by TEUs
    (TEUs include Deepsea, Coastal, Tranship and empty containers)

    Durban                     210,100 TEU (Oct 206,671)
    Cape Town                 53,427 (Oct 54,066)
    Port Elizabeth              37,951 (Oct 38,860)
    East London                 5,313 (Oct 2,598)
    Richards Bay                   199 (Oct 278)

    Total handled 306,990 TEU (Oct 303,473)

    Ship Calls

    Durban:            405 vessels 8.651m gt (364 vessels 8.041 m gt)
    Cape Town:       217 vessels 3.803m gt (264 vessels 3,792m gt)
    Port Elizabeth:   154 vessels 2.354m gt (161 vessels 2.396m gt)
    Richards Bay:     160 vessels 5.959m gt (110 vessels 4.309m gt)
    Saldanha:           29 vessels 1,711m gt (37 vessels 2.095m gt)
    East London:       24 vessels 0.673m gt (27 vessels 0.685m gt)
    Mossel Bay:        96 vessels 0.149m gt (94 vessels 0.212m gt)

    - source NPA with Ports & Ships calculations to include container weights

    Export terminal comes under attack – three kidnapped

    Nigeria’s Brass export terminal came under attack from militants yesterday (Thursday) resulting in the kidnapping of three Italian oil workers.

    Armed militants stormed facilities next to the Brass export terminal in the early hours, opening fire on guards who returned the fire. One Nigerian guard was killed and at least one other injured.

    There are conflicting reports concerning the aftermath of the attack, the latest in a long series of armed attacks and kidnapping targeting foreign oil workers and installations. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the Bayelsa State terminal has suspended operations after clearing a ship at the terminal.

    The attack came in the form of about 20 masked attackers who arrived in seven speedboats shortly before dawn, attacking several boats and craft moored alongside the river bank and creek. It was the fourth attack targeting Italian facilities in the state. In late November seven Italian workers were kidnapped from a FPSO in the Okono oilfield.

    Workers are generally released after a period of time during which it is believed that ransoms are been negotiated, although this is seldom confirmed of admitted.

    Festive Season – Saldanha Bay MPTshutdowns

    With the approach of the annual festive season in South Africa, the Saldanha Bay Multi Purpose Terminal (MPT) has announced the dates on which terminal operations will be affected.

    MPT Saldanha will be operational or closed during the following hours/days:

  • Sunday, 24 December 2006 – terminal stops working at 19:00
  • Monday, 25 December 2006 – Christmas Day – terminal will be closed
  • Tuesday, 26 December 2006 – terminal reconvenes at 07:00
  • Sunday, 31 December 2006 – terminal stops working at 19:00
  • Monday, 01 January 2007 – New Year’s Day – terminal will be closed
  • Tuesday, 02 January 2007 – terminal reconvenes at 07:00

    SA Port Operations (Saldanha MPT) advises that the terminal’s administration building at Saldanha will remain closed on Tuesday, 26 December 2006 and reconvene the day thereafter.

    SAPO says that Agents are requested to schedule vessels accordingly.

    Generous donation from SAAFF to NSRI

    The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Chapter of the South African Freight Forwarders Association (SAAFF) recently held a race evening at Durban’s Greyville Racecourse as part of its public awareness campaign.

    The purpose was also for year end fellowship and to act as a fund raiser for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).

    Dave Sievwright, National Liaison Officer NSRI (left) accepts a cheque for R40,000 from Phil Edwards, IPC SAAFF KZN (centre) and Kevin Naidoo, Chairman SAAFF KZN. Click image to enlarge. Picture courtesy Phil Edwards

    With 300 members, service providers and dignitaries from the Durban Chamber, SAPO, National Ports Authority and SA Revenue Services (SARS) a great time was had by all and in the process R40,000 was raised for NSRI, says Philip Edwards, event organiser and past chairman of SAAFF. The evening also saw the induction of Dennis Moran as a life member of SAAFF in recognition of his 30 years of service to the organisation.

    Mlambo-Ngcuka to rally support for AsgiSA, JIPSA

    Pretoria (BuaNEws) - Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has left the country on an official visit to United Kingdom (UK) to rally support for the country's economic growth initiatives.

    Mlambo-Ngcuka visited Edinburgh in Scotland yesterday and is meeting the First Minister of Scotland Jack McConnell today (Friday).

    She is also scheduled to deliver a keynote address at ‘Going Global 2’ which is the UK's international education conference.

    She will also meet Scottish investors and Vice Chancellor of Edinburgh University, as well as those of tertiary institutions there.

    The Deputy President will then proceed to London where she will hold meetings with several businesspeople.

    Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka's visits will also strengthen relations between South Africa and UK to ensure faster economic growth. The Department of Foreign Affairs said this could only happen through strategic partnership with the countries of the North.

    "The visits aim to increase international understanding and support for the Accelerated Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (AsgiSA) and the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (JIPSA) while exploring linkages with international education institutions and/or international education experts," it added.

    JIPSA aims to source and develop the critical skills required to achieve AsgiSA's goals of six percent annual economic growth and halving poverty and unemployment by 2014.

    In London the Deputy President will participate in a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) roundtable, as BPO has been identified as a priority sector for AsgiSA.

    The UK is one of the leading sources of potential BPO direct investment into South Africa.

    Over 50 BPO captains of industry will attend the event roundtable, the foreign affairs department said.

    She is also expected to hold discussions with representatives of Cape Diamonds Plc, Standard Chartered Bank, Barclays Bank and academic institutions.

    Also bilateral trade relations between South Africa and the UK have increased over the past decade, reaching e27.8 billion in 2004 (about R30 million).

    The UK remains the largest foreign investor in South Africa and over 200 South African companies have established a presence in the UK, the department said.

    "The United Kingdom is considered and ranked as South Africa's second biggest export trading partner. Over the past few years the bilateral trade balance between the two countries has shown a steady rise."

    The top five UK export commodities to South Africa are:
    * non-metallic minerals;
    * office machines;
    * vehicles;
    * telecommunications;
    * sound recording; and the
    * reproduction of apparatus, medicinal and pharmaceutical products.

    The Deputy President is to return to South Africa on Monday 11 December.

    Picture of the day – stretched Elektra calls

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    Picture by Terry Hutson

    Wallenius Wilhelmsen line’s (WWL) elongated ELEKTRA arrived in South Africa this week making calls at Port Elizabeth, East London and Durban. The pure car carrier was the first WWL jumbo-sized vessel to call locally since the extension programme began, in which the ships of this class, Elektra, Undine, Boheme, Mignon and Manon are being extended by 28m to a total length of 228m.

    The 13-deck Elektra now has a capacity of 7,200 cars or a combination of 3,700 cars and 600 trucks. The elongation process, completed last year resulted in a 20 percent increase in storage capacity. The ship was built in 1999 by Daewoo Heavy Industry Ltd of South Korea.

    Wallenius Lines also has a programme of building even bigger ships capable of carrying up to 8,000 cars, for delivery in 2007 and 2008.

    Earlier this year a major pilot project took place involving the installation of broadband equipment onboard the ship. The project aimed at examining how communication between ship and shore could be improved and made Elektra the first dry cargo ship in the world with this type of equipment.

    Today’s SAT-B system, as it is known, allows ships to link up to a satellite twice a day to download the latest information. In slightly simplified terms, it’s more or less like having a modem connected to your home PC. A permanent connection of the sort installed on Elektra offers a number of advantages - not only did it run ten times as fast, there is also a social aspect to the project.

    “One mustn’t forget the social side of this,” explained Göran Björk, CIO. “Broadband allows the onboard personnel to keep in closer touch with their friends and family.”

    The technology behind the project is based on satellite communication, just as with the old system. The difference lay in the fact that Elektra was permanently connected and communicated via four satellites positioned above the equator, the reality being that it is now just as easy to pick up the phone and call home as it is to call a colleague in the next door office.

    Ship Dimensions:

    Length – 227.9m; beam 32.26m, draft 9.5/11.02m; Deadweight at max draft 28,126 tonnes, gross tonnage 67,264gt, Speed 20.5knots, Crew 15.

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