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Jan 22, 2007
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  • MSC Napoli beached on Devon coast, containers come ashore

  • Lines upgrade Far East – South Africa – South America services

  • UN envoy urges Somali govt to expand

  • Pic of the day – ROYAL STAR

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    MSC Napoli beached on Devon coast, containers come ashore

    MSC NAPOLI aground off the Devon coast. Picture Smit International

    The stricken container ship MSC NAPOLI, with 2,394 containers on board including about 150 with hazardous cargo, was beached on the Devon shore near Branscombe after salvors abandoned any idea of taking the ship into the shelter of Portland harbour.

    MSC NAPOLI was until recently deployed on the Europe – South Africa service and sailed from Cape Town for Europe on 27 December 2006.

    The ship developed cracks in her hull during a heavy storm in the English Channel and began taking water. Shortly afterwards on Thursday last week the crew of 26 abandoned ship and were later rescued by helicopter.

    Containers began coming ashore at the weekend after being washed overboard – picture Smit International

    A salvage team later went on board and tried to secure the vessel which was taken in tow; however the structural condition of the ship began to worsen and she was deemed to be in serious danger of structural failure. At that stage it was decided to beach the ship to minimise the danger of pollution and in the hope that the ship would remain in one piece and enable oils and containers to be removed. After beaching a long boom was placed around the vessel to prevent leaking oil from spreading.

    Salvors said they would focus on removing oils from the vessel including bunkers before attending first to the hazardous containers, which were reported to be in the centre of the ship. However yesterday afternoon with the ship close ashore containers began to be washed overboard with a number ending up on the beach. There is now little likelihood of the ship being salvaged.

    MSC NAPOLI in happier days – barely a month ago in Cape Town harbour, 16 December 2006. Picture by Ian Shiffman

    Lines upgrade Far East – South Africa – South America services

    Maersk Line, NYK and Hamburg Süd have announced that as from April they intend operating on a vessel sharing basis in the trade between the Far East, South Africa and South America, replacing the current three strings (one by Maersk and two by NYK and Hamburg Süd), with two strings utilising modern fast ships.

    This leaves the overall capacity on the combined services much the same as it was with three strings but, say the lines, with increased efficiencies. The rotation is as follows:

    String 1: Ten 3,500-TEU vessels, six provided by Hamburg Süd and four by Maersk Line. The port rotation will be: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas, Sepetiba, Santos, Buenos Aires, Rio Grande, Paranagua, Santos, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Singapore, Hong Kong and back to Shanghai.

    String 2: Ten 2,500 TEU vessels, six provided by NYK, three from Maersk Line and one from Hamburg Süd. The port rotation will be: Nagoya, Yokohama, Pusan, Hong Kong, Laem Chabang, Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas, Durban, Santos, Itajai, Santos, Sepetiba, Singapore, Hong Kong, and back to Nagoya in Japan.

    Safmarine says it will make use of the vessel sharing agreement between the other three lines to also offer broader coverage and faster transit times.

    “By offering additional calls in the Far East and South America, we will be able to offer our Asian and South American customers a better westbound product with the two new strings,” said Alex de Bruyn, Safmarine’s Southern Africa Trades Executive.

    UN envoy urges Somali govt to expand

    BuaNews: - The United Nations (UN) envoy for Somalia has urged the country's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to expand its authority and thus prevent the resurgence of warlords in the north-African country.

    The UN's Special Representative for Somalia, Francois Lonsny Fall met President Abdullahi Yusuf at Villa Somalia on Thursday and advised him that the country should guard against the recurrence of warlords' rule, which had destabilised the country over the past 16 years.

    Mr Fall urged the TFG to avoid a power vacuum in the areas it holds.

    "In the process, it should avoid the reinstallation of former warlords who have lost credibility nationally and within the international community."

    This emerged following Mr Fall's visit to Somalia's capital Mogadishu, to hold discussions with the TFG and later, civil society representatives.

    Until Ethiopian-backed government forces pushed the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) out of Mogadishu and almost the rest of the country last month, the TGF had been isolated in the provincial town of Baidoa.

    Mr Fall emphasised that the dialogue for peace and reconciliation should embrace all national stakeholders.

    "These must include clan and religious leaders, the business community, women's groups and other representatives of civil society - everyone who has expressed their commitment to peace and reconciliation in keeping with the principles of Somalia's Transitional Federal Charter," he said.

    Since the expulsion of the UIC, which seized control of Mogadishu in June and progressively extended its control, UN officials including Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon have underscored the historic opportunity the country now has, to restore peace and stability.

    Mr Fall said Kenya, as Chair of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an east African group, this week reported that several African countries had expressed their intention to join Uganda in providing forces for a peace support and training mission.

    "I hope this will happen quickly and that an African Union and IGAD force can take on the role of protecting the TFG and training its army."

    Last week, President Thabo Mbeki urged fellow African states to help Somalia, after which Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Aziz Pahad said the country was assessing its capacity to provide aid.

    Mr Fall appealed to all parties to recognize that the current conflict imposed an additional humanitarian burden on civilians, of whom about 440,000 have recently been displaced by floods in the south.

    "The United Nations needs secure access to meet their needs. These people need our help and they need it now," Mr Fall said.

    On Wednesday, the UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator for Somalia, Eric Laroche, urged the international aid community to set up substantial operations in Mogadishu.

    The UN agencies are already providing food and other aid to tens of thousands of flood victims and others who have fled the fighting in the south and north of the country.

    Pic of the day – ROYAL STAR

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    An unexpected visitor spent about 8 hours in the port of Durban yesterday (Sunday). She was the 51 year old mini cruise liner ROYAL STAR, operated by Starline Cruises of Mombasa, Kenya.
    She was built in Italy in 1956 as SAN GIORGIO for Adriatica Line services from Italian ports to Greece and Turkey. After 20 years service she was sold to Greek owners and converted into the cruise ship CITY OF ANDROS, operating 3 or 4 day cruises out of Piraeus. In 1984 she was purchased by a new cruise venture, Ocean Cruise Lines, and converted into a luxury cruise liner named OCEAN ISLANDER. As such, she sailed along the Dalmatian coast from Venice in summer, while in winter she was based at Barbados and cruised the Caribbean Islands. In 1990 she was acquired by Starline Cruises of Kenya and is now used on cruises out of Mombasa to the Indian Ocean islands with occasional calls at Durban.
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