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Mar 27, 2007
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  • Evergreen and COSCO separate their South Africa and South America services

  • SAPO appoints chief operating officer for containers

  • South Africa sends Mozambique help after blasts

  • Ghananian shippers seek legal redress against container charges

  • Free Cape Town lecture by noted international expert on HR management and industrial relations

  • Pic of the day – ASIAN REX

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    Evergreen and COSCO separate their South Africa and South America services

    EVER GIVEN, one of Evergreen’s G class container vessels deployed on the new FAX Far East – South Africa service. Picture by Ian Shiffman

    Evergreen and COSCO, in a move that is indicative of the growth in the respective trades, have decided to split their existing ESA service between the Far East, South Africa and the east coast South America into two separate services.

    Previously the ESA service operated between the Far East and South America and included calls at South African ports.

    The new and upgraded services will be referred to as the new ESA service operating between the Far East and east coast South America, and the FAX service operating between the Far East and South Africa.

    The new FAX service will make use of eight 3,400-TEU vessels with Evergreen providing five ships and Cosco three. The port rotation will be Shanghai, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Yantian, Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas, Durban, Cape Town, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Shanghai.

    The first FAX sailing launches on 18 May with EVER GUEST sailing from Shanghai.

    Vessels operating on the ESA service will no longer call at South African ports – instead both companies will operate a direct service to South America with calls at the major ports in central and southern China. By dropping the South African calls the ESA service will provide faster transit times between the Far East and South American ports.

    The first sailing on the revised ESA service will be with Evergreen’s CORDELIA sailing from Shanghai on 15 May. The full rotation for ESA will become Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas, Santos, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Santos, Singapore, Hong Kong, and back to Shanghai. Evergreen will provide six vessels and Cosco three for a nine-ship service utilising ships of 2,800-TEU capacity.

    SAPO appoints new chief operating officer for containers

    South African Port Operations (SAPO) has announced the appointment of Solly Letsoalo as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO) in the container sector of port operations.

    Letsoalo, who was previously in charge at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT), says he is determined to ensure that SAPO is able to exceed capacity to accommodate the phenomenal growth in the container sector in the country.

    He believes his experience in engineering, manufacturing, logistics, projects and general management can be utilised to guide, coach and support employees in the container sector.

    “My extensive experience in working in a competitive environment with highly demanding customers will contribute towards maintaining competitive customer service levels,” he says.

    “We are the biggest and best performing port system in Africa, on par with the ports of Australia, United States and some European countries. However, we are still performing below some of the major ports in the East and Europe. With the current investment in people and infrastructure, SAPO will be rated amongst the best operated ports in the world by 2010,” says Letsoalo.

    He believes the greatest challenge is to create capacity ahead of demand and sustain high levels of operational performance driven by a motivated and highly skilled workforce.

    “The high volume and growth of container volumes in Durban makes DCT and Pier 1 very high priority terminals as over 65 percent of containers in South Africa are handled through the Durban port. The construction of infrastructure, installation of equipment, training and deployment of new staff in Pier 1 should be completed by the end of the year. The capacity of DCT should be increased by 50 percent to handle future volumes beyond 2010.”

    Letsoalo previosuly held management positions in Nampak and South African Breweries.

    source – SAPO press release

    South Africa sends Mozambique help after blasts

    by Lavinia Mahlangu, BuaNews

    Pretoria - In the wake of last week's deadly blasts at an ageing military armoury in Mozambique's capital Maputo, South Africa has sent help to its northern neighbour.

    "President Mbeki has offered South Africa's assistance to help determine the cause of the explosions, and has undertaken to respond to any other form of assistance the sister people of Mozambique may require during this tragic time," South Africa's Department of Foreign Affairs said.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs led a team of experts to Maputo at the weekend, to begin working with their Mozambican counterparts and authorities, following the tragedy (see PORTS & SHIPS News Report dated 23 March 2007).

    On behalf of South Africa, President Thabo Mbeki also conveyed his condolences to the government and people of Mozambique through his counterpart, President Armando Guebuza.

    "President Mbeki assured President Guebuza of South Africa's thoughts and prayers during this time of grief for the people of Mozambique," the department said.

    A previously arranged meeting between the presidents, set for last Friday in Pretoria, was postponed.

    The latest figures indicate 100 people have died, while around 450 have been injured since the blasts at the armoury began on Thursday at 16.45 local time (GMT + 2), the Mozambican news agency AIM reports.

    The armoury contained an arsenal of the Mozambican Armed Forces (FADM), in the outer suburb of Malhazine.

    The injured are being treated in Maputo's three main hospitals.

    It is feared the death toll may rise higher, AIM reports, partly because of the critical condition of some of those in intensive care in Maputo Central Hospital, and partly because not all the bodies have yet been collected.

    These remains are said to be decomposing quickly on the streets, due to the subtropical heat.

    Hundreds of houses have been damaged or destroyed, and rescue teams have been picking their way through the rubble.

    "Maputo City Council has promised to make coffins available for the funerals. But so far nobody has broached the question of compensation: who will pay for rebuilding the houses that have been destroyed?" the agency said.

    Military teams, reports AIM, were combing the area on Friday recovering the shells, rockets and other spent ordnances.

    "Some of these projectiles were enormous - they were clearly shells for large pieces of artillery," the agency said.

    Key infrastructure hit by the blasts include the Infulene electricity sub-station and the Infulene psychiatric hospital.

    Maputo airport, which was closed on Thursday evening was reopened on Friday morning, when there was no longer any danger of projectiles landing on the runway.

    This is the second time in less than two months that the ageing mortar shells and other ordnances in the arsenal have exploded.

    On 28 January, Defence Minister Tobias Dai blamed the high summer temperatures for the explosions.

    It was then revealed that the arsenal contained stores of about 20 tonnes of obsolete equipment awaiting destruction.

    Ghananian shippers seek legal redress against container charges

    Shippers in Ghana are taking legal action against what they claim is an illegal container charge being levied at the country’s ports.

    According to the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF) a total of US 188 million has been collected illegally by ship owners and their agents during the past three years at an average of $ 175 per TEU.

    Members of GIFF say they want the container charges, which are raised by the Ship Owners and Agents Association of Ghana, dropped.

    A number of Ghanaian organisations including the Ghana Chamber of Mines, the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Ghana Shippers Council have joined forces with GIFF to bring the matter before the court.

    source – schednet

    Free Cape Town lecture by noted international expert on HR management and industrial relations

    A lecture on the subject ‘Globalisation and Work in the International Port Transport Industry’ is to be given at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town by Professor Peter Turnbull from the Cardiff Business School at Cardiff University.

    The lecture takes place next Tuesday, 3 April between 12.45 and 14.00. Entrance is free but booking is necessary both for seating and catering purposes. Please RSVP to Hawa Palekar, tel 021 406 1442 or email hpalekar@gsb.uct.ac.za

    The venue is the Lecture Theatre 4, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town which is in Portswood Road, Green Point.

    Professor Turnbull is in the country on private business and has agreed to give this one lecture while in the Mother City. Apart from being Professor of Human Resource Management & Labour Relations at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, he is an international expert on human resource management and industrial relations in the transport sector, most notably maritime, ports and civil aviation.

    Professor Turnbull has published widely on global port reforms and recently produced a Guidance Manual for the International Labour Organisation (Geneva) on Social Dialogue in the Process of Structural Adjustment and Private Sector Participation in Ports.

    He is currently an advisor to the European Transport Workers’ Federation and the European Cockpit Association

    Pic of the day – ASIAN REX

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    The reefer ship ASIAN REX was recently in Cape Town (9 March 2007) where Ian Shiffman captured her on film. The 3,817-gt ship was built in 1999 and is registered in Panama by Japanese interests. Picture Ian Shiffman

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