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Mar 6, 2007
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  • Rescued Gracia seafarers land in Durban

  • Maersk Line announces $ 200 rate hike on Far East - South America service

  • SA sugar exports takes a dip

  • Latest giant container ship named EVELYN MÆRSK

  • Pic of the day – EVER GIVEN

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    Rescued Gracia seafarers land in Durban

    Twenty-three Seafarers plucked from the ocean after abandoning their vessel, the Greek bulker GRACIA in the midst of Cyclone Gamede, arrived in Durban yesterday morning on board the container ship EVER GAINING.

    The Taiwanese container ship was in the right place to respond to calls from the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres in Cape Town and Reunion after the 23 seafarers, made up of Russians, Ukrainians and Ghanaians, took to the ship’s lifeboats after their vessel lost all engine power in seas with 17m waves and cyclone force winds.

    The 24,000-DWT GRACIA, which is registered in Malta is/was carrying a cargo of Thai rice and was bound for West Africa. The vessel crossed the path of the tropical cyclone which earlier in the week altered course and instead of venting its fury on Madagascar, took a 90 degree turn and headed south parallel to the island’s east coast, bisecting the main shipping route between South Africa and Mauritius and Asia.

    The storm has since moved further south and lost much of its strength.

    There is still no confirmation whether the bulker has sunk or remains afloat. Earlier a spokesman for the MRCC in Cape Town denied the ship had sunk.

    The rescued crew has been taken ashore in Durban and will be repatriated home as soon as arrangements can be made.

    In yesterday’s bulletin we incorrectly identified the ship as a fishing vessel named Garcia.

    Maersk Line’s container ship MASTER 1 in Port Elizabeth harbour yesterday. Picture Alvin McLoughlin

    A second vessel that suffered at the hand of the storm was the container ship MASTER 1, on charter to Maersk Line and deployed on Maersk and Safmarine’s Asia – South Africa – South America service. The vessel arrived in Port Elizabeth yesterday with evidence of having gone through some heavy weather, with a number of containers on board having been severely damaged.

    Maersk Line announces $ 200 rate hike on Far East - South America service

    As from 1 April Maersk Line will introduce a US $ 200 general rate increase on the Asia – East Coast South America service.

    The hike of $ 200 per TEU applies to all shipments from the Far East to east coast South America with the exception of Manaus and Vila do Conde and will become effective based on cargo receipt date at origin, says the company in a statement.

    “The increase is required to maintain our quality services in response to the increasing market demand in this trade, and as a continued effort to help partially recover the rate levels which were drastically deteriorated during the course of 2006 causing a severe negative impact to our operating margins,” said the company.

    SA sugar exports take a dip

    South Africa expects to export about 900,000 tonnes of sugar in the year ending 31 March, according to a report in Business Day. This reflects an 18 percent decrease on earlier estimates of 1.1mt. The decrease is a result of adverse weather conditions, says the report.

    Of this volume the majority – about 800,000 tonnes will be exported from the Durban Sugar Terminal with the balance, mainly from the Mpumalanga region, exported through Maputo.

    The Maputo terminal will also handle exports of Mozambique and Zimbabwe sugar.

    South Africa’s total production is estimated at 2.3 million tonnes, down by 750,000t on the previous year.

    source – Business Day and SA Sugar Association

    Latest giant container ship named EVELYN MÆRSK

    On Saturday 3 March 2007 Odense Steel Shipyard presented its latest newbuilding, an 11,000 TEU container vessel, for the AP Moller – Maersk Group.

    Mrs Berit Jensen, accompanied by her husband, Mr Erling Jensen, Managing Director, Dansk Supermarked A/S, honoured AP Moller – Maersk and the Yard by naming the newbuilding EVELYN MÆRSK.

    Like her three predecessors, EVELYN MÆRSK will be part of the series of the world’s largest container vessels, and she will like her sister vessels set new standards for safety and environment. Environmentally friendly silicone paint covers the hull of the vessel below the waterline – reducing water resistance and cutting the vessel’s fuel consumption by 1,200 tonnes per year.

    With her 14-cylinder Wärtsilä RT-flex diesel engine which develops 110,000 BHP, EVELYN MÆRSK will after delivery enter Maersk Line’s worldwide service and thereby together with the other vessels contribute to a global, competitive and flexible transport for the company’s customers.

    EVELYN MÆRSK will be registered in Copenhagen and will be commanded by Captain Niels Beyer Nielsen with Oskar Vestergaard Jensen as Chief Engineer.

    source – AP Moller-Maersk

    Pic of the day – EVER GIVEN

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    Evergreen’s container ship EVER GIVEN in Cape Town harbour on 1 March, a similar vessel to EVER GAINING that was involved in the dramatic rescue of 23 sailors who abandoned their ship in a cyclone – see report above. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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