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Jul 31, 2007
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  • Mombasa says congestion is easing

  • Stowaways nabbed at Maydon Wharf

  • Asia’s first 10,000-TEU box-ship

  • Africa Trade Forum Proves Networking Success

  • Pic of the day – BOW CHAIN

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    Mombasa says congestion is easing

    The congestion at Mombasa’s container terminal is a thing of the past, says a spokesman for the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).

    Speaking to journalists in Kampala, Uganda last week, William Mtengo, KPA’s representative in Uganda said that after seven months of congestion at Mombasa conditions had returned to normal.

    He said that measures taken to alleviate the build up of containers within the port had been successful, with unclaimed boxes being moved to outlying container depots after a set period had elapsed. “This move is aimed at decongesting the container terminal and thus creating more space for KPA,” he said.

    Two container depots or freight stations had been nominated and a charge of US$100 per 6m container and $120 per 12m box was levied for these moves.

    In addition berths 13 and 14 have been reserved for use by Maersk Line vessels, which is a major user of the terminal. Mtengo claimed this would create a wider window for other port users thus further easing pressure.

    He said that recently the port dedicated one day to the relocation of containers at the container terminal yard and that this measure had been successful in creating space for further discharges from ships. Mtengo pointed out that Mombasa has a design capacity of 21 million tonnes of cargo and had handled 14.4 mt last year.

    The KPA was also expanding the existing container terminal with the construction of an additional berth which would become available from 2009. A second container terminal was planned to handle future growth at the port. In addition the KPA had initiated studies for a proposed new commercial port at Lamu, 300km north of Mombasa.

    Mtengo revealed that container growth at Mombasa had reached 30 percent for the period between December 2006 and June 2007. Over the past five years total cargo handled at Mombasa had grown by 40 percent, or 4 million tonnes.

    source - East African Business Week

    Stowaways nabbed at Maydon Wharf

    Hot on the heels of the discovery of stowaways on board a vessel in Richards Bay last week comes news of another bunch of East Africans discovered hiding on board a ship at Durban’s Maydon Wharf.

    The search was carried out by the Durban-based team from Magnum Shield Security who went on board the freighter with their search dogs shortly before she was due to sail.

    The search was undertaken on Sunday night (29 July) and three stowaways were found hiding in the forecastle rope locker. On questioning they stated they had boarded the ship the previous Monday night, using the stern ropes to clamber on board at approximately 4am under the cover of darkness.

    After nearly a week in hiding they were starving, having had no food since their arrival and no doubt having misjudged when the ship was expected to sail.

    The men have been handed over to the authorities.

    Magnum Shield has a special offer to ships in the port of Durban for the months of July and August. The first four vessels will be searched at a rate of US$600 (to agents account or cash) and the fifth vessel searched for free including with full insurance cover. In addition Magnum provides three security guards on the ship to ensure greater safety 12 hours before sailing.

    Details of the offer can be obtained from Magnum Shield Security at tel 27 31 314 3300 or by email at shippingkzn@magnumshield.co.za

    The company’s details are also available on the Profile of Magnum Shield Security carried by Ports & Ships at

    In an unrelated case five Stowaways from the Congo were detained in Santos after the ship on which they had hidden themselves, the bulker OCEAN STAR had completed a voyage from the Congo to Brazil. The five men were discovered during the voyage and it appears they were well looked after by the crew of the Greek-owned ship, at least according to Brazilian Federal Police. The stowaways told crew they had heard the ship was heading for Brazil and decided to take their chances ‘over there’.

    Asia’s first 10,000-TEU box-ship

    Chinese shipping line COSCO (China Ocean Shipping Company) will become the first Asian line to take delivery of one of the new generation container ships of 10,000-TEU capacity or greater.

    The ship is being built at the South Korean yard of Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan and is to be handed over in August.

    The new ship is to be named COSCO ASIA and is the first of four sister vessels for the Chinese company to be built by Hyundai. Delivery of the fourth vessel is expected for mid-2008.

    “I laud the great efforts made by the builders of Cosco Asia. It is because of their dedication and devotion that Cosco Asia has turned into a dream ship that will serve the fast-growing maritime trades and help protect the marine environment,” said Captain Wei Jiafu, Cosco's president and chief executive officer.

    COSCO ships are trading throughout the world. COSCO is one of the world’s largest shipping companies with diversified interests of which China Ocean Shipping is at the centre, with three operating arms – China Ocean Shipping Agency (China’s largest ships agency), China Road Transportation Co, which is the country’s largest road transport group, and China Marine Bundier Supply Co. In South Africa COSCO has been represented by COSREN for a number of years in a joint venture between COSCO and Rennies Ships Agency.

    source – Shednet and own material

    Africa Trade Forum Proves Networking Success

    By Jim Fisher-Thompson (USINFO Staff Writer)

    Accra, Ghana – The expansion of export trade in Africa is leading to more jobs and prosperity. This is happening, in part, because of the networking program created by US legislation passed seven years ago to replace aid with trade as the engine for economic growth on the continent, a State Department official says.

    The Sixth Annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, held in Accra 18-19 July, was “very positive and a success,” says Assistant Secretary of State Jendayi Frazer, because “it brought together the business sector, the NGO [non-governmental organisation] and the government sector all in one place and it was very much focused on practical steps to realize the total benefits of the AGOA legislation.”

    Frazer spoke with USINFO while returning to the United States 20 July.

    Thirty-nine sub-Saharan nations now are eligible for the duty and quota-free entry of 6,400 of their products into the US market under AGOA. Although oil and gas account for more than 80 percent of those exports, the United States is expanding programs meant to build up agricultural capacity to diversity Africa's exports. In 2006, $394 million was devoted to such capacity-building programs.

    In Accra, thousands of participants from NGOs like the Leon Sullivan Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation met with African entrepreneurs and US businesses like the Coca-Cola Company and Caterpillar (a manufacturer of industrial vehicles) while interacting with 139 US officials and trade experts in Accra to obtain tips on how to enter the US market.

    The forum also featured a business exhibition where dozens of Ghanaian firms advertised their wares and services to interested US buyers and investors. The business fair was arranged in part by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), which also operates a regional trade hub in Accra that offers advice and guidance on business opportunities in the United States.

    Frazer said that, during her talks at the conference, “One of the things that was most striking was that [Ghanian} President [John] Kufuor indicated an interest in deepening our trade relationship by looking at the possibility of a free-trade agreement and we are certainly interested in this.”

    (USINFO is produced by the Bureau of International Information Programs, US Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)

    Pic of the day – BOW CHAIN

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    The Norwegian Odfjell products tanker BOW CHAIN, seen in Cape Town harbour and pictured by Ian Shiffman. Bow Chain was built in 2002, one of five similar ships of the Kvaerner class tankers designed to carry chemical and oil products in the world wide trades. The ship is 183m long and has a beam of 32.2m and a speed of 15.5 knots. With 47 tanks the 37,416-DWT ship is a regular caller in southern Africa. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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