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Jul 6, 2007
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  • Safmarine responds to claims that cargo was illegal

  • SAPO appoints Bev Masson to new post in Durban

  • Madagascar port revamp completed

  • SAPO lends its weight behind the MSC Regatta

  • DAL KALAHARI to drop Durban and Las Palmas calls

  • Pic of the day – IVS KESTREL

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    Safmarine responds to claim that cargo was illegal

    Antwerp, 4 July, 2007: Safmarine’s CEO Ivan Heesom-Green has responded to criticism from an international environmental group that says Safmarine transported an illegal cargo of logs from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Europe.

    Hesom-Green pledged that Safmarine would take steps to ensure that cargoes carried by Safmarine are fully compliant with existing international maritime transportation regulations and laws. He said that Safmarine is a sensitive and responsible company with a solid tradition of providing safe and secure marine transportation of essential goods.

    “The environment, particularly the world’s oceans, is the platform on which we operate. We carefully monitor all laws and regulations, and we are always prepared to initiate a constructive dialogue with all appropriate stakeholders to ensure that our cargoes fully conform to international maritime transportation rules.”

    The embarrassing issue arose over a cargo of logs carried from the DRC to Europe on board the SAFMARINE ONNE, which the environmental group claims does not conform to a moratorium declared on licenses to harvest and export logs from the Democratic Republic of the Congo up to 2002.

    SAPO appoints Bev Masson to new post in Durban

    South African Port Operations (SAPO) is in the process of developing an Automotive Channel between Durban and Gauteng that includes the Durban Car Terminal situated at the port of Durban, and has appointed Beverley Masson as Automotive Channel Manager (KZN to Gauteng).

    Masson was the former Business Unit Manager at the Durban Car Terminal until she transferred at the end of last year to the City Terminal (Durban’s multi purpose terminal (MPT) at the Point) as Business Unit Manager, with Hector Danisa taking over her former position at the car terminal.

    Her latest task of tackling the establishment and development of an automotive channel between the country’s two largest economic hubs seems an obvious one given her particular skills and experience gained in building up and developing the Durban Car Terminal into an acknowledged world class business unit, despite some unique challenges.

    Among Masson’s new duties will be the establishment of inland car terminals situated away from the port and the coordination of rail services to link these with the port facility.

    Joining her in the new division is Kresen Naicker, the former Business Manager at the Durban Car Terminal. Both are operating at present from offices in the Car Terminal building off Bay Terrace, Durban.

    Earl Peters has been appointed Acting Business Unit Manager at the City Multi Purpose Terminal. Peters, who has worked at the MPT for the past year, was previously with SAPO in Cape Town.

    Madagascar port revamp completed

    The first phase of the modernisation programme at Madagascar International Container Terminal Services, Ltd, (MICTSL) at Toamasina in Madagascar has been completed, says Philippine-based International Container Terminal Services, Inc (ICTSI).

    The US $ 30 million programme to modernise Madagascar’s main port involved the introduction of new container handling equipment and infrastructure as well as information technology. Infrastructure and equipment includes a twin-lift Gottwald mobile crane, four rubber tyred gantries (RTGs) supplied by Noell-Reggiane, and terminal trucks and reach stackers from Kalmar.

    The programme also necessitated a $ 7 million rehabilitation of the terminal’s container yard to enable the use of RTGs and the installation of a terminal operating system provided by Navis Sparcs.

    The port of Toamasina, also known as Tamatave in the island’s quaint manner of having two names for just about every place, is situated on the north east coast of Madagsacar.

    SAPO lends its weight behind the MSC Regatta

    Durban – South African Port Operations (SAPO) says it ‘left no stone unturned’ to ensure that 60 children are in ship-shape condition for the annual MSC Shosholoza Regatta which kicked off in Durban on Tuesday (3 July).

    The opening sail-past was delayed by two days following a strong south westerly wind which blew for much of Sunday and Monday.

    SAPO has become actively involved in the regatta for the last five years by sponsoring kits for the youngsters and waiving terminal handling charges for teams bringing in their yachts from outside KZN.

    “Our participation in the regatta is about creating awareness about the maritime industry nationally. We are committed to ensuring that youth develop an understanding and passion for maritime matters socially and professionally,” said Tau Morwe, SAPO Chief Executive.

    “This entails sponsoring their kits and waiving charges to ensure that children from around the country are able to participate in this prestigious event run by one of SAPO’s strategic customers, Mediterranean Shipping Company.”

    The regatta ends today (Friday 6 July) when daily race times will be tallied to determine the seven category winners and runners-up.

    DAL KALAHARI to drop Durban and Las Palmas calls

    The container ship DAL KALAHARI will be omitting calls at the ports of Durban (terminus) and Las Palmas (Northbound) make up lost time, according to an announcement made yesterday by Mitsui OSK Line.

    DAL Kalahari is deployed on the weekly South Africa – Europe Container Service (SAECS) and will complete her current southbound voyage (voyage 705B) at Port Elizabeth where all import cargo is to be discharged and subsequently loaded onto the LARS MAERSK (voyage 706B) for Durban discharge.

    Export cargo can be transferred to the Lars Maersk or alternately it may be loaded onto the DAL Kalahari out of Port Elizabeth.

    Both ships, DAL Kalahari and Lars Maersk are omitting the Port of Las Palmas and clients are requested to transfer LPA cargo to the vessel SAFMARINE MEMLING (voyage 704B) which will include Las Palmas to her schedule.

    The revised scheduling is as follows:

    DAL Kalahari 705B:

    Port: ETA: ETD:

    PLZ: 07/07/2007    09/07/2007
    DUR: OMIT            OMIT
    CPT: 10/07/2007    12/07/2007
    LPA1: OMIT           OMIT
    RTM: 23/07/2007    24/07/2007
    TIL: 24/07/2007     25/07/2007
    BRV: 26/07/2007    27/07/2007


    Port: ETA: ETD:

    PLZ: 10/07/2007    11/07/2007
    DUR: 13/07/2007    15/07/2007
    CPT: 16/07/2007    16/07/2007
    LPA1: OMIT           OMIT
    RTM: 29/07/2007   30/07/2007
    TIL: 31/07/2007     01/08/2007

    Pic of the day – IVS KESTREL

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    South African handysized bulker IVS KESTREL of Island View Shipping arriving yesterday morning at Lyttleton harbour in New Zealand with a cargo of soya bean meal for discharge. According to photographer IAN CALVERT, the winter weather is just starting to set in behind the ship, with forecasts of snow down to low levels overnight (Thursday) which will see the snow reaching down to the hills behind the ship. Picture Alan Calvert

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