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Aug 13, 2007
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  • CSAV brings on direct South America – South Africa – Middle East service

  • Road congestion making Nigerian ports inaccessible

  • International maritime briefs

  • Pic of the day – THORSWAVE

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    CSAV brings on direct South America – South Africa – Middle East service

    CSAV Norasia recently launched a direct Middle East – East Coast South America (ECSA) service complementing the ECSA – South Africa ‘Marco Polo’ service launched a year ago, reports AXS-Alphaliner.

    The new extended Marco Polo service commenced yesterday (12 August) with the sailing of the VEGA DIAMOND.

    The service offers direct sailings northbound from Brazil to Jebel Ali and Damman, the latter Saudi port being a new call, and including a single stop at Durban en route. CSAV Norasia says the new service therefore offers good transit times of between 25 and 27 days for reefer cargoes from Brazil to the Middle East.

    This new direct service supersedes the transhipment service over Durban, where Brazil cargoes were transhipped between the ASAX service (Far East – South Africa – ECSA) and the existing ‘Marco Polo’ service, which operated between South Africa – East Africa and the Middle East.

    An additional four ships have been added bringing the fleet to eight ships in the 1100- 1800-TEU range and a weekly rotation of Paranagua, Itajai, Santos, Durban, Jebel Ali, Damman, Mombasa/Dar es Salaam, Durban, Paranagua. The time frame is 25 days Santos to Jebel Ali, 26 days Itajai to Jebel Ali and 27 days Paranagua to Jebel Ali.

    Existing ships on the old Marco Polo service are Vega Fynen, Conrad S, Tampa Bay and Vega Diamond and they will immediately be joined by the chartered 1800-TEU Santa Maddalena (21,054-gt), with three others to be announced.

    The extended ‘Marco Polo’ service becomes the third full container service connecting Brazil directly with the Middle East – the others being the Safmarine/Maersk ‘Samba’ service and CMA CGM’s ‘Vasco Express’.

    Road congestion making Nigerian ports inaccessible

    Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), Western Ports says it intends making the region’s ports, particularly Tin Can Island and Apapa more efficient by ‘taking the nation’s ports out of the cities’.

    The announcement referred to congestion on road systems feeding the ports made worse by having to contend with normal city traffic. Just how precisely the NPA intends dealing with this problem, which is hardly unique to Nigeria, hasn’t been revealed.

    The NPA’s managing director, Western Ports, Abdulsalam Mohammed said the ports were becoming inaccessible.

    “Our ports cannot be efficient if roads to them are not accessible. This is why acquisition of land for future development has become imperative. There is a need to take the ports out of the cities,” he said.

    He also called for a revitalisation and provision of rail services to the ports and listed policy instability, non-implementation of the national transport master plan and the high financial burden on necessary dredging as additional factors holding back the development of the ports.

    Mohammed also identified the multiplicity of government agencies at the ports among factors which needed to be addressed. "Persistent increases in the number of agencies in the ports is not helping matters. If Nigeria wants its ports to be like others in the world, it should address this issue.”

    He called on the federal government to examine the policy allowing a proliferation of tank farms with port and residential areas, saying that these posed threats to life and property.

    source – Daily Champion

    International maritime briefs

    Evergreen’s Italian subsidiary Italia Marittima has paid $ 218,000 in compensation in an out of court settlement. This follows the collision between the 5,652-TEU container ship LT UNICA and a Chinese fishing trawler in January this year, in which the trawler capsized and one crew member disappeared and is presumed dead. – source MGN

    French container line CMA CGM last week commenced its new Mediterranean – Far East service (LEVEX) with the arrival at the Chiwan Container Terminal in Shenzhen (China) of the first ship, the SKY APOLLO which will be followed by a further six 3,000-TEU container ships.
    The rotation is Shenzhen, Laem Chabang, Port Kelang, Damietta, Piraeus, Mersin, Latakia, Beirut, Damietta and Shenzhen. - Source HKSG

    Nineteen Arctic tourists were injured when ice fell off an arctic expedition cruise ship, the Russian-owned ALEXEY MARYSHEV. The vessel was sailing close to the ice off the Svalbard Islands in Norwegian territorial waters when the ice broke away. Four of the passengers were flown by helicopter to Tromsoe Hospital and 15 others were treated in a local hospital. The cruise is being operated by the Dutch-based Oceanwide Expeditions. – source MGN

    Port Otago on New Zealand’s South Island intends creating a deep water port through dredging and widening of the entrance and harbour channel, along with the re-development of the port’s wharves, berths and container terminal. In a statement the port authority said the intention is to enable Otago Harbour to receive 6,000-TEU container ships within three to four years. “It is essential for Dunedin and the lower half of the South Island that Port Otago remains a strong and significant part of New Zealand’s international trading supply chain,” said Port Otago CEO Geoff Plunket, adding that to do this Port Chalmers (Otago) must be able to handle the largest container ships likely to come to New Zealand. Plunket said in a press statement that the project as being driven by an increase in dairy and primary resources exported from the Otago region.
    Note: the above report may be confusing. Port Chalmers lies about 10km within Otago Harbour and is the main commercial port for the city of Dunedin in South Island, New Zealand. Port Chalmers was once a separate small town but is today joined with Dunedin.

    ECU Line introduces Antwerp-Tripoli service Belgian-based ECU Line has introduced a new groupage service from Antwerp to Tripoli in Libya, with a departure every 10 days and a transit time averaging 13 days.
    The statement issued by EC Line says the service is based on sailing of Brointermed Lines and an agency agreement has been signed with Al Marfa Shipping and Maritime Services of Tripoli.

    Pic of the day – THORSWAVE

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    One of the larger ships in the CCAL (Canadian Christensen Africa Line) service which ran uninterrupted between North America (Canada) and South Africa for over fifty years - even throughout the period of sanctions - was THORSWAVE, acquired by the Norwegian company in 1968 and operated until sold in 1983, by which time 62 round voyages had been completed. The picture was made available by reader Jack Moorhead, a former seafarer on board the ship and now resident in New Zealand.

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