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Aug 28, 2007
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  • DPE director highlights uncompetitive nature of Durban Container Terminal

  • Whopping big bill to move PE’s manganese dump

  • Port Elizabeth not forgotten, says Morwe

  • Cars abandoned by the thousand in Mombasa, claims Uganda

  • Maersk names latest super ship Elly Maersk

  • Pic of the day – KOTA KAYA

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    DPE director highlights uncompetitive nature of Durban Container Terminal

    South Africa will never be competitive globally if the Durban Container Terminal continues handling containers at a rate of 18 moves per hour per crane, the chief director of Transport in the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) said yesterday.

    Elvin Harris was talking at the IQPC conference on container and freight logistics currently underway in Durban. He said that in the same manner, the country’s container terminals would never be competitive if they had to operate with insufficient cranes and other equipment.

    Warning that terminal congestion lay ahead “unless we do something urgently,” Harris presented a view that South African ports, and the Durban Container Terminal in particular, were not performing to the required standard. “We need to up our performance,” he said, showing some examples of how DCT compared with international examples.

    Where Durban handled 18 container moves per hour, the world-class example was 40 moves.
    Where Durban placed an average of 1.5 cranes over a container ship, the world class port was placing an average of three.
    Where Durban took 10 hours to handle a ship with 300-TEUs for discharge, the world class port completed the discharge in 3 hours.
    Where the average time a ship spent waiting outside port for a berth at Durban was 30 hours (2007 estimate), the world class port delayed a ship by 2 hours.

    These were the practical implications, said Harris, and reducing the ship turnaround times was the key to port productivity.

    “If we can get things right in our ports it will have a cascading effect on the rest of the transport chain, which will in turn place pressure on the rest of the logistics system,” he said.

    “The bottom line is that in order for South Africa to be competitive we need to have a competitive port infrastructure, but that includes all the other players in the transport chain. Perhaps even more serious than problems in any one mode is the increasing need to improve connections between the modes.”

    Harris said there can be no sustained economic growth without being competitive and a good transportation system formed the backbone of supply chain competitiveness.

    Whopping big bill to move PE’s manganese dump

    The reason for Transnet’s apparent reluctance to proceed with plans of transferring the manganese ore stockpile at Port Elizabeth harbour to the new port at Ngqura is one of cost.

    According to Tau Morwe, chief executive of Transnet Port Operations (formerly SAPO), the estimated cost of moving the stockpile including rehabilitation work on the site, is a whopping R4 Billion.

    Morwe said that talks were being held over the relocation of the manganese dump as well as the adjacent petroleum storage facility. Both sites are close to Humewood Beach and are prime candidates for redevelopment for recreational purposes. However both sites will have to be cleaned up after years on contamination.

    Morwe was in Port Elizabeth taking part in a national roadshow involving briefings with the various regions’ chambers of commerce.

    He revealed that part of the problem was that an average of 2.8 million tonnes of manganese is handled at Port Elizabeth harbour each year which made it difficult to justify spending R4 Billion to move the facility elsewhere based on that volume.

    Port Elizabeth not forgotten, says Morwe

    Various improvements at Port Elizabeth harbour are in the process of being implemented, says Transnet Port Terminal chief executive Tau Morwe.

    He disclosed that Port Elizabeth hadn’t been forgotten when it came to replacing infrastructure and port handling equipment. A new ship to shore crane was on order for the port’s container terminal which was expected to be delivered and commissioned by February 2008. In addition a total of nine new straddle carriers had been ordered for the port and an additional 200 reefer plug points would be provided at the terminal.

    In the most recent financial year ended March 2007 Port Elizabeth Container Terminal handled 407,278-TEU, compared with 370,849-TEU for the 2005/06 financial year. Total cargo handled by the port for the recent year (2006/07) was 10,641 million tonnes (adjusted for containers handled by weight).

    The port’s car terminal was also undergoing enlargement by way of an additional 2,000 parking bays to cater for increased car imports and exports.

    Cars abandoned by the thousand in Mombasa, claims Uganda

    According to reports in the Uganda media this week thousands of cars have been abandoned at Mombasa by Uganda traders unwilling to pay duties on their import.

    The report in New Vision said that Uganda’s parliament was told that thousands of cars being imported by traders had not been collected due to high taxes and storage fees.

    "We could not believe that thousands of cars destined for Uganda are rotting in Mombasa. They are new models but most of them have no tyres, lights, engines and other body parts. I am surprised that nobody seems to care," said the deputy vice-chairperson of the committee, Mr S Mutumba.

    Uganda MPs had gone on a fact finding mission to Kenya to investigate the situation after being told by traders of cars abandoned because of high taxes.

    According to the report the Kenya Ports Authority plans to auction 4,000 containers and 8,000 motor vehicles remaining unclaimed at the port of Mombasa.

    source – New Vision (Kampala)

    Maersk names latest super ship Elly Maersk

    Maersk Line’s latest newbuilding, the sixth in a series of 11,000-TEU container ships, was named ELLY MÆRSK at a function at the Odense Steel Shipyard on Saturday, 25 August 2007.

    Mrs Leise Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller honoured AP Moller-Maersk and the shipyard by naming the vessel.

    Like her five predecessors, ELLY MÆRSK will be part of the series of the world’s largest container vessels, which have set new standards for safety and environment. Environmentally friendly silicone paint covers the hull of the vessel below the waterline – reducing water resistance and is reported to cut 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, ELLY MÆRSK will 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, said AP Moller-Maersk at the weekend.

    The new ship is to be registered in Svendborg and will be commanded by Captain Poul Buchholz Hansen with Jan Niemann Kristensen as Chief Engineer.

    Pic of the day – KOTA KAYA

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    The Pacific International Line (PIL) container ship KOTA KAYA in Cape Town harbour recently. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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