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Oct 31, 2007
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  • SAECS introduces bunker surcharge

  • Somali pirates seize second ship

  • South Africa to commemorate SS Mendi tragedy

  • Maersk Line boost for W Cape primary school

  • Nigerian transport requires huge capital injection

  • Pic of the day – INYALAZI

    SAECS introduces bunker surcharge

    Mitsui OSK Line (MOL), one of the member lines of the South Africa Europe Container Service (SAECS) has announced a bunker revision to the present bunker surcharge that applies on the Europe - South Africa - Europe trade.

    Announcing this yesterday one of the member lines, MOL said that with effect from 1 November the revised bunker surcharge will become as follows:

    $ 173.00 per TEU for General Purpose Cargo
    $ 263.00 per TEU for Reefer Cargo

    “On present indications the revised bunker surcharge will become effective from the following vessels: -


    Rickmer Rickmers V:606A loading Bristol 10 November
    DAL Kalahari V:607A loading Rotterdam 5 November


    MOL Springbok V:606B loading Durban 1 November
    MOL Caledon V:607B loading Port Elizabeth 4 November

    MOL says the revised bunker surcharges will remain in force until further notice.

    The surcharges can be expected to apply across all SAECS member lines.

    Somali pirates seize second ship

    One day after a Japanese products tanker was seized by pirates off the Somali coast, a second ship has been highjacked, this time close to the port city of Mogadishu.

    In the latest incident a North Korean general cargo vessel initially identified as DAIHONG DAN (name not confirmed) was seized by armed Somali pirates outside the seaport of Mogadishu, the nation’s supposed capital. The ship had been on charter to Somali businessmen and had completed discharging a cargo of sugar and according to first reports was sailing from the port when the armed men came on board and took possession of the vessel.

    The Daihong Dan, if that is the vessel’s name, is reported to have a crew of 22 on board. Their fate is not clear and there is so far no indication where the ship has been taken.

    On Sunday pirates attacked and seized a Japanese chemical tanker name GOLDEN NORI while the vessel was off the island of Socotra. Two US warships are reported to have opened fire on the small boats used by the pirates, which by this stage were being towed behind the captured tanker, but broke off the engagement when it was realised the tanker was carrying a cargo of highly volatile benzene. The pirates made their escape into Somali national waters despite the Somali transitional government having granted permission to the US Navy to continue the pursuit.

    There has as yet been no notification from the pirates of their demands, which will no doubt include ransom money for the ship and crew.

    South Africa to commemorate SS Mendi tragedy

    Cape Town, 30 October (BuaNews) - The Departments of Arts and Culture, Defence, the Western Cape provincial government and the City of Cape will co-host commemorative events to mark the 90th anniversary of the SS Mendi and Remembrance Day.

    On 21 February 1917, six hundred and sixteen South Africans, who were members of the 50th Battalion of the South African Native Labour Corps, lost their lives when the ship they boarded in Cape Town, the SS Mendi, collided with the SS Darro near the Isle of Wight in the English Channel.

    The 616 South Africans lost their lives on their way to France to be part of the Allied Forces during the First World War (1914-1918).

    The commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the SS Mendi Tragedy will take place on 10 November 2007 at the Grand Parade in Cape Town.
    As part of the commemoration, the [troopship’s namesake, the SAN frigate] SAS Mendi will be docked at the Cape Town Waterfront.

    To kickstart the event, Minister Pallo Jordan and other dignitaries will officially open the SAS Mendi for public viewing.

    Members of the public will also have an opportunity to view a permanent exhibition of the SS Mendi at the Waterfront.

    The visit to the SAS Mendi by the dignitaries will be followed by a symbolic march of soldiers going to war from Adderley Street to the Grand Parade where formal proceedings start at 10.15am.

    The annual Remembrance Day service and wreath-laying ceremony will be held on Sunday, 11 November 2007 in Adderley Street at 10’40am in honour of those who lost their lives in instances of conflict.

    Preceding the official Remembrance Day Ceremony the Mayor of Cape Town, Helen Zille will unveil a plaque at the corner of Adderley and Darling Streets to commemorate the public observance of the 2 Minute Silent Pause of Remembrance which originated at the very spot on 2 August 1919

    Maersk Line boost for W Cape primary school

    Wanganella Primary is located in the beautiful valley of Ceres in the Western Cape and is home to some of the most fertile farmlands South Africa has to offer. Although the farming and agricultural trades are thriving in Ceres, many of the local community never “share the fruits” of their famous exports and continue to live in poverty.

    Wanganella Primary is one such school in Ceres affected by the shortage of classrooms and resources. The learners of the school, aged between six and fourteen years, come from impoverished homes in the area. In July of 2006, Leonie Davids, the school’s Administration Clerk approached Maersk Line for assistance in the form of financial assistance to build a pre-fab classroom to alleviate the cramped conditions at the school.

    Maersk Line, who has many trade partners in the area, says it firmly believes in giving back to the communities in which the company operates and was only too pleased to honour the request of the school.

    Maersk Line’s Area Sales Manager, Steven Felder, who officially handed the classroom over to Wanganella Primary added his thoughts at the handover ceremony.

    "The principle of good corporate citizenship is deeply embedded in our company values, and our Corporate Social Responsibility programme affords us an opportunity of reciprocity - giving back to the communities that support us in so many ways. These communities are often our workforce, our suppliers, our customers, our customer's customers and our neighbours. Our involvement in community activities is thus a non-negotiable aspect of our business."

    Given the financial strain under which the majority of the learners live, they often go hungry and don’t get sufficient sustenance needed to develop and grow into healthy young adults. The school staff took it upon themselves to source donors and get involved in feeding schemes in the area to provide a full, nutritious meal to all its learners every day. The new container classroom will thus serve a dual purpose, acting a normal classroom during the day and also provide space to prepare the meals for the students who, until now, have had to wait outside whilst the teachers prepared their meals. This was by no means ideal, especially in the winter months.

    Nigerian transport requires huge capital injection

    Nigeria requires a huge injection of capital over the next 15 years to provide roads, rail and waterway transportation, says the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Chukwuma Soludo.

    Delivering a paper at a retreat for the senate in Port Harcourt, Prof Soludo said Nigeria would have to inject about US$510 Billion over the next 15 years to properly develop the country’s transportation sector.

    He said the development was required in the fields of road systems, rail networks and waterway transportation.

    In a paper entitled ‘Overview of 2020 Vision Soludo said "from our own estimation of what it would take to get the railway lines, road construction network and waterways, just on transportation, we will need to spend at least $34 billion annually for the next decade and half."

    source – This Day (Lagos)

    Pic of the day – INYALAZI

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    The Durban harbour tug INYALAZI with the Bluff headland as a background waiting in the port entrance channel for her next duty. Picture Terry Hutson

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