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Ports & Ships Maritime News

18 January 2013
Author: Terry Hutson


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Hamburg Süd’s container ship SANTA URSULA arriving in the port of Santos, Brazil. Picture by R Smera


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Statistics for the calendar year 2012, which are now available courtesy TNPA, indicate a small overall growth in cargo handled of just 1.83% over the previous year when measured in volume of cargo.

The Port of Durban lost considerable volume during 2012, shedding 2.864 million tonnes to finish the year having handled 77.9 million tonnes, down from 80.764 the previous year. Cape Town showed growth, as did the bulk ore ports of Richards Bay and Saldanha. The Eastern Cape ports of Ngqura and Port Elizabeth stood still in terms of growth of volumes, handling much the same volume as the previous year.

Total cargo handled at the combined ports amounted to 268.653 million tonnes, compared with 264.469mt during the calendar year 2011. These tonnages include the calculation made for container weights, based on an average of 13.5 tonnes per TEU.

Container volumes decreased from 4.393 million TEUs to 4.309 million TEUs, a drop of 1.91 9.5% on 2011. Details of volumes by individual port are set out below.

Figures for the respective ports during the calendar years 2012, 2011 and 2010:


 PORT 2012 mt  2011 mt  2010 mt 
 Richards Bay 90.295  86.627  85.466 
 Durban 77.900  80.764  76.120 
Saldanha Bay  61.274  59.697  53.789 
Cape Town  15.627  13.875  13.239 
Port Elizabeth  11.212  11.864  11.080 
Ngqura  7.572  7.112  4.795 
Mossel Bay  2.294  1.923  1.834 
East London  2.478  2.607  2.463 
 Total all ports 268.653mt  264.469mt  246.787mt 


CONTAINERS (measured by TEUs) during 2012
(TEUs include Deepsea, Coastal, Transship and empty containers all subject to being invoiced by TNPA

PORT  2012 TEUs  2011 TEUs  2010 TEUs 
Durban  2,586,886  2,712,975  2,553,392 
Cape Town  853,399  755,306  708,526 
Port Elizabeth  251,855  326,313  325,212 
Ngqura  560,696  523,597  348,811 
East London  52,073  56,060  52,956 
Richards Bay  4,031  18,540  23,578 
Total all ports 4,309,069 TEUs  4,392,791 TEUs  4,012,475 TEUs 

SHIP CALLS for 2012

 PORT 2012 vessels  gross tons  2011 vessels  gross tons 
Durban  4157  123,691,546  4273  129,636,262 
Cape Town  2775  51,000,519  2782  51,296,414 
Richards Bay  1782  65,994,515  1800  64,644,763 
Port Elizabeth  1176  27,005,954  1211  27,956,190 
Saldanha Bay  528  34,503,749  534  34,934,072 
Ngqura  383  18,718,552  377  17,720,687 
East London  306  7,024,979  298  6,936,985 
Mossel Bay  1035  3,048,236  1081  3,118,439 
Total ship calls  12,142  330,988,050  11,979  318,523,125 

- source TNPA, but with adjustments made by Ports & Ships to include container tonnages

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New shiploader arrives for Port of Richards Bay

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a happy team welcomes the arrival of the Richards Bay ship loader

The Port of Richards Bay took delivery of a R140 million, general bulk ship-loader on Tuesday (15 January) which becomes the latest addition in Transnet Port Terminal’s (TPT) R33 billion Market Demand Strategy (MDS) investment programme.

A year ago TPT took delivery of a new ship unloader from a Swiss manufacturer – see that report CLICK HERE (use your BACKSPACE button to return to this page).

The latest arrival, which was custom-built to complement the terminal’s operational setup, was designed in Austria and built in China, with the South African engineering company SANDVIK being appointed to manage its entire procurement.

Its capacity is a guaranteed 2500 tons per hour (tph) at a bulk density of 1.9 tons per cubic metre (t/m3). The linear travelling loader will be suitable for all export commodities the terminal handles including coal, magnetite, chrome and chloride – among others.

“The new ship-loader is a replacement of the less suited, 35 year-old Krupp machine that has now exceeded its design life,” said terminal manager, Victor Mkhize.

He added that the loader not only boasted better outreach and a higher draft to accommodate much larger vessels, it had also been designed to be environmentally friendly with its built-in dust collection system and three dust free loading chutes.

Just over 70% of the terminal’s total commercial trade is export. TPT says that the addition of equipment is aimed at the MDS’s promise of facilitating unconstrained growth, unlocking demand and creating world-class port operations through improved efficiencies.

“TPT will in the next seven years, invest in infrastructure, maintenance and expansion, drive growth and increase our footprint in Africa offering improved connectivity to existing and new markets,” says TPT chief executive Karl Socikwa.

According to Socikwa there are several projects currently underway across all terminals to ensure that equipment woes would no longer hinder operational targets.

A skills transfer opportunity has also been created through Sandvik where TPT operators and the technical team will be trained for sustainable operations.

The pre-assembled loader is scheduled to be fully operational in April 2013.

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the new ship loader ready to be offloaded from the Jumbo heavylift FAIRPARTNER. Picture TPT


Two tonnes of ivory seized in Mombasa port

Almost two tonnes of ivory with an estimated value of US$1 million was confiscated by police and authorities in the Port of Mombasa this week.

It is thought that over 250 elephants would have been killed to make up this latest haul, which originated in Tanzania and was destined for an address in Indonesia. The consignment consisted of whole tusks and ivory pieces.

The consignment was labelled on documents as decorating stones and was intercepted by the Kenya Revenue Authority after a tip-off. Police said later that this was the largest haul of illicit ivory ever recorded in Mombasa port.


Vehicle clearance now much quicker at Dar es Salaam

After acquiring new equipment, Tanzania Ports Authority reports that its vehicle terminal at the port of Dar es Salaam is now able to clear 1000 motor cars in an eight hour shift.

Until recently the clearance rate was around 400 vehicles a shift.

This was announced during a tour of the facility and port by journalists who were told that the discharging of motor vehicles was now more efficient because the port now has the right equipment which means that the time needed by car carriers to remain on the berth has been shortened.

Head of the Motor Vehicle Section, Daniel Sira told journalists that all vehicles that haven't been tampered with are allowed to leave the port after being labelled with a green sticker. Vehicles found with faults are identified with red stickers. “In the past there were a lot of delays during inspection because all vehicles irrespective to whether they were okay or had faults had to fill in a vehicle discharge inspection and transfer tally form, this no longer happens,” Sira said.


Heavy rain falls over Maputo and parts of Mozambique

The port city of Maputo was struck by a deluge this week, bringing havoc and destruction to hundreds of houses. The National Meteorology Institute (INAM) announced that a total of 157.8 millimetres of rain fell on the city on Tuesday (15 January) and the impact on parts of the outlying area was worse than that of the dramatic floods of February 2000.

A section of the Limpopo railway line, which runs from Maputo to Zimbabwe, was left hanging in mid-air, having been undermined as the soil along an embankment was swept away. CFM, Mozambique’s port and rail company, was on the scene making an assessment of the damage.

Among the known casualties are five children. Residents of Maputo have been advised to take ‘preventative measures’ should there be any further rain in the next few days.


Cyclone Emang

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Cyclone Emang on 16 January and its projected path. Source Wunderground

The unusual rainfall over Mozambique was not a result of a cyclone or tropical storm – the nearest such storm EMANG being out in mid Indian Ocean.

According to NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite which passed over Emang, and captured rainfall rates, TRMM identified that moderate rain was falling throughout most of the tropical cyclone, with heavy rainfall occurring near the storm's centre. TRMM estimated the heavy rain falling at a rate of 2 inches (50 mm) per hour.

Latest estimates are that Cyclone Emang, which is now about 600 n.miles southwest of Diego Garcia, will have little or no effect on landfall before 21 January, when the possibility exists of it impacting La Reunion island. However, TRMM reports that as the storm tracks west it will briefly intensify but then wind shear and cooler water are expected to weaken the storm.


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Sea Rescue – ship captain medi-vacced from ship off Hermanus

On Monday night this week the NSRI Hermanus volunteer sea rescue duty crew and the NSRI helicopter Unit were placed on alert by Transnet National Ports Authority following a request for assistance from a Liberian registered ship, en route to Brazil. The ship was reporting that the 59 year old Polish captain of the ship was suffering from abdominal swelling from unknown causes.

“A Western Cape Government Health EMS duty doctor evaluated the medical condition of the patient by radio telephone and it was determined that the patient should be casualty evacuated as soon as possible without delay to the nearest appropriate hospital. With the ship 20 nautical miles off-shore of Hermanus it was decided that our NSRI Hermanus volunteer sea rescue duty crew should launch our sea rescue craft SOUTH STAR and respond,” said Gideon Loubser, NSRI Hermanus duty controller.

Loubser reported that on arrival on-scene the patient was transferred onto the sea rescue craft and brought to shore where he was transported to hospital in a stable condition by an EMS ambulance.


More mega ships on the horizon

United Arab Shipping Co (UASC) has become the latest shipping operator to invest in mega container ships of up to 18,000-TEU. UASC confirmed this week that it is in contact with shipyards about building such vessels – this comes soon after the line completed delivery of nine 13,500-TEU ships which were ordered in 2008.

UASC believes that further cost advantages can be realised because of the economies of scale. UACS chief executive and president Jorn Hinge said the company was looking at ships of between 13,000-TEU and 18,000-TEU. It will be able to benefit also from lower prices from the yards following the worldwide financial crisis of recent years, which has seen a number of Chinese shipyards facing shutdown with no orders.

French operator CMA CGM is leading the charge towards a fleet of the huge container ships when it took delivery of the 18,000-TEU CMA CGM MARCO POLO. Maersk Line announced several years ago it was looking at such sized ships but stepped back during the height of the fiscal downturn. The Danish line has since confirmed the orders and will take delivery of a number of 18,000-TEUers later in 2013, each ship being twin-engined.


Warship rescues crew of Indian dhow

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The French Navy RIB goes alongside the life raft to rescue 10 mariners forced to abandon their sinking dhow, also in the picture. Picture courtesy EU NAVFOR

On Tuesday this week the French Navy patrol vessel FNS SURCOUF which is on duty with the European Naval force operating off the coast of Somalia (EU NAVFOR), went to the rescue of an Indian-flagged dhow which was in danger of sinking 30 n.miles off the Somali coast.

The master of the dhow had sent off a distress signal saying that his engine had failed and the dhow was letting in water. FNS Surcouf, which was conducting anti-piracy patrols 26 n.miles away, responded to the call for help and raced to the scene, arriving in time to take off the ten mariners who had already abandoned ship and were in a life raft. They were taken on board the Surcouf, offered hot showers, food and dry clothes.

Three quarters of an hour later they watched as their dhow settled below the waves.

The men were later transferred onto another EU NAVFOR warship, the Belgian frigate BNS LOUISE MARIE which took them to land.


United Africa Feeder Line includes direct calls to Moroni

United Africa Feeder Line (UAFL) has upgraded its Middle East Express Service to include direct calls at Moroni, in the Mozambique Channel.

According to UAFL, which last year was acquired by Deutsche Africa Linien (DAL), the direct call at Moroni will enable UAFL to offer transit times of between 20-22 days from Jebel Ali, becoming the fastest transit time in the market.

“This in turn will provide for a best in market product out of Europe, India and the Far East with significantly improved transit times,” the company says.

In addition to its international services among the Indian Ocean islands, to Mauritius, Reunion and Madagascar, South Africa, the Arabian Gulf and Indian sub-continent, and connections with Europe, UAFL is able to provide extensive coverage of the coast of Mozambique made possible with UAFL’s cabotage license which allows for intra Mozambique cargo movements up and down the coast.


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A train carrying coal from the mining company Rio Tinto derailed recently on the Sena railway line, according to a report in the Beira daily paper Diario de Mocambique.

The derailment occurred in the area of Cambulatsissi, in Moatize district, in the western province of Tete shortly after the train had set off on its journey of over 600 kilometres to the port of Beira. This is the second derailment suffered by a Rio Tinto coal train within the space of three months.

The circulation of passengers and goods along the Tete stretch of the line was interrupted for more than two days. According to Candido Jone, the managing director of the central division of the Mozambican port and rail company CFM, passenger and goods traffic along the line was re-established a few days later.

Jone said he did not know what had caused the derailment, and a commission on inquiry has been set up to investigate it.

The train was carrying 42 wagons with a total of 2,620 tonnes of coal. The derailment damaged the rails and the sleepers along four kilometres of track.

Jone could not put a figure on the damage, but declared “the losses are enormous, since a stoppage of two days is a long time, given that normally the line carries six trains a day.”

Passengers who rely on the railway were unable to travel for two days, and the companies that use the line to take their coal to Beira – Rio Tinto and the Brazilian mining giant Vale – also suffered losses. Source: AIM


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New appointments for TNT Express Southern Africa operations

TNT Express Worldwide South Africa has promoted three of its employees to new positions.

Herman van Ryneveld has been appointed regional operations manager for TNT Express South Africa and Namibia, while Lee-Ann Colyn takes up her position as national territory sales manager for TNT Express South Africa and Monique Greasley as contact centre manager.

Van Ryneveld joined TNT Express in 1996 as a customer services agent. In February 2003, he was acting Namibia branch sales manager for three months, before joining the sales department where he worked until April 2010. In 2012 he was tasked with running the customer services department as the national customer services manager.

Colyn has over seven years’ experience in business development in the courier industry and joined TNT Express as the Cape Town branch sales manager in October 2010. Greasley joined TNT Express in 1996 as a customer service agent and was promoted to customer services supervisor for TNT’s Cape Town office in 1999.She moved to the Johannesburg branch in 2007 where she took up the role as acting customer services manager and held a number of different positions within TNT prior to her latest promotion.


Report on optical character recognition technology published

15 January 2013 – In the latest in a series of information papers from the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA), the Association has published a major new report on the adoption and impact of optical character recognition (OCR) technology in container ports and terminals around the world.

“The purpose of this paper – and the previous documents it complements – is to provide a reliable source of information about the role of advanced technologies in supporting improved efficiency, safety, security and sustainability at the world’s ports and terminals,” says Allen Thomas, Chairman of PEMA’s Technology Committee.

OCR in Ports and Terminals is the fourth information paper to be published by PEMA, and the third such to be issued by PEMA’s Technology Committee. Previous publications include papers on the role and adoption of radio frequency identification (RFID), advances in port equipment to improve energy and environmental efficiency and container terminal yard automation.

In recent years, OCR systems have been one of the fastest growing automated identification and data capture (AIDC) technologies in the global ports sector. Most widely used to automate terminal gate operations, today OCR is also finding a growing role to help terminals automate business processes, equipment and container identification in the yard, at the quay and in intermodal rail operations.

The report discusses past, current and future global adoption trends since OCR was first introduced in Asian container ports in the late 1980s, including statistical data, describes the various OCR technologies in use today and how they function, and reviews benefits and ROI scenarios.

With its membership expanding rapidly in recent years, PEMA is developing an increasingly active role as a forum for the global port equipment and technology sectors. This latest OCR information paper follows the December 2012 publication of new recommended minimum safety features for container yard equipment, published jointly with ICHCA International and TT Club. Further information papers and recommendations are planned for 2013, together with interactive seminars and educational workshops at key industry trade shows.

The OCR Information Paper and other publications from PEMA can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE(use your BACKSPACE button to return to this page). News continues below…


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The Russian owned and operated ice breaker VLADIMIR IGNATYUK (4391-gt, built 1983) which is on charter to the US National Science Foundation (NSF) to help service the US Antarctic station at McMurdo Sound among other duties, returned to Cape Town earlier in January. Pictures by Ian Shiffman

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