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Ports & Ships Maritime News

17 December 2013
Author: Terry Hutson

Bringing you shipping, freight, trade and transport related news of interest for Africa since 2002


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This is our final ‘Open’ edition of PORTS & SHIPS News online for this year, as we will be taking a break until 2014. We hope you have found the selection of regional news that we have presented during 2013 to have been of interest and we look forward to bringing you more news together with special features in the coming months. In the meantime we wish all our readers a blessed and happy time over the festivities.

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The UK-owned and managed very large crude oil tanker OVERSEAS SAKURA (298,641-dwt, built 2001), which has been at anchor outside the port of Durban after discharging crude oil at the Durban single buoy mooring (SBM), came into harbour on Friday (13 December) to undergo repairs. Because of her size – one of the larger ships ever to enter Durban Bay – she was required to berth at Pier 1 where the firm of Dormac Marine was ready to place repair teams on the ship. The repairs are expected to take five days to complete. Picture by Gary Pulford/Dormac Marine

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macauhub 16 12 2013 470 Sappi has become the latest major South African manufacturer to begin shipping part of its products through the Mozambique port of Maputo.

This was announced yesterday when the South African-based global paper and dissolving wood pulp (DWP) company said an agreement has been signed with DP World Maputo to route all dissolving wood pulp exports originating at its Ngodwana Mill in Mpumalanga, South Africa through the DP World Maputo facility - a dedicated berth and a terminal area of 13 hectares.

Sappi has completed a partial conversion of its Ngodwana Mill from Kraft pulp to dissolving wood pulp in a project where Sappi invested over US$300 million to add 210,000 tons per annum to its Specialised Cellulose (DWP) portfolio.

Containers will be transported to and from the port over a distance of 250 kilometres via rail through to Ressano Garcia, the border between South Africa and Mozambique, where CFM (Mozambique Ports and Railways), a joint venture partner of DP World, will be responsible for taking the containers the rest of the way to the Maputo port.

“We are delighted that Sappi has chosen DP World Maputo to handle its Ngodwana Mill product,” said Junaid Zamir, chief executive officer for DP World Maputo. “Their decision demonstrates confidence in the value that DP World Maputo offers in terms of service excellence at a competitive price. We are experienced in handling Sappi product having served them when they manufactured in Swaziland until the plant there closed in 2009. We see this new business as recognition of the quality of our work for them in the past and the quality of our offering today.”

Earlier this year BMW South Africa announced that it would ship part of its export range through Maputo in future.

The port of Maputo is linked with the highly industrialised and productive regions of Southern Africa by the Maputo Development Corridor with its integrated network of road, rail and border posts, connecting with the modern Maputo port and its terminal facilities.

“The success of the Maputo Port Development Corridor (MPDC) is not only dependent on the DP World Maputo container terminal performance, but also on the equally important services offered by shipping lines and the reliability of rail services from Sappi’s plant at Ngodwana,” said Osório Lucas, MPDC chief executive officer. “I am excited that Sappi has again shown its confidence in DP World, Maputo and the Maputo Development Corridor.”

Alex Thiel, CEO, Sappi Southern Africa, said that the investment at the Ngodwana Mill shows SAPPI’s strong commitment to the Province of Mpumalanga and the contract with DP World Maputo shows the benefits of regional cooperation between SADC member states as well as the importance of the Maputo Development Corridor in keeping Southern Africa globally competitive.

ť “Sappi is pleased to have found a strong partner in DP World Maputo to ensure the reliable and cost effective delivery of our new Specialised Cellulose products to our global customers.”

DP World Maputo intends refurbishing the container yard to operate rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes and a railhead to operate 50 wagon racks. It holds a 30-year concession to operate the container terminal at the port until 2033, with an option to extend for a further 10 years. According to MPDC, in the last two years the Port of Maputo has experienced a 50% rise in the amount of cargo handled, increasing from 10 million tons in 2010 to 15 million tons in 2012. The Port of Maputo expects to grow in 2013 to 17 million tons and to reach 40 million tons by 2020.

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Map of Mozambique’s railways, with the planned new coal line to Macuse shown in green, direct to the coast and on the north bank of the Zambezi. Picture CIA Factbook and P&S

On Friday 13 December 2013 the Mozambican government and the Thai company Thai Moçambique Logística have signed in Maputo two concession contracts for the construction of a new mineral port at Macuse, in the central province of Zambezia, and the railway that will link Macuse to the Moatize coal basin in Tete province.

The agreements were signed by Mozambican Transport Minister Gabriel Muthisse and by Premchai Karnasuta, President of the Italian-Thai Development Company, the major shareholder in Thai Mocambique Logistica.

The total value of the port and the railway is put at US$ 5 billion. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2016 and will last for five years.

The railway will be 525 kilometres long, which is shorter than the existing 578km long Sena railway from Moatize to Beira.

The line to Macuse will provide a much needed alternative route to the sea for Mozambique's coal exports. The current capacity of the Sena line is just 6.5 million tonnes a year. Upgrading could increase this to 20 million tonnes a year by 2015 - but projections from the mining companies indicate that within the next decade coal exports could be running at 100 million tonnes a year.

The Italian Thai Development Company holds 60 percent of the shares in Thai Mocambique Logistica. 20 percent is held by Mozambique's publicly owned ports and rail company, CFM, while the remaining 20 percent is owned by the private consortium CODIZA (Zambezia Integrated Development Corridor).

Speaking shortly after signing the contracts, Muthisse said that the commitment to building the new port and railway shows how seriously the Mozambican government regards the question of coal logistics.

“This is a very important project,” he said, pointing out that Macuse is closer to the Tete coal mines than the port of Beira. “This means it has a great potential for establishing itself as one of the main, if not the main, export routes for the coal of Tete province.”

The new line, he said, will complement the upgrading of the Sena line, as well as the line being built across southern Malawi to connect with the northern line to the port of Nacala.

“All this is to ensure that Mozambican coal reaches international markets in the most competitive way possible,” Muthisse stressed. source – AIM

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Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda’s central banks have launched an integrated real-time cross-border payments system designed to remove bottlenecks to business and bolster intra-regional trade, Kenya's central bank said last week. The East African Payments System (EAPS) parallels the real time gross settlement system (RTGS) which has been in successful use in each of the three countries for several years. EAPS is seen as the first step towards the creation of an East African monetary union among the five member states of the East African Community (EAC) trade bloc.

EAPS will facilitate the payment by people in the three countries who have signed to make and receive payments in real time, thus facilitating the movement of trade goods and services including labour across the respective borders. It is expected that Rwanda and Burundi will become members of EAPS at a later stage.

The signing of the protocol has taken several years to formulate, signifying the many difficulties that still face the establishment of a complete East African Community trade bloc. According to a Monetary Union Protocol that has been signed by all five East African states, a single currency is another 10 years in the making.

Having EAPS as a multi-currency system in which payments can be made using any of the currencies of the EAC partner states will make cross border payments easier and will facilitate safe and efficient transfer of funds within the region, said a senior bank official. EAPS was also vital for the promotion of regional trade and economic integration.

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New tug for the port of Maputo, named BULANI

The cargo handled at the port of Maputo in 2013 is expected to exceed its previous record of 17 million tons according to the port’s manager, the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC).

Mozambican news agency AIM said that the minister for Transport and Communications, Gabriel Muthisse, who visited the port on Friday, said that the new record confirmed the efforts made towards growth and commitment to the national and regional economy.

“The projects in line for the future are sustainable but we have to work to increase their economic justification,” said the minister, giving as an example the future project to dredge the port in order to allow larger ships to dock as well as putting it on the same level as other ports in the region (Richards Bay and Durban).

As part of the Master Plan drawn up by the MPDC, which covers a period of over five years, US$2 billion is due to be invested in the port of Maputo to increase its cargo processing capacity and competitiveness.

Of that amount, since the beginning of the year the company has invested US$80 million on work to improve the port’s facilities.

Minister Gabriel Muthisse officially launched the port’s new tug named BULANI, which will assist ships in docking manoeuvres and be available for rescue work.

The MPDC is a consortium made up of state port and rail company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (49 percent), South African group Grindrod (27.4 percent) and DP World (27.4 percent) of the United Arab Emirates and small investors that own the remaining 1.6 percent. source – macauhub

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Another new harbour craft to be introduced in Maputo harbour this year was the pilot boat CHIUTA.


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ITOWE undergoing sea trials before delivery to Maputo

The Port of Maputo is due to take delivery of another new marine craft for harbour duties, when the new multi-purpose vessel ITOWE arrives towards the end of this month.

ITOWE is specifically designed for mooring, pilotage and other marine operations at the Port of Maputo and was handed over by the Turkish shipyard on 12 October 2013. The multi-purpose boat is currently en route from Turkey and is planned to arrive in Maputo around end December after travelling via the port of Antwerp.

Itowe’s arrival this month means that Maputo will have received two new harbour vessels in the same month, the other being the tug BULANI (see report above). They form part of an agreement signed with P&O Maritime, the international company to whom the maritime services of the Port of Maputo are outsourced to. To date the company has invested more than US$14 million with the acquisition of three vessels this year, the pilot boat CHIUTA being the other.


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The South African cadet training ship SA AGUGHAS. Picture by Terry Hutson

Nigeria’s maritime training institution, Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) wants its own cadet training ship, according to Nigerian press reports.

The training vessel would be used to provide cadets at the college and possibly those from other colleges in the region, the opportunity of gaining necessary sea time during their period of training.

The chairman of the House Committee on Marine Transport, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi said the committee has impressed on the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) the importance and necessity of having a training vessel. The vessel could be used by the navy and other maritime institutions but should remain under the direction and control of NIMASA, he indicated.

NIMASA would probably be the only Nigerian organisation capable of accessing the funds necessary to permanently man and operate a training vessel. In South Africa, NIMASA’s equivalent, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) charters and operates as a properly equipped training vessel the former Antarctic supply ship SA AGULHAS.


Armazem 745x496 Maputo New Bulk Shed for rock ph Earlier this month (6 December) the Port of Maputo inaugurated a new bulk shed that will be used to accommodate the export of rock-phosphate.

The 4,000m˛ building with a throughput capacity of 500,000 tons per annum, had as consultant company Royal Haskoning DHV and as contractor companies Agro Alfa, Mota-Engil and ACEL. All the companies involved in the construction are locally contracted companies.

The completion of the work forms part of the Port Master Plan and is one of a number of projects intended to provide additional capacity for the Port of Maputo. The construction of the shed took five months to complete at a cost of approximately $US 4 million. source – MPDC


US Ambassador to Kenya Robert F Godec attended the Kenyan Navy's Special Boat Unit closing ceremony on 24 October and participated in the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of the Kenyan Special Boat Unit Maintenance facility.

Ambassador Godec met with Kenyan Brigadier General John Owaru and was given a tour of the Mombasa Port Control Tower. Prior to the closing ceremony, the Ambassador was given a tour of the boat maintenance facility, which was donated by the United States to the Kenyan Navy to assist with maritime security operations.

In his remarks, Ambassador Godec said, “Today is an historic day for Kenya, and the United States is proud to be a part of it. Our partnership with Kenya continues to be one of our most important relationships in the world in a broad array of areas, including security and counter-terrorism.”

Later that day, the Ambassador, United States Senior Defense Officer Col John Roddy, and Kenyan Brigadier General Owaru participated in a tree planting ceremony. The three tree's that were planted symbolised the growing relationship between the United States, Kenya, and the Naval forces of both countries. Following the ceremony the Ambassador handed out graduation certificates to Kenyan Special Boat Unit participants.

“US training programs and infrastructure improvements account for more than $20 million - that's 1.7 billion KSH - invested by the United States into building the capabilities of the Kenyan Navy," Godec said. “The United States is proud to be a partner to Kenya, and to support Kenya as it becomes a regional leader in securing the maritime zone. The Kenyan Navy is truly a maritime regional partner. I look forward to seeing the new ways in which our two countries' relationship will grow.” source - United States Embassy (Nairobi)


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Port Elizabeth harbour

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Two recent photographs taken in the port of Cape Town show the Damen owned and managed tug LEKETI (484-gt, built 2013) sailing for the Autonomous Port of Pointe Noire after having taking bunkers and supplies. Leketi was built in Damen’s Vietnamese shipyard of Son Cum in Haiphong. The lower picture is of the oil rig SCARABEO 7 which we have featured before and which is undergoing repair and maintenance at the Dorbyl DCD shipyards. Pictures by Aad Noorland.

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