Ports & Ships Headline News
Sep 26, 2005
Search for missing yacht called off
The search for the missing yacht Moquini and its six member crew, which was participating in the annual Mauritius to Durban race, was officially called of this evening (Monday, 26 September). The race organizing committee says in a statement that the decision had been made in the “cold light of day having rationally and unemotionally sifted through every single shred of information we had and objectively analysed it.” The committee said that experts had been consulted before taking tonight’s decision.
“While the search may have been called off, we the search and rescue committee will monitor things on a daily basis, and should any shred of new evidence come to light that requires us to send aeroplanes out to an area for a search, we will do so.”
Earlier today search aircraft were unable to find any trace of the yacht following a report on Sunday that a yacht had been seen along the probable path between Madagascar and Southern Africa.
Navy strike crafts calls at Durban
A South African Navy strike craft was expected at Salisbury Island Naval Station this evening (Monday) brining personnel from Simon’s Town for simulator training at the simulator on Durban’s Bluff. So far as is known the unidentified strike craft will be returning to Simon’s Town within the next day or two.
New fire fighting system for Port of East London
A new computerized fire fighting system which can be operated by a single person has been installed at the tanker berth in East London harbour. Costing nearly R4 million the fire fighting system consists of three water and foam cannon units that can be activated at the push of a button from a control room, spraying a field of foam and water across the entire berth area including onto any tanker on the berth.
New freight plan to be revealed
The government will be revealing details on Wednesday (28 September) of a national freight logistics strategy that aims to reduce the cost of moving freight and speeding up transit times. The cost of transport logistics in South Africa is abnormally high at 14.7% of the gross domestic product and the new strategy will target all modes of transport within South Africa’s freight system. The aim is to provide a framework to ensure that freight logistics can meet the requirements more cost effectively for economic growth within the country.
Ambitious plans for an oil refinery at Richards Bay
A company called Drako Oil and Energy has submitted plans to build a US billion oil refinery at Richards Bay that will alter the nature of the port if it goes ahead. According to the reports the refinery will be geared for exports rather than local consumption and will create 2,000 permanent jobs once complete, with up to 10,000 people required during the construction phase.
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