Ports & Ships Maritime News
Oct 7, 2005
Yacht that sank identified
The yacht that sank in the South Atlantic west of Namibia this week was the Durban yacht Nauti Gal which was sailing from Durban for Trinidad via Cape Town, St Helena and Fernando do Arhona. Two crew members on board the Nauti Gal, a man and a woman drowned shortly before they could be rescued by the car carrier Tristan. The Norwegian ship had diverted to look for them after receiving a request from the South African Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC).
After taking the sole survivor on board the ship carried out a search for the bodies of the other two but without success. The MRCC has asked for ships in the vicinity to keep a look out for their bodies. The identities of all three will not be revealed until the next of kin have been advised.
Nauti Gal sailed from Durban in May this year and successfully completed the section along the south eastern coast including the notorious Wild Coast during the southern winter, before they spent time in Cape Town preparing for the long cross Atlantic journey.
Kenya’s second port revealed
The identity of Kenya’s second port has been identified. According to deputy foreign minister Moses Wetangula the new port, which will serve the neighbouring states of Ethiopia and Sudan, will be at Lamu, close to Kenya’s border with Somalia.
The minister says existing facilities at Lamu will be utilised for this traffic, but what hasn’t been explained is when road and rail links from the harbour will be provided.
Recently chief executive of Kenya Port Authority Brown Ondego said the new port would focus on facilitating the import and export business of Kenya’s neighbouring countries (see PORTS & SHIPS News section dated 28 September).
Transnet beefs up its management team
South African transport and logistics parastatal Transnet has announced a high-powered team of senior managers to take the company and the respective transport divisions to the next step of transformation. Among the seven appointments is Bernard Smith, former CEO of Mossgas (now PetroSA) and of Saldanha Steel, who lists among his accomplishments having worked in the oil business for BP and with Engen from the latter company’s inception, and also with Gencor where he helped build the Hillside Aluminium smelter at Richards Bay, South Africa’s largest.
According to Transnet chief executive Maria Ramos Smith’s task will be to accelerate the capital investment programme.
“His wealth of experience in implementing major capital projects will assist in this endeavour,” she said.
Other appointments are Thagaran Govender who becomes chief information officer for the ICT department; Richard Vallihu as CEO of Transwerk (the transport company’s heavy engineering workshops); Karen van Vuuren as chief executive of supply chain management; Moira Moses who leaves the Transnet board to be in charge of business re-engineering; Karl Socikwa as head of restructuring in the strategy and transformation section who also remains on as CEO of Transtel; and Virginia Dunjwa who takes over as head of risk management in the legal and compliance department.
Pipeline to be increased
Because of increasing demand Petronet is considering increasing the diameter of its pipeline between the port of Durban and the Durban refineries to Gauteng. Provided the go-ahead is given work will commence in 2007 on replacing the 12” (300mm) diameter pipeline with a 20 inch (510mm) pipeline at an estimated cost of R3.5 billion.
SADC faces Starvation
An assessment by the regional food security unit of the SADC has indicated that six of the SADC countries (Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) are likely to require food assistance this year as a result of drought conditions across those countries.
The unit says that at least 9.71 million inhabitants will need food aid during the 2005/06 period under survey. In addition refugees returning to Angola will also face starvation unless assisted. It adds that the HIV/AIDS pandemic is so serious that the region will pay a stiff price in food production.
As a result an appeal is to be made to the UN World Food Programme and the Food & Agricultural Organisation for support in providing continued food aid. Ports and road and rail transport systems along the east coast of South and East Africa will once again have to cater for the distribution of food aid to the respective countries.
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