Ports & Ships Maritime News

Jul 13, 2006
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  • Nile Dutch introduces ro-ro service between China, Angola and South Africa

  • Mbeki leads strong delegation to G-8 Summit

  • Safmarine Agulhas containers contaminated with oil





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    Nile Dutch introduces ro-ro service between China, Angola and South Africa

    Nile Dutch South Africa has announced a monthly direct sailing between China and Angolan ports commencing later this month on the company’s Asia-Angola-South Africa-Asia ro-ro service.

    Vessels will sail direct from China for Angola ports, returning via calls at Durban and Singapore. The first vessel on the service, NDS Progress sails from Durban on 20 July for arrival Shanghai 5 August 2006.

    The new service will operate on a monthly cycle on a rotation of Huangpu (Shanghai), Lobito, Luanda, Durban, Singapore and Huangpu with a full ro-ro breakbulk service between these centres for the first time.

    Additional ports to be served with transshipment are Point Noire (Congo), Xingang, Dalian, Matadi, Douala and Cabinda. Cargoes to be accepted on this new service are breakbulk, project cargoes, motor vehicles and containers.

    Further details are available from Nile Dutch South Africa offices at Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg.

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    Mbeki leads strong delegation to G-8 Summit

    By David Masango and Lavinia Mahlangu (BuaNews)

    Pretoria, 12 July 2006: President Mbeki will lead a strong delegation to the G-8 Summit in St Petersburg in the Russian Federation from Sunday to Monday.

    Mr Mbeki, together with the Presidents of India, Brazil, Mexico, and China have been invited to the G-8 Summit as Strategic Outreach Partners and will participate in a roundtable discussion on Monday, 17 July, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Aziz Pahad told journalists at the Union Buildings.

    The 2006 G-8 Summit Outreach Segment is expected to look at, amongst others international energy security; education as well as infectious diseases.

    Other discussions will also focus on international trade and a presentation on Africa.

    The International Relations Peace and Security cluster (IRPS) aim of implementing the G8 Africa Plan would possibly see the Africa being represented in discussions where Africa was not necessarily on the agenda, Mr Pahad indicated.

    On Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's two day visit to South Africa last month, Pahad touched on South Africa's consolidation of economic relations with the Asian giants of China and India.

    Headed by the Department of Trade of Industry, the IRPS cluster reported there was an agreement within the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) for an assessment of what a Free Trade Agreement with China would mean.

    The cluster said studies currently underway would inform the negotiating mandate.

    On his two-day visit to South Africa, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said his government would restrict its textile exports to South Africa, in a bid to remedy the trade imbalance existing between the continental powerhouses.

    The two governments signed The Memorandum of Understanding on Promoting Bilateral Trade and Economic Cooperation, which involved import limitations on 31 product categories, until the end of 2008.

    A free trade agreement with Europe still needs to be finalised.

    The agreement will have to be submitted to Parliament for ratification in the second half of 2006 and then enacted early next year.


    Safmarine Agulhas containers contaminated with oil

    The discharging of containers from the grounded container ship Safmarine Agulhas is continuing with more than half of the original boxes now cleared and ashore. These include all those loaded above the deck and those in holds 1 and 4.

    Holds numbers 2 and 3 have however become contaminated by both seawater and oil which may have seeped into the containers. The extent of the damage to these boxes and their contents will not be known until they have been discharged but the slippery nature of the containers affected by the oil contamination will make their handling more difficult.

    Once cleared of the ship’s holds each box will have to be drained and steam-cleaned before being taken away from stacking and eventual examination.

    Meanwhile the Joint Operations Committee overseeing the salvage has confirmed that there will be no further attempts at pulling the ship clear until all the cargo and the fuel oil has been discharged ashore.



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