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Aug 28, 2006
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  • CMA-CGM/Delmas introduces direct India – Maputo call


  • Decision pending on moving manganese and petroleum to Coega


  • Crew travel specialist Griffin Global expands into Africa


  • Coega – the project that no-one wants


  • Relics of East Indiaman Grosvenor removed from beach


  • United States must remain in Africa, says General






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    CMA CGM/Delmas introduces direct India - Maputo call

    The Maputo Corridor Liaison Initiative (MCLI) has confirmed the news that French shipping line Delmas, a division of CMA CGM will include a direct call at the port of Maputo on the Delmas DINSAS service.

    The rotation of DINSAS now becomes Nhava Sheva, Port Louis, Durban, Maputo, Nacala, Port Victoria, Nhava Sheva.

    The first call on this service will be made with the Delmas Kaveri which is ETA Maputo on 17 September 2006.

    Details are available from:

    CMA CGM – Pamela Yerushalmy, CMA CGM Shipping Agencies SA, tel 011 285 0033 or email jon.pyerushalmy@cma-cgm.com.
    Delmas – Arnaud Thibault, Delmas South Africa, tel 031 365 1422 email arnaudtt@delssa.co.za

    Delmas agents in Maputo are: Caravel LDA
    Karel Meyer, tel 09 258 21 360320, email Delmas@caravellda.com

    CMA CGM agents in Maputo are: Casa Maritima (Moçambique) LDA
    Adelino Fernandes, tel: 09 258 21 308098, email casamaritima@teledata.mz


    Decision pending on moving manganese and petroleum to Coega

    Public Enterprises minister Alec Erwin said in Port Elizabeth last week that a decision could be expected by the end of 2006 concerning the relocation of manganese ore and petroleum products from Port Elizabeth to the new port of Ngqura, which is nearing completion at Coega.

    He informed a gathering of property investors in Port Elizabeth that the expected transfer of the manganese ore dump and the petroleum tanks at the port would have a marked effect on the value of the waterfront area. Erwin said there had been talk about Port Elizabeth’s waterfront for some time but the difference was that now something was going to be done.

    The transfer of the manganese dump to Coega was in line with government policy, he said, that called for the removal of ‘dirty’ industry from the inner cities.

    Manganese is railed to Port Elizabeth for export from the Northern Cape. The petroleum tanks in the port precinct are used to store refined fuels shipped in mostly from Durban.



    Crew travel specialist Griffin Global expands into Africa

    One of the most respected travel specialists in the international marine and offshore industries, Griffin Travel is busy expanding into Africa with Durban playing a major role as the first office to be opened on the continent.

    Unlike other travel specialists, Griffin focuses on the requirements of seafarers and other people associated with ship and offshore travel to and from their destinations.
    The opening of an office at Durban highlights again the growing importance of the port and its global maritime influence. In addition a satellite office is to be opened at Cape Town.

    The company, which was started from a family of shipowners and now has 26 offices in 18 countries, has 30 years of experience as a highly respected travel provider.

    “The decision to invest in South Africa was to meet a demand for a local point of contact for Griffin's existing international clients who have operations in the region. In the marine sector, South African ports are recognised as both important and convenient points for ships' crew changes to take place. Griffin further believes that Africa represents good business potential in the offshore industry because of rapidly expanding personnel demands,” says Martin Wheeler, who has been in Durban helping open the local office at La Lucia. Pam Kitching will be managing the Durban operation.

    Wheeler said that Griffin believes that only a true specialist can manage the specific industry issues cost effectively while appreciating the necessary travel documentation required for seafarers, particularly in these times of security awareness.

    “In addition to providing marine fares with over 90 major and regional airlines, Griffin’s focus as a marine travel company allows it to benefit seafarers by providing 24/7/365 services through multilingual staff capable of answering any question. And because Griffin's staff are marine specialists they are fully aware of visa and immigration issues that may affect the seafarer not only at the point of destination but also at possible transit points en route.”

    Griffin Travel’s contact details can be found in the MARITIME SERVICE DIRECTORY


    Coega – the project that no-one wants

    The Pillay Commission investigating the finances of the Eastern Cape government has been told by the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) that it has no responsibility for Coega Development Corporation’s business affairs.

    According to evidence given previously by the provincial Department of Economic Affairs, the ECDC was the de facto holding company for Coega as well as other government parastatals. Not so, says the ECDC’s legal adviser. The ECDC was of the impression that it (the ECDC) simply held Coega shares on behalf of the department and was required to channel government funds to Coega as required.

    He said that Coega never reported to the ECDC, saying it reported to the department and the ECDC only received copies of the reports. Nor has the ECDC ever accounted to the department for Coega’s financing.

    The commission is continuing its investigation.


    Relics of East Indiaman Grosvenor removed from beach

    John Costello, Ports St John’s innkeeper, NSRI skipper and now a co-author of a book about the Wild Coast has reported (with some feeling) that the old steam winch which sat on the beach at Port Grosvenor for over 80 years has been cut up and hauled away, presumably by scrap dealers.

    In another world the removal of a pile of old rusty metal would be regarded as a blessing and something overdue, but this piece of metal, resting in a fairly isolated place, carried with it a slice of history.

    In 1782 the British East Indiaman Grosvenor ran aground off the Wild Coast at a place that was later to take its name both for the shipwreck and for the wasted efforts of a Durban trader with ambitions of establishing a port there. The story of the Grosvenor has long passed into South African folk lore, partly because of the epic stories of the handful of survivors who managed to walk out, but perhaps more so for the plight of several children who were adopted by local tribespeople, becoming ‘white’ Pondos in the process and leaving their genes among the people of the Wild Coast.

    But another reason for the legend of the Grosvenor came from tales of fabulous treasure on board the ship, which was returning to England from India when disaster struck. Over the years numerous efforts have been undertaken to recover the Grosvenor’s treasure (if such a treasure ever existed) - perhaps the most notorious being the Webster Syndicate which in 1921 set about digging a tunnel from the beach beneath the sea in the hopes of extending under the wreck lying some distance offshore. The story goes that among the syndicate was the creator of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Quite how they planned on keeping the water out once they reached and broke into the wreck has never been satisfactorily explained except that the idea seemed to be to broach the tunnel immediately beneath the wreck and let whatever was in the ship collapse into tunnel and later be winched out.

    In the event the tunnel flooded after reaching more than 100 metres out to sea and the effort was abandoned. Subsequent attempts met with similar results and one by one the syndicates and adventurers left the scene, wiser but poorer for their efforts.

    With their departure they left behind the machinery, including an old steam winch and it is this that later became something of a tourist attraction, or curiosity by itself. Now it too has gone, presumably taken by merchants who saw it as a way to make a few rand.

    The author of this story knows of other large ‘memorabilia’ lying on beaches as a reminder of man’s efforts to extract wealth from the sea (and he’s not referring to shipwrecks). Each of these items carry bits of history in themselves – he thinks he will keep this information to himself.


    United States must stay in Africa, says General

    by Jim Garamone
    American Forces Press Service

    Washington - The United States walks away from Africa at its own peril, the U.S. general in charge of military operations there said in an interview here last week.

    Marine Gen. James L. Jones, Supreme Allied Commander Europe and commander of US European Command, said Africa is a reality that cannot be denied. The continent is potentially an economic giant, and the United States must engage on the continent.

    With the exceptions of Egypt, Sudan, Kenya and the nations of the Horn of Africa, the entire continent is in US European Command’s area of responsibility.

    Officials at US European Command spend between 65 and 70 percent of their time on African issues, Jones said. "We have been at work with new friends and allies in the war on terrorism," he said.

    Overall, the engagement strategy has been going well in North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, the general said. "Obviously, [we’re] very concerned about what is going on in the Gulf of Guinea, and we are setting up our operations so we can have presence with a purpose in the region," he said. "We must help Africans help themselves."

    The region is beset with difficulties, Jones said. Piracy and oil blackmail are concerns in the Gulf of Guinea. Tribalism threatens other nations in Sub-Saharan Africa. AIDS is epidemic in many African nations, and illiteracy is a curse across all nations there.
    Africa also has a fault line between Islam and other religions.

    Engagement on the continent takes many forms. "As we speak, we have a ship, the USNS Apache, in Freetown, Liberia, to clear the port," Jones said. "There are a lot of sunken ships in the port, and it’s a key to their economy."

    In other nations, the command is helping where it can with small focus Special Forces training missions. The command sponsors medical and veterinary visits and staff exercises with militaries of the region. "Consistent engagement in Africa is key to containing or preventing future conflicts," Jones said.

    Africa is replete with struggling democracies. "If you really look at what is happening in Africa, there are more countries moving towards democracy than moving away," Jones said. "But the battle is on as to which way they will go."

    The United States and its allies must help bring economic change in Africa to bring hope to millions of people. If not, those people could be "sucked up in the recruiting of the Islamic jihadists," Jones said.

    Extremists prey on people with no hope. "It’s not difficult for a jihadist with money to get someone to join them," Jones said. "The good news is we can still affect which way Africa goes."

    Joint Task Force Horn of Africa is a great success story and something that could be emulated in other areas of the continent, Jones said. He suggested that a similar group working along the west coast of the continent could help bring stability to the region. "We could help considerably with presence and with helping these struggling countries that don’t know what’s going on inside their own borders," Jones said.

    Establishing such a group could also send a message to U.S. companies "that investing in many parts of Africa is a good idea," the general said.

    The United States has the opportunity to do the right thing in Africa, Jones said. "It’s an exciting part of the world," he said. "We cannot walk away from Africa for a whole lot of reasons, including moral reasons. It’s an area where we can highlight all of the good things that the United States stands for."

    (Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)


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