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Sep 29, 2006
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  • Indian destroyer Mumbai pays Durban unexpected visit

  • Smit Amandla will build bunker barge in South Africa

  • Guinea introduces ISPS security tax

  • New twist with Ivory Coast death ship

  • Agricultural exporters invited to apply for permits

  • Fishing vessels collide off Mozambique

  • Moatize railway cleared of landmines

  • Picture of the day





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    Indian destroyer Mumbai pays Durban unexpected visit

    The Indian destroyer INS Mumbai, which recently made an official visit to Cape Town coinciding with AAD air show, is due to arrive in Durban today (29 September) at 09.00.


    Ian Shiffman’s photograph of INS Mumbai in Cape Town recently. Click image to enlarge

    The ship comes to Durban for an informal visit to take on supplies ahead of the journey back to India. It is believed Mumbai was originally intended to call at Maputo but has diverted to Durban instead. According to a SA Navy spokesperson in Pretoria the ship will not be open to visitors during the visit and will not berth at the Salisbury Island Naval Station. INS Mumbai sails on Tuesday 3 October.

    Also arriving in Durban tomorrow (Saturday 30 September) are two South African Navy strike craft, SAS Galeshewe and SAS Isaac Dyobha, which are en route to Maputo to take part in a joint naval exercise with FNS La Rieuse of the French Indian Ocean fleet and personnel of the Mozambique and Tanzanian armed forces.

    The two strike craft were to be accompanied by the combat support ship SAS Drakensberg but this has subsequently changed and the hydrographic survey ship SAS Protea will now meet up with the two patrol boats off the KZN coast and proceed to Mozambique.

    It is believed the joint exercise in the Mozambique Channel is called Operation Bourbon although there has been no official statement from the SAN.


    Smit Amandla will build bunker barge in South Africa

    Smit Amandla Marine announced yesterday (Thursday) that it has placed an order with the Durban shipyard of Dormac to have a 5,000 tonne bunker barge built ahead of new and mandatory IMO marine pollution regulations.

    “The newbuild project is an example of our commitment to the local economy”, said Mrs Manana Nhlanhla, chairperson of Smit Amandla Marine.

    “With the majority of our bunker barge activities located in the Port of Durban, it is pleasing to be able to contribute to local industry and to be able to employ South African expertise in the conceptualisation, design and building phases of this project, which complements our commitment to transformation and economic growth in this region.”

    The new IMO regulations require that all bunker barges be double hulled by 2008. Smit Amandla’s new barge will join the company’s existing fleet of three barges – two in Durban and one at Richards Bay – Pentow Energy, Marine Excellence and Smit Bongani.

    The new barge has been designed with maximum fuel carrying requirements in mind and will have a capacity of 5,000 tonnes with a delivery rate of 1000 tonne per hour, making this the largest bunker barge in South Africa. The barge will deliver marine fuel oil, gas oil and diesel oil and employs the latest in international barge design and technology, along with high manoeuvrability and safety features.


    Click image to enlarge

    Features inherent in the design include diesel-electric propulsion, closed loop loading, a bunker gantry and wheelhouse control of the whole cargo operation.

    On the issue of skills development required to support the new vessel when it goes
    into operation next year, Mr Paul Maclons, managing director of Smit Amandla Marine says the company is planning ahead:

    “We have already begun a training and development programme with bunker barge masters and crew and are focussing on expanding our pool of local human resources to ensure that we have the required experienced personnel to man the new barge when it comes into service. An investment in our people is as important as the investment in new hardware,” he said.

    In a statement Smit said it supports the South African Government’s drive to transform the country and in 2005 restructured its South African operations and successfully established Smit Amandla Marine which has become a leading example of transformation in the maritime sector in South Africa.

    “Smit’s commitment to the local ship building industry is in line with the government’s stated support for the re-establishment of South Africa’s shipbuilding capability and the resurrection of this vitally important sector of the economy. This sentiment was echoed by Transport Minister Jeff Radebe last week, speaking at the Africa Joint Operations Conference 2006.”

    Chris Sparg, managing director of Dormac told Ports & Ships that his yard had spent much of the past 12 months gearing up in anticipation of acquiring orders for bunker barges. He said this was a niche area in which a South African shipyard such as Dormac could compete with international shipyards. He said Dormac was highly appreciative of Smit Amandla’s support in preparing for this contract. Dormac had spent upwards of R6 million on refurbishing the yard that last built a ship in the early 1990s. Dormac and its forebears has built a total of 107 ships, the last being three container ships of approximately 10,000 tonnes.

    Construction of the bunker barge is expected to take 12 months to complete and will involve 950 tonnes of South African steel. The barge will be built in modules and assembled on one of three slipways at the Durban yard. About 150 skilled people will be employed in the fabrication process and another 500 or so employed in secondary and sub-contracting work.

    Dormac has restructured its business in anticipation of a return to shipbuilding, which however is not being done at the expense of ship repair. The company’s highly successful ship repair will continue as a separate division within Dormac.

    “We’ve restructured with the world market for barges in mind,” Sparg said.

    For further information about Smit Amandla Marine see the company profile at http://ports.co.za/smit-marine.php


    Guinea introduces ISPS security tax

    French shipping and logistics group OT Africa Line (OTAL) is reminding shippers that a maritime security tax is scheduled to come into effect on all cargo as from Sunday 1 October 2006.

    According to OTAL the tax is intended to cover the expense of the ISPS Code at the port of Conakry and will be applied on full import, full export and empty export containers.


    New twist with Ivory Coast death ship

    Probo Koala, the tanker involved with the delivery of toxic slops to Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire that has resulted in a number of deaths and more than 40,000 claiming to have been poisoned, has been detained in Estonia.

    According to prosecutors in the Baltic country toxic waste was detected on board the ship following an analysis carried out by Estonian authorities while the ship lay in Paldiski harbour. An analysis of residues in the ship’s tanks is said to show similarities to the waste discharged in Abidjan.

    The waste was disposed of to a local Ivorian company that subsequently dumped the material in the city’s sewers and rubbish dumps. So far eight people in Abidjan have died from inhaling the toxic fumes and nearly 70 people were hospitalised, while tens of thousands have requested medical aid, although the latter number has been swelled by people attempting to claim benefits.


    Agricultural exporters invited to apply for permits

    by Oupa Segalwe, BuaNews

    The Department of Agriculture has invited those planning to export agricultural products to Europe next year, to apply for export permits on or before 20 October this year.

    The Department says this is in line with a Trade, Development and Co-operation Agreement (TDCA) established in 2000 between the European Community (EC) and South Africa.

    The agreement provides for the establishment of a free trade area between the EC and South Africa in accordance with the World Trade Organisation's rules.

    The agreement also provides for the strengthening of European development assistance to the country.

    "As part of the concessions provided under the TDCA, the EC has agreed to grant tariff preferences on limited quantities of selected products in the form of tariff quotas," the Department said.

    Selected products that can be exported at reduced levels are cheese, cut flowers, frozen strawberries, canned fruit, frozen orange juice, pineapple juice and apple juice.

    Red, white and sparkling wines also qualify.

    The export permits would be issued only to registered exporters in South Africa for exportation to specific European countries, the Department said.

    Detailed information regarding the application, administration and allocation of export permits to the EC was published in the Government Gazette last week.

    More information regarding the permits can be accessed on the Department's website: http:www.nda.agric.za/publications under "Publications in the Government Gazette Notices."


    Fishing vessels collide off Mozambique

    Mozambique news agency Agencia de Informacao de Moçambique (AIM) reported yesterday that two foreign fishing vessels, a Japanese ship and a Thai vessel, have collided about 46 miles off the coast opposite Angoche district in the north of the country.

    AIM reported the Japanese ship as being one of the Ryoei Maru vessels, number unknown with a crew of 22 on board, and the Thai vessel as Tengone BH 3102. There are no reports of injuries but the crew of the Japanese vessel radioed for help saying their ship was in danger of sinking. The crew of the Ryoei Maru later transferred to the Thai vessel but it is not known whether their vessel has sunk.

    According to Angoche Maritime administrator Maulide Nuro the Mozambique authorities were not informed of the presence of the two ships in territorial waters and it was possible that both were fishing illegally.

    - source AIM


    Moatize railway cleared of mines

    The entire Sena railway line from Dondo on the Beira – Zimbabwe main line to Moatize in Tete Province has been declared cleared of landmines and other explosive devices by Mozambique’s National Demining Institute, reports Agencia de Informacao de Moçambique (AIM).

    The 670 km Sena railway is currently undergoing rehabilitation and is expected to assume greater importance following the decision by the Brazilian CVRD mining group not to pursue negotiations concerning an alternative northern Nacala railway route.

    As a result the Sena railway to Beira will be expected to carry the bulk of export coal to the port at Beira running into millions of tonnes. The Sena railway also has importance as a corridor for Malawi trade.

    Included in the demining certificate is the branch line from Inhamitanga to the sugar town of Marromeu on the south bank of the Zambezi River, as well as the spur from Mutarara to the Malawi border.

    - source AIM


    Picture of the day


    MSC Angela, which is normally engaged on the East African coastal service from Durban, seen undergoing minor maintenance repairs at the Durban ship repair jetty. Picture Terry Hutson. Click image to enlarge



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