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Dec 15, 2006
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  • OTAL introduces new services to Africa


  • Kenyan customs pounce on Mombasa rice


  • Festive season terminal closures - Durban


  • Festive season terminal closures – East London


  • Festive season terminal closures – Port Elizabeth


  • Festive season terminal closures –Cape Town


  • Festive season terminal closures – Saldanha Iron Ore Terminal


  • Festive season terminal closures – Richards Bay Terminals


  • Nacala port added to Ships in Port scheduling in Ports & Ships


  • Pic of the day – SS El Faro





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    OTAL introduces new services to Africa

    OTAL, the West Africa – Europe liner specialist has announced the launching of two new services using 750-TEU ships.

    The first service, known as the Nord Direct Service involves a fortnightly (14 day) rotation between Antwerp, Le Havre, Casablanca and the northern West African ports of Nouakchott, Dakar, Banjul, Freetown and Monrovia.

    The second new service is to Angola (Angola Shuttle Service) which offers a dedicated service every 10 days to Angola from Portugal and Belgium, with a rotation of Antwerp, Leixoes, Lisbon, Luanda. This service will utilise four 750-TEU vessels and according to OTAL offers the fastest transit times.

    From Lisbon to Luanda takes 11 days, Leixoes to Luanda 12 days.


    Kenyan customs pounce on Mombasa rice

    A large consignment of rice imported to Kenya from Pakistan has been impounded in Mombasa port by officials from the Kenyan Department of Customs.

    According to reports emanating from the Pakistani High Commission the rice is said to be of suspect quality. Kenya’s Bureau of Standards, which has to certify all food products being imported ahead of customs clearance, has withheld its approval, resulting in the consignment having to be held in bond at the port.

    Kenya imports about 150,000 tonnes of rice each year from Pakistan.


    Festive Season terminal closures - Durban

    South African Port Operations (SAPO) has released the following details regarding working times over the coming festive season.

    Durban Multi Purpose Terminal (MPT)

    Terminal working hours

    23 December – 06:00 to 18:00 and 18:00 to 06:00
    24 December – 07:00 to 15:00
    25 December – terminal closed
    26 December – 07:00 to 15:00
    27 December – normal working hours x 3 shifts
    30 December – 06:00 to 18:00 and 18:00 to 06:00
    31 December – 07:00 – 15:00
    01 January – terminal closed
    02 January – 06:00 > normal working hours x 3 shifts


    Durban Car Terminal

    16 December – two shifts
    25 December – terminal closed
    26 December – two shifts
    01 January – two shifts

    Maydon Wharf Terminal

    22 December – normal three shifts
    23 December - 06:00 to 18:00 & 18:00 to 06:00
    24 December – 06:00 to 12:00, finishes at 14:00
    25 December – terminal closed
    26 December – 06:00 to 18:00 on request and at cost
    29 December – normal three shifts
    30 December – 06”00 to 18:00 & 18:00 to 06:00
    31 December – 06:00 to 12:00, finishes at 14:00
    01 January – terminal closed
    02 January – normal three shifts


    Durban Container Terminal and Pier 1 Container Terminal

    Festive season closing times for these two terminals is not yet available.


    Festive Season terminal closures – East London

    All port terminals

    16 December – 07:00 – 15:00
    25 December – all terminals closed
    26 December – 07:00 – 15:00
    01 January – all terminals closed


    Festive Season terminal closures – Port Elizabeth

    Port Elizabeth MPT

    24 December – 06:00 to 18:00
    25 December – terminal closed
    26 December – 06:00 to 18:00
    31 December – 06:00 to 18:00
    01 January – terminal closed
    02 January – normal shifts


    Festive Season terminal closures – Cape Town

    Cape Town MPT

    16 December – 08:00 to 16:00
    24 December – 08:00 to 16:00
    25 December – terminal closed
    26 December – 08:00 to 16:00
    31 December – 08:00 to 16:00
    01 January – terminal closed


    Festive Season terminal closures –Saldanha Iron Ore Terminal

    Saldanha Iron Ore Terminal

    23 December – 06:45 to 19:45 & 18:45 to 07:15
    24 December - 06:45 to 19:45 & 18:45 to 07:15
    25 December - 06:45 to 19:45 & 18:45 to 07:15
    26 December – normal three shifts
    27 December – normal three shifts
    30 December - 06:45 to 19:45 & 18:45 to 07:15
    31 December - 06:45 to 19:45 & 18:45 to 07:15
    01 January - 06:45 to 19:45 & 18:45 to 07:15
    02 January normal three shifts


    Saldanha MPT

    Terminal closures for the MPT were listed in our News Bulletin dated 8 December


    Festive Season terminal closures –Richards Bay Terminals

    Details of Richards Bay terminal closures for the Dry Bulk and MPT were listed in our News Bulletin for 11 December


    Nacala port added to Ships in Port scheduling in Ports & Ships

    As from today Ports & Ships includes regular scheduling of ships for the northern Mozambique port of Nacala.

    In addition to the northern regions of Mozambique, Nacala is the principle port for landlocked Malawi and an increasingly important entry port for Zambia.

    You can now stay in contact with ship movements at all ports between Walvis Bay in Namibia and Nacala in the north of Mozambique and including all South African ports in between.


    Pic of the day – SS El Faro


    SS EL FARO which called at Cape Town to take on bunkers. She was built in 1975 as the PUERTO RICO and was renamed NORTHERN LIGHTS in 1991 under which name she sailed until 2005. SS EL FARO is currently on long term charter to the Military Sealift Command. Picture by Ian Shiffman




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