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Jan 24, 2007
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  • Port Statistics for December

  • SA ports top 226 million tonnes in 2006

  • Eukor vessel delivers record number of vehicles in South Africa

  • Kenya issues navigation keep clear warning

  • Do something orders Angola’s finance minister as port congestion worsens

  • Entire crew taken hostage off ship in Niger Delta

  • Pic of the day – ORIENT QUEEN





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    Port statistics for December

    South Africa’s ports handled a total of 15.311 million tonnes of cargo during the month of December 2006 (Nov 17.085Mt). This figure excludes containers which the National Ports Authority records in TEUs but no longer by weight.

    Ports & Ships calculates an average container weight based on 13.5 tonnes per TEU (probably a conservative estimate) and when taken into account the figure handled by all ports becomes 18.813 million tonnes (November was 21.229Mt).

    Including the calculated figure for containers, the respective ports handled the following:

    Cargo handled by tonnes

    Richards Bay           8.074 million tonnes (Oct 8.171Mt)
    Durban                   5.281 Mt (Nov 7.221)
    Saldanha Bay          3.446 Mt (Nov 3.660)
    Cape Town             0.986 Mt (Nov 1.083)
    Port Elizabeth          0.891 Mt (Nov 0.751)
    East London            0.129 Mt (Nov 1.134)
    Mossel Bay              0.006 Mt (Nov 0.209)

    Containers measured by TEUs
    (TEUs include Deepsea, Coastal, Tranship and empty containers)

    Durban                   169,074 TEU (Nov 210,100)
    Cape Town               54,758 (Nov 53,427)
    Port Elizabeth            32,480 (Nov 37,951)
    East London                2,797 (Nov 5,313)
    Richards Bay                  266 (Nov 199)

    Total handled 259,375 TEU (Nov 306,990)


    Ship Calls

    Durban:             371 vessels 8.219m gt (405 vessels 8.651 million gt)
    Cape Town:       240 vessels 3.981m gt (217 vessels 3,803m gt)
    Port Elizabeth:    145 vessels 2.528m gt (154 vessels 2.354m gt)
    Richards Bay:     135 vessels 5.319m gt (160 vessels 5.959m gt)
    Saldanha:           43 vessels 2,521m gt (29 vessels 1.711m gt)
    East London:       19 vessels 0.536m gt (24 vessels 0.673m gt)
    Mossel Bay:         75 vessels 0.174m gt (96 vessels 0.149m gt)


    - source NPA plus Ports & Ships calculations to include container weights


    SA ports top 226 million tonnes in 2006

    South Africa’s ports handled a total of 179.984 million tonnes of cargo for the calendar year 2006 (2005 - 173.555Mt). However, this figure excludes containers which the National Ports Authority records in TEUs but no longer by weight.

    Using a calculation of 13.5 tonnes per TEU, which may be considered as conservative, Ports & Ships has recalculated the total tonnage handled by all ports at 226.110 million tonnes (2005 was 214.247Mt).

    Including the recalculated figure for containers, the respective ports handled the following:

    Cargo handled by tonnes

    Richards Bay           86.885 million tonnes (2005 – 87.323 Mt)
    Durban                   73.542 Mt (2005 – 66.416 Mt)
    Saldanha Bay          37.773 Mt (2005 - 35.209 Mt)
    Cape Town             14.703 Mt (2005 – 12.836 Mt)
    Port Elizabeth          10.173 Mt (2005 – 9.181 Mt)
    East London             2.023 Mt (2005 – 2.314 Mt)
    Mossel Bay               1.519 Mt (2005 – 1.598 Mt)

    Total cargo handled all ports 226.11Mt (2005 – 214.25Mt) +5.53 percent


    Containers measured by TEUs
    (TEUs include Deepsea, Coastal, Tranship and empty containers)

    Durban               2,198,600 TEU (2005 – 1,899,065) +15.77 percent
    Cape Town            782,868 (2005 – 690,895) +13.3 percent
    Port Elizabeth         392,813 (2005 – 369,759) +6.23 percent
    East London             38,308 (2005 – 49,338)
    Richards Bay              4,191 (2005 – 5,179)

    Total handled 3,416,780 TEU (2005 – 3,014,236) +13.35 percent


    Ship Calls

    Durban:  4,566 vessels 96.669 million gt (4,388 vessels 90.277 million gt)
    Cape Town:     3,044 vessels 47.625m gt (3,451 vessels 47.634m gt)
    Port Elizabeth:  1,634 vessels 27.446m gt (1,354 vessels 26.237m gt)
    Richards Bay:   1,575 vessels 57,080m gt (1,728 vessels 58.251m gt)
    Saldanha:          492 vessels 24,206m gt (540 vessels 23.100m gt)
    East London:      332 vessels 8.154m gt (383 vessels 8.489m gt)
    Mossel Bay:     2,548 vessels 2.997m gt (2,083 vessels 2.661m gt)


    - source NPA plus Ports & Ships calculations including container weights


    Eukor vessel delivers record number of vehicles in South Africa

    The mv MORNING CALM, which arrived at Durban Car Terminal last night (Tuesday 23 January), is in the process this morning of setting a record for the largest number of vehicles ever discharged from a single vessel in South Africa.

    A total of 5,036 vehicles from China, Korea and Malaysia are being discharged at the G Shed from the 57,692-gt pure car carrier, handled by Diamond Shipping Services who are agents in South Africa for the shipping line Eukor Car Carriers Inc.

    SAPO Car terminal, stevedores P&O Ports and the receivers went on alert days in advance to prepare storage space for the discharge of cargo and to mobilise enough work force and other resources to ensure continuous operations for the vessel.

    According to Sabu Joseph of Diamond Shipping Services, 2007 sees Eukor emerging as one of the largest car-carrier services operating in South Africa. He said that from the modest volumes of import cars from Japan and Korea at the commencement of service, Eukor now links South Africa to Korea, China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Middle East, East Africa, West Africa and South America.

    “The number of sailings increased from 25 calls in 2005 to 49 calls in 2006. The number of units increased from 45,848 in 2005 to 65,013 units in 2006. Eukor vessels handle various type of cargo like cars, trucks/ buses, machinery - self-driven or on mafi trailers, earth moving equipment, construction machinery etc.

    “This phenomenal growth has been achieved with the support of major automobile companies importing into South Africa and OEM’s exporting brand new vehicles from South Africa. Eukor also import a considerable amount of used vehicles from the Far East. Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London are the ports of calls for the vessels in South Africa.”

    Joseph said that Eukor has identified South Africa as a major location for their future operations and are very optimistic about the expansion plans envisaged by SAPO Car Terminal.


    Kenya issues navigation keep clear warning

    Kenya’s Maritime Safety Authority has issued the following advisory:

    1] Mariners are advised that the drilling platform MV CHIKYU will commence drilling for hydrocarbons in north of Kenya’s Exclusive Economic Zone from 25 January to 28 February 2007.

    2] Position 02°41’48”S, 041°21’6” E

    3] Mariners are advised to keep clear.


    Do something orders Angola’s finance minister as port congestion worsens

    HKSG (Schednet) reports that Customs and the Maritime and Port Institute of Angola have been ordered by the country's Finance Minister Pedro de Morais to find a solution to the worsening congestion at the port of Luanda.

    The crisis arose as 18,000 containers accumulated within the port, hindering both port operations and the discharge of ships. The report said the matter was further aggravated by a shortage of storage back-up facilities as 300 additional containers arrived each day.

    Meanwhile ANGOP, the Angolan news agency reports that the congestion is increasing costs for freight forwarders and shippers.


    Entire crew taken hostage off ship in Niger Delta

    The entire crew of 24 Filipinos were kidnapped off the German-owned barge carrier BACO-LINER at the weekend while nearing the Niger Delta.

    It was originally reported that six crew members had been taken but the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday corrected the earlier reports.

    The barge carrier was en route to Warri when the militants attacked, taking with them all officers and crew from the vessel as they made their escape.

    By late yesterday there had been no confirmation as to the whereabouts of the crewmen and so far no ransom demands have been issued.


    Pic of the day – ORIENT QUEEN

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    The cruise ship ORIENT QUEEN of 15, 781-gt was at Cape Town earlier this month having arrived in South Africa as a last minute replacement for the DELPHIN VOYAGER. The latter ship, the former Japanese cruise vessel ORIENT VENUS (and before that the BOLERO), was originally scheduled to cruise down the African coast on behalf of German operator Delphin Kreuzfahrten, but remained incomplete in Piraeus from a major refit.
    Before her arrival in Cape Town ORIENT QUEEN also visited several other ports along the South African coast. Picture by Ian Shiffman


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