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Feb 6, 2007
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  • Delmas and Nile Dutch get together on new West Africa service to South America


  • MSC Napoli fuel removal goes smoothly


  • ZAMBIA: Cold reception for China's president


  • DEAT and the cops clamp down on abalone smugglers


  • Pic of the day – BNS GODETIA






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    Delmas and Nile Dutch get together on new West Africa service to South America

    French shipping line Delmas, a part of the CMA CGM group, and Dutch shipping company NileDutch have entered into an agreement to start a new service between the east coast South America and West Africa.

    Both companies have extensive experience of the West African trade and each will provide a ship to the new service which commences in the first week of March 2007.

    The service will be fully containerised with ample reefer capacity, says a statement issued by NileDutch. Shippers will be provided with a fortnightly connection from the Brazilian ports of Sao Francisco do Sul, Santos and Rio de Janeiro to Luanda in Angola and Pointe Noire in Congo.

    Argentinean cargo will be relayed via Rio de Janeiro. Other West African destinations such as Boma, Matadi, Cabinda, Soyo, Lobito, Libreville, Douala, Lagos, Tema and Abidjan will be served by relay via Pointe Noire using other service loops of both Delmas and NileDutch.

    According to Delmas the new service will provide the fastest transit time between Brazil and Angola.


    MSC Napoli fuel removal goes smoothly

    Salvage company SMIT has almost completed the removal of bunker fuels from the grounded container ship MSC NAPOLI, ashore off the English Devon coast.

    MSC NAPOLI went aground after being damaged during a storm in the English Channel. The ship was en route to South Africa as part of MSC’s Northern Continent (Europe) South Africa weekly service.

    On Friday last week SMIT announced that “Pumping now concentrates on Tank No. 6 starboard, the last of the ship’s four main fuel tanks. By 08.00 hrs today, 3,212 tonnes of fuel had been transferred from the ship to the tanker Forth Fisher. This represents over 80 percent of the total contents of the fuel tanks (3,600 tonnes) with completion of pumping from tank no. 6 starboard during the weekend, the remaining fuel in the engine room service and settling tanks will be removed (total amount of around 400 tonnes).”

    At the same time 128 containers had also been removed from the ship by Friday afternoon, having been discharged by the crane barge BIGFOOT 1 onto the shuttle vessel BOA BARGE 21, after which the boxes were taken to Portland.

    It is estimated that the clearance of the ship’s deck containers will take up to four weeks.

    source - MGN


    ZAMBIA: Cold reception for China's president

    Lusaka, 5 Feb 2007 (IRIN) - China's pledge to pour US $ 800 million into Zambia over the next three years has been given a frosty reception on the ground, as many locals believe the investment will hold little benefit for the people, two-thirds of whom live on one dollar or less a day.

    Chinese president Hu Jintao made the multi-million dollar announcement on Sunday, when he also wrote off $ 11 million worth of debt, promised to build schools, and provide agricultural training and loans for road-construction equipment. A trip to Copperbelt Province to lay the foundation stone for a national stadium was cancelled at the last minute, apparently over fears that he would be embarrassed by a protest over poor working conditions planned by mine workers.

    Police also sealed off all access roads to the University of Zambia's campus on Saturday, the day Hu arrived, after widespread rumours that students were going to demonstrate against his visit.

    Muweme Muweme, social conditions research project officer at the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflections, a faith-based human rights watchdog, told IRIN: "The problem with such foreign direct investment as the Chinese, is that it always comes with vested interest, which is profit. Many of these investments coming into the country are actually not helping in building the capacity of the local people so that they can contribute to their own economic growth.

    "It is time that our government stopped favouring foreigners through incentives because Zambia offers raw materials. Government should be more cautious with these investment pledges," he said.

    A $ 200 million copper smelter is the centerpiece of an Economic and Trade Co-operation Zone in Copperbelt Province, the first of five such zones to be established in Africa with Chinese investment and the co-operation of host governments. The Zambian zone is expected to create 50,000 new jobs by 2010, adding to the 10,000 jobs already created by China's investments - a high number of employment opportunities, given that only about 400,000 formal jobs exist in a country of about 10 million people.

    Hu's policy of strengthening ties with the mineral- and energy-rich continent boosted exports to Africa by 36 percent to $ 13.82-billion in 2004, while imports, mostly natural resources, rose 81 percent to $ 15.65-billion. In 2006, total trade between Africa and China reached US $ 55.5-billion, and China now sources one-third of its crude oil imports from Africa.

    Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa's investor-friendly policies offers generous investment terms to lure foreign mining companies, such as 20-year tax holidays, a low 0.6 percent mineral royalty tax - the global norm is 3 percent - and no duty imposed on imports of equipment and machinery.

    According to the Zambia-China Business Forum, bilateral trade between the two countries grew by 11.8 percent in 2006 to $ 316 million. Hu's two-day stopover in Zambia is an indication of its importance to China, as the seven other African countries he is visiting to promote trade are only being given a day each. His tour takes him to Cameroon, Liberia, Sudan, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique and the Seychelles.

    (This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations)
    - article shortened


    DEAT and the cops clamp down on abalone smugglers

    Friday, 2 February 2007: The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) and the South African Police Service’s Organised Crime Unit have arrested 3 people late on Thursday evening (1 February) in a house in Duinepos near Melkbosstrand for the illegal possession of abalone. They also made several confiscations. The SAPS acted on a tip-off from a member of the public.

    Two Chinese citizens and a South African citizen were arrested for illegal possession and dealing in abalone. Eighteen (18) chest freezers stocked with shucked abalone were found in the house. A vehicle and a Kia truck were also confiscated valued at R160,000.

    The suspects were expected to appear in the Atlantis Magistrates Court yesterday (Monday).

    In a separate incident last week the Department arrested one person in Milnerton for the illegal possession of abalone after receiving a tip-off of poaching at Robben Island. All possible landing sites were observed around Cape Town. After the suspect came ashore, he was followed and arrested near Milnerton. A vehicle and more than 700 abalone were confiscated. The suspect is expected to appear in the Cape Town court today.

    source – SA Dept of Environmental Affairs & Tourism


    Pic of the day – BNS GODETIA

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    Belgium possesses one of Europe’s lesser navies and a visit by a ship of the Belgian Navy to South Africa is an unusual occasion. Thus the surprise in some quarters yesterday morning when the command and logistic support ship BNS GODETIA arrived in Cape Town for a visit. The ship, which was built in 1966 and is due to be retired in 2010, displaces 2,500 tonnes fully loade, is 92m long with a beam of 14m and is powered by four diesel engines driving two shafts for a speed of 18 knots. GODETIA has a crew of 96 and is lightly armed with a 40mm anti aircraft gun and six 12.7 machine guns. Her main purpose in the Belgian Navy is to provide logistics support for the small fleet of mine craft. Her homeport is Zeebrugge. Picture is by Ian Shiffman


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