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Mar 29, 2007
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  • NPA announces new tariff increases

  • Liberia removes port boss to another job

  • Upgrade for Asia South Africa service

  • Nico du Plessis apointed new SAPO chief security officer

  • CPIX down beyond expectations at 4.9 percent

  • Pic of the day – ATLANTIC ACTION




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    NPA announces new tariff increases

    Johannesburg 27 March – The National Ports Authority of South Africa (NPA) has announced port tariff increases that take effect at all ports as from 1 April 2007.

    Full details of the new tariffs are available on the NPA website at http://www.npa.co.za but a summary of the individual sectors is as follows:

    Port & berth dues: 5.6 percent
    VTS and other sundry services: 5.6 percent
    Marine services: 5.6 percent
    Ship repair facilities: 5.6 percent
    Lighthouse services: 5.6 percent
    Cargo dues: 4.5 percent

    The NPA also announces that for security reasons hauliers will require a vehicle entry permit to enter any port to load or deliver general and containerised cargo.

    The cost of the permit is R195.00 per annum and a single permit covers all ports.

    source - NPA


    Liberia removes port boss to another job

    The managing director of Liberia’s National Port Authority (NPA) has been removed from office and transferred to the Ministry of Public Works, where he becomes Deputy Minister for Technical Services.

    In a cabinet move the acting Public Works Minister, Lusine Donao becomes Minister of Public Works.

    These moves and appointments were announced over the recent weekend by Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

    In another move involving the National Port Authority, the Board of Directors dismissed the Deputy Managing Director for Administration, Hans Williams and the Deputy for Operations Dogba Yassah for what was referred to as administrative reasons.

    The Chairman of the Board of Directors Musa Bility denied that the dismissals were connected to corruption within the NPA. He said they were necessitated by the need to improve efficiency at the port (Monrovia).

    An interim management team for the NPA has been appointed until such time as permanent appointments can be made. A team including the ministers of Planning and of Finance has been charged with selecting the new NPA management team.

    source – The Inquirer (Monrovia)


    Upgrade for Asia South Africa service

    Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (‘K’ Line), MISC and PIL will be upgrading their current Asia South Africa Service effective late April 2007. The upgrading will involve deployment of larger vessels with extended port coverage to include China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka in its revised rotation.

    The newly-upgraded Asia South Africa Service will have 7 containerships of 3300 - 3800TEU capacity, with ‘K’ Line and MISC each contributing 3 vessels and PIL one vessel.

    New port rotation will be: Shanghai – Ningbo – Kaohsiung - Shekou - Hong Kong – Singapore – Port Kelang – Colombo - Durban – Cape Town – Colombo - Port Kelang – Singapore - Hong Kong – Shanghai.

    The newly-upgraded service will make round-trip voyages in total of 49 days and is expected to commence around end of April with full deployment of the up-sized vessels to be completed around June.

    By extending the current service to the North Asia region, customers will benefit from the wider market coverage and fast transit time. Having a Colombo call on both eastbound and westbound legs gives it the unique distinction of being the only service of its kind which is intended to connect the high growth markets in the Indian Sub-Continent as well as those of the Middle East.

    The larger capacity containerships with significantly increased number of reefer plugs will comfortably meet the growing demand for space in this continually expanding eastbound trade.

    This service upgrading further confirms the partners’ commitment to meet their customers’ needs as well as providing a reliable platform for future growth being anticipated for South African exporters and importers.

    source – press release


    Nico du Plessis appointed new SAPO chief security officer

    Nico du Plessis leaves a 24 year career with South African Police Service (SAPS) to take up the position of Chief Security Officer.

    While with the SAPS, du Plessis was involved in the policing of the country’s seaports, including the introduction of the ISPS Code in 2004. He has extensive knowledge of developments within the ports, and related security requirements.

    He recently visited the ports of Manila (Philippines), Rotterdam (Holland) and Antwerp (Belgium) to investigate best practices in the terminal security environment within these ports and to benchmark SAPO’s policies, processes and procedures against theirs.

    “We are looking to appoint independent internationally recognised auditors to review the SAPO terminals for compliance to the ISPS code,” says du Plessis.

    He also requested the Antwerp Port Training Centre to develop a uniform training programme for current and future SAPO officials involved in the security of the terminals, as well as ensuring private security companies comply with the ISPS code and local legislation.

    source – SAPO press release


    CPIX down beyond expectations at 4.9 percent

    by Oupa Segalwe, BuaNews

    Year-on-year consumer inflation, excluding interest rates on mortgage bonds (CPIX) for February 2007 recorded a decline from 5.3 percent the month before to 4.9 percent.

    Although economists expected the figures to drop slightly, they did not expect it to go down that much.

    The headline inflation, which includes interest rates on mortgage bonds (CPI) also dropped by 0.3 of a percentage point from 6 percent in January to 5.7 percent last month.

    Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) said Wednesday that the main driver for the year-on-year CPIX was the CPI for food for which the rate decreased from 8.6 percent in January to 8 percent last month.

    The CPI for transport also came in as a driver for the CPIX as its rate also decreased form 4.5 percent in January to 2.1 the following month.

    ABSA economist Chris Hart said expectations were that the consumer inflation was to drop only slightly.

    "We expected it to be around 5.1 percent. But it came in lower and much better than expectations," Mr Hart told BuaNews.

    He said this drop would "help reduce fears" that the Reserve Bank might hike interest rates after the Monetary Policy Committee meeting on the 11th and 12th of April.

    "We are not expecting any hike but if the rates are moved up, it wouldn't be because of inflation. It could be because of risks to inflation," he added.

    The last MPC meeting resolved to keep the repo rate - rate at which the Reserve Bank lends money to commercial banks - unchanged at 9 percent after hiking it four times by 200 basis points last year.

    StatsSA added that main contributors for the annual increase in the CPI were relatively large contributions in the price indices for housing (+ 1.9 percentage points), food (+ 1.7 percentage points), and medical care together with health expenses (+ 0.5 of a percentage point).

    Fuel and power (+ 0.3 0f a percentage point), household operations (+ 0.3 of a percentage point), transport (+ 0.3 of a percentage point) and education (+ 0.3 of a percentage point) also contributed to the increase.

    The CPIX is used to measure changes in the price of goods and services of an average South African household at retail level, excluding inflationary effects of interest rates on mortgage bonds while the CPI includes these inflationary effects.

    StatsSA is expected to release the figures for the year-on-year producer inflation rate (PPI) Thursday. The PPI, as opposed to the CPIX, measures the changes in prices of goods at producer level.


    Pic of the day – ATLANTIC ACTION

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    The 16,075-gt Cyprus-registered Ro-Ro vessel ATLANTIC ACTION, in service with Hapag Lloyd on the South Africa – North America service, joins a long list of other interesting Ro-Ro’s that have operated in African waters.
    Hapag Lloyd was preceded on this service briefly by CP Ships and before that by Lykes Line and the Christiansen Canadian Africa Line (CCAL) service, the two latter companies operating individually for periods of more than 50 years before successive takeovers bought about an end to these well-known names on the Africa service.
    Atlantic Action was photographed leaving Cape Town on 2 March by Ian Shiffman



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