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Apr 18, 2007
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  • SA Port Statistics for March 2007

  • SA Port Statistics for 2006/07 financial year

  • East London scores with Africa’s first female harbour master

  • Emirates Shipping Line introduces new East African services

  • SAECS vessel delayed by engine problems

  • It’s time to read Vernon Buxton’s weekly Cruise News & Views column

  • Pic of the day – BLACK WATCH




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    SA Port Statistics for March 2007

    March was a big month for South African ports which handled a total of 16.368 million tonnes of cargo during the month of March 2007 (Feb 13.915Mt), thanks mainly to an increase in bulk cargo handled at the ports of Richards Bay and Durban. This figure excludes tonnage for containers which the National Ports Authority records in TEUs but no longer by weight. Container volumes showed a general decrease in March compared to February.

    The figures shown below include an estimated average container weight of 13.5 tonnes per TEU (considered as conservative) and when taken into account the figure handled by all ports becomes 20.049 million tonnes (February was 18.239Mt).

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

    Cargo handled by tonnes

    Richards Bay                   7.972 million tonnes (Feb 6.064Mt)
    Durban                           6.143 Mt (Feb 4.902)
    Saldanha Bay                  3.756 Mt (Feb 4.876)
    Cape Town                     1.152 Mt (Feb 1.284)
    Port Elizabeth                  0.714 Mt (Feb 0.704)
    East London                    0.162 Mt (Feb 0.278)
    Mossel Bay                      0.150 Mt (Feb 0.131)

    Containers measured by TEUs
    (TEUs include Deepsea, Coastal, Tranship and empty containers all subject to being invoiced by NPA)

    Durban                         179,304 TEU (Feb 213,477)
    Cape Town                     63,490 (Feb 66,278)
    Port Elizabeth                  27,767 (Feb 34,922)
    East London                     2,051 (Feb 5,568)
    Richards Bay                        68 (Feb 104)

    Total handled 272,680 TEU (Feb 320,349)


    Ship Calls

    Durban:             350 vessels 7.976m gt (364 vessels 7.908 million gt)
    Cape Town:       208 vessels 3.680m gt (245 vessels 4,106m gt)
    Port Elizabeth:    126 vessels 2.264m gt (135vessels 2.176m gt)
    Richards Bay:      142 vessels 4.785m gt (145 vessels 5.716m gt)
    Saldanha:            40 vessels 2,363m gt (40 vessels 2.360m gt)
    East London:        23 vessels 0.661m gt (26 vessels 0.656m gt)
    Mossel Bay:        258 vessels 0.337m gt (134 vessels 0.305m gt)

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



    SA Port Statistics for 2006/07 financial year

    South African ports handled a total of 178.915 million tonnes of cargo during the financial year ended 31 March 2007 (179.535mt in 2005/06). This figure excludes the tonnage of containers handled which the National Ports Authority no longer records by weight.

    The figures reflected below include an estimated average container weight of 13.5 tonnes per TEU (a conservative estimate) and when taken into account the figure handled by South Africa’s seven ports becomes 225.97 million tonnes handled (2005/06 was 221.54Mt).

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

    Cargo handled by tonnes

    Richards Bay                   83.065 million tonnes (prev 89.262Mt)
    Durban                           73.006 Mt (prev 69.074)
    Saldanha Bay                  41.220 Mt (prev 36.664)
    Cape Town                     14.173 Mt (prev 13.667)
    Port Elizabeth                   5.692 Mt (prev .4.484)
    East London                     1.600 Mt (prev 1.820)
    Mossel Bay                       1.756 Mt (prev 1.483)

    Containers measured by TEUs
    (TEUs include Deepsea, Coastal, Tranship and empty containers and subject to being invoiced by NPA)

    Durban                 2,334,999 TEU (prev 1,955,803) + 19.38 percent
    Cape Town              764,753 (prev 736,943) + 3.77 percent
    Port Elizabeth           407,278 (prev 370,849) + 9.82 percent
    East London               41,836 (prev 42,545) – 1.66 percent
    Richards Bay                3,332 (prev 4,981) – 33.1 percent

    Total handled 3,552,198 TEU (prev 3,111,121) + 14.17 percent


    Ship Calls

    Durban:           4545 vessels 97.453m gt (4031 vessels 81.790 million gt)
    Cape Town:      3003 vessels 47.208m gt (3161 vessels 44,501m gt)
    Port Elizabeth:  1647 vessels 28.183m gt (1271 vessels 25.757m gt)
    Richards Bay:    1575 vessels 57.150m gt (1687 vessels 57.605m gt)
    Saldanha:          502 vessels 25,863m gt (582 vessels 20.074m gt)
    East London:      316 vessels 8.177m gt (339 vessels 8.905m gt)
    Mossel Bay:      2506 vessels 3.01805m gt (2213vessels 2.980m gt)

    Total vessel calls at SA ports:

    14,094 vessel - total of 267,052,719-gt

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



    East London scores with Africa’s first female harbour master

    In what is believed to be the first time that a lady has been appointed as Harbour Master at a principal port on the continent of Africa, the identity of the new harbour master for East London has been revealed, thanks to several readers who responded to yesterday’s news report in Ports & Ships.

    The spokesman for the NPA in East London, Terry Taylor later confirmed that Nontsi Tshazi (Nontsindiso to give her full first name) has been appointed as harbour master in East London to succeed Dennis Mqadi who is transferring to Richards Bay.

    Taylor said he believed Tshazi’s appointment took effect as from 1 April along with the other transfers although the NPA hasn’t made any official announcement as yet.

    Tshazi was previously Marine Operations Manager at East London and before that trained and qualified as a marine pilot with the NPA.

    She is certainly the first female to hold the rank of harbour master of a principal port in South Africa and probably also in Africa – does anyone know of another?

    Another appointment that went by unnoticed for East London (why is the NPA so modest?) is that of port manager – Jacqueline Brown, the former port manager at Mossel Bay who took up her post in East London in January but has so far remained below the radar.

    And just to drive home the point that the ladies are wearing the pants in East London, metaphorically speaking of course – South Africa’s only river port also boasts the country’s first female port engineer – Sibongile Ngumbe, who was appointed in 2003 after having qualified as an engineer from the University of Natal in 1995 (see our report in the News Archives dated 23 August 2003)



    Emirates Shipping Line introduces new East African services

    Emirates Shipping Line has announced the launch of two new services - the Gulf Indian-Subcontinent Africa Service (GIA) and the Africa Far-East Asia Service (AFA).

    The new GIA service offers a direct scheduled weekly service from the Indian Subcontinent & the Middle East to East Africa, providing what is claimed to be one of the best transit times to East Africa.

    The port rotation of GIA is Nhava Sheva, Karachi, Jebel Ali, Mombasa, Dar Es Salaam, Mombassa, Nhava Sheva.

    The new AFA service connects the Orient to the two major ports in East Africa, with one of the best transit times from China & Southeast Asia to East Africa.

    The AFA serves Xingang, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Port Klang, Colombo, Dar Es Salaam, Mombasa. This service will use a combination of Emirates Shipping Line’s Hyper Galex service and the AFA service over Colombo

    To make these services operationally effective, six vessels of 1100-TEU nominal capacity will be deployed. The service will operate with TS Line as partners, with the latter providing one vessel, and Emirates Shipping Line providing five.

    “These two new services signify a further commitment form Emirates Shipping Line as it expands its service portfolio to better serve our customer needs,” said Vikas Khan, Chairman and CEO of Emirates Shipping Line.

    Emirates Shipping Line FZE, is registered in Dubai Maritime City of the UAE and is commercially headquartered in Dubai and Hong Kong.



    SAECS vessel delayed by engine problems

    The container vessel LARS MAERSK has experienced engine problems en route to South Africa which is resulting in a delay to the South Africa Europe Container Service (SAECS) schedule.

    A revised ETA for Port Elizabeth of 25 April has been indicated.

    A communiqué from SAECS says that all efforts are being made to reduce the delay and that clients will be kept informed of any changes as and when they happen, with an updated schedule to be issued.



    It’s time to read Vernon Buxton’s weekly Cruise News & Views column

    Don’t forget to look in the Cruise News & Reviews section where our new weekly summary of cruise news and views, written and compiled by well-known travel writer Vernon Buxton now appears.

    Vernon’s column will appear each Wednesday and you can find it here
    http://www.ports.co.za/cruisenews/articles.php


    Pic of the day – BLACK WATCH

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    Fred Olsen Line’s BLACK Watch was back in African waters during January this year – an ever popular visitor bearing mostly British holidaymakers to these shores. Soon the Fred Olsen fleet is to be joined by the BALMORAL, the former Norwegian Crown/Crown Odyssey of NCL and Orient Line times and herself a previous visitor to southern and eastern Africa. Read all about the conversion of the Balmoral in Vernon Buxton’s column in the Cruise News & Views section of today’s PORTS & SHIPS. This picture by IAN SHIFFMAN


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