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Feb 6, 2008
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TODAY’S BULLETIN OF MARITIME NEWS

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  • South African port statistics for January

  • News from the shipping lines

  • Lake port leased to Burundian operator

  • Rotterdam fruit port relocates

  • Pic of the day – Equatorial Guinea Navy vessels




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    South African port statistics for January

    Cargo figures for January 2008 are to hand, courtesy of Transnet National Ports Authority. As is customary we have adjusted the overall tonnage to include containers by weight (Transnet NPA measures containers by quantity only, using TEUs, for which PORTS & SHIPS makes an estimated weight adjustment of 13,5 tonnes per TEU).


    During January the respective ports handled the following:

    Cargo handled by tonnes

    Richards Bay                      7.699 million tonnes (Dec 6.794Mt)
    Durban                              6.696 Mt (Dec 6.470)
    Saldanha Bay                     3.373 Mt (Dec 3.220)
    Cape Town                        1.135 Mt (Dec 1.006)
    Port Elizabeth                     0.870 Mt (Dec 1.076)
    Mossel Bay                         0.158 Mt (Dec 0.066)
    East London                       0.253 Mt (Dec 0.224)

    Total monthly cargo by tonnes 20.184 million tonnes (Dec 18.858 Mt)


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

    Durban                             222,794 TEU (Dec 200,287)
    Cape Town                         60 524 (Dec 55,515)
    Port Elizabeth                      27,430 (Dec 30,971)
    East London                         2,064(Dec 3,082)
    Richards Bay                           237 (Dec 246)

    Total handled 313,049 TEU (Dec 290,101)


    Ship Calls

    Durban:                362 vessels 8.769m gt (Dec 385 vessels 8.931m gt)
    Cape Town:          254 vessels 4.465m gt (Dec 206 vessels 3.783m gt)
    Port Elizabeth:        80 vessels 2.265m gt (Dec 101 vessels 2.261m gt)
    Richards Bay:        134 vessels 4.122m gt (Dec 147 vessels 5.429m gt)
    Saldanha:              35 vessels 1,784m gt (Dec 37 vessels 2,265m gt)
    East London:          29 vessels 0.738m gt (Dec 30 vessels 0.680m gt)
    Mossel Bay:            72 vessels 0.312m gt (Dec 79 vessels 0.194m gt)

    - source NPA, with adjustments made by Ports & Ships to include container weights


    News from the shipping lines

    In a measure aimed at returning to profitability AP Moller-Maersk is to begin replacing 200 Danish crewmembers on board Danish flagged container and tanker ships with ‘international’ crew.

    Those affected are chief stewards and ratings. “We regret having to dismiss these chief stewards and ratings who have served the company well for many years. The layoffs are a result of the internationalisation of the seafarers which has been going on for some years, and reflect the fact that international crew have proven their capabilities and abilities to offer a qualified alternative to the Danish chief stewards and ratings. Today we have to hire seafarers based on cost competitiveness,” the company said in a statement yesterday.

    The replacement programme affecting ratings will take place over a period of six months while chief stewards on the ships will be replaced over a period extending into 2009 during which time AP Moller-Maersk will try to find them other positions.

    The changes however will not impact on AP Moller-Maersk’s cadet recruitment. “We still need to employ all the cadets we can get,” says the company.


    MOL adjusts bunker surcharge on North America-South Africa trades

    Mitsui OSK Line (MOL) has announced a review of its bunker surcharge against present fuel prices, leading to a revision to the present bunker surcharge applicable on the USA and Canadian – South Africa – USA and Canadian trade.

    With effect from 16 March 2008, the revised bunker surcharge will become as follows: -

    To/From the US via Atlantic and Gulf coast ports

    Per 20 ft. container : $752
    Per 40/45 ft. container : $1504

    To/From the US via West coast ports

    Per 20 ft. container : $1128
    Per 40/45 ft. container : $2256

    With effect from 01 February 2008, the revised bunker surcharge will become as follows:

    To/From the U.S. or Canada via Canadian ports

    Per 20 ft. container : $654.00
    Per 40/45 ft. container : $1308.00


    Big White SA Winterberg to be scrapped

    One of the four ‘Big Whites’ of Safmarine fame, SA WINTERBERG is finally to be scrapped, according to a report by AXS-Alphaliner. The 3,102-TEU container ship was one of four sister ships built in France between 1977 and 1979 and served for most of its time on the SAECS service (South Africa – Europe). The last few years however saw the four ships including SA Winterberg transferred to Safmarine’s Safari Service between South Africa and the Far East, initially on the 1st string and then later onto Loop 2 as new ships came into service.


    New CSAV ship enters South Africa service

    CSAV has taken on charter the 3,108-TEU newbuild and German-owned HEBE, which will be renamed CSAV ITAJAI as she goes int service on the company’s Asia – South Africa – East Coast South America (ASAX) service.


    Ever larger

    Maersk Line is busy replacing existing container ships in the 2,500-TEU range on its Far East – West Africa (FEW 2) service with vessels in the 3,500-TEU range, reports AXS-Alphaliner. FEW 2 connects the hubs of Port Kelang and Tanjung Pelepas to Walvis Bay, Abidjan, Lagos-Apapa and again to Walvis Bay.



    Lake port leased to Burundian operator

    The Lake Tanganyika port of Kigoma has been leased to a Burundian company, Muapi Operators for a five year period, the Tanzania Ports Authority has revealed. The Burundi firm takes over the contract from Agence Maritime Internationale (Ami) whose contract ended in 2007.

    The Belgian company (Ami), which has operated the port for 15 years, did not bid again.

    Kigoma lies on the Tanzanian (Eastern) side of Lake Tanganyika at the terminus of the railway from Dar es Salaam and is an entrepôt for Burundi and Rwanda as well as parts of Eastern DRC. The port is less than a hundred kilometres south of the Tanzania – Burundi border and was developed by the Belgian government in the early 1920s.

    According to the East African newspaper Ami was an arm of the Compagnie Belge Maritime du Congo, which was established in 1895 to facilitate trade with the Belgian colony of Congo. The cargo terminal that was developed was initially owned by the Tanzanian Railways Corporation, which is now defunct, and it was they who in 1995 leased the terminal to Ami for a five year period in line with the TRC’s policy of withdrawing from non-core operations. Ami’s lease was renewed in 2000.

    The port terminal consists of a 300-metre quay with adjacent goods sheds capable of storing 10,300 tonnes of cargo and open storage area of 10,000 square metres. It also has a container stacking yard with an area of 3,745 square metres and a capacity of 380 containers.

    The port also has a 100m passenger quay which allows it to handle 300,000 passengers annually. There is also a tanker berthing facility with the capacity to handle 30,000 tonnes of fuel a year.

    source – East African

    Historical footnote: Kigoma lies immediately next to Ujiji, which is the place where the newspaper correspondent and later explorer Henry Morton Stanley found the missing David Livingstone in 1871 – the occasion of “Dr Livingstone I presume?”



    Rotterdam fruit port relocates

    Rotterdam has traditionally been the North Europe port through which a large percentage of South African fruit enters the Europe market each year. Now comes news that fruit handling in Rotterdam is to be given a place on the south bank of the port area.

    The Port of Rotterdam Authority says it has signed a letter of intent this week with stevedoring companies Seabrex and Kloosterboer which “forms the basis for the continuity of the fruit cluster in terms of investment, logistical innovation and more long-term commercial contracts.”

    Rotterdam Port Authority hopes to reach agreement with the companies regarding a new location on the south bank within the coming year. The actual relocation is expected to take place in a number of years.

    “In connection with the relocation, the stevedores have already joined forces. This week, Kloosterboer took over a 50 percent interest in Seabrex. The companies will become the pivot of a new Fruitport, supplemented with all kinds of related commercial activity.

    “At the moment, fruit handling is concentrated in ‘Fruitport’ in the Merwehaven area on the north bank. A million tonnes of fruit are handled there annually. Rotterdam, together with Antwerp, is the most important fruit port in Northern Europe. The port wants to maintain this position and where possible to expand it.

    “More and more fruits are arriving in the port in containers, but the area’s capacity to cope with this is limited. Modifications call for heavy investment and, consequently, continuity. The Merwehaven area is unable to offer this as it is to undergo urban redevelopment. It would therefore be a good idea for the cluster to relocate

    “A new location on the south bank would allow for more container handling, the space could be used more intensively and there would be more opportunity for transit transport using coasters (shortsea), inland shipping and rail. This would improve the cluster’s competitive edge, as well as the efficiency of the transport. The number of truck miles is falling sharply anyway, due to the shorter distance to the main destination - the fruit and vegetable distribution centre Fresh World Barendrecht.



    Pic of the day – Equatorial Guinea naval vessels

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    Landing Craft Utility (LCU 1655) and the Equatorial Guinea Navy follow in formation behind Africa Partnership Station (APS) flagship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) as they pass by the home of Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. As part of the Navy's new cooperative maritime strategy, APS brings the latest training and techniques to maritime professionals in West and Central Africa to address common threats of illegal fishing, smuggling, and human trafficking. US Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class R.J. Stratchko



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