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May 30, 2008
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  • Ports & Ships News Bulletin goes weekly

  • Richards Bay tug out for maintenance

  • News from the shipping lines

  • Transhipment station set up for damaged railhead

  • How much bigger can a container ship grow?

  • Africa must unite in fighting economic crimes

  • Pic of the day – HAINAN




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    With effect from this coming week our daily news bulletin will be replaced with a weekly edition, appearing in the middle part of each week. While we have some regrets in taking this step, we are also excited at having the opportunity and time to refocus on other sectors of the PORTS & SHIPS website that have been neglected over the past year or more, including the Naval and Cruise news pages.

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    Richards Bay tug out for maintenance

    Marine Services at the Port of Richards Bay has announced that one of the three harbour tugs, RB3 has been taken temporarily out of service for the period 26 May to 22 June 2008 for a scheduled maintenance.

    During this period the tug has moved to Durban where she is to be dry docked.

    The port still has two tugs in operation assisted by a Tern-class workboat available on a 24-hour basis. A contingency plan with the Port of Durban has been established and should any of the two operational Richards Bay tugs encounter a mechanical breakdown that becomes irreparable over a short period, another tug from Durban will be mobilised and become operational within an estimated period of 24 hours.

    Any enquiries in this regard can be made to the harbour master Dennis Mqadi on 035 905 3131 or 084 444 8758.



    News from the shipping lines

    Second loop for SEAS service

    The conference consisting of CMA CGM, Maruba, CSCL and K Line has announced the formation of a second loop in its SEAS service operating between Asia and East Coast South America via South Africa, thus almost doubling the current weekly capacity of 2675-TEU.

    With the creation of a second loop starting 20 June the service will operate with a total of 20 ships – 10 for each loop and each with a nominal capacity of 2,500-TEU. This also becomes the only service offering direct calls between North China and South America’s east coast, with twice weekly calls in three major Asian ports – Shanghai, Shenzen and Port Kelang, and twice weekly calls at the strategic ports of Santos and Buenos Aires.

    CMA CGM is providing nine ships, CSCL five, Maruba four and K Line two for the combined loops. The port rotation is as follows:

    SEAS I
    Qingdao - Pusan - Shanghai – Xiamen – Chiwan – Port Kelang – Rio de Janeiro – Santos – Buenos Aires – Montevideo - Rio Grande – Itajaí – Santos – Port Kelang– Hong Kong.

    SEAS II
    Shanghai – Ningbo – Hong Kong – Shekou – Port Kelang – Santos – Buenos Aires – Sao Francisco do Sul – Paranagua – Santos – Rio de Janeiro – Durban – Port Kelang – Hong Kong – Shanghai.


    Maersk reduces capacity on Europe-Morocco service

    From 1 June Maersk Line intends reducing the number of reefer ships deployed on the KNSM service between North Europe and Morocco from three to two ships.

    In a statement the company said Maersk Line remains committed to the North European - Moroccan trade and will ensure sufficient space throughout peak seasons, with a return to a three ship service when the season increases between November and June.

    The reefer vessel Skirner departs from Agadir in Morocco tomorrow (31 May) on the last voyage of the current schedule.


    Hapag Lloyd sale a step closer

    The disposal of German container line Hapag Lloyd by parent company TUI moved a step closer this week with the announcement by the Hamburg state government that it supports ‘a local solution’. Hamburg has joined forces with a new company established through the offices of MM Warburg Bank and Kuehne Holding (better known as Kuehne + Nagel), which has entered the tendering process for Hapag Lloyd.

    Another contender considered likely to enter the bidding for the Hapag Lloyd operation is Singapore company Neptune Orient Lines (NOL). Neptune is also owner of American President Lines (APL).


    MSC goes to Salalah

    Mediterranean Shipping Line (MSC) has added the port of Salalah in Oman for a number of its services between Europe and Asia and is expected to include the Oman port for its Indian Ocean and Middle East relay services.


    Profits, not size now the criteria for Maersk

    AP Moller-Maersk says that profitability, not size is now the key factor for the company. Chief Executive Nils Andersen, who is leading the drive to transform the company’s fortunes after several problematic years, told the London Financial Times that the container division, comprising Maersk Line and Safmarine, has already moved away from a policy of being twice as big as the nearest rival in key trades.

    This policy, which led AP Moller into buying US container line Sea Land and Anglo Dutch company P&O Nedlloyd, introduced huge financial strains on the company, which ultimately led to some drastic transformation for the group under Andersen.

    “You could say it's a change of focus very much from growth to making sure our systems work and we have a scaleable philosophy for the future, and we get profitability back,” said Evind Kolding, chief executive of Maersk Line.

    “We want to take this Maersk Line wake-up call and use it as an incentive to drive simplifications throughout the company. We want to be easier to do business with. We want to have simple administrative and business procedures,” said Andersen. - shednet



    Transhipment station set up for damaged railhead

    As repairs continue on railway washaways near Jinja in Uganda, which closed rail traffic between Mombasa and Kampala, Rift Valley Railway (RVR) has set up a transhipment centre at Iganga station where cargo from the rail move forward by road transport.

    RVR has installed cargo lifting equipment at the station together with a customer care centre and access roads have been graded and repaired to handle the unusual traffic. A truck stop has also been prepared where trucks can wait and security and lighting laid on.

    RVR’s sales executive Russel Carmichael has appealed to customers to pick up their cargo at Iganga, saying that final customs formalities would be completed at the destination station as declared in customs declaration documents.

    He said RVR expected to offload an average of 80 rail wagons a day until the line is reopened.

    Carmichael advised that RVR would absorb the costs of a single container move at Iganga (from rail to road) but additional moves required between the station and Kampala would be charged for at the standard rates. – source New Vision (Kampala)



    How much bigger can a container ship grow?

    South Korean shipbuilder STX Shipbuilding claims to have designed a container ship capable of carrying 22,000-TEU, which is double the largest existing class of container ships, the 11,000-TEU Emma Maersk type.

    In a statement issued this week STX says “The 22,000 TEU marks a breakthrough in the sense that the 20,000 TEU was once considered as the limit of a container ship can get in terms of its transport capacity both in terms of technology and economy.”

    The proposed vessel will have a length of 450 metres, which is 50m longer than the Emma Maersk type.



    Africa must unite in fighting economic crimes

    by Luyanda Makapela

    Johannesburg, 29 May - A network of African countries, where information and knowledge is shared between law enforcement agencies, would help to solve financial crimes and open up economic opportunities for the continent, says Acting National Director of Prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe.

    He said African countries should see the criminal justice system as not only prosecuting criminals involved in crimes such as trafficking, but also ending illegal activities which hamper the economy.

    “This will attract foreign investors while creating more jobs,” said Mr Mpshe while addressing delegates at the Africa Conference on Economic Crime on Wednesday.

    Mpshe said economic crimes would be re-examined and the conference would come up with a clear mandate on how to tackle such crimes, something which will be of great benefit to South Africa.

    “Although we have good units within the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), there is a need to always re-look at our strategies and point out the necessary issues which need to be re-enforced while evaluating the progress.”

    He urged countries, especially those in the South African Development Community (SADC) to fight narcotic trafficking and money laundering.

    “I believe the deliberations will enable us to make good strides as these act are not just criminally perceived, but also pose business risk,” he said.

    He had no doubts about the excellent work carried out by different units within his institution so far, adding that the NPA had a strategic role to play in driving back crime to acceptable levels.

    “We have already developed a 2020 strategy, set standards in fighting economic crimes and the organisation has so in the right track,” said Mr Mpshe.

    The NPA’s Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit (SCCU) which specifically deals with complex commercial crime cases, has so far dealt with 3,500 cases and has been doing excellent job, he said.

    The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has between 2006 and 2007 continued its upward trend, tackling 252 cases and seized R1.25 billion.

    The Directorate of Special Operations, responsible for individual prosecution of organised crime, has been concentrating more resources on combating economic crimes and targeting top-end perpetrators.

    “Again the strategy we used worked well for the organisation with major levels of success.”

    Commenting on the application to stop legislation being passed that will see the NPA, or Scorpions, from being disbanded which was turned down in the Pretoria High Court on Wednesday morning, Mr Mpshe said government’s intention was to come up with an elite unit with necessary capacity while strengthening ways of fighting organised crime.

    I advocate for the merging of Scorpions and the police to be given a chance, he said, adding that we should wait and judge the results.

    Judge Willie van der Merwe ruled that the court did not have the jurisdiction to grant such an order as it has not enough jurisdiction to interfere with the decision to incorporate the Scorpions with the police.

    The General Law Amendment Bill and the National Prosecuting Amendment Bill are due to be tabled in Parliament.

    The two bills are set to pave the way for the formation of a new unit incorporating parts of the Scorpions and the police’s Organised Crime Unit.

    President Thabo Mbeki appointed the Khampepe Commission of Inquiry in 2006, headed by Judge Sisi Khampepe, to review the mandate of the Directorate of Special Operations (known as the Scorpions) as well as its location.

    The report was never intended to be released publicly and President Mbeki only took the decision to release it in February.

    He said the decision was taken to release the report at the same time as the tabling of the two Bills to Parliament so that it could form part of what people based their decisions on.

    The report reveals that the location of the DSO is not unconstitutional, but it however noted some concerns over the size and operating methods of the unit.

    Mr Mpshe noted that there were some issues which seem to have caused tension within the members of the public regarding Scorpions and police.

    “The public has the right and ought to know what is happening within the NPA, we are currently putting together a statement which will soon be sent to the public on the unit's programme of action,” said Mr Mpshe. - BuaNews



    Pic of the day – HAINAN

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    The 39,385-gt bulk carrier HAINAN departs from the Duncan Dock in Cape Town. Picture Robert Ravensburg

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