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Jul 13, 2008
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  • SA Port Statistics for June 2008

  • Durban establishes maritime cluster

  • Beluga vessel breaks down off Angola

  • Spanish fishing vessel catches fire – 36 rescued

  • Somali pirates release German ship Lehmann Bulker

  • IMB report highlights African piracy

  • Senior NPA man resigns

  • Access Freight expands into road cartage

  • Busy Durban dry dock drops back as ships line up

  • Impounded ship LADY EAST prepares to sail from Richards Bay

  • News from the shipping lines

  • Those interesting ships

  • Increased rail traffic for Mozambique southern routes

  • Additional locomotives en route for Nacala

  • Angola opens port railway

  • Rift Valley Railway increases freight rates by 14.5 percent

  • Nigeria losing out to foreign owned ship chandlers - claim

  • Djibouti port tariff plan worries Ethiopia

  • Nigerian Navy captures oil smugglers – ship detained

  • Pic of the week – MARCALABRIA




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    SA Port Statistics for June 2008

    Port cargo figures for June 2008 are now available, courtesy of Transnet Ports Authority.

    The figures indicate a resurgence in port activity in terms of actual tonnage, with containers again leading the charge with an impressive 364,000 TEUs handled at all ports plus an increase in ship calls.

    This trend is expected to continue in the months ahead during South Africa’s so-called ‘busy season’ when more ships arrive with greater volumes of cargo.

    As is customary the figures shown in this report reflect an adjustment on the overall tonnage to include containers by weight – this is necessary because Transnet NPA no longer measures containers by weight, but does so by counting the number of TEUs - for which PORTS & SHIPS makes an estimated weight adjustment of 13,5 tonnes per TEU to reflect tonnages. This figure may however be considered as conservative with 14 tonnes perhaps being a more realistic figure. With more bulk cargo being loaded in containers this figure may soon have to be adjusted upwards.

    During June 2008 the respective ports handled the following (with April figures between brackets for comparison):


    Cargo handled by tonnes

    Richards Bay                    7.665 million tonnes (May 7.072Mt)
    Durban                            6.802 Mt (May 5.738)
    Saldanha Bay                   3.775 Mt (May 2.755)
    Cape Town                      1.235 Mt (May 1.150)
    Port Elizabeth                   1.176 Mt (May 0.815)
    Mossel Bay                       0.106 Mt (May 0.325)
    East London                     0.226 Mt (May 0.224)

    Total monthly cargo in May 20.985 million tonnes (May 18.080 Mt)


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

    Durban                             241,313 TEU (May 194,677)
    Cape Town                         72,448 (May 66,176)
    Port Elizabeth                      43,446 (May 32,558)
    East London                          5,505 (May 5,775)
    Richards Bay                         1,217 (May 1.482)

    Total handled 363,929 TEU (May 300,668)


    Ship Calls for June

    Durban:                387 vessels 8.790m gt (May 351 vessels 8.608m gt)
    Cape Town:          319 vessels 5.309m gt (May 262 vessels 4.411m gt)
    Port Elizabeth:       122 vessels 2.649m gt (May 97 vessels 2.730m gt)
    Richards Bay:         151 vessels 5.110m gt (May 138 vessels 4.424m gt)
    Saldanha:               38 vessels 1,645m gt (May 27 vessels 1,845m gt)
    East London:           35 vessels 0.774m gt (May 26 vessels 0.854m gt)
    Mossel Bay:           174 vessels 0.267m gt (May 158 vessels 0.322m gt)

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



    Durban establishes maritime cluster


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    Recent developments at the port of Durban have included the Point redevelopment (planned as a multi purpose terminal but with over half the terminal now used for handling cars) and the Pier 1 container terminal in the background. Picture courtesy Transnet Port Terminals


    The Port of Durban will shortly have a unique maritime cluster akin to a Chamber of Shipping and representative of all aspects of port related economic activity.

    The cluster is intended to take the form of an overarching association incorporating not only individual members but also existing associations and forums.

    The initiative for the cluster comes from the eThekwini Municipality (Durban) which has already initiated several similar clusters for the motor industry, the furniture manufacturing industry and waste management, but nothing so far on the scale of the vast maritime network of business in and around the city.

    Durban is Africa’s leading port and most important gateway for international trade in sub-Saharan Africa. Last year the port handled over 75 million tonnes of cargo, one third of the country’s total imports and exports by sea (measured in tonnes) and 67 percent of the country’s total container trade (2.479 million TEUs from a total of 3.712m TEU).

    “The maritime sector in Durban probably encompasses the most significant economic cluster in the local economy,” Trivi Arjunan, manager of the city’s Economic Development Department said recently. “The country is heavily dependent on international trade and it is critical that Durban’s port is recognised as an international trade gateway.”

    The initiative is being taken forward by a specially selected task team which has held workshops and one-on-one meetings with port stakeholders in recent months, during which the concept was introduced and explained.

    One of the prime motivations for the cluster comes from an historic lack of liaison between port stakeholders, which became self evident in recent years with several major developments in the port and surrounding back-of-port areas. Equally important has been the lack of consultation involving the massive private maritime industry with large development projects taken place in isolation. There has also been the need for a combined marketing initiative for Durban as a port city.

    One example of this impasse is in the road network surrounding the port, which has experienced severe congestion and clogging of arterial routes as a result of the phenomenal growth in shipping activity in recent years.

    Another key issue has been decision making taken at national level without full and comprehensive input from all the port stakeholders.

    To be fair some liaison has taken place but not sufficient for people whose business is affected by the port to feel that they had the opportunity of having a meaningful input into its future direction.

    The intention of the cluster is to create an organisation that will not only help facilitate these exchanges but will become the true champion of both the city of Durban and its port, which remain totally interdependent.

    As has frequently been pointed out, without its harbour Durban would be just another seaside resort along the KZN coast, whereas it has grown into a key economic and logistics centre and Africa’s major and most busy port - a world leader in its own right.

    The broad view of the cluster is the creation of a body that can strategically evolve the total logistics industry – port, rail, road, pipeline and all its attendant constituents, in the identification of priority projects within the industry while raising the profile of Durban as a major port and city in the international arena.

    Some of the key sub-programmes that will feature prominently with the development of the cluster include Growth Enterprise, in which joint infrastructure planning and research services are able to combine. At the same time the cluster will strive for excellence in the development of world-class logistics via best benchmarking practices. It is also expected to focus on Enterprise Creation with business planning and transformation services and the setting up of Enterprise Improvement by way of labour productivity and skills development.

    In addition the cluster will provide marketing and information services for the advantage of Durban as a port city and economic hub. Emphasis will also fall on the role of maritime education – Durban has the opportunity to perform a unique role on the continent of Africa by way of providing maritime education facilities.

    The beneficiaries of these programmes will be everyone not only in the maritime industry but across the broad spectrum of Durban, for the port impacts on so many people making their living in the greater Durban area and beyond that few can say they are not affected.

    It has been emphasised however that what the cluster will NOT provide is yet another talk shop or venue to complain and criticise. The development and establishment of the Cluster or Chamber of Shipping (with the name being decided by the cluster) will however have an international impact, as was pointed out by Matthew Flynn, an American consultant based in Hong Kong who has been working with Transnet in the port of Durban for several months and who attended one of the workshops.

    Flynn pointed out that by establishing a maritime cluster of this nature the city and port of Durban was sending a loud and strong signal to all other ports and nations around the world that Durban as a port city means business and intends doing it efficiently and professionally.

    The maritime cluster will become an independent organisation answering to its constituent members which is intended to include the full cross-section of the maritime industry in Durban. With the oncoming development of the Dube Tradeport adjacent to the new international airport (now under construction) and its linkages with the harbour, the maritime cluster will then assume an even greater role to play in Durban’s economic evolution.

    Details of the maritime cluster can be obtained by contacting
    talia@urban-econ.com



    Beluga vessel breaks down off Angola

    The 2006-built general cargo ship BELUGA FOUNDATION (9,611-gt) experienced a major engine failure on 9 July while off the port of Luanda in Angola.

    The ship is carrying a cargo of project and general cargo including four large generators for a South African mining company which was to be discharged in Richards Bay on 20 July.

    A tug sailed from Cape Town to take the stricken vessel in tow for Cape Town where repairs can be carried out.

    It is expected the tow and repairs will take several weeks to complete before the ship can continue her voyage.



    Spanish fishing vessel catches fire – 36 rescued

    A Spanish fishing vessel, GALAECIA caught fire and sank while off the South African east coast last Tuesday (8 July), reports the Cape Town-based Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC).

    Thirty-six crew members on board the Spanish vessel were subsequently rescued by two fishing vessels, the Durban-based GALAXY and the Japanese NIKKO MARU 1 which is operating out of Walvis Bay. Another Spanish vessel VALENCIA was also in attendance.

    The Galaecia was 872 n.miles east of East London at the time.

    According to the MRCC report is received a call from the MRCC in Falmouth, UK advising that the Galaecia was on fire and that her crew was abandoning ship. This message was repeated shortly afterwards by a call from the MRCC in Madrid, Spain and confirmed by the MRCC in Reunion.

    The question to be asked is why it apparently took messages from the UK, Spain and Reunion to alert the South African MRCC?



    Somali pirates release German ship Lehmann Bulker

    After 41 days in detention the crew of the German-owned LEHMANN BULKER have been released by Somali pirates who allowed the vessel to sail away.

    It appears that a ransom was paid over to the pirates, although the Germans have refused to confirm this. Crew on board the Lehmann Bulker however spoke on the radio once the ship was in neutral waters and stated that they personally observed the pirates counting the money on the deck of the vessel, a task that took them all day.

    They said that between 20 and 40 pirates remained on the ship at any one time during their detention. The crew was not harmed but food and water was running low by the time they were released. Shortly after sailing from the coast the Lehmann Bulker was taken under escort by a British Royal Navy ship, according to the vessel’s owner Olaf Wulf of KW Shipping.

    Lehmann Bulker was highjacked on 28 May at coordinates 13:09N-048:58E which is about 56 n.miles south of the Yemen coast. The ship was en route to Suez at the time and was seized by a group of 18 pirates and forced to sail to the little anchorage of Eyl south of Mogadishu.

    It is believed that a ransom of three quarters of a million US dollars was paid for the release of the ship. The money was handed over to the pirates at sea by another vessel.



    IMB report highlights African piracy

    The most current piracy statistics and analysis released by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) indicates a recent spike of incidents, largely attributable to increased piracy activity off the Somali Coast, particularly in the Gulf of Aden.

    While the 114 total incidents reported in the first six months of 2008 is slightly less than the 126 reported in the corresponding period last year, acts of piracy conducted in 2008 are rising quarter by quarter. The number of incidents recorded in the second quarter of 2008 totalled 62, versus the 52 accounted for in the first quarter.

    In the first six months of 2008, 71 vessels were boarded, 12 vessels were hijacked and 11 vessels were fired upon. A total of 190 crew members were taken hostage, six kidnapped, seven killed and another seven are missing, presumed dead.

    IMB Director Captain Pottengal Mukundan stated: “The frequency and level of violence directed at seafarers is cause for alarm. The abduction of crew and the increasing use of automatic weapons remain unacceptable.”

    Africa remains a piracy flashpoint with the highest recorded number of second quarter incidents of piracy taking place in Somalia with 24 incidents, followed closely by 18 reported incidents in Nigeria.

    A key trend identified is the recent shift in the geographical location of attacks to the north eastern Somali coastline and into the Gulf of Aden.

    The IMB's interactive World Piracy Map, (www.icc-ccs.org) provides a visual representation of this disturbing trend. All incidents in the Gulf of Aden have taken place on the eastern side of the Gulf and are attributed to Somali pirates.

    Further data analysis reveals that of the 24 Somali incidents, 19 occurred in the Gulf of Aden. In the Gulf of Aden at least eight vessels reported being fired upon by pirates armed with rocket propelled grenade launchers and automatic weapons.

    In Nigeria, 12 of the 18 recorded attacks were aimed at vessels anchored at the port of Lagos. Lagos is becoming an increasingly dangerous port, with the number of reported attacks in the area growing from 8 in the first six months of 2007 to 12 for the corresponding period in 2008.

    In other parts of the world, Indonesia ranks third on the worldwide list with 13 reported acts of piracy. All except two of these cases were low level incidents aimed at theft of valuables and stores. Unlike Nigeria, and to a lesser extent Somalia, the attacks are not geographically concentrated and are scattered throughout the Indonesian archipelago.

    The IMB is pleased to note that the number of attacks in Indonesian waters continues to
    decrease each quarter.

    The formerly worrisome Malacca Straits is an area where piracy is continuing to be suppressed. Only two incidents were reported for this region, the same number as for the corresponding period in 2007.

    Cooperative efforts undertaken by the littoral states to combat piracy are clearly taking hold and are directly attributable to the reduction of piracy in an area once plagued by attacks.

    Captain Mukundan noted: “Despite our wide-reaching efforts to gather and study acts of piracy, a significant number of attacks continue to go unreported. For their own safety, we urge all shipmasters and vessel owners to report any acts of piracy to the IMB's Kuala Lumpur based Piracy Reporting Centre. This first hand information will allow us to identify high-risk areas and advocate for increased protection and safety measures.” – www.gacworld.com – source: International Maritime Bureau bulletin



    Senior NPA man resigns

    Transnet National Ports Authority chief operating officer Anthony Diepenbroek has resigned unexpectedly after only six months in the position.

    Diepenbroek, a former chief executive officer in property development was headhunted by Transnet to focus and realise the company’s strategic business objectives. Among his responsibilities was the attainment of safe, efficient and affordable port services and oversight of the NPA’s marine operational services at all ports.

    While not commenting on the reasons for his departure insiders hinted that internal politics within Transnet and the NPA had played a major role.

    When he was appointed at the end of last year Transnet chief executive said his appointment was to ensure that the TNPA would improve its ports.

    It is believed Diepenbroek has moved back to the property business.



    Access Freight expands into road cartage


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    Peter Govender, manager of Access Transport

    In another recent development Durban-based freight and logistics group Access Freight has moved into road cartage with the establishment of a road transport division known as Access Transport.

    Peter Govender has been appointed to head up the new development, which specialises in local cartage in and around the port but is also tackling long distance transport throughout South Africa and further afield.

    Govender brings with him a long pedigree in road transport, having spent most of his working life in the maritime transport industry. He started his career with Freight Services in 1977 before moving to Roadwing in 1988 where he pioneered the owner / driver concept in road transport in South Africa.

    Fourteen years later he joined Bidfreight where he helped start their transport division.
    According to the Durban General Manager for Access Freight, Shane Kynaston, the volumes now being handled to and from the port made the move into cartage inevitable. He said that although the focus initially had been at a local Durban level, long distance transport was also in the mix and agreements have been reached with eight preferred suppliers (truck operators).

    In terms of long-term contracts with these suppliers ten vehicles operated by Manline have already been branded Access and others are in the pipeline, such is the extent of business already generated


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    Trucks branded with the ACCESS name



    Busy Durban dry dock drops back as ships line up


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    MSC GABRIELLA, due in dock this month. Picture Terry Hutson


    The Durban Graving Dock schedule has come under pressure from the number of ships lining up for docking as well as from several dockings taking longer than anticipated.

    At present the dry dock is fully booked until mid November with some bookings for later that month and extending into December. Ships in the dock this week are Durban Star III and MSC Selin with the following vessels lined up thereafter:

    18/07/08 Indian Reefer + Viborg + Jumbo barge
    29/07/08 Indlovu + MSC Gabriella + Smit Lloyd
    09/08/08 De Hong + MSC Normandie
    20/08/08 EW Kenya + MSC Denisse
    31/08/08 MSC Sheila + Venta
    12/09/08 MSC Alpana + Marieke
    23/09/08 Marion Dufresne + CSO Constructor
    08/10/08 Aegir
    29/10/08 MSC Stefania >08/11/08
    15/11/08 Piper (dredger) >17/12/08
    20/12/08 Ntabeni



    Impounded ship LADY EAST prepares to sail from Richards Bay


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    LADY EAST before her sale at auction and subsequent repair and renaming to LADY JOSEPHINE. Picture Admiralty Sales


    With repairs completed and in compliance with South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) requirements, the arrested ship known formerly as LADY EAST was expected to sail from port this past weekend under her new name LADY JOSEPHINE.

    Lady East was sold recently at auction in Richards Bay for a figure of USD6.575 million plus a further USD86,000 to cover bunkers on board the vessel.

    The ship was detained a year earlier soon after arriving in Richards Bay to take up a charter with Island View Shipping, but was found to be defective and unsafe, leading to SAMSA withdrawing the ship’s papers.

    Before she came up for sale desperate crew stranded on the ship painted a large SOS along the sides of the vessel drawing attention to their plight.

    At an auction sale this year under the hammer of Capt Roy Martin of Admiralty Sales the vessel was knocked down to Syrian interests, who expressed the intention of repairing the vessel and continuing trading with her for at least several more years.

    More than 120 tonnes of new steel has gone into completing those repairs, which included major structural repairs, making this one of the larger jobs undertaken at Richards Bay. The work was undertaken by Richards Bay company Seabulk Marine who said the job emphasised the need for a dry dock at the port.



    Maersk 80 years young


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    MAERSK BROWNSVILLE in Durban harbour recently – Maersk Line has been a regular caller in South Africa for more than a decade. Picture Trevor Jones


    On 12 July 1928, Leise Maersk, the first vessel to depart in a Maersk liner service, sailed from Baltimore on the US East Coast en route to the Far East via the Panama Canal…

    In her holds were Ford car parts and general cargo. Leise Maersk was carrying 3,600 tons of cargo, the equivalent to 200 twenty-foot containers (TEU). She reached Japan 59 days after departing from Baltimore, her next destination was the Philippines where she arrived on the 72nd day. On her homebound voyage, she carried sugar, silk, and oil products.

    During the 1930’s, Maersk Line expanded this service, called the Panama Line, which then numbered nine modern vessels. In those days, there were no containers. Cargo was transported on trucks and trains to the port and stored in warehouses. When the ship arrived, the cargo was moved from the warehouse to the quay and then lifted on board in cargo nets and stacked in the cargo holds. A port stay of a week or more was common as this was a very labour intensive and time consuming process.

    Cargo was not the only thing carried. Pre 1950, Maersk Line offered passenger transport. Cargo liners could carry 12 passengers, who for a reasonable fee could enjoy ‘a carefree and restful time with the opportunity of becoming acquainted with life on the seven seas and with the population at the many out-of-the-way-places we touch on the way.’

    The 1950’s was a decade of expansion for Maersk Line especially in the Far East, connecting Japan with emerging markets in South East Asia and the Middle East, the introduction of a ‘Round-the-world’ line, and inclusion of West Africa in the network.

    In 1956, the container revolution was sparked. The first container was shipped aboard the Ideal X from Port Newark, New Jersey to Houston, Texas. The container was the invention of Malcolm McLean. It is said that McLean, while sitting in a truck waiting for the cargo to be reloaded onto a ship, realised that rather than loading and unloading the truck, the truck body itself, with some minor modifications, could be the container that was transported. The benefits of transporting cargo in a container are many e.g. reduced need for warehousing, reduced cargo damage, better logistical opportunities, and fast and standardised operations. All resulting in better efficiency and lower costs. As stated by The Economist, “Without the container, there would be no globalisation.”

    It took some time before container shipping really took off. It was not until the late 1960’s and early 70’s that agreement was reached on the standards known today. In 1973, Maersk Line ordered its first dedicated container vessels and in 1975, Adrian Maersk with a capacity of 1,400 TEU undertook Maersk Line’s first containerised sailing. In fact, on the original Panama Line inaugurated 47 years before.

    The container revolution gained momentum in the 1970’s and 80’s and more and more cargo was moved in containers. Consequently, new requirements to the ports (specialised terminals with container cranes and areas for container storage) and logistics (documentation and information flow across the transport chain) emerged. In order to best support containerisation, AP Moller applied a more holistic approach to the transport chain. This led to further involvement in terminal and port development and the establishment of a logistics company (Maersk Logistics, originally called Mercantile).

    In the 1990’s, Maersk Line’s focus was cooperation with other lines (P&O Container Lines and Sea-Land) and acquisitions (East Asiatic Company in 1993 and Sea-Land in 1999). The objective - to grow with the customers and meet their requirements as driven by the increasing trade and globalisation – is still valid today. Maersk Line simultaneously developed its vessels. In 1996, Regina Maersk became the world’s largest and most modern container vessel with a capacity of 6,000 TEU and a crew of 15. She only ruled the seas for a year as in 1997 the Sovereign Maersk took over with its 6,600 TEU.

    In 2006, Emma Maersk with a capacity to carry more than 11,000 TEU (Leise Maersk times 65!) set new standards for economical, safe, and environmentally friendly shipping.

    Today, 80 years after it all began, Maersk Line is an industry leader and the largest liner shipping company in the world.



    Those interesting ships


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    YA TOIVO, the De Beers Marine (Debmarine) diamond mining vessel arriving in Cape Town on a cold and wet winter’s day. Picture Aad Noorland



    Increased rail traffic for Mozambique southern routes

    Mozambique railways have been able to report an increase in freight carried on the southern lines, reports Maputo newspaper Noticias this week.

    The article quotes the railways from the port of Maputo to South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe as having carried 1.477 million tonnes of freight from a total cargo carried on all lines of 1.65mt, an increase of 9.2 percent.

    The three southern lines are all operated by CFM, the state-owned rail company.

    Of the country’s two other active railway systems, Beira to Zimbabwe and from the northern port of Nacala to Malawi, a total of just 173,000 tonnes of freight was carried, a considerable drop of almost 44 percent on the previous year.

    Traffic along the Beira Corridor to Zimbabwe deceased from 202,200 tonnes for the five months to May 2007, to 186,200 tonnes this year.

    The above figures reflect the period January to May this year.

    The report indicates that the Ressano Garcia line (between Maputo and the South African border) that is the top performer of the CFM system, having handled 1.063 million tonnes for the five months this year. 1.029mt of this was international traffic (to or from South Africa). The Goba line between Maputo and Swaziland showed a 53.5 percent increase in traffic for the period, mainly coal and containers. source AIM and Noticias (Maputo)



    Additional locomotives en route for Nacala


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    One of four diesel electric locomotives being prepared for delivery to the harbour and shipment to Nacala


    Four secondhand diesel electric locomotives have been shipped from India and are en route to Nacala in northern Mozambique, where they will join the CDN.

    The locomotives have been acquired from India where they were refitted and overhauled prior to shipping them to Mozambique.

    According to sources another two locomotives are currently in Maputo awaiting repatriation to the northern port but this could not be verified.

    CDN has been under severe criticism from CFM, the Mozambique state-owned rail and harbour company and also from elements within the Mozambique government over accusations that the railway has not performed to expectation since privatisation. Part of the problem facing CDN has been a shortage of locomotives and rolling stock.


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    Cab view (front) of one of the locomotives



    Angola opens port railway

    The first section of the refurbished railway from Namibe in southern Angola has been opened to traffic, reports ANGOP, the Angolan Press Agency.

    The section reopened is just 30km in length but is the start of a general refurbishment of the longer section heading inland to Lubango, Cuvango and Menongue, which has been closed since the civil war.

    The report states that ultimately the line will carry about two million passengers and 15 million tonnes of freight.



    Rift Valley Railway increases freight rates by 14.5 percent

    Freight rates along the Rift Valley Railway between the port of Mombasa and Kampala in Uganda are to be increased by 14.5 percent, according to a notification in the local media.

    According to RVR managing director Roy Puffet the increases will come into effect as from August and reflect a surcharge resulting from fuel and foreign exchange increases.

    “The tariff adjustment was driven by continued upward costs of energy, petroleum products and steel. The price of diesel has gone up by 24 percent in the last eight months and there is double digit inflation as well as dollar revaluation,” he said.

    From next month the cost of railing a 20ft container from the port inland to Kampala will increase from USD1,408 to USD1,612.

    RVR has appointed out that road freight charges more than rail despite the increases.

    “We have not been raising the rates each time there was a fuel increase like the truckers. Our rates have been steady since last October before the fuel prices rose and the price of steel spiralled,” said Geoffrey Tindimwebwa, RVR’s commercial manager in Kampala. He added that there was a negative result arising from the weakening dollar. source - New Vision Kampala



    Nigeria losing out to foreign owned ship chandlers - claim

    Nigeria’s Ship Chandlers Association says that foreign control of the country’s ship chandling businesses is costing Nigeria about USD6.5 billion annually.

    Association chairman, Vickson Aghanenu told media that ship chandling was an international requirement of shipping that offered large benefits to any shipping nation.

    Nigeria has 8 international seaports, 11 oil terminals, 124 privately owned jetties and a variety of floating storage offloading (FSO) platforms in addition to the oil rigs and numerous supply boats. There are in addition more than 1,600 registered cabotage vessels also requiring the services of ship chandlers.

    Aghanenu appealed for a halt to the flight of capital which he said would be to the benefit of the maritime sector in Nigeria by way of an improvement in the income of local farmers, beverage companies, spare parts manufacturers with added benefits by way of job creation. source - Leadership (Abuja)



    Djibouti port tariff plan worries Ethiopia

    Ethiopia has despatched its top trade official to Djibouti in response to the announcement by Djibouti of a new tariff on port services.

    Quoted in The Daily Monitor, an Ethiopian newspaper, an Ethiopian government source called the proposal unfair. “The imposition of a new tariff without prior consultation would be unfair and difficult to accept,” he said.

    He claimed the tariff, which is due to come into effect on 15 August would hurt Ethiopia, which is already reeling under inflation and rising food and oil prices.

    Ethiopia is a landlocked country which relies on neighbouring states, principally Djibouti, for its trade links to the outside world.

    According to Ethiopian trade officials Djibouti earns about USD300 million a year from handling about 4.6 million tonnes of Ethiopian goods.

    There is also concern in Addis Ababa at Djibouti’s intention of reducing the time that Ethiopian goods can be stored at the port for no charge, from 15 to 8 days. source – The Daily Monitor



    Nigerian Navy captures oil smugglers – ship detained

    The Nigerian Navy last week (11 July) swooped on a suspect vessel and arrested 15 Filipinos after finding a significant amount of stolen crude oil on board.

    The LINA PANAMA was intercepted at sea off the coast of Brass in the oil export state of Bayelsa and according to reports was found to be carrying tens of thousands of tonnes of stolen oil.

    Two ships of the Nigerian Navy took part in the action. After boarding the vessel arrests were made when the seafarers could not account for how the oil came to be aboard their ship. The seafarers have been taken into custody at Warri.

    A senior Nigerian military officer said it was rare to capture such a large vessel with stolen oil on board.



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    The container ship MARCALABRIA in Cape Town harbour. Picture Ian Shiffman


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