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May 21, 2009
Author: Terry Hutson


















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TODAY’S BULLETIN OF MARITIME NEWS

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  • First View – RYOEI

  • Bulker PINE TRADER taken in tow but still in danger from water in engine room

  • R800m Richards Bay terminal upgrade goes ahead despite downturn

  • Look beyond Europe, Namibia is advised

  • Shipping curbs cut greenhouse emissions

  • PP Partnerships needed to upgrade Africa’s roads

  • Pic of the day – PENTOW SERVICE




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    First View – RYOEI



    High and Dry! The Japanese fishing vessel RYOEI on the navy synchrolift on Salisbury Island for a maintenance refit. Picture by Terry Hutson



    Bulker PINE TRADER taken in tow but still in danger from water in engine room

    The condition of the stricken bulk carrier PINE TRADER (18,322-gt, built 1979) which was without power and drifting towards the coast near Cape Infanta (see PORTS & SHIPS’ News Report for yesterday HERE continues to be monitored by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and salvage personnel from SMIT Salvage, who were flown out to the casualty early Tuesday morning. Additional salvage personnel and equipment were flown out to the vessel yesterday morning (Wednesday) to be utilised in an attempt to stabilise her condition.

    Non-essential ship’s personnel were to be flown off the Pine Trader during the course of the day as a precautionary measure.

    The standby salvage tug SMIT Amandla has the bulk carrier under tow and the convoy on Wednesday was some 40 miles south west of Cape Agulhas.

    On Monday 19 May, the Master advised the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre that the vessel had lost main engine power and that there was flooding in the engine room. The Smit Amandla was dispatched from False Bay and successfully connected up to the Pine Trader shortly after midnight on Monday, preventing her from running aground in the vicinity of Cape Infanta. The SMIT Lloyd 33, which was released by PetroSA on Monday to assist, was released from the salvage operation yesterday and has returned to her duties at the Orca.

    On Tuesday, the Master of the Pine Trader sustained an injury to his arm when he slipped and fell on deck and was flown off the casualty to Cape Town. He has since undergone undergoing surgery at a city hospital.

    The Pine Trader has 220 tonnes of fuel onboard and is carrying a cargo of 20,500 tonnes of bagged rice, destined for Abidjan. The vessel was built in 1979 and has a gross tonnage of 18,322T. The vessel’s managers are based in Croatia. source Capt Nigel Campbell, Regional Manager: SAMSA Southern Region



    R800m Richards Bay terminal upgrade goes ahead despite downturn

    Durban, 20 May 2009 - Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) said on Tuesday that it is going ahead with the refurbishment and upgrading of equipment and infrastructure at its two terminals in Richards Bay despite the economic slump.

    Solly Letsoalo, TPT Chef Operating Officer said the business plan took into account the current downturn which could last for another 24 months or longer but also saw the need to prepare the Richards Bay Multi Purpose (MPT) and Dry Bulk Terminals (DBT) for when the economy recovers.

    He said that some commodities handled at the port had decreased by as much as 30% since October 2008. Nevertheless it was a good time for TPT to prepare for a recovery by improving the terminal capacities. This would be achieved by addressing issues of productivity, instituting a maintenance programme and refurbishing old equipment. Certain low volume dry bulk commodities would in future be handled at the MPT, allowing DBT to focus on higher volume items.

    TPT currently has the capacity to handle up to 13 million tonnes of cargo at the two terminals but is aiming at increasing this to 21mt by undertaking the above measures. This will be achieved without the need to expand the port or terminals, although a process of rationalisation will occur that will see new conveyor routes installed, new slabs to store dry bulk constructed and the establishment of separate import and export berths.

    Letsoalo said there was a need to bring both terminals back to into profit. This could be achieved by increasing the ship turnaround time, reducing mechanical breakdowns on equipment and by an improvement in loading rates. TPT has appointed teams that are addressing each sector and identifying ways of bringing about improvements.

    New equipment on order or being refurbished includes six ship unloaders due for completion or delivery by the end of November 2010.

    According to Letsoalo the capacity of Richards Bay’s MPT and DBT terminals can be extended beyond 21mt and grown to 35mt without the necessity of increasing the number of berths.

    Quick Facts

    The total cargo handled at the port of Richards Bay for the 2008/09 financial year ended 31 March 2009 was 82.734 million tonnes.
    Richards Bay handles greater volumes of cargo than any other African port
    Total bulk cargo handled came to 78.709mt, breakbulk was 3.912mt.
    Total imports at the port were 6.212mt
    Total exports at Richards Bay were 76.410mt
    Total container handled amounted to 8,323 TEU – Richards Bay is not a container port.
    Turnover at the DBT for 2008/09 was R410 million
    Turnover at the MPT for 2008/09 was R248 million
    The number of ships using Richards Bay last year was 1.750 with a gross tonnage of 59,576,095.
    The biggest single commodity at the port is coal with the bulk handled at the privately operated Richards Bay Coal Terminal, which is owned by a consortium of coal mines.



    Look beyond Europe, Namibia is advised

    The head of the European Commission in Namibia has urged the country to identify new export markets outside Europe to integrate compatibly in the world economy and overcome trade as well as balance of payment deficit that haunted the country over the years.

    Elisabeth Pape, who described Namibia’s export market setup as “unhealthy”, said the country does not need to identify new markets through trade diversion, but rather through an increase in total exports.

    Currently, Namibian exports to Europe is about six times higher than USA or Asian exports and, if the country were to lose access to Europe, especially in the wake of its hesitation to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the local economy would suffer a heavy blow.

    Major exports are diamonds, uranium, zinc, copper, lead, beef, cattle, fish, karakul pelts, and grapes, whose overall return is over N$36.9 billion (SA R36.9 billion).

    Apart from South Africa, Botswana and Angola, the rest of the country’s exports go to Germany, the UK, Norway and then the USA. The UK represents Namibia’s biggest export market. Imports cost Namibia over N$38.6 billion according to recent statistics.

    The recently published “Guide to the Namibian Economy 2009” reveals that Namibia’s integration in the world economy, measured by the share of exports and imports to GDP, has slightly declined from 1990 to 2006, despite a certain degree of export diversification.

    Namibia’s trade has gained billions of dollars from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) over the past years.

    In July 2008, SACU signed a Trade, Investment and Development Cooperation Agreement (TIDCA) with the USA, which presents another opportunity for the country to increase its export to the world’s leading economy.

    Another opportunity is one presented by the fact that SACU is planning to negotiate free trade agreements with China, India, Kenya, and Nigeria, which will presents another export market expansion. source Freshplaza/Tralac



    Shipping curbs cut greenhouse emissions

    International shipping – responsible for almost three percent of global emissions but not so far covered by any emissions reduction agreements – could reduce its emissions by at least one fifth at a negative cost to the industry, a new International Maritime Organisation (IMO) report has shown.

    “The shipping industry, currently responsible for more greenhouse emissions than the UK or Canada, now has no excuses for remaining outside international emissions reductions frameworks,” said Peter Lockley, Head of Transport Policy at WWF-UK.

    WWF has welcomed the report, The Second IMO GHG Study 2009, which was prepared for a meeting in London today, where shipping industry representatives will discuss ways of incorporating shipping emissions into the new global climate deal due to be settled at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December.

    “Until now, the shipping industry has managed to avoid the high levels of public scrutiny that the aviation sector has faced,” said Peter Lockley. “This report confirms that shipping is a substantial source of emissions, but also demonstrates that the industry has nothing to fear from joining the global climate regime, and could actually make financial gains if it gets serious about addressing its carbon emissions.”

    Shipping emissions could double or even triple by 2050 under Business as Usual scenarios the report noted. It states: “Mid-range emissions scenarios show that, by 2050, in the absence of policies, ship emissions may grow by 150% to 250% (compared to the emissions in 2007) as a result of the growth in shipping”

    However the report also reveals the major potential that exists for shipping to cut its emissions through new technologies and practices. These measures would actually save the industry money because, of the fuel savings incurred over their lifetime.

    Key Findings:

    1] A significant potential for reduction of GHG through technical and operational measures has been identified. Together, if implemented, these measures could increase efficiency and reduce the emissions rate by 25% to 75%.

    2] There is a range of measures whose cost efficiency is negative. That means that these measures are profitable even when CO2 emissions have no price.

    3] The range of the maximum abatement potential of these measures is 135 to 365 Mt (Million tonnes) of CO2 and lies, for the central estimate, at about 255 Mt.

    The report considered a whole range of measures, including towing kites, speed reductions, and upgrades to hulls, engines and propellers, also found that Emissions Trading or a Bunker Fuel Levy are efficient and cost-effective policies to tackle shipping emissions

    At next week’s conference the industry will aim to decide its position on whether shipping should be included in the global climate deal through emissions trading or a levy. Many national associations support one or other of these measures (for instance the British Chamber of Shipping has come out in favour of ETS), but some still think they can escape regulation.

    Shipping schemes will be discussed further at an IMO meeting in July, which will report what progress IMO has made before the UNFCCC meeting at Copenhagen. Consensus support within the shipping industry for a global scheme that sets an overall cap on their sector would give a major boost to the IMO meeting in July.

    “WWF believes it is vital that shipping emissions come within an overall cap under the post-2012 climate regime, as they are projected to rise even if gains in efficiency are taken into consideration,” Lockley said.



    PP Partnerships needed to upgrade Africa’s roads

    by Chris Bathembu (BuaNews)

    Johannesburg, 20 May 2009 – Public-private partnerships are key to addressing some of the challenges facing Africa’s transport network.

    Development Bank of Southern Africa transport advisory unit representative, Peter Copley, highlighted the importance of partnerships to upgrade the continent’s roads at the Africa Roads Conference on Wednesday.

    “The reality is that the governments of the world no longer have enough resources necessary to meet the infrastructure needs of the world. I expect that we are going to have to move to the private sector for funding,” Mr Copley said.

    He said a vibrant transport network running through African countries was crucial to boost trade on the continent.

    “Some of our network has been there for more than 60 years without being upgraded. That is why government, through AsgiSA (Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative) aims to tackle the problem,” Mr Copley said.

    Launched in 2006, AsgiSA was born out of the need for government to direct more resources and investment toward infrastructure in order to help support South Africa's rapidly expanding economy.

    He further said if Sub-Saharan Africa wanted to compete with the best in the world, challenges of infrastructure needed to be attended to as a matter of urgency, adding that governments needed to look into issues of free trade to ensure countries could access each other more easily.

    Countries also had to develop their road systems on a regional basis to increase the economic benefits, said Mr Copley, noting that it was important for countries to start thinking in a regional context to address their transport needs.

    Sharing the same sentiment, Executive Director of Kenya Roads Board Francis Nyangaga emphasised the need for African countries to see road network as key to economic development.

    “If I know the road from Nairobi to South Africa is good, what will stop me from driving to South Africa to trade?

    “I feel that we should work together on this one; otherwise trade between African countries, especially the south, will be affected,” Dr Nyangaga said.

    Johannesburg Roads Agency chief executive Dudu Maseko was expected to address the conference later today.

    About 50 representatives from 10 countries have gathered for the four-day conference to discuss the state of roads and transport in Africa.

    South Africa is hosting the conference for the third consecutive year since its launch in 2007 when industry experts from across Africa met in Sandton to share experiences on how to improve the continent’s road network.



    Pic of the day – PENTOW SERVICE



    The offshore service tug PENTOW SERVICE (736-gt, built 1983) is a long-time resident of Durban, being employed in the port by her owners, SMIT Salvage to assist with servicing the single buoy mooring outside the port, through which passes about 80% of South Africa’s crude oil imports. The tug works in tandem with another Smit vessel, SMIT MADURA (1070-gt, built 1988). Picture by Terry Hutson



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