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Jun 15, 2010
Author: Terry Hutson


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  • First View – REFLECT ARIES

     
  • Port statistics for May 2010 are now available

     
  • Beira dredging starts in July

     
  • News from international shipping

     
  • YESTERYEAR: those classic ships: SPYROS NIARCHOS

     
  • Oil production at Angola’s Bloc 17 passes billion-barrel mark

     
  • Nigeria uncovers irregularities in Lagos ports

     
  • Pics of the day – ROTTERDAM




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    First View – REFLECT ARIES

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    The Chinese research vessel REFLECT ARIES (2,722-gt, built 1993) which docked in Cape Town recently. Picture by Aad Noorland



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    Port statistics for May 2010 are now available


    South African port statistics for the month of May 2010 are now to hand, courtesy Transnet.

    As is customary the figures shown in this report reflect an adjustment on the overall tonnage to include containers by weight – an adjustment necessary because Transnet NPA measures containers in terms of the number of TEUs and no longer by weight - for which PORTS & SHIPS estimates an adjustment of 13,5 tonnes per TEU to reflect tonnages. This figure is on the conservative side with 14 tonnes or even more being a more realistic figure, particularly in view of the increasing quantity of bulk cargo which is now being handled in containers.

    For comparative purposes readers can see statistics from 12 months ago (May 2009) by clicking HERE Use your BACK button to return to this page.


    Figures for the respective ports during May 2010 are (with April 2010 figures shown bracketed):

    Cargo handled by tonnes during May 2010

    PORT
    May 2010 metric tonnes
    April 2010 m.tonnes
    Richards Bay
    6.601
    5.336
    Durban
    5.380
    5.419
    Saldanha Bay
    4.617
    5.629
    Cape Town
    1.120
    0.956
    Port Elizabeth
    0.996
    0.906
    Ngqura
    0.463
    0.148
    Mossel Bay
    0.176
    0.173
    East London
    0.256
    0.175
    Total all ports
    19.611 million tonnes
    18.742 million tonnes



    Containers (measured by TEUs) during May 2010
    (TEUs include Deepsea, Coastal, Tranship and empty containers all subject to being invoiced by NPA)

      
    PORT
    May 2010 in TEUs
    April 2010 in TEUs
    Durban
    154,576
    197,031
    Cape Town
     39,401
     59,855
    Port Elizabeth
     19,996
     23,253
    Ngqura
     31,093
     10,977
    East London
        3,729
        3,877
    Richards Bay
        1,136
        1,404
    Total all ports
    249,931
    296,397
     



    Ship Calls for May 2010

     
    PORT
    May 2010 vessels
    Gross tonnage
    April 2010 vessels
    Gross Tonnage
    Durban
    372
    9.665
    356
    9.886
    Cape Town
    220
    3.925
    383
    4.511
    Port Elizabeth
     81
    2.305
     75
    1.993
    Ngqura
     19
    0.790
     23
    1.108
    Saldanha
     40
    2.739
     40
    2.978
    East London
     23
    0.685
     28
    0.734
    Mossel Bay
    137
    0.301
     68
    0.243
    Total ship calls
    994
    23.597m gt
    1111
    25.542m gt
     

     

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



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    Beira dredging starts in July

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    Nacala Railway – a likely new link to the coast for Mozambique coal

    The dredging of the port of Beira is due to commence next month (July) in preparation for the first delivery of coal from the mines near Moatize.

    According to CFM which issued a press statement last week, the contract is costing €43 million of which €23 million is being made available via a loan from the European Investment Bank. CFM will provide €10m from its own funds while a further €10m is coming from the Dutch ORET fund.

    The dredging takes the form of deepening the entrance channel, alongside the berths and in the turning basin. In addition land will be reclaimed for the coal terminal.

    The dredging is being treated as an emergency measure in view of the impending coal deliveries from Moatize. The port’s entrance channel will be deepened to a minimum of 8 metres below Chart Datum and 9.2m in the ‘Macuti Bend’ which is regarded as the port channel’s most hazardous sector. The channel will vary between 135 and 200 metres in width.

    Currently Beira can only handle ships of up to 30,000 tonnes deadweight but the dredging will enable vessels of up to 60,000-dwt to access the river harbour.

    As reported previously in these pages, the contract was awarded to the Dutch company Van Oord, with the work being supervised by CFM with the assistance of a Dutch consultancy, DHV. According to CFM the Dutch embassy in Maputo is assisting with finance towards the technical assistance.

    While the dredging project will bring significant benefit to the port of Beira in terms of traffic volumes, it clearly will not answer the long term needs of coal mining interests in the Tete Province because of Beira’s limitations in draught. As reported in PORTS & SHIPS yesterday, the mining houses are investigating the possibility of building a new railway from Moatize to Malawi to link with that country’s railway network and from there with the Nacala railway connecting with the port of Nacala, where a deepwater coal port is being investigated. The Bay of Nacala is one of the deepest natural bays in sub-Saharan Africa.



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    News from international shipping

    Maersk Line will be introducing a peak-season surcharge on the Asia-Europe trades from 15 July. The surcharge of USD 750 per TEU and USD 1000 per 40ft box will apply on westbound shipments to North Europe.

    The surcharge is expected to remain in effect throughout the third quarter of 2010 and comes on top of steep increases introduced earlier this year. JOC online reports that freight rates on the Asia-Europe trades have soared close to USD 4,000 per TEU from just a few hundred dollars in the depth of the 2009 recession.

    The Journal says it expects freight rates to rise even further in the coming weeks due to an acute shortage of containers caused by a slump in Chinese production during the recession and a surge in Asian exports. Traffic rose 26 percent between Asia and Europe between May 2009 and April 2010, says the European Liner Affairs Association, which expects it to rise even further in the third quarter.


    Meanwhile, the laid-up container fleet is continuing to thin itself out as shipping lines return vessels to service. According to the French analysts Alphaliner, the fleet has decreased by 66,000-TEU to 482,000-TEU which is the lowest it has been since December 2008.

    A total of 234 container ships remain idle, of which only seven are above 5,000-TEU capacity. This compares with 533 idle ships of which 52 were above 5,000-TEU capacity.



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    YESTERYEAR: those classic ships: SPYROS NIARCHOS

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    The Greek tanker SPYROS NIARCHOS made an impressive sight as she sailed from Durban in January 1974. Another truly ‘classic’ design of ship. Picture by Trevor Jones



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    Oil production at Angola’s Bloc 17 passes billion-barrel mark

    Luanda, Angola – The extraction of a billion barrels of oil from offshore Bloc 17 in the ten years since operations began was commemorated a week ago on board the production ship, reports Angola’s Angop news agency.

    The ceremony marking the billion-barrel milestone, achieved last May, was held on the Girassol production, storage and export vessel and attended by officials representing the sector, Sonangol and Total, the operating company and Bloc 17 associates (Statoil, Esso and BP).

    Sonangol director Gaspar Martins said on the occasion that he believed Bloc 17, where the Girassol, Dalia, Rosa and Jasmin wells are currently producing, would move well beyond that figure in coming years due to the known production potential.

    Bloc 17 has an area of nearly 4,000 square kilometres and covers deposits at depths ranging from 400 to 1,600 metres, producing 500,000 barrels per day. source - macauhub



    Nigeria uncovers irregularities in Lagos ports

    by Ifeyinwa Obi

    The Ministerial Task Force, recently inaugurated by the Nigerian Minister of Transport, Alhaji Yusuf Suleiman, to degongest the Ports, has uncovered large - scale irregularities, especially in the collection of unauthorized charges in all the terminals it has so far visited.

    The seven-member task force, which has Mrs Chinwe Ezenwa as chairman, said it had so far inspected Port and Cargo Terminal, PTML, Tin Can Island Container Terminal as well as Five Star Logistics (all at Tin Can Island port) and APMT, and the ENL Consortium at the Lagos Port Complex.

    According to her, the same story of collection of illegal charges and unwholesome practices, which make cargo delivery and clearance costs so exorbitant, permeate all the terminals. The Task Force is expected to conclude its inspection this week with visits to Ikorodu Lighter Terminal and Lillypond Container Terminal.

    Confirming the discoveries, Mrs Ezenwa said that the team which also has freight forwarders as members met with chief executives and relevant management personnel at the terminals, as well as the Customs Areas Controller at both Apapa and Tin Can Island ports. - Vanguard



    Pics of the day – ROTTERDAM

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    The Svitzer tug ROTTERDAM (2,708-gt, built 1975) which arrived in Cape Town recently towing a floating dock from China for Equatorial Guinea. Pictures by Aad Noorland

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