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Ports & Ships Maritime News

11 July 2011
Author: Terry Hutson

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COAST SAFE AS TANKER PHOENIX IS TOWED OUT TO SEA

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Amber II – picture courtesy SAMSA

The following update from SAMSA draws an end to the recent incidents off the Eastern Cape coast, in which two ships got into difficulty in bad weather, with one briefly threatening the coast with possible pollution. Fast reaction by SAMSA and the timely arrival of the tug Smit Amandla saw the risk negated. See our News report of last Thursday/Friday, 7-8 July for further details.

SAMSA reports as follows on the AMBER II:

The salvage team from Smit Amandla Marine flew out to the barge (Eide 32) at first light this morning (8 July). They were lowered onto the baggage and immediately secured the original towing wire and also repaired the emergency towing gear.

At 1125 SAST the barge was successfully reconnected to the Amber II and the tug and barge are now underway to East London.

Editor’s note - The tug Amber II and her barge Eide 32 arrived in East London yesterday (Sunday)

Phoenix under tow by Smit Amandla

At 0000 SAST on Friday morning the master of the Phoenix reported that his main engine was repaired and he was ready to proceed under his own power, the tow was therefore disconnected. The vessel was now 26 nautical miles off the coast.

The Smit Amandla stood by as past experience has shown that this type of vessel problems often reoccur. Thirty minutes later the master reported that the main engine failed again. The tow was reconnected. The vessel is being towed to 70 nautical miles offshore and we await to understand owners further intentions in complying with SAMSA’s directive.

Both threats to the South African coast have been mitigated.

SAMSA acknowledges the part played by the many role players in assisting us in discharging our mandate. The danger to the crew of both vessels and the threat of pollution to our coastline has been removed.

Capt. NT Campbell
Regional Manager: Southern Region

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SENA RAILWAY DEAYED BY ANOTHER 18 MONTHS AS COSTS RISE

CFM, the state-owned port and rail company says that the Sena Railway between the port of Beira and the coalfields around Moatize in Tete province has been further delayed by up to 18 months.

Costs have meanwhile escalated and it may require another US$200 million more to complete the railway rehabilitation, which was undertaken initially by an Indian consortium headed by RITES.

“It will cost $200-million or a bit more and we are talking to coal producers namely Riversdale and Vale who will be the main users of the line. They have approached us and they are ready to release funding,” said CFM's executive board director Adelino Mesquita. CFM has taken charge of the rehabilitation of the railway after expressing dissatisfaction with the rate of progress and the state of the work.

Brazil’s Vale and Rio Tinto-controlled Riversdale are the principal developers of coal reserves in the Moatize district, which are said to have some of the world’s largest reserves. Both companies are practically ready to begin exporting, and may have to commence with road hauling to the port if the railway is not ready to handle loaded trains.

According to Mesquita CFM will also have to pay close attention to developments at the port of Beira, where a coal terminal is under development and dredging of the port approaches and channels is underway.

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NEWS FROM THE SHIPPING LINES

Maersk joins the World Ocean Council

The AP Moller - Maersk Group has joined the World Ocean Council to support global leadership and collaboration on ocean sustainability.

The shipping group says it supports the efforts to promote sustainable development and stewardship through collaboration across private sector industries.

The World Ocean Council is the only international organisation bringing together a broad range of ocean industries to address sustainable use of the seas.

“The oceans are core to our activities in shipping and energy. We are pleased to join this forum which provides an important collaborative platform for sustainable advancement,” said John Kornerup Bang, Lead Advisor on Climate & Environment in the AP Moller – Maersk Group.

“The marine environment is fragile and we are determined to be good citizens of the world’s oceans. This partnership will help us go beyond regulatory standards and take a proactive approach,” he added.

About the World Ocean Council

The World Ocean Council is a global, cross-sector industry leadership alliance on ocean sustainability and stewardship which is building an alliance of companies to create the platform for developing science-based solutions to the collective ocean environmental challenges facing the ocean business community.


Hamburg Süd names Santa Rita

On Wednesday last week (6 May) Hamburg Süd named its latest 7,100-TEU container ship SANTA RITA in a naming ceremony held in Sepetiba, Brazil. The ship, fitted with 1,600 reefer container plugs, has been deployed on the company’s Asia – South Africa – East Coast South America service.

Maersk raises West African congestion surcharges

Maersk Line has announced a range of increased congestion surcharges for certain West African ports, ranging from a US$15 increase to $80 in Conakry to an increase from $125 to $450 per TEU container in Pointe Noire. Lobito in Angola seems to be the odd port out, where the surcharge decreased from $125 to $80 per 20ft box.

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ZUMA EXTENDS SOUTH AFRICAN ANTI PIRACY DEPLOYMENT IN MOZABIQUE

The deployment of 200 South African Defence Force members to combat piracy in the Mozambique Channel has been extended for a 12 month period reaching to 31 March next year, President Jacob Zuma has said.

He announced this in a letter to the National Assembly, saying that the deployment was in Mozambique and international waters and that the mission was to monitor and deter piracy activities along the southern African coast and in the Indian Ocean.

The letter was dated 17 June and said the deployment was for 12 months ending 31 March 2012.

A South African frigate has been included in this deployment along with several reconnaissance aircraft of the South African Air Force, operating from a forward base established at Pemba in northern Mozambique. The first frigate to go to Pemba was SAS Mendi, which has since been replaced by SAS Amatola.

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