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Ports & Ships Maritime News

12 December 2011
Author: Terry Hutson

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FIRST VIEW – YUAN SHUN HAI

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The Chinese bulker YUAN SHUN HAI (57,000-dwt, built 2009) makes an entry into Cape Town harbour during November this year. Picture by Frank Vennard / Videographics

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PIRACY FORCES VOLVO OCEAN RACE TO SKIP INDIAN OCEAN LEG

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The Volvo Ocean Race which got underway in Cape Town yesterday. Picture by Glen Kasner

The Volvo Ocean Race which recommenced yesterday (Sunday) in Cape Town will skip a section of the Indian Ocean because of piracy.

Organisers have agreed that the fleet will instead be transported on an armed heavy lift ship from an undisclosed safe haven port and will resume racing from a set-down point in the Persian Gulf off the coast of the Sharjah Emirate.

This will allow for one day of racing before the yachts finish the leg at Abu Dhabi. Earlier the organisers announced that the route for Legs 2 and 3 would be re-drawn because of the threat of piracy in the Indian Ocean.

The six competing boats left Cape Town yesterday and will continue to race and be tracked until they reach a certain point in the Indian Ocean. At that point details of the boats’ positions will not be made public as they turn towards the designated Safe Haven Port, where they are to be loaded onto a ship protected by armed guards and carrying other security measures before being lifted to the Emirates.

“It is unfortunate that we have to take these measures but we have followed professional advice every step of the way. It is still very much a race around the world and we believe we have found a fair points system that will help make it an exciting sprint into Abu Dhabi,” said Race Director Jack Lloyd.

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CONTAINER LINES START RATIONALISING SERVICES

Lines rationalize services, may lead to higher rates

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CSCL Tianjin

In an effort to balance supply and demand during the forthcoming traditional period of weaker demand, Hamburg Süd and Maersk Line on the one hand and CMA-CGM, CSAV and CSCL on the other, have reached an agreement to combine their services between Asia, South Africa and the East Coast of South America as from December 2011.

Each Group is currently operating two weekly services in the trade. For the period from December 2011 through May 2012, the existing ASAS/NGX Sling 2 service will be merged with the existing ASAX/SEAS Sling 2 service. The current capacity deployed by the carriers in the ASAS/NGX Sling 1 service and ASAX/SEAS Sling 1 service will remain unchanged and independent.

Consequently, the new structure will be as follows:

ASAS/NGX 1: using 11 ships of between 7,100 – 7,450 TEU capacity
The participating carriers are Hamburg Süd and Maersk Line.

ASAX/SEAS 1: using 11 ships of 6,500 TEU capacity.
The participating carriers are CMA-CGM, CSAV, and CSCL.

New Joint Service: using 11 ships of in the 4,200 – 4,600 TEU range
The participating Carriers are CMA-CGM, CSAV, CSCL, Hamburg Süd, and Maersk Line.
The schedule remains: Shanghai – Ningbo – Nansha – Hong Kong – Chiwan – Tanjung Pelepas – Singapore – Durban – Rio de Janeiro – Santos – Paranagua – Itajai – Santos – Port Elizabeth – Durban – Singapore – Hong Kong – Shanghai.

This service commences on Friday, 16 December with the sailing of CAP JACKSON from Shanghai.

A statement from Hamburg Süd says that the changes will ensure adequate coverage of and competitive transit times for the Asia, South Africa and East Coast South America market, both Eastbound and Westbound.

Paul Scannell of Seaclad Maritime, agents for CSCL confirmed the new arrangements and participation of CSCL in this service.


Zim and Cosco add capacity to Mediterranean – West Africa service

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The COSCO freighter AN ZE JIANG (11,115-gt, built 1987). Picture by Terry Hutson

Zim and COSCO say they will be adding a third ship on their existing joint MAF service between Mediterranean ports and West Africa to improve transit times.

The twice-weekly service, which currently operates using two ships of 1,700 TEU, one provided by each carrier, will have the following port rotation: Naples, Genoa, Tarragona, Tema, Lagos-Tin Can Island, Takoradi, Abidjan and back to Naples.

“This new set-up is part of our ongoing efforts to improve our service to customers and broaden our coverage of the African trades,” said Zim in a prepared statement. It wasn’t revealed which company would be adding the additional capacity.

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MOZAMBIQUE TAKES BACK BEIRA CENTRAL RAILWAY NETWORK FROM RICON

Maputo, 9 Decermber – Mozambican state rail and port company, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), officially resumed management of the rail system in central Mozambique last week, following the cancellation of the contract with Indian consortium Ricon, according to the Mozambican press.

The system includes the Machipanda line, which provides a link with neighbouring Zimbabwe, and the Sena line, which runs between the province of Tete and the port of Beira in Sofala province, which had been under concession to the Companhia dos Caminhos de Ferro da Beira consortium, led by Indian consortium Ricon, made up of state companies Rites Ltd and Ircon International.

Mozambique’s Transport and Communications Minister, Paulo Zucula, said on Wednesday in Maputo that the consortium, which was partnered by Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique, had failed to meet many of its contractual obligations and had not finished work within agreed deadlines, as well as not even having touched the Machipanda line.

For these reasons, according to the minister, in December 2010, the government started the process of dissolving the contract, which was formally concluded on Wednesday and “a government commission is currently in Beira to receive the rail system back again.”

Once this process is completed, the minister said, the government will start refurbishment of the Machipanda line and improve the capacity of the Sena line, Zucula told the Mozambican parliament during a session of government questions and answers. (macauhub)


Mozambique wants a connecting North-South railway

In other railway news from Mozambique, transport minister Paulo Zucula said in parliament that the government was committed to building a new railway linking northern and southern Mozambique.

Zucula said that the country’s railways were all built during colonial times and ran from east to west, connecting the various ports with places or countries inland, such as the Transvaal Republic, Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Zimbabwe and Malawi).

Only three lines served exclusively Mozambique interests in Zambezia, Inhambane and Gaza provinces and none of these was longer than 140 kilometres. Each of the lines was isolated from the other and today none of the three remains in operation.

In response to questions the minster said the government’s strategy is not simply to upgrade the existing east-west lines but to build a new north-south rail backbone, with road and rail connections to the ports. The smaller lines from Quelimane to Mocuba in Zambezia and from Xai-Xai to Chicomo in Gaza would be rebuilt, but as part of the north-south project.

“The government has not abandoned these railways as some people claim,” Zucula said. “They will be rebuilt with greater capacity…. but with modernising features and connected to the north-south line and to the existing ports and new ports that will be built,” he pledged.

Zucula said that a viability study had already been concluded on one stretch of the north-south line, from Nhamayabue in Tete province, to Mutuali in Nampula, which is on the existing line from the port of Nacala to Malawi. The Quelimane-Mocuba line would be incorporated into this stretch, he said, adding that the government is looking for funding to start the work.

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RIO TINTO TO START DELIVERING IRON ORE EXPORTS TO GUINEA COAST BY ROAD

Rio Tinto wants to start transporting iron ore by road from its Guinea Simandou mine to the coast, rather than wait for the railway to be completed.

Rio Tinto CEO Tom Albanese said at a press conference in the Guinea capital of Conakry last week that a proposal had been made to the Guinea government that in order to meet contractual obligations in terms of its agreements calling for the delivery of iron ore by 2015, that it start transporting the ore by road.

He did not say whether the government had agreed to the proposal.

“Our priority is currently to develop our activities in the mine to allow us to meet the deadline of 2015,” Albanese said. He added that more than US$1.1 billion had been committed to studying the feasibility of the 650km railway that will link the mine to the coast.

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PICS OF THE DAY – EXPRESS

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The LNG carrier EXPRESS (built 2009) arriving for the first time in Cape Town harbour last Friday (9 December). Pictures by Ian Shiffman

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