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Ports & Ships Maritime News

26-27 January 2012
Author: Terry Hutson

 

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QUEEN MARY 2 DELAYED BY 24 HOURS

The passenger liner QUEEN MARY 2 now en route for Durban will be arriving off the Durban port 24 hours later than scheduled, after having being windbound overnight in Cape Town on Thursday.

The ship finally sailed from Cape Town at 06h00 Friday morning, 27 January and according to the ship's agent, King & Sons, the Cunard vessel is now due to arrive in Durban on Sunday morning, 29 January 2012 at 06h00. The delay may work in Queen Mary 2's favour, with the cyclone Funso currently in the southern Mozambique Channel likely to have passed away to the southeast by the time the passenger ship sails at 18h00 on Sunday afternoon.

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Queen Mary 2 arriving in Cape Town on Tuesday. Picture by Ian Shiffman

FIRST VIEW – CONTAINER SHIP AT ANCHORAGE OFF UMHLANGA

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Sunrise and a container ship at anchor off Umhlanga awaits the call to enter the port of Durban. Picture by Alwyn Harding

 

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US SAYS NATO WILL KEEP STRAIT OF HORMUZ OPEN

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The US Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) says that if necessary NATO will take responsibility for keeping the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf open to international shipping.

Ambassador Ivo Daalder was speaking to BBC Radio at a time when European foreign ministers were meeting in Brussels to consider economic sanctions against Iran over that country’s nuclear programme. Iran has threatened to close the Strait to international shipping if sanctions and other methods being brought against Iran continue.

The threat leaves many nations, including South Africa at some risk as to how their oil supplies will be met should the Persian Gulf be closed. South Africa obtains a considerable amount of its crude oil from Iran, whose oil ports lie within the gulf.

US Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Ivo Daalder said the alliance will keep the Strait of Hormuz open in the face of Iranian threats to close the shipping channel. “I have not looked at the exact military contingency plannings that there are and how long that would take. But of this I am certain. The international waterways that go through the Strait of Hormuz are to be sailed by international navies including ours and the British and the French and any other navy that needs to go through the Gulf; and second, we will make sure that that happens under any circumstance.” Source BBC Radio

 

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SOUTH SUDAN AND KENYA SIGN AGREEMENT TO BUILD PIPELINE TO PORT OF LAMU

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Faced with political concerns over being dependent on an often belligerent northern neighbour, the newly independent country of South Sudan this week signed an agreement with Kenya for a strategic oil pipeline to be built to the northern Kenyan port of Lamu.

The announcement was made yesterday by a South Sudanese government spokesman, Barnaba Marial Benjamin. He said that the pipeline remained dependent on funds being found for its construction but was confident these could be sourced and finalised in about one month’s time.

The majority of the region’s oil production falls within South Sudan’s borders, although this is disputed by Sudan. The existing route to the coast goes through the northern country and Sudan is demanding a transportation fee of US$32 a barrel, which South Sudan disputes saying it is willing to pay $1 per barrel for the right to cross Sudan to the port on the Red Sea.

Collectively the two Sudan’s produce almost 500,000 barrels of crude a day with three international oil companies doing the pumping - Petroliam Nasional Bhd of Malaysia, ONGC Videsh Ltd from India and China’s China National Petroleum Corp. In terms of where the borders lie South Sudan has laid claims to 75% of the daily production.

The dispute between South Sudan and Sudan heated up after Sudan confiscated crude oil being transported via Sudan. South Sudanese President Salva Kiir claimed that Sudan had looted $815 million worth of his country’s oil. Sudan on the other hand says the crude was diverted to help pay South Sudan’s outstanding bills.

Talks between Kenya and South Sudan have been ongoing since before last year’s independence of Africa’s newest state. Among the discussions have been the building of a railway and new road network linking the two countries. For South Sudan such infrastructure would break its independence on Sudan which was opposed to the granting of independence to its southerly provinces.

For Kenya, having road, rail and pipeline connections with its northern neighbours of South Sudan and Ethiopia brings advantages by way of assisting with the development of a new port at Lamu while also bringing about the development of its own northern territory.

 

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CAPE TOWN’S CHEVRON REFINERY GOES DOWN FOR MAINTENANCE

The 100,000 barrels-per-day Chevron refinery at Cape Town is due to shut down on 17 February for planned maintenance lasting a period of 43 days.

During the first two weeks all production units at the refinery will be down but Chevron says it has made placed contingency plans in the system to overcome any shortages of fuel. It said it has an adequate supply of fuel and other products in place to meet expected demand.

The refinery shut down takes place shortly after the expected return to full service of Durban’s 190,000 bpd Sapref refinery, where there was a breakdown in early January forcing the plant to close unexpectedly. This occurred only months after the Sapref refinery underwent its planned maintenance shutdown.

The loss of the Durban production came as a result of a malfunction on the single buoy mooring off Durban, which occurred on 20 December 2011. The Durban SBM is the conduit through which 80% of South Africa’s crude oil supply is imported. Repair work to the SBM was completed by 4 January and the flow of crude oil ashore recommenced but not before countrywide shortages of fuel and bitumen were experienced, during which a force majeure had been declared. This has since been lifted.

However, as a result of the SBM breakdown and a lack of crude oil during the unplanned stoppage, Sapref went into a full shutdown and is only expected to go up again in mid February, at roughly the same time as the Chevron shutdown commences in Cape Town.

Durban’s Engen refinery remains in service.

During this period at least one shipment of bitumen has had to be imported – a shortage that has causing concern regarding repairs to national roads as well as to the building industry which reopened in mid January after its annual holidays.

 

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COSTA CONCORDIA: NAUTICAL INSTITUTE CALLS FOR THE OFFICIAL ENQUIRY BEFORE LAYING BLAME

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The Nautical Institute says it learned with great sadness of the loss of life associated with the sinking of the COSTA CONCORDIA and has expressed its condolences to the bereaved families and sympathies to the injured and traumatised survivors.

“We congratulate the rescue agencies who continue to search for casualties in very difficult circumstances,” the institute said in a statement yesterday.

“The Nautical Institute notes with extreme disquiet the alacrity with which the ship’s owners, Costa Cruises, blamed all on the Master, Captain Francesco Schettino, accusing him of unprofessional conduct before any investigations could have taken place.

“The Nautical Institute is also extremely uneasy with the speculation in much of the world’s media. Some evidence which should be in the hands of official investigators is being paraded in newspapers and television news programmes. Blatant speculation into the actions of Captain Schettino and others before, during and after the accident is being presented as fact.

“Captain Schettino stands accused of very serious crimes in Italy although he at least has a lawyer acting for him. The Italian State has initiated an official investigation into the sinking of the Costa Concordia and the actions of her Master and crew. It would be wise to await the outcome of the official investigation and trial, if one is deemed necessary by the Italian State, before publishing speculation which only serves to make it impossible for any defendant to receive a fair trial or for an unbiased jury to be appointed.

“The Nautical Institute will continue to speak out in defence of any mariner who is subjected to less than fair treatment and who is not given the right of any human being to be considered innocent until proven guilty.”

The Nautical Institute is an international representative body for maritime professionals involved in the control of sea-going ships. As a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with consultative status at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the Nautical Institute’s aim is to represent seafarers' and practical maritime professionals' views at the highest level.

 

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CYCLONE FUNSO CONTINUES ITS PATH IN THE MOZAMBIQUE CHANNEL

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Cyclone Funso’s position today at 00h00 UTC

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Cyclone Funso forecast for Friday 27 January 2012

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Cyclone Funso’s likely position on Saturday 28 January 2012. Note the beginnings of a new storm system to the northeast of Madagascar, which by mid next week may have developed into a full cyclone

Cyclone Funso has continued to move in a southerly direction moving slowly down the Mozambique Channel, with the outer edges of the storm coming ashore near Vilanculos and Inhambine during the course of Wednesday, 25 January.

By Tuesday the cyclone had strengthened to an extremely dangerous Category 4 with the highest sustained winds estimated by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center at above the 131 -mph (210 km/h) threshold for a Category 4 storm.

Fortunately the cyclone is moving over open water in the channel, and while this is providing the elements necessary for the storm to re-gather and maintain its strength, the worst effects are being felt away from land.

Nevertheless at least 12 people are feared to have died in Mozambique, probably more, according to the national director of emergency operations in Mozambique. Northern Zambezia Province, Mozambique’s most populated province, has been the worst hit, with high winds, torrential rain and rough surf having pounded the area for most of this week and last weekend.

When Cyclone Dando came ashore a week earlier at least 25 people died and thousands were forced to abandon their homes and seek higher ground.

Official forecasts still see the current storm moving slowly southward without coming closer inshore until it clears the channel and bears away to the southeast.

Road services north of Maputo have been restored with temporary repairs to the 3rd September Bridge which is about 100km north of the capital. The bridge approaches were damaged when the Incomati River flooded and burst its banks, creating a donga 60 metres long and 3m deep where the road had been.

The Limpopo River is also rising and people have been warned to move to higher ground. The river has risen above flood alert level at Chokwe. Further north much of the port town of Quelimane has been flooded. Source Post Newsweek; Passageweather.com; AIM; JTWC

 

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PICS OF THE DAY – CAECILIA SCHULTE

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The self-geared German-owned container ship CAECILIA SCHULTE (10,749-gt, built 1995) arriving in Cape Town during January 2012 for the first time. Pictures by Ian Shiffman

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