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Ports & Ships Maritime News

26 January 2016
Author: Terry Hutson

Bringing you shipping, freight, trade and transport related news of interest for Africa since 2002

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FIRST VIEW : BRITISH LOYALTY

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BP Shipping's crude oil tanker BRITISH LOYALTY (46,803-dwt, built 2004) arrives in Durban harbour earlier in January on another cargo run. The Isle of Man-registered handysize tanker has recently arrived on the South African coastal service where she has joined another company handsizer, BRITISH ENVOY. Picture is by Trevor Jones

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GOLD STAR UPGRADES ITS FAR EAST-WEST AFRICA SERVICE (FAX)

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Note that the new port rotation differs from the map

Hong Kong's Gold Star Line has announced an upgraded and enhanced Far East-West Africa Service (FAX) from February 2016.

Gold Star entered this trade 58 years ago. From this month it is offering two direct sailings per week, with the key advantages of the service being improved transit times from more ports of loading in Asia to more ports in West Africa.

The FAX, or Far East--West Africa Express, deploying 11 vessels, will rotate through Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Guangzhou-Nansha, Singapore, Port Kelang, Colombo, Lagos (Apapa), Tincan (TICT), Tincan (P&CHS), Tema, Cotonou, Abidjan, Singapore and back to Shanghai.

FA2, or the Asia, West Africa Service operating 12 vessels will rotate through Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Shenzhen-Shekou, Guangzhou-Nansha, Singapore, Lome, Lagos-Tincan, Lagos-TICT, Tema, Abidjan, Colombo, Port Kelang, Singapore and back to Shanghai.

The new service lineup will add Xiamen and Shekou to the ports of loading and Abidjan and Lome in West Africa. An east-bound connection at Colombo will offer superior transit time to exporters in West Africa.

"The realigned structure will provide customers with more options on this important trade, as part of our ongoing efforts to better services to our customers," said Gold Star Africa's trade spokesman.

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CMA CGM CASCADES 9,000-TEU SHIPS ONTO ASIA-WEST AFRICA TRADES

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CMA CGM Danube. Picture by Shipspotting

French container line CMA CGM has cascaded several ships of 9,000 TEU and bigger onto its Asia -- West Africa services (ASAF), replacing the wide-beam and Panamax 4,200 -- 5,800 TEU vessels that it previously had deployed on those services.

However, there is speculation concerning whether ports such as Walvis Bay and Luanda are able to handle this larger tonnage.

According to Alphaliner, the 9,365-TEU CMA CGM DANUBE was phased onto this service as from 28 December. She has now been joined by the 10,000 TEU CMA CGM COLUMBIA on 16 January.

The cascading of these ships onto the secondary service is a result of much larger vessels of 15,000 and 18,000 TEUs that are entering CMA CGM's premium Far East -- Europe and Far East -- West Coast USA services.

Vessels on the weekly ASAF service also call at Cape Town and at Pointe Noire, the latter port as a hub for feeder relays to Lagos and Tema.

As with ships larger ships that call now at Durban with less than full loads, these larger ships on the West Africa trades will be forced to operate with less than optimum cargo. At the same time, say the analysts, by using bigger ships the requirement to fill the extra slots will be exerting downwards pressure on freight rates.

Drewry quotes the current spot rate of US$2,800 per FEU (40ft) between Asia and West Africa compared to $4,500 per FEU in early 2014 and says that rates are anticipated to fall even lower.

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MOL ADDS NEW CALLS ON ASIA-WEST AFRICA SERVICE

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MOL Proficiency. Picture by Ian Shiffman

Japan's Mitsui OSK Line (MOL) is adding new ports of call to its Asia-West Africa service as from 1 February 2016.

The enhancement affects MOL's existing WA1 service and aims at providing better coverage and direct connections between markets in Malaysia and Sri Lanka to West Africa.

The first sailing is from Shanghai on 1 February. Thereafter the named-day port rotation is as follows: Shanghai (Mon/Tue), Ningbo (Tue/Wed), Hong Kong (Fri/Fri), Guangzhou-Nansha (Sat/Sat), Singapore (Wed/Thu), Port Kelang (Thu/Fri), Colombo (Tue/Tue), Lagos-Apapa (Mon/Wed), Lagos-Tincan (Wed/Sun), Tema (Mon/Fri), Cotonou (Sat/Sun), Abidjan (Tue/Tue), Singapore (Mon/Mon) and back to Shanghai (Mon/Tue). MOL will operate five vessels out of total eleven 2,800-TEU ships on the service which it shares with Evergreen and Cosco.

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HUGE LOSS WARNING FOR CSCL INVESTORS

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CSCL Globe, one of the new 19,000 TEU container ships that will in future sail under the Cosco flag

China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), which will shortly be merging with fellow state-owned shipping company Cosco, has issued warnings to investors to expect net losses of up to US$430 million for the 2015 year, as a result of vessel impairments and low freight rates.

This anticipated loss comes after a profit of $140 million made in 2014.

Earlier last year the Chinese government instructed both CSCL and Cosco to examine methods of merging their shipping interests as China looked ahead at decreasing trade as its economy faltered and slowed. Then late in the year it was announced that the merger would go ahead and details have since been provided as to how the two shipping and terminal companies will shape up in the future.

Most of the container line traffic will evolve to Cosco with CSCL left to focus on the financing and leasing side of the merged business.

Shanghai's Shipping Exchange has meanwhile issued a filing in which it states, "It is uncertain for the shipping industry to see a recovery in the future due to the impact of the global economic downturn.

"It is expected that the company will record operating losses of approximately $300 million in 2015 due to the impact of the intensive adjustment of the shipping cycle."

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BRAZIL CLOSES VALE'S PORT TUBARAO ON ENVIRONMENTAL GROUNDS

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Port of Tubarao

A regional court has ordered the suspension of port and cargoworking activities at Brazil's Port of Tubarao on account of excessive pollution.

Although the court order refers to a 'temporary suspenion' of activities, there is no indication as to how long the ban will remain in force.

The order has had the effect of paralysing Vale and Brazil's ore and coal exports. It follows a police investigation into complaints of air and water pollution surrounding the port's coal and iron ore terminals.

Vale said the ruling is having a major impact on the state economy but said that it would take all appropriate legal measures to ensure the re-establishment of its activities.

According to Vale, it has been investing in its environmental control systems and is working hard to attain strict compliance with environmental regulations. However, as all those familiar with ore and coal terminals are aware, the control of aerial pollution, mainly dust, is a major challenge.

The court ruling stipulates that the port will remain closed until the environmental issues have been resolved.

Brazil has faced a number of environmental issues recently including the collapse of a dam which was a joint venture between Vale and Billiton, that has been dubbed as one of the biggest environmental disasters in the country's history.

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UNIONS JOIN FORCES TO ELIMINATE SHIPBOARD BULLYING

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Maritime employers and seafarers' unions have joined forces to publish a new international publication: Guidance on Eliminating Shipboard Harassment and Bullying.

The new document, announced jointly by ICS and ITF on 25 January, has been launched in advance of an important International Labour Organization (ILO) Special Tripartite Committee on the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), to be held in February in Geneva, at which ICS and ITF will co-ordinate the representation of the social partners alongside governments.

Under the ILO MLC, governments are already required to satisfy themselves that their laws and regulations respect the fundamental right of seafarers not to be discriminated against during their employment on board ships.

Recognising that any form of harassment and bullying can have serious consequences for seafarers, the new industry Guidance takes the additional step of setting out what shipping companies, seafarers and seafarers' organisations can do to help prevent bullying and harassment from becoming a serious concern.

As well as providing advice on company policies on reporting, complaints and grievance procedures, the Guidance addresses the responsibilities of seafarers and their employers to use these procedures appropriately and for being aware of any harassment or bullying that might occur within the maritime workplace. This includes any instances of cyber-bullying.

Of the important role of seafarers' organisations in these awareness raising activities ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe, remarked in emphasis: "Shipowners fully accept the need to develop policies and plans to eliminate any harassment and bullying as a matter of good employment practice. Bullying has serious consequences for the physical and emotional health of seafarers and can also compromise teamwork with negative consequences for the safety of the ship and its crew. The fact that ICS and ITF have collaborated to produce this new Guidance is therefore a very positive development."

ITF General Secretary, Steve Cotton, added: "Bullying and harassment in the workplace are unacceptable wherever they happen -- but they have a particular horror at sea, where those affected may be isolated and alone, hundreds of miles from home. Until now there has been a lack of practical common sense guidelines and we are delighted that we have been able to work side by side with the ICS to address this need."

The Guidelines are now being distributed throughout the global shipping industry via ICS national shipowners' associations and ITF union affiliates. The authors are also encouraging their use by maritime training providers and other parties with an interest in promoting the elimination of harassment and bullying within the global shipping industry.

This publication can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE

About the ICS, ITF and ILO STC

ICS
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the principal international trade association for shipowners and operators, concerned with all technical, legal employment affairs and policy issues that may affect international shipping. ICS membership comprises national shipowners' associations in Asia, Europe and the Americas whose member shipping companies operate over 80 percent of the world's merchant tonnage.

ITF
The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) is an international trade union federation of transport workers' unions, comprising around 700 unions across the different transport sectors. The ITF represents the interests of transport workers' unions in bodies which take decisions affecting jobs, employment conditions or safety in the transport industry.

ILO STC
The ILO Special Tripartite Committee (STC) is a body established under Article XIII of the ILO MLC with the purpose of keeping the Convention under ongoing review by governments and ILO social partners. The second meeting of the STC will take place at the ILO Headquarters in Geneva from the 8-10 February, at which ICS and ITF will be co-ordinating the Shipowners' and Seafarers' groups respectively.

Paul Ridgway
London

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2016 MARITIME INDUSTRY 7-A-SIDE SOCCER TOURNAMENT

Whether you own ships, repair ships, build ships, vet ships, charter ships, manage ships, sail on ships, supply ships, save ships, arrest ships, write about ships, fuel ships, learn about ships, survey ships or simply spot ships -- sign up for the maritime industry's sporting event of the year in aid of bursary fundraising!

WHEN: Saturday 27 February, 2016
TIME: 10h00 to tournament end
VENUE: Table View Football Club, Cape Town

An entry fee of R1200 will secure your team's place in this social 7-a-side event. A maximum of two teams per organisation permitted to enter.
Space is limited so book now!

Contact l.reines@smit.com for entry form and any further details.

Don't miss the boat and a chance to have fun for a worthy cause! Spectators and supporters most welcome, with fun activities for the whole family.

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EXPECTED SHIP ARRIVALS and SHIPS IN PORT

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Ports & Ships publishes regularly updated SHIP MOVEMENT reports including ETAs for ports extending from West Africa to South Africa to East Africa and including Port Louis in Mauritius.

In the case of South Africa's container ports of Durban, Ngqura, Ports Elizabeth and Cape Town links to container Stack Dates are also available.

You can access this information, including the list of ports covered, by going HERE remember to use your BACKSPACE to return to this page.

PIC OF THE DAY : AN FONG No.136

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The 70 metre long Taiwanese squid fishing vessel AN FONG No.136 enters the Port of Cape Town earlier in January. Cape Town plays host to a large fishing fleet including these squid (chokka) boats which make use of the many facilities including ship repair and maintenance services available to international and local fishing vessels. These pictures are by Aad Noorland

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