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tanker Marex Noa, Lyttelton
Marex Noa. Picture: Alan Calvert

The Singapore-flagged oil and chemical products tanker MAREX NOA (12,479-dwt) discharging methanol at the New Zealand Port of Lyttelton, earlier this month. The 124 metre long by 20 metre wide Marex Noa was built by the Kurinoura Shipyard and Dock Company in Japan in 2015 and is operated by Executive Ship Management Pte Ltd. This picture is by Alan Calvert

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container terminal, Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam Container Terminal

Government departments and institutions in Dar es Salaam have been ordered to begin working on a 24/7 basis to eradicate charges of inefficiency and delay at the Port of Dar es Salaam.

Tanzania’s Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa, gave these instructions at a meeting of the 10th Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC) which was being attended by the various port stakeholders. The meeting heard complaints of inefficiency and poor time keeping at the port, mainly lodged by the Tanzania Truck Owners Association.

Included in the government departments are the…[restrict] Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) and Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) which were instructed to reschedule their working hours with immediate effect. They were given until the next day to implement this.

The prime minister was responding to a report given to him by the chairman of the Tanzanian Truck Owners Association, Ms Angelina Ngalula.

She reported that the dwell time at the port was between 10-13 days which rendered it uncompetitive in the region as its closest rival, Mombasa Port had a dwell time of 3-4 days.

Ngalula said that a lack of coordination between the many government institutions contributed to delays in cargo clearance at the port. No one is bothering to know why cargo clearance takes that long, she said.

The prime minister said that government fully understood red tape. “From tomorrow, I want implementation of this directive,” he instructed.

In 2015 President John Magafuli sacked the top management of the Tanzanian Ports Authority as part of a campaign to root out corruption and inefficiency at the ports. A year earlier Tanzania had signed a US$565 million deal in 2014 with the World Bank and other development partners to expand the Dar es Salaam Port, with the aim of boosting Tanzania as a regional trade hub.

The following year the World Bank said in a report that inefficiencies at the Port of Dar es Salaam cost Tanzania and its neighbours up to US$2.6 billion a year. The bank said that by comparison the largest port in the region, Kenya’s Mombasa port, was much more efficient. If Dar es Salaam Port could reach the same level of efficiency as Mombasa, the economy will gain almost US$1.8bn a year, the World Bank said.

Tanzania has committed to building a standard gauge railway from the port to its borders with its landlocked neighbours in order to improve transport connections with its neighbours in addition to its own hinterland. The success of the new railway will however depend on the efficiency levels at the Dar es Salaam port.

Dar es Salaam ranks as the fourth largest African port along the Indian Ocean coastline, behind Durban, Mombasa and Maputo. source: Tanzanian Daily News[/restrict]

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Novanam, Pescanova’s processing plant at Lüderitz in Namibia

The Spanish fishing firm of Pescanova (Grupo Nueva Pescanova) plans to invest €42.5 million ($46.3m) to renew its fleet in Africa.

Pescanova is active in several African states including Mozambique, Angola and South Africa. Altogether the company will be investing €125 million as part of its 2017-2020 strategic plan, in which it foresees…[restrict] sales expansion into the US retail market.

€42.5 million will be invested in its fleet renewal and depending on agreement with shipyards, Pescanova will build between seven and nine vessels in Namibia and Mozambique.


Group CEO Ignacio Gonzalez Hernandez said the firm hadn’t built any new vessels for about 30 years. The fact that it now intended to do so was an indication that Pescanova was back, he said as quoted in Undercurrent. “Problems are behind us and the firm is looking at the future with its new [strategic] plan,” Gonzalez said.”

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“We will launch the project in June. We have talked to four to give shipyards so far, but we will talk with more companies,” Gonzalez said, referring to the firm’s fleet renewal. The group will ideally prefer to commission Spanish shipyards, if possible, he added.

Gonzalez said that Pescanova had 15 vessels in Namibia and South Africa and an annual catch of 30,000 tons of hake. “We also are in Mozambique, where we fish prawns, and in Angola we catch deep sea prawns and red shrimps.”

In Mozambique, the company catches approximately 50% of the total allowable catch (TAC), while in Namibia it catches about 20% of the country’s hake TAC. According to Gonzalez they had to defend their quotas in Namibia.

In that country Nueva Pescanova’s operations generate about 2,200 jobs, he said. The catch is processed in the country, before being sent for retail in Europe.

“We also have interesting sales in South Africa,” he added. source: Undercurrent News[/restrict]

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LNG terminal, Abidjan

A consortium headed by Total will launch construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Ivory Coast in mid-2017, it has been announced.

The CI-GNL (Ivory Coast LNG) consortium has been awarded the rights to build and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) re-gasification terminal in Ivory Coast with a capacity of 3 million tons per year.

The decision announced by the Government of the Ivory Coast in October last year was followed by the signature of the shareholders’ agreement in Abidjan between Total, which will operate the project with a 34% interest, national companies PetroCI (11%) and CI Energies (5%) as well as SOCAR (26%), Shell (13%), Golar (6%) and Endeavor Energy (5%).

Total will use the terminal to supply LNG volumes from its global portfolio in proportion to its participating interest in the project. The re-gasification terminal project is expected to become operational by mid 2018.

“This project illustrates Total’s strategy to develop new gas markets by unlocking access to LNG for fast-growing economies. Working closely with our partners enabled us to put together an integrated proposal combining LNG supply and import infrastructure through a floating storage and re-gasification unit,” said Philippe Sauquet, President Gas, Renewables and Power of Total. “We are very pleased to have been selected by the Ivorian authorities to manage this project, which will meet growing domestic and regional needs for gas and power.”

The project involves the construction of a terminal with a floating storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU) in Vridi, Abidjan area, and a pipeline connecting the FSRU to existing and planned power plants in Abidjan, as well as to regional markets connected to the Ivorian network. This will enable Ivory Coast to become the first regional LNG import Hub in West Africa, and to meet both regional and domestic demand.

The project has an estimated cost of around US$141 million and is expected to be up and running by mid-2018.

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Shanghai container terminal

Congestion at China’s big container ports is continuing and it is no longer fog that is receiving the blame. Analysts, including Drewry are of the opinion that the alliances between shipping lines are a contributor to the problems facing not only Shanghai, the world’s biggest and busiest container port, but other Chinese ports as well.

There is mounting concern that this will spread over to other Asian ports in the region.

Several weeks ago it was thought the…[restrict] congestion would have cleared along with the fog that blanketed a large part of the South China coast region in mid to late April. Ships agency firm GAC said that Shanghai port authorities were making some adjustments to the operations at the terminals, but no definite timeline could be offered on the restoration of normal operations.

It was expected then that delays of up to ten days could be anticipated for ships waiting to load and unload.

In Drewry’s latest Container Insight Weekly, the consultancy and analyst looks at the symptoms of the recent congestion at China’s major ports now that reports from forwarders suggest the world’s busiest port could be facing problems until the middle of May.

According to Drewry, fast growing inbound trade, bad weather, the restructuring of alliance networks, bigger ships and shippers’ eagerness to move cargo ahead of planned rate increases are all factors resulting in ships being kept waiting outside ports and for slower than usual turnarounds.

Statements from Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) and carriers such as Maersk Line have all attributed some of the current situation to the alliance transitioning.

Drewry stated that the fact that congestion has spread to other ports along the Chinese coast “suggests that something else is at play”.

“One theory is that Chinese ports are experiencing a sudden spike in traffic because shippers want to move cargoes ahead of expected spot rate hikes and higher annual contract terms to Europe and North America that will kick-in around May. There might be some validity to that theory, but an examination of recent trade statistics shows that China’s demand resurgence is not an overnight flash in the pan with a significant increase to both exports, and especially imports, seen since August of last year.”

Ports facing the worst of the congestion registered the biggest gains with Qingdao up 12%, Shanghai 10% and Ningbo 9%.
“Ports and terminals around the world, not just China, are being challenged by carriers to adapt to their new demands, said Drewry.

“In the main they have risen to the task, but to keep products moving without delay requires even more investment and de-fragmentation of neighbouring terminals.

“Unfortunately, that will not always be possible or financially viable so in the meantime there is a high risk of further vessel and cargo delays, even after the current alliance transition problems.” source: Drewry and PTI[/restrict]

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Jubilee Field, Ghana, Ivory Coast
The disputed Jubilee Fields off Ghana/Ivory Coast maritime border

President Akufo-Addo says that Ghana is ready to accept any ruling by the Tribunal for the International Law of the Sea over the dispute of the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast).

Ghana went to the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in September 2014 seeking a declaration that it has not encroached on Ivory Coast’s territorial waters. Judgement on the boundary dispute is…[restrict] set for September.

In February this year both countries presented their final arguments but a determination of the matter was moved to September this year.

Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo was giving an address during a state dinner held in his honour by the President of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara.

“We are all aware of the litigation in Hamburg on the delimitation of our maritime boundaries. Whatever the result of that litigation, and, naturally, I hope it goes in favour of Ghana, I want to assure President Ouattara, his government and the Ivorian people of the determination of my government and I to work with you in a healthy manner of co-operation to deal with the consequences of the pending judgment,” he said.

“What is of paramount importance to our two populations is the peaceful exploitation of the maritime resources for their benefit. The close co-operation of stable, fully functioning democracies, such as ours, will give a great push to the growth of stable, constitutional governance not just in our region, but on the entire African continent, which can only inure to the benefit and welfare of the African peoples.” source: citifmonline[/restrict]

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UNCTAD training

The 5th of 8 modules of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) trainfortrade, a port management training program has commenced at the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority.

The program is meant to train middle level managers in the port community so as to develop their skills and capabilities to manage.

The 1st module centred on international trade and transport, the 2nd module on organisation of a port system, the 3rd module on functioning of a port system and the 4th module on future challenges facing port management.

The 5th module is currently looking at methods and tools of modern port management.

UNCTAD expert in Dublin, Joe Hiney (pictured) who lectured on how to develop a port strategic plan stressed the need for port managers to get themselves abreast with modern ways of doing things.

“We are working in an environment where policy and legislation and regulation is defined by national government and per regional organisations such as the International Maritime Organization. These are changing constantly so as port managers we need to be alive and aware of those changes and we need to respond as managers in an appropriate manner,” he said.

Alphonse Wordi, the Human Resource Manager at GPHA, who doubles as the focal point of the UNCTAD program explained the importance of statistics in port management.

“Every port in the world, you need statistics to enhance decision making, what is the productivity, what is the berth occupancy, what is the ship turnaround time, what is the output, what is the performance of the dockers and everything. This is what is going to enable you take a decision whether to do a lot of training, whether to even bring in new equipment, whether to expand the port and the facilities,” he said.

The IT manager of GPHA, David Boison underscored the importance of ICT for port improvement.

“IT is the main driver of every business organisation of which Ports and Harbours is part. When you look at the whole supply chain process of the port right from the manufacturing site, moving the cargo to the port, exporting the cargo bringing it to the destination port, all the supply chain processes are being driven by IT. So if you want to eliminate waste from any system, if you want to inject efficiency to any system, you introduce technology,” he said. source: Ghana Ports

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Portrix Logistic Software (PLS), the leading developer of logistics rates management solutions, is developing a software application that promises an end to the headache of managing Demurrage and Detention (D&D) charges. The solution, part of Portrix’s acclaimed Global Price Management (GPM) platform, will transform the way D&D is handled, for carriers, freight forwarders and shippers worldwide.

The first prototype of GPM Demurrage & Detention will be unveiled at the transport logistic exhibition in Munich from 9-12 May 2017, one of the highest profile exhibitions within the industry. The GPM extension offers users an intuitive window onto their global D&D spend, storing all Free Time agreements in one portal, from where global container movements and costs can be easily tracked. Fees can be prevented through proactive warnings of upcoming D&D charges, invoicing becomes simplified, and the drain on resources incurred by managing D&D can be halted.

It is, says Henning Voss, Co-founder and CEO of Hamburg headquartered PLS, exactly what the industry has been crying out for.

“The complexity of D&D costs and management is a huge issue for everyone within this industry,” he comments, “but often falls somewhat under the radar as it exists outside the spectrum of the normal transportation movement and associated costs. However, every company, from every part of container logistics, feels the pain.

“The carriers find it difficult to keep track of the correct fees to invoice. Freight forwarders, who both buy and sell these services, aren’t always aware of what they will be invoiced and many struggle to invoice their customers correctly. Shippers share the freight forwarders challenge in regards to the carrier invoices. It’s a twisted web of interactions, fees and movements, which, until now, the industry has really struggled to untangle.”

The new software gives users an unparalleled global overview of D&D activity, with easy calculation of applicable D&D cost, and the ability to drill down and refine views, as well as determining which containers are at risk and actual costs being incurred. Users can then search for individual containers, customers and a host of other options. Information can be easily accessed, analysed and, if desired, downloaded into Excel.

“We’ve been developing solutions for the logistics industry since 2001 and know the needs of our customers inside out,” Voss states. “In a business environment that is ever more complex, demanding and competitive, we’re focused on continually refining our solutions to simplify tasks, enhance productivity and increase profitability.

“That is the very essence of our new D&D portal. It provides transparency and clarity, and that ensures that invoicing is straightforward and accurate for all parties. Costs can better be managed, workloads reduced and movements monitored. Put simply, no more D&D headaches.”

GPM Demurrage & Detention is expected to be launched to the wider logistics market during the second half of 2017.

PLS’s GPM is the trusted choice of the freight forwarding industry, with five of the top ten global providers utilising the software. It is a solution built on over 15 years of specialist niche expertise and backed up by a unique software toolbox, unrivalled master data and high quality, personalised service.

About Portrix Logistic Software:
For almost two decades, PORTRIX LOGISTIC SOFTWARE has built best-in-class rate management applications for the largest Freight Forwarders in the world. Today we count five of the top ten forwarders among our customers. Through our in-depth knowledge of the logistics industry and continuously evolving solutions, we have successfully helped our customers increase profits and productivity year-over-year. PORTRIX LOGISTIC SOFTWARE is a member of the Portrix group, which has created and developed software for corporate customers since 2001. More details available at

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MSC Romane, container ship, Durban
MSC Romane. Picture: Trevor Jones

Making her first visit to Durban this week was the Mediterranean Shipping Company container ship MSC ROMANE (111,300-dwt), which left the Chinese Jinhai shipyard on 27 March this year as yard/hull number JO231. Owned and managed by Sinoceanic Shipping of Norway, the 300-metre long, 48-metre wide ship is operated by MSC and has a container capacity of 9,400 TEU. MSC Romane flies the Portuguese flag and is number three of a planned 15 of this class of vessel. This picture is by Trevor Jones


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