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FIRST VIEW: SENTINEL

bulk carrier Sentinel in Durban. Pic by Ken Malcolm
Sentinel: Picture: Ken Malcolm

The bulk carrier SENTINEL (63,500-dwt) is seen here on berth at Bulk Connections, which has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons, after another bulker named Julian crashed into the berth on 30 April, toppling a ship loader which then fell onto a conveyor gallery. The toppled shiploader can be seen on the right beyond the stern of Sentinel. The latter ship has an overall length of 200 metres and is 32m wide and was built in 2013. The ship is owned by Greek interests and managed by Primerose Shipping of Piraeus, Greece. She flies the Liberian flag.

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TEMA PORT EXPANSION WORKERS IN PROTEST AGAINST POOR WORKING CONDITIONS

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Workers involved at the Tema Port expansion project on behalf of Chinese Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) in Tema have embarked on an industrial action of demanding better conditions of service.

Clad in red head and hand bands, the angry workers converged in front of the construction site of the Tema Harbour expansion project and chanted their demands through singing and drumming.

In addition to asking for better conditions of service, they also demanded the sacking of L’aine Services Ltd, the Human Resource subcontractor in charge of their salaries and welfare.

According to the workers, CHEC pays L’aine Services Ltd well but they on the other hand reduce the amount drastically when paying the workers.

The workers claim that their Chinese employers maltreat and humiliate them at the slightest provocation.

They complained also of discrimination between them and their Chinese counterparts.

The angry workers have vowed not to return to work until their demands are met. source: GPHA

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EAST AFRICAN INDIAN OCEAN CONTAINER TRADE TO GROW BY 7 MILLION TEUS BY 2020 – DYNAMAR

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Dynamar B.V. of Alkmaar, The Netherlands, has recently issued another report in its Container Markets and Trades series: the fourth biennial edition of the “East & Southern Africa (worldwide) Container Trades”. Salient details and some of the interesting findings of the study are discussed in this review.

West Africa

West Africa is clearly moving into the direction of maturation. Compared to East Africa, the ships are…

 

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NEW STRIKE BRINGS KENYA’S OIL RESERVES TO 750 MILLION BARRELS

Tullow Oil announces another Kenyan oil strike

Tullow Oil plc has announced that its Emekuya-1 well in Block 13T in Northern Kenya has encountered around 75 metres of net oil pay in two zones.“

The Emekuya-1 exploratory appraisal well has made an important discovery in the northern part of the South Lokichar Basin. This well has proven oil charge across a significant part of the Greater Etom structure and we are very encouraged by the quality and particularly the regional extent of the reservoir,” said Angus McCoss, Exploration Director. ”

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LOSS OF mv BUKOBA, TANZANIA’S ‘TITANIC’, REMEMBERED

Bukoba on Lake Vicoria
Bukoba, which operated a ferry service between Mwanza and Bukoba

Twenty-one years ago (21 May 1996) the Lake Victoria passenger vessel mv BUKOBA (850-tons, built 1979) capsized while just half an hour away from the port of Mwanza in Tanzania.

The loss of this vessel and between 500 and 700 passengers was marked this week by relatives of those who lost their lives in an accident that brought…

 

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CEAR BUSY REHABILITATING MALAWI RAILWAY LINES

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container train in Malawi

Central East African Railways (CEAR) has signed an agreement with the Malawi government to embark on the rehabilitation of the Limbe – Sandama railway line. The project is expected to start in the last quarter of 2017 with works expected to be completed in 2018.

Currently CEAR has engaged engineers and contractors to…

 

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TUG NUMBER SIX TO BE LAUNCHED THIS WEEK

tug Qunu. Picture Trevor Jones
Qunu, number 3 in the series of nine, returns to the shipyard after undergoing sea trials off Durban (2 June 2016), before her delivery to Port Elizabeth. Picture by Trevor Jones

Tug number six is about to be launched this Friday (26 May 2017) at the Durban shipyard of Southern African Shipyards.The new tug will be floated out making use of the shipyard’s floating dock, which has been used to launch all five of the vessel’s predecessors.

The new tug, which is installed with Voith Schneider propulsion and which is expected to have a bollard pull of around 70 tons, is part of a R1.4 billion (before escalation) order placed with the shipyard for nine tugs to go into service at South African ports.

 

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TRADE EFFICIENCY BOOSTED IN ZANZIBAR WITH LAUNCH OF NTB MONITORING AND ELECTRONIC CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN SYSTEMS

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The project is carried out in collaboration between TCCIA and ZNCCIA. The project started in 2012 at TCCIA and was then extended to ZNCCIA in 2016.

TMEA has already invested more than $600,000 in the project (TCCIA & ZNCCIA).

ZNCCIA has benefitted from ICT equipment to operationalize the system, solar system as a backup power for the system, consultancy to develop the system and a Technical Assistant to coordinate the project.

Zanzibar, Tanzania: Trade efficiency systems in Zanzibar is expected to become efficient with launch of an NTB monitoring and electronic certificate of origin systems by the Zanzibar National Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture (ZNCCIA).

Both systems have been supported by TradeMark East Africa (TMEA). The two systems have been developed as part of efforts by the Zanzibar private sector to facilitate advocacy and monitoring of NTBs. The launch was graced by the Zanzibar Minister of Trade, Industry and Marketing, the honourable Amina Salum Ali, ZNCCIA Executive Director, Ms. Munira Humoud and TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) Tanzania Country Director, John Ulanga.

The two systems will support ZNCCIA in fulfilling its goals of improving the business environment in Zanzibar by developing evidence based advocacy through realistic data and information gathered by the aid of the NTB monitoring system.

The electronic certificate of origin will ease the issuance of certificates of origin by reducing physical movements and time taken to process the document. The target is to reduce the time for issuance of the certificates from the current four days to just a few hours.

Two similar systems have been launched by TCCIA where more than 1000 certificates of origin have been issued electronically and more than 90 NTBs eliminated as the result of evidence based advocacy carried out by the private sector.

More than 2000 SMS have been received in the NTB SMS system at TCCIA. This information will be catalogued with an aim of eliminating those NTBs identified through the private sector advocacy platform.

The UK government through the department for international development (DFID) has provided its generous support to TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) to fund these projects.

The Guest of Honour during the launch, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Marketing in Zanzibar Honourable Amina Salum Ali, said, “The Zanzibar government commends TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) for this important support which is expected to boost trade efficiency and improve Zanzibar’s business competitiveness.”

Speaking on the agreement, TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) Tanzania Country Director John Ulanga said, “We as TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) are happy to support these two systems which are aimed at improving trade efficiency in Zanzibar while addressing and eliminating NTBs that curtail growth of trade. The private sector will now be armed with information to enable them advocate for improved and competitive business environment here Zanzibar”

On her part, ZNCCIA Executive Director, Ms.Munira Humoud said, “Grateful to TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) for extending their support to ZNNCIA with these two important systems which are expected to boost the isles competitiveness through evidence based advocacy and providing an efficient system that issues certificates of origin in just a few hours. We expect these two systems to contribute significantly to the improved business competitiveness here in Zanzibar.

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MOBILITAS-AGS INAUGURATES ITS BIGGEST MULTIMODAL LOGISTICS PLATFORM IN AFRICA

The Gauteng logistics hub’s goal is to improve Mobilitas-AGS’ services delivered to its clients, increase its competitiveness and support the growth of its activities across AfricaJohannesburg, South Africa:

The Mobilitas-AGS group’s new multimodal logistics platform in Gauteng province, South Africa ( CLICK HERE) has officially been delivered.

The facility is built on a 90,000 m2 site near the O.R. Tambo International Airport, the largest on the African continent. The Gauteng logistics hub’s goal is to improve Mobilitas-AGS’ services delivered to its clients, increase its competitiveness and support the growth of its activities across Africa.

The site is as a key international platform for the operations of each Mobilitas-AGS group brand, including the Laser Transport Group, the South African leader in logistics. It comprises four warehouses devoted to archive storage and document digitisation, with 150 km of archiving capacity, fine art storage and management and a bonded warehouse.

The site is also equipped with two special areas: one storage area for wine and another for sensitive products.

The Mobilitas-AGS group has invested R260 million rand (around EUR 18 million) in the construction and outfitting of the first tranche of the logistics site. “The inauguration of the logistics complex is an important step for the continuing development of Mobilitas-AGS activities in Africa. Moreover, because of its ultra-modern design, a complex such as the one we have just inaugurated improves the competitiveness of our businesses in southern Africa,” says Alain Taïeb, Chairman of Mobilitas-AGS’ Supervisory Board.

Infrastructures are a major issue for private-sector actors in Africa. Businesses can see their competitiveness reduced by 40% by inadequate logistical infrastructures. This situation increases the costs of goods by 30% to 40% when they are traded in Africa. By optimising the logistics chain, Mobilitas-AGS is meeting the market’s needs, which is a strategic development pillar.

The Gauteng logistics complex is in line with Mobilitas-AGS global strategy aiming at building multimodal logistics infrastructures. Similar projects have been completed over the last few years in France and Germany, and others are planned in Africa. Thus, Mobilitas-AGS continues to demonstrate its ability to implement major international projects.

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES
QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : KIARA

general cargo ship KIARA on Eldock floating dock in Durban
Kiara. Picture: Trevor Jones

The general cargo ship KIARA (8,277-dwt) was recently on the Eldock floating dock (Messrs Elgin Brown & Hamer) in Durban harbour undergoing maintenance and repair as is seen by this stern shot of her. The Antigua & Barbuda-flagged ship is German owned and managed by Klingenberg Bereederungs of Ellerbek in Germany. Kiara was built at the Dongfeng Shipbuilding shipyard in Hangzhou, China in 2009. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.”
― Max Ehrmann ‘Desiderata’

 

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