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FIRST VIEW: MSC SINDY

MSC Sindy off Durban, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Ken Malcolm
MSC Sindy.      Picture: Ken Malcolm

Showing a clear roll to port on the swell, Mediterranean Shipping Company’s container ship MSC SINDY (IMO number 9336048) is seen at sea off Durban during August. The 115,000-dwt ship with a maximum container capacity of 9580 TEU has become a regular feature at Durban and the Eastern Cape ports. With an overall length of 335 metres and a width of 45.6 metres she is among the bigger container ships to call. MSC Sindy was built in 2007 at the Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy industries Co Ltd shipyard in South Korea as their hull number 1611. She originally operated with MSC under the name MSC Sylvana, that being the first name of the vessel’s registered owner. This picture is by Ken Malcolm

 

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NEW BUNKER SERVICE AND TANKER FOR PORT OF NACALA

Petromoc bunker tanker Prima, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Petromoc bunker tanker Prima

A new bunker service has been introduced at the northern Mozambique port of Nacala, with effect from 1 September 2018.

Petromoc Bunkering Lda announced this to Bunkerspot which led with the news. The bunkering of ships at Nacala will take place in port as well as offshore for passing or waiting ships.

According to the report both IFO 180 CST and low sulphur marine gasoil (LSMGO) is available with deliveries being carried out by the tanker MT PRIMA (IMO 9427433), a 7500-dwt 111.5 metre long, 17.6m wide tanker flying the Maltese flag, built in 2010.

Petromoc Bunkering currently supplies bunker fuel in the Port of Maputo as well as at sea in the Mozambique Channel.

The company of Petromoc Bunkering Lda is a joint venture between state-owned Petroleos de Moçambique SA and Augusta Energy SA and supplies aviation fuel at most of Mozambique’s main airports. Petromoc is supposedly the largest oil marketing distributor in Mozambique while Geneva-based Augusta Energy AA is a trader of refined products in West and East Africa.

“The team involved has a huge expertise in trading and bunkering and is highly confident that the new bunkering service in/offshore Nacala will provide additional satisfaction to many first-class buyers,” the company said.

 

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NEW COMMITMENT TO BOOST SOUTH AFRICA’S DOMESTIC SHIPPING SECTOR

Some of the participants at the first South African Shipping Industry Workshop organised by SAMSA in Pretoria last week, representing trade cargo ship owners, mineral resources mining, policy makers as well as regulatory authorities directly involved with sectors impacting the shipping sector. Picture by SAMSA, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Some of the participants at the first South African Shipping Industry Workshop organised by SAMSA in Pretoria last week, representing trade cargo ship owners, mineral resources mining, policy makers as well as regulatory authorities directly involved with sectors impacting the shipping sector.

Efforts by the South African government to hasten the pace of developing the country’s ocean transport sector and precisely through rapid growth in registration of more cargo carrying vessels under the country’s flag, took another positive step forward last week.

This followed an historic agreement between shipping owners, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and the Mineral Resources Council of South Africa to enter formal discussions.

The development came about during the first…

 

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EXERCISE ATLASUR XI 2018 GETS UNDERWAY AS NAVAL SHIPS ARRIVE

Brazil's Barroso and Uruguay's General Artigas moored alongside, with SAS Protea Pictures: David Erickson, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Brazil’s Barroso and Uruguay’s General Artigas moored alongside, with SAS Protea Pictures: David Erickson

In case you missed this report from our weekend edition, Exercise Atlasur XI got underway on Friday with the arrival at Simon’s Town Naval Base of two South American naval ships

Pictures and story by David Erickson

Two South American naval ships arrived alongside at the SA Navy Simon’s Town Naval Harbour on Friday morning 31 August 2018.

The first to arrive was the Brazilian corvette BARROSO (V34), alongside at 10h10 after exchanging 21-gun salutes with Simon’s Town Lower North Battery.

Cv Barroso (V34) coming alongside at Simon’s Town, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Cv Barroso (V34) coming alongside at Simon’s Town

Cv Barroso (V34) is a corvette of the Brazilian Navy, and the lead ship of its class. The fifth Brazilian warship to be named after Admiral Francisco Manoel Barroso da Silva, Barroso was ordered in 1993, launched on 20 December 2002 and commissioned on 19 August 2008.

The vessel’s displacement is 1,785 tons standard, 2,350 tons full load. Dimensions are…

 

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AFRICAN BUSINESS LEADERS URGED TO TAKE FRESH LOOK AT OPPORTUNITIES IN AFRICA

Nozipho Sithole, Transnet Port Terminals CE, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Nozipho Sithole, Transnet Port Terminals CE

Early in July this year South Africa joined 49 of the 55 members of the African Union (AU) in signing the largest free trade agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organisation – the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Nozipho Sithole, Transnet Port Terminal’s Chief Executive believes that African business leaders should be making more use of home ground advantage through this single continental market for goods and services.

The signing of the AfCFTA agreement has been a long time coming. And when it happened, its significance seems to have been largely underestimated. While there are already African companies operating in Africa, there is certainly some way to go before it starts becoming significantly easier for more companies to do business in the continent. However, the risk for shareholders and business owners is that they could lose out on a growing and increasingly affluent market if they allow the status quo to cloud their judgement. As can be seen by the looming international trade wars sparked by United States President Donald Trump and the Brexit negotiations, no market…

 

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TANZANIA AND UGANDA SIGN AGREEMENT FOR GAS PIPELINE

Gas pipeline to be buil;t between Tanzanian and Uganda, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

For the second time Tanzania and Uganda have put signatures to a contract for a pipeline linking the two countries.

In the latest instance it involves construction of a natural gas pipeline and unlike the oil pipeline already agreed 15 months ago, in which crude oil will flow from Hoima in Uganda to the…

 

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NEW TERROR ATTACK IN NORTHERN MOZAMBIQUE, VILLAGER KILLED

Mocimbao da Praia, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

A fresh attack by unidentified armed men on a village in the Mocimboa da Praia district in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado has left one man dead, according to Mozambique reports.

The attack was on the village of Chitolo and occurred last Monday night 27 August 2018. Radio Mozambique reported that units of the defence and security forces responded by going to the scene to prevent…

 

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MYANMAR’S GHOST SHIP HAS SOUTH AFRICAN CONNECTION

Sam Ratulangi PB 166 aground on a beach in Myanmar. Picture: Yangon Police Facebook, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Sam Ratulangi PB 1600 aground on a beach in Myanmar.      Picture: Yangon Police Facebook

A ghost ship that suddenly drifted ashore in the Yangon region of Myanmar (Burma) last week was once a visitor to South African ports and was the subject of a feature in PORTS & SHIPS of 17 May 2007.

On that occasion the ship was on a routine call at Durban and her name, SAM RATULANGI PB 1600 aroused some interest. Readers were subsequently informed courtesy of one of our Singapore-based readers, Jonathan Boonzaaier, that the name Sam Ratulangi was that of an Indonesian hero, while the PB 1600 stood for ‘Palwo Buwono’, the class of ship it belonged to, while the 1600 was simply the TEU capacity of the ship.

The owner of the ship back then was Djakarta Lloyd, a state-owned Indonesian container ship company and she was being operated in a joint service by K Line, MISC and PIL between Asia and South Africa.

Sam Ratulangi PB 1600 sailing from Durban in May 2003. Picture: Terry Hutson, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Sam Ratulangi PB 1600 sailing from Durban in May 2003.     Picture: Terry Hutson

Fifteen years can be a long time at sea depending on whether proper maintenance is provided and now the ship is no longer in the pristine condition that she was when she was photographed that day in 2003 heading out from Durban. Perhaps her size and limited capacity has counted against her but the 177-metre long containership has fallen on hard times and now, empty and rusting and unwanted although still sea-worthy, she was being towed to a breaker’s yard in Bangladesh when the tow was apparently lost.

The tug in charge was named as the INDEPENDENCE which was crewed by 13 Indonesians. While 50 nautical miles off the Mynamar coast the tow cable snapped in bad weather, and rather than recover the two the tug crew is reported to have abandoned her.

Left to her own devises, Sam Ratulangi PB 1600 drifted quietly away until lost from sight. Eventually she approached the Myanmar coast and was washed onto a beach, where local fishermen came across her in the mist.

The discovery of the ship excited local attention and even reached the eyes and ears of the BBC which ran a feature on her discovery.

Perhaps the real mystery is how Sam Ratulangi PB 1600 ended up in such poor condition just 17 years after she was launched. Certainly when she was photographed in Durban in 2003, 15 years ago, she appeared in handsome condition.

Sam Ratulangi PB 1600 sailing from Durban in May 2003. Picture: Terry Hutson, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Sam Ratulangi PB 1600 sailing from Durban in May 2003.      Picture: Terry Hutson

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** INTERNATIONAL WATCH **
DAVIES TURNER REMAINS POSITIVE ON UK-TURKISH TRADE

Main commodities moved from Turkey to the UK are clothing and textiles, car parts and raw materials. From the UK to Turkey, goods moved include fabrics, chemicals and machinery, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture EKOL
Main commodities moved from Turkey to the UK are clothing and textiles, car parts and raw materials. From the UK to Turkey, goods moved include fabrics, chemicals and machinery

An example of diversity in freight

Davies Turner, the UK’s largest independent freight forwarding company, remains positive about the trading outlook for Turkey despite the country’s ongoing economic crisis and depreciating currency.

Company chairman, Philip Stephenson, says that the weakened Turkish lira and escalating tariff war between the US and Turkey might make life harder for British exporters but easier for importers. This was reported in week commencing 26 August.

A so called trade war broke out in mid-August after President Donald Trump doubled US tariffs on imports of Turkish steel and aluminium, in turn precipitating a sharp fall in the value of the lira. If sustained, this would have the effect of making imported goods more expensive for Turkish consumers, but could make the country’s exports to the UK and the rest of the world more competitive.

Stephenson added: “If it becomes more difficult for not only UK, but European exporters to sell to Turkey, it could put a strain on the rotation of trailers between Turkey and the UK. Ideally for Davies Turner, balanced traffic flows in both directions are best, supplemented by collecting extra southbound freight from our partners in countries in the near-continent.”

Davies Turner operates daily two-way overland and multimodal trailer services between the UK and Turkey with Turkish partner EKOL. Stephenson said so far this year it had been business as usual and the company was sheltered from fluctuations of the Turkish lira because most of its large international Turkish-related freight and logistics contracts were in Euros or Sterling.

Stephenson concluded by saying: “We have some longer term concerns if the ongoing financial situation has a significant impact on future foreign investment within Turkey, but we still believe the country’s strong export growth will continue despite the country’s current economic difficulties.”

Davies Turner meanwhile is in a strong position to offer its customers some of the best freight forwarding services to or from Turkey.

Its partner, EKOL, one of Turkey’s largest freight and warehousing operators, recently became one of the few operators authorised to carry out export customs clearance at its own terminal, thanks also to its Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status. This can avoid delays to Europe-bound cargo, as it removes the need to send trucks for export clearance to the main customs office where there can often be lengthy queues at busy times.

 

Increased ro-ro sailings between Izmir in Turkey and Sete, France, are reported by Ekol, picture featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Increased ro-ro sailings between Izmir in Turkey and Sete, France, are reported by Ekol

EKOL is also an important transport operator in its own right, with an extensive network of ro-ro services maintained by its own vessels on routes to and from Turkey, with connecting chartered block train services within Europe.

Earlier this year it increased its ro-ro sailings between Izmir in Turkey and Sete in southern France to two per week, while at the same time adding a new rail service from Sete to Zeebrugge, offering onward connections to the UK and Sweden.

EKOL also operates ro-ro between Istanbul and Trieste, with connecting trains from there to Cologne and Zeebrugge, as well as train services from Sete to Paris and Bettembourg (Luxembourg).

As well as offering lower carbon emissions than road, the intermodal sea/rail services can be time-competitive with consistent transits of around seven to ten days. Road can better this under favourable circumstances, but truck journey times depend on the length of queues at Turkey’s borders with the EU.

Between them, EKOL and Davies Turner move around 70-110 trailers a week between the UK and Turkey, mainly groupage, along with sea freight containers.

Value-added services include offshore end-to-end logistics operations, accepted quality level (AQL) and quality check (QC), as well as pick and pack operations, on location in Turkey all managed by Davies Turner in Istanbul.

The main commodities moved from Turkey to the UK are clothing and textiles, car parts and raw materials. Southbound from the UK to Turkey, goods moved include fabrics, chemicals and machinery, with volumes out of the UK topped up in mainland Europe if necessary.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

Ekol operates chartered block train services within Europe, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Ekol operates chartered block train services within Europe

Illustrations reproduced by kind courtesy of EKOL ©

 

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GRINDROD RELEASES INTERIM RESULTS – RENEWED STRATEGIC FOCUS

A renewed strategic focus on Grindrod Freight Services and Financial Services

Grindrod on Friday (31 August 2018) released its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2018. With the spin-off and separate listing of its Shipping division on the NASDAQ with a secondary inward listing on the JSE successfully executed in the first half, and the board changes announced last week, there is renewed strategic focus for the remaining divisions, Freight Services and Financial Services.

Grindrod reported earnings of R 2,387.8 million, an improvement in excess of 100% compared to the loss reported in the first half of 2017. This included the foreign currency translation gain arising from the Shipping spin-off.

Performance from continuing operations – Freight and Financial services

Headline earnings from continuing operations R284.8 million (H1 2017: R231.5 million), 23% increase on the prior year underpinned by improved performance from the remaining operations.

Headline earnings per share 37.8 cents (H1 2017: 30.8 cents)

Earnings per share 46.7 cents (H1 2017: 45.6 cents)

The interim results have highlighted good terminal utilisation and improved port volumes due to the completion of the channel dredging in Maputo and buoyant chrome and ferrochrome markets and improved results on the north/south rail corridor.

Results benefitted from the extension of landside storage and handling capabilities in Durban, and good profitability from the Agri businesses as they returned to levels before the 2016/2017 drought.

The cross-docking facility in Nacala is now complete, and a ramp-up in volumes for the Syrah graphite contract is expected.

The Financial Services division reported solid results with an increase in earnings over the same period in the prior year. Strong performance of the UK Property Portfolio was reported. Grindrod remains committed to providing the support required during the transition phase of the SASSA bank accounts and distribution of payments.

As per the SENS announcement dated 22 August 2018, Andrew Waller will be appointed as CEO Grindrod Limited and Xolani Mbambo will be appointed Financial Director Grindrod Limited with effect from 1 September 2018. Waller and Mbambo will also perform these respective roles for the Freight Services business, as Grindrod consolidates the structure.

“We are seeing results from our focus on developing freight solutions for our customers using our infrastructure assets along Africa’s logistics corridors,” said Mike Hankinson, Executive Chairman Grindrod. “Steady and organic growth is expected in the Financial Services Division as it continues to drive focused business growth and seek investment banking opportunities.”

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : DAL KALAHARI

DAL Kalahari in Durban harbour. Picture: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
DAL Kalahari.      Picture: Trevor Jones

Deutsche Afrika Linien (DAL) container ship DAL KALAHARI (IMO 9526904) arriving in Durban harbour to work cargo at the container terminal. The 106,043-dwt vessel is actually a Maersk-owned and managed ship (Maersk Luz) but has been on charter to the German associated line since April this year. DAL’s history of services between Northern Europe and South Africa and the Indian Ocean go back a long way – the line was one of the early participants in the Europe South Africa Conference service. The current bearer of the name DAL Kalahari is the former MAERSK LUZ but is now on charter to the German carrier. The ship was built in 2011 at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Ltd, South Korea yard as hull number 4217 and has a 7,450 TEU container capacity. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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