Cape Town port faces potable water restrictions
South African attorneys Shepstone & Wylie have alerted North P&I Club that restrictions imposed on the supply of fresh water to vessels calling at Cape Town, North Club mentions in an announcement. Cape Town recently experienced drought that affected the region. As a result, the port authority introduced a ban on all use of municipal drinking-quality water for outside and non-essential purposes. Thus, provision of potable water to all calling vessels has been suspended, except from extreme cases, North Club notes. According to the port of Cape Town, the vessels calling there, are requested to bunker potable water at other ports not affected by the drought. However, Cape Town isn’t the only port affected by the drought. As local media report, Mossel Bay, Ngqura and Port of Elizabeth also face water restrictions.
CT port expands with new fuel storage facility
The Port of Cape Town’s new fuel storage facility is now fully operational, having received its pilot consignment of diesel in the first week of July 2017 and was tested ahead of full operation this month. Located on approximately 37 273 square meters of land at the port’s Eastern Mole, the new fuel storage and distribution facility for cleaner fuels is poised to assist with security of fuel supply in the region. Construction began in late 2015 after Transnet National Ports Authority awarded Burgan Cape Terminals a 24-year lease to develop a new independent fuel storage, distribution and loading facility. The company, which will operate the terminal, is owned by Netherlands firm VTTI and black economic empowerment companies Thebe Investment Corporation and Jicaro. “With an estimated investment of R 890 million, the awarding of this contract to a 30% black owned company in partnership with an international operator, speaks strongly to Transnet’s commitment to the Market Demand Strategy (MDS) and the vision of the Operation Phakisa programme of creating capacity ahead of demand and unlocking South Africa’s ocean economy,” says Cape Town Port Manager Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana. Boasting a total capacity of 121 908 m³ from 12 tanks, the terminal’s product portfolio includes diesel, petrol, FAME (fatty acid methyl esters) and ethanol for blending and jet fuel. The South African government has included the Burgan Cape Terminal as a strategic project under Operation Phakisa. The terminal has accelerated transformation of the sector with its inclusion of emerging black-owned, independent fuel suppliers and contributes to energy as one of the key commodities in driving economic growth. Source: InfrastructureNews
Robben Island ferry rescues 3 fishermen
Three fishermen were rescued by a Robben Island ferry on Sunday afternoon when their fishing ski-boat capsized near the iconic island, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said. On Monday, Pat van Eyssen, the NSRI's Table Bay duty coxswain, said it appeared that, while the men were fishing at the entrance of Murry’s Place Harbour, their boat had filled with water, listed and then capsized. A Robben Island ferry, believed to be the PRINCESS SKY, was in the vicinity and was used to rescue the trio and take them back to the harbour at Robben Island. It was also used to tow their boat into that harbour. On Monday, NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said there were possibly tourists on the ferry at the time, but he was not sure. He said the ferry would not have had to deviate from its course to help the struggling fishermen, as their vessel had capsized along its route.Upload News