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In recent months, issues with transhipment cargo ex-UK have been experienced as a result of both container lines serving South Africa from the UK omitting Cape Town as the first port of call. These omissions have affected the delivery of transhipment cargo on V.267 of the RMS and three of the first four voyages of the MV Helena.

AW Ship Management have investigated the matter with the container lines and there appears to be no single clear reason for the regular omission of Cape Town as the first port, with local weather conditions as well as port and ship technical failures all being given as root causes.

AWSM consider the regular omission of Cape Town calls wholly unacceptable and have been working with UK export customers and SHG to agree a strategy to minimise the considerable disruption caused.

As a result, it has been agreed for all UK transhipment dates to be brought forward by one week to allow export cargo to be loaded on an earlier sailing. Therefore, if the transhipment vessel omits Cape Town, time will be available for the ship to return and deliver the cargo in time for the intended sailing of the MV Helena. Should the transhipment vessel call at Cape Town as planned, cargo will be securely stored ready to be loaded on board the MV Helena for the intended voyage. Costs of this storage will be met by AWSM and not passed on to customers.

Due to cargo already booked, this arrangement will start from Voyage 8 and the schedule has been updated on the St Helena Shipping website to reflect this. Due to the impact that this change will have to export suppliers, AWSM consider the change to be a temporary measure and the performance of container lines calling to Cape Town will be monitored. Should the reliability of the service improve, consideration will be given to returning the ex-UK delivery dates to the original schedule.

MV Helena – Change to UK Transhipment Dates

In recent months, issues with transhipment cargo ex-UK have been experienced as a result of both container lines serving South Africa from the UK omitting Cape Town as the first port of call. These omissions have affected the delivery of transhipment cargo on V.267 of the RMS and three of the first four voyages of […]

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MV Helena V.06 BAF / CAF Adjustments

Please be advised that the bunker and currency adjustments for MV Helena Voyage 06 will be as follows: Voyage 05 CAF – Additional 1.75% applied to container and breakbulk freight BAF – Additional £90 to be added per container. Additional £3.60 per w/m on breakbulk shipments.

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MV Helena – Cape Town Export Stacks

AW Ship Management have received from Cape Town agents the following: Please be advised that with immediate effect the export stack dates for this vessel will be based on the ETD and NOT on the ETA of the vessel. For your guidance, we have listed below the export stack dates for future voyages. RNC will […]

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MV Helena V.04 – Transhipment Cargo ex-UK

We regret to advise that we received official notice that the MSC Athens will omit her first Cape Town call, she will now keep all Cape Town cargo onboard and discharge on her north-bound voyage around the 25th May. Following consultation with St Helena Government, and due to the perishable cargo currently being loaded in […]

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MV Helena V.05 BAF / CAF Adjustments

Please be advised that the bunker and currency adjustments for MV Helena Voyage 05 will be as follows: Voyage 05 CAF – Additional 1.75% applied to container and breakbulk freight BAF – Additional £45 to be added per container. Additional £1.80 per w/m on breakbulk shipments.

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MV Helena V.04 – Cape Town Receiving Dates

Cape Town agents, RNC have issued cargo and small parcels receiving dates for V.04. Please see the below links. Helena V04 Receiving Dates – Cargo Helena V04 Receiving Dates – Small Parcels

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MV Helena V.03 – Berthing at Rupert’s Bay Wharf

Due to prevailing conditions and heavy swells, berthing of the MV Helena at Rupert’s Bay was delayed until the morning of the 25th April. However, cargo operations were carried out at the anchorage to offset the time lost. Once cargo operations are completed alongside, a further announcement will be made regarding any amendments to the […]

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MV Helena V.03 – Departure Cape Town

The MV Helena departed Cape Town on the 15th April 2018 at 1800 local time, with 92 containers and 238t of break bulk cargo. ETA at St Helena is the 21st April 2018 at 1200 local time.

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MV Helena V.03 / V.04 – BAF / CAF Adjustments

Please be advised that the bunker and currency adjustments for MV Helena Voyages 03 and 04 will be as follows: Voyage 03 CAF – set to zero, no change for this voyage BAF – set to zero, no change for this voyage Voyage 04 CAF – set to zero, no change for this voyage BAF […]

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MV Helena V.02 – Ascension Island Call

The MV Helena is currently en-route to St Helena and is expected to arrive on the 26th March at 0600 local time. It was intended for V.02 to form the first call of the MV Helena to Ascension Island to meet up with the ex-UK FIRS vessel in order to collect southbound cargo for St […]

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