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Harbour and Offshore Services

Company assists with compliance of new VGM regulations

     13th May 2016 New Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) container verified gross mass (VGM) regulations will be implemented in July. Global marine services company Strainstall, part of British provider of marine engineering services James Fisher and Sons, has launched a White Paper to chart a pathway to compliance and... 

Dependable power supply a top priority in shipping

     13th May 2016 Electric power generation and electromechanical power transmission specialist Vert Energy MD Grant Robertson notes that reliable power supply is a top priority in shipping. Therefore, Vert Energy has tailored its capability to assist vessel owners – not only with routine maintenance programmes,... 

Dependable power supply a top priority in shipping
POWER MANAGEMENT CONTROLLER Vert Energy’s field services comprise reassembly, installation and commissioning; inspections and diagnostics; as well as on-site maintenance and repair

Detectors supplied to oil project

     13th May 2016 Over $3-million worth of General Monitors (GM) fixed flame and gas detection products have been supplied to the Egina offshore oilfield by safety products manufacturer MSA Africa, which forms part of the Total Upstream Nigeria project. MSA Africa supplied the products to a major engineering,... 

Detectors  supplied to  oil project
SAFETY ENSURED ON SITE A considerable amount of gas and flame detectors are required to guarantee the safety of all on-site

New risk-based inspection launched

     13th May 2016 Integrity, compliance and specialist risk consulting services group Lloyd’s Register announced in March the launch of a new Risk-based Inspection (RBI) service which combines hull integrity management with vessel classification (Class) to help minimise costs for operators of floating offshore... 

New risk-based inspection launched
Photo by Bloomberg
OPTIMISED INSPECTION The launch of a new Risk-based Inspection will help minimise costs for operators of floating offshore installations

Port authority maps out infrastructure projects

     13th May 2016 The ports industry is in a state of radical change and uncertainty, which requires flexible and adaptable port planning and design, notes Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) COO Phyllis Difeto. “The impact of the global economic downturn is a daily reminder to ports of the need to change... 

Port authority maps out infrastructure projects
Photo by Duane Daws
KEY PROJECTS UNDERWAY Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy aims to enable the effective, efficient and economic functioning of an integrated port system

Surveillance vessel visits CT on courtesy port call

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th May 2016 French surveillance frigate the Nivôse arrived in Cape Town in February for a courtesy port call from Reunion Island, a French island in the Indian Ocean, after patrolling French southern and Antarctic territories. The French Embassy in South Africa notes that during the courtesy call,... 

Surveillance vessel visits CT on courtesy port call
SURVEILLANCE FRIGATE VISITS SA The Nivôse fulfils a specific operational need, such as patrolling overseas maritime areas under French sovereignty

Vessels to be delivered by end of 2017

     13th May 2016 Before the end of 2017, nine anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels will be delivered to quality management company ESNAAD, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc). These vessels will incorporate ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin’s Optimarin Ballast System... 

Vessels to be delivered by end of 2017
OFFSHORE DEMANDS MET AHTS vessels are designed to excel in shallow waters, high temperatures, salinities and humidity

Consulting firm establishes framework agreement for National Port Plan

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th May 2015 Engineering professional services and consulting firm WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff (WSP) was contracted by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) under the TNPA Managing Contractor Framework Agreement to develop the 2014 National Port Plan (NPP).  Development of this plan spanned from June 1, 2012... 

Consulting firm establishes framework agreement for National Port Plan
CAPACITY ASSESSMENT Freight demand information enables WSP to do a capacity analysis to determine how many vessel berths are going to be needed for the various commodity types coming into the ports

New Maydon Wharf technology ‘a first for SA’  

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th May 2015 SSAXSYS JV, a joint venture (JV) between construction group Stefanutti Stocks and enterprise development partner AXSYS Infrastructure has set the completion date for construction at Maydon Wharf, in Durban, in South Africa for December 2016. The contract to start construction was signed on April... 

New Maydon Wharf technology ‘a first for SA’
PROJECT APPROACH Sucessfully upgrading the berth will require using a phased approach with limited construction access minimising disruption to the available quay space at the Port of Durban, which is already under capacity

New vessels ordered as first step of $15bn investment plan

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th May 2015 Global trade, shipping and energy conglomerate Maersk Line in March this year signed a new building order with shipping and logistics services supplier China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (Cosco) Shipyard for seven 3 600 twenty-foot equivalent container vessels. The order, of which the price is... 

New vessels ordered  as first step of $15bn  investment plan
INCREASED CAPACITY Maersk Line's investment plan will enable it to add capacity in line with growth in global container shipping demand while also replacing less efficient chartered tonnage

Ship repair company predicts 2016 oil price stabilisation

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th May 2015 Ship repair company Elgin Brown & Hamer (EBH) Namibia predicts that the oil price will most likely stabilise towards the end of 2016. The company states that it is aware of the effects that the continued low oil price could have – not only on the downstream oil and gas sector in which it operates... 

Ship repair company predicts 2016 oil price stabilisation
NEGATIVE OIL IMPACT EBH Namibia states that it is aware of the effects that the continued low oil price could have – not only on the downstream oil and gas sector in which it operates but on the Namibian economy as a whole.

Ship repair specialist’s international cred steers it in the right direction

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th May 2015 Turnkey ship repair solutions provider DCD Marine Cape Town tells Engineering News that its range of international accreditations has cemented the company’s reputation for sound safety and quality compliance, as well as industry-specific skills sets. The company, which services the maritime and... 

Ship repair specialist’s  international cred steers  it in the right direction
ACCREDITED DCD Marine, has worked hard to ensure that it complies with the highest industry standards

Solution offered for dust free bulk materials handling

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th May 2015 Environmental pollution caused by fugitive dust, is a major challenge in dry bulk handling, therefore, equipment manufacturer Samson’s Eco-hoppers are fitted with a dust control system that reduces the escape of dust during the grab-discharge cycle. Container-handling equipment and shipping... 

Solution offered for dust free bulk materials handling
HANDLING EQUIPMENT EXPANDS BLT SA is the exclusive distributors for Samson in sub-Saharan Africa – including its Eco-hoppers – offering a technical advisory, parts and maintenance service.

African oil and gas discoveries present new opportunities

By: Ilan Solomons     9th May 2014 Global provider of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services Gulf Agency Company (GAC) is aiming to increase its involvement in Angola’s oil and gas sectors. GAC Angola GM Michael Sturesson tells Engineering News that several major upstream projects are scheduled to start soon, which... 

African oil and gas discoveries present new  opportunities
DAVID HITCHMAN GAC Angola is working closely with GAC Shipping South Africa to reduce any shipment delays

Company positions itself to meet changing shipping needs

     9th May 2014 Ship repair company Elgin Brown & Hamer South Africa (EBH SA), a division of heavy engineering group DCD Marine, says it is well positioned to service Southern Africa’s burgeoning offshore oil and gas sector and the increasing number of large cargo vessels that arrive at local ports. EBH SA is... 

Company positions itself to meet changing shipping needs
DURBAN AERIAL VIEW Elgin Brown & Hamer South Africa offers a full in-house service in all aspects of ship repair

Facility upgrades assist company in servicing oil and gas sectors

By: Ilan Solomons     9th May 2014 Local oil and gas upstream service provider DCD Marine Cape Town, is undertaking work on several large local oil and gas projects. Projects completed by DCD Marine Cape Town during the first quarter of 2014 include maintenance and upgrade works on two semi-submersible drilling rigs; offshore... 

Facility upgrades assist company in servicing oil and gas sectors
A-BERTH FACILITY FerroMarine Cape invested R60-million in the works, upgrades and facilities of the A-Berth facility

New fast offshore supply vessels introduced

By: Ilan Solomons     9th May 2014 Facilities management company Servest has expanded its footprint in Africa with the introduction of two new fast offshore supply vessels in Mozambique and the opening of a new branch in Walvis Bay, Namibia, last month, Servest Marine divisional MD Julian Hurrie tells Engineering News. He adds... 

New fast offshore supply vessels introduced
NEW OFFSHORE SUPPLY VESSEL Servest has bought a seventh fast offshore supply vessel, the Ocean Swift, specifically for its new operation at the Port of Walvis Bay, in Namibia

New maritime and offshore exhibition to take place in July

By: Ilan Solomons     9th May 2014 Local events organiser Exhibition Management Services (EMS) expects about 4 000 delegates to attend the Maritime & Offshore Marine Africa (Moma) exhibition, which will replace the Fish & Marine Africa exhibition. Moma will form part of the 2014 Cape Industries Showcase exhibition and will take... 

New maritime and offshore exhibition to take place in July
SHIFTING FOCUS Many Western Cape-based companies were originally exclusive suppliers to the fishing sector, but currently service other sectors

New simulators support offshore emergency training programmes

     9th May 2014 Global training provider Maersk Training launched two new offshore emergency courses in March. The courses are the helideck emergency response team member (HERTM) and the six-day combined helideck and team member training programmes. The offshore emergency courses are accredited by the Offshore... 

New simulators support offshore emergency training programmes
PREPARING FOR ACTION Maersk Training built a new helicopter simulator and helideck fire ground to support its two new training courses

R744-million cranes delivered to local port terminals

     9th May 2014 State-owned freight and logistics group Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) achieved another significant milestone in its ongoing investment in South Africa’s ports with the arrival of four new ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and 18 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes, which are worth a total of R744-million,... 

R744-million cranes delivered to local port terminals
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS The ship-to-shore cranes have a lift height of 41 m and are capable of lifting a 65 t load under a twin lift spreader

Shipping industry can provide many new local job opportunities  

     9th May 2014 The shipbuilding and ship repair industries, employ millions of people globally, and thus have the potential to provide substantial benefits to the local economy, says ship repair company Elgin Brown & Hamer South Africa (EBH SA) GM Rob Deane. He notes that through the multiplier effect, job... 

Shipping industry can provide many new local job opportunities
JOB MULTIPLIER POTENTIAL As long as there is sustainable growth, the knock-on effect is job creation

Show to highlight African ports and harbours

     9th May 2014 Business media company Terrapinn expects about 4 000 delegates to attend its yearly Africa Ports and Harbours show, which will take place on July 1 and 2 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg. “The Africa Ports and Harbours Show, which is now in its eleventh year, is the leading... 

Show to highlight African ports and harbours
A MEETING OF THE MINDS The Africa Ports and Harbours Show is a platform for thought leaders to present their ideas and solutions to Africa’s transport community

Skills development important in shipping industry

By: Ilan Solomons     9th May 2014 Ship repair company Elgin Brown & Hamer (EBH) Namibia, a member of the DCD Marine cluster and part of the industrial engineering group DCD, is working towards becoming an employer of choice in Namibia through actively developing its employees and providing them with opportunities to advance their... 

Skills development important in  shipping industry
ADDITIONAL CAPACITY The acquisition of a 195 m Panamax floating dock has increased the company’s docking capacity by 15 000 t

Wi-Fi solution aims to improve communication capabilities

By: Ilan Solomons     9th May 2014 Wireless fidelity (WiFi) connectivity can play an important role in increasing efficiencies and productivity at harbours and ports in Africa, global WiFi technology solutions provider Ruckus Wireless sub-Saharan Africa sales director Michael Fletcher tells Engineering News. “WiFi is a more... 

Wi-Fi solution aims to improve communication capabilities
MICHAEL FLETCHER The Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart WiFi solution is designed to extend the range and reliability of wireless signals

Advanced technology further boosts productivity at EC port terminals

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th April 2013 Technological advancements and new equipment have contributed to the consistent high productivity at the Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT) in the Eastern Cape, states State-owned freight and logistics group Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) Eastern Cape GM Siya Mhlaluka. 

Drilling project completed off Nacala coastline

     26th April 2013 Drilling and testing services company Geomechanics has successfully completed an offshore drilling project 2 km off northern Mozambique’s Nacala coastline in August last year. The site investigations were carried out in Nacala Bay for a proposed new offshore coal jetty linked to the onshore coal... 

Offshore company strategises for completion of high-level projects

     26th April 2013 Vessel and semi-submersible rig maintenance and modifications are characterised by tight deadlines and strict project schedules. Any unwarranted delays in the repair programme can result in serious negative knock-on effects for the client. Companies cite financial and reputation loss as the... 

Skills needed to benefit from growth in offshore oil and gas discoveries

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th April 2013 The recent oil and gas deposit discoveries on the Southern African coast may be feasible investment opportunities for South Africa, as these discoveries have the potential to spur economic growth and drive manufacturing development, says global management consultancy AT Kearney principal Martin... 

State-owned shipping company not feasible at this stage – CEO

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th April 2013 It is not commercially feasible to launch a State-owned shipping company, owing to recent managerial challenges experienced by other State-owned enterprises (SOEs), says advisory firm Frontier Advisory CEO Dr Martyn Davies. 

Trade growth to improve in 2013

     26th April 2013 Maersk Line South Africa, subsidiary of the world’s largest container shipping company, sees a moderate trade growth for the country in 2013 after a challenging 2012. This is despite significant socioeconomic challenges in the local market last year. These included the impact of industrial action... 

Company aims to become main player in marine construction industry 

By: Yolandi Booyens     27th April 2012 South African construction group Stefanutti Stocks aims to position its marine construction division to win a big chunk of State-owned Transnet’s overall R300-billion infrastructure spend over the next seven years. 

Investment in ports, harbours to spur economic growth 

By: Yolandi Booyens     27th April 2012 A shortage of skilled procurement professionals is a significant challenge that is further hampering the greatly needed development of the new harbour and port capacity for Southern Africa, says global management consultancy AT Kearney partner Wim Plaizier. 

New inspection technology for marine industry 

By: Yolandi Booyens     27th April 2012 Anchor Testing and Rigging Services, a subsidiary of international equipment supplier Anchor Industries, plans to introduce an automated inspection and safety compliance management system (ISCM), the Field ID, onto the South African harbour and offshore market. 

Port operator rolls out terminal operating system 

     27th April 2012 South African port operator Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) this month rolled out its Navis SPARCS N4 terminal operating system at the Durban roll-on roll-off (RoRo) facility, with roll-out of the system at the Maydon Wharf section to follow in August. 

Service provider focuses on development of maritime professionals

By: Yolandi Booyens     27th April 2012 Specialist maritime services provider Smit Amandla Marine reports that there is a lot of interest in the company’s cadet training scheme, particularly from learners at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the Durban University of Technology (DUT). 

Shipping line prepares for Transnet developments

By: Yolandi Booyens     27th April 2012 New infrastructure developments at the Port of Durban, which form part of freight transport group Transnet’s R300-billion, seven-year capital expenditure programme, will have a big impact on all shipping lines calling at the port, says global shipping company Maersk Line. 

Container shipping industry to incur 2012 losses

By: Natalie Greve     2nd December 2011 The international container shipping industry will take a beating in the upcoming financial year as a result of low freight rates, increased shipping capacity and unpredictable trade volumes, predicts South African freight shipping firm Ocean Africa CEO Andrew Thomas. 

Durban ship repair facilities in need of upgrade, expansion

By: Natalie Greve     2nd December 2011 Inadequate maintenance of existing ship-repair infrastructure and unresolved port expansion plans at the Port of Durban could result in insufficient capacity for local ship repair companies to service future demand, asserts ship repair and marine engineering company Elgin Brown & Hamer MD Rob Deane. 

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