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Harbour and Offshore Services

R400m boost for small-scale fishing industry and tourism in W Cape

3rd August 2018 The national Department of Public Works (DPW) has teamed up with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on the roll-out of the first phase of the upgrade of 13 Western Cape harbours worth R400-million. The project – known as the Small Harbours Programme – spearheaded by the DPW and implemented... 

Maintaining Ngqura now easier and more cost effective

By: Halima Frost     3rd August 2018 South Africa’s newest deep-water port, the Port of Ngqura, has received its first piece of maintenance equipment since becoming operational in 2009. The vehicle, a crane truck – estimated to be valued at R1.8-million – was specifically modified to meet the ports requirements, and will be used... 

Maintaining Ngqura  now easier and more  cost effective
GONE FISHING The specially modified truck can be used to fish tyres out of the water

Enhancing safety in the fishing industry

3rd August 2018 South Africa has become the twenty-fifth State to sign up to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) treaty on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F). The STCW-F Convention sets the certification and minimum training requirements for... 

Enhancing safety in  the fishing industry
MAKING IT OFFICIAL Although initially taken on in 2016, the treaty was formally signed last month

Full management solution for on-board maintenance launched

3rd August 2018 Marine coatings supplier Jotun launched an innovative solution that brings simplicity, predictability and optimal quality to the process of marine on-board maintenance. Launched in June, the SeaStock Management Solution will see Jotun assuming full management of its customers’ on-board... 

Full management solution for on-board maintenance launched
ACROSS THE BOARD Seastock System covers all on-board maintenance systems for a client

New appointments to help ship repair focus

3rd August 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has announced its new appointments and rotational changes to current harbour masters, all effective July 1, 2018.   

New appointments to  help ship repair focus
PRESTON KHOMO The strategic development of ship repair infrastructure is being brought to the fore

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port

By: Halima Frost     3rd August 2018 South Africa-based equipment supplier BLTWORLD has assisted in supplying four materials handling specialist SAMSON Eco-Hoppers to the Kenyan Port of Mombasa, in June this year. Acquiring the hoppers is part of the Mombasa Resilient Infrastructure Programme (MRIP) initiative by the Kenya Ports... 

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port
OUT OF THE QUAY The SAMSON hoppers can be moved to free up space where needed

City published harbour bylaw for public comment

4th August 2017 The City of Cape Town has made its draft Harbour bylaw available for public comment, proposing to reverse the long-running systematic mismanagement of the city’s harbours under the national departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), and Public Works (DPW).  

City published harbour  bylaw for public comment
Photo by Bloomberg
HARBOURING PROBLEMS Neglected and mismanaged harbours have a negative impact on the workers and communities who depend on the harbours for their livelihood

Company attains trade approval for weighing system

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 With industrial scale suppliers Autotech Weighing Systems having successfully attained legal for trade approval for scales and weighing information systems manufactuer Tamtron’s on-board reach stacker scale, containers can be weighed according to the international convention of Safety of Life at... 

Company attains trade approval for weighing system
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT Weighing takes place during normal operations without interrupting or slowing down the workflow at seaports or container depots

Group’s contracts set to increase marine protection in South Africa

4th August 2017 African Marine Solutions Group (Amsol) states that two milestone contract awards have further supported the company growth strategy since its acquisition of maritime services provider SMIT Amandla Marine in December.  

Group’s contracts set to increase  marine protection in South Africa
TUG ON CALL Amsol will provide a purpose-designed high speed tug to safeguard South Africa’s marine environment

Harbour reconstruction project nearing completion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 Construction companies Stefanutti Stocks Coastal and Axsys Projects have partnered for the Maydon Wharf reconstruction project in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, and they expect the project to be completed next month.  

Harbour reconstruction project nearing completion
ANCHORS OVERBOARD Despite major technological advances over past decades, it still remains a mammoth task to plan, manage and construct a marine infrastructure project

New maritime transport policy to facilitate sector growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 The Department of Transport finalised its Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy (CMTP) for South Africa in June.  

New maritime transport policy  to facilitate sector growth
CRUISING CONCEPT Private sector participation opportunities arose at the Durban cruise terminal for MSC Cruises’ subsidiary KwaZulu Cruise Terminals

Products ensure safety in offshore operations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 In the marine and offshore environment, metal corrosion is a major cost and safety factor. Steel gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails manufacturer Vital Engineering offers a range of products designed to counter the effects of corrosion in maritime environments.  

Products ensure safety in offshore operations
CORROSION CONTROL Vital Engineering’s fibreglass gratings are manufactured with continuous glass fibre strands interwoven in both directions with thermosetting resins

WiFi addresses connectivity at ports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 One of the key challenges with connectivity at a port, harbour or offshore environment is the constant movement of large objects such as ships coming in or containers being on- and offloaded.  

WiFi addresses  connectivity at ports
RIAAN GRAHAM It has become a necessity for ports to use connectivity and smart systems to make port operations more efficient and timely

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

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

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

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... 

Company assists with  compliance of new  VGM regulations
Photo by Bloomberg
TERMINAL OPERATORS SUPPORTED White Paper launched to assist in clarifying technical, commercial and cost-effective options to assist those affected by the new rules

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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