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World record set after large oil rig lifted and shipped in one piece

By: Dylan Slater     19th May 2017 North Sea oil rig the Brent Delta platform, belonging to oil company Shell UK, was recently successfully lifted off of its three-legged structure in the Brent oilfield, about 180 km off the coast of the Shetland Islands last month, setting a world record for the heaviest single-piece lift at sea.  

Eastern Cape sets sights on becoming Africa’s leading fuel bunkering centre

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th May 2017 Following the successful introduction of a deep-sea bunkering service off the coast of  Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, the province has set itself the target of being the leading bunkering stopover in Africa, states Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Mlibo... 

Eastern Cape sets sights on becoming Africa’s leading fuel bunkering centre
Photo by Duane Daws
TARGETING OPPORTUNITIES The Eastern Cape province is targeting liquid fuels, bunkering services and biofuels, gas-to-power generation and a commercial and industrial gas industry

Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo, TNPA sign liquid bulk agreement

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) on Thursday signed an agreement in Port Elizabeth that will see OTGC plan, fund, construct, maintain and operate a new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The facility’s concept... 

Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo, TNPA sign liquid bulk agreement
Photo by Duane Daws
The Port of Ngqura

Bulk carrier in multimillion-rand crash at Durban harbour 

By: African News Agency      4th May 2017 A ship has overshot its berth, smashing into and destroying a multi-million rand bulk loader in the Durban harbour, it was confirmed on Wednesday. A Transnet National Ports Authority pilot was aboard the MV Julian – as is compulsory in the Durban harbour – when it crashed at the bulk terminal,... 

Syrah awards logistics contract to Grindrod

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th April 2017 Graphite developer Syrah Resources has awarded the graphite distribution and logistics services supply contract at its Balama project, in Mozambique, to JSE-listed Grindrod Mauritius. The contract includes the provision of long haul trucking services for graphite concentrate from the Balama site... 

TNPA appoints new port managers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed the Port of Cape Town’s first female port manager Mpumi Dweba, who most recently served as port manager at the Port of Ngqura. She succeeds Sipho Nzuza, who recently resigned to take up the role of eThekwini municipality city manager. 

Brazilian company unveils over-the-horizon radar

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 Brazilian technology company IACIT Soluções Tecnológicas S/A (IACIT), which develops and produces air traffic control and management and maritime traffic control and management systems, weather radars, telemetry systems, and integrated networks (among other products and systems) for civil, public... 

Container handling equipment well suited to African market

By: Nadine James     14th April 2017 Container handling equipment solutions provider Mobicon Systems’ mini straddle carriers have achieved significant success in African markets, specifically because of their low maintenance requirements, which ensure consistent functionality with minimal technical support, says materials handling... 

Container handling equipment well suited  to African market
COMPACT CONTAINER CARRIER The Mobicon 2T can carry containers safely inside a building, and under awnings to save operation time

Dredging of Port of Maputo access channel completed

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2017 The dredging of the access channel to the Port of Maputo from 11 m to up 14.4 m (chart datum) has been completed. “Those three additional metres allow us to affirm, with pride, that we are a port prepared to receive Capesize ships,” says Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) CEO Osório Lucas. 

Competition Commission refers Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha to Tribunal

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th April 2017 The Competition Commission has lodged a complaint with the Competition Tribunal against Japanese company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha. The firm is one of four companies investigated by the commission and found to have been involved in a cartel transporting Toyota vehicles by sea to and from South Africa... 

Mindset, technology changes needed to operate ports of the future

By: Shirley le Guern     5th April 2017 Current ways of operating ports and port cities are not viable or sustainable and a complete change in mindset, technology and skills would be needed in the very near future, Norton Rose Fulbright Attorneys national transport team head and master mariner Malcolm Hartwell said this week. “Ships... 

Transnet calls for private sector support in funding South Africa’s logistics infrastructure

By: Shirley le Guern     4th April 2017 Transnet cannot foot the entire R400-billion bill for logistics infrastructure alone. At least 25% should come from the private sector, which has sufficient funds “sitting and being lazy” on its balance sheets,Transnet CE Siyabonga Gama told delegates at the eThekwini Maritime Cluster’s annual... 

South African maritime industry set to grow, but challenges remain

By: Shirley le Guern     3rd April 2017 South Africa is in a unique position to leverage substantial opportunities within the maritime industry but needs greater buy-in from industry participants.This was the message from South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) acting CEO Sobantu Tilayi at a roundtable discussion, in Durban, on... 

Shipping group expects SA auto exports to continue to grow

By: David Oliveira     31st March 2017 Shipping group Safmarine believes the immediate outlook for automotive exports from South Africa is positive in light of ongoing investments by established and emerging original-equipment manufacturer (OEMs). Safmarine global key account manager Dave Everett notes that sector attracted major... 

TPT awarded multipurpose terminal depot licences

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th March 2017 The South African Revenue Service has granted Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) new depot licences for all its multipurpose terminals (MPTs) for the packing and unpacking of containers for all commodities, including agri, mineral and mining bulk products. This enables State-owned TPT to efficiently... 

TNPA undertakes R15m maintenance dredging campaign at Cape Town port

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th March 2017 The dredging services division of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has implemented a R15-million maintenance dredging campaign at the Port of Cape Town to restore the design depths inside the Duncan dock. The maintenance campaign, which was started two weeks ago and is scheduled for... 

TNPA undertakes R15m maintenance dredging campaign at Cape Town port
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Denel signs dockyard agreement with German shipbuilding group

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). This agreement will allow Denel’s Maritime Division to take responsibility for the maintenance of, and upgrades to, the South... 

Mobility Vision

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 Gauteng-based transport economist Andrew Marsay earlier in February detailed his vision for a high-density, high-value public transport system in South Africa, delivered in a presentation at the i-Transport and UATP conference, held in Sandton. Engineering News senior deputy editor Irma Venter... 

Somali pirates release hostages, warn of further attacks

By: African News Agency      17th March 2017 The first hijacking off Somalia’s coast in five years has concluded with eight crew members of a Sri Lankan oil tanker released without the payment of a ransom, three days after they were kidnapped. Despite this incident ending relatively successfully locals from the country’s fishing community... 

MCS registers its first ship under the South African flag

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th March 2017 Cape Town-based vessel operator, seafarer recruitment and training company Marine Crew Services (MCS) has registered a modern, multipurpose platform supply and support vessel (MPSV) on the South African Ships Register. The 4 221 t, 93.67 m MPSV Greatship Manisha, bareboat chartered from owner... 

MCS registers its first ship under the South African flag

Denel signs agreement with German shipbuilding group

By: Keith Campbell     13th March 2017 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). This agreement will allow Denel’s Maritime division to take responsibility for the maintenance of, and upgrades to, the South... 

Denel signs agreement with German shipbuilding group
Photo by South African Navy
The Valour-class frigate SAS Amatola

Transporters disagree with implementation of appointment only system at Durban terminal

By: Shirley le Guern     10th March 2017 The trucking fraternity has not taken kindly to an announcement on Friday by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) that it will impose an appointment only system for trucks at the Pier 2 Container Port Terminal, in Durban, from April 1. At a presentation at the Container Terminal, regional manager Thula... 

Norwegian company to design the South African Navy’s new survey ship

By: Keith Campbell     10th March 2017 Norwegian ship design and shipbuilding company Vard Marine, a subsidiary of Italy’s Fincantiere group (which holds 55.63% of the Norwegian enterprise), has confirmed that its VARD 9 105 hydrographic/oceanographic ship design is the one offered to the South African Navy (SAN) by Southern African... 

Commission refers alleged collusion case against shipping line to tribunal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2017 The Competition Commission of South Africa has referred a case of alleged price fixing, market division and collusive tendering against Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution. The commission alleged that the Japanese company, operating in South Africa, along with Mitsui... 

Armscor announces preferred bidders for new Navy ship projects

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2017 South Africa’s defence acquisition, disposals and research and development agency Armscor announced late last month the preferred bidders to supply ships for the South African Navy’s (SAN’s) Projects Biro and Hotel. They are Damen Shipyards Cape Town and South African Shipyards. Project Biro is... 

KPMG at forefront of PRASA rail infrastructure upgrades

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 Leading global advisory firm KPMG is providing full financial, commercial and localisation advisory services for one of public transport utility Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) projects currently under way. The rolling stock project, which reached financial close during the... 

KPMG at forefront of PRASA rail infrastructure upgrades
Photo by Duane Daws
PRASA PROJECT The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is replacing the entire metro rail fleet of South Africa through the provision of 3 600 new train car units

Grindrod FY16 loss widens on depressed H1 market conditions, impairments

By: David Oliveira     2nd March 2017 Shipping and logistics group Grindrod’s attributable loss widened to R1.9-billion for the 2016 financial year, from a loss of R1.43-billion in 2015, as a result of depressed market conditions in the first half of the year and impairments in its Shipping and Freight Services Rail businesses.... 

Port of Maputo entrance channel dredge completed

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2017 The dredging of the access channel to the Port of Maputo from 11 m to up 14.4 m (chart datum) has been completed. “Those three additional metres allow us to affirm, with pride, that we are a port prepared to receive Capesize ships,” says Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) CEO Osório Lucas. 

Port of Maputo entrance channel dredge completed
Dredging operations at the Maputo port

Design for the South African Navy’s new survey ship confirmed

By: Keith Campbell     24th February 2017 Norwegian ship design and shipbuilding company Vard Marine, a subsidiary of Italy’s Fincantiere group (which holds 55.63% of the Norwegian enterprise), has confirmed that its VARD 9 105 hydrographic/oceanographic ship design is the one offered to the South African Navy (SAN) by Southern African... 

Design for the South African Navy’s new survey ship confirmed
Photo by Vard Marine
The VARD 9 105 survey ship, depicted in the traditional South African Navy hydrographic ship paint scheme

Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more  

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more than anticipated in 2016, National Treasury revealed in its 2017 Budget Review on Wednesday. Even as Eskom’s financial performance improved in 2015/16 as a result of a 12.7% tariff hike and a revenue increase by R10.5-billion to R161-billion, it... 

Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more

Armscor announces preferred bidders for new Navy ship projects 

By: Keith Campbell     16th February 2017 South Africa’s defence acquisition, disposals and research and development agency Armscor announced on Thursday the preferred bidders to supply ships for the South African Navy’s (SAN’s) projects Biro and Hotel. They are Damen Shipyards Cape Town and South African Shipyards. Project Biro is for... 

Armscor announces preferred bidders for new Navy ship projects
Photo by Damen
A Damen Stan Patrol 4207 IPV of the Mexican Navy. It is not known what IPV design the company has offered South Africa. This picture merely gives an idea of what Damen can offer

South Africa to strengthen bilateral trade in shipbuilding with France

By: African News Agency      14th February 2017 South Africa has agreed to advance trade and economic relations with France in the shipbuilding industry. This comes after Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies had a courtesy meeting with the new French Ambassador to South Africa Christophe Farnaud, in Cape Town, on Monday. 

TNPA launches newest tug, the Ukhozi

By: Shirley le Guern     13th February 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Southern African Shipyards (SAS) on Monday launched a fifth new tug, the Ukhozi, in Durban. TNPA CEO Richard Vallihu told guests at the launch ceremony that the nine-tug R1.4-billion project was 81% complete and was progressing on schedule and within... 

TNPA launches newest tug, the Ukhozi
Photo by Shirley le Guern
TNPA's newest tug, the Ukhozi

Construction of N2 Business Estate under way

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 Owing to the vision of establishing the Cornubia multi-use development as an important node between King Shaka International Airport and the City of Durban, construction company M&F Giuricich Developments has announced the development of a 100 000 m2 logistics park at the N2 Business Estate, in... 

Construction of N2 Business Estate under way
Photo by Reuters
N2 The business estate will be built along the N2 to allow for easy access

Importance of gas in global energy arena set to increase

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 In the medium term, the importance of gas in the global energy mix is set to increase, owing to the growth in global liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply and a more flexible global market, says advisory firm KPMG energy economist Dr Requier Wait. 

Importance of gas in global energy arena set to increase
REQUIER WAIT Gas power plants can be more flexible than coal power plants, allowing for the support of intermittent renewable-energy sources

TNPA celebrates key milestone at Maydon Wharf

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) last week celebrated a significant milestone, when the Port of Durban’s Maydon Wharf precinct serviced Bright Sky, the first vessel to use the common-user Berth 14 after its reconstruction. Forming part of a six-berth reconstruction project at the port,... 

TNPA celebrates key milestone at Maydon Wharf

Sneakers worth R8.7m seized at S Africa-Mozambique border

By: African News Agency      29th December 2016 The South African Revenue Service said on Wednesday that customs services at Lebombo border post had made a “massive seizure” of suspected counterfeit sneakers with a total value of R8.7-million early on Monday morning. A total of 9 085 pairs of sneakers carrying the Adidas brand and 1 850 pairs... 

Sneakers worth R8.7m seized at S Africa-Mozambique border
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