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Ngqura Container Terminal hits volume milestone

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2017 Over 81 927 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) passed through the Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT), in the Eastern Cape, in October, the highest units ever handled in the terminal’s history. This remarkable milestone not only bodes well for the economy of the region and the country, but also shows... 

TNPA completes R39m infrastructure upgrade at Port Nolloth

By: Anine Kilian     20th November 2017 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has completed the R39-million rehabilitation of the infrastructure of Port Nolloth on the north-western coast of South Africa. The infrastructure upgrade was carried out by contractor Steffanuti Stocks Marine over 14 months, with 25% of the contract... 

South African ports ready for bumper cruise season

     20th November 2017 More than 20 luxury cruise ships operated by 17 international cruise lines will call at South Africa’s ports during the 2017/18 cruise season. “As the South African port authority, we have positioned Durban and Cape Town as stimulus cruise home ports, while Richards Bay, Mossel Bay, Port... 

South African ports ready for bumper cruise season

TNPA launches uMkhomazi tug

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Friday launched its penultimate tug as part of its R1.4-billion, nine-tug construction contract. The uMkhomazi tug, which means “place of cow whales” in Zulu, will serve at the Port of Durban. The moniker was given by the Zulus in reference to large... 

Hydrogen could deliver one fifth of world carbon cuts by 2050 – industry group

By: Reuters     14th November 2017 Increasing the use of hydrogen in power, transport, heat and industry could deliver around one fifth of the total carbon emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to safe levels by mid-century, a report by the Hydrogen Council said on Monday. To encourage industries to use hydrogen, Toyota... 

Shipping company cleaning up Durban cargo spill

By: News24Wire      6th November 2017 According to a statement released in Geneva on Friday by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) specialised boats and machinery are trying to extract the vast quantities of "nurdles" (raw plastic pellets) floating in the Durban harbour following a cargo spill by container ship MSC Susanna 24 days... 

Transnet resumes operations at Port of Durban after KwaZulu-Natal storms

By: African News Agency      2nd November 2017 State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet said on Thursday that 100% of marine operations at the Port of Durban have resumed following a violent storm in KwaZulu-Natal last month. Last month inclement weather left a trail of destruction in the country’s busiest port, the Port of Durban... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex 

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet continues to pare back its investment portfolio in the South African, which is expected to grow by less than 1% in 2017. The group, which operates rail, port and pipelines businesses, expects to invest R229.2-billion over the coming seven years,... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama outlines how the utility is dealing with ongoing allegations of State Capture and corruption. Recorded: 30.10.2017. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Detailed design under way for refurbishment of Mossel Bay slipway 

By: Anine Kilian     27th October 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) Port of Mossel Bay has appointed a service provider to provide a detailed design for the refurbishment of the port’s 500 t slipway and sideslip facility. The refurbished facility will cater primarily for fishing vessels.  

Local stainless steel industry remains optimistic

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 While South African demand for stainless steel is under severe pressure, the potential for growth once the local economy improves is strong and distributors are starting to position themselves strategically to take advantage of this, says stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless CEO Lucien... 

Local stainless steel  industry remains optimistic
CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM The global stainless steel market had a strong run early this year, on the back of substantial chromium and nickel price increases at the end of last year, which continued into 2017

Africa in focus as Transnet sets R100bn revenue target for 2020

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has set a target of becoming a R100-billion company by March 2020, with its business interests in the rest of Africa expected to contribute materially to the increase in revenues. In 2016/17, Transnet reported a 5.3% rise in revenue to R65.5-billion.... 

Africa in focus as Transnet sets R100bn revenue target for 2020

Transnet asking suppliers to provide details of any third-party ‘commissions’

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2017 Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama says that the freight logistics group is investigating every allegation of possible corruption in relation to the State-owned group’s procurement programmes, revealing that scope of its inquiries extends beyond the R50-billion locomotive contract, which is the subject... 

Transnet asking suppliers to provide details of any third-party ‘commissions’
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

TNPA progresses multibillion-rand investment in East London port

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2017 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Friday said it had injected R542-million into several major infrastructure and equipment projects at the Port of East London over the past few years as part of Operation Phakisa. This includes the R219-million refurbishment of the dry dock to... 

Hydraulics scope for vessel project completed

     20th October 2017 In its biggest sea vessel project ever undertaken, hydraulic components and turnkey hydraulic systems supplier Hytec successfully designed, manufactured, installed and commissioned all hydraulics for three systems on board the most technologically advanced marine diamond sampling and exploration... 

Hydraulics scope for  vessel project completed
SHIPPING IT Hytec was responsible for all hydraulics pertaining to the mv SS Nujoma’s heave compensation system, launch and recovery system and the world-first advanced sub-sea sampling system called Seabed Tool

Durban harbour remains closed after devastating storm

By: News24Wire      11th October 2017 Durban harbour was still closed on Wednesday morning with authorities having spent Tuesday night refloating five vessels that were pushed aground and emergency services were still on high alert after a massive storm that killed at least six people. "[Emergency Medical Services] are still on high... 

Durban harbour remains closed after devastating storm

Storm forces TNPA to suspend vessel movements at Durban port

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has suspended all vessel movements in the Port of Durban owing to a storm lashing parts of KwaZulu-Natal. “Transnet’s marine services team and tugboats are assisting with several emergencies. These include the grounding of three vessels in the Port of... 

DCT adopts multipronged approach to alleviate congestion

By: Anine Kilian     27th September 2017 The Durban Container Terminal (DCT) has adopted a multipronged approach to alleviate congestion issues at the terminal. The Transnet Port Terminal [TPT] leadership team, under the guidance of CEO Nozipho Sithole, is working closely with operations with the view to finding sustainable solutions to... 

Second international car shipping company faces prosecution by tribunal 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th September 2017 Norwegian car shipping company Hoegh Autoliners has been referred to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution on seven charges relating to alleged collusive tendering, price fixing and market division.   The charges stem from a probe into alleged widespread anticompetitive conduct in the market... 

Transnet says retrenchment reports are misleading and inaccurate

By: Terence Creamer     11th September 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has described as “misleading” and “inaccurate” reports that it has embarked on a retrenchment process. Some media reports have suggested that the utility may retrench up to 8 000 workers. However, in a statement Transnet said it was not contemplating... 

Transnet says retrenchment reports are misleading and inaccurate

SA’s export strategy aims to boost capacity for value-added goods, services trade

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI's) Integrated National Export Strategy (INES) to help improve the global competitiveness of South African exporters and tap the export-led economic growth benefits that have flowed to other developing countries in recent decades. The strategy... 

SA’s export strategy aims to boost capacity for value-added goods, services trade

Cape Town’s first oil storage, distribution terminal open for business

By: Samantha Herbst     30th August 2017 Cape Town’s first independent oil storage and distribution terminal, Burgan Cape Terminal, was officially opened in the Eastern Mole of the Port of Cape Town on Tuesday. The city’s newest energy asset offers 122 000 m3 of diesel and petrol storage and will offer the option to blend bioethanol and... 

Cape Town’s first oil storage, distribution terminal open for business

New Transnet, DBSA finance scheme set up to support African rail exports

By: Terence Creamer     28th August 2017 State-owned entities Transnet and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have agreed to create a new facility that will extend favourable financing to African and Middle Eastern buyers of Transnet Engineering’s (TE’s) rail rolling stock and port equipment. The financing scheme will be... 

New Transnet, DBSA finance scheme set up to support African rail exports
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet chief officer in advanced manufacturing Thamsanqa Jiyane

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade and value chains across SADC region

By: Anine Kilian     25th August 2017 It is common cause that industrialisation across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is key to diversifying the regional economy away from its current reliance on export of raw commodities and to supporting economic growth and employment creation. There is broad acceptance that SADC... 

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade  and value chains across SADC region

TNPA names latest new tug Usiba

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2017 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) this week named its seventh new tug, Usiba, ahead of its delivery to the Port of Richards Bay in November. The tug is one of nine to be delivered to TNPA as part of a R1.4-billion construction contract awarded to South African Shipyards. 

TNPA names latest new tug Usiba

Grindrod looking to list separate shipping business

By: Anine Kilian     23rd August 2017 JSE-listed Grindrod intends to unbundle and list its shipping business as a separate entity on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, as it does not believe that the value of the shipping business is fairly reflected in the Grindrod share price. “We have appointed professional advisers in and outside... 

Infrastructure initiative garners support from nine African presidents

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2017 Spearheaded by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI), aimed at accelerating regional trade and unlocking the economic potential of the continent, now has nine African presidents on board, with ten projects in the spotlight as Africa... 

Infrastructure initiative garners support from nine African presidents

Focus needed to maximise S Africa’s export potential

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 The future of the South African materials handling sector will be impacted on significantly by sub-Saharan Africa development and the ability of South Africa to leverage its export capabilities on the subcontinent, says engineering consultant WSP Africa transport and infrastructure divisional... 

Focus needed to maximise S Africa’s export potential
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN Business and government must align and work together to realise South Africa’s export potential

Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th August 2017 In the findings and recommendations of the first-ever market inquiry into the local liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, the Competition Commission urges public and private organisations to improve performance in the sector, yet much uncertainty remains in the wake of the report’s publication.... 

Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

Grindrod expects to narrow interim losses

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2017 Shipping and logistics group Grindrod expects to narrow its headline loss to between R119-million and R139-million for the six months ended June 30, a 64% to 69% improvement on the headline loss of R381-million reported for the first half of 2016. It further expects to report a loss of between... 

Sea Harvest invests in new trawler

     11th August 2017 JSE-listed Sea Harvest has acquired a new freezer trawler from Icelandic fishing company HB Grandi for $13.5-million. The MV Therney trawler was built in the Sterkoder yard in Norway. 

Transnet mulls options to improve Durban port efficiencies

By: Shirley le Guern     4th August 2017 Improving ship turnaround times, implementing a scheduling system to alleviate crippling truck congestion at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) and rescheduling construction of the Durban Dig Out Port (DDOP) were some of the key topics discussed during a business-to-business breakfast hosted by... 

Transnet mulls options to improve Durban port efficiencies
Locomotives at the Port of Durban, South Africa

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
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