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Palabora, Grindrod sign five-year magnetite handling contract

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th February 2020 JSE-listed freight and logistics company Grindrod has entered into a five-year contract to transport five-million tonnes a year of magnetite by rail from copper miner Palabora Mining Company's operations, in Limpopo, to the Matola terminal, in Mozambique, where it will store the magnetite.... 

DP World to upgrade, maintain Eritrean ports

By: Bloomberg     17th February 2020 The Red Sea state of Eritrea contracted DP World to upgrade its ports as regional peace brings increased business to its shores. Formerly isolated Eritrea is normalizing foreign relations after signing an historic peace deal in July 2018 with neighbouring Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous... 

TPT boosts equipment capabilities with R2bn investment

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2020 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has already invested R2-billion to replace ageing equipment during the 2020 calendar year in response to industry calls for equipment that will improve performance across its operations. The investment included the acquisition of two mobile harbour cranes for the... 

Maputo port breaks record for volumes handled in 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th February 2020 The Port of Maputo, in Mozambique, handled 21-million tons of goods last year, exceeding its 2018 record of 19.5-million tons. The port handled higher volumes of chrome, magnetite and containers.  

Maputo port breaks record for volumes handled in 2019
Maputo Port

Astron’s Milnerton refinery meets deadline for producing very low-sulphur fuel oil

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th February 2020 Energy company Astron Energy’s refinery has been successfully supplying ships in the ports of Cape Town and Richards Bay with low-sulphur fuel oil for the last month. The oil meets the stringent new International Maritime Organisation regulations, which had to be met by refineries globally by... 

Astron’s Milnerton refinery meets deadline for producing very low-sulphur fuel oil
Port of Cape Town

Port of Gauteng development to revamp logistics landscape 

6th February 2020 Investor and developer NT55 Investments believes the Port of Gauteng development – a proposed inland port and railway park in Gauteng – will transform the country’s rail and transport logistics landscape through its efficient supply chain performance and the considerable cost savings it will... 

Port of Gauteng development to revamp logistics landscape
Port of Gauteng development to revamp logistics landscape

Transnet’s new head promises an open door and action

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2020 State-owned Transnet’s newly appointed CE Portia Derby has pledged to partner with the mining industry in an open and transparent way in a bid to boost the utility and ultimately help grow the economy. “We want to be a cool, easy company to deal with. We don’t want to make it difficult for you to... 

Transnet’s new head promises an open door and action

Transnet appoints Portia Derby as new Group CEO

By: African News Agency      1st February 2020 Portia Derby has been appointed group chief executive of Transnet, the department of public enterprises said on Friday night.  The appointment was made following "an extensive and rigorous search", the department said via an emailed statement. 

Consortium of three companies to build Egypt's first dry port – minister

By: Reuters     30th January 2020 A consortium of three companies has been awarded a contract for a $176-million project to build Egypt's first dry port, the first of eight ports the government plans to set up, the transportation minister said on Wednesday. The companies are Egypt's El Sewedy Electric and 3a International and... 

Transnet sets new reefer loading record

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th January 2020 Transnet Port Terminals has broken an all-time record by loading 1 665 reefers of South African grapes, blueberries and plums destined for Europe, aboard the Santa Clara, owned by logistics company Maersk. A Cape Town Container Terminal team achieved the new record over the past week, surpassing... 

Proposed inland port to change the Gauteng logistics landscape, says developer

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th January 2020 Investor and developer NT55 Investments believes the Distribution Junxion development – a proposed inland port and railway park in Gauteng – will transform the country’s rail and transport logistics landscape through its efficient supply chain performance and the considerable cost savings it will... 

Proposed inland port to change the Gauteng logistics landscape, says developer
Distribution Junxion Map

Cable ship en route to fix damaged undersea cables

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd January 2020 Cable ship Leon Thevenin departed Cape Town Harbour on Wednesday night and will sail to offshore Angola where the first steps of the physical repair on damaged undersea cables – South Atlantic 3/West Africa Submarine Cable (SAT3/WASC) and the West African Cable System (WACS) – will begin. The... 

East London port increasing in popularity

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd January 2020 South Africa’s only river port, the Port of East London, is increasing in popularity as a cruise port with 14 cruise liner calls this season – the most calls it has ever received in a single season. The growth this season is mainly driven by the addition of the AIDAmira, which is on her first... 

East London port increasing in popularity
AIDAmira

London court orders Djibouti to restore DP World's rights over Doraleh port – WAM

By: Reuters     15th January 2020 A London arbitration court has ordered Djibouti to restore DP World's right to operate the Doraleh Container Terminal as detailed under a 2006 concession deal within two months or pay damages, the State news agency WAM reported on Tuesday. The government of Djibouti seized the terminal from Dubai... 

As historic ship-fuel switch nears, South Africa is not ready yet  

By: Bloomberg     18th December 2019 Historic rules to clean up pollution in the shipping industry are two weeks from taking effect, but there are signs that enforcing the new legislation will prove tricky. The International Maritime Organisation, part of the UN, is trying to curb the release of sulfur oxides that it says are bad... 

As historic ship-fuel switch nears, South Africa is not ready yet

Task team established to relieve congestion at Cape Town port: Maynier

By: African News Agency      9th December 2019 Western Cape member of the executive council (MEC) for economic affairs David Maynier on Monday said he has established a task team to solve ongoing congestion in the Cape Town port. "We are concerned by the significant issues at the Port of Cape Town particularly with regards to congestion at... 

Transnet reiterates commitment to developing East London port

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has reiterated its commitment to developing the Port of East London in a bid to support economic growth in Buffalo City. The announcement was made during an address at the recent Buffalo City Investment Conference in East London, an initiative of the... 

TNPA, Durban municipality get beaches ready for holidaymakers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th December 2019 Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA’s) dredging services division has been hard at work to prepare the beaches along Durban’s Golden Mile for holidaymakers this festive season. TNPA uses two trailing suction hopper dredgers to dredge sand from the sand trap on the southern side of the... 

TNPA, Durban municipality get beaches ready for holidaymakers

New terminal operator launches business in the Port Elizabeth port

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd December 2019 In-port logistics provider Bidfreight Port Operations (BPO) officially launched its multipurpose terminal (MPT) operations in the Port of Port Elizabeth on November 29, following completion of the refurbishment of Sheds 10 and 11. Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Port Elizabeth... 

New terminal operator launches business in the Port Elizabeth port
The refurbished Sheds 10 and 11 in the Port of PE

Truck traffic congestion at Durban port being addressed, says TNPA

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) says it is addressing “serious truck traffic congestion” in the Port of Durban’s Bayhead precinct, which began on Tuesday and continued overnight into Wednesday morning. Consequently, TNPA has arranged for the urgent deployment of the South African... 

Planets aligning for SA firms as huge Mozambique gas projects get moving

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2019 South Africans have yet to grasp both the scale of the gas resources uncovered in neighbouring Mozambique and the size of the business and energy opportunities these discoveries present. With yet more exploration rounds to come, some 150-trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of gas has already been... 

Planets aligning for SA firms as huge Mozambique gas projects get moving

South Africa’s transport future depends on how economy is stimulated 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2019 Transport infrastructure is considered a critical part of the National Development Plan 2030, with State-owned Transnet capital projects acting project director Shraveen Ramdhar on Thursday saying South Africa’s transport future was dependent on how government intended to stimulate the economy.... 

South Africa’s transport future depends on how economy is stimulated
Transnet capital projects acting project director Shraveen Ramdhar speaks to Engineering News Online about South Africa’s transport future. (Video: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd)

R7bn Limpopo coal mine a step closer as ResGen, Transnet ink ten-year logistics deal 

By: Terence Creamer     21st November 2019 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet signed a ten-year take-or-pay coal transport agreement with Resource Generation (ResGen) subsidiary Ledjadja Coal on Thursday, improving prospects for the development of a new R7-billion greenfield coalmine in the Limpopo province. Under the contract,... 

R7bn Limpopo coal mine a step closer as ResGen, Transnet ink ten-year logistics deal
Transnet chief customer officer Mike Fanucchi and ResGen interim CEO Papi Molotsane signing coal transport agreement

Durban port increases tourism attractiveness with new terminal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th November 2019 The MSC Orchestra cruise liner has made its maiden voyage to South African shores. It started its journey in Genoa, Italy, and stopped at the Réunion island, before arriving at the Port of Durban on Saturday with 3 000 passengers. 

Durban port increases tourism attractiveness with new terminal
MSC Orchestra

ELB progresses with ship loader assembly in Saldanha

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2019 ELB Engineering Services is assembling two mobile ship loaders, which it supplied to Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), at the Saldanha Bay multipurpose terminal. The ship loaders, which feature telescopic booms, will be used in combination with the double-sided mobile truck unloading system at the... 

ELB progresses with ship loader assembly in Saldanha
Mobile ship loaders being assembled at Saldanha terminal

TNPA starts dredging maintenance at Cape Town port

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th November 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) dredging services division has embarked on a maintenance dredging campaign at the Port of Cape Town to ensure the port provides safe navigational channels and berthing facilities for shipping. TNPA will remove about 20 000 m3 of sand and sediment... 

TNPA starts dredging maintenance at Cape Town port
Port of Cape Town

Durban port welcomes first vessel on new Miax service

By: Simone Liedtke     8th November 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Transnet Ports Terminals (TPT), through the Port of Durban, this week welcomed the first vessel to arrive at the port on the new Middle East–India–Africa Express (Miax) service, which was recently introduced by Hapag-Lloyd and its alliance partner,... 

Durban port welcomes first vessel on new Miax service
The container vessel MV New Jersey Trader

Royal IHC offers bespoke solutions for African ports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th November 2019 Innovative maritime equipment and services provider Royal IHC says Africa is developing at a challenging time, where the need for greater African economic integration is urgent. At the same time, China seeks growth in Africa and Russia and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development... 

Royal IHC offers bespoke solutions for African ports
A customized IHC Beaver CSD in maintenance dredging operation, currently clearing a canal at a reclaimed marina in Lagos, Nigeria.

Kenya's Mombasa port to upgrade four berths at 20bn shillings

By: Reuters     24th October 2019 Kenya's port of Mombasa will spend 20-billion shillings ($193-million) to modernise four berths to handle both container cargo and goods not packed in containers, the head of the State port operator said. The port, built in 1895, is the main trade gateway for the Eastern Africa region, serving... 

First cruise vessel of the season docks in Cape Town

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st October 2019 South Africa has welcomed the first cruise vessel for the 2019/20 cruise season. The MS Albatros, operated by Phoenix Reisen, docked at the Port of Cape Town on Monday, welcoming thousands of passengers to the country’s shores.  

Mbalula calls for efforts to overcome inefficiencies, infrastructure backlogs  

By: Shirley le Guern     16th October 2019 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has made a strong call to correct inefficiencies and tackle infrastructural backlogs. “We need to accept that the way we have been working is not working. We must grow Africa’s economy and connect our economies fast. Time is against us, “he warned at the opening... 

Mbalula calls for efforts to overcome inefficiencies, infrastructure backlogs
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Gauteng can build an economy around transport, says MEC Mamabola 

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2019 With Johannesburg no longer the city of gold, Gauteng has to develop a new economic plan for the future, says Gauteng Transport and Roads MEC Jacob Mamabola. “Smart mobility can be one of the biggest next economies of Gauteng. I think we can reposition transport . . . build an economy around... 

Gauteng can build an economy around transport, says MEC Mamabola

Sasol provides R400m in financing for first South African-owned chemical tanker

By: Shirley le Guern     9th October 2019 Integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol has provided R400-million to finance the acquisition of the first South African-owned chemical tanker, the Bow Cecil, by empowered entity, Nduna Maritime. Speaking after the 37 000 dwt vessel, which is equipped with 47 tanks, docked in Durban harbour... 

Sasol provides R400m in financing for first South African-owned chemical tanker
The Bow Cecil tanker

Small ships are next big thing for this $150bn market

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2019 Giant ocean-going tankers built the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry into a $150-billion-a-year business. The next expansion opportunity may come from ships a seventh of the normal size. Fifty-five years after the first commercial LNG tanker sailed from Algeria, this segment of the gas... 

Saudi Arabia aims to be global logistics hub

By: Kim Cloete     3rd October 2019 Saudi Arabia is moving ahead with certain megaprojects to diversify its economy and to position itself as a global logistics hub. The Governor of Saudi Arabia’s General Customs Authority Ahmed Alhakbani this week said the country was ramping up its customs services in line with the goals of Saudi... 

Sars intent on slashing invoicing fraud and improving services

By: Kim Cloete     2nd October 2019 The South African Revenue Services (Sars) is on a modernisation drive that aims to strip out invoicing fraud and streamline services, Sars Commissioner Edward Kieswetter has told the annual World Congress of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations (Fiata), in Cape Town.... 

Sars intent on slashing invoicing fraud and improving services
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Sars Commissioner Edward Kieswetter

Drones set to reshape cargo, transportation sector

By: Kim Cloete     2nd October 2019 The emergence of cargo drones is set to radically improve the cargo and transportation sector, as they are able to offer autonomous quality service 24 hours a day, the yearly World Congress of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Association, has heard.  Massachusetts Institute of... 

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