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Ports & Shipping News

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

Somali pirates hijack first commercial ship since 2012

By: Reuters     14th March 2017 Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew onboard, a Somali official said on Tuesday, the first time they have successfully taken a commercial ship since 2012. The Aris 13 sent a distress call on Monday, turned off its tracking system and altered course for the Somali port... 

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

Malawi hoping to woo shipbuilding investors to Lake Malawi

By: Marcel Chimwala     15th December 2016 Malawi is looking for investors to establish shipbuilding and repair facilities on the shores of Lake Malawi. Ministry of Transport and Public Works marine services director Laston Makudzula says potential investors have indicated their interest. 

TNPA to issue tender for berth deepening megaproject

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) multibillion-rand Main Marine Construction Works package, part of the R7-billion Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2 berths 203 to 205 reconstruction, deepening and lengthening project, will be put out to tender this month. The tender process for... 

TNPA to issue tender for berth deepening megaproject

Transnet appoints Ngqura liquid bulk terminal operator

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th December 2016 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has selected independent bulk liquid storage provider Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) as the preferred bidder to plan, fund, build, own, maintain and operate a new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura, in Port Elizabeth. OTGC,... 

South African company buys Smit Amandla Marine 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2016 African Marine Solutions Group (Amsol) has bought Southern Africa-focused specialist marine solutions provider Smit Amandla Marine from Netherlands-based maritime infrastructure company Royal Boskalis Westminster for €50-million, returning the company to South African ownership. Amsol is owned by... 

Rail freight system will benefit economy, reduce road maintenance

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 To limit the damage to the national and provincial road networks – primarily caused by heavy-duty freight vehicles – and cut down on resulting maintenance, government should ensure that South Africa has a workable and reliable rail freight service, says auditing and consulting firm KPMG. KPMG... 

Rail freight system will benefit economy, reduce road maintenance
DE BUYS SCOTT The establishment of a workable rail infrastructure would stimulate job creation and economic growth during the construction phase of rail-related projects

SA business delegation explores opportunities at Central African ports

By: David Oliveira     25th November 2016 Research and consulting specialists Africa House led a business delegation to Central African port cities last month, to explore business opportunities in new port developments in Cameroon and the Republic of Congo. The business delegation comprised South African business development managers and... 

South African container trade remains under pressure

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2016 Expectations that South Africa’s container market would grow during the third quarter of the year proved incorrect, despite a slightly stronger rand, indicates the 2016 Q3 Maersk Trade Report. The report shows that the market declined by 6% year-on-year. 

Direct route helping SA improve trade with India

By: David Oliveira     18th November 2016 According to the 2016 H1 ‘Maersk Group India Trade Report’, India continues to shine as one of the largest containerised trade markets, registering significant growth of 11% in the first half of the year, with extensive opportunities existing for South Africa–India trade going forward. Increased... 

Improved dispatch times reduce maintenance delays

By: Aarifah Nosarka     11th November 2016 Self-lubricating bearing manufacturer Vesconite Bearings is ensuring that its internally lubricated polymers and polymer bearings for fishing boats are exported faster to Mauritius to ensure prompt maintenance. “Vesconite Bearings has been engaging with its courier company to speed up delivery of... 

Improved dispatch times reduce maintenance delays
BOAT MAINTENANCE Internally lubricated polymer bearings for fishing boats increase maintenance intervals

Stronger rand failed to boost Q3 container trade, says Maersk

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2016 Expectations that South Africa’s container market would grow during the third quarter of the year proved incorrect, despite a slightly stronger rand, indicates the 2016 Q3 Maersk Trade Report. The report shows that the market declined by 6% year-on-year. 

Stronger rand failed to boost Q3 container trade, says Maersk

Most Transnet lenders agree to relax downgrade triggers

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2016 South Africa’s freight logistics utility Transnet has reached agreement with the majority of lenders to relax covenant triggers in respect of R30.1-billion in debt. These triggers would otherwise be brought into play in the event that South Africa is downgraded to junk in December. Transnet’s... 

Most Transnet lenders agree to relax downgrade triggers
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CFO Garry Pita

Transnet sets up R20bn acquisitions war chest, as it pulls in capex horns 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has set aside a R20-billion war chest for mergers and acquisitions inside South Africa and the rest of the continent, owing to “limited” prospects for organic growth domestically. Specific merger and acquisition (M&A) targets have been identified as... 

Transnet sets up R20bn acquisitions war chest, as it pulls in capex horns
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama on the group's R20-billion M&A war chest. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 7.11.2016

Bearings manufacturer completes upgrades at the Port of Saldanha Bay

By: Victor Moolman     4th November 2016 Split roller bearing specialist OE Bearings installed 500-mm-diameter split bearings last month on the third of three stacker reclaimer bucket wheels at the Port of Saldanha Bay, in Western Cape. 

Bearings manufacturer completes upgrades at the Port of Saldanha Bay
SALDANHA BUCKET WHEEL Three of the bucket wheels at Saldanha Bay have been fitted with new split roller bearings from OE Bearings
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