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Ports around the world are faced with difficult challenges including rapid growth of freight volumes, increased demand for mineral resources, remoteness of these resources, and the increasing role of ports in global supply chain management. In order to cope with these challenges, brownfield ports around the world need to revisit their capacities, production efficiencies and service offerings, and in some instances, greenfield ports need to be developed to meet the growing demand.


South Africa could possibly downscale number of international airports

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 Cabinet will, this year, review and take a decision on rationalising the number of international airports in South Africa, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Wednesday. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, he said Cabinet had already taken a decision last year “that there are too... 

Kenya's Lake Turkana wind power scheme readying for production by end June

By: Reuters     18th January 2017 Africa's biggest wind power scheme, the Lake Turkana Wind Power project in Kenya, should be fully connected to the national electricity grid and producing power by the end of June, a director at the consortium building the project said on Wednesday. The scheme had faced a series of setbacks,... 

Transnet continues to boost maritime skills

By: Anine Kilian     18th January 2017 State-owned Transnet has further committed to building and strengthening the country’s oceans economy with a further intake of trainees for its maritime training academy, the Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE), in Durban. The intake of unemployed learners is part of Transnet’s Market Demand... 

Nigeria plan to link mines to steel mill seen as Buhari test

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2017 Nigeria’s plan to build a railway to supply iron-ore to its idle Ajaokuta steel plant could be the biggest sign yet that President Muhammadu Buhari is implementing his policy to diversify away from oil. The project began in 1979 with what the World Bank in 2002 called obsolete Soviet technology,... 

Cerrejon's Colombia coal exports, output fall in 2016

By: Reuters     17th January 2017 Output and exports of coal by Cerrejon, Colombia's biggest coal producer, fell in 2016 for the second straight year, the company said on Tuesday. Production reached 32-million tonnes, down 3.6% from the previous year when output was 33.2-million tonnes. Cerrejon did not provide a reason for the... 

Sanral rehabilitation project derisks Uitenhage power failures 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2017 The completion of an R80-million slope stabilisation engineering project in Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan region, in the Eastern Cape, has prevented the risk of damage to power cables and related blackouts in Uitenhage. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Tuesday... 

Djibouti breaks ground on massive Chinese-backed free trade zone

By: Reuters     17th January 2017 The president of Djibouti on Monday formally launched the construction of a project touted as Africa's largest free trade zone, to be built in the tiny Horn of African nation with Chinese backing. The agreement to build the 48 square kilometre free trade zone was signed in March 2016 as part of... 

Iron-ore opens 2017 with a bang after flaying skeptics last year

By: Reuters     16th January 2017 Iron-ore has carried last year’s bullish momentum into the start of 2017, with prices rallying to a two-year high amid speculation that China’s demand for overseas ore will hold up even as the world’s largest miners bring on new capacity. Ore with 62% content in Qingdao in China climbed 3.9% to... 

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,... 

Loeriesfontein, Khobab wind farms edge closer to completion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Around 750 loads of wind turbine component sections are expected to be delivered to the Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms, near Calvinia, in the Northern Cape, between January 12 and September. The components are being transported from the Port of Ngqura, outside of Port Elizabeth, in the... 

Dragflow Announces Four New Contracts For Custom Dredgers

     12th January 2017 The last quarter of the 2016 has been a busy time for DRAGFLOW technical and manufacturing teams as we received four important orders for custom-made dredgers. In the first place. A contract for five (5) dredgers, model DRH300E23 has won  for sand and gravel extraction in Middle East. The... 

Accident at port of Brazil miner Vale kills one, injures another

By: Reuters     12th January 2017 An accident on Tuesday at a port in northeastern Brazil run by miner Vale killed one worker and injured another, the company said in a note on Wednesday. Vale said the pair worked for an external company hired to erect scaffolding on pier 1 of the Ponta da Madeira terminal in the state of Maranhao. 

Fluor wins Feed contract for Eritrea potash project

By: Anine Kilian     11th January 2017 ASX-listed Danakali has awarded engineering and construction company Fluor the front-end engineering and design (Feed) and optimisation contract for the Colluli potash project, in Eritrea. The award followed a competitive tendering process that was completed in 2016. 

Tharisa confident of meeting FY PGM, chrome output guidance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2017 JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome producer Tharisa on Wednesday reported that its operations remain on track to meet the 2017 full-year production guidance of 147 000 oz of PGMs and 1.3-million tonnes of chrome concentrates, of which 300 000 t will be specialty grade chrome... 

Ethiopia aims to offer foreigners stakes in some State firms

By: Reuters     10th January 2017 Ethiopia aims to offer foreign firms stakes in some State-owned companies to help modernise the businesses, the prime minister said on Monday in a shift from stressing State investment to drive growth. The move would include offering a stake in State-owned Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics... 

Australia forecasts dramatic drop in iron-ore prices through 2018

By: Reuters     9th January 2017 Australia on Monday forecast a dramatic decline in the price of iron ore – its most valuable export commodity – over the next two years to well below current market prices. The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science forecasts iron-ore to average $51.60/t this year and $46.70 in 2018,... 

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... 

China steel, iron-ore slip on slow demand but headed for best year ever

By: Reuters     23rd December 2016 Steel and iron-ore futures in China headed south on Friday amid weak winter demand, but both commodities were well on track to post their biggest annual gains on record after this year's searing rally. Strong futures helped lift spot iron-ore prices by more than 70% this year, putting the... 

Australian cyclone downgraded but could rebuild – forecasters

By: Reuters     23rd December 2016 Australia's first cyclone of the 2016-2017 summer season has been downgraded to a tropical storm after losing punch over the Indian Ocean, but could reform in the next two days, forecasters said on Friday. "Ex-cyclone Yvette weakened overnight but may reintensify as it approaches the coast on the... 

Coal traders see end of price rally as China ramps up output

By: Bloomberg     22nd December 2016 Coal’s recovery was one of the biggest surprises in commodities this year, but it is all poised to end as output rises from China, producer of half the world’s supply. After half a decade of declines, European prices rebounded more than 80% as China, also the world’s biggest consumer of the... 

Malawi hoping to woo shipbuilding investors to Lake Malawi

By: Marcel Chimwala     16th 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. 

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. 

New gas projects will be economical – Aurecon  

By: Victor Moolman     15th December 2016 With two major gas-to-power projects under way in the country, consulting company Aurecon believes that the two, possibly three, gas power stations associated with the projects can be economical as existing infrastructure can be used to support them. 

North Mist expansion project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     15th December 2016 The project involves the expansion of Northwest Natural Gas Company’s natural-gas storage services. 

Things beginning to look up for Brazilian miner in Mozambique

By: Keith Campbell     15th December 2016 In a recent presentation to the New York Stock Exchange, Brazilian major mining group Vale reported on progress at its Mozambican operations. These comprise the Moatize coal mine and the Nacala Logistics Corridor. Moatize is primarily a metallurgical, or coking, coal mine while the Nacala... 

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... 

Galaxy inks offtake agreement at Mt Cattlin

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th December 2016 Lithium producer Galaxy Resources has signed agreements with Chinese customers to sell some 120 000 t of lithium concentrate at $830/t. Customers will also be paying an additional $15/t for every 0.1% improvement in grade of ore delivered, resulting in an agreed upon price of $905/t for 6%... 

NGOs express concern about Eskom’s involvement in nuclear build programme

By: Kim Cloete     14th December 2016 Several organisations attending public hearings in Cape Town have expressed concern about conflict of interest in Eskom’s involvement in the nuclear new build programme.  “Nuclear will not easily be accepted by the population. It is heavily contested. If you go down the nuclear path, it needs to... 

Council for Geoscience okays Thyspunt for nuclear development 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2016 State-owned Eskom on Tuesday welcomed the Council for Geoscience’s (CGS’s) confirmation that there are no geological, bedrock topography or seismological problems at the proposed Thyspunt nuclear site that could possibly disqualify the area for the construction of a nuclear installation. In... 

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,... 

TFR introduces shuttle service between Ngqura, Port Elizabeth terminals

By: Anine Kilian     12th December 2016 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) Containers and Automotive business unit, in collaboration with Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) and TFR Cape Channel, has introduced a new inter-terminal transfer shuttle service between the Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT) and the Port Elizabeth Container... 

First phase of new medical precinct in Cape Town completed

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th December 2016 The new flagship Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital has been opened in Cape Town’s central business district (CBD). The 16-storey building, with about 30 000 m2 of floor space, will comprise 248 beds, of which of 61 will be used for intensive care and high care. 

Mining tycoon’s $1bn manganese project nears collapse

By: Bloomberg     9th December 2016 A unit of Timis Mining that says it was forced to stop developing the world’s largest manganese deposit may seek as much as $4-billion in damages from Burkina Faso because the suspension of mining will endanger its other projects in West Africa. Pan African Minerals’ $1-billion Tambao project... 

Additional staff deployed at ports of entry over the festive season

By: African News Agency      9th December 2016 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced on Thursday that a total of 92 additional staff members would be deployed at OR Tambo International Airport over the festive season. “The two shifts of additional staff will allow for 100 percent capacity at the workstations, with all cubicles... 

App ensures improved security for businesses

By: Victor Moolman     9th December 2016 To further improve security for businesses, technological engineer and mobile application (app) provider ttrumpet has designed a mobile app that will enable businesses to monitor their surroundings, link camera systems and provide new information on any security risks. 

ATNS CEO SPEECH as delivered at the Inaugural AVIATION YOUTH SUMMIT held at the Dube Trade Port, KSIA: Durban, South Africa on 6 December 2016

     8th December 2016 Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Management and Staff has been pivotal in ensuring that the company maintains and solidifies partnership arrangements with our stakeholders – within the industry and beyond.   ATNS has a proud history. The company has consistently led the continent in... 

IDEC PLC Recognized Worldwide with Prestigious Award

     8th December 2016 IDEC’s MicroSmart FC6A receives Good Design Award from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion IDEC Corporation’s MicroSmart FC6A PLC has received the Good Design Award from the Japan Institute for Design Promotion, a public interest foundation. Its precursor, the Good Design Selection System (or... 

Molex Introduces IP67 Brad HarshIO EtherNet/IP Modules for Roller Drives

     8th December 2016 60mm digital I/O modules deliver IP67-rated on-machine reliable solution for interfacing industrial controllers with motorised rollers in harsh duty environments. Molex has introduced the industry’s first ODVA conformance tested and approved IP67 EtherNet/IP I/O module to interface with roller... 

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