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Harbour and Offshore Services

New dashboard assists in efficient cargo handling

29th January 2021 Cargo truck manufacturer Capacity Group introduced a newly designed dashboard with elevated instrumentation, which will reduce driver fatigue and optimise productivity, to its terminal tractors in the fourth quarter of last year. Additionally, the terminal tractors now offer synchronised seat and... 

Progress at Durban terminals commended

29th January 2021 State-owned freight logistics company Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) and network organisation Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) recently took stock of progress made to date at TPT’s terminals. An announcement to that effect – made in October – followed an industry outcry eight months... 

ATTENTION GIVEN
Port users and cargo owners commended developments made to the Transnet Port Terminals during the course of the year
ATTENTION GIVEN Port users and cargo owners commended developments made to the Transnet Port Terminals during the course of the year

Two contracts keep marine transformation afloat

29th January 2021 Specialist marine solutions provider African Marine Solutions (Amsol) has been awarded two contracts which will act not only as a catalyst for continued transformation but will also ensure continuity in supply chain. The first contract awarded to Amsol is a multiyear contract with multinational... 

FUELING TRANSFORMATION The contract awarded to Amsol by Shell Downstream South Africa will extend the company’s services in fuel logistics and transportation
FUELING TRANSFORMATION The contract awarded to Amsol by Shell Downstream South Africa will extend the company’s services in fuel logistics and transportation

Container handlers add value to port operations

9th October 2020 Forklift and container handler manufacturer BLT WORLD’s extensive range of container handling equipment encompasses industrial lift trucks supplier Taylor Machine Works loaded and empty container handlers, as well as reach stackers. These are designed for versatile operation, enhanced performance... 

ROBUST CONTAINER HANDLING
The Taylor XRS-9972 reachstacker, with a high-strength telescopic boom, is designed for versatile operation, enhanced performance and improved safety in busy container handling environments
ROBUST CONTAINER HANDLING The Taylor XRS-9972 reachstacker, with a high-strength telescopic boom, is designed for versatile operation, enhanced performance and improved safety in busy container handling environments

Lifting equipment provides reliability, increased productivity

9th October 2020 Included in equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s range of equipment manufacturer Kito lifting equipment, is the durable Kito high-speed CB manual chain hoist series, which is suitable for use in shipbuilding and restorations. These hoists, which offer swift lifting and lowering speeds... 

VERSATILE HOISTING
These hoists, which offer swift lifting and lowering speeds for increased productivity, are designed to safely handle rated loads between 2.5 t and 50 t
VERSATILE HOISTING These hoists, which offer swift lifting and lowering speeds for increased productivity, are designed to safely handle rated loads between 2.5 t and 50 t

Company supplies fire-protection systems to harbour facility

By: Cameron Mackay     9th October 2020 Special fire-risk protection equipment supplier DoseTech has supplied a comprehensive fire-protection system to a new bulk fuel offloading wharf that is being built at the Port of Ngqura harbour, north-east of Port Elizabeth. The system includes a foam dosing system and remote-controlled... 

SAFE HARBOUR
Flammable fuel is unloaded for bulk storage and handling at a bulk fuel offloading wharf, as DoseTech supplied a complete fire-protection system
SAFE HARBOUR Flammable fuel is unloaded for bulk storage and handling at a bulk fuel offloading wharf, as DoseTech supplied a complete fire-protection system

6Sigma Shipyards Group (Pty) Ltd

9th October 2020 6Sigma Shipyards Group (Pty) Ltd is an engineering, procurement and construction company, specialising in heavy steel construction. Established in 2012, the company designs and manufactures steel, stainless steel and aluminium structures such as dumb barges, jack-up barges, floating jetties,... 

6Sigma Shipyards Group (Pty) Ltd

Harbours increase efficiency with handling equipment

2nd August 2019 Investment in the latest dry-bulk cargo and container handling equipment significantly improves efficiencies at ports and terminals and minimises the environmental impact of handling operations, says Durban harbour-based material handling specialists BLTWORLD. 

SHIPLOADING
A mobile shiploader, combined with the benefits of a receiving unit, offers a more viable alternative to fixed conveyor installations
SHIPLOADING A mobile shiploader, combined with the benefits of a receiving unit, offers a more viable alternative to fixed conveyor installations

AMSOL

2nd August 2019 AMSOL is a specialist solutions provider and partner to clients who operate in marine environments. As a market leader, AMSOL is the only marine solutions provider in the region that is employee and management owned, making it a catalyst for economic empowerment and shared value creation. 

AMSOL

Policy certainty to create investment and opportunity

By: Theresa Bhowan     2nd August 2019 The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill, which was expected to be presented before Cabinet will now, as requested by the industry, be separately presented as the Petroleum Development Bill and should, if the final terms are commercially attractive, encourage... 

NIALL KRAMER
South Africa has the potential to be the next big frontier in oil and gas
NIALL KRAMER South Africa has the potential to be the next big frontier in oil and gas

Oil prices to increase projects for shipyard

By: Theresa Bhowan     2nd August 2019 The upturn in oil prices is apparent, as shipyard and ship repair company Elgin Brown and Hamer (EBH) Namibia’s shipyard is currently full to capacity, with predictions that the next six months are going to be extremely busy for the shipyard. 

A GRADE
The welding done on ships and rigs is inspected by an internationally certified third party which guarantees the quality of the work
A GRADE The welding done on ships and rigs is inspected by an internationally certified third party which guarantees the quality of the work

Concrete enhancement in harbour infrastructure

2nd August 2019 Geosynthetics solutions company Fibertex encompasses controlled permeability formwork (CPF) liners – Formtex CPF liners – designed for concrete surface enhancement in harbour infrastructure projects. 

BUILD A BRIDGE 
The Formtex CPF liners reduce the formation of blowholes and other blemishes on concrete surfaces
BUILD A BRIDGE The Formtex CPF liners reduce the formation of blowholes and other blemishes on concrete surfaces

R400m boost for small-scale fishing industry and tourism in W Cape

3rd August 2018 The national Department of Public Works (DPW) has teamed up with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on the roll-out of the first phase of the upgrade of 13 Western Cape harbours worth R400-million. The project – known as the Small Harbours Programme – spearheaded by the DPW and implemented... 

BEFORE THE PORT
Coega port shows what the projects could look like
BEFORE THE PORT Coega port shows what the projects could look like

Maintaining Ngqura now easier and more cost effective

By: Halima Frost     3rd August 2018 South Africa’s newest deep-water port, the Port of Ngqura, has received its first piece of maintenance equipment since becoming operational in 2009. The vehicle, a crane truck – estimated to be valued at R1.8-million – was specifically modified to meet the ports requirements, and will be used... 

GONE FISHING 
The specially modified truck can be used to fish tyres out of the water
GONE FISHING The specially modified truck can be used to fish tyres out of the water

Enhancing safety in the fishing industry

3rd August 2018 South Africa has become the twenty-fifth State to sign up to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) treaty on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F). The STCW-F Convention sets the certification and minimum training requirements for... 

MAKING IT OFFICIAL
Although initially taken on in 2016, the treaty was formally signed last month
MAKING IT OFFICIAL Although initially taken on in 2016, the treaty was formally signed last month

Full management solution for on-board maintenance launched

3rd August 2018 Marine coatings supplier Jotun launched an innovative solution that brings simplicity, predictability and optimal quality to the process of marine on-board maintenance. Launched in June, the SeaStock Management Solution will see Jotun assuming full management of its customers’ on-board... 

ACROSS THE BOARD
Seastock System covers all on-board maintenance systems for a client
ACROSS THE BOARD Seastock System covers all on-board maintenance systems for a client

New appointments to help ship repair focus

3rd August 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has announced its new appointments and rotational changes to current harbour masters, all effective July 1, 2018.   

PRESTON KHOMO
The strategic development of ship repair infrastructure is being brought to the fore
PRESTON KHOMO The strategic development of ship repair infrastructure is being brought to the fore

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port

By: Halima Frost     3rd August 2018 South Africa-based equipment supplier BLTWORLD has assisted in supplying four materials handling specialist SAMSON Eco-Hoppers to the Kenyan Port of Mombasa, in June this year. Acquiring the hoppers is part of the Mombasa Resilient Infrastructure Programme (MRIP) initiative by the Kenya Ports... 

OUT OF THE QUAY The SAMSON hoppers can be moved to free up space where needed
OUT OF THE QUAY The SAMSON hoppers can be moved to free up space where needed

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).  

HARBOURING PROBLEMS
Neglected and mismanaged harbours have a negative impact on the workers and communities who depend on the harbours for their livelihood
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... 

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
Weighing takes place during normal operations without interrupting or slowing down the workflow at seaports or container depots
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.  

TUG ON CALL
Amsol will provide a purpose-designed high speed tug to safeguard South Africa’s marine environment
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.  

ANCHORS OVERBOARD
Despite major technological advances over past decades, it still remains a mammoth task to plan, manage and construct a marine infrastructure project
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.  

CRUISING CONCEPT
Private sector participation opportunities arose at the Durban cruise terminal for MSC Cruises’ subsidiary KwaZulu Cruise Terminals
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.  

CORROSION CONTROL Vital Engineering’s fibreglass gratings are manufactured with continuous glass fibre strands interwoven in both directions with thermosetting resins
CORROSION CONTROL Vital Engineering’s fibreglass gratings are manufactured with continuous glass fibre strands interwoven in both directions with thermosetting resins

WiFi addresses connectivity at ports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 One of the key challenges with connectivity at a port, harbour or offshore environment is the constant movement of large objects such as ships coming in or containers being on- and offloaded.  

RIAAN GRAHAM It has become a necessity for ports to use connectivity and smart systems to make port operations more efficient and timely
RIAAN GRAHAM It has become a necessity for ports to use connectivity and smart systems to make port operations more efficient and timely

New risk-based inspection launched

13th May 2016 Integrity, compliance and specialist risk consulting services group Lloyd’s Register announced in March the launch of a new Risk-based Inspection (RBI) service which combines hull integrity management with vessel classification (Class) to help minimise costs for operators of floating offshore... 

OPTIMISED INSPECTION 
The launch of a new Risk-based Inspection will help minimise costs for operators of floating offshore installations
Photo by Bloomberg
OPTIMISED INSPECTION The launch of a new Risk-based Inspection will help minimise costs for operators of floating offshore installations

Detectors supplied to oil project

13th May 2016 Over $3-million worth of General Monitors (GM) fixed flame and gas detection products have been supplied to the Egina offshore oilfield by safety products manufacturer MSA Africa, which forms part of the Total Upstream Nigeria project. MSA Africa supplied the products to a major engineering,... 

SAFETY ENSURED ON SITE A considerable amount of gas and flame detectors are required to guarantee the safety of all on-site
SAFETY ENSURED ON SITE A considerable amount of gas and flame detectors are required to guarantee the safety of all on-site

Vessels to be delivered by end of 2017

13th May 2016 Before the end of 2017, nine anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels will be delivered to quality management company ESNAAD, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc). These vessels will incorporate ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin’s Optimarin Ballast System... 

OFFSHORE DEMANDS MET 
AHTS vessels are designed to excel in shallow waters, high temperatures, salinities and humidity
OFFSHORE DEMANDS MET AHTS vessels are designed to excel in shallow waters, high temperatures, salinities and humidity

Company assists with compliance of new VGM regulations

13th May 2016 New Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) container verified gross mass (VGM) regulations will be implemented in July. Global marine services company Strainstall, part of British provider of marine engineering services James Fisher and Sons, has launched a White Paper to chart a pathway to compliance and... 

TERMINAL OPERATORS SUPPORTED 
White Paper launched to assist in clarifying technical, commercial and cost-effective options to assist those affected by the new rules
Photo by Bloomberg
TERMINAL OPERATORS SUPPORTED White Paper launched to assist in clarifying technical, commercial and cost-effective options to assist those affected by the new rules

Dependable power supply a top priority in shipping

13th May 2016 Electric power generation and electromechanical power transmission specialist Vert Energy MD Grant Robertson notes that reliable power supply is a top priority in shipping. Therefore, Vert Energy has tailored its capability to assist vessel owners – not only with routine maintenance programmes,... 

POWER MANAGEMENT CONTROLLER 
Vert Energy’s field services comprise reassembly, installation and commissioning; inspections and diagnostics; as well as on-site maintenance and repair
POWER MANAGEMENT CONTROLLER Vert Energy’s field services comprise reassembly, installation and commissioning; inspections and diagnostics; as well as on-site maintenance and repair

Surveillance vessel visits CT on courtesy port call

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th May 2016 French surveillance frigate the Nivôse arrived in Cape Town in February for a courtesy port call from Reunion Island, a French island in the Indian Ocean, after patrolling French southern and Antarctic territories. The French Embassy in South Africa notes that during the courtesy call,... 

SURVEILLANCE FRIGATE VISITS SA 
The Nivôse fulfils a specific operational need, such as patrolling overseas maritime areas under French sovereignty
SURVEILLANCE FRIGATE VISITS SA The Nivôse fulfils a specific operational need, such as patrolling overseas maritime areas under French sovereignty

Port authority maps out infrastructure projects

13th May 2016 The ports industry is in a state of radical change and uncertainty, which requires flexible and adaptable port planning and design, notes Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) COO Phyllis Difeto. “The impact of the global economic downturn is a daily reminder to ports of the need to change... 

KEY PROJECTS UNDERWAY 
Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy aims to enable the effective, efficient and economic functioning of an integrated port system
Photo by Duane Daws
KEY PROJECTS UNDERWAY Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy aims to enable the effective, efficient and economic functioning of an integrated port system

Consulting firm establishes framework agreement for National Port Plan

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th May 2015 Engineering professional services and consulting firm WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff (WSP) was contracted by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) under the TNPA Managing Contractor Framework Agreement to develop the 2014 National Port Plan (NPP).  Development of this plan spanned from June 1, 2012... 

CAPACITY ASSESSMENT Freight demand information enables WSP to do a capacity analysis to determine how many vessel berths are going to be needed for the various commodity types coming into the ports
CAPACITY ASSESSMENT Freight demand information enables WSP to do a capacity analysis to determine how many vessel berths are going to be needed for the various commodity types coming into the ports

New vessels ordered as first step of $15bn investment plan

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th May 2015 Global trade, shipping and energy conglomerate Maersk Line in March this year signed a new building order with shipping and logistics services supplier China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (Cosco) Shipyard for seven 3 600 twenty-foot equivalent container vessels. The order, of which the price is... 

INCREASED CAPACITY
Maersk Line's investment plan will enable it to add capacity in line with growth in global container shipping demand while also replacing less efficient chartered tonnage
INCREASED CAPACITY Maersk Line's investment plan will enable it to add capacity in line with growth in global container shipping demand while also replacing less efficient chartered tonnage

Ship repair specialist’s international cred steers it in the right direction

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th May 2015 Turnkey ship repair solutions provider DCD Marine Cape Town tells Engineering News that its range of international accreditations has cemented the company’s reputation for sound safety and quality compliance, as well as industry-specific skills sets. The company, which services the maritime and... 

ACCREDITED DCD Marine, has worked hard to ensure that it complies with the highest industry standards
ACCREDITED DCD Marine, has worked hard to ensure that it complies with the highest industry standards

New Maydon Wharf technology ‘a first for SA’  

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th May 2015 SSAXSYS JV, a joint venture (JV) between construction group Stefanutti Stocks and enterprise development partner AXSYS Infrastructure has set the completion date for construction at Maydon Wharf, in Durban, in South Africa for December 2016. The contract to start construction was signed on April... 

PROJECT APPROACH 
Sucessfully upgrading the berth will require using a phased approach with limited construction access minimising disruption to the available quay space at the Port of Durban, which is already under capacity
PROJECT APPROACH Sucessfully upgrading the berth will require using a phased approach with limited construction access minimising disruption to the available quay space at the Port of Durban, which is already under capacity

Ship repair company predicts 2016 oil price stabilisation

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th May 2015 Ship repair company Elgin Brown & Hamer (EBH) Namibia predicts that the oil price will most likely stabilise towards the end of 2016. The company states that it is aware of the effects that the continued low oil price could have – not only on the downstream oil and gas sector in which it operates... 

NEGATIVE OIL IMPACT 
EBH Namibia states that it is aware of the effects that the continued low oil price could have – not only on the downstream oil and gas sector in which it operates but on the Namibian economy as a whole.
NEGATIVE OIL IMPACT EBH Namibia states that it is aware of the effects that the continued low oil price could have – not only on the downstream oil and gas sector in which it operates but on the Namibian economy as a whole.

Solution offered for dust free bulk materials handling

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th May 2015 Environmental pollution caused by fugitive dust, is a major challenge in dry bulk handling, therefore, equipment manufacturer Samson’s Eco-hoppers are fitted with a dust control system that reduces the escape of dust during the grab-discharge cycle. Container-handling equipment and shipping... 

HANDLING EQUIPMENT EXPANDS 
BLT SA is the exclusive distributors for Samson in sub-Saharan Africa – including its Eco-hoppers – offering a technical advisory, parts and maintenance service.
HANDLING EQUIPMENT EXPANDS BLT SA is the exclusive distributors for Samson in sub-Saharan Africa – including its Eco-hoppers – offering a technical advisory, parts and maintenance service.
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