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Harbour and Offshore Services

Conference aims to revive container business

23rd April 2010 Nonprofit trade association the International Tank Container Organisation (ITCO) and the Container Owners Association (COA) will be exhibiting containers at the transport logistic China exhibition, in Shanghai, in June, which they believe signals the revival of the container business. 

Durban to remain SA’s leading container port, despite challenges

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009 Freight transport company the Transnet National Ports Authority reports that, despite the challenges to meet volume targets in a difficult economic environment, to maintain the five-year investment programme and to achieve performance and efficiency targets, the port of Durban will retain its... 

SA’s picturesque ports key to prosperous economy 

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009  

Deep-water port of Ngqura launched

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009 The new deep-water port of Ngqura, which has a depth of between 16 m and 18 m to accommodate the larger, new-generation container vessels, was launched operationally in October. 

Port of Cape Town prepares for economic recovery

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009 Freight logistics company Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) reports that the Cape Town container terminal’s five-year, R5,4 -billion expansion project, which is now in its second year, will ensure that the country’s second-largest container terminal is better prepared for global market recovery in... 

New customs Bills to facilitate trade

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) launched the draft Customs Control Bill and draft Customs Duty Bill, during October 2009. The bills, which have been released for public comment by February 26, 2010, are designed to strike a balance between trade facilitation and economic growth, as well... 

Expansion on track for 2010

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009 The first and largest part of the R3,9-billion project to widen and deepen Durban’s harbour mouth is on track for completion in March 2010. 

Propellers commissioned in Istanbul

5th June 2009 In reaction to the increasing commuter traffic on the Bosporus in Istanbul, Turkey, the municipal ferry enterprise, Istanbul Deniz Otobüsleri (IDO) has commissioned four double-ended ferries with two Voith Schneider Propellers each. 

Durban takes on the 
largest volume of sea 
traffic in South Africa

By: Kelly Farthing     5th June 2009 Durban as a functioning port dates back to 1824 when the first European settlers entered the city with the intention of establishing a trade post. One-hundred and eighty-five years later, the port of Durban has the capacity to deal with greatest volume of sea-going traffic compared with any port... 

Local company claims 
offshore division is a first 
for South Africa

By: Kelly Farthing     5th June 2009 Integrated industrial service company A.Hak reports that its offshore division, which provides topside, subsea and downhole expertise and equipment is unique in the South African market. 

Global recession catalyst 
for market growth

By: Kelly Farthing     5th June 2009 Engineering company SA Five reports that despite the effects of the current global economic environment, the company sees the economic climate as a catalyst for new ideas that will grow and strengthen its market share. 

Merger to create opportunities for Cape Town marine industry

By: Kelly Farthing     5th June 2009 The merger between engineering company DCD-DORBYL Marine and oil rig and ship repair company Globe Engineering Works, was recently approved by the Competition Tribunal. 

Oil exploration company digs deep into southern Namibia

5th June 2009 Oil exploration and production company Petrobras has acquired a 50% interest in the exploration of Block 2714A, located offshore of southern Namibia, from Chariot Oil & Gas (Chariot). 

Rubber manufacturer awarded R5m fender 

5th June 2009 Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco) associate company Truco KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has been awarded a R5-million tender to supply five sets of tugboat fenders, which will be used on new tugboats ordered by the Transnet National Ports Authority 

Stimulation vessel to reduce costs for W African operators

5th June 2009 Energy corporation Halliburton reports that there is a need to respond to the needs of operators for stimulation treatments on offshore West Africa assets. 

New terminal 
operating system in place by 2010

By: Lindsey Berry     24th April 2009 The Navis Synchronous Planning and Real-time Control System (Sparcs) N4 terminal operating system is already in operation at Durban’s Pier One, the Port Elizabeth container terminal and the East London multipurpose terminal and is due to be in place at seven marine and 14 rail terminals by 2010. 

Special sealant 
needed for Durban’s Pier 2

24th April 2009 Chemicals company ABE Construction Chemicals is supplying a specialised sealant for joint sealing of the pavements of the upgraded Port of Durban Pier 2 Container Terminal. 

New cutter aids Port of Ngqura's geotechnical construction

24th April 2009 A Hydrofraise cutter has been brought in by Dura Soletanche Bachy for geotechnical construction at the new Port of Ngqura. 

Geology poses challenge for Richards Bay port construction

24th April 2009 The R213-million Transnet designed 208 Berth at the Richards Bay Port is facing a number of construction challenges owing to the geology of the Richard’s Bay area and the frequently choppy seas. 

Container crane assembly complete

By: Lindsey Berry     24th April 2009 Assembly of the Liebherr Container Cranes (LCC) by Sarens South Africa is complete in Durban, Port Elizabeth, and is partially complete in Cape Town and at the Coega Port. 

Cape Town weather challenges port expansion

By: Lindsey Berry     24th April 2009 Strong winds delayed phase one of the Cape Town port expansion and necessitated that reinforcements be added to the quay wall to make it strong enough to withstand the weight of new cranes in the face of the area’s strong winds. 

RBCT Phase 5 expansion nears completion

By: Lindsey Berry     24th April 2009 The Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) Phase 5 expansion is on track for completion by July this year. 

Ports capex programme to improve capacity and productivity

By: Jacqueline Holman     5th December 2008 State freight logistics group Transnet announced in its 2007/8 yearly report that it will implement a robust capital expenditure (capex) programme over the next five years to ensure that capacity is created ahead of demand and that productivity is improved. 

Research council supports port expansion projects

By: Jacqueline Holman     5th December 2008 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is supporting State-owned Transnet on the port projects at the Durban, Saldanha bay, the port of Ngqura, Richards Bay and the Cape Town harbours, says CSIR Built Environment Coastal Engineering and Port Infrastructure research group leader... 

Concrete supplied to port expansion

By: Jacqueline Holman     5th December 2008 Cement producer Lafarge Aggregates and Concrete is supplying over R40-million worth of paving concrete to the re-engineering of the Durban Port Container Terminal says company MD Ulrich Aumüller.  

Lifting company manufactures equipment for harbour project

5th December 2008 Lifting equipment design, manufacture and certification company Arlona Engineering has been chosen by construction company Group 5 to manufacture a host of specialised lifting equipment to ensure that its 2010 deadline for the widening of the Durban Harbour is met safely and economically. 

Propulsion system supplied to offshore construction vessel build project

6th June 2008 Hydrodynamic drive, coupling and braking systems company, Voith Turbo, has been awarded a contract to supply its ship propulsion system, Voith Turbo Schneider Propulsion (VSP), to building a new Offshore Construction Vessel (OCV) for North Sea Invest AS, reports the company.  

Acquisition enables product spin-off for mooring technology group

6th June 2008 The acquisition of mooring specialist company Harbour & Marine Engineering by mooring technology company, Trelleborg Marine Systems, has enabled the company to manufacture and supply quick release hooks and bollards. 

Plant-hire company ventures into oil and gas exploration industry

6th June 2008 Local plant-hire and equipment rental company, Rand-Air, of the Atlas Copco Group, an industrial-productivity solutions provider, is positioning itself as a service provider in the field of maintenance and support to the marine oil and gas exploration sector. 

Marine engineering company to upgrade heavy lift vessel

By: Sylvester Haskins     6th June 2008 Mechanical engineering company DCD-Dorbyl Marine has secured a comprehensive upgrade contract for the Saipem 3000 heavy lift vessel, reports the company. 

Local company completes oceanographic contract for West African oil refinery

By: Sylvester Haskins     6th June 2008 Oceanographic and meteorological measurements company, Metocean Services International (MSI), has completed a $95 000 contract to carry out a metocean data collection programme for petroleum products importer, Tema Offshore Mooring Limited (TOML) in Ghana, reports Metocean marketing director... 

Sea-rescue organisation receives R2-million cash boost

By: Sylvester Haskins     6th June 2008 State-owned airports operator, Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has made a contribution of R2-million to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), a non-profit organisation, with a fundamental cause and mission to save lives at sea and on inland waters, reports the NSRI. 

Authority protects South Africa’s maritime interests

By: Sylvester Haskins     6th June 2008 As a custodian of South African seas and the champion of the nation’s maritime traditions, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa), has reached significant milestone in reaching its tenth year since being instituted in 1998, reports the organisation.  

Hopes high for lower bandwidth pricing as African cable projects accelerate

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd May 2008 Within a relatively short time span, fibre-optic cables for telecommunications have become the preferred means of communication between countries. Unfortunately, Africa is still especially disconnected and still extensively employs expensive satellite systems to communicate with other countries. 

Crane proof load test under way at Cape Town harbour

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th April 2008 Local provider of certification and proof-load testing for cranes and lifting equipment, Water Weights International South Africa, is undertaking a 600 t proof load-test for a crane on a vessel in the Cape Town harbour. 

Empowered firms sign bunker barges contract

25th April 2008 In a deal worth about $75-million over five years, two black economic-empowerment (BEE) barge operators are to take over the supply of bunker fuel to ships in the port of Durban for the South African Petroleum Refineries (Sapref), in a deal worth about $75-million. 

Global port operator invests in port of Maputo

25th April 2008 Global port operator DP World has committed to the growing Mozambique port of Maputo, by investing more than $32-million in the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC), and by creating a partnership with marine cargo transport firm Grindrod International and Mozambican company, Mozambique Gestores... 

New floating bunker adjustment fee introduced

25th April 2008 Global shipping company, Maersk Line has introduced a new formula for its floating bunker adjustment fee (BAF). 

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