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Harbour and Offshore Services

Shipping specialist 
offers new route service

4th June 2010 Africa shipping specialist Safmarine has launched its first direct, fully-containerised shipping service between the Far East, the Arabian Gulf and the Horn of Africa. 

Ship power market shows slight signs of recovery

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     4th June 2010 Provider of life-cycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets Wärtsilä states in its January 2009 to March 2010 interim report that the ship power market is showing slight signs of recovery from the recent spate of economic difficulties. 

Reducing risks in West Africa through an efficient network

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     4th June 2010 Shipping line Safmarine trade manager Jason Stramrood explains that Safmarine’s focus, as an Africa-centric shipping line, is to help reduce the business risks in Africa by offering a consistent, reliable shipping network to the continent. 

Composite materials 
industry takes strain

4th June 2010 Material supplier of advanced composite products Advanced Material Technology (AMT) joint MD Jo Jacinto says that the negative effects of the global economy are a significant challenge, currently facing the composite materials industry. 

Heavy-lift company appointed as distributor

23rd April 2010 Specialists in materials handling equipment Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has been appointed by heavy-lift equipment manufacturer Desmond Equipment (Dezzi) as a distributor of the companys range of bulk handling equipment, which is used extensively in the Durban harbour. 

Electrical company lights up Durban harbour

23rd April 2010 Specialists in the supply, implementation and support of electrical equipment and industrial instrumentation, Magnet have recently completed an energy-efficient lighting project for State-owned freight company Transnet Rail Engineering (TRE) in the Durban harbour area. 

Major changes ahead for South Africa’s ports

23rd April 2010 South Africa's freight logistics group Transnet states that its key role is to assist in lowering the cost of doing business in South Africa and enabling economic growth through providing appropriate ports, rail and pipeline infrastructure and operations in a cost-effective and efficient manner... 

Low-voltage distribution boards installed at Nqqura

23rd April 2010 Low-voltage switchboard manufacturer Shaw Controls has successfully fulfilled its contract for the manufacture, supply and installation of the main low-voltage distribution boards for substations at the Port of Ngqura container terminal at the Coega Industrial Development Zone, in the Eastern Cape. 

Engineering firm completes mobile browser contract

23rd April 2010 Bulk handling and lifting equipment company Arlona Engineering has recently completed the design and fabrication of a new mobile browser for State-owned freight company Transnet, which is used at the port of Durban's Pier 2 container terminal. 

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. 

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