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Harbour and Offshore Services

SA-Canada in railways agreement

4th July 2002 The Rail Road Association of South Africa (RRA)) and its Canadian counterpart, the Railway Association of Canada (RAC), have agreed in principle to cooperate in promoting efficient land transport public policies and to share rail-related technical expertise. 

SA tractor sales soar 50% in June

4th July 2002 South African new tractor sales leapt 50% year-on-year in June, thanks to farmers replacing their ageing equipment and rosy crop prospects, SA Agricultural Machinery Association (SAAMA) said yesterday. 

R6,5m upgrade for Polokwane bus terminal

3rd July 2002 The busy bus station in Limpopo’s capital city of Polokwane is being renovated at a cost of R6,5-million to better accommodate commuters from across the country as well as southern Africa. 

Nigeria cuts charges to ease Lagos port congestion

28th June 2002 Nigeria said earlier this week that it had cut charges at its southeastern ports by between 20% and 80% to relieve pressure on the traffic-choked Lagos main seaports. 

Manual, electronic tolling envisaged

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The Carousel Toll Plaza on the Bakwena Platinum Highway was opened in March this year, seven weeks ahead of schedule. 

Smelter coup for SA haulage firm

By: Zonika Botha     28th June 2002 Overland haulage company and flagship of Imperial Holdings, Truck Africa of Germiston, Gauteng has secured a lucrative contract to transport equipment to both the Mozal and Hillside aluminium smelter expansions projects. 

Southern Africa being linked coast-to-coast

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The progression of the construction of the Bakwena Platinum Highway has been commended by the National Roads Agency (NRA) chief executive Nazir Alli. 

15-bus fleet supplied to upgraded airport terminals

28th June 2002 The contract for the supply of passenger buses for apron services at Johannesburg International Airport has been secured by black-owned fleet management group, Viamax Fleet Solutions. 

Joint venture develops local human capital

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The Bakwena Platinum Highway Project has given rise to employment for previously-disadvantaged South Africans in the form of the involvement of at least 150 small-medium-and-micro enterprises (SMME) in the field of supply and subcontracting to the highway project. 

Big benefits from engineering collaboration

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The collaboration between two well-established participants in the design of the infrastructure of the Bakwena Platinum Highway has been crucial to the success of its construction, GMKS executive chairman Trueman Goba tells Engineering News on behalf of the Bakwena Engineering Joint Venture (BEJV). 

City's subways to get a facelift

By: Joanne Delaurentis     28th June 2002 Contracts for the upgrading of the subways at Braamfontein, George Goch, Springs and Orlando railway stations, all in Johannesburg, together worth just over a million rand, will be awarded early next month. 

Monitoring system to curb taxi violence

28th June 2002 Government will soon be able to regulate the troubled taxi industry in the Eastern Cape and a new monitoring system that is meant to curb violence is set to be introduced, said provincial Safety and Security MEC Dennis Neer during a government outreach programme in Grahamstown earlier this week. 

Banning trucks will harm the economy – industry body

28th June 2002 The Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) has expressed its concern about the proposed plan of the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works to restrict trucks from highways and freeways in the province during peak hours. 

Upgrade of oil vessel moves ahead

28th June 2002 Engineering company SA Five has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract for the upgrade of the floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) Glas Dowr. 

Gauteng to buy 20 new ambulances

27th June 2002 The Gauteng Health Department is to purchase 20 more ambulances in an effort to improve response times. 

Joburg's Park Station gets a facelift

26th June 2002 Commuters using the Johannesburg Station will have no reason to go in search of facilities beyond its perimeters. 

South African navy's new high-tech era launched

By: Keith Campbell     21st June 2002 THE christening and launch of South Africa’s first Meko A-200 corvette, the SAS Amatola, marks the beginning of a new era for the South African Navy. 

African resins giant embarks on composites export drive

By: marisa rodrigues     14th June 2002 Returning to private ownership at the end of last year, the largest producer of unsaturated polyester resins in Africa, NCS Resins, is looking to focus its attention on growing the composites market in South Africa. 

New vehicle fleet for Jo'burg

By: Deborah Spicer     14th June 2002 Within 24 months the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) should have a completely new fleet of vehicles following an agreement between the city of Johannesburg and Fleet Services. 

Winning taxi-recap bids by July – Omar

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2002 The first new taxi under government’s taxi recapitalisation programme should roll off the production line at the end of the year, says Transport Minister Dullah Omar. 

Cape shipyard gears up for R300m project

14th June 2002 Construction of the three inshore fisheries and environmental protection vessels (FEPVs) ordered by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) will get under way late this year. 

Bidding opens for port concessions

12th June 2002 The bidding game is on for the concessioning of South Africa’s ports to private enterprise operators. 

Panama offers its shipping expertise

By: Keith Campbell     7th June 2002 ALTHOUGH a small country, Panama is nevertheless one of the leading shipping countries in the world today, and is interested in sharing its experience in this sector with South Africa. 

Plans to fast-track concession for S Africa's 'haemorrhaging' harbour

By: marisa rodrigues     7th June 2002 In a bid to reach the performance levels required to meet the growing domestic and international demand, Public Enterprises Minister Jeff Radebe announced plans to fast track the granting of a concession to operate Durban harbour in an address to parliament last month. 

R1,5bn Richards Bay complex on again

By: marisa rodrigues     7th June 2002 The establishment of a dry-dock and ship repair complex at the port of Richards Bay is once again being investigated by the National Ports Authority (NPA). 

Beverley Masson Durban Car Terminal

7th June 2002 Beverley Masson, Durban car terminal 

R271m quay wall contract awarded

By: marisa rodrigues     7th June 2002 The R271-million contract for the construction of the new quay wall at Durban harbour was awarded in February to a joint venture between Grinaker-LTA, Interbeton, a Dutch company and Bafokeng Civil Works, an emerging black empowerment firm. 

South African firm clinches $78-million Middle East super-port quay contract

By: marisa rodrigues     7th June 2002 Engineering and construction group, Murray and Roberts, was awarded a $78-million contract earlier this year for the construction of a quay wall for the new super port in Bahrain in the Middle East. 

Container terminal contracts anticipated

By: marisa rodrigues     7th June 2002 The cargo-handling industry is waiting for the issue of tenders by the National Ports Authority (NPA) for the supply of equipment for Durban harbour’s container terminal. 

Phase 2 of heavy-minerals terminal under way

By: marisa rodrigues     7th June 2002 The R55-million second phase of the Kusasa bulk terminal is currently under way at Richards Bay. 

Port project manager widens its net in Africa

By: marisa rodrigues     7th June 2002 Local company, Protekon, a subsidiary of the Transnet group, continues to be involved in the design, project management and construction of a number of projects on South Africa’s major ports. 

Reduced port costs to increase competitiveness

7th June 2002 Cargo importers and exporters will be the main beneficiaries of the reduced wharfage rates being implemented across South African ports by the National Ports Authority of South Africa (NPA), according to CEO Siyabonga Gama. 

R3,3bn upgrade steams ahead

7th June 2002 Over the past 18 months, South African Port Operations (Sapo) has embarked on Development 2005 – a major R3,3-billion upgrade of operations, of which the lion's share of the investment will be spent on Durban. 

Fenders supplied for new tugboats

7th June 2002 Marine, industrial and mining rubber specialist Truco is involved in a wide scope of work in harbours around the country, ranging from the acquisition of new pressure testing equipment for bunkering and fuel/chemical hoses, to involvement in the supply of material for the construction of Robben... 

SA firm lays Moz marine telecoms cable

7th June 2002 Durban-based company Subtech Diving and Marine, established in 1995, carries out a large percentage of its work in the field of pipeline support. 

PE port makes environmental commitment

7th June 2002 Throughout the world, environmental safety and the protection of our waterways and coastlines has become a vital part of industrial planning. 

Richards Bay ups service quality

By: marisa rodrigues     7th June 2002 The currents of change continue to course through the National Ports Authority (NPA) in Richards Bay as it transforms to meet the demands of customers and society. 

'Giraffe' put to work at Namibian port

By: marisa rodrigues     7th June 2002 A new harbour mobile crane was recently handed over to the Namibian Port Authority at a ceremony at Luderitz, a small harbour town on the shores of the skeleton coast of Namibia. 

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