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Harbour and Offshore Services

Research project proves process

By: System Author     18th June 1999 BASED in Pinetown, Kwazulu-Natal, Bucco Canopies produces fibreglass canopies for the commercial vehicle market. The company is an established force in the long-distance vehicle canopy market, having been a leading manufacturer for more than 35 years. In the current economic climate, the need to... 

SA port privatisation creates bow-wave of support

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Privatising South Africa’s ports, thereby wresting them from the grip of Portnet, is an issue gaining momentum among the harbour and shipping fraternities in South Africa. “Once the new cabinet is in place and there is a commitment on the part of the government to privatise, there is... 

Richards Bay harbour upgrade on schedule

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Work on the Richards Bay Harbour upgrade is going to schedule under the guidance of project manager Bosch Projects (BP) of Durban and black-empowerment company Portconsort. The budget for three projects, namely the extension of the third and fourth export conveyor routes, and the construction of... 

Maritime safety authority launch a success

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The transformation of the Department of Transport’s (DoT’s) chief directorate: shipping into the partially self-funded South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa), which has the task of ensuring safe shipping practice and pollution-prevention control around the country’s 2... 

Equipment supplier targets the aftermarket

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Diversification and export growth are fast becoming the maxim for container-handling equipment supplier Portquip, the agent for Germany’s Noell product range, which is exploring various avenues to exploit opportunities within the local and global harbour industries. Having already delivered... 

R1,2-million lifts for new ship unloaders

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The R1,2-million contract for the supply of passenger lifts for the Richards Bay project, which was awarded to Libra Plant and Equipment of Spartan, Gauteng, in January last year, is close to completion. Entrusted to provide Alimak lifts for new ship unloaders at the port, Libra supplied the... 

Nine upgrade projects at Cape Town harbour

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Nine upgrade projects are under way at present at Cape Town harbour which will greatly enhance the capacity of the port. A deed of sale has been signed, finalising Portnet’s purchase of the old Eskom power station site adjacent to the harbour, and the parastatal has applied for funds with... 

Black empowerment in harbour sector

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Black empowerment, the buzzword in South African industry at the moment, has finally come of age in the harbours sector. Eight-member consortium Portconsort is involved in a 50:50 joint venture (JV) with project manager Bosch Projects for the upgrade of Richards Bay harbour, a deal said to be... 

Innovative techno for jetty construction

By: System Author     11th June 1999 PILING for the new dry bulk terminal jetty at Richards Bay, part of the third export expansion project, has been constructed using technology never before seen in a South African marine application. It involved the use of an environment-friendly polymer drilling fluid which poses no threat to... 

Germiston–Daveyton corridor shapes up

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The first planning phase of the Germiston–Daveyton activity corridor, east of Johannesburg, is rapidly taking shape with a stakeholders’ workshop expected to take place this month, which will lead to a final progress report being submitted to the national Department of Transport. It... 

Big dredger contract

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The complete turnkey transport project for the delivery of two new dredgers, with a total building cost of R120-million, for the Richards Bay dune-mining operation has been awarded to Mammoet Southern Africa. Mammoet is undertaking the management and actual transport from the production site in... 

R11m in projects for Cape Town airport

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Projects to the value of R11,3-million have been announced by Cape Town International Airport (CIA) to improve parking facilities and enhance traffic flows. To be implemented by September, the upgrade includes the installation of a pay-on-foot system, 900 additional parking bays, shade netting... 

Transport contract renewed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Transport company Cargo Carriers’ contract for transporting hazardous hydrofluoric acid from the Atomic Energy Corporation’s (AEC), Pelindaba plant in the North West Province to customers countrywide has been renewed. This follows ten years and a total of more than 20-million... 

New joint helicopter company formed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 THE helicopter activities of the UK’s Westland helicopter company and Agusta, of Italy, are to be brought together in a new joint company. The link-up will give Europe one of the world’s main constructors in helicopter manufacture with an aggregate order book of US$8,5-billion. The... 

Port-reform plan sees parastatal split into two

By: System Author     11th June 1999 restructuring process under way at Portnet will effectively split the parastatal into two distinct business units, each focusing on core competencies. The process, announced at the end of last month by Public Enterprises Minister Stella Sigcau, is the first step in Transnet’s port-reform... 

Significant upgrades on the go at Saldanha

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The multipurpose and iron-ore terminals at Saldanha are undergoing significant upgrades aimed at increasing throughput capacities at the port in order to cope with heightened export volumes from Saldanha Steel, due to come on-line later this month, as well as an upsurge in shipping demand from... 

Big contract for ship unloaders

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A series of contracts for the supply of materials-handling equipment are being finalised between Rolls-Royce and Portnet. In terms of the deal, Rolls-Royce will supply the port authority with three Caillard 1 500 t/h grab ship unloaders, as well as a 2 500 t/h belt conveyor unloader at Richards... 

R13m dry-dock revamp finishes phase one

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Phase one of the R13-million revamp of Selborne dry dock at Simon’s Town naval dockyard has been completed by Concor Engineering, of Amalgam, Gauteng, in a joint venture with Marine & Mineral Resources (MMR) of Cape Town. The contract is a first for the fabrication and projects division of... 

Pump-set designed for shiploader

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A high-pressure pump-set has been designed and supplied for Ultrasonic Manufacturing by Hydro Power Engineering (HPE) for inclusion in a new Caillard shiploader which is under construction at Richards Bay harbour. HPE’s high-pressure pump-set will be able to deliver water at 320 l/m at a... 

Storm in fishing net as quota war rages on

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A recent court case between the Depart- ment of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and 61 fishing companies has had repercussions that will be felt throughout South Africa’s fishing industry for years to come, long after judgment against the department was heard on April 23. The application,... 

Umzimkulu Marina receives R450m boost

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The notoriously erratic and seasonal economy of the Kwazulu-Natal south coast is to receive a considerable boost if the remaining R150-million for a R600-million dedicated yacht marina is secured, Engineering News can today report. An in-principle commitment for R450-million has been received... 

Defence bidders will be brave to renege – Armscor

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South Africa’s defence procurement agency, Armscor, is convinced that there is no way for the preferred suppliers of R30-billion-worth of defence equipment to renege on their industrial participation promises. It is also firm in its view that the country is not being over-charged for the... 

Contract soon for e-billboards at Jhb stations

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The winner of a contract to erect electronic billboards at 40 Wits Metrorail stations in Johannesburg area will be announced this month. The billboards will improve on the existing system of communicating with passengers regarding train schedules. “The present system is a little clumsy and... 

SA guided parachutes for Kosovo aid plan?

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South African product could benefit many ‘internally displaced people’ (IDP) in war-torn Kosovo, Engineering News can today report. That product is a guided cargo parachute system, developed by IST Dynamics of Pretoria. Ethnic cleansing has caused thousands upon thousands of Kosovar... 

Transport partnership trend to continue

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The traditional lines that distinguished the role of the private as opposed to the public sector in the South African transport environment have been significantly blurred over the last few years – a trend which is set to continue. Outgoing Transport Minister Mac Maharaj says that the era... 

Prototype wagon for R600m contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A world leader in heavy-haulage transport Spoornet will be exhibiting a prototype at Africa Rail ’99 used to develop a wagon that has resulted in a supply contract to Sweden totalling potentially more than R600-million. “The contract was awarded to us in February last year by Swedish... 

First rotary-screw compressor for SA rail

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The first prototype rotary-screw compressor to be used in a rail-transportation application in South Africa has been installed in a Spoornet Class ‘E’ freight locomotive operating in the Belfast, Mpumalanga, area. The TrackAir Mahle rotary-screw compressor was installed by CompAir... 

Ticket machine contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A feature of Reunert Communication Systems’ (RCS) exhibit at Africa Rail ’99 will be its redevelopments of ticket-issuing machines. One of the activities of the company is the development, integration and maintenance of ticket-issuing devices, as well as communication networks for... 

Transport sector set for transformation

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The final version of the national Department of Transport’s 14-month study – Moving South Africa (MSA) – to determine the transport challenges facing South Africa at the start of the twenty-first century was released earlier this month, containing several ‘action... 

IT upgrade for local transport company

By: System Author     28th May 1999 ROAD transport company Cargo Carriers has installed an end-to-end networking solution comprising a 3Com wide-area network (Wan) and local area networks (Lans). The installation, which is already yielding substantial operational benefits, forms an integral part of Cargo’s multi-million rand... 

Road-training programme planned

By: System Author     28th May 1999 UK transport research company TRL and CSIR Transportek will be jointly hosting a training programme on ‘Managing and Financing Rural Transport’ in Pretoria towards the end of the year. The training programme, which is being promoted by the World Bank, is the third of its kind to be... 

New building techniques for UK warship

By: System Author     28th May 1999 FRESH ground is being broken in construction techniques for an innovative trimaran warship for the next millennium. The timetable has influenced the size and way in which components are being produced by the shipbuilder, Vosper Thornycroft (VT), at its Southampton yard in southern England. The... 

Durban firm surfs the marine repair wave

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The contract for permanent repairs to one of the largest vessels ever to enter a South African port, the 276 000 t Mobil Shipping-owned Harrier, was last month snapped up by Durban-based International Marine and Construction (Imac) in the face of severe international competition. The company then... 

Cost-effective mode of passenger transport

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Increased vehicle economy in the passenger transport industry could save South Africa’s minibus taxi industry millions of rands each year, reports Iveco Commercial Operations director Frans Cloete. “Light delivery vehicles converted into mini taxis are significantly cheaper than the... 

From infrastructure backlog to boom?

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The South African government is in the final stages of developing a strategy to begin containing the burgeoning backlog in infrastructure spending – the backlog has been estimated to be larger than R170-billion. An inter-ministerial team, embracing all ministers involved in infrastructure... 

Streamlining slurry

By: System Author     30th April 1999 THE transportation of abrasive and corrosive solids is often coupled with a costly maintenance budget. The GIW works of KSB Pumps has developed a unique problem-solving solution that maximises the capital investment of slurry pumps. This approach begins by analysing the system and pump... 

Chemical transport facility upgrade

By: System Author     30th April 1999 THE multimillion-rand redevelopment of Cargo Carriers Tanker as a world-class chemical transport facility is proceeding according to plan. The company has become a signatory to ‘Responsible Care’ whose international standards are designed to achieve security and safety throughout the... 

Transport empowerment project

By: System Author     16th April 1999 TRANSPORTATION company Haulcon has concluded two new agreements designed to give emerging entrepreneurs a viable entry into the road-haulage industry. “These agreements represent a significant development as they are large, detailed contracts,” says Haulcon director Lynn Combrink.... 

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