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Harbour and Offshore Services

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). 

Supplier’s new equipment promises improved service delivery

25th April 2008 Local supplier of lifting and rigging, as well as marine and offshore mooring equipment for Southern Africa, Anchor Industries, has received two large reels of steel wire ropes, which will enable the company to deliver better service to its customers. 

New structure for marine system supplier

25th April 2008 German marine system supplier ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AG (TKMS), headquartered in Hamburg, has announced that it would restructure as of April 1 this year. 

Video surveillance system monitors SA ports

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th April 2008 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a new low-cost video surveillance system to monitor South Africa’s ports. 

Research body undertakes R8-m port development model

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th April 2008 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) hydraulics laboratory in Stellenbosch is conducting physical model studies for the development of Phase 1A of a port in the United Arab Emirates. 

Helicopters resume service at Cape Town port

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th April 2008 Local heavylift helicopter company, Titan Aviation, has taken over an offshore helicopter service at the port of Cape Town, after the previous service supplier ended its contract at the end of last year. 

First ship to dock at Ngqura this year

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th April 2008 Ports operator Transnet National Ports Authority reports that the first ship is scheduled to dock at the port of Ngqura at the Coega Industrial Development Zone in October 2008. 

Safety authority plans economic growth for maritime industry 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th April 2008 Newly appointed CEO of the national agency responsible for the environmental protection and safety of the maritime environment, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa), Tsietsi Mokhele, aims to enhance the services offered by the authority to ensure that it plays a greater role in... 

New regulator improves SA port efficiencies

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     22nd June 2007 State-owned ports regulator, the National Port Regulator (NPR), came into effect in May this year and aims to improve the efficiency of South Africa�s commercial ports. National Department of Transport spokesperson Collin Msibi said in a statement released earlier this year that the regulators... 

Parastatal allocates R28bn to port development

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     22nd June 2007 Parastatal Transnet�s five-year investment plan includes the investment of about R28-billion for the improvement and expansion of South Africa�s ports. This investment has been split into three categories, with port facilities allocated about R15-billion, building and structures allocated about... 

Durban harbour services tunnel replacement nears completion

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     22nd June 2007 The contract for the new tunnel and the decommissioning of the existing subsea services was awarded to a joint venture (JV) with construction firm Concor Holdings and German-based partner Hochtief Construction AG. The JV is trading as Durban Harbour Tunnel Contractors (DHTC) or the DHTC JV.... 

Durban harbour expansion to answer future freight demands 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     22nd June 2007 The expansion of the Durban harbour is necessary to provide capacity and to meet future freight demands in the interest of the eTkekwini municipality and South Africa. This is the view of state parastatal Transnet and the municipality, which form part of a joint initiative referred to as the... 

Logistics group acquires liquid bulk-storage terminals

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     22nd June 2007 South African shipping and logistics group Grindrod acquired the Tate & Lyle Molasses South African terminals in Durban and Cape Town. 

Additional crane capacity lifts burden off SA ports

By: Guy Copans     8th June 2007 Shipping company Maritime Carrier Shipping (Macs) acquired the vessel MV Cheyenne last year, which has heavy lift cranes designed for specialised project tonnage. The company hopes that these cranes will assist in South Africa�s ability to handle projects, inbound and outbound cargoes, as well as... 

Durban bunker barge build on track

By: Guy Copans     8th June 2007 Marine services company Smit Amandla Marine�s plans to build a bunker barge in Durban are on track and the barge should be completed in the last quarter of 2007, says Smit Amandla Marine MD Paul Maclons. Smit Amandla Marine is using a local shipbuilding company, Dormac, for the project. The... 

Marine engineer receives subsea crawler, deckhouse contract

8th June 2007 Heavy engineering specialist DCD-DORBYL Marine was awarded a number of substantial fabrication contracts for De Beers Marine�s sub sea mining vessels. 

Rubber specialist supplies SA’s harbour needs

8th June 2007 Marine, industrial and mining rubber specialist, Truco, is a prominent supplier of fenders to the Southern African harbour market. Truco says that it designs and manufacturers a wide range of rubber fenders for tugboats and other working vessels in close cooperation with its marine division,... 

Local company expands into deck equipment market

By: Guy Copans     8th June 2007 Cape Town based Petrel Engineering is expanding into the global specialised deck equipment market, with customised equipment that is specifically designed and manufactured to its client�s requirements. 

Ship refit nears completion ahead of offshore drilling plans

By: Guy Copans     8th June 2007 The drill ship MV Deep venture, previously named MV Valentine Shashin, has undergone an extensive refit in preparation for deep water drilling operations off the West African coast. MV Deep Venture will start drilling operations in Equatorial Guinea in mid-June, and will leave Cape Town at the... 

Chain blocks assist shipbuilding, repair procedures

8th June 2007 Kito electric and manual chain blocks from Becker Engineering, form an important part of harbour infrastructure. This equipment is used for lifting and positioning equipment at harbours throughout Southern Africa, as well as during shipbuilding and repair procedures. 

Turning the tide on South Africa's ports

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th April 2007 Owing to the growing harbour activities, SAPO and the NPA are undertaking a multi billion rand investment programme to expand and upgrade the South African ports and related infrastructure. These projects include the refurbishment of the Saldanha port, an upgrade for the Durban harbour, an... 

Sand bypass system under evaluation for Nelson Mandela Bay

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th April 2007 The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality (NMBM) has announced that an environmental impact assessment (EAI) will be carried out to establish the environmental impact of creating a sand bypass system into the North End coastal area. This follows the pre-feasibility study which was carried out in 2006. 

Bridge contract paves the way to port operations

27th April 2007 The R127-million contract to construct the Khangela Bridge and Bayhead road extension, has been awarded by the eThekwini Municipality to the joint venture developers Stefanutti/Basil Read, a joint venture between Stefanutti & Bressan and Basil Read. Around 60% of South Africa�s imports are... 

Expansion project on the cards for Luba Freeport

27th April 2007 Worldwide conglomerate Lonrho Africa of Equatorial Guinea has entered into an agreement with oil and gas producer ExxonMobil, in the form of Mobil Equatorial Guinea (Megi), to build a 60 000 m2 logistical facility at the Luba Freeport in Equatorial Guinea. 

Supplier anchors BEE deal

27th April 2007 South Africa�s only supplier of offshore chains and anchors, Anchor Industries, have concluded the first broad based black-economic empowerment deal in the marine and offshore industry. The deal sees Anchor Industries staff receiving 25,1% of the company in the form of a staff share trust. 

SA's ports fall short of international standards

27th April 2007 South African ports are among the world�s most expensive and inefficient, states a global port benchmarking study, commissioned by the South African automotive industry, and conducted by the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC). 

Three-year drive to grow local port engineering skills

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th April 2007 Late last year, the National Ports Authority of South Africa (NPA), signed training contracts with the Shipping and Transport college in Rotterdam and with the University of Stellenbosch in cooperation with the Delft University in the Netherlands, as part of a three-year drive to boost its skills... 

SA beefing up port security

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th April 2007 The National Ports Authority (NPA) is installing technically advanced equipment at the country�s eight ports, to enhance security and ensure compliance with international maritime antiterrorist measures. The security measures include erecting fences, securing port entrance control, closed-circuit... 

Shedding light on marine activity

27th April 2007 Navigation and warning light supplier CMA Marine has expanded its range of light emitting diode (LED) based lights, through the introduction of the exta LED range lights. This new addition allows coverage from 1 NM to almost 20 NM, and promises a considerable cost benefit, not only on a first... 

SA's leading harbour responds to surging demand for container-handling capacity

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2007 The number of containers handled at the port of Durban is expected to grow between 7% and 15% over the next five years, says South Africa Port Operations (Sapo) equipment, engineering and asset management GM Hamilton Nxumalo. 

Gautrain enters Joburg with a bang

By: Nelendhre Moodley     5th February 2007 Some 350 kg of explosives was used on Sunday in the demolition of a block of buildings in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, to make way for the construction of an underground parking area for the Gautrain rapid rail link at Park Station. The R25,1-billion Gautrain project involves the construction of a... 

High-tech weighbridge at Durban port improves efficiency, turnaround times

By: Nelendhre Moodley     31st January 2007 The South African Port Operations(Sapo) has installed a high-tech weighbridge facility that repositions the terminal as a �one-stop shop� at the Maydon Wharf terminal in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, the port operator said in a statement this week. 

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