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Harbour and Offshore Services

Multibillion-rand upgrades under way

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd June 2006 The South Africa Port Opera-tions and the National Ports Authority are undertaking a multibillion-rand investment programme to expand and upgrade South Africa’s ports and related infrastructure. Saldanha port refurbishment and expansion project, Western Cape. The first phase of the... 

R11bn SA ports spend emphasises container capacity

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2006 State-owned harbour operator South African Port Operations (Sapo) is prioritising infrastructure and superstructure investment at its six commercial ports and has confirmed a five-year capital budget of R11-billion starting this financial year. It has also confirmed a material skills-development... 

US government backs AES bid for SA peaking-power project

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2006 A US government agency has approved a $550 900 technical-assistance grant for a black economic-empowered (BEE) company partnering the giant US energy group, AES, in its bid to build one of the private peaking-power plants currently out to tender from the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME).... 

Cargo volumes at SA ports set to surge over the next five years

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2006 South African Port Operations (Sapo) expects cargo volumes at its 14 ports to increase by 26% over the next five years, says Vusi Khumalo, a senior manager in CEO Tau Morwe’s office. 

Disposal of top tourist destination just the beginning for Transnet

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2006 State transport company Transnet last week set in motion its much-contested and long-awaited noncore asset-disposal programme, placing the high-profile Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront property development on to the auction block. 

Local firms to play key role in R1,7bn project

9th June 2006 The rising international demand for oil and gas as energy sources has focused attention on Africa as a future significant provider of these commodities. 

SA-Chinese consortium clinches R2bn shipyard contract

By: Matthew Hill     9th June 2006 The Port of Richards Bay, situated some 160 km north-east of Durban, is set to receive a world-class R2-billion ship repair facility. The National Ports Authority (NPA) has awarded the contract to Imbani Consortium, comprising a group of South African and Chinese companies, and headed by... 

Dry-dock cooperation a first for Cape ship repair

9th June 2006 A rig upgrade project involving several major players in the Cape ship repair industry and an international oil, gas and petrochemical support services company is expected to inject approximately US$ 20 million into the economy of the Western Cape, demonstrating the confidence of international... 

Plans progress for new Cape oil-rig fabrication yard

By: Matthew Hill     9th June 2006 South Africa-based companies Grinaker-LTA M&E and DCD-Dorbyl Heavy Engi-neering will operate a world-class offshore oil and gas fabrication facility at Saldanha, off the Western Cape coast. 

Hooks offer shipbuilders increased safety, reliability

9th June 2006 Alrode, Johannesburg-based Bellambie Mining & Industrial’s Kito electric and manual chain blocks are used in harbours throughout Southern Africa for lifting and positioning equipment, as well as during shipbuilding and repair procedures. 

ISO 9001 industrial-absailing company carrying out increasing number of oil-rig, port-crane and power-industry assignments

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2006 While work for the oil-and-gas industry is currently the biggest single contributor to the R15-million-a-year turnover of Cape-Town-based rope-access company Toprope, its active Durban and Johannesburg branches are also showing rapid growth in port-crane and power-industry work. 

Gautrain not a 'white elephant' - transport MEC

By: Mariaan Webb     6th June 2006 The Gauteng transport MEC Ignatius Jacobs reiterated in his 2006/7 budget speech that the Gautrain would not become a “white elephant” and that the department had allocated the bulk of its record R6,2-billion budget for the year to the implementation of this project. 

Investment in technology key to competitiveness

2nd June 2006 South African companies involved in today’s many and varied design and manufacturing industries face the challenge of having continually to respond to the ever-increasing pressures of global competition. 

R400m set aside for transport empowerment

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2006 The recently-announced alliance between the State-owned Industrial Develop-ment Corporation (IDC) and private-sector bank Absa (now part of the UK Barclays group), to provide financing totalling R400-million for black economic-empowerment (BEE) small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the transport... 

Challenging Durban harbour tunnel project 

28th April 2006 Durban’s Point and Bluff areas will soon be linked by a new 530-m-long tunnel that will be installed below sea level. 

Coal conveyor repairs complete

28th April 2006 The final major shutdown required to rehabilitate the South African Port Operations (Sapo) Richards Bay coking-coal store-conveyor system, which was destroyed by a fire last year, has recently been completed. 

Local company holds its own in the face of international competition

28th April 2006 Two of three ship-to-shore cranes, for which DCD-Dorbyl Heavy Engineering Venco won the contract to manufacture components, were recently commissioned at Durban harbour, while the third is in the process of being commissioned. 

New method of deck construction for Angolan jetty

28th April 2006 Local company Franki South Africa has pioneered a new method of deck construction for the ?R22-million, 75-m-long spooling jetty project, which it carried out for Sonils in Anglola’s Luanda harbour. 

South African ports crucial for economic growth

By: Laura Tyrer     28th April 2006 The value of South Africa’s ports as a source of development and potential for growing the economy is largely overlooked, with ports often being viewed as mere conduits of cargo. Speaking to Engineering News on the National Ports Authority’s (NPA’s) business strategy, senior... 

CT firm completes proof-load testing

By: Laura Tyrer     28th April 2006 Offering complete certification and proof-load testing of cranes and lifting equipment, Water Weights International SA, of Cape Town, recently undertook the mammoth testing of 660 t on a ship crane in Cape Town Harbour. 

A growing appetite for Finnish straddle carriers

28th April 2006 South African Port Operations (Sapo), a division of Transnet, recently took possession of the ?4 000 th seventh-generation straddle carrier manufactured by Kalmar Industries, of Finland. 

Container-handling spreaders refurbished

By: Laura Tyrer     28th April 2006 Specialising in port equipment and container-handling equipment in particular, CPS Projects, of Kwazulu-Natal, has recently conducted the complete refurbishment of seven Bromma container-handling spreaders for the Durban Container Terminal. 

Industry growth driving port infrastructure upgrades

By: Laura Tyrer     28th April 2006 In an effort to upgrade the country’s port infrastructure in line with industry growth, South African Port Operations (Sapo) will have installed 77 Kalmar straddle carriers in local ports by the end of the year. 

BEE firm targets growing Richards Bay harbour

By: Laura Tyrer     28th April 2006 Established as the black economic-empowerment (BEE) operating arm of Grindrod Terminals in Richards Bay, KUSASA offers an efficient and effective import and export service for dry-bulk materials. 

Navy takes delivery of new multipurpose crafts

By: Keith Campbell     28th April 2006 As part of its programme to introduce 3 new submarines into service, the SA Navy took delivery of 2 new “multipurpose tenders” for the Simon’s Town Naval Base in February. 

Planned R63-billion road investment 'just in time'

By: Helene Le Roux     3rd April 2006 Roads are the largest single sectoral target of the government's ambitious infrastructure rollout plan of R372-billion in the next three years. The R63-billion committed to roads is more than double the allocation of the last three years. A leading economist of the University of Alabama, in the... 

Coega IDZ has 106 competitors in Middle East and Africa

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2006 The competition the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) faces in terms of other development zones internationally is “somewhat depressing”, says Coega Development Corporation (CDC) CEO Pepi Silinga. 

Container, auto growth driving port overhaul

By: Laura Tyrer     24th March 2006 In the extensive upgrade of Durban harbour, the National Port Authority�s (NPA�s) top priority is the sustainable development of Durban as a premier status port. 

SA shipping company steams ahead

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2006 South African shipping group Grindrod has successfully plotted a course through the turbulent waters of the international shipping industry, becoming a player in the global market. 

SAAT set to begin first passenger-to-freighter conversion in March

By: Terence Creamer     24th February 2006 The technical division of South African Airways, South African Airways Technical (SAAT), concluded a technology agreement with international aerospace company Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) in December, which has positioned it as a new global hub for the conversion of passenger aircraft into... 

Transnet strike hits Western Cape

By: Liezel Hill     14th February 2006 Thousands of Transnet workers in the Western Cape are expected to down tools on Wednesday, as part of the ongoing dispute between the parastatal's management and key trade unions over the group's restructuring process. 

Transnet likely to seek higher local content in future tenders

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2006 State-owned transport utility, Transnet, has insisted that half of the manufactured content, by value, of a newly-announced R3,5-billion locomotive-acquisition programme for the coal corridor from Mpumalanga to Kwazulu-Natal will be completed domestically. 

Utility tenders penalised local content

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2006 Inconsistencies in the manner in which rules on local content and black economic-empowerment (BEE) have been applied in a slew of recent tenders released by State-owned Enterprises' Eskom and Transnet has the South African supplier community up in arms. 

Fixed investment boom to keep truck market boiling

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2006 A leading Japanese truck manufacturer believes that the widely anticipated rise in South Africa's gross fixed capital formation over the next couple of years will continue to drive the already heated truck-sales environment, which last year breached 27 000 units. 

Transnet-unions at odds over success of strike action

By: Liezel Hill     31st January 2006 Conflicting reports emerged yesterday as Transnet employees from four key unions began a strike in Kwazulu-Natal and the Free State, with labour pronouncing the action an overwhelming success, while Transnet claimed that it had minimised disruptions through contingency plans. 

Deepwater port key to IDZ’s success

By: Laura Tyrer     16th December 2005 A key stone to the success of the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) is the establishment of the deepwater Port of Ngqura, which will provide direct access to seaborn trade. 

Shifting roles

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     9th December 2005 South African Port Operations (Sapo) CEO Tau Morwe said at a recent media briefing that Port Elizabeth would probably lose container business to Coega to play an important role, specifically around the automotive sector. 

Cabinet comes out in support of Gautrain

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2005 At its final meeting for 2005, cabinet this week indicated its support for the Gautrain project. This follows as the parliamentary transport portfolio committee last month questioned, among other matters, the cost of the R20-billion-plus project, as well as what it viewed as a lack of planned... 

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