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Harbour and Offshore Services

Loco modernisation to deliver savings

By: elizabeth rebelo     8th July 2005 The locomotive modernisations manager of GE Transportation Rail, Rebecca Sidelinger, tells Engineering News, while visiting South Africa, that cost-effective solutions through modernisation will make a significant contribution to the state of rail in Africa. 

Rail safety head suspended, goes to court

By: Terence Creamer     8th July 2005 The National Department of Transport has confirmed that Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) CEO Mpho Litha has been suspended pending a disciplinary process, which has been under way since February. 

SAA turns its attention from survival to growth

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2005 State-owned airliner South African Airways (SAA) has unveiled a six-pronged growth strategy following the successful stabilisation of the enterprise, which saw a R8,6-billion loss turned into a R966-million profit in the year to March 31, 2005. 

Transnet to self-fund half of R40,8bn capex

By: Nicola Mawson     5th July 2005 State-owned entity Transnet yesterday announced financial results for the group, some eight months after approval was given for the four-point strategy designed to turn the company around. 

Sand bypass scheme replicates nature

1st July 2005 The developmentof South Africa’s eighth deep-water harbour at the Ngqura river mouth (Coega) will have little impact on the shoreline due to a sand bypass system which has been designed to simulate the natural movement of sand in that area of Algoa Bay. 

Border delays stymie African trade

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st July 2005 Due to cross-border delays, transport costs in Africa are about four times higher than in the European Union, thus making Africa less globally competitive. 

Navy employs overseas training to address submariner dearth

By: Keith Campbell     1st July 2005 THE South African Navy (SAN) is currently addressing its shortfall of submariners by training personnel abroad, in India, Germany, and probably also Brazil. 

State infrastructure push underpins R1bn engineering-sector transaction

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2005 The proposed R1,296-billion sale by Delta Electrical Industries (DEI) of its repairs-and-services and replacement-parts divisions to an equity consortium should herald the entry of a significant black-economic empowered (BEE) force into the power-distribution and locomotive-traction services... 

Intelligent transport solutions for South Africa

By: thamashni naidoo     10th June 2005 The third international conference and exhibition of the South African Society for Intelligent Transport Systems (SASITS) – held from May 10 to May 13 in Cape Town – has raised hopes for the alleviation of South Africa’s road congestion through the implementation of intelligent... 

Soccer World Cup 2010 will launch new intelligent transport systems

By: thamashni naidoo     10th June 2005 The National Department of Transport is making R3-billion available for the soccer World Cup in 2010 and this welcome sum of money will be used to also finance intelligent transport system (ITS) projects relating to the football spectacle 

Spin-off expected from multipurpose ship project

By: Keith Campbell     10th June 2005 THE SA Navy’s plan for new multipurpose coastal ships should be implemented within the next 5 years & the LPD/LPH programme could be brought forward. 

Ship-repair facility mooted for Cape Town

By: abdul cook     10th June 2005 Cape Town has a long history of ship repair and it has been considered, since 1994, 

Diving solutions for coastline and offshore industries

By: abdul cook     10th June 2005 Durban-based Dive Solutions – founded 20 years ago and formerly known as Propshine Diving – operates worldwide, specialising in the provision of accredited commercial diving solutions to many different industries based inland, along the coastline or offshore. 

Coating specialist repairs and maintains ships

By: abdul cook     10th June 2005 One of South Africa’s largest and better-equipped marine anticorrosion project engineering companies, Nautilus Marine, has developed an international reputation for quality services to ship owners and industrialists. 

Specialised services are in great demand

10th June 2005 An upturn of activity in the Southern African offshore oil and gas industry has increased demand for specialised offshore services that are essential to the overall safety and integrity of operations. 

JV specialises in ship-repair services

10th June 2005 The East London Shipyard (ELSY) is a joint venture between two of South Africa’s leading ship-repair firms, Elgin Brown & Hamer and Dorbyl Marine. 

Raising offshore container handling standards

10th June 2005 In an important reversal from the common practice of allowing foreign operators to use West Africa as a ‘dumping ground’ for inferior products, the Angolan authorities have taken a giant step in improving the safety in the handling of offshore containers by introducing the Luanda... 

New year bodes well for marine company

10th June 2005 Only six months into the year and already DCD-Dorbyl Marine has successfully completed several ship-repair projects, which include extensive fabrications and seven main ship-repair projects. 


By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd June 2005 The final specifications for the taxi recapitalisation programme will be released as regulations in mid-June, and roll out of the first new taxi vehicles is expected as early as next month, says South African National Taxi Council president (Santaco) Tom Moufhe. 


By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd June 2005 The process of creating and maintaining skills in the transport sector is crucial for South Africa’s economic and social development, says the president of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, Willie Madisha. 

Electric motor specialist ups empowerment credentials

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 Black economic empowerment (BEE) is increasingly becoming a standard feature of South Africa’s commercial sector but the progress towards BEE partnerships within the heavy industrial sector is noticeably slower. 

Vehicle group mulls bus export plan

By: Terence Creamer     27th May 2005 The South African arm of German truck and bus multinational MAN is consolidating its bus-assembly facilities around its Olifantsfontein plant in Gauteng as a precursor to an ambitious export-led expansion plan. 

Radebe prioritises rail and taxi recap

By: Nicola Mawson     23rd May 2005 Out of all the modes of transport available, Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe highlighted the taxi recapitalisation programme and shortcomings in rail during his department's budget vote in parliament. 

R13bn to be spent on port infrastructure

20th May 2005 The National Ports Authority of South Africa (NPA) is planning to spend some R13,8-billion to develop port infrastructure over the next five years. 

Ultramodern printing in 50 languages on West Rand

By: elizabeth rebelo     20th May 2005 Situated on the West Rand, in Krugersdorp, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, which forms part of a worldwide organisation, houses one of the most modern, state-of-the-art printing facilities in the world. 

SA shipbuilding could be rebuilt through Navy project

By: Keith Campbell     20th May 2005 THE South African Navy hopes that the next class of ships it orders will be built in South Africa, and that these vessels could form the basis for an export industry. 

Actuators, controls and gearboxes fitted to naval warships

By: Liezel Hill     13th May 2005 The four new patrol corvettes, which will be South Africa’s first new naval warships in 16 years, have been fitted with some 3 000 Auma actuators, controls and gearboxes, reports Auma South Africa. 

Anchoring SA’s harbours

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2005 While the controversial proposal to concession the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) to private-sector operators was a hot topic only a year ago, the focus has since shifted dramatically and the issue is no longer even on the agenda. 

Bringing taxi industry into training-levy loop a challenge

By: elizabeth rebelo     13th May 2005 Getting the taxi industry to participate in the levy system is one of the biggest challenges facing the Transport Education and Training Authority (Teta), says CEO Dr Piet Bothma. 

Gautrain announcement postponed

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2005 The announcement of the successful bidder to build and operate the multibillion rand Gautrain has been postponed to the end of this month.?The announcement was initially expected at the beginning of May. 

Local firm to supply Durban crane components

11th May 2005 Local company DCD-Dorbyl Heavy Engineering Venco has secured a contract to manufacture components for three ship-to-shore cranes destined for Durban harbour. 

Construction of Durban port facilities completed

9th May 2005 A new facility for servicing the South African Port Operations' (Sapo) forklift and reach stacker has been completed. 

When State ownership makes sense

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2005 One of the biggest uncertainties clarified within months of the start of the second Thabo Mbeki administration has been in the area of public enterprises. 

SAA set to grow freight's revenue contribution

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2005 With some air-cargo observers forecasting volumes to triple over the next two decades, South Africa's State-owned airline, South African Airways (SAA), is intensifying efforts to devise a comprehensive freight strategy. 

'Use marine cranes not truck cranes'

29th April 2005 It is a common misconception that one can use a cheap truck-type crane on a marine vessel and operate it safely at its rated capacity, says Cape-Town-based Petrel Engineering. 

Deepwater drillship blasted and painted

29th April 2005 Planthire company Rand-Air was a key supplier during the recent three-week refit of deepwater drillship Pride Africa at Cape Town’s dry docks. 

Mozambican dry-port development to benefit SA companies

29th April 2005 Mozambique is planning to establish a dry port at Ressano Garcia as part of its efforts to facilitate the clearance of goods from South Africa, including South African exports through the port of Maputo. 

Windlasses lower and raise anchorage electronically

29th April 2005 Electromechanical engineering specialist Leroy-Somer’s range of motors, drives and alternators consists of products for specialised industries, including shipping, boating, yachting and fishing. 

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