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Transnet working ‘around the clock’ to fix IT disruption

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd July 2021 State-owned Transnet has identified and isolated the source of the disruption to its information technology (IT) systems and says technical teams continue to work “around the clock” to ensure the impact thereof remains minimal. Transnet on July 22 reported the disruption in some of its IT... 

Poor port performance costing South Africa money, jobs 

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2021 The time currently wasted at the Durban port, owing to poor performance and inefficiency, is having a direct impact on employment generation, poverty reduction and economic growth in South Africa, says Martin Humphreys, the global lead for transport connectivity and regional integration at the... 

Transnet IT app outage affecting container terminal operations

By: Schalk Burger     22nd July 2021 State-owned freight logistics company Transnet says it is experiencing a disruption in some of its information technology (IT) applications, although only container terminals are affected. "Operations across the group are continuing, with the Freight Rail, Pipelines, Engineering and Property... 

Rolls-Royce Power Systems eyes climate-neutrality of products by 2030

By: Donna Slater     20th July 2021 Power systems engineering company Rolls-Royce Power Systems plans to cut its greenhouse-gas emissions by 35% by 2030, compared with a 2019 baseline, through the use of new net-zero and zero-carbon technologies. This near-term target plays a significant role in the Rolls-Royce group’s ambition to... 

Transnet port, rail operations normalise in KZN

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th July 2021 The Ports of Durban and Richards Bay have reported normalised levels of operations over the past two day, with all employees having reported for their shifts and Transnet working towards clearing the backlog caused by the unrest in the region in the past week, it said in a statement on July 20.... 

Cost of containers, freight have increased on the back of Covid-19

By: Schalk Burger     19th July 2021 The cost of freight containers, rental costs and shipping freight rates have increased as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, says container freight company Container Intermodal Trading (CIT) CEO and co-founder Kashief Schroeder. He adds that the price of shipping containers, however, needs to be... 

SA logistics sector bleeding R100m-plus a day, supply chains must be restored  

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 South Africa’s logistics sector will “undoubtedly” see the closure of some logistics businesses owing to the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) chairperson and Savino Del Bene South Africa director Dr Juanita Maree. “Some... 

An image of the Durban container terminal
The Durban container terminal

Transnet operations gradually returning to normal following unrest

By: Yvonne Silaule     16th July 2021 There has been an incremental improvement in the operations of State-owned logistics company Transnet, following disruptions caused by days of unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. As a result of the unrest, port operator Transnet Port Terminals had issued force majeure notices with regard to the... 

An image of the Port of Durban

New Maputo–Harare container train service to offer Zim customers better transit times

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 DP World Maputo, which has the concession to manage, develop and operate the Maputo container terminal, in Mozambique, earlier this month launched its first dedicated container train service connecting Maputo and Harare, in Zimbabwe.  The company says the new service is part of its focus to... 

Holistic strategy needed to tackle growing marine plastic crisis

By: Donna Slater     16th July 2021 As the marine ecosystem plays an critical role in mitigating climate change, through absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2), cooling the environment and sustaining delicate marine wildlife, it is becoming increasingly important to mitigate a mounting problem – the leakage of plastic waste into Oceans and... 

Image of Engineering News and Mining Weekly 16 July 2021 cover.

Ports, key rail line disrupted by violence - Transnet

By: Reuters     14th July 2021 Durban port has suffered major disruption after days of unrest, and operations have also been badly affected at the Richards Bay port and on a national freight rail line, logistics and freight companies said on Wednesday. The violence erupted last week in KwaZulu-Natal province, where Durban is... 

Hyperloop Transport Technologies, Hamburg port terminal operator unveil hyperloop container solution 

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 Hyperloop Transport Technologies (HyperloopTT) has revealed HyperPort, a high-speed cargo and freight solution which it says it “capable of increasing capacity and efficiency while decreasing pollution and congestion at ports worldwide”.  Developed in partnership with terminal operator Hamburger... 

An image of the proposed hyperloop container transport system at the Hamburg port
The proposed hyperloop container transport system at the Hamburg port

DP World expands footprint in Africa further, opens new container terminal in Somaliland

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2021 Growing its ever increasing footprint in Africa, integrated logistics solutions provider Dubai Ports World (DP World) and the government of Somaliland have inaugurated a new container provider at Berbera port. This follows the completion of the first phase of the port’s expansion plan, as part of... 

Photo of the Berbera container terminal in Somaliland
The container terminal at the Berbera part

UAE’s DP World makes R12.7-billion offer to acquire Imperial 

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2021 Global infrastructure-led supply chain solutions provider Dubai Ports World (DP World) has made a R12.7-billion offer to acquire 100% of Imperial, the JSE-listed logistics and market access specialist. The United Arab Emirates-based group is offering R66 a share (cash) to acquire all outstanding... 

Image of an Imperial Logistics warehouse

Transnet, unions agree to 5% wage increase for the current financial year

By: Schalk Burger     2nd July 2021 State-owned freight company Transnet has confirmed that it has reached a wage agreement with its recognised labour unions, the South African Transport Allied Workers Union and United National Transport Union, for a 5% increase for the current financial year for bargaining unit employees.... 

Poor port performance costing South Africa money, jobs   

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2021 The time currently wasted at the Durban port owing to poor performance and inefficiency is having a direct impact on employment generation, poverty reduction and economic growth in South Africa, says global lead for transport connectivity and regional integration at the World Bank transport... 

The Port of Durban
The Port of Durban

Berbera Port enters second phase, opens container terminal

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2021 Trade and logistics multinational DP World on June 28 inaugurated a 500 000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) a year container terminal at the Berbera port, in Somaliland. This followed completion of the first phase of the port’s expansion as part of its development into a major regional trade... 

Berbera Port enters second phase, opens container terminal

Ramaphosa says separated grid company will ‘promote purchase of lowest-cost electricity’ 

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2021 The creation of a separate State-owned transmission entity, as part of the restructuring of Eskom into three separate entities responsible for generation, transmission and distribution, has been held up by President Cyril Ramaphosa as key to promoting the purchase of the lowest-cost electricity... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Attaining port efficiency requires purpose rethink, says law firm

By: Donna Slater     24th June 2021 South Africa’s maritime ports, known to be highly inefficient, need to be repurposed and redesignated to increase their efficient use, says law firm Norton Rose Fullbright South Africa chairperson Andrew Robinson. Speaking during an Infrastructure Africa panel discussion on transformation in the... 

Ports authority to become an independent subsidiary of Transnet 

By: Yvonne Silaule     22nd June 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will become an independent subsidiary of Transnet. During a site visit to the Port of Cape Town on June 22, the President commented that the creation of a separate subsidiary would allow the ports authority... 

The Port of Cape Town
The Port of Cape Town

Western Cape govt appeals for challenges at Cape Town port to be addressed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th June 2021 Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities Minister David Maynier has asked the Port Consultative Committee (PCC) to consider its suggestions towards improving the operational performance at the Port of Cape Town. This follows the seventh annual Port of Cape Town Performance Roadshow, which... 

Rolls-Royce announces net zero emissions plans

By: Donna Slater     17th June 2021 Power and propulsion engineering company Rolls-Royce has announced its plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, at the latest. The company’s actions and the development of new low-carbon technologies will enable the users of such products to, in turn, lower their carbon emissions,... 

DP World Maputo launches rail service between Maputo and Harare

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2021 DP World Maputo, which has the concession to manage, develop and operate the Maputo container terminal, in Mozambique, earlier this month launched its first dedicated container train service connecting Maputo and Harare, in Zimbabwe.  The company says the new service is part of its focus to... 

DP World Maputo launches rail service between Maputo and Harare

Emergency power fiasco compounds South Africa’s energy crisis

By: Bloomberg     17th June 2021 The debacle surrounding South Africa’s bid to secure emergency power supplies has highlighted a dysfunctional energy policy that’s subjecting Africa’s most-industrialized nation to intermittent blackouts. Since March, the energy department has identified companies it wants to provide almost 2 000... 

Track S Africa’s economic recovery on Operation Vulindlela dashboard

By: Sashnee Moodley     10th June 2021 South Africans can now track government’s progress in economic and employment growth with up-to-date information on the new Operation Vulindlela dashboard, launched this week. The new dashboard presents an overview of the milestones in 19 focus areas identified by government as priority reforms,... 

Track S Africa’s economic recovery on Operation Vulindlela dashboard

TNPA, CDC collaborate to accelerate infrastructure delivery

By: Simone Liedtke     10th June 2021 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) as the implementing agent for the migration of the manganese terminal and the liquid bulk terminal to the Port of Ngqura, as well as their construction and operationalisation. The CDC and... 

UAE ratifies extradition treaty as South Africa pursues Guptas

By: Bloomberg     9th June 2021 The United Arab Emirates Embassy in South Africa said it has ratified an extradition treaty with the African country. The treaty was signed on April 11, the embassy said in a statement on Wednesday. Clayson Monyela, a spokesman for the South African Department of International Relations and... 

Port upgrade strengthens Horn of Africa trade

By: Halima Frost     4th June 2021 The Berbera port, operated and managed by multinational logistics company Dubai Ports (DP) World, is undergoing a multifaceted upgrade valued at $442-million. The upgrade will expand the port, as well as develop a logistical platform and a free zone to strengthen the port’s position as a key... 

SHIP SHAPE
The upgrades to the Berbera port in Somaliland will allow for more containers and larger ships to dock
SHIP SHAPE The upgrades to the Berbera port in Somaliland will allow for more containers and larger ships to dock

Michelin introduces decarbonised shipping, recycled material racing tire solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Michelin has presented its two latest solutions to making transportation more efficient, while conserving resources, at the 2021 Movin’On global sustainable mobility summit. The first of the solutions, the Wisamo project, will help to decarbonise maritime... 

Transnet engages local communities, businesses on Richard Bay port plans

By: Schalk Burger     28th May 2021 State logistics company Transnet on May 28 shared its plan for the strategic industrial Port of Richards Bay with the local mayor, business community and ten traditional leaders in Umhlathuze and the surrounding areas. The port is set to play a core role in Transnet's Natural Gas strategy and... 

Low global ranking of Port of Cape Town a concern – Maynier

By: Donna Slater     26th May 2021 The World Bank’s recent and inaugural ‘Container Port Performance Index 2020’ ranked the Port of Cape Town among the worst in terms of container port performance. The Port of Cape Town ranked lower than all other ports in Africa, meaning it is less efficient than those of Djibouti, Abidjan,... 

Transnet aims to implement three private sector participation projects this year  

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2021 Freight logistics group Transnet expects to proceed with three private sector participation (PSP) projects before the end of the year, with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan confirming that the State-owned group’s new strategy is to drive volume growth “by developing key strategic... 

Transnet aims to implement three private sector participation projects this year

Suez Canal starts dredging work to extend double lane

By: Reuters     17th May 2021 The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has started dredging work to extend a second lane that allows for two-way traffic in a southern section of the canal near to where a giant container ship got stuck for six days in March, it said on Saturday. The SCA announced this week that it was planning to extend... 

Durban container terminal takes delivery of ten more straddle carriers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th May 2021 Ten new diesel electric straddle carriers have arrived at the Durban Container Terminal Pier 2. State-owned freight utility Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) says this brings the number of new single-lift straddle carriers delivered at the terminal in the last ten months to 33.  

Ten straddle carriers arrive at Durban Container Terminal Pier 2
Ten straddle carriers arrive at Durban Container Terminal Pier 2

Transformation of SEZs into truly special zones key to their success – CDE  

By: Donna Slater     11th May 2021 In a new report, the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) is calling on government to change or adapt special economic zones (SEZs) into areas that are “actually and truly special”, offering a modified labour market regime to attract companies and investment. CDE executive director Ann... 

CDE executive director Ann Bernstein
CDE executive director Ann Bernstein outlines the organisation's vision to transform special economic zones into those that are truly “special”

TPT to deploy new version of container terminal operating system

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2021 State-owned Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) will, later this month, launch a new version of its container terminal operating system Navis Sparcs N4. This latest version will set the new architectural foundation for added features and capabilities, says TPT CFO Sharla Chetty. 

DP World says Congo port concession terms amended

By: Reuters     10th May 2021 Dubai State-owned port operator DP World said on Sunday it had agreed with the Democratic Republic of Congo to amend its contract for a 30-year port concession. DP World said the two sides had signed a term sheet summarizing the amendments following a review of some of the clauses signed in March... 

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