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Ports & Shipping News

Port of Maputo achieves new handling record, new masterplan to be released 

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2022 The Port of Maputo notched up a new handling record in 2021, registering 21% growth compared with the previous year.  The total volume handled in 2021 was 22.2-million tons, against the 18.3-million tons achieved in 2020.  

Busa asks Mbalula to review regulations preventing road transport of high-cube containers

By: Donna Slater     20th January 2022 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) is requesting Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula to urgently review applicable regulations that make it illegal to transport high-cube shipping containers on South African roads. High-cube containers are the same length (12.19 m) and width (2.44 m) as a standard... 

Fortress REIT acquires third logistics asset in Poland

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2022 JSE-listed Fortress REIT has acquired its third logistics asset, MDC2 Park Łódź South, located south of Łódź in central Poland. Driven by the demand to supply high-growth western European economies, the first two signature acquisitions in Poland were made in 2020 to deepen and extend the... 

An artist's rendering of Fortress REIT's logistics asset, MDC2 Park Łódź South
Fortress MDC2 Park

Richards Bay Bulk Terminal receives new multi-purpose ship loader

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2022 The Richards Bay Bulk Terminal has taken delivery of a new multi-purpose ship loader as part of its capacity creation initiatives. This investment of over R124-million is expected to contribute to improved loading rates at the terminal, as well as to aid in the handling of increased volume... 

An image of Richards Bay Bulk Terminal's new multi-purpose ship loader
New ship loader

Shipping companies had a $150bn year, economists warn they’re also stoking inflation

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2022 Ocean shipping rates are expected to stay elevated well into 2022, setting up another year of booming profits for global cargo carriers – and leaving smaller companies and their customers from Spain to Sri Lanka paying more for just about everything. The spot rate for a 40-foot container to the... 

Transnet highlights turnaround at Richards Bay Bulk Terminal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th January 2022 The loading rate of vessel MV Braverus at 1 205 t/h for a total of 167 341 t of magnetite, which was completed on January 14, is an early indicator of recovery at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) highlights in a statement. It notes that this performance comes just a... 

An image showing the MV Braverus loading magnetite at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal
MV Braverus loading magnetite at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal

Record ships sailed Suez Canal in 2021 despite Ever Given saga

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2022 More ships traversed the Suez Canal in 2021 than ever before despite its temporary blocking by a 400-meter-long vessel and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Volumes are expected to continue to rise this year and again after a project to expand the waterway is completed, said the Suez Canal... 

Toxic fumes ship will be dumping chemicals off St Helena Bay until March - maritime authority

By: News24Wire      13th January 2022 Around 1 500 tonnes of chemicals on the NS Qingdao bulk carrier were being dumped into the sea about 250km off St Helena Bay in an operation expected to end in March, the SA Maritime Authority (Samsa) said on Thursday. In October 2021, the ship was evacuated from the Port of Durban to St Helena... 

Zikalala condemns the proliferation of counterfeit goods

By: Yvonne Silaule     13th January 2022 KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says the proliferation of counterfeit goods is tantamount to economic sabotage as it takes market share away from legitimate businesses and has negative implications for economic growth. The Premier was overseeing a law enforcement operation at Bayhead road,... 

South Africa to launch three locally produced nanosatellites

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th January 2022 Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande says the Department of Science and Innovation's (DSI's) funding and support of South Africa's satellite construction industry is reaping rewards, as the country gears up for the launch of the first three satellites of its... 

Sandock Austral Shipyards signs agreement with Canada’s Robert Allan 

By: Irma Venter     10th January 2022 Durban-based shipbuilding and repair company, Sandock Austral Shipyards (SAS), has added a range of tug boats to its product offering, following the signing of an agreement with Canadian naval architect firm Robert Allan. The agreement will allow SAS immediate access to a host of designs. 

Image of a Robert Allan tugboat

Latest Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker enters service

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th January 2022 Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker operating company Atomflot has accepted into service its latest vessel, the Sibir. This is the second of the five Project 22220 icebreakers ordered by the company, from the Baltic Shipyard, in St Petersburg, Russia. The Project 22220 vessels are the largest... 

The icebreaker Sibir
Photo by Baltic Shipyard
The icebreaker Sibir

DP World Luanda launches digital tracking platform 

By: Irma Venter     5th January 2022 DP World Luanda, which has the concession to manage and operate the Port of Luanda’s multipurpose terminal (MPT), in Angola, has launched a new digital tracking platform, called CARGOES Flow. CARGOES Flow, designed by DP World’s Technology Group, is a digital cargo tracking platform which enables... 

Durban port decongestion task team to focus on long-term initiatives in the new year

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2021 The multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder Port of Durban Decongestion Task Team will focus on rolling out a number of long-term initiatives as more permanent solutions to the ongoing challenges experienced at the port, State-owned ports agency Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said on... 

The Durban Container Terminal

InfraCo Africa, Grindrod award Uganda ferry build contract to SECO Marine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th December 2021 InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), and Grindrod, have tasked SECO Marine to build a 96-m-long roll on/roll off ferry, in Entebbe, Uganda. SECO is an affiliate company of Mombasa‐based shipyard Southern Engineering.  

Record shipment sets sail from Maputo’s Matola Terminal

By: Irma Venter     7th December 2021 A Cape size vessel, about the length of three soccer fields, last week set sail from Grindrod’s Terminal de Carvão da Matola (TCM), carrying a parcel of 147 545 t of magnetite destined for China.  This is the biggest shipment in the port’s history – a new record since the shipment of 121 000 t in... 

Image of the Matola Terminal at the Port of Maputo
The Matola Terminal

SAAFF opens training academy 

By: Irma Venter     7th December 2021 The South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) has opened a training academy (SAAFFTA) in an effort to address the skills shortage in the logistics industry.  “By 2030, demand for skilled workers will outstrip supply, resulting in a global talent shortage of more than 85.2-million... 

Small harbours repairs programme 94% complete – De Lille

By: Yvonne Silaule     7th December 2021 Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille this week said she was pleased that the Small Harbours Repairs and Maintenance Programme was 94% complete and on track to be concluded in March 2022. The Minister on December 6 visited the Hermanus harbour to inspect the recent... 

The world’s first autonomous, emission-free container ship starts operations 

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2021 The world's first electric and self-propelled container ship – Yara Birkeland – has completed its maiden voyage in the Oslo fjord, Norway. “We are proud to be able to showcase the world's first fully electric and self-propelled container ship,” says Yara CEO Svein Tore Holsether. 

Image of the Yara Birkeland
The Yara Birkeland

Grindrod reports solid progress in executing various strategies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th December 2021 JSE-listed Grindrod continues to focus its efforts on executing the Port and Terminals, Logistics and Bank strategies and disposal of noncore businesses, it notes in a pre-close business update. Its Port and Terminals segment has reported healthy volume growth with record performances in the... 

South Africa needs to improve its ability to receive large container vessels, warns SAAFF 

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2021 A new generation of ultra-large container vessels has been sailing the oceans in recent years. Container ships such as the Madrid Maersk, COSCO Shipping Universe, OOCL Hong Kong and Ever Golden can carry more than 20 000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). These vessels measure around 400 m in... 

A photo of container ships

Minerals Council, SAAFF outline requirements to get Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border congestion resolved

By: Donna Slater     2nd December 2021 With delays at the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border post on the Maputo corridor between South Africa and Mozambique having cost trucking companies R1.3-billion in lost revenue this year, the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) and the Minerals Council South Africa have requested... 

An image of freight trucks lining up for several kilometres on the N4 towards Komatipoort in South Africa
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Freight trucks lining up for several kilometres on the N4 towards the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border post in South Africa

TNPA appoints new port managers at Saldanha, Cape Town, Mossel Bay and Richards Bay

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2021 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed new port managers at Saldanha Bay, Cape Town, Mossel Bay and Richards Bay, as part of its new operating model to reposition South Africa in the global market and ensure growth and sustainability. Shadrack Tshikalange has been appointed port... 

No cruise ship cheer for Cape Town tourism amid Omicron alarm

By: Reuters     30th November 2021 The docking of the Europa passenger liner in Cape Town on Tuesday was meant to be a ribbon-cutting celebration marking the official start of the cruise ship season in South Africa's top tourist hub, the first since the Covid-19 pandemic hit. But international travel curbs on southern Africa,... 

South African ports to welcome 20 cruise ships this season

By: Schalk Burger     24th November 2021 The port cities of Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Gqeberha, Durban and Richards Bay are scheduled to receive 20 passenger vessels during the cruise season, from November to the end of May, State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said on November 24. The first cruise vessel will dock in Cape... 

TNPA goes back to basics with new operational model structure 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2021 To create a transformed and sustainable world-class ports system, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has launched its new operational model (OM) structure so that it may “stimulate a transformed maritime economy through adaptable infrastructure that is fit-for-purpose”. The new OM seeks to... 

The Port of Durban, South Africa
The Port of Durban

Grindrod Intermodal and Ocean Africa Container Lines to merge with Maersk

By: Donna Slater     15th November 2021 JSE-listed freight logistics group Grindrod has agreed to merge the South African container logistics businesses of Grindrod Intermodal (GIM) and Ocean Africa Container Lines (OACL) with AP Moller Maersk’s (Maersk) inland container terminals. Grindrod’s intermodal facilities are located... 

Minerals Council welcomes focus on structural reforms in MTBPS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th November 2021 The country requires a continued focus on stabilising the nation’s public finances and, most importantly, the critical need to implement more aggressive structural and institutional reforms that can drive up investment and inclusive growth in the economy, the Minerals Council South Africa says.... 

Saldanha iron-ore terminal's air emissions licence renewed for five years

By: Schalk Burger     10th November 2021 The West Coast district municipality, in the Western Cape, has issued a five-year air emissions licence to the Saldanha Iron Ore Terminal. The terminal handled more than 54-million tonnes of iron-ore in the financial year ended March 31. It is Africa's largest iron-ore export terminal, with a... 

The Saldanha Bay iron-ore export terminal

South African Investment Conference moved to March  

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his weekly letter, said the fourth South African Investment Conference, which would have been held this month has been moved to March next year owing to several events, including the local government elections, the Conference of the Parties (COP26) climate conference... 

A photo of President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Durban port woes amplified as global supply chain crunch intensifies

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2021 The spot rate of booking a 40-foot container from Shanghai to Los Angeles hit $10 229 in the first week of August, up 238% from the same time a year prior, according to Drewry, a maritime research consultancy. This is not a function of insufficient capacity, but rather of a severely imbalanced... 

Durban Agribulk Terminal invests in two new ship unloaders

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th November 2021 With agricultural bulk commodities like maize, wheat and soya beans re-emerging as a major focus for the Durban Agribulk Terminal, an investment of more than R230-million has resulted in the acquisition of two ship unloaders. Assembly is in progress, with handover to operations planned for the... 

The Durban Agribulk Terminal has invested in new ship unloaders
The Durban Agribulk Terminal has invested in new ship unloaders

Irregular expenditure albatross weighs as heavily on Transnet as R8.4bn loss  

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2021 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet reported a loss of R8.4-billion for the year to March 31, 2021, and also received an audit qualification for the period relating to its ongoing irregular-expenditure problem. The loss, which is the first to be reported by the group for more than a... 

Photo of the Transnet logo

Durban port woes amplified as global supply chain crunch intensifies 

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2021 The spot rate of booking a 40-foot container from Shanghai to Los Angeles hit $10 229 the first week of August, up 238% from the same time a year prior, according to Drewry, a maritime research consultancy. This is not a function of insufficient capacity, but rather of a severely imbalanced... 

Image of Invested analyst Denys Hobson
Denys Hobson

Transnet restores some operations at Richards Bay after fire 

By: Reuters     19th October 2021 South African monopoly port operator Transnet said on Monday it had restored many of its operations since a fire broke out at its Richards Bay terminal last week, but that it still needed to ensure affected areas where safe before resuming others. Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, Africa's largest coal... 

Transnet investigating second fire at the Port of Richards Bay

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th October 2021 State-owned Transnet is investigating a second fire incident at the Port Richards Bay after a fire broke out at one of the terminals on October 13. The cause of the fire has not yet been established and an investigation is under way. 

DP World, CDC pledge $1.7bn infrastructure spending in Africa ports deal

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2021 DP World and CDC Group have formed a partnership to develop ports in Africa and committed to spending $1.72-billion on infrastructure over the next few years. DP World, which is based in Dubai and is one of the world’s biggest port operators, will invest $1-billion in facilities including in... 

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