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Ctrack Freight Transport Index growth slows

By: Irma Venter     Updated 5 hours ago The October Ctrack Freight Transport Index (CFTI) shows that the index will not boast the same growth in the fourth quarter as the record-breaking third quarter, but that some improvement is still expected. The index measures the health of South Africa’s logistics sector. 

Local valve manufacturer first to be marine-certified

By: Darren Parker     27th November 2020 Valve manufacturer Paltechnologies (Paltech), a subsidiary of holdings company Mokoena Holdings, has become the first South African valve manufacturer to become fully certified to supply valves to the marine industry. Paltech was one of the companies to benefit from the Marine Manufacturing,... 

Local valve manufacturer first to be marine-certified
OPEN AND SHUT Paltechnologies is the first South African valves manufacturer to become marine-certified

Ports survey shows uptick in delays, storage levels

By: Irma Venter     16th November 2020 The newest International Association of Ports and Harbors’ World Ports Sustainability Programme (IAPH-WPSP) Covid-19 Task Force report shows that there is an uptick in hinterland delays, as well as port storage utilisation levels for medicines, foodstuffs and consumer goods. The survey also... 

Logistics index shows ‘strong growth’ in third quarter, following decline in prior three months

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2020 The South African logistics sector has just recorded its strongest ever quarter of growth, according to the newest Ctrack Freight & Transport Index (CFTI). In June, at the end of the second quarter, the CFTI showed that the domestic logistics sector recorded a decline of 17.6% compared with the... 

Transnet completes upgrades on tippler at Richards Bay port

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th November 2020 Transnet Port Terminals reports that maintenance work and upgrades on Tippler 2 at the Richards Bay bulk terminal have been completed. The second tippler's capacity has thus increased from 74 t wagons to 90 t wagons, with an ability to handle 18 wagons an hour.  

NovaMarine now supplier of CSM-branded safety equipment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th November 2020 JSE-listed logistics group Grindrod’s marine safety and survival equipment subsidiary NovaMarine has been approved as an accredited service partner for CSM-branded safety equipment. NovaMarine can now offer a better service to ships that call into the ports of Durban and Cape Town.  

South Africa urged to take the lead in adopting TIR system

By: Irma Venter     6th November 2020 South Africa should take the lead in adopting the Transport Internationaux Routiers (TIR) system in sub-Saharan Africa, says the International Road Transport Union (IRU). TIR is a United Nations convention and enables goods to be shipped from a country of origin, through transit countries, to a... 

Saldanha Terminal acquires another dust suppressor  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd November 2020 Transnet Port Terminals' (TPT's) Iron Ore Saldanha Terminal has acquired and commissioned an additional machine to suppress dust. The investment is aimed at protecting the environment and complements the existing dust suppression tools already on site, TPT says. 

Ctrack Freight & Transport Index sees logistics sector making a comeback

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2020 The South African logistics sector has just recorded its strongest ever quarter of growth, this according to the newest Ctrack Freight & Transport Index (CFTI). In June, at the end of the second quarter, the CFTI showed that the domestic logistics sector recorded a decline of 17.6% compared with... 

Ctrack Freight & Transport Index sees logistics sector making a comeback

Maritime industry grappling with cyber-physical security as IT/OT converge

By: Schalk Burger     23rd October 2020 A panel of maritime and cybersecurity experts on October 21 discussed the changing demands on the maritime industry to ensure the physical security of vessels and shore side infrastructure and operations as information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) converge. The convergence is... 

Sustainable shipping possible through platinum, fuel cells − WPIC

By: Simone Liedtke     21st October 2020 Shipping, which is vital to the global economy, is responsible for about 2.5% of the world’s total greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions as it is reliant on fossil fuels for power to transport about 90% of all freight goods transported by sea. Like other forms of transport, the maritime sector has... 

Project launched to support, grow women-owned transport enterprises   

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2020 The United Nations Women South Africa Multicountry Office, in partnership with the National Women Advancement Establishment, have launched a project to provide technical business support to women-owned enterprises in the transport sector in South Africa. The aim of the programme is to stimulate... 

Project launched to support, grow women-owned transport enterprises  
Lebo Letsoalo

Princess Elizabeth Drydock recommissioned after upgrades

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2020 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has successfully recommissioned the Princess Elizabeth Drydock, at the Port of East London. This follows the completion of two priority capital projects valued at more than R60-million that will "usher in a new era of optimised growth for the historic... 

Recognition of LPG benefits in energy mix growing

16th October 2020 For many years, the benefits of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for South Africa “have been largely, frustratingly, moot”, according to a statement from industry association LPG South Africa (LPGSA). The doubt surrounding LPG’s benefits stems from an historically inconsistent and unreliable supply... 

Recognition of LPG benefits in energy mix growing
BIG BOY Bidvest Tank Terminal’s large-scale mounded LPG storage facility in Richards Bay was scheduled for completion this year

Gap analysis needed to guide gas-to-power industry growth

By: Darren Parker     16th October 2020 With the potential of gas as an alternative energy source in South Africa an encouraging prospect, South African Oil and Gas Alliance (Saoga) CEO Adrian Strydom says the gas-to-power industry needs to conduct an accurate gap analysis, and engage in upskilling and capacity building to ensure that... 

Gap analysis needed to guide  gas-to-power industry growth
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FLOATING GAS South Africa will need to import liquid natural gas for the short-term future, which will serve to stimulate the market

CDC extends market offering beyond SA borders

By: Donna Slater     13th October 2020 The Eastern Cape-based Coega Development Corporation (CDC) – which operates the 9 003 ha Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) – has extended its market offering beyond South Africa's borders into Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR) and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) under the... 

DNG Energy to begin LNG bunkering operations at Coega

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2020 Delta Natural Gas (DNG) Energy has received final authorisation from the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) to begin liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operations in the Port of Coega, in the Eastern Cape.   DNG Energy group CEO Aldworth Mbalati says this is a positive outcome for both... 

DNG Energy to begin LNG bunkering operations at Coega
DNG Energy group CEO Aldworth Mbalati

Gauteng inland port developer takes legal steps to halt ‘irrational’ road realignments needed to unlock Tambo-Springs hub 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2020 The developer of a private inland port in southern Gauteng, known as Distribution Junxion Port of Gauteng, has initiated legal action against the provincial administration in a bid to prevent it from implementing road infrastructure developments required to facilitate the construction of a... 

Gauteng inland port developer takes legal steps to halt ‘irrational’ road realignments needed to unlock Tambo-Springs hub
Map showing the location of Distribution Junxion Port of Gauteng and Tambo-Springs Logistics Gateway in relation to the road and rail networks in the region.

Container handlers add value to port operations

9th October 2020 Forklift and container handler manufacturer BLT WORLD’s extensive range of container handling equipment encompasses industrial lift trucks supplier Taylor Machine Works loaded and empty container handlers, as well as reach stackers. These are designed for versatile operation, enhanced performance... 

Container handlers add value to port operations
ROBUST CONTAINER HANDLING The Taylor XRS-9972 reachstacker, with a high-strength telescopic boom, is designed for versatile operation, enhanced performance and improved safety in busy container handling environments

Lifting equipment provides reliability, increased productivity

9th October 2020 Included in equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s range of equipment manufacturer Kito lifting equipment, is the durable Kito high-speed CB manual chain hoist series, which is suitable for use in shipbuilding and restorations. These hoists, which offer swift lifting and lowering speeds... 

Lifting equipment provides reliability, increased productivity
VERSATILE HOISTING These hoists, which offer swift lifting and lowering speeds for increased productivity, are designed to safely handle rated loads between 2.5 t and 50 t

Company supplies fire-protection systems to harbour facility

By: Cameron Mackay     9th October 2020 Special fire-risk protection equipment supplier DoseTech has supplied a comprehensive fire-protection system to a new bulk fuel offloading wharf that is being built at the Port of Ngqura harbour, north-east of Port Elizabeth. The system includes a foam dosing system and remote-controlled... 

Company supplies fire-protection systems to harbour facility
SAFE HARBOUR Flammable fuel is unloaded for bulk storage and handling at a bulk fuel offloading wharf, as DoseTech supplied a complete fire-protection system

Patel prioritising AfCFTA trading by start of 2021 as he takes on key African role 

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2020 South Africa’s Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel, who has been elected to chair the African Ministers of Trade (AMOT), says he will prioritise the finalisation of the outstanding work and negotiations required to enable the start of trading under the African Continent Free... 

Patel prioritising AfCFTA trading by start of 2021 as he takes on key African role
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Newest Ctrack Transport and Freight Index shows welcome increase

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2020 The newest Ctrack Transport and Freight Index has shown an 8% increase between the quarter to August and the quarter to May ­– the first time in 13 months that the index has been back into the black. “It is almost a certainty that the broader transport sector will contribute positively to gross... 

Newest Ctrack Transport and Freight Index shows welcome increase

‘Green’ ship breaking facility planned in South Africa 

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd September 2020 South Africa’s national development finance institution, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is backing a project to establish an environmentally-friendly ship-scrapping facility in the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone on the country’s west coast. The new facility, to be named... 

Durban Container Terminal receives another eight straddle carriers

By: Donna Slater     21st September 2020 Another eight new electric straddle carriers have arrived at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2 fully assembled, completing the terminal’s order of 23 for the current calendar year. This followed the delivery of 13 of the electric straddle carriers in August.  

CDC aiming to secure CEO replacement for long-serving Silinga by year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     16th September 2020 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has formally initiated a recruitment process to secure a replacement for its long-serving CEO, Pepi Silinga, who has been appointed CEO of Transnet National Ports Authority, effective October 1. The position has been advertised internally and externally and... 

CDC aiming to secure CEO replacement for long-serving Silinga by year-end
Pepi Silinga

PE port loads last shipment of bumper 2020 citrus export season

By: Donna Slater     15th September 2020 The last official specialised reefer (refrigerated container) fruit vessel calling to load citrus from the Eastern Cape through the Port of Port Elizabeth's multi-purpose terminal, docked at the port this week. The MV Lady Rosebud docked at berth 10/11 on September 13 to discharge 45 empty... 

PE port loads last shipment of bumper 2020 citrus export season
MV Lady Rosebud loaded with the last South African citrus exports of the 2020 season

Transnet says railway line refurbishment in PE bodes well for business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th September 2020 State-owned freight utility Transnet says a R10-million refurbishment on a second railway line into the Port of Port Elizabeth’s (PE’s) container terminal is unlocking substantial business potential for the Eastern Cape. “One of the celebrated successes of the port in the past financial year... 

Truck booking systems paying off as congestion around Durban port eases

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2020 A newly introduced truck booking system near the Port of Durban has helped to alleviate truck congestion in the Bayhead Precinct and surrounding roads. Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) explains in a statement that a private bulk terminal in the Island View Precinct introduced the... 

Truck booking systems paying off as congestion around Durban port eases
Truck booking system

Port of PE weathers Covid-19 to support bumper fruit season

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th September 2020 In the midst of the record citrus export season, Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA's) Nelson Mandela Bay ports have successfully complemented the Port of Cape Town, which was negatively affected by Covid-19, TNPA says. Apart from handling the citrus fruit at the Port of Port Elizabeth’s... 

Port of PE weathers Covid-19 to support bumper fruit season
Sujit Bhagattjee

Transnet suspends Durban berth deepening project while investigation continues

By: Donna Slater     8th September 2020 Following concerns about procurement and governance processes for the berth-deepening project at the Port of Durban, State-owned Transnet has suspended the main marine contract for the project while an investigation gets under way. Transnet says the concerns have the potential to impact the... 

Mninawe Silinga leaves CDC for TNPA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th September 2020 Mninawe Silinga has resigned as CEO of the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) to join Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) as CE. The CDC noted that this has been long coming, after numerous attempts by other State-owned entities (SoEs) to enlist Silinga's services in recent years. 

Heavy equipment demobilised after project completion

4th September 2020 Heavy equipment lifting and transporting company Mammoet recently began demobilising equipment it had deployed at the Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical complex in Lekki Free Zone, in Nigeria. The demobilising of the equipment began in July. 

Heavy equipment demobilised after project completion
BIG DELIVERIES The components for the refinery project consisted of multiple shipments delivered to the purpose-built Dangote Quay Lekki in Lagos

PE port operations manager appointed chair of maritime cluster

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2020 Transnet National Ports Authority has announced that Port of Port Elizabeth senior operations manager Faisal Sultan has been appointed chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Bay Maritime Cluster. He will lead a team of seven members in providing strategic direction to achieve the cluster’s vision,... 

PE port operations manager appointed chair of maritime cluster
Nelson Mandela Bay Maritime Cluster chairperson and PE port senior operations manager Faisal Sultan

Rig platform vessel arrives in Mossel Bay for gas drilling expedition

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st August 2020 Rig platform, the Deepsea Stavanger, arrived in Mossel Bay on August 21 ahead of its deployment to the Outeniqua Basin where it is scheduled to work on the next phase of the Luiperdpadda project. The basin is situated off the coast of Mossel Bay, where energy giant Total discovered gas condensate... 

Rig platform vessel arrives in Mossel Bay for gas drilling expedition
Deepsea Stavanger

Grindrod focuses on recovering volumes, earnings after lockdown impacts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2020 JSE-listed logistics group Grindrod has managed to generate 10% higher profit year-on-year in the six months ended June 30 at R464-million, as well as 40% more cash from operations at R507-million, but one-off Covid-19 adjustments dragged down its overall financial performance. The company’s... 

Grindrod focuses on recovering volumes, earnings after lockdown impacts

Interprovincial travel allowed, four more airports to reopen, says Mbalula

By: News24Wire      25th August 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced on Tuesday that four more airports have been permitted to operate under Level 2 travel regulations. A total of 18 airports are now be able to operate. 

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