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Ports & Shipping News

Karpowership sees 'huge potential' in energy-hungry Africa

By: Bloomberg     20th June 2019 Karpowership, one of the world’s largest powership companies, is building vessels the size of several football fields to meet rising demand for energy, especially from Africa. The unit of Turkey’s Karadeniz Energy Group has about 20 ships under construction, according to Karpowership’s director... 

Tambo Springs project an 'exciting experience', says Italian Railways 

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2019 Italian Railways senior VP Nino Cingolani expects the consortium appointed as the preferred bidder in the Tambo Springs Intermodal Terminal project to sign the 20-year concession agreement with Transnet Freight Rail by the end of the year. The consortium, announced earlier this month, is led by... 

Tambo Springs project an 'exciting experience', says Italian Railways

South Africa not the gateway to Africa, warns research house 

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2019 South Africa is not, as is so often punted, the gateway to Africa, says Africa House director Duncan Bonnett – this is a mere “influence illusion”. The country is more a gateway to Southern African, and not even all of that. 

South Africa not the gateway to Africa, warns research house

Cargo handled by Kenya's Mombasa port up 6% in eleven months to May

By: Reuters     18th June 2019 Kenya’s main port of Mombasa handled 6.3% more cargo in the last eleven months thanks to higher efficiency, a surge in imports and greater capacity after the port was expanded, the facility's management said on Monday. The rise in cargoes came despite uncertainty after 75 tax agency staff... 

Port of Ngqura liquid bulk tank farm commissioning on track

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Oil Tanking Grindrod Calulo Holdings say they are on track with developments at the Port of Ngqura, in Nelson Mandela Bay, with the commissioning of the new liquid bulk tank farm planned towards the end of 2020. TNPA says environmental search and... 

Port of Ngqura liquid bulk tank farm commissioning on track
The 20 ha Port of Ngqura Tank Farm site has been cleared of vegetation in preparation for bulk earthworks. Platform preparation has started in the centre of the site. TNPA has already completed the main access road from the N2.

South African boat building industry holds much potential for economy, jobs

By: African News Agency      10th June 2019 The South African boat building industry, currently worth well over R1-billion annually, holds enormous potential for the country's economy, the City of Cape Town said on Sunday. In a statement following the South African Boat Builders Export Council’s (SABBEX) annual industry awards and dinner... 

TNPA provisionally lifts ban on marine activities at Durban port

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th June 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has provisionally lifted its suspension of fishing, commercial diving and other marine activities in the Port of Durban. The ban was put in place in early May after sewage flowed into the port from the eThekwini municipality’s sewer reticulation system. 

TNPA provisionally lifts ban on marine activities at Durban port
Captain Sabelo Mdlalose

Southern Palace-led consortium named preferred bidder for R2.5bn Tambo Springs container terminal 

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2019 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has named a consortium led by black-empowerment group Southern Palace as the preferred bidder for a 20-year concession to build and operate a new R2.5-billion inland container terminal in southern Gauteng. The public­–private partnership, dubbed the... 

Southern Palace-led consortium named preferred bidder for R2.5bn Tambo Springs container terminal

TNPA adds new survey craft to its dredging services fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has taken delivery of a new survey craft, the SS Sonar. It is the latest acquisition by TNPA’s dredging services division as part of its ongoing fleet replacement programme. 

TNPA adds new survey craft to its dredging services fleet
The SS Sonar

Powder coating for corrosion launched

31st May 2019 Global industrial coating supplier PPG has introduced its PPG Envirocron Extreme Protection Edge powder coatings for corrosion protection. PPG is represented in South Africa by paint manufacturer Prominent Paints, based in Alrode, Gauteng. 

Powder coating for  corrosion launched
LAY IT ON THIN The sprayable powder is a one coat application

TNPA obtains court interdict against planned Satawu strike

By: Simone Liedtke     30th May 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) was, on Wednesday afternoon, granted a court interdict against a planned strike by mariners who are members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu). Satawu on Tuesday announced that its members, including pilots who move the... 

Satawu plans ‘total shutdown’ of South Africa’s ports 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2019 South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) members are set to down tools at all of South Africa’s ports from 06:00 on Thursday, May 30. Satawu on Monday served the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) with a strike notice after the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and... 

South African seafarers given reprieve after 'white list' jobs scare – for now

By: News24Wire      28th May 2019 Thousands of South African seafarers who faced being axed from the International Maritime Organistion's (IMO's) "white list", can breathe easy again after the organisation agreed to shelve changes to the list for the next two years. This means the 5 000 South African-trained seafarers and South... 

Transnet became 'captive client' after selling off comms network, inquiry hears

By: News24Wire      28th May 2019 Transnet should never have sold off its vital fibre communications network to an external service provider in 2007, the state capture commission has heard. The commission of inquiry has been investigating allegations of state capture, corruption and fraud since August 2018. Subscribe to Fin24’s... 

Transnet became 'captive client' after selling off comms network, inquiry hears

Project to restore Durban Dry Dock under way

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2019 The rehabilitation of the inner caisson, which divides the Port of Durban’s Prince Edward Graving Dock into two compartments, enabling two smaller vessels to be docked simultaneously, is in full swing. It is among 11 large-scale projects earmarked for the Durban Dry Dock complex. 

Project to restore Durban Dry Dock under way
Removal of the air chamber

New Port of Ngqura liquid bulk facility to serve South African and African markets

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2019 A new liquid bulk handling facility at the deep-water Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape, will be built to assist with the predicted future growth of petroleum product consumption in Africa. The terminal – for which civil construction is scheduled to start in July – will serve as a strategic... 

New Port of Ngqura liquid bulk facility to serve South African and African markets

PE port the first in South Africa to achieve ISO 45001 certification

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd May 2019 The Port of Port Elizabeth (PE) has become the first port in South Africa to achieve the International Organisation for Standardisation’s (ISO’s) 45001 certification, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said in a statement this week. ISO 45001 is an international standard that specifies... 

PE port the first in South Africa to achieve ISO 45001 certification
Port of PE

Tanzania's China-backed $10bn port plan stalls over terms – official

By: Reuters     23rd May 2019 A planned $10-billion port project in Tanzania backed by China has hit an impasse, with the two sides disagreeing on terms of the infrastructure investment, a senior Tanzanian port official said on Wednesday. In 2013, Tanzania signed a framework agreement with China Merchants Holdings... 

TNPA to review hull cleaning permits

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) intends to introduce in-water hull cleaning at South African ports in an effort to stringently manage biofouling, where marine organisms attach themselves to the hull of a ship and niche areas, potentially spreading alien and invasive species across... 

Transnet, CMI Emtateni terminate controversial R4.2bn Durban port expansion contract

By: African News Agency      22nd May 2019 State-owned freight and rail company, Transnet said on Tuesday that its contractor, CMI Emtateni Joint Venture, has terminated its R4.2-billion contract for a megaproject to create deeper berths at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT). This comes after Transnet in November last year stopped all... 

ARA to host workshop to discuss maritime regulation changes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2019 The African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARA), together with the Egyptian General Petroleum Company, will in mid-June host an interactive workshop on the impact of the International Maritime Organisation’s changes to regulation around the sulphur content of ship bunker fuel across... 

Transnet appoints acting CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2019 State-owned Transnet has appointed Mark Gregg-Macdonald acting CFO, with effect from May 13. He will also serve on Transnet's board. 

Transnet appoints acting CFO
Photo by Creamer Media
Transnet acting CFO Mark Gregg-Macdonald

Not all deals at Transnet went through prescribed processes – acting CEO

By: African News Agency      15th May 2019 Not all transactions at State-owned logistics company Transnet were handled in compliance with stipulated processes, acting CEO Mohammed Mahomedy told the commission probing graft on Wednesday. "What we found was that certain transactions were approved through normal processes and some of the... 

Not all deals at Transnet went through prescribed processes – acting CEO
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Acting Transnet CEO Mohammed Mahomedy

Durban car terminal achieves a new milestone

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th May 2019 The Durban Car Terminal has broken a South African record, handling over 500 000 fully built units (FBUs) in the 2018/19 financial year. “A combination of a shift in the operating model, improved planning, dedicated operational teams and collaboration with customers and shipping lines have seen... 

Durban car terminal achieves a new milestone

Port of Saldanha marks first sludge transfer

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th May 2019 Effective planning and oversight between the office of the Port of Saldanha’s Harbour Master, African Marine Solutions, the South African Maritime Safety Authority and SpillTech resulted in the successful first sludge transfer operation at the port last month. About 104 m3 of sludge was... 

TNPA suspends diving, angling near Durban port after sewage spill

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has suspended all diving operations and angling activities within the Durban port, owing to a severe sewage discharge that poses a risk to diving personnel and marine life, it said on Friday. The discharge stems from the failure of pumps at the... 

Transnet procurement process an 'aberration', State capture inquiry hears 

By: News24Wire      9th May 2019 Evidence presented at the State capture inquiry on Thursday shifted to procurement processes at Transnet, which have been identified by the new board as being at the heart of financial flows of the State-run freight rail company. Peter Volmink, Transnet's executive head of governance, told the... 

Transnet procurement process an 'aberration', State capture inquiry hears

South African logistics firm recommends review of bulk liquid terminal tender

By: Reuters     3rd May 2019 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will recommend to its board that a tender to build and operate a bulk liquid terminal in Durban be reviewed and possibly cancelled, a senior official said. The "Lot 100" tender at South Africa's main petrochemical hub Island View on the east... 

Transnet promises to fill executive vacancies as Mahomedy is appointed new acting CEO 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd May 2019 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has appointed Mohammed Mahomedy as acting group CEO after its board decided not to extend the six-month contract of the Tau Morwe, beyond Friday, May 3. Mahomedy, who has worked with Transnet for more than 12 years, has been acting CFO for the past 12... 

Transnet promises to fill executive vacancies as Mahomedy is appointed new acting CEO
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
New acting Transnet CEO Mohammed Mahomedy

Durban, Richards Bay ports to receive two new helicopters in June

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will, in June, take delivery of two new helicopters to service the Ports of Durban and Richards Bay. Italian company Leonardo manufactured the AgustaWestland AW109SP helicopters, valued at around R250-million, at its plant in Vergiate, Italy.  

Durban, Richards Bay ports to receive two new helicopters in June
AgustaWestland AW109SP helicopter

Transnet installing new tippler to sustain iron-ore exports

By: Reuters     26th April 2019 Transnet is installing a new iron-ore tippler at the country’s main iron-ore export line in order to sustain its current output of 60-million tonnes a year, officials said on Friday at its Saldanha port terminal. The R3-billion project, which includes infrastructure such as a conveyor belt... 

Transnet spends days cleaning up pollution at Durban port following storm

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has started a major cleanup at the Port of Durban to remove large volumes of waste and vegetation after recent heavy rains and flooding in KwaZulu-Natal. The adverse weather caused a deluge of plastic and other debris to flow into the port, leaving... 

Transnet spends days cleaning up pollution at Durban port following storm
Transnet National Ports Authority cleans up Durban port

TPT activates disaster management plan following heavy rains, flooding

By: Simone Liedtke     24th April 2019 Transnet Port Terminals has activated its disaster management plan following the recent heavy rains and flooding that has impacted terminal operations at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT), as well as at the Durban and Richards Bay bulk, breakbulk and car terminals. Despite earlier disruptions,... 

Port of Durban welcomes new cruise line company to South Africa  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th April 2019 South Africa has attracted another new cruise line company to its ports, with the maiden voyage of the Viking Sun cruise liner, which sailed into the Port of Durban on April 12. The ship is operated by Switzerland-based owner Viking Ocean Cruises. 

Port of Durban welcomes new cruise line company to South Africa
Viking Sun cruise liner at the Port of Durban

Transnet sets new weekly manganese record 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th April 2019 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail on Monday announced that it had achieved a new weekly throughput record of 335 812 t of manganese, beating its previous record by 6 362 t. The record was achieved in week two of the 2019/20 financial year and compares with a target of 290 794 t for that week. 

TPT sets its focus on African port concession opportunities

By: Shirley le Guern     5th April 2019 State-owned Transnet aims, through its Transnet International Holdings entity, to leverage its expertise to secure port concessions across the African continent. Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) growth and diversification senior manager Dr Darren Fraser told a special interest group gathering under... 

TPT CE stresses need for faster turnarounds of vessels, trains 

By: Shirley le Guern     5th April 2019 It would no longer be business as usual at the Port of Durban, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CE Nozipho Sithole told the Transport Forum’s special interest group meeting, in Durban, on Thursday. Conceding that TPT was not yet where it wanted to be in terms of efficiency, consistency or... 

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