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Ports & Shipping News

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... 

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... 

Bidding process initiated for Ngqura manganese export terminal 

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2021 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for service providers able to offer a technical solution for a proposed greenfields manganese export terminal at the deep-water Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The CDC has been appointed as the implementing agent... 

Transnet building at Port of Ngqura
Transnet building at Port of Ngqura

Grindrod keen on potential private-sector participation opportunities at Transnet

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2021 A port that runs efficiently “can bring prosperity all around”, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo. South Africa’s major ports are, however, currently ranked close to the bottom of the list in terms of global competitiveness. 

Contract awarded to marine specialist

8th October 2021 Marine specialist services provider AMSOL Ghana was recently awarded a contract by Ghanaian oil and gas marketing company Ghana Oil Company (GOIL) that will further support continued indigenisation in the sector and the extension of the company’s services in marine and offshore fuel logistics and... 

Potential growth for S African shipping sector

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     8th October 2021 The harbour and offshore services industry should consider ramping up their services to ships passing the South African coast, to about 10% of the total passing traffic, where every ship serviced has a minimum spend of about $10 000, says independent tug and offshore vessel operator Offshore... 

Transnet building pipeline of transactions for private sector participation 

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2021 Transnet CEO Portia Derby says the State-owned group received a “fantastic” response to its two recent requests for information (RFIs) for private participation at the ports of Durban and Ngqura and that several other private sector participation (PSP) transactions are under development. The... 

Transnet CEO Portia Derby
Transnet CEO Portia Derby

UCD opens new depot in Cape Town

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2021 United Container Depots (UCD) has moved from its location in Paarden Eiland to larger premises in Beaconvale, Parow, also in Cape Town. The new depot has a container stacking area of more than 20 000 m²; warehouse space of 4 000 m²; a dedicated controlled atmosphere (CA) gassing area for up to... 

Cape Town container, multipurpose terminals introduce truck booking system 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2021 Introducing a mandatory truck booking system at South Africa’s port terminal operations has yielded benefits that the Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) and Cape Town Multipurpose Terminal (CTMPT) will soon enjoy, Transnet Port Terminals says in a statement. “There are many challenges introduced... 

Grindrod sells remaining stake in Grindrod Shipping for R368m

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2021 Freight transportation arrangement company Grindrod on Thursday announced that it had sold its remaining shareholding in Grindrod Shipping for $24.8-million (R368.2-million). The sale shares amount to about 9.6% of Grindrod Shipping’s total issued share capital. 

Maritime industry says decarbonisation urgent, achievable

By: Donna Slater     22nd September 2021 More than 150 maritime logistics roleplayers, representing the entire maritime value chain, including shipping, cargo, energy, finance, ports and infrastructure, have said that the full decarbonisation of international shipping is urgent and achievable. Ships transport about 80% of global trade... 

Global citrus demand increases refrigeration demand

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 A global increase in demand for South African-grown citrus, as well as more export regulations, has resulted in a substantial increase in demand for refrigeration capacity, says local refrigeration manufacturer EP Refrigeration business development head Dawie Kriel. “We not only need to add... 

A roof top refrigeration system installed by EP Refrigeration at a produce packing house
FRUITFUL SERVICES An increased need for refrigerated storage and transport capacity in the citrus sector is being addressed by EP Refrigeration

Opinion: Could South Africa’s logistics crisis derail the citrus sector’s stellar growth trajectory?

15th September 2021 In this opinion article, Nedbank head of agriculture John Hudson writes about how logistics constraints are hampering the growth of South Africa's citrus sector. 

A photo of a box of oranges

Govt’s private-sector participation drive could increase efficiency, prosperity – Grindrod 

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2021 A port that runs efficiently “can bring prosperity all around”, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo. South Africa’s major ports are, however, currently ranked close to the bottom of the list in terms of global competitiveness. 

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Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo

Grindrod targets port, rail projects in govt’s private-sector participation drive 

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2021 Ports and logistics operator Grindrod is positioning itself to take part in the private-sector participation (PSP) opportunities to be created by government in the rail and ports sectors, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo. “Government has called for international players to come... 

Freight, logistics integration key to successful intracontinental trade

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     10th September 2021 Although the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement aims to achieve an economically integrated continent, with successful trading among African countries, the Trade Research Advisory tells Engineering News that this will prove challenging in the short to medium term. “Government... 

Blue truck driving on an open road.
EASY TRADE Africa does not have the required and efficient physical infrastructure to move goods cost-effective and efficiently

TNPA supports CDC to deliver key liquid bulk infrastructure for Nelson Mandela Bay

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2021 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is encouraging Port Elizabeth Liquid Bulk Tankfarm tenants, as well as any other parties interested in securing liquid bulk storage capacity, to contact the Coega Development Corporation (CDC). This is premised on TNPA’s confirmation of its support and... 

Durban Car Terminal sets new record in August

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2021 Growing transshipments and improving new-vehicle exports from South Africa have seen the Durban Car Terminal set a new record in August, with the facility handling 54 520 fully-built units in a single month.  This follows the previous handling record of 51 407 fully-built units, set in June this... 

View of the Durban car Terminal

SIU, Transnet welcome judgment against former Transnet exec

By: Simone Liedtke     31st August 2021 The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and State-owned Transnet have welcomed the judgment handed down by Judge Lebogang Modiba at a special tribunal sitting on August 31, wherein former Transnet employee Herbert Msagala was instructed to pay back R26.4-million to Transnet. The special tribunal... 

Grindrod targets port, rail projects in govt’s private sector participation drive  

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2021 Ports and logistics operator Grindrod is positioning itself to take part in the private sector participation (PSP) opportunities to be created by government in the rail and port sectors, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo. “Government has called for international players to come and... 

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Andrew Waller

Fully developed legislation needed

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th August 2021 The legislation has not caught up with where the gas industry needs it to be, says gas producer Renergen CEO and MD Stefano Marani. Technical aspects that are critical to companies’ decision-making have not yet been addressed, with industries in the gas sector consequently unable to develop to... 

An image of gas extraction at Renergen's Virginia Gas project
GAS EXTRACTION Renergen is the only onshore petroleum rights holder in South Africa

Transnet, Minerals Council to strengthen cooperation to improve network operations

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2021 State-owned Transnet and mining industry organisation Minerals Council South Africa have agreed to collaborate to ensure operational improvements across the freight system to get back to target performance levels in the short term and then to position for growth in the future. The organisations... 

An image of Transnet Freight Rail's iron-ore rail corridor

Private sector participation at SA ports  

20th August 2021   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Transnet's plans to potentially introduce private sector participation at the ports of Durban and Ngqura and whether this may eventually extend to other ports and Transnet units. 

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Private sector participation at SA ports

Grindrod Shipping swings to interim net profit

By: Simone Liedtke     19th August 2021 Shipping services provider Grindrod Shipping posted a net profit of $27.59-million for the six months ended June 30, compared with a loss of $12.31-million in the six months ended June 30, 2020. Revenues for the six months amounted to $231.25-million, compared with $167.15-million in the first... 

Derby optimistic port terminal operators will partner with Transnet at Durban and Ngqura  

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2021 Transnet CEO Portia Derby says the State-owned freight logistics utility has had initial engagements with some international terminal operators and shipping companies regarding the potential to form partnerships to improve the performance of its container terminals at the ports of Durban and... 

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Transnet CEO Portia Derby outlines the group's masterplan for the Port of Durban during a Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies webinar. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18.8.2021

Grindrod's interim business performance improves

By: Schalk Burger     18th August 2021 The performance of JSE-listed freight and financial services company Grindrod’s core businesses improved during the first six months of this year, compared with the six months ended June 30, 2020, as operations recovered from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The company noted in a trading... 

Transnet tests appetite of private port operators to partner with it at underperforming Durban and Ngqura container terminals 

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2021 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has initiated a process through which it aims to test whether international port terminal operators have the appetite to partner with it to improve the functioning of two underperforming container terminals at the ports of Durban and Ngqura... 

A Photo of a container ship at the Port of Ngqura
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A container ship at the Port of Ngqura

Rand Refinery looks back, and forward, as it marks 100 years of operations

By: Cameron Mackay     6th August 2021 Since it began operating in 1921, gold refiner Rand Refinery’s technological pioneering spirit has enabled it to transform into a “global powerhouse with a unique portfolio of products and services”, as it has continuously expanded its product portfolio and technical knowledge. Celebrating its... 

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Piracy surge in atlantic a boon for South African boat builder

By: Bloomberg     4th August 2021 A proliferation of pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea, an expanse of the Atlantic Ocean stretching from Senegal to Angola, is driving a security-boat building boom in South Africa. Paramount Maritime Holdings, a unit of Africa’s biggest privately owned arms-maker, Paramount Group, says it has... 

Transnet to lift force majeure at ports from August 2

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2021 State-owned Transnet will, with effect from August 2, lift the force majeure which was declared by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) over the container terminals in the Ports of Cape Town, Durban, Ngqura and Port Elizabeth. Transnet believes it is now in a position to service its customers and meet... 

Transnet restores operations at ports after cyber-attack

By: Reuters     29th July 2021 South African State logistics firm Transnet has fully restored operations at ports following a cyber attack that forced the firm to declare force majeure at its container terminals, the Ministry of Public Enterprises said. The department said late on Wednesday that the main system responsible for... 

Meat import associations call for perishables to be moved to inland cold storage facilities

By: Schalk Burger     29th July 2021 The South African Meat Processors Association (Sampa) and the South African Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE SA) have called for an action plan to ensure imported perishable food containers are re-routed to inland cold storage facilities, as KwaZulu-Natal facilities have been... 

Transnet Port Terminals' Navis operational

By: Schalk Burger     28th July 2021 State-owned Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) on July 28 said its Navis customer links were now fully operational at all container terminals. "All stakeholders are expected to fully use the Navis system, with the only exception being the Ngqura and Port Elizabeth Container Terminals that will... 

Grindrod Shipping to acquire remainder of IVS Bulk joint venture 

By: Irma Venter     27th July 2021 Grindrod Shipping Holdings has announced a number of transactions relating to the acquisition of the remaining 31.14% equity stake in its IVS Bulk joint venture (IVS Bulk). Grindrod Shipping Holdings is a global provider of maritime transportation services, predominantly in the drybulk sector. 

Transnet expects to lift force majeure at port terminals ‘soon’ 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th July 2021 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet, whose operations have been seriously disrupted by recent unrest and a major cyberattack, confirmed on Tuesday that Transnet Port Terminals had communicated a force-majeure declaration with customers on Monday July 26, covering the period from July 22... 

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The Durban Container Terminal
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