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Durban Port's return to form vital for South African recovery, says Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      Updated 4 hours ago President Cyril Ramaphosa told the National Assembly of Parliament that government's plans to guide South Africa on the path to economic recovery will not succeed unless the Port of Durban is restored to its former glory. Ramaphosa was replying orally to questions from Members of Parliament on... 

Imperial sells South American unit

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2021 Imperial has closed a deal on the sale of its interests in its South American shipping business to Hidrovias do Brasil for up to R1.45-billion, depending on certain conditions, such as water levels. The sale comes as Imperial increases it focus on its gateway-to-Africa strategy. 

Indebted Eskom balks at power deal offered by Turkish generator

By: Bloomberg     6th May 2021 Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s State power utility, doesn’t want to buy electricity from the company that won most of a government emergency-power tender because it’s concerned about the cost and length of the contract, according to two people familiar with the situation. Meeting the terms of... 

Saldanha Bay IDZ announces R3.5bn Phase 1 expansion project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th May 2021 The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) is embarking on the R3.5-billion first phase of an eventual seven-phase infrastructure investment project. The first-phase 356 ha expansion is integral to national and regional infrastructure development and will also be the single largest... 

DP World Komatipoort handles its first direct imports from Maputo

By: Schalk Burger     3rd May 2021 Trade solutions multinational DP World has completed the first transit import through the DP World Maputo port, in Mozambique, to DP World Komatipoort, in South Africa. This is a significant milestone as it demonstrates that the Maputo port can be seamlessly used as a gateway to South Africa, the... 

Govt has eight weeks to decide on powership project after it clears environmental hurdle 

By: News24Wire      30th April 2021 Karpowership, the company bidding to moor five powerships in South African harbours for 20 years, cleared another hurdle when its environmental assessors found that the projects at the ports of Saldanha Bay, Richards Bay and Ngqura could go ahead. Balito-based Triplo4, which carried out the... 

BlueCape partnership to support businesses in oceans economy

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2021 Marine economy public-private partnership organisation BlueCape will support businesses in the oceans economy, remove barriers to entry and support skills development and transformation for job creation in the Cape Town V&A Waterfront, says founding director Bruce Tedder. BlueCape is a... 

Transnet wage negotiations stall

By: Donna Slater     23rd April 2021 Following a second round of talks, wage negotiations between State-owned freight logistics group Transnet and its affiliated labour unions have reached a deadlock. The negotiations took place with the South African Transport and Allied Union (Satawu) and the United National Transport Union... 

Port of Cape Town requires urgent Presidential attention, says Maynier

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st April 2021 Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier says he is encouraged by the recent commitment made by President Cyril Ramaphosa to make the country’s ports more efficient and competitive. However, he also notes his concern that the Port of Cape Town may be deprioritised... 

Ramaphosa confirms Durban port turnaround progress, flags infrastructure investment

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2021 In a weekly letter to the nation, on April 19, President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed progress made over the past year in turning around the performance of the Port of Durban. He also indicated that R100-billion of investment would be needed over more than ten years to transform the port and expand... 

Ramaphosa confirms Durban port turnaround progress, flags infrastructure investment
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Imperial sells its South American shipping operations

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2021 Imperial has closed a deal on the sale of its interests in its South American shipping business to Hidrovias do Brasil for up to R1.45-billion, depending on certain conditions, such as water levels. The sale comes as Imperial increases it focus on its gateway to Africa strategy. 

Imperial sells its South American shipping operations

Govt establishes multi-party work team to oversee port performance

By: Yvonne Silaule     16th April 2021 A multi-party work team has been established to tackle key issues related to port performance, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced. He made the announcement during a visit to the Durban port on April 15. 

Capacitate Sars, create green lanes for cargo at border posts

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2021 South Africa’s logistics sector will operate more efficiently under an increasingly capacitated South African Revenue Service (Sars) rather than a Border Management Agency (BMA), as proposed by government, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) chairperson Dr Juanita Maree.... 

Trafigura backs MAN Energy Solutions’ clean engine development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th April 2021 Independent commodity trading company Trafigura Group will co-sponsor the development of an MAN Energy Solutions ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels. The fuel-flexible, two-stroke ammonia engine is expected to be commercially available for large-scale ocean-going ships by 2024, followed... 

Ngqura Container Terminal mobilises to offload reefers in anticipation of citrus season

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 With South Africa’s citrus season looming and a global shortage of mobile refrigerated shipping containers (otherwise known as reefers), the Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT), in Port Elizabeth, is mobilising offloading equipment to assist in the offloading of reefers that have been diverted by... 

Ngqura Container Terminal mobilises to offload reefers in anticipation of citrus season

The Suez Canal crisis has ended. Time to add up the damages

By: Bloomberg     30th March 2021 The immediate crisis of the Suez Canal blockage may have ended, but the battle over damages from the waterway’s longest closure in almost half a century is just beginning. The long-term cost of the canal’s estimated $10-billion-a-day closure will likely be small, given that global merchandise... 

Giant ship blocking Suez canal refloated in dawn rescue effort

By: Bloomberg     29th March 2021 The giant container ship blocking the Suez Canal has been at least partially refloated, the first step toward getting one of the world’s most important trade arteries moving again. The Ever Given was successfully refloated at about 04:30 local time in Egypt and the vessel is currently being... 

Massive ships now heading towards South Africa as Suez Canal remains blocked

By: News24Wire      26th March 2021 Some of the world’s biggest container ships have changed course in recent hours, and are now heading towards the coast of South Africa as the Suez Canal remains blocked. Among them is the "mega ship" Ever Greet, which is operated by the same Taiwan-based company (Evergreen) as the Ever Given,... 

Transnet Port Terminals gearing up for successful citrus season

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th March 2021 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) says it is gearing up for another successful citrus season this year, following a 16% year-on-year increase in the volumes handled last year – the highest ever recorded. This comes despite disruptions within the supply chain brought about by Covid-19. 

Nigeria Minister pushes timeous project completion

26th March 2021 Nigeria Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi tasked the promoters of the Lekki Deep Sea Port project situated in Lekki, Nigeria, with timely completion to ensure commencement of commercial activity by 2022. Amaechi made this known during a monitoring visit to the Lekki Deep Sea Port site on... 

Nigeria Minister pushes timeous project completion
MINISTERIAL MOTIVATION The Minister of Transportation in Nigeria has pushed promoters for the on-time completion of the Lekki Deep Sea Port

Grindrod aims for completion of northern Mozambique logistics hub in H1

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2021 Grindrod aims to have its logistics hub in Palma, in northern Mozambique, “up and running” by the end of the first half of this year, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo. Palma is currently serving as a focal point for oil and gas developments in that part of the country.  

New straddle carriers now available in Africa

26th March 2021 Earlier this year, South Africa-based equipment supplier BLT World announced the launch of its new Mobicon 2HL series mini straddle carriers in Africa. Mobicon container handlers – key machines in BLT World’s range of container handling equipment – are designed for lifting containers securely... 

New straddle carriers now available in Africa
UPLIFTING The mini straddle carriers are capable of lifting containers two high for efficient stacking

Marine repair company building on expertise

26th March 2021 Ship repair company Namdock has announced that it aims to build on its regional and international expertise and experience, illustrating its diverse capabilities, along with its solid track record of customer service excellence. Namdock, a wholly Namibian-owned entity with its shareholding held... 

Marine repair company building on expertise
KEEPING AFLOAT Namdock ship repair is a recognised leader in the ship repair and offshore oil and gas sector

Large dredging contract awarded to Belgium company

26th March 2021 Specialist dredging and offshore service provider DEME announced that at the end of last year it secured a large dredging contract for the Abu Qir port project in Egypt. The project has been described as the largest ever dredging and land reclamation contract in history. 

Large dredging contract  awarded to Belgium company
THiS IS SPARTA-CUS Spartacus the new cutter suction dredger on offer by DEME is said o be the largest of its kind globally

Elite salvagers set to tackle massive ship blocking Suez Canal

By: Bloomberg     25th March 2021 An elite team is set to tackle the monumental challenge of freeing the massive container vessel that’s blocking the Suez Canal, as a backlog of ships continued to build up for a third day in what is arguably the world’s most important waterway. Work to re-float the Ever Given and free up... 

Suez snarl seen halting $9.6bn a day worth of ship traffic

By: Bloomberg     25th March 2021 A back-of-the-envelope calculation shows there’s about $9.6 billion worth of daily marine traffic halted by the massive container vessel that lodged in the Suez Canal earlier this week, blocking transit in both directions. The figure is based off an assessment by Lloyd’s List that suggests... 

Suez snarl seen halting $9.6bn a day worth of ship traffic

Capacitate Sars, create green lanes for cargo at border posts – SAAFF 

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2021 South Africa’s logistics sector will operate more efficiently under an increasingly capacitated South African Revenue Service (Sars), rather than a Border Management Agency (BMA), as proposed by government, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) chairperson Dr Juanita Maree.... 

Capacitate Sars, create green lanes for cargo at border posts – SAAFF

Suez Canal blockage set to ripple through global energy market

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2021 The blockage of the Suez Canal by a giant container vessel is likely to send a ripple of disruption through the global energy supply chain. European and US refiners that rely on the vital waterway for cargoes of Mideast oil may be forced to look for replacement supplies should the blockage... 

Coega to accelerate development of Ngqura liquid bulk terminal

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2021 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) as an implementation agent for a construction programme to ensure the Ngqura liquid bulk terminal is operational before the Port of Port Elizabeth liquid bulk facility is closed on December... 

Mauritius hit by minor oil spill in wake of ecological disaster

By: Bloomberg     9th March 2021 A Chinese-flagged fishing vessel has run aground close to Mauritius’s only port, just months after the Indian Ocean island nation had to contend with its worst-ever ecological disaster that was caused by a massive oil spill. The FV Lu Rong Yuan Yu, a 45-m-long fishing trawler, ran aground on the... 

Saldanha Terminal invests R1.2m in additional dust suppressing canons

By: Simone Liedtke     8th March 2021 The Saldanha Bulk Terminal, in South Africa, has invested R1.2-million in two additional dust-suppressing cannons that will be used on ship loaders as cargo flows from the chutes to the vessel hatch. The investment is said to be a continued commitment to ensuring a clean operation on the West... 

Saldanha Terminal invests R1.2m in additional dust suppressing canons
Dust Suppresor 1

Grindrod aims for H1 completion of logistics hub in northern Mozambique 

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2021 Grindrod aims to have its logistics hub in Palma, in northern Mozambique, “up and running” by the end of the first half of this year, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo. Palma is currently a focal point in terms of oil and gas developments in this part of the country.  

Zirk Botha completes transatlantic row in record 71 days

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd March 2021 The 59-year-old rower Zirk Botha on February 28 completed his transatlantic ocean row from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro. He completed the 7 200 km, or 4 000 nautical miles (nm), journey in a record 72 days, against his initial target of 90 days. 

Zirk Botha completes transatlantic row in record 71 days
Rower Zirk Botha

Successful marine mining vessel repair leads to two more ship repair projects

By: Schalk Burger     26th February 2021 The successful repair of the Gariep mining vessel, operated by  De Beers Marine, in November has led to two further ship repair projects being booked for 2021 at the Port of Cape Town, the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) said on February 25. The Gariep mining... 

Rolls-Royce marine AI technology project receives UK funding

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th February 2021 The British Ministry of Defence (MOD) has granted funding to UK-based global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce to further develop the company’s Artificial Chief Engineer technology. This is an autonomous ship machinery control system, intended to permit naval vessels to carry out... 

Cabinet approves new National Transport Policy

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2021 Cabinet announced on Friday that it had approved the revised White Paper on National Transport Policy. The policy replaces the 1996 National Transport Policy. 

Gate upgrade to improve truck turnaround at Ngqura

By: Schalk Burger     25th February 2021 A R20-million upgrade project of the Ngqura Container Terminal's automated gate system will reduce truck turnaround times and improve traffic flow, State-owned Transnet Port Terminals Cape Terminals managing executive Wandisa Vazi says. The automated gate system was introduced in 2009 when... 

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