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Ports & Shipping News

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. 

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... 

Transnet execs seek balance between efficiency improvements, growth opportunities 

By: Shirley le Guern     5th April 2019 It is not about pouring concrete and spending, it is a war of efficiency, Transnet group executive of new business growth and diversification Herbert Msagala told a select special interest group convened at the Transport Forum, in Durban, on Thursday. In what he ultimately labelled an “honest and... 

Transnet execs seek balance between efficiency improvements, growth opportunities
Transnet group executive of new business growth and diversification Herbert Msagala

Nigeria to build seaports to ease gridlock on Lagos's shore

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2019 Nigeria is building a new deep-sea port and considering two additional facilities to ease congestion in the main harbors of the commercial capital, Lagos, which currently handle about 80% of all shipping traffic in Africa’s biggest oil producer. A new facility is already under construction in the... 

TNPA Dredging Services to embark on maintenance dredging campaign at Cape Town port

By: Simone Liedtke     1st April 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) Dredging Services will soon embark on a maintenance dredging campaign at the Port of Cape Town to restore the design depths at certain berths inside Duncan Dock. The maintenance campaign, which is set to start in early April and scheduled for... 

TNPA Dredging Services to embark on maintenance dredging campaign at Cape Town port
The Isandlwana is one of two dredging vessels that will be mobilised by TNPA Dredging Services

PE port welcomes first oil tanker after berth repairs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st April 2019 Port of Elizabeth’s Tanker Berth on Friday welcomed its first vessel, the UAAC Mirdif, after completion of berth repairs. The vessel delivered white oil to Nelson Mandela Bay.  

PE port welcomes first oil tanker after berth repairs
UAAC Mirdif oil tanker

Economy impacts negatively on harbour infrastructure and dredging

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th March 2019 The economic situation and reduced demand for port facilities have led to a general reduction in investment in harbour infrastructure and dredging, says global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright transport head Malcolm Hartwell.  

Economy impacts negatively  on harbour infrastructure and dredging
MALCOLM HARTWELL Severe pressure on global shipping and trade markets has resulted in a significant decline in the commodity exports that South Africa relies on so heavily and in imported manufactured goods

Transnet launches continent’s first dredging school

29th March 2019 The Transnet Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE) has launched the continent’s first Dredging School to develop and enhance the competencies of new and already employed dredging personnel. 

Transnet launches continent’s first dredging school
ILEMBE The Dredging School is a result of the supplier development plan related to the acquisition of the new 5500 m3 Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger, Ilembe, for TNPA

Enablers to expedite port infrastructure investment

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th March 2019 While investment in local ports is increasing, even more investment is required in harbour infrastructure, says global engineering company Aurecon Group capital projects principal Johan de la Rey. 

Enablers to expedite port  infrastructure investment
PORT INFRASTRUCTURE MASTERPLAN Execution-ready projects need to be prioritised to ensure that funds are not relocated to other, non-port priorities

Port Elizabeth port’s tanker berth back in operation

By: Nadine James     27th March 2019 Repairs to the tanker berth at Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) Port Elizabeth port have been successfully completed ahead of schedule.  The berth has been successfully recertified by a structural engineer and has been cleared to resume operations. It had been closed since February 18... 

Port Elizabeth port’s tanker berth back in operation

Port of Ngqura maintains only ‘green port’ status in South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2019 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) says its Port of Ngqura, in Port Elizabeth, has been the only port with green status in South Africa and it maintains this status through a number of measures. These measures include unique biodiversity conservation programmes.  

Transnet in talks with Kenya for deal to operate Lamu port

By: Bloomberg     25th March 2019 Kenya is in talks with Transnet of South Africa to operate a seaport that the East African nation is developing to partly use for planned exports of oil. The state-owned South African logistics company is leading a group of companies that are pitching to provide the equipment for the initial... 

Port of Durban records higher 2018 cargo volumes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2019 The Port of Durban has recorded volume growth in the container, liquid bulk and dry bulk sectors in 2018, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) reported on Wednesday. Container volumes increased by 9.5% year-on-year to 2.96-million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). Of this, container... 

PE Tanker Berth repairs on schedule for completion later this month

By: Simone Liedtke     8th March 2019 Repairs to the Tanker Berth in the Port of Port Elizabeth are progressing as scheduled, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said this week. The berth has been closed since February 18 to allow for repairs to be conducted on the corroded steel structures supporting the berth’s access walkway. 

PE Tanker Berth repairs on schedule for completion later this month
The Tanker Berth in the Port of Port Elizabeth

Building of new ships for South African Navy has started

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th March 2019 Construction of the first of three inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) for the South African Navy (SAN) formally started with a keel-laying ceremony at Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) on February 23. The small ships are being acquired under the SAN’s Project Biro. The first one is expected to be... 

Freight services focus yields positive results for Grindrod in FY18

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th March 2019 JSE-listed freight and financial services group Grindrod on Wednesday said a renewed focus on freight services has yielded positive results for the 2018 financial year, following the unbundling of the shipping business in June last year. The group noted that, while its repositioning is ongoing,... 

TNPA says it is ready to service Total as it explores the Brulpadda prospect

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st March 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Friday said the Port of Mossel Bay is well equipped to provide value for Total, following the company’s significant gas condensate discovery. The discovery was made earlier this year on the Brulpadda prospect, located in the Outeniqua Basin, which is... 

Construction of new ships for South African Navy now under way  

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th February 2019 Construction of the first of three inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) for the South African Navy (SAN) formally started with a keel-laying ceremony at Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) on Saturday. The small ships are being acquired under the SAN’s Project Biro. This, first, IPV is expected to be... 

Construction of new ships for South African Navy now under way
Photo by Damen
An artist’s impression of the three IPVs sailing off Cape Town

Construction gets under way at new Ngqura liquid bulk terminal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd February 2019 Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) and the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Thursday turned the first sod at the site of the Port of Ngqura’s future liquid bulk tank farm and main access road. This comes ahead of the planned decommissioning and rehabilitation of the existing liquid bulk... 

Three consortiums compete to build dry port west of Cairo

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Three consortiums are competing to build a dry port west of Cairo worth $100-million, the Egyptian finance ministry said on Sunday. The project will be a public-private partnership between the General Authority For Ports and Dry Land and the winning consortium, to be built on roughly 104 acres in... 

New floating caisson to improve productivity at Cape Town dry dock

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 A new, R98-million floating caisson is to be fabricated for the Sturrock Dry Dock in the Port of Cape Town, which will enable one of the biggest dry dock facilities in the Southern Hemisphere to double its productivity, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) announced on Thursday. TNPA... 

New floating caisson to improve productivity at Cape Town dry dock
Sturrock dry dock

Department sets height restrictions on high cube containers

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st February 2019 The Department of Transport has announced that vehicles transporting a standard container, reaching an overall height of 4.3 m, would not be permitted to transport a high cube container. Owing to this, Minister of Transport Dr Blade Nzimande has placed a moratorium ,effect from January 1, 2019 to... 

Department sets height restrictions on high cube containers
HEIGHT LIMITS Standard containers reaching an overall height of 4.3 m, would not be permitted to transport a high cube container

TNPA appoints multipurpose terminal operator at PE port

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has concluded an agreement with Bidfreight Port Operations (BPO) for the design, development, financing, construction, operation, maintenance and transfer of a multipurpose terminal at Sheds 10 and 11 in the Port of Port Elizabeth, following an open... 

TNPA appoints multipurpose terminal operator at PE port
TNPA COO Nozipho Mdawe (Left) hands over the official agreement to BPO MD Jannie Roux (Right)

How the cargo ship industry is cleaning up its filthy act

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2019 Air pollution from cars and factories has been regulated in much of the world since the 1970s. When it comes to the smoke-belching ships that carry global trade, the rules have been a lot looser. Big changes start next January, though, when long-debated standards from the International Maritime... 

Home Affairs Committee proposes cell phone ban for DoH staff   

By: Sane Dhlamini     14th January 2019 Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs chairperson Hlomani Chauke on Monday called on the Department of Home Affairs (DoH) to consider an outright ban on cell phone usage by front line staff during working hours at all branches. This follows numerous complaints made to the committee from members of... 

Home Affairs Committee proposes cell phone ban for DoH staff

Education at forefront for materials handling institute 

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     14th December 2018 The committee of the South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH) aims to reverse the trend of constantly declining institute membership by actively running training workshops and lectures to educate members and people that are new to the industry about the industry. According to SAIMH... 

Education at forefront for  materials handling institute
Materials handling organisation, South African Institute of Materials Handling chairperson Adi Frittella and treasurer and tutor Bruce Watts discuss the organisation and its role in the materials handling industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

South Africa's average port tariffs to fall 6 pct next year – regulator

By: Reuters     5th December 2018 South Africa's Ports Regulator said its average tariffs for the 2019/20 financial year will decrease by 6.27%, although coal export charges will rise, a statement seen by Reuters on Wednesday said. The coal dry bulk export cargo dues will increase by 10% from April 1 next year to March 31 in... 

Imperial Logistics targets growth outside SA, adding global freight management capabilities 

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2018 Imperial Logistics aims to earn close to 80% of its revenue from outside South Africa, compared with the current 68%, says CEO designate Mohammed Akoojee. Akoojee will officially take over from current CEO Marius Swanepoel in the first half of 2019. 

 Imperial Logistics targets growth outside SA, adding global freight management capabilities
Mohammed Akoojee

Transnet halts Durban port berths project over tender probe  

By: Reuters     23rd November 2018 Transnet said on Friday it would stop a R7-billion ($505-million) project to deepen berths at Africa's biggest container terminal in the port city of Durban until a dispute over the awarding of a contract is resolved. Transnet, which operates nearly three-quarters of the African rail network,... 

Audit outcomes of State-owned entities continue to regress

By: Kim Cloete     22nd November 2018 The audit outcomes of State-owned entities (SOEs) have regressed over the past financial year compared with both the previous year and 2014/15. The 2017/18 general report for the Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) said there was an increase in noncompliance of the 16 SOEs it audited. It also... 

TPT, AFGRI to enter concessions for port terminals

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st November 2018 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) will enter into a 15-year concession agreement with AFGRI Operations for the operation and maintenance of landside operations. The agreement will focus on two strategic agri-ports in the country – the East London Grain Elevator in the Port of East London and the... 

New pan-African trade bloc holds much promise for SA business

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th November 2018 From March 17 to March 21 this year, African Heads of State and Government held an Extraordinary Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. This was the 10th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) Assembly and the last day saw the signature of the agreement to establish the African Continental Free Trade... 

New pan-African trade bloc holds much promise for SA business

Morwe signals strategy shift as he prioritises restoration of trust amid ‘turbulance’ 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2018 Transnet acting CEO Tau Morwe is prioritising the restoration of trust, internally and externally, which he acknowledges has been affected by the “turbulence” associated with recent action taken by the board to tackle corruption and recover money “siphoned” from the State-owned company. However,... 

Morwe signals strategy shift as he prioritises restoration of trust amid ‘turbulance’

TNPA granted enviro approval for R1.4bn Richards Bay floating dock

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has given Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) the green light to build a long-awaited R1.4-billion floating dock at the Richards Bay port. The floating dock facility, which will be located at the port’s Small Craft Harbour, forms part of the... 

Transnet suspends former supply chain officer for misconduct

By: African News Agency      31st October 2018 Transnet said on Wednesday that it has suspended its former group supply chain officer, Edward Thomas, pending investigations into various serious allegations of misconduct involving a number of contracts. Transnet said that Thomas, currently group general manager for finance, was informed on... 

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