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Ports & Shipping News

Port of Cape Town clearing backlogs

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2020 The Port of Cape Town is ramping up operations and reducing shipping backlogs caused by the impact of Covid-19 on the port’s human resources. By July 2, the number of vessels waiting at anchorage had been reduced from eight to one vessel for the Multi-Purpose Terminal (MPT) and from 11 to four... 

Mossel Bay ship repair generating jobs

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd July 2020 A steady flow of work at the Port of Mossel Bay’s ship repair facility is helping to create much-needed jobs in the region as the country battles widening job losses due to Covid-19 and the national lockdown, says the Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA). This follows the May reopening of ship... 

Mossel Bay ship repair generating jobs
The Cape Vidal vessel underwent repairs during its two weeks stay at Port of Mossel Bay

Transnet undertakes upgrades at various terminals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd July 2020 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has prepared for a 13% increase in citrus volumes this year, with new equipment being set up to boost operations at the Port Elizabeth, Durban and Ngqura container terminals. This follows the Citrus Growers Association’s forecast that new orchards coming into... 

Transnet boosts capacity at Port of Cape Town to ease Covid-19 backlogs

By: African News Agency      30th June 2020 South Africa's state-owned rail, port and pipeline company Transnet said on Tuesday it had introduced a number of solutions for the operational backlogs at the Port of Cape Town due to Covid-19, including staff redeployment. In a statement, Transnet said to alleviate pressure at the terminals, 20... 

Western Cape government calls on Gordhan to rescue Cape Town Port from Covid carnage

By: News24Wire      30th June 2020 The Western Cape Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, David Maynier, has called for Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan to urgently provide resources to resolve the current operational challenges at the port of Cape Town. Maynier said in a statement that in recent... 

Western Cape government calls on Gordhan to rescue Cape Town Port from Covid carnage
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Urgent intervention required at Cape Town port, says Maynier

By: Simone Liedtke     29th June 2020 The efficient and effective performance of the Port of Cape Town is critical to economic recovery and growth for the Western Cape, the province’s Finance and Economic Opportunities Minister David Maynier has said. In a statement on June 29, he said the provincial ministry was “very concerned... 

Grindrod notes impact of lockdown on its businesses

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th June 2020 JSE-listed Grindrod’s trading in the first quarter of this year was strong through most of its businesses, the company said in a pre-close business update on June 26. It noted, however, that Covid-19-related lockdowns in Southern African countries impacted significantly on the ability of many of... 

Harmonised trucking regulations, digitalisation will aid fight against pandemic – World Bank

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2020 The World Bank Group advises ports to rapidly increase their digitalisation efforts over the short to medium term – one to six months – in an effort to reduce the frequency of people- and paper-based contact, says World Bank Group global lead for transport connectivity and regional integration... 

Intelligent transport system community severely impacted on by Covid-19 

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the local intelligent transport system (ITS) community, says Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. The ITTSA conducted a survey among its members on the new normal brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Collaborative effort to unblock chronic congestion at SA’s busiest port

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2020 New equipment, improved access roads, synchronised, longer operating hours and a truck booking system are all in the works for the heavily congested Port of Durban, says Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Port of Durban GM Moshe Motlohi. The country’s busiest port has long been criticised... 

Collaborative effort to unblock chronic congestion at SA’s busiest port

Port’s virtual meetings contribute to resolving bottlenecks

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th June 2020 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) says the Port of Durban has harnessed the power of technology to bring together a range of stakeholders to address port issues since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa. The port has held daily virtual stakeholder operations... 

Port’s virtual meetings contribute to resolving bottlenecks
Durban port

DoT unveils plans for new auto terminal at Durban, branch line concessioning

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2020 The Department of Transport (DoT) intends to take over the functioning of struggling integrated public transport networks (IPTNs) in five cities, with six cities currently operating these systems, says Department of Transport director-general Alec Moemi. IPTNs should, ideally, incorporate bus... 

Massive bills for importers as containers pile up in storage

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2020 South African businesses are faced with a huge bill, estimated at R1.4-billion, for storage and demurrage costs accumulated during the 27 days of Alert Level 5 lockdown, as more than 20 000 containers piled up in storage facilities, says the South African Association of Freight Forwarders... 

Engen opens acquired barge for use by other stakeholders to improve trade

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2020 Petrochemicals company Engen has acquired the services of a 2 000 metric tonnes (MT) barge, for the bunkering of gasoil – 10 parts per million and 500 parts per million – at the ports of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz, Namibia. Additionally, this helps enhance bunkering supply in Namibia, as Engen will... 

Engen opens acquired barge for use by other stakeholders to improve trade
Barge MT Sarah

Trucking regulations harmonisation, digitalisation to aid Covid-19 fight, says World Bank 

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2020 The World Bank Group advises ports to rapidly increase their digitalisation efforts over the short to medium term – one to six months – in an effort to reduce the frequency of people- and paper-based contact, says World Bank Group global lead for transport connectivity and regional integration,... 

Trucking regulations harmonisation, digitalisation to aid Covid-19 fight, says World Bank

Commonwealth urges members to focus on care of seaborne economies

By: Donna Slater     9th June 2020 Commonwealth secretary-general Patricia Scotland urges governments to ensure their countries’ post-Covid-19 economic recoveries are environmentally sustainable and safe for the ocean. She also asks that they reform their development of strategies in a way that supports vibrant and sustainable... 

Importers face massive bills as containers pile up in storage, says SAAFF 

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2020 South African businesses are faced with a huge bill, estimated at R1.4-billion, for storage and demurrage costs accumulated during the 27 days of Alert Level 5 lockdown, as more than 20 000 containers piled up in storage facilities, says the  South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF). 

Importers face massive bills as containers pile up in storage, says SAAFF

Port facilitating green energy for South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd June 2020 As the only port with green status in the Southern African port system, Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Ngqura has now established itself as a suitable partner in driving green energy development in the country. TNPA says the port has provided a safe gateway, temporary storage... 

Port facilitating green energy for South Africa
Wind farm deliveries

DHL makes acquisition to grow e-commerce footprint in Africa

By: Irma Venter     29th May 2020 DHL Express has acquired a minority stake in Link Commerce, the UK-based e-commerce firm that helped the logistics company develop its DHL Africa eShop platform. The acquisition demonstrates the company’s commitment to growing e-commerce in Africa, says DHL Express sub-Saharan Africa CEO Hennie... 

DHL makes acquisition to grow e-commerce footprint in Africa

Ctrack Freight and Transport Index records steepest decline on record

By: Schalk Burger     28th May 2020 The Ctrack Freight and Transport Index decreased by 14.7% in April, while cargo transfers between countries declined by almost 40%, Ctrack MD Hein Jordt says. "The dramatic decline of 14.7% in the Ctrack Freight and Transport Index for April is an important indicator of the very worrying... 

Transnet reports recovery in some units, but still expects big Covid-19 revenue hit 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2020 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet reports that there has been a recovery in some of its operations since the easing of lockdown restrictions and is increasing tending towards an “optimistic” recovery scenario for many of its units – a scenario that assumes a ramp-up to full operations... 

Transnet reports recovery in some units, but still expects big Covid-19 revenue hit

Transnet investigates mobile crane fire at Durban terminal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th May 2020 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has reported an incident whereby a mobile harbour crane caught fire at the Durban terminal, early in the morning on May 20. No injuries were sustained and the crane operator was safely evacuated form the machine.  

Transnet investigates mobile crane fire at Durban terminal

Port construction work to remain shuttered during Alert Level 4 restrictions

By: Donna Slater     20th May 2020 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority reports that construction work on current infrastructure projects within South Africa’s ports will not resume under Alert Level 4. It says that, while there has been no indication of when the prohibition on general construction will be lifted, it will... 

Improvements seen at Port of Durban owing to decongestion task team

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2020 Industry stakeholders have expressed satisfaction with the progress made by a special task team set up to tackle traffic pressure and congestion in the Port of Durban’s Bayhead Precinct and surrounding road networks.  In response to ongoing challenges with heavy truck traffic congestion,... 

Improvements seen at Port of Durban owing to decongestion task team

Mossel Bay continues to serve oil and gas, fishing sectors during lockdown

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2020 Since the start of South Africa’s national lockdown in March, the Port of Mossel Bay has been playing a critical role in the provision of essential services – with special emphasis on the fishing and oil and gas sectors, says Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). Despite the uncertain times,... 

TNPA's ship repair facilities operating at 100% capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2020 Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) ship repair facilities are operating at 100% capacity following the easing of the lockdown restrictions to Level 4. Operations will be guided by the agents’ docking schedules in the respective ports, the ports authority said in a statement on May 12. 

TNPA's ship repair facilities operating at 100% capacity

DoT unveils plans for new auto terminal at Durban, branch line concessioning 

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2020 The Department of Transport (DoT) intends to take over the functioning of struggling integrated public transport networks (IPTNs) in five cities, with six cities currently operating these systems, says Department of Transport director-general Alec Moemi. IPTNs should, ideally, incorporate bus... 

DoT unveils plans for new auto terminal at Durban, branch line concessioning

Road-freight platform Saloodo! launches in Mozambique

By: Irma Venter     11th May 2020 Digital road-freight platform Saloodo! has launched its digital logistics platform for shippers and transport providers in Mozambique, in a move the company hopes will further expand its digital road-freight solution in Africa. Saloodo! is a subsidiary of DHL Global Forwarding, which is a... 

Road-freight platform Saloodo! launches in Mozambique
Tobias Maier

Coronavirus causes logistics and supply chain nightmares for industry

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2020 A 10.6% decline in March alone for total freight volumes is considered the most significant monthly decline that the company has on record, which goes back to January 2008, vehicle tracking company Ctrack has found. For the year to March, however, there was a reduction of 7.1% in total freight... 

WEF launches blockchain supply chain toolkit

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2020 The World Economic Forum (WEF) has launched a comprehensive toolkit to accelerate the use of responsible blockchain by leaders to tackle supply chain failures exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Resilience of supply chains depends on transparency and integrity, which can be improved through the... 

Unctad calls for policies to ease trade, transport restrictions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th April 2020 Intergovernmental entity, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), has published a ten-point action plan to ease trade and transport constraints amid the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Unctad wants to help enable the free flow of goods, food and essential supplies.  

TPT reports fatality at Durban Container Terminal Pier 1

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th April 2020 Terminal operator Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) on April 24 reported the fatality of a 47-year-old male port worker at the reefer yard of the Durban Container Terminal Pier 1 the previous night. Operations were immediately suspended. 

Veecraft Marine to manufacture workboats for Cape Town port

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd April 2020 Veecraft Marine, a subsidiary of Paramount Maritime, has been awarded a Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) tender to design, manufacture and assemble two twin-screw, diesel-powered workboats to spearhead harbour activities. These activities include conventional escort, lighthouse services... 

Veecraft Marine to manufacture workboats for Cape Town port
Port of Cape Town

East London port continues to facilitate movement of critical cargo

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2020 The Port of East London continues to facilitate the movement of critical cargo, related to the supply and distribution of essential goods (such as food, fuel and chemicals), during the Covid-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown in South Africa. Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) East London... 

East London port continues to facilitate movement of critical cargo
HSL Parity in foreground with wheat vessel Jorita

Global airline and shipping sectors appeal to governments regarding flights for seafarers

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th April 2020 A joint appeal has been issued to governments by the International Air Transport Association (Iata) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) for urgent steps to be taken to enable crew change flights for seafarers. As with commercial aviation aircrews, although on different timescales,... 

Cape Town Container Terminal acquires four new straddle carriers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2020 The Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) – one of 19 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) – has acquired four new-generation straddle carriers. The investment is aimed at mitigating against the impact of windy weather on its operations. 

Cape Town Container Terminal acquires four new straddle carriers
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Grindrod responds to Covid-19 pandemic

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2020 Amid the global spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, JSE-listed Grindrod has established a task team to monitor the specific requirements and recommendations of governments and their health agencies in the countries in which it operates. The task team has developed comprehensive response plans and... 

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