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Mbalula provides clarity on aviation directives 

By: Simone Liedtke     31st March 2020 Since the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that South Africa would embark on a 21-day national lockdown, the majority of aviation activities have slowed dramatically, with all domestic airlines having halted passenger flights effective from the start of the lockdown. South Africa’s... 

Transnet scales back to only essential services, operations

By: Simone Liedtke     27th March 2020 In line with government’s implementation of a three-week lockdown of the country to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus, State-owned entity Transnet will be scaling down its transportation services and operations of non-essential cargo during this period. After consultation with various... 

Communication and planning needed to limit Covid-19 impact on supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 The impact on supply chains owing to the Covid-19 outbreak and from the closure of ports of entry can be mitigated through identification of potential impacts and early communications among affected stakeholders, says advisory firm Deloitte Africa restructuring services leader Jo Mitchell-Marais.... 

Various trends shaping Africa’s port infrastructure

By: Tracy Hancock     27th March 2020 The development of inland container terminals, or dry ports, to decongest port traffic is a trend that is gaining significant traction in Africa, says WSP Africa maritime technical director Marthinus Retief. In landlocked Ethiopia, the development of inland dry ports to store containers... 

Various trends shaping  Africa’s port infrastructure
MARTHINUS RETIEF Africa’s ports need to be larger and deeper to accommodate larger vessels to improve their connectivity to global maritime trade

Lack of port development a concern

By: Tracy Hancock     27th March 2020 While there is some movement in the development of South Africa’s port infrastructure by the private sector, the overall stagnation of its development is concerning, law firm Bowmans ports, transport and logistics head Andrew Pike tells Engineering News. He says this lack of activity may largely... 

Lack of port development a concern
ANDREW PIKE The Port of Durban is often congested with trucks that should be transporting up to five or more containers a day but only manage one, if lucky

Unctad says maritime transport of goods helps minimise Covid-19 economic impacts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2020 As the world battles the coronavirus pandemic, the global maritime transport industry is playing a critical role in the response to keep goods moving, says intergovernmental body, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad). It emphasises that a call by the global maritime... 

Unctad says maritime transport of goods helps minimise Covid-19 economic impacts

South Africa clears quarantined vessels after suspected coronavirus case

By: Reuters     19th March 2020 South Africa ports authority said on Thursday that tests have come back negative for those onboard a cruise liner and cargo vessel which had been held under quarantine off Cape Town's port limits due to a suspected coronavirus outbreak. Countries around the world have barred cruise liners from... 

Stakeholder communication, planning needed to limit Covid-19 impact on supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     18th March 2020 The impact on supply chains owing to the Covid-19 outbreak and from the closure of ports of entry can be mitigated through identification of potential impacts and early communications among affected stakeholders, advisory firm Deloitte Africa restructuring services leader Jo Mitchell-Marais tells... 

TNPA conducts first quarantine, evacuation exercise at Cape Town port

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2020 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Tuesday confirmed that two vessels were being held off port limits after a crew member on board one of the vessels had begun to exhibit symptoms of Covid-19 earlier this week. TNPA explained that two people had flown into South Africa from Istanbul,... 

TNPA conducts first quarantine, evacuation exercise at Cape Town port
Port of Cape Town

Covid-19: Transnet assures of vigilance at ports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th March 2020 As part of its response to the spread of the Covid-19 virus, State-owned freight utility Transnet has set up a command centre to closely monitor all vessels docking at South Africa’s eight commercial ports. These ports are based in Richards Bay, Durban, East London, Ngqura, Port Elizabeth, Mossel... 

Sars doing its bit to protect taxpayers, staff from Covid-19 infection

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2020 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) says it has taken several precautionary measures to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infecting its staff at points of entry in the country, as well as employees at Sars branches countrywide. Sars Commissioner Edward Kieswetter explains that its tax, customers... 

Sars doing its bit to protect taxpayers, staff from Covid-19 infection

Focus on corridor solutions yields results for Grindrod 

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2020 It seems as if driving corridor solutions for specific customer requirements has yielded positive results for freight and logistics group Grindrod. Releasing its financial results for the year ended December 31 in Johannesburg on Wednesday, Grindrod reported a 12% growth in revenue, to... 

Focus on corridor solutions yields results for Grindrod

TPT invests R2bn to replace ageing equipment 

2nd March 2020 In response to industry calls for equipment that will improve performance across its operations, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has invested R2-billion to replace aging equipment this calendar year.   This includes two mobile harbour cranes for the Port Elizabeth Container Terminal, which will... 

Private electricity generation identified as most urgent structural reform for reigniting growth 

By: Simone Liedtke     26th February 2020 With a weak economic outlook characterised by a real gross domestic product that is expected to grow at 0.9% in 2020, 1.3% in 2021 and 1.6% in 2022, South Africa is in dire need of far-reaching structural reforms to achieve faster economic growth. In contrast, global economic growth is expected... 

Private electricity generation identified as most urgent structural reform for reigniting growth

Palabora, Grindrod sign five-year magnetite handling contract

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th February 2020 JSE-listed freight and logistics company Grindrod has entered into a five-year contract to transport five-million tonnes a year of magnetite by rail from copper miner Palabora Mining Company's operations, in Limpopo, to the Matola terminal, in Mozambique, where it will store the magnetite.... 

DP World to upgrade, maintain Eritrean ports

By: Bloomberg     17th February 2020 The Red Sea state of Eritrea contracted DP World to upgrade its ports as regional peace brings increased business to its shores. Formerly isolated Eritrea is normalizing foreign relations after signing an historic peace deal in July 2018 with neighbouring Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous... 

TPT boosts equipment capabilities with R2bn investment

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2020 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has already invested R2-billion to replace ageing equipment during the 2020 calendar year in response to industry calls for equipment that will improve performance across its operations. The investment included the acquisition of two mobile harbour cranes for the... 

Maputo port breaks record for volumes handled in 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th February 2020 The Port of Maputo, in Mozambique, handled 21-million tons of goods last year, exceeding its 2018 record of 19.5-million tons. The port handled higher volumes of chrome, magnetite and containers.  

Maputo port breaks record for volumes handled in 2019
Maputo Port

Astron’s Milnerton refinery meets deadline for producing very low-sulphur fuel oil

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th February 2020 Energy company Astron Energy’s refinery has been successfully supplying ships in the ports of Cape Town and Richards Bay with low-sulphur fuel oil for the last month. The oil meets the stringent new International Maritime Organisation regulations, which had to be met by refineries globally by... 

Astron’s Milnerton refinery meets deadline for producing very low-sulphur fuel oil
Port of Cape Town

Port of Gauteng development to revamp logistics landscape 

6th February 2020 Investor and developer NT55 Investments believes the Port of Gauteng development – a proposed inland port and railway park in Gauteng – will transform the country’s rail and transport logistics landscape through its efficient supply chain performance and the considerable cost savings it will... 

Port of Gauteng development to revamp logistics landscape
Port of Gauteng development to revamp logistics landscape

Transnet’s new head promises an open door and action

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2020 State-owned Transnet’s newly appointed CE Portia Derby has pledged to partner with the mining industry in an open and transparent way in a bid to boost the utility and ultimately help grow the economy. “We want to be a cool, easy company to deal with. We don’t want to make it difficult for you to... 

Transnet’s new head promises an open door and action

Transnet appoints Portia Derby as new Group CEO

By: African News Agency      1st February 2020 Portia Derby has been appointed group chief executive of Transnet, the department of public enterprises said on Friday night.  The appointment was made following "an extensive and rigorous search", the department said via an emailed statement. 

Consortium of three companies to build Egypt's first dry port – minister

By: Reuters     30th January 2020 A consortium of three companies has been awarded a contract for a $176-million project to build Egypt's first dry port, the first of eight ports the government plans to set up, the transportation minister said on Wednesday. The companies are Egypt's El Sewedy Electric and 3a International and... 

Transnet sets new reefer loading record

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th January 2020 Transnet Port Terminals has broken an all-time record by loading 1 665 reefers of South African grapes, blueberries and plums destined for Europe, aboard the Santa Clara, owned by logistics company Maersk. A Cape Town Container Terminal team achieved the new record over the past week, surpassing... 

Proposed inland port to change the Gauteng logistics landscape, says developer

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th January 2020 Investor and developer NT55 Investments believes the Distribution Junxion development – a proposed inland port and railway park in Gauteng – will transform the country’s rail and transport logistics landscape through its efficient supply chain performance and the considerable cost savings it will... 

Proposed inland port to change the Gauteng logistics landscape, says developer
Distribution Junxion Map

Cable ship en route to fix damaged undersea cables

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd January 2020 Cable ship Leon Thevenin departed Cape Town Harbour on Wednesday night and will sail to offshore Angola where the first steps of the physical repair on damaged undersea cables – South Atlantic 3/West Africa Submarine Cable (SAT3/WASC) and the West African Cable System (WACS) – will begin. The... 

East London port increasing in popularity

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd January 2020 South Africa’s only river port, the Port of East London, is increasing in popularity as a cruise port with 14 cruise liner calls this season – the most calls it has ever received in a single season. The growth this season is mainly driven by the addition of the AIDAmira, which is on her first... 

East London port increasing in popularity
AIDAmira

London court orders Djibouti to restore DP World's rights over Doraleh port – WAM

By: Reuters     15th January 2020 A London arbitration court has ordered Djibouti to restore DP World's right to operate the Doraleh Container Terminal as detailed under a 2006 concession deal within two months or pay damages, the State news agency WAM reported on Tuesday. The government of Djibouti seized the terminal from Dubai... 

As historic ship-fuel switch nears, South Africa is not ready yet  

By: Bloomberg     18th December 2019 Historic rules to clean up pollution in the shipping industry are two weeks from taking effect, but there are signs that enforcing the new legislation will prove tricky. The International Maritime Organisation, part of the UN, is trying to curb the release of sulfur oxides that it says are bad... 

As historic ship-fuel switch nears, South Africa is not ready yet

Task team established to relieve congestion at Cape Town port: Maynier

By: African News Agency      9th December 2019 Western Cape member of the executive council (MEC) for economic affairs David Maynier on Monday said he has established a task team to solve ongoing congestion in the Cape Town port. "We are concerned by the significant issues at the Port of Cape Town particularly with regards to congestion at... 

Transnet reiterates commitment to developing East London port

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has reiterated its commitment to developing the Port of East London in a bid to support economic growth in Buffalo City. The announcement was made during an address at the recent Buffalo City Investment Conference in East London, an initiative of the... 

TNPA, Durban municipality get beaches ready for holidaymakers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th December 2019 Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA’s) dredging services division has been hard at work to prepare the beaches along Durban’s Golden Mile for holidaymakers this festive season. TNPA uses two trailing suction hopper dredgers to dredge sand from the sand trap on the southern side of the... 

TNPA, Durban municipality get beaches ready for holidaymakers

New terminal operator launches business in the Port Elizabeth port

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd December 2019 In-port logistics provider Bidfreight Port Operations (BPO) officially launched its multipurpose terminal (MPT) operations in the Port of Port Elizabeth on November 29, following completion of the refurbishment of Sheds 10 and 11. Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Port Elizabeth... 

New terminal operator launches business in the Port Elizabeth port
The refurbished Sheds 10 and 11 in the Port of PE

Truck traffic congestion at Durban port being addressed, says TNPA

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) says it is addressing “serious truck traffic congestion” in the Port of Durban’s Bayhead precinct, which began on Tuesday and continued overnight into Wednesday morning. Consequently, TNPA has arranged for the urgent deployment of the South African... 

Planets aligning for SA firms as huge Mozambique gas projects get moving

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2019 South Africans have yet to grasp both the scale of the gas resources uncovered in neighbouring Mozambique and the size of the business and energy opportunities these discoveries present. With yet more exploration rounds to come, some 150-trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of gas has already been... 

Planets aligning for SA firms as huge Mozambique gas projects get moving

South Africa’s transport future depends on how economy is stimulated 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2019 Transport infrastructure is considered a critical part of the National Development Plan 2030, with State-owned Transnet capital projects acting project director Shraveen Ramdhar on Thursday saying South Africa’s transport future was dependent on how government intended to stimulate the economy.... 

South Africa’s transport future depends on how economy is stimulated
Transnet capital projects acting project director Shraveen Ramdhar speaks to Engineering News Online about South Africa’s transport future. (Video: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd)

R7bn Limpopo coal mine a step closer as ResGen, Transnet ink ten-year logistics deal 

By: Terence Creamer     21st November 2019 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet signed a ten-year take-or-pay coal transport agreement with Resource Generation (ResGen) subsidiary Ledjadja Coal on Thursday, improving prospects for the development of a new R7-billion greenfield coalmine in the Limpopo province. Under the contract,... 

R7bn Limpopo coal mine a step closer as ResGen, Transnet ink ten-year logistics deal
Transnet chief customer officer Mike Fanucchi and ResGen interim CEO Papi Molotsane signing coal transport agreement
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