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CDC aiming to secure CEO replacement for long-serving Silinga by year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     16th September 2020 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has formally initiated a recruitment process to secure a replacement for its long-serving CEO, Pepi Silinga, who has been appointed CEO of Transnet National Ports Authority, effective October 1. The position has been advertised internally and externally and... 

PE port loads last shipment of bumper 2020 citrus export season

By: Donna Slater     15th September 2020 The last official specialised reefer (refrigerated container) fruit vessel calling to load citrus from the Eastern Cape through the Port of Port Elizabeth's multi-purpose terminal, docked at the port this week. The MV Lady Rosebud docked at berth 10/11 on September 13 to discharge 45 empty... 

PE port loads last shipment of bumper 2020 citrus export season
MV Lady Rosebud loaded with the last South African citrus exports of the 2020 season

Transnet says railway line refurbishment in PE bodes well for business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th September 2020 State-owned freight utility Transnet says a R10-million refurbishment on a second railway line into the Port of Port Elizabeth’s (PE’s) container terminal is unlocking substantial business potential for the Eastern Cape. “One of the celebrated successes of the port in the past financial year... 

Truck booking systems paying off as congestion around Durban port eases

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2020 A newly introduced truck booking system near the Port of Durban has helped to alleviate truck congestion in the Bayhead Precinct and surrounding roads. Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) explains in a statement that a private bulk terminal in the Island View Precinct introduced the... 

Truck booking systems paying off as congestion around Durban port eases
Truck booking system

Port of PE weathers Covid-19 to support bumper fruit season

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th September 2020 In the midst of the record citrus export season, Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA's) Nelson Mandela Bay ports have successfully complemented the Port of Cape Town, which was negatively affected by Covid-19, TNPA says. Apart from handling the citrus fruit at the Port of Port Elizabeth’s... 

Port of PE weathers Covid-19 to support bumper fruit season
Sujit Bhagattjee

Transnet suspends Durban berth deepening project while investigation continues

By: Donna Slater     8th September 2020 Following concerns about procurement and governance processes for the berth-deepening project at the Port of Durban, State-owned Transnet has suspended the main marine contract for the project while an investigation gets under way. Transnet says the concerns have the potential to impact the... 

Mninawe Silinga leaves CDC for TNPA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th September 2020 Mninawe Silinga has resigned as CEO of the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) to join Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) as CE. The CDC noted that this has been long coming, after numerous attempts by other State-owned entities (SoEs) to enlist Silinga's services in recent years. 

Heavy equipment demobilised after project completion

4th September 2020 Heavy equipment lifting and transporting company Mammoet recently began demobilising equipment it had deployed at the Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical complex in Lekki Free Zone, in Nigeria. The demobilising of the equipment began in July. 

Heavy equipment demobilised after project completion
BIG DELIVERIES The components for the refinery project consisted of multiple shipments delivered to the purpose-built Dangote Quay Lekki in Lagos

PE port operations manager appointed chair of maritime cluster

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2020 Transnet National Ports Authority has announced that Port of Port Elizabeth senior operations manager Faisal Sultan has been appointed chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Bay Maritime Cluster. He will lead a team of seven members in providing strategic direction to achieve the cluster’s vision,... 

PE port operations manager appointed chair of maritime cluster
Nelson Mandela Bay Maritime Cluster chairperson and PE port senior operations manager Faisal Sultan

Rig platform vessel arrives in Mossel Bay for gas drilling expedition

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st August 2020 Rig platform, the Deepsea Stavanger, arrived in Mossel Bay on August 21 ahead of its deployment to the Outeniqua Basin where it is scheduled to work on the next phase of the Luiperdpadda project. The basin is situated off the coast of Mossel Bay, where energy giant Total discovered gas condensate... 

Rig platform vessel arrives in Mossel Bay for gas drilling expedition
Deepsea Stavanger

Grindrod focuses on recovering volumes, earnings after lockdown impacts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2020 JSE-listed logistics group Grindrod has managed to generate 10% higher profit year-on-year in the six months ended June 30 at R464-million, as well as 40% more cash from operations at R507-million, but one-off Covid-19 adjustments dragged down its overall financial performance. The company’s... 

Grindrod focuses on recovering volumes, earnings after lockdown impacts

Interprovincial travel allowed, four more airports to reopen, says Mbalula

By: News24Wire      25th August 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced on Tuesday that four more airports have been permitted to operate under Level 2 travel regulations. A total of 18 airports are now be able to operate. 

Senegal port seeks removal of 2 700 t of chemical that caused Beirut blast

By: Reuters     21st August 2020 The port of Senegal's capital Dakar on Thursday said it had requested the removal of around 2 700 t of highly explosive ammonium nitrate stored in its complex - the same volume of the chemical that caused Beirut's devastating port blast this month. The unidentified owner of the stockpile has... 

Mauritius starts to scuttle Japanese oil-spill vessel

By: Reuters     21st August 2020 Mauritius said on Thursday it had started to scuttle the Japanese-owned bulk carrier that ran aground off its shores and spilled oil over pristine waters and fragile coral reefs. The MV Wakashio hit a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island on July 25 and began spilling oil on Aug. 6, prompting... 

Mauritius starts to scuttle Japanese oil-spill vessel
Photo by Reuters
A part of the MV Wakashio

Synchronising operating hours one option to reduce port congestion

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2020 The Port of Durban Decongestion Task Team is looking at synchronising the operating hours of the back-of-port container depots with the port’s 24/7 operating hours.  The team also wants to introduce a holistic truck booking system that could provide an integrated view of expected truck volumes... 

Bayhead congestion eased, says TNPA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th August 2020 Traffic was free flowing in the Bayhead, Island View and Maydon Wharf precincts of the Port of Durban on Wednesday, August 19, after severe truck congestion on Monday and Tuesday, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) reports. TNPA confirms that the congestion was related to the operation... 

Mauritius arrests captain of Japanese oil spill ship

By: Reuters     19th August 2020 Mauritius has arrested the captain of a Japanese bulk carrier that ran aground off its coast, causing a devastating oil spill in one of the world's most pristine maritime environments, police said on Tuesday. The MV Wakashio struck a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island on July 25 and began... 

Mauritius arrests captain of Japanese oil spill ship

TPT awards contract for a logistics app to connect South Africa’s supply chain

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th August 2020 Terminal operator Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) recently awarded a contract to global technology company TATA Consultancy Services (TCS) to develop a logistics platform that will enable the company and the broader industry to integrate into the logistics supply chain. “Cargo Connect is an online... 

Japanese shipping company says Mauritius government has requested compensation

By: Reuters     14th August 2020 The Japanese shipping company that owns the bulk carrier that struck a coral reef off of Mauritius and leaked some 1 000 t of oil said the government of Mauritius had requested compensation. Nagashiki Shipping also said in a statement that the cause of the incident was still not known and would... 

Japanese shipping company says Mauritius government has requested compensation

Port of Ngqura pilot notches new record for vessel movements

By: Donna Slater     12th August 2020 Port of Ngqura marine pilot Ziggy (Siegfried) Duwe (62) has notched up more than 4 000 ship movements in the last 12 years – the first marine pilot with this accomplishment in Algoa Bay, according to State-owned harbour operator Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) records. Skills like that... 

Port of Ngqura pilot notches new record for vessel movements
Port of Ngqura marine pilot Ziggy (Siegfried) Duwe

Transnet CEO expects subdued commodity prices to weigh on recovery from Covid 

By: Terence Creamer     12th August 2020 Transnet CEO Portia Derby warned on Wednesday that the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa and the rest of Africa was likely to be negatively affected by still-subdued commodity prices and the serious deterioration in public finances across the continent, which had resulted in... 

Transnet CEO expects subdued commodity prices to weigh on recovery from Covid
Transnet CEO Portia Derby

Why so much world trade passes Mauritius’s pristine beaches

By: Bloomberg     12th August 2020 The bulk carrier Wakashio was 11 days into a month-long voyage to Brazil when it hit a reef off Mauritius causing it to spill fuel into the island’s crystal clear waters, endangering baby turtles and unique plants in a nearby nature reserve. Given the vastness of the Indian ocean, why was the... 

Sea life around Mauritius dying as Japanese tanker oil spill spreads

By: Reuters     12th August 2020 Mauritian volunteers fished dead eels from oily waters on Tuesday as they tried to clean up damage to the Indian Ocean island's most pristine beaches after a Japanese bulk carrier leaked an estimated 1 000 t of oil. The ship, MV Wakashio, owned by Nagashiki Shipping and operated by Mitsui OSK... 

Sea life around Mauritius dying as Japanese tanker oil spill spreads
Photo by Reuters
The MV Wakashio which struck a coral reef on Mauritius' southeast coast is leaking oil

TNPA works to quickly resolve congestion problems at Durban port following incidents

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2020 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) reports that the Durban Bayhead Precinct had been affected by severe truck traffic congestion on August 10, after a truck capsized along Bayhead road. While the port was attending to the resulting backlog at the Durban Container Terminals, a... 

Saldanha Iron Ore Terminal loads over 15Mt of ore despite restrictions

By: Simone Liedtke     11th August 2020 Despite operating under Covid-19 restrictions, Transnet Port Terminals’ (TPT’s) Saldanha Iron Ore Terminal (IOT) loaded 15.6-million tonnes in the first four months of the 2020/21 financial year, meeting 76% of their contractual obligations. Suring the same period last year, and using a full... 

Western Cape government welcomes decongestion efforts at the Port of Cape Town

By: Donna Slater     4th August 2020 Following urgent action and interventions to decrease congestion and improve operations at the Port of Cape Town, the Western Cape provincial government has welcomed action taken through its ongoing engagements with Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) management. The Western Cape government states that... 

Durban Container Terminal takes delivery of more straddle carriers 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd August 2020 The Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2 has taken delivery of a further 13 electric straddle carriers, improving the availability and reliability of equipment across waterside, landside and rail operations. In total, DCT Pier 2 now has 15 new electric straddle carriers that are planned for... 

Durban Container Terminal takes delivery of more straddle carriers
BBC Orion arrives in DBN from Poland carrying 13 new generation straddle carriers

Increasing infrastructure investment would boost South Africa’s potential growth, OECD survey asserts 

By: Terence Creamer     31st July 2020 Higher levels of infrastructure investment are needed to increase South Africa’s potential growth, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) latest survey of South Africa asserts. Released on July 31, the report warns that the South African economy could contract by as... 

Increasing infrastructure investment would boost South Africa’s potential growth, OECD survey asserts
OECD says tourism sector has big jobs potential, but will need support until the middle of 2021

V&A Waterfront to launch food incubator

By: Schalk Burger     31st July 2020 The V&A Waterfront will develop the Makers Landing, a local food incubator for South African flavours and culture, as part of the Cape Town Cruise Terminal. This is expected to be completed by September and open to the public by December. 

Ctrack Transport & Freight Index shows some positives

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st July 2020 Vehicle tracking, fleet management and insurance telematics solutions provider Ctrack’s Transport & Freight Index for June shows that South Africa’s transport and freight volumes increased by 20.6% month-on-month across all sectors. The Ctrack headline change, however, declined by 23.2% for the... 

Efficient wagon handling lowers operational costs

31st July 2020 The safe and efficient offloading of materials from both rail wagons and road trucks improves efficiencies, lowers operating costs and protects product integrity during bulk handling, says materials handling company Specialised Container Agencies (SCA). “SCA focuses on the design of containerised... 

Efficient wagon handling lowers operational costs
ON TRACK TIPPER The use of containerised bulk materials handling solutions ensures safe and efficient offloading in road and rail hauling

Transnet Group CE meets with community representatives in Saldanha Bay

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th July 2020 Transnet Group CE Portia Derby on July 27 met with the leadership of various community organisations in Saldanha Bay, to address challenges in the port town that have led to protests in the area. The meetings were part of her engagement with stakeholders on the west coast, including the Saldanha... 

Synchronising operating hours one option to reduce port congestion

By: Irma Venter     27th July 2020 The Port of Durban Decongestion Task Team is looking at synchronising the operating hours of the back-of-port container depots with the port’s 24/7 operating hours.  The team also wants to introduce a holistic truck booking system that could provide an integrated view of expected truck volumes... 

Synchronising operating hours one option to reduce port congestion

UP, CSIR sign collaboration agreement on smart transport, cities 

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2020 The University of Pretoria (UP) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), have signed a memorandum of agreement to collaborate in the areas of smart transport, cities and environments. “The cooperation means that UP... 

UP, CSIR sign collaboration agreement on smart transport, cities 

TPT facilitates export of higher-than-expected volumes of citrus

By: Donna Slater     22nd July 2020 State-owned port operator Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) is tracking ahead of a planned 13% increase in citrus export volumes across four of its 19 terminals this year. In the face of Covid-19, actual citrus volumes are 29.4% higher across all terminals combined when compared with 2019 volumes.  

TPT facilitates export of higher-than-expected volumes of citrus
A forklift manoeuvres a reefer unit

Transnet closely monitoring Cape Town storm

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th July 2020 State-owned Transnet says it is closely monitoring adverse weather conditions along the country’s coastline, to determine when it is safe to resume port operations. The stormy weather, rough sea conditions and swells in excess of 9 m led to the disruption of outgoing vessel movements at the Port... 

New Transnet Port Terminals chief on his ‘baptism of fire’

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2020 Newly appointed Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CEO Velile Dube, who officially assumed the role on July 1, acknowledges that his first few weeks were nothing short of a “baptism of fire”. The experience proved challenging not because Dube was new to TPT, or the broader Transnet group for that... 

New Transnet Port Terminals chief on his ‘baptism of fire’
Transnet Port Terminals CEO Velile Dube
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