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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... 

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
SOLUTIONS DELIVERED

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... 

Two new cranes delivered to Port Elizabeth terminal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd April 2020 The Port Elizabeth Container Terminal (PECT) has taken delivery of two new mobile harbour cranes from equipment manufacture Liebherr. “The arrival of these two modern cranes will ensure that our promise to industry is realised,” says Transnet Port Terminal (TPT) acting CE Michelle Phillips. 

Two new cranes delivered to Port Elizabeth terminal
Solutions delivered

South African ports open for cargo, mineral exports, govt says

By: Reuters     1st April 2020 South African ports remain open to all types of cargo, although essential goods should be prioritised where possible, the Department of Transport said in a notice shared by the South African Maritime Safety Authority on its website. The notice, dated March 31, contradicts communications from port... 

South African ports open for cargo, mineral exports, govt says

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... 

Mbalula provides clarity on aviation directives
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

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... 

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