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Ports & Shipping News

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,... 

Durban port increases tourism attractiveness with new terminal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th November 2019 The MSC Orchestra cruise liner has made its maiden voyage to South African shores. It started its journey in Genoa, Italy, and stopped at the Réunion island, before arriving at the Port of Durban on Saturday with 3 000 passengers. 

Durban port increases tourism attractiveness with new terminal
MSC Orchestra

ELB progresses with ship loader assembly in Saldanha

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2019 ELB Engineering Services is assembling two mobile ship loaders, which it supplied to Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), at the Saldanha Bay multipurpose terminal. The ship loaders, which feature telescopic booms, will be used in combination with the double-sided mobile truck unloading system at the... 

ELB progresses with ship loader assembly in Saldanha
Mobile ship loaders being assembled at Saldanha terminal

TNPA starts dredging maintenance at Cape Town port

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th November 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) dredging services division has embarked on a maintenance dredging campaign at the Port of Cape Town to ensure the port provides safe navigational channels and berthing facilities for shipping. TNPA will remove about 20 000 m3 of sand and sediment... 

TNPA starts dredging maintenance at Cape Town port
Port of Cape Town

Durban port welcomes first vessel on new Miax service

By: Simone Liedtke     8th November 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Transnet Ports Terminals (TPT), through the Port of Durban, this week welcomed the first vessel to arrive at the port on the new Middle East–India–Africa Express (Miax) service, which was recently introduced by Hapag-Lloyd and its alliance partner,... 

Durban port welcomes first vessel on new Miax service
The container vessel MV New Jersey Trader

Royal IHC offers bespoke solutions for African ports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th November 2019 Innovative maritime equipment and services provider Royal IHC says Africa is developing at a challenging time, where the need for greater African economic integration is urgent. At the same time, China seeks growth in Africa and Russia and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development... 

Royal IHC offers bespoke solutions for African ports
A customized IHC Beaver CSD in maintenance dredging operation, currently clearing a canal at a reclaimed marina in Lagos, Nigeria.

Kenya's Mombasa port to upgrade four berths at 20bn shillings

By: Reuters     24th October 2019 Kenya's port of Mombasa will spend 20-billion shillings ($193-million) to modernise four berths to handle both container cargo and goods not packed in containers, the head of the State port operator said. The port, built in 1895, is the main trade gateway for the Eastern Africa region, serving... 

First cruise vessel of the season docks in Cape Town

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st October 2019 South Africa has welcomed the first cruise vessel for the 2019/20 cruise season. The MS Albatros, operated by Phoenix Reisen, docked at the Port of Cape Town on Monday, welcoming thousands of passengers to the country’s shores.  

Mbalula calls for efforts to overcome inefficiencies, infrastructure backlogs  

By: Shirley le Guern     16th October 2019 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has made a strong call to correct inefficiencies and tackle infrastructural backlogs. “We need to accept that the way we have been working is not working. We must grow Africa’s economy and connect our economies fast. Time is against us, “he warned at the opening... 

Mbalula calls for efforts to overcome inefficiencies, infrastructure backlogs
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Gauteng can build an economy around transport, says MEC Mamabola 

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2019 With Johannesburg no longer the city of gold, Gauteng has to develop a new economic plan for the future, says Gauteng Transport and Roads MEC Jacob Mamabola. “Smart mobility can be one of the biggest next economies of Gauteng. I think we can reposition transport . . . build an economy around... 

Gauteng can build an economy around transport, says MEC Mamabola

Sasol provides R400m in financing for first South African-owned chemical tanker

By: Shirley le Guern     9th October 2019 Integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol has provided R400-million to finance the acquisition of the first South African-owned chemical tanker, the Bow Cecil, by empowered entity, Nduna Maritime. Speaking after the 37 000 dwt vessel, which is equipped with 47 tanks, docked in Durban harbour... 

Sasol provides R400m in financing for first South African-owned chemical tanker
The Bow Cecil tanker

Small ships are next big thing for this $150bn market

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2019 Giant ocean-going tankers built the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry into a $150-billion-a-year business. The next expansion opportunity may come from ships a seventh of the normal size. Fifty-five years after the first commercial LNG tanker sailed from Algeria, this segment of the gas... 

Saudi Arabia aims to be global logistics hub

By: Kim Cloete     3rd October 2019 Saudi Arabia is moving ahead with certain megaprojects to diversify its economy and to position itself as a global logistics hub. The Governor of Saudi Arabia’s General Customs Authority Ahmed Alhakbani this week said the country was ramping up its customs services in line with the goals of Saudi... 

Sars intent on slashing invoicing fraud and improving services

By: Kim Cloete     2nd October 2019 The South African Revenue Services (Sars) is on a modernisation drive that aims to strip out invoicing fraud and streamline services, Sars Commissioner Edward Kieswetter has told the annual World Congress of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations (Fiata), in Cape Town.... 

Sars intent on slashing invoicing fraud and improving services
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Sars Commissioner Edward Kieswetter

Drones set to reshape cargo, transportation sector

By: Kim Cloete     2nd October 2019 The emergence of cargo drones is set to radically improve the cargo and transportation sector, as they are able to offer autonomous quality service 24 hours a day, the yearly World Congress of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Association, has heard.  Massachusetts Institute of... 

Transnet reports dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49bn  

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2019 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet received yet another qualified audit for its 2018/19 financial year and also announced a dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49-billion, after locomotive contracts valued at R41.5-billion where added to the figure, which stood at R8-billion at... 

Transnet reports dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49bn
Transnet acting CEO Mohammed Mahomedy outlines the reason for the group receiving yet another qualified audit during the 2018/19 financial year, as well as the dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49-billion. Camerawork and editing: Darlene Creamer 30.9.2019

Ships set to burn raw crude oil to beat new clean fuel rules 

By: Bloomberg     26th September 2019 For almost three years, the oil industry has been puzzling over how to supply merchant ships with fuel that will meet tough new environmental standards. Turns out part of the solution was sitting in the ground and under ocean floors all the while: crude oil. Oil from off the U.K.’s coast, which... 

TNPA to acquire two new workboats for Port of Cape Town

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th September 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will buy two new workboats by 2022 to boost marine operations at the Port of Cape Town. The more powerful workboats are expected to improve the port’s ability to maintain marine operations during challenging weather conditions. 

Transnet, Kalagadi cement partnership with R3bn Meca 2 contract 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2019 Black-owned and woman-led Kalagadi Manganese and State-owned Transnet have cemented a partnership that will allow for the transportation of an initial one-million tonnes a year of beneficiated manganese in the form of sinter. The contract will earn Transnet in excess of R3-billion and volumes may... 

Transnet, Kalagadi cement partnership with R3bn Meca 2 contract
Kalagadi founder and chairperson Daphne Mashile-Nkosi and Transnet chief customer officer Mike Fanucchi

Cameroon taps Terminal Investment Limited to run Douala port

By: Reuters     17th September 2019 Switzerland's Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) has been tapped to renovate and manage Cameroon's main Douala port starting next year, the port's director-general said on Monday. Douala, located on the Atlantic coast, is the hub for Cameroon's exports of cocoa, oil and timber. It has been managed... 

Durban aerotropolis masterplan expected to attract R1tn in investment

By: Shirley le Guern     16th September 2019 A masterplan for a Durban aerotropolis that is expected to attract about R1-trillion in public and private sector investment and create 750 000 jobs over a 50-year period has been unveiled. Speaking ahead of the launch of a Visitors Centre and the unveiling of an extensive model of the proposed... 

Durban aerotropolis masterplan expected to attract R1tn in investment
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube

New LPG storage tanks arrive in Richards Bay for Petredec facility

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th September 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority’s Port of Richards Bay last week welcomed the arrival of four new 5 650 t liquefied petroleum gas storage bullets on board the vessel XIN LU. The bullets are for the R1-billion, 22 600 t mounded LPG facility which is being developed at the port by Bidvest Tank... 

New LPG storage tanks arrive in Richards Bay for Petredec facility
The new liquefied petroleum gas storage tanks

Govt looking to create 'certainty' in local steel, manufacturing industries 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2019 Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Phumulo Masualle on Friday said the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) was looking to create “a sense of certainty” in the local steel and manufacturing industries by leveraging investments from State-owned entities (SOEs). This, he told delegates at the... 

Govt looking to create 'certainty' in local steel, manufacturing industries
Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Phumulo Masualle discusses measures being implemented by government to create more certainty for the domestic steel and manufacturing sectors. Video: Kutlwano Matlala; Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Freight challenges create import-export difficulties

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 South Africa is facing many challenges, but those in freight logistics are among the most serious, says industry association South African Association of Freight Forwarders national maritime consultant Dave Watts. 

Two new helicopters start operating at Durban, Richards Bay ports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd September 2019 Two new helicopters valued at R250-million went into service on August 31 at the Durban and Richards Bay ports, replacing helicopters that were at the end of their lifecycle. Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) acquired the Italy-manufactured Leonardo AgustaWestland 109SP helicopters under... 

Two new helicopters start operating at Durban, Richards Bay ports
Italy-manufactured Leonardo AgustaWestland 109SP helicopters

Princess Elizabeth Dry Dock set for seven-week shutdown for upgrades

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd September 2019 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Monday confirmed that the Port of East London’s Princess Elizabeth Dry Dock will be out of commission for seven weeks, from October 14 to December 3, in order for upgrades to be implemented. TNPA has invested R57-million towards two... 

Princess Elizabeth Dry Dock set for seven-week shutdown for upgrades
Princess Elizabeth Dry Dock

Virginia project to stimulate local gas economy

By: Cameron Mackay     30th August 2019 Alternative fuels investment firm Renergen’s Tetra4 Virginia natural gas project, in the Free State, will produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2021, with a Phase 2 expansion being planned. Tetra4 is a natural gas and helium company, which Renergen acquired 90% of in December 2015. 

Virginia project to stimulate local gas economy
DOMINO EFFECT Once the plant is built and producing commercially, it will inspire confidence for other project developers to bring similar projects on line

Ctrack Logistics Barometer shows encouraging upward momentum 

By: Irma Venter     29th August 2019 Vehicle tracking and telematics provider, Ctrack, has joined forces with economists.co.za to create the Ctrack Logistics Barometer. The Ctrack Logistics Barometer aims to be an accurate co-incident indicator of the state of the South African economy, particularly in terms of the goods economy,... 

Ctrack Logistics Barometer shows encouraging upward momentum
Mike Schüssler

Local company acquires chemical tanker vessel

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2019 Black-owned Mnambithi Group, through its Nduna Maritime subsidiary, has acquired a South African-registered chemical tanker vessel, named Bow Cecil. The maritime vessel will soon be flagged locally, Mnambithi said in a statement on Thursday. 

Local company acquires chemical tanker vessel
The Bow Cecil

Imperial Logistics to align European business with African ambitions 

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2019 Imperial Logistics will, in future, look at how better to align its European business with its African business, says CEO Mohammed Akoojee. “Africa will be a strong focus for Imperial going forward. We want to leverage our competitive advantages through growing and expanding in Africa.” 

Imperial Logistics to align European business with African ambitions
Mohammed Akoojee

Grindrod receives first of two new ultramax drybulk carriers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th August 2019 Nasdaq- and JSE-listed maritime transportation services provider Grindrod Shipping has taken delivery of the first of two new ultramax “eco” drybulk carriers that will operate under its Island View Shipping (IVS) brand. The group took delivery of IVS Okudogo on Thursday and expects to take... 

Battery-powered ships next up in battle to tackle emissions

By: Bloomberg     6th August 2019 The electric battery boom has a new target: ships. Four Japanese companies have teamed up to build the world’s first zero-emission tanker by mid-2021 that will be powered by large-capacity batteries and will operate in Tokyo Bay, according to a statement on Tuesday. The new company e5 Lab is a... 

Harbours increase efficiency with handling equipment

2nd August 2019 Investment in the latest dry-bulk cargo and container handling equipment significantly improves efficiencies at ports and terminals and minimises the environmental impact of handling operations, says Durban harbour-based material handling specialists BLTWORLD. 

Harbours increase efficiency with handling equipment
SHIPLOADING A mobile shiploader, combined with the benefits of a receiving unit, offers a more viable alternative to fixed conveyor installations

Policy certainty to create investment and opportunity

By: Theresa Bhowan     2nd August 2019 The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill, which was expected to be presented before Cabinet will now, as requested by the industry, be separately presented as the Petroleum Development Bill and should, if the final terms are commercially attractive, encourage... 

Policy certainty to create investment and opportunity
NIALL KRAMER South Africa has the potential to be the next big frontier in oil and gas

Oil prices to increase projects for shipyard

By: Theresa Bhowan     2nd August 2019 The upturn in oil prices is apparent, as shipyard and ship repair company Elgin Brown and Hamer (EBH) Namibia’s shipyard is currently full to capacity, with predictions that the next six months are going to be extremely busy for the shipyard. 

Oil prices to increase projects for shipyard
A GRADE The welding done on ships and rigs is inspected by an internationally certified third party which guarantees the quality of the work

Transport society wants Mbalula to draft planning progamme to 2050 

By: Irma Venter     24th July 2019 A large number of people believed South Africa would never be able to host the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, yet the country organised this global event to international acclaim, says Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. How did this happen? 

Transport society wants Mbalula to draft planning progamme to 2050

Brits inland terminal moved 100 000 t of chrome in June

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd July 2019 State-owned Transnet Port Terminals’ (TPT’s) Pendoring inland terminal, in Brits, exceeded its monthly average throughput, moving 100 000 t of chrome, in June. TPT said in a statement on Monday the terminal generally moves about 90 000 t a month of chrome.  

 

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