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Ports & Shipping News

Ngqura, Cape Town, Durban terminals returning to productivity after illegal strike

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2019 State-owned freight utility Transnet on Friday said productivity at its affected ports was returning to normal and estimated that it would take two weeks to clear the backlog at the Ngqura container terminal. This follows after the company last week secured a court interdict against an... 

How technology is starting to change logistics ecosystems

By: Schalk Burger     19th July 2019 New technologies being applied to supply chains – helping to digitalise them further – can provide significant intelligence that will improve control and streamline business processes. This will be grounded in more real-time information and predictions based on analytical outputs of the data,... 

How technology is starting to change logistics ecosystems

Ford, now accounting for 1% of GDP, introduces third shift at Silverton plant 

By: Irma Venter     17th July 2019 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is introducing a third shift at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, to meet growing international and local demand for its new Ranger pick-up, Ranger Raptor performance pick-up and Everest sports-utility vehicle. The additional shift, which... 

Ford, now accounting for 1% of GDP, introduces third shift at Silverton plant
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Ford Middle East and Africa operations VP Ockert Berry

Labour Court issues interdict to halt Port of Ngqura strike

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th July 2019 State-owned Transnet on Sunday said it had obtained a court interdict from the Labour Court in Port Elizabeth to stop the illegal strike action by employees at the Ngqura Container Terminal. The interdict also ordered workers to increase performance levels at the Port of Ngqura, where a “go-slow”... 

Ngqura port go-slow affecting South Africa's automotive production, citrus exports

By: Nadine James     11th July 2019 State-owned Transnet has suspended several employees at its Ngqura Container Terminal for engaging in an illegal industrial action which has had a negative impact on port operations. In a statement released on Thursday, Transnet stated that the illegal industrial action by employees had had a... 

South African ports ‘need to evolve’ – specialist

By: Simone Liedtke     11th July 2019 South Africa’s ports will need to evolve into a more entrepreneurial ports system, instead of being facilitators of trade, in order to continue trading in a world often characterised as volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, Transnet National Ports Authority logistics supply chain specialist... 

South African ports ‘need to evolve’ – specialist
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Transnet National Ports Authority logistics supply chain specialist Lwandile Mabuza

Port operators’ 4IR strategies must have skills development focus

By: Simone Liedtke     11th July 2019 African port operators need to formulate Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) strategies and should take into account the skills readiness and the skills development required to adjust and adapt accordingly, Transnet National Ports Authority research and development senior specialist Thamsanqa Basi... 

Port operators’ 4IR strategies must have skills development focus
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Transnet National Ports Authority research and development senior specialist Thamsanqa Basi

TNPA calls for improved maritime transportation infrastructure systems

By: Simone Liedtke     11th July 2019 With over 90% of global trade volumes being seaborne and moving through ports, Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) Kana Mutombo has highlighted the growing need for improved maritime transportation infrastructure systems globally and in South Africa. As a result of global population... 

Samsa to investigate 400 litre oil spill off Port Elizabeth

By: African News Agency      8th July 2019 The South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) has launched an investigation to establish why up to 400 litres of oil spilled into the ocean off Port Elizabeth while a vessel was being refuelled. In a statement, Samsa said the spillage, which occurred early on Saturday morning, was contained... 

Aurecon highlights potential of tech to transform the transport industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th July 2019 Many stakeholders believe the transport industry is on the cusp of disruptive transformation, as big as with the advent of the motorcar in the early 1900s. The only way for the South African transport industry to compete would be to embrace innovation and adapt to the disruption accordingly,... 

Aurecon highlights potential of tech to transform the transport industry
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Aurecon COO Dr Gustav Rohde

Morocco's Tangier port to become Mediterranean's largest

By: Reuters     27th June 2019 Morocco will open new terminals at Tanger Med port on Thursday, allowing it to surpass the Mediterranean's largest ports Algeciras and Valencia in terms of container capacity, and drive more investment and manufacturing to the country. Tanger Med, the biggest port in Africa with an annual volume... 

Karpowership sees 'huge potential' in energy-hungry Africa

By: Bloomberg     20th June 2019 Karpowership, one of the world’s largest powership companies, is building vessels the size of several football fields to meet rising demand for energy, especially from Africa. The unit of Turkey’s Karadeniz Energy Group has about 20 ships under construction, according to Karpowership’s director... 

Tambo Springs project an 'exciting experience', says Italian Railways 

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2019 Italian Railways senior VP Nino Cingolani expects the consortium appointed as the preferred bidder in the Tambo Springs Intermodal Terminal project to sign the 20-year concession agreement with Transnet Freight Rail by the end of the year. The consortium, announced earlier this month, is led by... 

Tambo Springs project an 'exciting experience', says Italian Railways

South Africa not the gateway to Africa, warns research house 

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2019 South Africa is not, as is so often punted, the gateway to Africa, says Africa House director Duncan Bonnett – this is a mere “influence illusion”. The country is more a gateway to Southern African, and not even all of that. 

South Africa not the gateway to Africa, warns research house

Cargo handled by Kenya's Mombasa port up 6% in eleven months to May

By: Reuters     18th June 2019 Kenya’s main port of Mombasa handled 6.3% more cargo in the last eleven months thanks to higher efficiency, a surge in imports and greater capacity after the port was expanded, the facility's management said on Monday. The rise in cargoes came despite uncertainty after 75 tax agency staff... 

Port of Ngqura liquid bulk tank farm commissioning on track

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Oil Tanking Grindrod Calulo Holdings say they are on track with developments at the Port of Ngqura, in Nelson Mandela Bay, with the commissioning of the new liquid bulk tank farm planned towards the end of 2020. TNPA says environmental search and... 

Port of Ngqura liquid bulk tank farm commissioning on track
The 20 ha Port of Ngqura Tank Farm site has been cleared of vegetation in preparation for bulk earthworks. Platform preparation has started in the centre of the site. TNPA has already completed the main access road from the N2.

South African boat building industry holds much potential for economy, jobs

By: African News Agency      10th June 2019 The South African boat building industry, currently worth well over R1-billion annually, holds enormous potential for the country's economy, the City of Cape Town said on Sunday. In a statement following the South African Boat Builders Export Council’s (SABBEX) annual industry awards and dinner... 

TNPA provisionally lifts ban on marine activities at Durban port

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th June 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has provisionally lifted its suspension of fishing, commercial diving and other marine activities in the Port of Durban. The ban was put in place in early May after sewage flowed into the port from the eThekwini municipality’s sewer reticulation system. 

TNPA provisionally lifts ban on marine activities at Durban port
Captain Sabelo Mdlalose

Southern Palace-led consortium named preferred bidder for R2.5bn Tambo Springs container terminal 

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2019 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has named a consortium led by black-empowerment group Southern Palace as the preferred bidder for a 20-year concession to build and operate a new R2.5-billion inland container terminal in southern Gauteng. The public­–private partnership, dubbed the... 

Southern Palace-led consortium named preferred bidder for R2.5bn Tambo Springs container terminal

TNPA adds new survey craft to its dredging services fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has taken delivery of a new survey craft, the SS Sonar. It is the latest acquisition by TNPA’s dredging services division as part of its ongoing fleet replacement programme. 

TNPA adds new survey craft to its dredging services fleet
The SS Sonar

Powder coating for corrosion launched

31st May 2019 Global industrial coating supplier PPG has introduced its PPG Envirocron Extreme Protection Edge powder coatings for corrosion protection. PPG is represented in South Africa by paint manufacturer Prominent Paints, based in Alrode, Gauteng. 

Powder coating for  corrosion launched
LAY IT ON THIN The sprayable powder is a one coat application

TNPA obtains court interdict against planned Satawu strike

By: Simone Liedtke     30th May 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) was, on Wednesday afternoon, granted a court interdict against a planned strike by mariners who are members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu). Satawu on Tuesday announced that its members, including pilots who move the... 

Satawu plans ‘total shutdown’ of South Africa’s ports 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2019 South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) members are set to down tools at all of South Africa’s ports from 06:00 on Thursday, May 30. Satawu on Monday served the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) with a strike notice after the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and... 

South African seafarers given reprieve after 'white list' jobs scare – for now

By: News24Wire      28th May 2019 Thousands of South African seafarers who faced being axed from the International Maritime Organistion's (IMO's) "white list", can breathe easy again after the organisation agreed to shelve changes to the list for the next two years. This means the 5 000 South African-trained seafarers and South... 

Transnet became 'captive client' after selling off comms network, inquiry hears

By: News24Wire      28th May 2019 Transnet should never have sold off its vital fibre communications network to an external service provider in 2007, the state capture commission has heard. The commission of inquiry has been investigating allegations of state capture, corruption and fraud since August 2018. Subscribe to Fin24’s... 

Transnet became 'captive client' after selling off comms network, inquiry hears

Project to restore Durban Dry Dock under way

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2019 The rehabilitation of the inner caisson, which divides the Port of Durban’s Prince Edward Graving Dock into two compartments, enabling two smaller vessels to be docked simultaneously, is in full swing. It is among 11 large-scale projects earmarked for the Durban Dry Dock complex. 

Project to restore Durban Dry Dock under way
Removal of the air chamber

New Port of Ngqura liquid bulk facility to serve South African and African markets

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2019 A new liquid bulk handling facility at the deep-water Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape, will be built to assist with the predicted future growth of petroleum product consumption in Africa. The terminal – for which civil construction is scheduled to start in July – will serve as a strategic... 

New Port of Ngqura liquid bulk facility to serve South African and African markets

PE port the first in South Africa to achieve ISO 45001 certification

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd May 2019 The Port of Port Elizabeth (PE) has become the first port in South Africa to achieve the International Organisation for Standardisation’s (ISO’s) 45001 certification, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said in a statement this week. ISO 45001 is an international standard that specifies... 

PE port the first in South Africa to achieve ISO 45001 certification
Port of PE

Tanzania's China-backed $10bn port plan stalls over terms – official

By: Reuters     23rd May 2019 A planned $10-billion port project in Tanzania backed by China has hit an impasse, with the two sides disagreeing on terms of the infrastructure investment, a senior Tanzanian port official said on Wednesday. In 2013, Tanzania signed a framework agreement with China Merchants Holdings... 

TNPA to review hull cleaning permits

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) intends to introduce in-water hull cleaning at South African ports in an effort to stringently manage biofouling, where marine organisms attach themselves to the hull of a ship and niche areas, potentially spreading alien and invasive species across... 

Transnet, CMI Emtateni terminate controversial R4.2bn Durban port expansion contract

By: African News Agency      22nd May 2019 State-owned freight and rail company, Transnet said on Tuesday that its contractor, CMI Emtateni Joint Venture, has terminated its R4.2-billion contract for a megaproject to create deeper berths at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT). This comes after Transnet in November last year stopped all... 

ARA to host workshop to discuss maritime regulation changes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2019 The African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARA), together with the Egyptian General Petroleum Company, will in mid-June host an interactive workshop on the impact of the International Maritime Organisation’s changes to regulation around the sulphur content of ship bunker fuel across... 

Transnet appoints acting CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2019 State-owned Transnet has appointed Mark Gregg-Macdonald acting CFO, with effect from May 13. He will also serve on Transnet's board. 

Transnet appoints acting CFO
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Transnet acting CFO Mark Gregg-Macdonald

Not all deals at Transnet went through prescribed processes – acting CEO

By: African News Agency      15th May 2019 Not all transactions at State-owned logistics company Transnet were handled in compliance with stipulated processes, acting CEO Mohammed Mahomedy told the commission probing graft on Wednesday. "What we found was that certain transactions were approved through normal processes and some of the... 

Not all deals at Transnet went through prescribed processes – acting CEO
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Acting Transnet CEO Mohammed Mahomedy

Durban car terminal achieves a new milestone

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th May 2019 The Durban Car Terminal has broken a South African record, handling over 500 000 fully built units (FBUs) in the 2018/19 financial year. “A combination of a shift in the operating model, improved planning, dedicated operational teams and collaboration with customers and shipping lines have seen... 

Durban car terminal achieves a new milestone

Port of Saldanha marks first sludge transfer

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th May 2019 Effective planning and oversight between the office of the Port of Saldanha’s Harbour Master, African Marine Solutions, the South African Maritime Safety Authority and SpillTech resulted in the successful first sludge transfer operation at the port last month. About 104 m3 of sludge was... 

TNPA suspends diving, angling near Durban port after sewage spill

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has suspended all diving operations and angling activities within the Durban port, owing to a severe sewage discharge that poses a risk to diving personnel and marine life, it said on Friday. The discharge stems from the failure of pumps at the... 

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