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Ports & Shipping News

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.  

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
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
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
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
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
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
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
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
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... 

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