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Harbour and Offshore Services

Advanced technology further boosts productivity at EC port terminals

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th April 2013 Technological advancements and new equipment have contributed to the consistent high productivity at the Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT) in the Eastern Cape, states State-owned freight and logistics group Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) Eastern Cape GM Siya Mhlaluka. 

Trade growth to improve in 2013

26th April 2013 Maersk Line South Africa, subsidiary of the world’s largest container shipping company, sees a moderate trade growth for the country in 2013 after a challenging 2012. This is despite significant socioeconomic challenges in the local market last year. These included the impact of industrial action... 

Offshore company strategises for completion of high-level projects

26th April 2013 Vessel and semi-submersible rig maintenance and modifications are characterised by tight deadlines and strict project schedules. Any unwarranted delays in the repair programme can result in serious negative knock-on effects for the client. Companies cite financial and reputation loss as the... 

Skills needed to benefit from growth in offshore oil and gas discoveries

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th April 2013 The recent oil and gas deposit discoveries on the Southern African coast may be feasible investment opportunities for South Africa, as these discoveries have the potential to spur economic growth and drive manufacturing development, says global management consultancy AT Kearney principal Martin... 

Drilling project completed off Nacala coastline

26th April 2013 Drilling and testing services company Geomechanics has successfully completed an offshore drilling project 2 km off northern Mozambique’s Nacala coastline in August last year. The site investigations were carried out in Nacala Bay for a proposed new offshore coal jetty linked to the onshore coal... 

Port operator rolls out terminal operating system 

27th April 2012 South African port operator Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) this month rolled out its Navis SPARCS N4 terminal operating system at the Durban roll-on roll-off (RoRo) facility, with roll-out of the system at the Maydon Wharf section to follow in August. 

Company aims to become main player in marine construction industry 

By: Yolandi Booyens     27th April 2012 South African construction group Stefanutti Stocks aims to position its marine construction division to win a big chunk of State-owned Transnet’s overall R300-billion infrastructure spend over the next seven years. 

Service provider focuses on development of maritime professionals

By: Yolandi Booyens     27th April 2012 Specialist maritime services provider Smit Amandla Marine reports that there is a lot of interest in the company’s cadet training scheme, particularly from learners at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the Durban University of Technology (DUT). 

Investment in ports, harbours to spur economic growth 

By: Yolandi Booyens     27th April 2012 A shortage of skilled procurement professionals is a significant challenge that is further hampering the greatly needed development of the new harbour and port capacity for Southern Africa, says global management consultancy AT Kearney partner Wim Plaizier. 

Shipping line prepares for Transnet developments

By: Yolandi Booyens     27th April 2012 New infrastructure developments at the Port of Durban, which form part of freight transport group Transnet’s R300-billion, seven-year capital expenditure programme, will have a big impact on all shipping lines calling at the port, says global shipping company Maersk Line. 

New inspection technology for marine industry 

By: Yolandi Booyens     27th April 2012 Anchor Testing and Rigging Services, a subsidiary of international equipment supplier Anchor Industries, plans to introduce an automated inspection and safety compliance management system (ISCM), the Field ID, onto the South African harbour and offshore market. 

Container shipping industry to incur 2012 losses

By: Natalie Greve     2nd December 2011 The international container shipping industry will take a beating in the upcoming financial year as a result of low freight rates, increased shipping capacity and unpredictable trade volumes, predicts South African freight shipping firm Ocean Africa CEO Andrew Thomas. 

Durban ship repair facilities in need of upgrade, expansion

By: Natalie Greve     2nd December 2011 Inadequate maintenance of existing ship-repair infrastructure and unresolved port expansion plans at the Port of Durban could result in insufficient capacity for local ship repair companies to service future demand, asserts ship repair and marine engineering company Elgin Brown & Hamer MD Rob Deane. 

Local shipping line adds ports in response to increased demand

By: Natalie Greve     2nd December 2011 Regional shipping specialist Safmarine has added two ports of call, Beira, in Mozambique and Toamasina, in Madagascar, to its weekly shipping service between Southern Africa and Asia, in response to increased demand by the local private sector for a more direct cargo link to the Far East. 

Subsea fibre-optic cable system to be upgraded

By: Natalie Greve     2nd December 2011 Undersea fibre-optic cable network operator Seacom reports that, in 2012, it will upgrade its East African submarine cable and increase capacity to meet rising demand from the African continent. 

Firm completes contract at the Port of Ngqura

By: Jessica Hannah     22nd April 2011 Architectural and interior design firm TPS.P Architects has completed its design contract at the Port of Ngqura located within the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), in Port Elizabeth. 

PE port completes cable upgrade

By: Jessica Hannah     22nd April 2011 The Port of Port Elizabeth completed the replacement of all its 11 kV cross-linked polyethylene, or PEX, cables in one of two major electrical projects, at the end of March. 

Port services provider acquires new equipment

By: Jessica Hannah     22nd April 2011 Specialist provider of port warehousing, transport and stevedoring services Bidfreight Port Operations (BPO) has implemented newly-designed hoppers at its Cape Town port operation, and new fully automatic and fully closed bins and spreaders at its Saldanha Bay port operations. 

Hose and fittings company awarded supply contract

By: Jessica Hannah     22nd April 2011 Hose and fittings supplier Interlok Hydraulic Hose and Fittings was awarded a supply contract, in late January 2011, to supply hydraulic hoses, pumps and motors to international construction contractor China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC). 

Maritime authority installs new navigation system

22nd April 2011 In the face of escalating threats and risks at sea, the South African Maritime Safety Authority’s (Samsa’s) Centre for Sea Watch and Response (CSWR) has implemented a sophisticated navigation satellite system, called Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT), to monitor and track vessels... 

New plant to aid dust control at Saldanha Bay bulk terminal

22nd April 2011 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet will, next month, commission a new R70-million reverse osmosis (RO) plant to provide additional water resources to control red iron-ore dust at its Saldanha Bay bulk terminal, which is located within a water-scarce area. 

Contract for international marine and waterway contractor complete

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     4th June 2010 The East London shipyard is equipped not only to offer services in ship repair but also in general marine engineering, steel repair and fabrication, industrial blasting and coating. The shipyard is currently working on a contract for international marine and waterway contractor Dredging... 

Marine and offshore repair company well placed to take advantage of market upswing

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     4th June 2010 Over the past 24 years manufacturer, supplier and service centre of hydraulic, drive and control systems to the marine and offshore industry the Hytec group of companies, has completed a number of marine projects and provided ship services to some of the largest mining vessels for deep-sea mining. 

Electronic detonator technologies for maritime authority

4th June 2010 Commercial explosives and blasting solutions company AEL Mining Services has deployed its electronic detonator technologies to the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA). 

Shipping specialist 
offers new route service

4th June 2010 Africa shipping specialist Safmarine has launched its first direct, fully-containerised shipping service between the Far East, the Arabian Gulf and the Horn of Africa. 

Ship power market shows slight signs of recovery

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     4th June 2010 Provider of life-cycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets Wärtsilä states in its January 2009 to March 2010 interim report that the ship power market is showing slight signs of recovery from the recent spate of economic difficulties. 

Reducing risks in West Africa through an efficient network

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     4th June 2010 Shipping line Safmarine trade manager Jason Stramrood explains that Safmarine’s focus, as an Africa-centric shipping line, is to help reduce the business risks in Africa by offering a consistent, reliable shipping network to the continent. 

Composite materials 
industry takes strain

4th June 2010 Material supplier of advanced composite products Advanced Material Technology (AMT) joint MD Jo Jacinto says that the negative effects of the global economy are a significant challenge, currently facing the composite materials industry. 

Heavy-lift company appointed as distributor

23rd April 2010 Specialists in materials handling equipment Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has been appointed by heavy-lift equipment manufacturer Desmond Equipment (Dezzi) as a distributor of the companys range of bulk handling equipment, which is used extensively in the Durban harbour. 

Electrical company lights up Durban harbour

23rd April 2010 Specialists in the supply, implementation and support of electrical equipment and industrial instrumentation, Magnet have recently completed an energy-efficient lighting project for State-owned freight company Transnet Rail Engineering (TRE) in the Durban harbour area. 

Major changes ahead for South Africa’s ports

23rd April 2010 South Africa's freight logistics group Transnet states that its key role is to assist in lowering the cost of doing business in South Africa and enabling economic growth through providing appropriate ports, rail and pipeline infrastructure and operations in a cost-effective and efficient manner... 

Low-voltage distribution boards installed at Nqqura

23rd April 2010 Low-voltage switchboard manufacturer Shaw Controls has successfully fulfilled its contract for the manufacture, supply and installation of the main low-voltage distribution boards for substations at the Port of Ngqura container terminal at the Coega Industrial Development Zone, in the Eastern Cape. 

Engineering firm completes mobile browser contract

23rd April 2010 Bulk handling and lifting equipment company Arlona Engineering has recently completed the design and fabrication of a new mobile browser for State-owned freight company Transnet, which is used at the port of Durban's Pier 2 container terminal. 

Conference aims to revive container business

23rd April 2010 Nonprofit trade association the International Tank Container Organisation (ITCO) and the Container Owners Association (COA) will be exhibiting containers at the transport logistic China exhibition, in Shanghai, in June, which they believe signals the revival of the container business. 

Durban to remain SA’s leading container port, despite challenges

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009 Freight transport company the Transnet National Ports Authority reports that, despite the challenges to meet volume targets in a difficult economic environment, to maintain the five-year investment programme and to achieve performance and efficiency targets, the port of Durban will retain its... 

SA’s picturesque ports key to prosperous economy 

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009  

Deep-water port of Ngqura launched

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009 The new deep-water port of Ngqura, which has a depth of between 16 m and 18 m to accommodate the larger, new-generation container vessels, was launched operationally in October. 

Port of Cape Town prepares for economic recovery

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009 Freight logistics company Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) reports that the Cape Town container terminal’s five-year, R5,4 -billion expansion project, which is now in its second year, will ensure that the country’s second-largest container terminal is better prepared for global market recovery in... 

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