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Harbour and Offshore Services

First ship to dock at Ngqura this year

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th April 2008 Ports operator Transnet National Ports Authority reports that the first ship is scheduled to dock at the port of Ngqura at the Coega Industrial Development Zone in October 2008. 

Safety authority plans economic growth for maritime industry 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th April 2008 Newly appointed CEO of the national agency responsible for the environmental protection and safety of the maritime environment, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa), Tsietsi Mokhele, aims to enhance the services offered by the authority to ensure that it plays a greater role in... 

New regulator improves SA port efficiencies

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     22nd June 2007 State-owned ports regulator, the National Port Regulator (NPR), came into effect in May this year and aims to improve the efficiency of South Africa�s commercial ports. National Department of Transport spokesperson Collin Msibi said in a statement released earlier this year that the regulators... 

Parastatal allocates R28bn to port development

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     22nd June 2007 Parastatal Transnet�s five-year investment plan includes the investment of about R28-billion for the improvement and expansion of South Africa�s ports. This investment has been split into three categories, with port facilities allocated about R15-billion, building and structures allocated about... 

Durban harbour services tunnel replacement nears completion

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     22nd June 2007 The contract for the new tunnel and the decommissioning of the existing subsea services was awarded to a joint venture (JV) with construction firm Concor Holdings and German-based partner Hochtief Construction AG. The JV is trading as Durban Harbour Tunnel Contractors (DHTC) or the DHTC JV.... 

Durban harbour expansion to answer future freight demands 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     22nd June 2007 The expansion of the Durban harbour is necessary to provide capacity and to meet future freight demands in the interest of the eTkekwini municipality and South Africa. This is the view of state parastatal Transnet and the municipality, which form part of a joint initiative referred to as the... 

Logistics group acquires liquid bulk-storage terminals

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     22nd June 2007 South African shipping and logistics group Grindrod acquired the Tate & Lyle Molasses South African terminals in Durban and Cape Town. 

Additional crane capacity lifts burden off SA ports

By: Guy Copans     8th June 2007 Shipping company Maritime Carrier Shipping (Macs) acquired the vessel MV Cheyenne last year, which has heavy lift cranes designed for specialised project tonnage. The company hopes that these cranes will assist in South Africa�s ability to handle projects, inbound and outbound cargoes, as well as... 

Durban bunker barge build on track

By: Guy Copans     8th June 2007 Marine services company Smit Amandla Marine�s plans to build a bunker barge in Durban are on track and the barge should be completed in the last quarter of 2007, says Smit Amandla Marine MD Paul Maclons. Smit Amandla Marine is using a local shipbuilding company, Dormac, for the project. The... 

Marine engineer receives subsea crawler, deckhouse contract

8th June 2007 Heavy engineering specialist DCD-DORBYL Marine was awarded a number of substantial fabrication contracts for De Beers Marine�s sub sea mining vessels. 

Rubber specialist supplies SA’s harbour needs

8th June 2007 Marine, industrial and mining rubber specialist, Truco, is a prominent supplier of fenders to the Southern African harbour market. Truco says that it designs and manufacturers a wide range of rubber fenders for tugboats and other working vessels in close cooperation with its marine division,... 

Local company expands into deck equipment market

By: Guy Copans     8th June 2007 Cape Town based Petrel Engineering is expanding into the global specialised deck equipment market, with customised equipment that is specifically designed and manufactured to its client�s requirements. 

Ship refit nears completion ahead of offshore drilling plans

By: Guy Copans     8th June 2007 The drill ship MV Deep venture, previously named MV Valentine Shashin, has undergone an extensive refit in preparation for deep water drilling operations off the West African coast. MV Deep Venture will start drilling operations in Equatorial Guinea in mid-June, and will leave Cape Town at the... 

Chain blocks assist shipbuilding, repair procedures

8th June 2007 Kito electric and manual chain blocks from Becker Engineering, form an important part of harbour infrastructure. This equipment is used for lifting and positioning equipment at harbours throughout Southern Africa, as well as during shipbuilding and repair procedures. 

Turning the tide on South Africa's ports

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th April 2007 Owing to the growing harbour activities, SAPO and the NPA are undertaking a multi billion rand investment programme to expand and upgrade the South African ports and related infrastructure. These projects include the refurbishment of the Saldanha port, an upgrade for the Durban harbour, an... 

Sand bypass system under evaluation for Nelson Mandela Bay

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th April 2007 The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality (NMBM) has announced that an environmental impact assessment (EAI) will be carried out to establish the environmental impact of creating a sand bypass system into the North End coastal area. This follows the pre-feasibility study which was carried out in 2006. 

Bridge contract paves the way to port operations

27th April 2007 The R127-million contract to construct the Khangela Bridge and Bayhead road extension, has been awarded by the eThekwini Municipality to the joint venture developers Stefanutti/Basil Read, a joint venture between Stefanutti & Bressan and Basil Read. Around 60% of South Africa�s imports are... 

Expansion project on the cards for Luba Freeport

27th April 2007 Worldwide conglomerate Lonrho Africa of Equatorial Guinea has entered into an agreement with oil and gas producer ExxonMobil, in the form of Mobil Equatorial Guinea (Megi), to build a 60 000 m2 logistical facility at the Luba Freeport in Equatorial Guinea. 

Supplier anchors BEE deal

27th April 2007 South Africa�s only supplier of offshore chains and anchors, Anchor Industries, have concluded the first broad based black-economic empowerment deal in the marine and offshore industry. The deal sees Anchor Industries staff receiving 25,1% of the company in the form of a staff share trust. 

SA's ports fall short of international standards

27th April 2007 South African ports are among the world�s most expensive and inefficient, states a global port benchmarking study, commissioned by the South African automotive industry, and conducted by the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC). 

Three-year drive to grow local port engineering skills

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th April 2007 Late last year, the National Ports Authority of South Africa (NPA), signed training contracts with the Shipping and Transport college in Rotterdam and with the University of Stellenbosch in cooperation with the Delft University in the Netherlands, as part of a three-year drive to boost its skills... 

SA beefing up port security

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th April 2007 The National Ports Authority (NPA) is installing technically advanced equipment at the country�s eight ports, to enhance security and ensure compliance with international maritime antiterrorist measures. The security measures include erecting fences, securing port entrance control, closed-circuit... 

Shedding light on marine activity

27th April 2007 Navigation and warning light supplier CMA Marine has expanded its range of light emitting diode (LED) based lights, through the introduction of the exta LED range lights. This new addition allows coverage from 1 NM to almost 20 NM, and promises a considerable cost benefit, not only on a first... 

SA's leading harbour responds to surging demand for container-handling capacity

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2007 The number of containers handled at the port of Durban is expected to grow between 7% and 15% over the next five years, says South Africa Port Operations (Sapo) equipment, engineering and asset management GM Hamilton Nxumalo. 

Gautrain enters Joburg with a bang

By: Nelendhre Moodley     5th February 2007 Some 350 kg of explosives was used on Sunday in the demolition of a block of buildings in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, to make way for the construction of an underground parking area for the Gautrain rapid rail link at Park Station. The R25,1-billion Gautrain project involves the construction of a... 

High-tech weighbridge at Durban port improves efficiency, turnaround times

By: Nelendhre Moodley     31st January 2007 The South African Port Operations(Sapo) has installed a high-tech weighbridge facility that repositions the terminal as a �one-stop shop� at the Maydon Wharf terminal in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, the port operator said in a statement this week. 

Road freight employers optimistic on wage settlement

By: Matthew Hill     30th January 2007 Road freight employers and truck drivers are likely to reach an agreement by February 12 after wage disputes, thereby avoiding a national strike in mid-February, the Road Freight Employers Association (RFEA) said on Tuesday. RFEA executive officer Magretia Brown told Engineering News Online that... 

Gautrain consortium secures R3bn loan

By: Mariaan Webb     30th January 2007 The Bombela Concession company, government's private partner in building the 80-km Gautrain rapid-rail link, and its joint lenders, Standard Bank and Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), have finalised negotiations to fund its R3-billion commitment to the project. Standard Bank and RMB are the lead... 

Taxi alliance to finalise recap legal challenge this week

By: Matthew Hill     29th January 2007 Taxi industry association the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) hoped to have finalised the legal action that it will be taking against the Department of Transport, regarding government's taxi recapitalisation programme, by the end of this week. Speaking in a telephonic interview with Engineering... 

Jo'burg bus strike had 'very little impact' - Metrobus

By: Matthew Hill     29th January 2007 Johannesburg commuter bus service provider Metrobus said that Monday's strike by South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members had had “very little impact” and 80% of its buses were running according to schedule. 

Gauteng begins appointing experts for new transport integration body

By: Matthew Hill     24th January 2007 The Gauteng Department of Transport, Roads and Works (GDTRW) is in the process of appointing transport experts to the board of its new brainchild, the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA), a department spokesperson told Engineering News Online on Tuesday. In answer to emailed questions, Tebogo... 

Nissan Diesel SA to invest R95m in infrastructure, skills

22nd January 2007 Truck manufacturer Nissan Diesel has announced that it would spend R89-million on new infrastructure developments across South Africa. 

Truck drivers threaten February strike as wage talks fail

By: Matthew Hill     18th January 2007 South African truck drivers will begin a nationwide strike in mid-February, after talks between the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) and the road freight sector collapsed, the union cautioned on Thursday. 

Self-service check in to improve flying convenience

By: Nelendhre Moodley     17th January 2007 South Africa�s national carrier South African Airways (SAA), which launched the first of its new self check-in facility, known as Flightcheck, at Johannesburg�s OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) on Wednesday, intends to roll out a further 70 such kiosks in the near future. 

Low-cost newcomer launches second Kenyan flight route

By: Nelendhre Moodley     15th January 2007 Africa-focused logistics group Lonrho Africa, on Monday announced that Fly540, a recently established low-cost airline based in Nairobi, Kenya, launched its second route, from Nairobi�s main international airport to Kisumu in Western Kenya, last Friday. Fly540, in which Lonrho has a 49% stake,... 

Safmarine to upgrade its SA services as trade-volumes continue to rise

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2006 Shipping company Safmarine is in the process of upgrading its shipping services to and from South Africa, due to increasing trade volumes, says Safmarine South Africa trades executive Alex de Bruyn. 

A380 gets safety thumbs up

13th December 2006 The world�s largest commercial airliner, the 555-seat Airbus A380, received joint European Aviation Safety Agency and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification this week. 

Gautrain tunnelling work to begin in February

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2006 Tunelling work on the Gautrain project will start in February next year. 

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