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Harbour and Offshore Services

Port of Maputo expects continued rises in throughput as logistics improve

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2006 Throughput at the Port of Maputo grew by 16% in 2005 over 2004 figures as rehabilitation work continues. 

Rail Safety chief concerned about rising human-error related accidents

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2006 An analysis of rail incidents over the year to March 31, 2006, indicates that more than 60% of accidents are human-factor related. 

Gautrain route changes approved by province, public invited to comment

By: Matthew Hill     22nd August 2006 The Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment has approved route changes in three areas of the Gautrain's route that were proposed by the preferred bidder, the Bombela Consortium, and the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works (GDPTRW). Bombela recommended a... 

Although Spoornet's general freight business continues to struggle, Transnet wants to maintain diversity

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet was determined not to see Spoornet reduced to a two-commodity transport business and was considering new ways to recapture general-freight volumes from road, CEO Maria Ramos stressed recently. 

Moral hazard is a real threat

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 Officially, South Africa is still pursuing a policy of vertically separating harbour and railways infrastructure from operations. However, progress on this key issue, which would facilitate greater competition in both sectors, has been painfully slow. 

New flag-emblazoned taxi fleet to make debut in September

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 The final specifications for South Africa's new generation of mini- and midi-bus taxis will be gazetted in a matter of days, opening the way for the roll-out of a new white-painted, South African-flag branded, taxi fleet from September. Speaking during a post transport-Lekgolta media briefing in... 

SA and Ethiopia commit to open-skies push

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 A transport-related memorandum of understanding signed between South Africa and Ethiopia on Friday was hailed as a precursor to an increasingly concerted effort by South Africa to ensure a further opening of the skies over the continent. 

Transnet likely to scale up capex beyond budgeted R64,5bn

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2006 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet was considering project plans that could see it materially enlarging its already ambitious capital-expenditure programme, currently pegged at R64,5-billion for the next five years, CEO Maria Ramos has confirmed. Speaking at an editor's briefing in... 

New KZN airport to be operational by 2010 - Radebe

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2006 South Africa will build a new airport at La Mercy, near the port of Durban, at a cost of at least R2.5-billion. 

Namibia to build $119,7m road near Angola border

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2006 Namibia will build an 809 million Namibian dollar ($119.7 million) road near its border with Angola, said Finance Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. 

Mobile crane lifts containers from stranded vessel

By: khalid patel     4th August 2006 South African crane supplier Johnson Crane Hire was contracted by Smit Salvage to remove containers from the stricken 16 800-t Safmarine Agulhas that ran aground in June off the coast of East London. 

New offshore repair facility at Walvis Bay could spoil Cape Town's repair party

By: Jade Davenport     28th July 2006 The ship repair facility at the port of Cape Town is facing increased competition from Walvis Bay in Namibia with the purchase of a 11 500 t floating repair dock by the Namibian Ports Authority (NamPort) earlier this year. 

Government wants State-owned enterprises to go extra mile in developing 'competitive' local suppliers

By: Terence Creamer     28th July 2006 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and South Africa’s State-owned enterprises (SoEs) are finalising various supplier-development programmes in a bid to raise the level of local content in the multibillion-rand public infrastructure drive, involving large-scale power, transport and... 

New port complex for the Gulf of Suez

By: Keith Campbell     21st July 2006 Build, operate, transfer (Bot) is the principle that Egypt adopted for its new port on the western (African) coast of the Gulf of Suez. 

Dedicated freighter fleet emerging at national carrier

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2006 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) has started to establish a dedicated freighter fleet in a bid to expand SAA Cargo’s capacity as well as to deal with rising competitive pressures. 

Transnet sets up structures to manage R64,5bn capex roll out

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2006 State-owned freight-logistics group Transnet has set up a specialist division to manage its big-ticket capital projects, which form part of a R64,5-billion, five-year capital-expenditure plan for its railways, harbour and pipeline businesses. 

SA's relevance to be strained unless one of its ports emerges a global hub

By: Laura Tyrer     7th July 2006 South Africa needs to position one of its harbours as a ‘hub port’ within the world trading system, Captain Dave Rennie told a gather- ing at a recent South African Port Operations business networking breakfast. 

Sapo introduces a manufacturing element to its procurement strategy

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2006 State-owned harbour operator South African Port Operations (Sapo) claims to be taking a manufacturing view of its procurement processes and is encouraging foreign equipment suppliers, with which it places contracts, to integrate South African manufacturers into their global supply chains. 

SAA pins growth ambition on low-cost carrier, freight business

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2006 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) is pinning its expansionary ambitions on the introduction of a low-cost operator as well as a substantially-expanded cargo offering. The group, which emerged gingerly from a strike-affected operational and financial period, reported only modest... 

Transnet sets up structures to manage R64,5bn capex roll out

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2006 State-owned freight-logistics group Transnet has set up a specialist division to manage its big-ticket capital projects, which form part of a R64,5-billion, five-year capital-expenditure plan for its railways, harbour and pipeline businesses. At present, the division, headed by project-management... 

US government supports American firm and BEE partner in their bid for SA peaking-power project

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2006 A US government agency has approved a $550 900 technical-assistance grant for a black economic-empowered (BEE) company partnering the giant US energy group, AES, in its bid to build one of the private peaking-power plants currently out to tender from the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME). 

How the humble steel box is shaping trade and transport in South Africa and the world

By: Helene Le Roux     30th June 2006 When South Africa’s freight-transport executives speak, they talk in the international language of twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). A TEU is the 38,5 m3 of transport capacity that a steel container – which measures 6,1 m (20 feet) in length, 2,44 m in width and 2,59 m in height... 

Twelve all-electric cranes ordered for Durban port

23rd June 2006 South African Port Operations (SAPO), the terminal operating division of South Africa’s transportation conglomerate Transnet is continuing its mutually beneficial relationship with Kalmar Industries with an order of 12 all-electric E-One, 6+1 wide and 1-over-5 high rubber-tyred-gantry (RTG)... 

Carrier-maker marks supply milestone

23rd June 2006 The South African Port Operations (Sapo), a division of Transnet, was recently presented with seventh-generation straddle carrier number 4 000 manufactured by Finland-based Kalmar. 

Port logistics management a multifaceted challenge

23rd June 2006 The coordination and expansion of port logistics is characterised by a wide range of extremely varied tasks. 

Cape Town city, port in cooperation pact

23rd June 2006 In a major boost for Cape Town’s port operations, the city of Cape Town has set up a pro-active planning and co-operative framework with the National Port Authority (NPA), leading to the establishment of a Port City Forum. 

The National Ports Authority mulls further Durban projects

By: Dennis Ndaba     23rd June 2006 The National Ports Authority (NPA) has identified several new projects in its Durban Port Master Plan. 

Logistics firm expands fleet

23rd June 2006 South African logistics provider and heavy-lifting specialist, Vanguard, has increased its capabilities with the addition of an imported Goldhofer modular trailer system to its fleet. 

New mobile system for shorter handling times

23rd June 2006 Container handling specialists, Big Lift Trucks, has supplied a range of equipment used at the Durban Port, to lift loads onto and off trucks and to safely carry containers around harbour yards. 

Multibillion-rand upgrades under way

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd June 2006 The South Africa Port Opera-tions and the National Ports Authority are undertaking a multibillion-rand investment programme to expand and upgrade South Africa’s ports and related infrastructure. Saldanha port refurbishment and expansion project, Western Cape. The first phase of the... 

R11bn SA ports spend emphasises container capacity

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2006 State-owned harbour operator South African Port Operations (Sapo) is prioritising infrastructure and superstructure investment at its six commercial ports and has confirmed a five-year capital budget of R11-billion starting this financial year. It has also confirmed a material skills-development... 

US government backs AES bid for SA peaking-power project

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2006 A US government agency has approved a $550 900 technical-assistance grant for a black economic-empowered (BEE) company partnering the giant US energy group, AES, in its bid to build one of the private peaking-power plants currently out to tender from the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME).... 

Cargo volumes at SA ports set to surge over the next five years

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2006 South African Port Operations (Sapo) expects cargo volumes at its 14 ports to increase by 26% over the next five years, says Vusi Khumalo, a senior manager in CEO Tau Morwe’s office. 

Disposal of top tourist destination just the beginning for Transnet

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2006 State transport company Transnet last week set in motion its much-contested and long-awaited noncore asset-disposal programme, placing the high-profile Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront property development on to the auction block. 

Local firms to play key role in R1,7bn project

9th June 2006 The rising international demand for oil and gas as energy sources has focused attention on Africa as a future significant provider of these commodities. 

SA-Chinese consortium clinches R2bn shipyard contract

By: Matthew Hill     9th June 2006 The Port of Richards Bay, situated some 160 km north-east of Durban, is set to receive a world-class R2-billion ship repair facility. The National Ports Authority (NPA) has awarded the contract to Imbani Consortium, comprising a group of South African and Chinese companies, and headed by... 

Dry-dock cooperation a first for Cape ship repair

9th June 2006 A rig upgrade project involving several major players in the Cape ship repair industry and an international oil, gas and petrochemical support services company is expected to inject approximately US$ 20 million into the economy of the Western Cape, demonstrating the confidence of international... 

Plans progress for new Cape oil-rig fabrication yard

By: Matthew Hill     9th June 2006 South Africa-based companies Grinaker-LTA M&E and DCD-Dorbyl Heavy Engi-neering will operate a world-class offshore oil and gas fabrication facility at Saldanha, off the Western Cape coast. 

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