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Ports & Shipping News

Construction of new Transnet plough tug under way

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th January 2018 The construction of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) new plough tug has kicked off in Port Elizabeth. The yet-to-be-named vessel, which is expected to be handed over to TNPA Dredging Services by October this year, will be used as a bed leveller, smoothing out high spots created by... 

Grindrod facing delays with separate listing of shipping unit, but still positive about H1 completion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2018 Owing to the cross jurisdictional nature of a proposed international listing by Grindrod, through which it is aiming to launch a separate listing of its shipping business, the various processes required by regulators in the different relevant jurisdictions are taking longer than initially... 

Grindrod facing delays with separate listing of shipping unit, but still positive about H1 completion

Port Elizabeth manganese export terminal to be transferred to Port of Ngqura

By: Anine Kilian     12th January 2018 State-owned Transnet has confirmed that its manganese export facility at the Port of Port Elizabeth will be transferred to the neighbouring Port of Ngqura by October 2023, where the commodity will continue to serve as an important catalyst for economic growth and development. During a site visit... 

Opinion: My vision for transforming TPT into a leading global port operator

     11th January 2018 In this opinion article, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CEO Nozipho Sithole outlines what she sees as the key principles and values that will help to transform TPT into a 'Top 5' global port terminal operator in five years. The top terminal operators globally account for about 30% market share in... 

Opinion: My vision for transforming TPT into a leading global port operator
TPT CEO Nozipho Sithole

TPT unveils locally assembled diesel-electric straddle carriers

By: Shirley le Guern     12th December 2017 State-owned freight transport company Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) on Tuesday unveiled 23 locally assembled diesel-electric straddle carriers at the Durban Container Terminal Pier 2, marking an important milestone in fostering local procurement and laying the foundation to supply cargo handling... 

TPT unveils locally assembled diesel-electric straddle carriers
One of 23 straddle carriers unveiled at Pier 2 in Durban being put through its paces

Heartland-to-heartland linkages sought in China-driven industrial superproject

By: Schalk Burger     12th December 2017 The China-driven superproject, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is a conceptual redevelopment of the ancient global tradeways of the Silk Road, aims to link the heartlands of countries by land, sea and air routes, said Renmin University School of International Studies Professor Wang... 

Battling threat of sugar tax, excessive imports and low price

By: Victor Moolman     8th December 2017 The large amount of sugar being imported into South Africa has caused the country’s sugar industry, which may soon be further compromised by the introduction of a sugar tax, to start exporting sugar at world market prices to offload excess sugar, which it is unable to sell locally. While opposing... 

Battling threat of sugar tax, excessive imports and low price
Photo by Victor Moolman
DEDICATED TO SUGAR CANE Large parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, about 360 000 ha, are dedicated to growing sugar cane

Transnet CEO urges more investment in African ports

By: African News Agency      5th December 2017 The head of South Africa’s State-owned transport company Transnet on Tuesday called for greater integration, deregulation and investment into Africa’s port capacity, to reduce costs and increase turnaround times. Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama told the African Terminal Operators’ Conference in... 

South Africa re-elected to International Maritime Organisation council

By: African News Agency      4th December 2017 South Africa has been re-elected to serve on the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) council for 2018/19 – maintaining its unbroken service record since 1999, the transport department said on Sunday. Voting to elect new member States to the IMO council took place during the 30th regular... 

Second Norway-South Africa Science Week to stimulate oceans science and economy 

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 The second Norway-South Africa Science Week will provide a platform for scientists, researchers, civil servants and business people from both countries to share best practices and policies to promote the sustainable use of ocean resources. Norwegian ambassador to South Africa, Botswana,... 

Second Norway-South Africa Science Week to stimulate oceans science and economy
Norway Ambassador to South Africa, Botswana, Madagascar and Nambiia Trine Skymoen discusses the upcoming Norway-South Africa science week. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Only 7% of Transnet's senior supply chain staff have been vetted

By: News24Wire      29th November 2017 Transnet has only vetted seven percent of senior staff who handle supply chain management, despite a 2014 Cabinet directive to vet all employees in that field. Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama told the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday that only 56 of the more than 750 senior... 

MPs call for Parliamentary probe into Transnet–Gupta links

By: African News Agency      28th November 2017 Members of Parliament (MPs) from across the political divide on Tuesday called for a probe into allegations of State capture at South African State-owned freight and logistics company, Transnet. Transnet group chief executive Siyabonga Gama and his team appeared before Parliament’s standing... 

Ngqura Container Terminal hits volume milestone 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2017 Over 81 927 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) passed through the Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT), in the Eastern Cape, in October, the highest units ever handled in the terminal’s history. This remarkable milestone not only bodes well for the economy of the region and the country, but also shows... 

Ngqura Container Terminal hits volume milestone

TNPA completes R39m infrastructure upgrade at Port Nolloth

By: Anine Kilian     20th November 2017 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has completed the R39-million rehabilitation of the infrastructure of Port Nolloth on the north-western coast of South Africa. The infrastructure upgrade was carried out by contractor Steffanuti Stocks Marine over 14 months, with 25% of the contract... 

South African ports ready for bumper cruise season

     20th November 2017 More than 20 luxury cruise ships operated by 17 international cruise lines will call at South Africa’s ports during the 2017/18 cruise season. “As the South African port authority, we have positioned Durban and Cape Town as stimulus cruise home ports, while Richards Bay, Mossel Bay, Port... 

South African ports ready for bumper cruise season

TNPA launches uMkhomazi tug

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Friday launched its penultimate tug as part of its R1.4-billion, nine-tug construction contract. The uMkhomazi tug, which means “place of cow whales” in Zulu, will serve at the Port of Durban. The moniker was given by the Zulus in reference to large... 

Shipping company cleaning up Durban cargo spill

By: News24Wire      6th November 2017 According to a statement released in Geneva on Friday by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) specialised boats and machinery are trying to extract the vast quantities of "nurdles" (raw plastic pellets) floating in the Durban harbour following a cargo spill by container ship MSC Susanna 24 days... 

Transnet resumes operations at Port of Durban after KwaZulu-Natal storms

By: African News Agency      2nd November 2017 State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet said on Thursday that 100% of marine operations at the Port of Durban have resumed following a violent storm in KwaZulu-Natal last month. Last month inclement weather left a trail of destruction in the country’s busiest port, the Port of Durban... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex 

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet continues to pare back its investment portfolio in the South African, which is expected to grow by less than 1% in 2017. The group, which operates rail, port and pipelines businesses, expects to invest R229.2-billion over the coming seven years,... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama outlines how the utility is dealing with ongoing allegations of State Capture and corruption. Recorded: 30.10.2017. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Detailed design under way for refurbishment of Mossel Bay slipway 

By: Anine Kilian     27th October 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) Port of Mossel Bay has appointed a service provider to provide a detailed design for the refurbishment of the port’s 500 t slipway and sideslip facility. The refurbished facility will cater primarily for fishing vessels.  

Local stainless steel industry remains optimistic

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 While South African demand for stainless steel is under severe pressure, the potential for growth once the local economy improves is strong and distributors are starting to position themselves strategically to take advantage of this, says stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless CEO Lucien... 

Local stainless steel  industry remains optimistic
CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM The global stainless steel market had a strong run early this year, on the back of substantial chromium and nickel price increases at the end of last year, which continued into 2017

Africa in focus as Transnet sets R100bn revenue target for 2020

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has set a target of becoming a R100-billion company by March 2020, with its business interests in the rest of Africa expected to contribute materially to the increase in revenues. In 2016/17, Transnet reported a 5.3% rise in revenue to R65.5-billion.... 

Africa in focus as Transnet sets R100bn revenue target for 2020

Transnet asking suppliers to provide details of any third-party ‘commissions’

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2017 Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama says that the freight logistics group is investigating every allegation of possible corruption in relation to the State-owned group’s procurement programmes, revealing that scope of its inquiries extends beyond the R50-billion locomotive contract, which is the subject... 

Transnet asking suppliers to provide details of any third-party ‘commissions’
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

TNPA progresses multibillion-rand investment in East London port

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2017 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Friday said it had injected R542-million into several major infrastructure and equipment projects at the Port of East London over the past few years as part of Operation Phakisa. This includes the R219-million refurbishment of the dry dock to... 

Hydraulics scope for vessel project completed

     20th October 2017 In its biggest sea vessel project ever undertaken, hydraulic components and turnkey hydraulic systems supplier Hytec successfully designed, manufactured, installed and commissioned all hydraulics for three systems on board the most technologically advanced marine diamond sampling and exploration... 

Hydraulics scope for  vessel project completed
SHIPPING IT Hytec was responsible for all hydraulics pertaining to the mv SS Nujoma’s heave compensation system, launch and recovery system and the world-first advanced sub-sea sampling system called Seabed Tool

Durban harbour remains closed after devastating storm

By: News24Wire      11th October 2017 Durban harbour was still closed on Wednesday morning with authorities having spent Tuesday night refloating five vessels that were pushed aground and emergency services were still on high alert after a massive storm that killed at least six people. "[Emergency Medical Services] are still on high... 

Durban harbour remains closed after devastating storm

Storm forces TNPA to suspend vessel movements at Durban port

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has suspended all vessel movements in the Port of Durban owing to a storm lashing parts of KwaZulu-Natal. “Transnet’s marine services team and tugboats are assisting with several emergencies. These include the grounding of three vessels in the Port of... 

DCT adopts multipronged approach to alleviate congestion

By: Anine Kilian     27th September 2017 The Durban Container Terminal (DCT) has adopted a multipronged approach to alleviate congestion issues at the terminal. The Transnet Port Terminal [TPT] leadership team, under the guidance of CEO Nozipho Sithole, is working closely with operations with the view to finding sustainable solutions to... 

Second international car shipping company faces prosecution by tribunal 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th September 2017 Norwegian car shipping company Hoegh Autoliners has been referred to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution on seven charges relating to alleged collusive tendering, price fixing and market division.   The charges stem from a probe into alleged widespread anticompetitive conduct in the market... 

Transnet says retrenchment reports are misleading and inaccurate

By: Terence Creamer     11th September 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has described as “misleading” and “inaccurate” reports that it has embarked on a retrenchment process. Some media reports have suggested that the utility may retrench up to 8 000 workers. However, in a statement Transnet said it was not contemplating... 

Transnet says retrenchment reports are misleading and inaccurate

SA’s export strategy aims to boost capacity for value-added goods, services trade

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI's) Integrated National Export Strategy (INES) to help improve the global competitiveness of South African exporters and tap the export-led economic growth benefits that have flowed to other developing countries in recent decades. The strategy... 

SA’s export strategy aims to boost capacity for value-added goods, services trade

Cape Town’s first oil storage, distribution terminal open for business

By: Samantha Herbst     30th August 2017 Cape Town’s first independent oil storage and distribution terminal, Burgan Cape Terminal, was officially opened in the Eastern Mole of the Port of Cape Town on Tuesday. The city’s newest energy asset offers 122 000 m3 of diesel and petrol storage and will offer the option to blend bioethanol and... 

Cape Town’s first oil storage, distribution terminal open for business

New Transnet, DBSA finance scheme set up to support African rail exports

By: Terence Creamer     28th August 2017 State-owned entities Transnet and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have agreed to create a new facility that will extend favourable financing to African and Middle Eastern buyers of Transnet Engineering’s (TE’s) rail rolling stock and port equipment. The financing scheme will be... 

New Transnet, DBSA finance scheme set up to support African rail exports
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet chief officer in advanced manufacturing Thamsanqa Jiyane

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade and value chains across SADC region

By: Anine Kilian     25th August 2017 It is common cause that industrialisation across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is key to diversifying the regional economy away from its current reliance on export of raw commodities and to supporting economic growth and employment creation. There is broad acceptance that SADC... 

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade  and value chains across SADC region

TNPA names latest new tug Usiba

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2017 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) this week named its seventh new tug, Usiba, ahead of its delivery to the Port of Richards Bay in November. The tug is one of nine to be delivered to TNPA as part of a R1.4-billion construction contract awarded to South African Shipyards. 

TNPA names latest new tug Usiba

Grindrod looking to list separate shipping business

By: Anine Kilian     23rd August 2017 JSE-listed Grindrod intends to unbundle and list its shipping business as a separate entity on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, as it does not believe that the value of the shipping business is fairly reflected in the Grindrod share price. “We have appointed professional advisers in and outside... 

Infrastructure initiative garners support from nine African presidents

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2017 Spearheaded by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI), aimed at accelerating regional trade and unlocking the economic potential of the continent, now has nine African presidents on board, with ten projects in the spotlight as Africa... 

Infrastructure initiative garners support from nine African presidents
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