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Ports & Shipping News

Technology transforming maritime industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th March 2018 State-owned company Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is creating a smart port system, in line with global automation and artificial intelligence (AI) trends, says TNPA infrastructure and port planning GM Hamilton Nxumalo. “We are transforming our ports into smart people’s ports,... 

TNPA to launch dredging school this year

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th March 2018 State-owned company Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will launch its dredging school – the first of its kind in Africa – this year, says TNPA infrastructure and port planning GM Hamilton Nxumalo. “The TNPA Dredging School is a result of the Supplier Development (SD) Programme related to... 

TNPA to launch  dredging school this year
ILEMBE DREDGER This trailing suction hopper dredger is the largest of its kind in Africa

Coating systems to benefit harbour infrastructure projects

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th March 2018 Technical products and services provider JST Group will market its range of Guardian coating systems for various applications, including marine piling, to the Southern African harbour infrastructure industry. The Guardian range has been well received internationally, with various splash-zone... 

Coating systems to benefit harbour infrastructure projects
SPLASH-ZONE PROTECTION The Splash-Zone system is easily applied and maintained, with a lifespan of more than 30 years

BP's coastal bunker barge now operational at Port of Richards Bay

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2018 South Africa’s first coastal bunker barge Amber II is now operational at Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Richards Bay, serving as a floating storage and fuel replacement vessel for petrochemicals company BP’s customer vessels at the port.  

BP's coastal bunker barge now operational at Port of Richards Bay
BP's Amber II operational at Port of Richards Bay

Bollore to invest €400m in Côte d'Ivoire port terminal

By: Reuters     27th March 2018 French industrial conglomerate Bollore aims to invest €400-million ($496.28-million) from next year to build a second container terminal at Côte d'Ivoire's main port of Abidjan, the deputy CEO of its transport and logistics division told Reuters. Philippe Labonne, deputy CEO of Bollore Transport... 

Sudan, Qatar to sign $4bn deal to manage Red Sea port – Ministry

By: Reuters     27th March 2018 Sudan and Qatar will sign a $4-billion agreement to jointly develop the Red Sea port of Suakin off Sudan's coast, Sudanese media quoted Transport Minister Makawi Mohamed Awad as saying. Awad made the announcement during a visit by Qatari officials to Suakin on Sunday, the reports said. 

Grindrod targets June Nasdaq listing for shipping division

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2018 Grindrod is targeting a June listing for its Shipping division.   A positive change in the business cycle “had provided the stimulus to implement the spin-off of the Shipping business with a planned listing amongst its peer group on the Nasdaq, with an inward listing on the JSE”, said executive... 

 Grindrod targets June Nasdaq listing for shipping division

DP World wins 30-year Congo port concession

By: Reuters     26th March 2018 DP World said on Sunday it had won a 30-year management and development concession for a greenfield, multi-purpose port in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Dubai-owned port operator will set up joint venture with the Central African country's government to manage and invest in the... 

Transnet lauds February achievements at DCT

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2018 State-owned freight utility Transnet has reported a productive start to the year at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT), which boasted positive records and milestones, including the handling of 190 000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in February, a 57% improvement in shift change, an increase... 

Transnet lauds February achievements at DCT
Transnet's Durban Container Terminal

TNPA calls for new entrants into South Africa's ports

By: Simone Liedtke     28th February 2018 Attracting new entrants that meet broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) requirements is critical in order to meet State-owned company Transnet's National Ports Authority (TNPA) mandate as a change agent for several business opportunities in the private sector pipeline. Owing to this,... 

JSE to launch project bonds in March

By: Reuters     26th February 2018 Africa's largest bourse, the JSE, will begin listing "project bonds" from mid-March, an official said on Monday, giving institutional investors a window to invest in infrastructure projects. The bonds will provide private firms a chance to get a foothold in infrastructure projects in Africa's... 

New helicopters ordered for TNPA's Durban, Richards Bay ports

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has concluded negotiations and signed an agreement for the manufacture, supply and delivery of two new helicopters to service the Durban and Richards Bay ports, as part of its helicopter marine pilotage service - one of only three countries in the world to... 

New helicopters ordered for TNPA's Durban, Richards Bay ports

TFR transports record chrome volumes from mines to ports

By: Schalk Burger     14th February 2018 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has transported a record 5.77-million tons of chrome by rail from mines to the ports in the first 47 weeks of the current financial year. This exceeds the 5.75-million tons of chrome transported by rail in the prior financial year. 

Richards Bay zone woos investors at Cape Town's Mining Indaba

By: African News Agency      8th February 2018 The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) went on a charm offensive at the Mining Indaba held in Cape Town to woo local and international investors seeking export and import opportunities in KwaZulu-Natal province. RBIDZ acting manager for business development and support, Mzamo... 

TPT boosts PE port handling volumes, rail use

By: Schalk Burger     6th February 2018 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) achieved higher than forecast automotive and container handling volumes at the Port Elizabeth port in December, which it attributes to greater demand from local and international markets, along with automotive investments made in the region, TPT Eastern Cape GM Siya... 

Mbazima urges immediate dialogue on rail, port expansion

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2018 South Africa’s ability to revitalise crucial infrastructure, especially rail and port networks, is among the key actions needed to bring investment back into the South African mining industry, Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima said on Monday. Speaking on first day of... 

Mbazima urges immediate dialogue on rail, port expansion
Photo by Duane Daws
Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima

New coal terminal planned for Beira could be a gateway to the east

By: Kim Cloete     2nd February 2018 A coal terminal planned for construction at Mozambique’s Beira port could be a gateway for imports and exports from the landlocked countries of Zimbabwe, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Botswana and could greatly boost coal exports to India. Essar Ports CEO Tej Nargundkar... 

Transnet signals it’s on track to free up coal export routes

By: Kim Cloete     2nd February 2018 Transnet is moving ahead with projects to boost the volume of coal carried from the coalfields to the port of Richards Bay and Maputo, says GM of Capital Planning Brian Monakali. He told delegates attending the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town, this week, that some of... 

Brown says boards of State-owned enterprises must shape up 

By: African News Agency      30th January 2018 Embattled Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Tuesday told MPs she expected the boards of South Africa's corruption-stricken, cash-strapped parastatals to perform or be replaced. "The message to the boards of all SOCs is that they must shape up or ship out. If they are unable to instill... 

Brown says boards of State-owned enterprises must shape up
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

High-tech vessel leaves Durban for African coastal research

By: African News Agency      26th January 2018 A Norwegian research vessel deemed the most technologically advanced in the world set out from Durban on Friday to assist coastal African countries with data collection to promote sustainable marine and fishing environments. The Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, a state-of-the-art vessel equipped with three... 

Egypt's Suez Canal revenues rise to $471.5m in Dec

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 Egypt's Suez Canal revenues rose to $471.5-million in December from $462.7-million in November, official data showed on Wednesday. The Suez Canal authority said earlier this month that revenues rose to $5.3-billion in 2017 from $5-billion in 2016. 

MPs threaten Transnet board, executives with jail for no show at Parliament

By: African News Agency      23rd January 2018 MPs on Tuesday read board members and executives of South Africa's State-owned freight and logistics company, Transnet, the riot act for failing to show up at a meeting of Parliament's standing committee on public accounts last year. The board members and executives failed to show up at the... 

MPs threaten Transnet board, executives with jail for no show at Parliament

Magufuli bans registration of foreign ships in Tanzania, orders probe

By: Reuters     22nd January 2018 Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday put a temporary ban on the registration of foreign ships in the country and ordered over 400 vessels to be investigated for allegations of involvement in criminal activity. The ban came after at least five foreign-owned ships flying Tanzania's flag were... 

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... 

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