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Ports & Shipping News

Black empowerment in harbour sector

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Black empowerment, the buzzword in South African industry at the moment, has finally come of age in the harbours sector. Eight-member consortium Portconsort is involved in a 50:50 joint venture (JV) with project manager Bosch Projects for the upgrade of Richards Bay harbour, a deal said to be... 

Innovative techno for jetty construction

By: System Author     11th June 1999 PILING for the new dry bulk terminal jetty at Richards Bay, part of the third export expansion project, has been constructed using technology never before seen in a South African marine application. It involved the use of an environment-friendly polymer drilling fluid which poses no threat to... 

Germiston–Daveyton corridor shapes up

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The first planning phase of the Germiston–Daveyton activity corridor, east of Johannesburg, is rapidly taking shape with a stakeholders’ workshop expected to take place this month, which will lead to a final progress report being submitted to the national Department of Transport. It... 

Big dredger contract

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The complete turnkey transport project for the delivery of two new dredgers, with a total building cost of R120-million, for the Richards Bay dune-mining operation has been awarded to Mammoet Southern Africa. Mammoet is undertaking the management and actual transport from the production site in... 

R11m in projects for Cape Town airport

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Projects to the value of R11,3-million have been announced by Cape Town International Airport (CIA) to improve parking facilities and enhance traffic flows. To be implemented by September, the upgrade includes the installation of a pay-on-foot system, 900 additional parking bays, shade netting... 

Transport contract renewed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Transport company Cargo Carriers’ contract for transporting hazardous hydrofluoric acid from the Atomic Energy Corporation’s (AEC), Pelindaba plant in the North West Province to customers countrywide has been renewed. This follows ten years and a total of more than 20-million... 

New joint helicopter company formed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 THE helicopter activities of the UK’s Westland helicopter company and Agusta, of Italy, are to be brought together in a new joint company. The link-up will give Europe one of the world’s main constructors in helicopter manufacture with an aggregate order book of US$8,5-billion. The... 

Port-reform plan sees parastatal split into two

By: System Author     11th June 1999 restructuring process under way at Portnet will effectively split the parastatal into two distinct business units, each focusing on core competencies. The process, announced at the end of last month by Public Enterprises Minister Stella Sigcau, is the first step in Transnet’s port-reform... 

Defence bidders will be brave to renege – Armscor

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South Africa’s defence procurement agency, Armscor, is convinced that there is no way for the preferred suppliers of R30-billion-worth of defence equipment to renege on their industrial participation promises. It is also firm in its view that the country is not being over-charged for the... 

Contract soon for e-billboards at Jhb stations

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The winner of a contract to erect electronic billboards at 40 Wits Metrorail stations in Johannesburg area will be announced this month. The billboards will improve on the existing system of communicating with passengers regarding train schedules. “The present system is a little clumsy and... 

SA guided parachutes for Kosovo aid plan?

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South African product could benefit many ‘internally displaced people’ (IDP) in war-torn Kosovo, Engineering News can today report. That product is a guided cargo parachute system, developed by IST Dynamics of Pretoria. Ethnic cleansing has caused thousands upon thousands of Kosovar... 

Transport partnership trend to continue

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The traditional lines that distinguished the role of the private as opposed to the public sector in the South African transport environment have been significantly blurred over the last few years – a trend which is set to continue. Outgoing Transport Minister Mac Maharaj says that the era... 

Prototype wagon for R600m contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A world leader in heavy-haulage transport Spoornet will be exhibiting a prototype at Africa Rail ’99 used to develop a wagon that has resulted in a supply contract to Sweden totalling potentially more than R600-million. “The contract was awarded to us in February last year by Swedish... 

First rotary-screw compressor for SA rail

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The first prototype rotary-screw compressor to be used in a rail-transportation application in South Africa has been installed in a Spoornet Class ‘E’ freight locomotive operating in the Belfast, Mpumalanga, area. The TrackAir Mahle rotary-screw compressor was installed by CompAir... 

Ticket machine contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A feature of Reunert Communication Systems’ (RCS) exhibit at Africa Rail ’99 will be its redevelopments of ticket-issuing machines. One of the activities of the company is the development, integration and maintenance of ticket-issuing devices, as well as communication networks for... 

Transport sector set for transformation

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The final version of the national Department of Transport’s 14-month study – Moving South Africa (MSA) – to determine the transport challenges facing South Africa at the start of the twenty-first century was released earlier this month, containing several ‘action... 

IT upgrade for local transport company

By: System Author     28th May 1999 ROAD transport company Cargo Carriers has installed an end-to-end networking solution comprising a 3Com wide-area network (Wan) and local area networks (Lans). The installation, which is already yielding substantial operational benefits, forms an integral part of Cargo’s multi-million rand... 

Road-training programme planned

By: System Author     28th May 1999 UK transport research company TRL and CSIR Transportek will be jointly hosting a training programme on ‘Managing and Financing Rural Transport’ in Pretoria towards the end of the year. The training programme, which is being promoted by the World Bank, is the third of its kind to be... 

New building techniques for UK warship

By: System Author     28th May 1999 FRESH ground is being broken in construction techniques for an innovative trimaran warship for the next millennium. The timetable has influenced the size and way in which components are being produced by the shipbuilder, Vosper Thornycroft (VT), at its Southampton yard in southern England. The... 

One privatisation a month

By: System Author     28th May 1999 What could amount to a ‘privatisation a month’ is on the cards for R24-billion-a-year transport parastatal Transnet. Deputy MD Mafika Mkwanazi reports that for the rest of this calendar year, Transnet plans to make a series of announcements involving partial privatisations,... 

Durban firm surfs the marine repair wave

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The contract for permanent repairs to one of the largest vessels ever to enter a South African port, the 276 000 t Mobil Shipping-owned Harrier, was last month snapped up by Durban-based International Marine and Construction (Imac) in the face of severe international competition. The company then... 

Cost-effective mode of passenger transport

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Increased vehicle economy in the passenger transport industry could save South Africa’s minibus taxi industry millions of rands each year, reports Iveco Commercial Operations director Frans Cloete. “Light delivery vehicles converted into mini taxis are significantly cheaper than the... 

Train communication system is on track

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A reportedly unique South African developed train communication system worth more than R10-million to support CoalLink in coal transport – with the ultimate goal of moving more than 70-million tons of coal a year to Richards Bay Coal Terminal – is in the process of being rolled out by... 

Hydraulic bearing-pullers delivered

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Specialised hydraulic-equipment manufacturer, Hydraulic Power Tools of Benoni, Gauteng, has delivered two hydraulic bearing-pulling devices to remove bearings from railway wheels for Transnet division Transwerk. The units, weighing in at just under 470 kg each, use US technology, and are... 

From infrastructure backlog to boom?

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The South African government is in the final stages of developing a strategy to begin containing the burgeoning backlog in infrastructure spending – the backlog has been estimated to be larger than R170-billion. An inter-ministerial team, embracing all ministers involved in infrastructure... 

Streamlining slurry

By: System Author     30th April 1999 THE transportation of abrasive and corrosive solids is often coupled with a costly maintenance budget. The GIW works of KSB Pumps has developed a unique problem-solving solution that maximises the capital investment of slurry pumps. This approach begins by analysing the system and pump... 

Chemical transport facility upgrade

By: System Author     30th April 1999 THE multimillion-rand redevelopment of Cargo Carriers Tanker as a world-class chemical transport facility is proceeding according to plan. The company has become a signatory to ‘Responsible Care’ whose international standards are designed to achieve security and safety throughout the... 

Transport empowerment project

By: System Author     16th April 1999 TRANSPORTATION company Haulcon has concluded two new agreements designed to give emerging entrepreneurs a viable entry into the road-haulage industry. “These agreements represent a significant development as they are large, detailed contracts,” says Haulcon director Lynn Combrink.... 

R14m structural steel contract

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R14-million structural steel contract for the casthouse at the Mozal smelter in Mozambique has been awarded to Cemenco Steel Structures, a Cementation group company. Awarded by project manager SLE, the contract involves fabrication and erection of about 1 300 t of steel. Detailing and... 

New bidder for fixed-line network no 2

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Telecom provider to Transnet, Transtel might become a legal entity in its own right by the end of the year, Transtel transmission networks CEO Michael Nuttall tells Engineering News. “If we are to become involved in a second fixed-line telecom network, we will have to become a legal entity... 

R198-million loan agreement for Namibia

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A R198-million loan agreement has been signed between the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the government of Namibia, for on-lending to the Windhoek City Council. This is part of the DBSA’s fulfilment of its mandate to build foundations for development in the Southern African... 

South Africa builds its own ‘IFC’ unit

By: System Author     9th April 1999 South Africa is in the throes of developing its own International Finance Corporation (IFC)-styled lending institution to provide support for private-sector provision of infrastructure. The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), of Midrand, set up its Private Sector Investments Unit (PSIU)... 

First shipment of new bearings arrives

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Sole distributor of SRB split roller-bearings, OE Bearings, of Selby, Gauteng, released the mark 20 split roller-bearing on to the South African market at the beginning of the year. “The first shipment of the new bearings has arrived, and there are more on their way,” reports OE... 

Diesel vehicle emission-control campaign

By: System Author     26th March 1999 IN a move likely to affect thousands of diesel-powered trucks, the Cape Metropolitan Council (CMC) has launched a diesel vehicle emission- control campaign to improve the quality of air for people in the area. Sparked by recommendations of the Brown Haze Report produced by the Energy Research... 

Finishing touches for R110-million plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The finishing touches are being applied to a new R110-million lignosulphonate plant at Saiccor, Umkomaas, an operation owned by Lignotech SA, a joint-venture company established by Sappi and Borregaard Lignotech of Norway. The decision to invest in the plant was made in mid-1996, with the... 

Shipbuilder for cable project

By: System Author     19th March 1999 KOREAN company Daewoo Heavy Industries has been selected to supply cable ships for the maintenance of the global Oxygen optical fibre undersea cable network. The contract calls for an original order of six ships, with options to buy up to a total of 23 vessels as further phases of the network are... 

Humidity and temperature monitor released

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A HUMIDITY and temperature monitor marketed by local agent Protectaire has been released by Ryan Instruments. This monitor provides the user with critical information on environmental conditions needed to manage perishables throughout the supply chain. The unit can be programmed to monitor in one... 

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