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Ports & Shipping News

Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd September 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet, which owns all commercial ports in South Africa and is the sole operator of the country’s container and automotive terminals, has naturally had a major influence over port operations and terminal handling charges. However, that role and dominance has often... 

Launch of Osprey marks halfway point in TNPA’s R1.4bn tug-building contract 

By: Shirley le Guern     20th September 2016 The launch of the Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) Osprey tugboat in Durban harbour on Tuesday marked the halfway point in the port authority’s R1.4-billion tug-building contract. Southern African Shipyards CEO Prasheen Maharaj said at the launch that the Osprey was tangible proof... 

Launch of Osprey marks halfway point in TNPA’s R1.4bn tug-building contract

Independent panel to address St Helena air operations delay 

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2016 The UK’s Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel, has appointed an external expert to review the process that has seen a delay in the start of regular air services to St Helena, a spokesperson for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) tells Engineering... 

Independent panel to address St Helena air operations delay
The St Helena airport

Container trade declined by 7% in the first half of 2016 – Maersk

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2016 Container trade flow in and out of South Africa for the first half of 2016 has shown a year-on-year decline of 7%. Maersk Line Southern Africa MD Jonathan Horn attributes the decline to reduced consumer spending and weak global demand for mining commodities. 

Container trade declined by 7% in the first half of 2016 – Maersk

Transnet to sue Futuregrowth 

By: African News Agency      15th September 2016 Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama revealed in Parliament on Wednesday that the South African parastatal intends to sue Futuregrowth Asset Management for damages. Briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises, Gama said Transnet had written to Futuregrowth demanding an apology for its... 

Transnet to sue Futuregrowth
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

TNPA introduces new online order system

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th September 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is introducing a new order-to-cash initiative to replace its nine-year-old PortsOnline system, which customers previously used for online submission of cargo documentation. The company says the initiative is as another step on its “journey to digitalise”... 

Grindrod reports some interest in locomotive unit despite weak market

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2016 A depressed commodities market continued to takes its toll on shipping and logistics group Grindrod in the six months ended June 30. Grindrod reported a drop in revenue to R11-billion in its management income statement – which included the company’s share in joint ventures – compared with... 

Brown to meet Futuregrowth, Old Mutual after ‘unfortunate’ funding suspension

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2016 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, who is Shareholder Minister for Eskom and Transnet, will meet with the CEOs of Old Mutual and Futuregrowth Asset Management on September 8, following Futuregrowth’s suspension of financing to six State-owned Companies (SoCs), owing to governance concerns.... 

Brown to meet Futuregrowth, Old Mutual after ‘unfortunate’ funding suspension
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

Floating dry dock could lead to further docking opportunities in Durban

By: Shirley le Guern     5th September 2016 Dormac Marine’s R300-million investment in its Dormac Dock 1 floating dry dock will position the Dormac shipyard as a centre of excellence for the ship repair industry and serve as a stimulus for additional investment and docking opportunities in Durban, said Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob... 

Floating dry dock could lead to further docking opportunities in Durban

TNPA to boost dredging skills through launch of R30m simulator

By: Shirley le Guern     5th September 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has launched Africa’s first dredging simulator – a computerised training cockpit for aspirant dredger operators – in Durban.  The dredging simulator is located at Durban’s Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE) and will form the core of the school’s newly... 

TNPA to boost dredging skills through launch of R30m simulator

New tug fleet will enable SA ports to handle larger vessels

By: David Oliveira     26th August 2016 As part of parastatal Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS), Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) will spend about R56-billion by 2019 to improve efficiencies of South Africa’s ports, including a R1.4-billion tugboat replacement project. The contract, which was awarded to local shipbuilding... 

New tug fleet will enable SA ports to handle larger vessels

Grindrod records R1.1bn loss, ready to develop Coega liquid-bulk terminal

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2016 A depressed commodities market continued to take its toll on shipping and logistics group Grindrod in the six months ended June 30. Grindrod on Thursday reported a drop in revenue to R11-billion in its management income statement – which included the company’s share in joint ventures – compared... 

Grindrod records R1.1bn loss, ready to develop Coega liquid-bulk terminal

TNPA to launch marine training centre in Cape Town

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd August 2016 As part of government’s Operation Phakisa programme aimed at fast-tracking economic growth in the oceans economy, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is creating a marine training centre at the port of Cape Town for skills development and job creation. The new facility will be located at... 

TPT celebrates 1bn ton iron-ore export milestone

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th August 2016 Transnet Port Terminals’ (TPT’s) Saldanha operations on Thursday celebrated a significant milestone – with one-billion tons of iron-ore having passed through the bulk terminal. Saldanha is South Africa's main iron-ore export terminal and a highly mechanised bulk-handling facility that remains the... 

New Durban floating dock to add much-needed ship repair capacity

By: Shirley le Guern     12th August 2016 With an estimated 12 000 ships calling at South Africa’s ports each year and over 30 000 vessels sailing along the South African coastline annually, the ship repair industry should theoretically be a thriving and growing industry. In reality, however, it’s an opportunity that is largely being... 

New Durban floating dock to add much-needed ship repair capacity

Transnet outlines ‘low-road’ investment scenario amid demand uncertainty

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet reports that its multibillion-rand capital expenditure (capex) plan, which has already been rephased in response to weaker-than-expected market demand, could be further moderated under what it terms a “low-road scenario”. Outlining its revised capital... 

Transnet outlines ‘low-road’ investment scenario amid demand uncertainty

Belgium trade and investment agency signs Mou with DTI unit

By: David Oliveira     29th July 2016 Belgium-based Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (Awex) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) investment promotion agency InvestSA initiative last month. InvestSA provides a number of services for investors, including facilitation of the... 

Belgium trade and investment agency  signs Mou with DTI unit
THE TRILOGIPORT The trimodal logistics facility, which has cargo transport access by water, rail and road, was officially inaugurated in November last year

Transport costs undermining African farmers

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2016 A study shows that agricultural fertiliser can land at the Kenyan Port of Mombasa at $350/t, and then sell for 300% to 400% more 1 000 km inland, says Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa CEO Argent Chuula. “The same is... 

Company strengthens ties with African country

15th July 2016 Global engineering, project management and construction company Bechtel has extended its partnership with Gabon, which it has been working with since 2010 to create and implement a $25-billion national infrastructure plan. 

Company strengthens ties with African country
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT Construction of infrastructure across Gabon will continue under Bechtel supervision

SA shipping container trade in choppy waters

By: Irma Venter     15th July 2016 The economic slowdown in China, declining demand for mining commodities, dwindling consumer spending power and the persistent drought in Southern Africa have all negatively impacted shipping container trade in South Africa in the first quarter of the year, with import and export markets declining... 

Second of nine new TNPA tugs to set sail

By: Anine Kilian     8th July 2016 The latest of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) nine new, powerful tugboats will set sail from the Durban premises of contractor Southern African Shipyards this month, destined for its new home at the Port Elizabeth port. The tug was ceremonially launched as Qunu in May alongside a... 

Second of nine new TNPA tugs to set sail

Tambo-Springs container terminal briefing moves ahead as Transnet offers zoning assurances

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2016 A briefing session will be held this week for potential bidders for a proposed inland Tambo Springs container terminal, earmarked for development as a public-private partnership (PPP) in eastern Gauteng. State-owned freight logistics group Transnet issued a request for proposals (RFP) in June,... 

 Tambo-Springs container terminal briefing moves ahead as Transnet offers zoning assurances

Intra-African trade costs highest of all developing regions

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2016 A study shows that agricultural fertiliser can land at the Kenyan Port of Mombasa at $350/t, and then sell for 300% to 400% more 1 000 km inland, says Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa CEO Argent Chuula. “The same is... 

Intra-African trade costs highest of all developing regions

TNPA luring private oil-services investors to Saldanha using ‘flexible’ terminal concessions  

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet is optimistic of receiving positive responses to a tender for the development of an offshore supply base (OSSB) for the oil and gas industry in Saldanha Bay, reporting that around 120 people attended a tender site briefing this week. A request for proposals (RFP)... 

TNPA luring private oil-services investors to Saldanha using ‘flexible’ terminal concessions
Operation Phakisa programme director Ricky Bhikraj outlines the approach being taken to PPP projects at the Port of Saldanha. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

TNPA to add container capacity at Durban harbour as it puts dig-out port on hold 

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2016 Having pulled back from any immediate development of the so-called Durban Dig-Out Port (DDOP), Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is moving ahead with two more modest projects to expand the container capacity at the Port of Durban. Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama has indicated that the DDOP is... 

TNPA to add container capacity at Durban harbour as it puts dig-out port on hold
TNPA senior manager for planning and development Selvan Pillay on the berth-deepening and Salisbury Island projects to increase container capacity at the Port of Durban. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 28.6.2016

Transnet pares back capex as commodity slump impacts demand 

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has pared back its 2016/17 capital expenditure (capex) plan in line with its strategy of “validating” demand ahead of moving ahead with major investments. The rail, ports and pipelines utility expects to invest around R22.8-billion during the 2017... 

Transnet pares back capex as commodity slump impacts demand
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama and CFO Garry Pita on the capex outlook for the group. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 27.6.2016

Weak economy takes toll on container imports and exports

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2016 The economic slowdown in China, declining demand for mining commodities, dwindling consumer spending power and the persistent drought in Southern Africa have all negatively impacted shipping container trade in South Africa in the first quarter of the year, with import and export markets declining... 

Weak economy takes toll on container imports and exports

Private sector breathes life into Operation Phakisa

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2016 An initiative that saw three South African companies work together to successfully deliver two world-class marine vessels has been hailed as exemplary by the Department of Trade and Industry’s (dti) and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) recently... 

S&P affirms Transnet’s investment-grade rating

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st June 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet reported on Tuesday that S&P Global Ratings had affirmed its long-term foreign currency rating at 'BBB-' and its local currency rating at 'BBB+'. The affirmation follows S&P’s June 3 decision to affirm South Africa’s long- and short-term 'BBB-/A-3'... 

S&P affirms Transnet’s investment-grade rating

Maritime training facility receives accreditation for skipper courses

By: Dylan Slater     17th June 2016 Cape Town-based Nautic Maritime Training Academy (NMTA) recently received accreditation from the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) for a number of its courses relating to certificates of competency for skippers under a variety of conditions.  

TPT Richards Bay assists international vessel in avoiding disaster

By: Anine Kilian     13th June 2016 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) Richards Bay last month assisted Italian vessel MV Peppino Bottiglieri, which had caught fire and needed urgent laybye berth in Richards Bay. In a statement released on Monday, TPT said the vessel was carrying coal destined for Malaysia when the crew discovered cargo... 

Dormac’s floating dry dock halfway to South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2016 South Africa’s new floating dock has passed the halfway mark as it traverses an 8 000-plus nautical mile passage from Ukraine to arrive at the Port of Durban by the end of June. The new multimillion-rand Dormac Dock 1 would be anchored at owner and operator marine engineering company Dormac... 

Dormac’s floating dry dock halfway to South Africa

TPT appoints Ngqura Container Terminal manager

2nd June 2016 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has appointed Noxolo Thabatha terminal manager of the Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT), in the Eastern Cape. She joined TPT as planning technician at NCT in 2009 and has worked in a planning and logistics environment contributing to the performance success of the... 

TPT appoints Ngqura Container Terminal manager
NCT terminal manager Noxolo Thabatha

Transnet invites private sector bids to build and operate new Gauteng inland port

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2016 Stated-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has issued a request for proposals (RFP) inviting private logistics companies to design, build, operate, maintain and eventually hand over an inland container terminal, earmarked for Tambo-Springs, in eastern Gauteng. The 20-year concession would be... 

Transnet invites private sector bids to build and operate new Gauteng inland port
Photo by Duane Daws
The City Deep inland port

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure are being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

Transnet appoints chief information officer

24th May 2016 Transnet has appointed Makano Mosidi chief information officer (CIO), effective June 1. Mosidi will report to group CE Siyabonga Gama in line with the group’s objective of ensuring that digitalisation is central to driving innovation efficiency and cost effectiveness across all operations. She is... 

Transnet appoints group executive for R&D

20th May 2016 State-owned Transnet has appointed Khomotso Phihlela group executive for research and development to spearhead and monetise the company’s intellectual property drive. The group has identified innovation as one of the key drivers of revenue and profitability, operational efficiency and a way of... 

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