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Ports & Shipping News

AU to address Africa’s piracy problems

By: African News Agency      26th April 2016 The African Union (AU) is scheduled to hold an Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security and Development for Africa on October 15 and 16 2016 in Lomé, Togo. The announcement was made during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in New York on Monday to address the problems of... 

African trade corridors have potential to spur development, drive transformation

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2016 The role of business in the successful and sustainable operation of trade corridors is being recognised by researchers and national governments, says a range of African trade and investment professionals. Trade corridors spur development and drive the transformation of economic sectors and even... 

African trade corridors have potential to spur development, drive transformation

Gama appointed permanent Transnet CEO 

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2016 Cabinet approved the appointment of Siyabonga Gama as the permanent CEO of Transnet at its meeting on Wednesday – a role that he had been performing in an acting capacity since the departure of Brian Molefe to Eskom in April last year. Gama, who has been at Transnet for the past 21 years and an... 

Gama appointed permanent Transnet CEO
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet group CE Siyabonga Gama

Port of Richards Bay celebrates 40th anniversary

13th April 2016 South Africa’s premier bulk port, the Port of Richards Bay, is commemorating its fortieth anniversary this month. Over the past 40 years, the port had expanded to enable the export of various commodities, as well as increased its export capacity. 

Port of Richards Bay celebrates 40th anniversary
PORT OF RICHARD BAY

Draft code targets 10% black pilots, 35% black bus ownership, more women in taxi industry 

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry has invited comment on the Draft Amended Transport Sector Code, which has been gazetted in terms of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act. The transport sector code, one of the biggest sector codes, consists of eight subsector codes. It has been... 

Draft code targets 10% black pilots, 35% black bus ownership, more women in taxi industry

Container companies’ price hike announcements harm industry

8th April 2016 The European Commission announced its concerns that container liner shipping companies' practice of publishing their future price increase intentions may harm competition and customers by raising prices for their services to and from Europe, in breach of the European Union (EU) antitrust rules.... 

Container companies’ price hike announcements harm industry
ANNOUNCEMENTS RAISE CONCERN GRI announcements allow carriers to explore each other's pricing intentions and coordinate their behaviour

Software developed to save container operators millions

8th April 2016 The StarConomy reefer control software designed by manufacturer of dry containers Maersk Container Industry (MCI), in conjunction with fruit multinational Dole, supports reefer  refrigerated container operators by allowing them to maximise the value of their refrigerated cargoes in MCI’s Star... 

Software developed to save container operators millions
REEFER CARGO VALUE MAXIMISED Dole eefer container transport preserves and transports the fruit safely using as little energy as possible

South African container trade under pressure, report shows

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2016 Although South African container trade started off with a bang in 2015, with the market growing by 7% during the first half of the year compared with the same period in 2014, the second half of 2015 saw a significant slowdown, recording a 1% decline. In fact, in the fourth quarter of 2015, the... 

‘Sluggish’ 2016 outlook for world trade, WTO warns

By: Terence Creamer     7th April 2016 The World Trade Organisation (WTO) warned on Thursday that growth in the volume of world trade was likely to remain sluggish in 2016 at 2.8%, unchanged from levels recorded in 2015, which was the fourth consecutive year where growth in world merchandise trade remained below 3%. WTO economists... 

‘Sluggish’ 2016 outlook for world trade, WTO warns

The first of TNPA’s new tug fleet settles in Port Elizabeth

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th April 2016 The arrival of the first of two new, powerful tugboats bound for the port of Port Elizabeth marked the first milestone in a R1.4-billion nine-tugboat contract to bolster the efficiency of the ports’ marine operations countrywide, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said on Monday. The... 

The first of TNPA’s new tug fleet settles in Port Elizabeth

TNPA completes R30m Durban dry dock repairs

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th March 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has completed the third and final phase of a R30-million refurbishment of the 35-m-long, 900 t outer caisson at the Port of Durban’s 90-year-old Prince Edward Graving Dock. Following delays owing to heavy rains and a late start on the comprehensive repair... 

TNPA completes R30m Durban dry dock repairs

Moody rand takes bite out of container trade

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2016 Although South African container trade started off with a bang in 2015, with the market growing by 7% during the first half of the year compared with the same period in 2014, the second half of 2015 saw a significant slowdown, recording a 1% decline. In fact, in the fourth quarter of 2015, the... 

Moody rand takes bite out of container trade

Tough dry-bulk shipping conditions expected to linger after 2015 slump

By: Irma Venter     11th March 2016 A gloomy dry-bulk shipping market and poor commodities environment had impacted heavily on shipping and freight services group Grindrod in the financial year ended December 31. The outlook for both these markets did not suggest much reprieve in the new financial year either. 

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront swims against sluggish economic tide

By: Kim Cloete     11th March 2016 Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is bucking the sluggish trend in the national economy. It pulled in over three-million visitors in December alone, has substantially boosted its coffers and has embarked on some dynamic new developments.  Retail, commercial, leisure and residential developments are all... 

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront swims against sluggish economic tide

Joburg to host breakbulk, cargo exhibition in April

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th March 2016 Logistics are key to Africa’s projects, existing and future, stated materials management and logistics consultancy Greiner, Mendi & Associates (GMA) MD Lars Greiner, speaking at a preview of the 2016 Breakbulk Africa project cargo, heavy-lift and logistics conference and exhibition in... 

Joburg to host breakbulk,  cargo exhibition in April
Photo by Bloomberg
EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM Breakbulk Africa 2016 aims to highlight focus areas for project cargo and logistics and new and innovative logistics methods for the African market

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KZN provincial govt establishes Maritime Institute

By: Shirley le Guern     29th February 2016 To support and drive policy change and operational effectiveness in the local industry, the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government is establishing a maritime institute, said provincial Economic development, Tourism and Environmental affairs MEC Michael Mabuyakhulu at the inaugural Durban Maritime... 

KZN provincial govt establishes Maritime Institute

Maritime Transport policy to be submitted to Parliament in March

By: Shirley le Guern     26th February 2016 The Department of Transport has accelerated the process of finalising the Maritime Transport Policy, which is expected to take effect by mid-year, according to Deputy Transport Minister Sindiwe Chikunga, who told Engineering News on the sidelines of the inaugural eThekwini Maritime Cluster Summit... 

Maritime Transport policy to be submitted to Parliament in March

Aveng’s work on tugboat contract progressing well

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th February 2016 Construction and engineering group Aveng Grinaker-LTA says its mechanical and electrical contracts division is making good progress on the electrical installation of nine harbour tugs, with work having started on the second and third tugs. The first tug, the 31-m-long Mvezo, was launched in... 

Aveng’s work on tugboat contract progressing well

Scrap metal issue requires inclusive industry debate

By: Dylan Slater     26th February 2016 The recent concerns regarding the proposed amendments to the price preference system (PPS) policy guidelines for local scrap metal require debate and input from all role-players, such as exporters of and domestic users of scrap metal, says steel industry representative organisation the Southern... 

Scrap metal issue requires inclusive industry debate
Photo by Duane Daws
PRECIOUS RESOURCE Scrap metal should be retained in South Africa and used as a national resource to decrease the price of local steel

Depressed dry-bulk, commodities markets take heavy toll on Grindrod

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2016 A gloomy dry-bulk shipping market and poor commodities environment had impacted heavily on shipping and freight services group Grindrod in the financial year ended December 31. The outlook for both these markets did not suggest much reprieve in the new financial year either. 

Depressed dry-bulk, commodities markets take heavy toll on Grindrod
Photo by Duane Daws
Alan Olivier

Durban’s transformation into smart port city aimed to improve efficiencies

By: Shirley le Guern     24th February 2016   The notion of transforming Durban – home to South Africa’s largest and busiest ports – into a smart port city was a focal point at the inaugural Durban Maritime Summit, which kicked off in Durban on Wednesday. 

Durban’s transformation into smart port city aimed to improve efficiencies

TNPA unveils R843m port security system

By: Anine Kilian     15th February 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has invested R843-million in a new port security system to safeguard customer cargo, port users and Transnet’s own port assets, staff and contractors. “The National Ports Act 12 of 2005 and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code of 2004... 

TNPA unveils R843m port security system

Atterbury to develop R850m Ekurhuleni logistics hub

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th February 2016 Atterbury Property Developments is developing a R850-million, 103 000 m2 industrial and business park at the intersection of the N3 highway and Rand Airport road. Atterbury designed the park on a site it acquired in Gosforth Park, Germiston, to provide business space to blue-chip light industrial... 

Atterbury to develop R850m Ekurhuleni logistics hub
Atterbury Property Developments director Coenie Bezuidenhout

Government sets aside R7bn for new port facilities

By: African News Agency      12th February 2016 President Jacob Zuma has announced that R7-billion has been committed to new port facilities. Delivering his State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Thursday night, Zuma said government was concerned that South Africa did not own vessels while the country was surrounded by about 3 000 km of... 

Government sets aside R7bn for new port facilities

Shipping containers capturing the imagination as alternative building blocks

By: Anine Kilian     12th February 2016 Demand for shipping containers as an alternative building material has increased across South Africa and the continent, with many companies discovering uses for them and a wide variety of creative and socially uplifting applications, from student accommodation to libraries. Container manufacturer... 

Shipping containers capturing the imagination as alternative building blocks

New partnership expected to enhance maritime group’s service offering

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th February 2016 Turnkey ship repair solutions provider DCD Marine Cape Town has enhanced its engineering capacity through a strategic partnership with engineering firm 6Sigma Naval Architects and OffShore Engineering. 6Sigma, established in 2012, provides specialist engineering services for shipbuilding and... 

New partnership expected to enhance maritime group’s service offering
ENHANCED SERVICE The integration of 6Sigma into DCD Marine as in-house engineers has resulted in significantly improved process efficiency

IDZs and policy implementation key to energy-sector development

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 The continuous progression of South Africa’s industrial development zones (IDZs) and special economic zones (SEZs) as well as the implementation of associated legislation are crucial for the sustainable growth of the energy sector, says supply-chain specialist Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL)... 

IDZs and policy  implementation key to  energy-sector development
DE AAR SOLAR FARM Bidvest Panalpina Logistics was instrumental in the Northern Cape solar power project

Maritime summit highlights need for Durban to become a smart port city

By: Shirley le Guern     2nd February 2016 With a shift in freight transport from road to rail and a more efficient logistics system providing the backbone for a more competitive economy, the maritime sector, supported by the logistics and transport sectors, is becoming the biggest growth area for the local economy, said Transnet Port... 

Maritime summit highlights need for Durban to become a smart port city

Transnet appoints Pita permanent CFO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd February 2016 State-owned Transnet has permanently appointed Garry Pita as CFO, effective February 1. Pita, a chartered accountant, was appointed acting CFO in August 2015, succeeding Anoj Singh who was seconded to Eskom. 

Transnet appoints Pita permanent CFO
Photo by Diamondcorp
Transnet CFO Garry Pita

New exhibition focuses on Cape logistics sector

By: Dylan Slater     29th January 2016 Event organising company Exhibition Management Services (EMS) will launch two logistics-oriented exhibitions, Cape Logistics and Temperature Controlled Storage and Distribution Africa (TCSD), which will be co-located with the Cape Industries Showcase.  

No bid awarded for new Durban cruise terminal

By: Natalie Greve     27th January 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) latest request for proposals (RFPs) for the development of a new passenger terminal in the Port of Durban has ended in a nonaward. “In terms of Section 56 of the National Ports Act, TNPA is mandated to enter into agreements with companies to design,... 

No bid awarded for new Durban cruise terminal

Gauteng reveals potential bidders for R3.5bn Gautrain rolling stock contract 

By: Natalie Greve     26th January 2016 Pointing to a sustained increase in ridership figures that continues to place strain on the Gautrain’s limited capacity, Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Dr Ismail Vadi has outlined the business case behind the decision to embark on a R3.5-billion acquisition of additional rolling stock for... 

Gauteng reveals potential bidders for R3.5bn Gautrain rolling stock contract
Gautrain to procure R3.5-billion of additional rolling stock

Cycloidal drive propulsion commissioned to power local tugboats

By: Dylan Slater     22nd January 2016 Drive components and systems company Voith’s cycloidal drive marine propulsion system, the Voith Schneider propeller, was chosen to power State-owned freight logistics company Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TPNA’s) new fleet of tugboats, currently under construction as part of the 9 Tug... 

Cycloidal drive propulsion commissioned to power local tugboats
CYCLOIDAL DRIVE The size 32 Voith Schneider propeller can produce bollard pulls in excess of 70 t

Work advancing on locally made workboat

By: David Oliveira     22nd January 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) announced last month that significant progress has been made on the 100% locally manufactured Inyosi workboat that will support TNPA’s new R889-million Ilembe trailing suction hopper dredger when dredging work starts at South African ports later this year.... 

Work advancing on locally made workboat
INYOSI Significant progress has been made on the 100% locally manufactured Inyosi workboat

Bright future for creative containers  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st January 2016 Shipping containers, since their inception, have been used for various applications and shipping container manufacturer Container World operations director Darren Singh believes there is a bright future ahead for the industry. 

Bright future for creative containers
Bright future for creative containers. Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

All on track at Transnet despite rocky outlook

By: Shirley le Guern     9th December 2015 Even though it will be a case of “all hands on deck to do more with less”, everything is on track at Transnet ahead of a challenging 2016, said Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CEO Karl Socikwa during a year-end business-to-business breakfast discussion in Durban earlier this week. Highlighting the... 

All on track at Transnet despite rocky outlook
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet Port Terminals CEO Karl Socikwa

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