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Ports & Shipping News

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... 

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... 

Nair confirmed as TFR chief as Transnet unveils new team

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet on Wednesday unveiled its new leadership team and structure, which the State-owned company said was in line with revisions to its operating model and its aspiration to capture new market opportunities. Group CEO Siyabonga Gama, who was recently confirmed as the... 

Nair confirmed as TFR chief as Transnet unveils new team
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

SAICE launches new marine division  

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2016 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering has launched its new marine division, which will act as a forum for members in the marine environment to exchange ideas for the betterment of the sector. “The division must work towards enabling competent institutions that can either do... 

SAICE launches new marine division

New risk-based inspection launched

13th May 2016 Integrity, compliance and specialist risk consulting services group Lloyd’s Register announced in March the launch of a new Risk-based Inspection (RBI) service which combines hull integrity management with vessel classification (Class) to help minimise costs for operators of floating offshore... 

New risk-based inspection launched
Photo by Bloomberg
OPTIMISED INSPECTION The launch of a new Risk-based Inspection will help minimise costs for operators of floating offshore installations

Detectors supplied to oil project

13th May 2016 Over $3-million worth of General Monitors (GM) fixed flame and gas detection products have been supplied to the Egina offshore oilfield by safety products manufacturer MSA Africa, which forms part of the Total Upstream Nigeria project. MSA Africa supplied the products to a major engineering,... 

Detectors  supplied to  oil project
SAFETY ENSURED ON SITE A considerable amount of gas and flame detectors are required to guarantee the safety of all on-site

Vessels to be delivered by end of 2017

13th May 2016 Before the end of 2017, nine anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels will be delivered to quality management company ESNAAD, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc). These vessels will incorporate ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin’s Optimarin Ballast System... 

Vessels to be delivered by end of 2017
OFFSHORE DEMANDS MET AHTS vessels are designed to excel in shallow waters, high temperatures, salinities and humidity

Company assists with compliance of new VGM regulations

13th May 2016 New Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) container verified gross mass (VGM) regulations will be implemented in July. Global marine services company Strainstall, part of British provider of marine engineering services James Fisher and Sons, has launched a White Paper to chart a pathway to compliance and... 

Company assists with  compliance of new  VGM regulations
Photo by Bloomberg
TERMINAL OPERATORS SUPPORTED White Paper launched to assist in clarifying technical, commercial and cost-effective options to assist those affected by the new rules

Dependable power supply a top priority in shipping

13th May 2016 Electric power generation and electromechanical power transmission specialist Vert Energy MD Grant Robertson notes that reliable power supply is a top priority in shipping. Therefore, Vert Energy has tailored its capability to assist vessel owners – not only with routine maintenance programmes,... 

Dependable power supply a top priority in shipping
POWER MANAGEMENT CONTROLLER Vert Energy’s field services comprise reassembly, installation and commissioning; inspections and diagnostics; as well as on-site maintenance and repair

Surveillance vessel visits CT on courtesy port call

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th May 2016 French surveillance frigate the Nivôse arrived in Cape Town in February for a courtesy port call from Reunion Island, a French island in the Indian Ocean, after patrolling French southern and Antarctic territories. The French Embassy in South Africa notes that during the courtesy call,... 

Surveillance vessel visits CT on courtesy port call
SURVEILLANCE FRIGATE VISITS SA The Nivôse fulfils a specific operational need, such as patrolling overseas maritime areas under French sovereignty

Port authority maps out infrastructure projects

13th May 2016 The ports industry is in a state of radical change and uncertainty, which requires flexible and adaptable port planning and design, notes Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) COO Phyllis Difeto. “The impact of the global economic downturn is a daily reminder to ports of the need to change... 

Port authority maps out infrastructure projects
Photo by Duane Daws
KEY PROJECTS UNDERWAY Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy aims to enable the effective, efficient and economic functioning of an integrated port system

Two more tugs roll off the production line for delivery to TNPA

By: Anine Kilian     6th May 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Friday launched two tugboats – Qunu and Cormorant – as part of its R1.4-billion contract to procure nine tugboats from Durban shipbuilder Southern African Shipyards. The contract was the largest single contract TNPA had ever awarded to a South African... 

Two more tugs roll off the production line for delivery to TNPA

Remotely controlled and managed shipping might soon be a reality

By: Dylan Slater     6th May 2016 Integrated power and propulsion systems company Rolls Royce last month unveiled its vision to make remote and autonomous shipping a reality as part of its Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA) project.  

Remotely controlled and managed shipping might soon be a reality
RC SHIPPING A series of sensor tests will be conducted on board the 65-m-long Stella

Transnet implements stringent measures to meet commitments

By: African News Agency      2nd May 2016 Transnet announced on Monday the implementation of a series of governance, control and monitoring measures to ensure the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) meet the company’s stringent localisation obligations and supplier development commitments. Transnet Group CEO Siyabonga Gama said:... 

Transnet implements stringent measures to meet commitments

Port of Durban appoints first female deputy harbour master 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th April 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed Port of Durban’s first black female deputy harbour master – nautical, effective May 1. Pinky Zungu, who was one of the first three women in Africa to obtain a marine pilot open licence in 2011, would now be tasked with managing marine pilots,... 

Port of Durban appoints first female deputy harbour master
Pinky Zungu

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... 

AU to address Africa’s piracy problems

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

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