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Logistics platform launched to mitigate industry constraints

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th December 2015 Deutsche Telekom information technology (IT) business T-Systems South Africa launched a SmartHub Logistics (SHL) platform in February, in Hamburg, in Germany, to mitigate the constraints that logistics operators currently face. Using a SHL platform, Germany’s Hamburg port currently manages a... 

Logistics company expands footprint, forges national partnerships

4th December 2015 Logistics and transportation company DHL Express this year expanded its national footprint by more than 130% through partnerships with local business and retailers located across the country. Having identified a growing need among local small- and medium-sized enterprises and consumers for... 

Logistics company  expands footprint, forges national partnerships
CONSUMER CONVENIENCE DHL's footprint expansion in South Africa mirrors the global company's aggressive retail expansion strategy across sub-Saharan Africa

New freighter terminal officially inaugurated

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th December 2015 Dubai-based cargo airline Emirates SkyCargo’s cargo terminal was officially inaugurated on November 10 by chairperson and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum at Dubai South’s Logistics District, further establishing Dubai as a leading global air cargo and logistics... 

New freighter terminal officially inaugurated
Photo by Bloomberg
SHEIKH AHMED BIN SAEED AL MAKTOUM Emirates SkyCargo’s cargo terminal was officially inaugurated on November 10 at Dubai South’s Logistics District, further establishing Dubai as a leading global air cargo and logistics hub

Supply chain specialists join forces

4th December 2015 WiseTech Global, the technology development company behind supply chain solution CargoWise One, announced in October that it had joined forces with Johannesburg-based operational software systems provider Core Freight to provide a more powerful and comprehensive solution for South African... 

Courier company launches consumer-friendly, interactive website

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th December 2015 Specialised courier company Ram Hand to Hand Couriers, which is focused on the delivery of valuable cargo, has launched an interactive, e-commerce website to make it easier for consumers to use the company’s extensive range of services and deliver anything, from critically important documents to... 

Courier company launches  consumer-friendly, interactive website
Photo by Bloomberg
MEETING EXPECTATIONS After years of increasing demand, Ram has realised its processes are not as consumer-friendly as they could be

TNPA presses ahead with MDS, defers Durban dig-out port development

By: Shirley le Guern     30th November 2015 The tide has turned for South African ports and the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is pressing ahead with its investment under Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS) notwithstanding poor economic growth. TNPA CEO Richard Vallihu told a TNPA business-to-business gathering in Durban on... 

TNPA presses ahead with MDS, defers Durban dig-out port development

Labat concludes R560m RTG takeover deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th November 2015 JSE-listed investment holding company Labat Africa has concluded a R560-million subscription and buy-back agreement for the acquisition of a 100% interest in Reinhardt Transport Group (RTG) and its Chrome Carriers subsidiary. The acquisition, which would see empowered firm Labat acquire all RTG’s... 

Labat concludes R560m RTG takeover deal

Upgraded City Deep seen as key to improving Joburg-Durban logistics performance 

By: Terence Creamer     26th November 2015 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet formally opened its upgraded City Deep inland port on Thursday, reporting that its yearly container handling capacity had been doubled to 400 000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) following an R800-million investment programme. The terminal, which is... 

Upgraded City Deep seen as key to improving Joburg-Durban logistics performance
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama on the role of the upgraded City Deep inland port, in Johannesburg, in supporting the group’s road-to-rail strategy. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 26.11.2015

TNPA launches first tugboat in R1.4bn build programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th November 2015 The first tugboat of Transnet National Ports Authority’s R1.4-billion tug building programme was launched at the Durban premises of contractor Southern African Shipyards on Thursday. The 31-m-long Mvezo, named after late President Nelson Mandela’s birth town, would be handed over to the Port of... 

TNPA launches first tugboat in R1.4bn build programme

Spanish, SA shipbuilders confirm localisation embedded in patrol-vessel bid

By: Keith Campbell     6th November 2015 Spanish State-owned shipbuilding group Navantia has confirmed that, if its design is chosen for the South African Navy’s (SAN’s) new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), they will be built locally. The SAN is seeking to procure new OPVs and inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) under Project Biro and Navantia... 

TPT highlights role of technology in improving port efficiencies

By: Shirley le Guern     4th November 2015 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has improved efficiencies and significantly enhanced port throughput, thereby positively impacting on South Africa’s economic growth, CEO Karl Socikwa told delegates at the African Ports Evolution Conference, in Durban. The conference, now in its fourth year, was... 

TPT highlights role of technology in improving port efficiencies
Photo by Duane Daws
TPT CEO Karl Socikwa

Minister highlights benefits of local shipbuilding as new vessel named 

By: Keith Campbell     30th October 2015 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has highlighted the job creation and investment benefits to the country from a R1.4-billion contract to build two offshore supply vessels in Cape Town. He was speaking on Thursday at the naming of the first of the two craft. He described the programme as... 

Minister highlights benefits of local shipbuilding as new vessel named
Photo by Damen Shipyards Cape Town
The new Damen Shoalbuster 3009S offshore supply vessel Aukwatowa after being named, with, in the foreground (left to right) Damen Chairman Sam Montsi, Minister Rob Davies, ship’s sponsor (Mrs) Jenny Coltman and De Beers Group Services Chairman Craig Coltman

Poor transport infrastructure stifling intra-African trade

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2015 Within sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) there are fifteen landlocked countries, with an average distance of 1 000 km to the sea, says WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff  Africa development, transportation and infrastructure divisional director Vishaal Lutchman. This means these countries are reliant on... 

Transnet says some capex to be deferred, but insists R380bn plan remains intact 

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2015 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet insisted on Thursday that its R340-billion to R380-billion Market Demand Strategy (MDS) remained intact, but confirmed that some components of the investment plan could be deferred in light of the weaker commodity outlook and South Africa’s lower... 

Transnet says some capex to be deferred, but insists R380bn plan remains intact
Transnet acting CEO Siyabonga Gama and acting CFO Garry Pita on adjustments to the timing of the Market Demand Strategy. Camera Work: Duane Daws. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 29.10.2015

TPT keeps eye on financial stability 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th October 2015 As State-owned Transnet prepares to deliver its financial results for the first half of this year on Thursday, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CEO Karl Socikwa on Wednesday vowed to do everything possible to keep the division’s balance sheet healthy as the South African economy faces low economic... 

TPT keeps eye on financial stability
Transnet Port Terminal CEO Karl Socikwa discusses the group's focus on maintaining financial stability in a slow-growth economy. Date recorded: 28.10.15. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

Denel announces upcoming launch of maritime division  

By: Natalie Greve     26th October 2015 After just under a year ago establishing its Integrated Systems & Maritime (ISM) division, South African State-owned aerospace and defence technology conglomerate Denel plans to officially launch the new business at the upcoming Maritime Africa conference and exhibition, in Cape Town, next month.... 

Denel announces upcoming launch of maritime division

Machine-moving company extends storage solutions

By: Dylan Slater     23rd October 2015 KwaZulu-Natal-based machine-moving and abnormal loads company Lovemore Bros has invested in a new equipment handling and storage facility, which opened in June, on Rotterdam road in the Bayhead area of Durban port.  

Machine-moving company  extends storage solutions
MACHINE MOVING Lovemore Bros recently invested in a new warehouse facility to extend its storage and handling capability in KwaZulu-Natal

Transnet set to impose penalties on suppliers that failed to meet local-content obligations 

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2015 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet indicated on Tuesday that it would be imposing penalties on those suppliers that had failed to deliver on their localisation commitments. Responding to a question on the effectiveness of the group’s monitoring and evaluation system for local content... 

Transnet set to impose penalties on suppliers that failed to meet local-content obligations

S African, Spanish groups sign shipbuilding agreement 

By: Keith Campbell     16th October 2015 South African private sector defence group Paramount signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Spanish State-owned shipbuilder Navantia, in Pretoria, on Friday. This new MoU builds on a previous agreement signed between the two companies at the beginning of this year. "This is another... 

S African, Spanish groups sign shipbuilding agreement

Poor transport links stifle economic growth in Africa

14th October 2015 Within sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) there are fifteen landlocked countries, with an average distance of 1 000 km to the sea, says WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff  Africa development, transportation and infrastructure divisional director Vishaal Lutchman. This means these countries are reliant on... 

Poor transport links stifle economic growth in Africa

‘I was just a normal village girl’ – SA’s first black female navy commander

By: News24Wire      12th October 2015 As a girl in the village of Lady Frere, Zimasa Mabela’s life revolved around school, and fetching firewood and water from the river. The country’s first black female navy commander says she only saw the sea for the first time when she was 18. 

Mozambique seeks to promote business and development with foreign help

By: Keith Campbell     9th October 2015 The first phase of the repair and modernisation of the deep water port of Nacala, in Nampula province in Mozambique, is close to being concluded, the Macauhub news agency has reported. This phase will result in the port having new container and fuel terminals, plus a new harbourmaster’s control... 

TNPA advances deepening of Port of Durban berths

By: Natalie Greve     7th October 2015 Following Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) ongoing efforts to address shallow spots exacerbated by the size of megaships now calling at the Port of Durban, harbour master Captain Alex Miya has reinstated a number of berths back to their original permissible draughts. “The vessels... 

TNPA advances deepening of Port of Durban berths

Durban dry dock completion date brought forward

By: Natalie Greve     7th October 2015 With close to 60% of the work already completed on Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) R30-million caisson repair project at the 90-year old Prince Edward Graving Dry Dock in Durban, the project’s handover date has been brought forward by a month to November 25. The four-month project... 

Durban dry dock completion date brought forward

Mozambique again rejects Malawi’s plan to ship goods via the Zambezi 

By: African News Agency      25th September 2015 The government of landlocked Malawi has revived its old proposal to turn the Shire and Zambezi rivers into a commercial waterway for the country’s imports and exports via the Indian Ocean, despite strong opposition from its neighbour Mozambique. Without Mozambican support the scheme is dead,... 

Mozambique again rejects Malawi’s plan to ship goods via the Zambezi

Cape Orchid merchant vessel arrives in Saldanha for Kumba Iron Ore

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th September 2015 The first merchant vessel to be registered under the South African flag since 1985 arrived in Saldanha Bay this week to transport 170 000 t of iron-ore from mining giant Anglo American company Kumba Iron Ore’s  Sishen mine, in Kathu, the Northern Cape, to China. The Cape Orchid, a 300-m-long,... 

Cape Orchid merchant vessel arrives in Saldanha for Kumba Iron Ore

New technologies expected to transform oceanic activities

By: Keith Campbell     25th September 2015 New technologies promise to transform the economic, scientific and environmental of "ocean space" by humanity. This is the view expressed in the recent Global Marine Technology Trends 2030 report, drawn up by three British institutions – marine classification and business and technology services... 

Accelerating technology to transform global shipping by 2030

By: Keith Campbell     18th September 2015 Continuing rapid technological innovation and development is likely to transform all aspects of the global maritime sector over the next 15 years. This is the thrust of a report published last month, Global Marine Technology Trends 2030. This analysis was jointly developed by the Lloyd’s Register... 

Growth potential for ropes manufacturer in export market

By: Dylan Slater     11th September 2015 The export market for locally made fibre ropes has proven highly beneficial for Cape Town-based ropes manufacturer Southern Ropes, says MD Chris King. 

Growth potential for ropes  manufacturer in export market
AS STRONG AS WIRE ROPE A fibre rope being used to recover a dump truck from mud

Safmarine revises down 2015 container trade forecast

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2015 Container shipping company Safmarine, a member of the Maersk group, has seen growth in global container trade slow to 1.1% for the first half of the year, compared with the same period last year, says new CEO David Williams. Williams, a South African, was previously the MD of Maersk Line East China. 

South African port costs debated

By: Shirley le Guern     7th September 2015 A statement that local ports were among the cheapest in the world, sparked intense debate at a Transport Forum meeting, in Durban, late last week. Drawing on global statistics which included a World Bank study, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) senior manager for strategy Willie Coetsee said South... 

South African port costs debated

Transport management needs macroeconomic approach, urges logistics professor

By: Shirley le Guern     7th September 2015 South Africa is a transport challenged country and, although transport-related issues should be a government priority, this is not the case and government has not yet mastered managing transport and logistics from a macroeconomic perspective, Stellenbosch University (SU) logistics professor Jan... 

Transport management needs macroeconomic approach, urges logistics professor
SU logistics professor Jan Havenga

Imperial looks to reduce motor industry dependence

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2015 Imperial had the desire to reduce its dependence on the motor industry and South Africa, owing to the impact of the weak rand on vehicle imports, and the high market share the company already had in South Africa, which limited its domestic growth opportunities, said CEO Mark Lamberti as he... 

Weak commodity market weighs on Grindrod

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2015 Freight services and shipping group Grindrod reported a 2% increase in headline earnings, to R328-million, for the six months ended June 30, compared with the same period last year. Revenue, inclusive of joint ventures, increased by 4%, to R14.4-billion, with trading profit, again inclusive of... 

Necotrans gets go-ahead for Cameroon port operation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd September 2015 International logistics company Necotrans Group has, along with a consortium of nine Cameroonian port sector operators, the Kribi Port Multi Operators (KPMO), secured a partnership contract for the operation and maintenance of a multipurpose terminal at the deep-water port at Kribi, in Cameroon.... 

Necotrans gets go-ahead for Cameroon port operation

Ship repairs delay TNPA’s Durban dry dock project

By: Natalie Greve     31st August 2015 A delay in repairs to the hospital ship Africa Mercy has driven a two-and-a-half week adjustment of timelines for Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) R30-million repair project at the Prince Edward Graving Dry Dock, in Durban. This came after private ship repair company Dormac Marine and... 

Ship repairs delay TNPA’s Durban dry dock project

Maersk aims to reduce emissions by 60% by 2020

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2015 The Maersk shipping group aims to reduce its emissions by 60% by 2020, using 2007 as a baseline, says Safmarine Southern Africa MD Dirk Hoffmann. Safmarine is part of the Maersk group. 

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