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Ports & Shipping News

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

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 platform launched  to mitigate industry constraints
MARTIN VERGUNST Using a SHL platform, Germany’s Hamburg port currently manages a throughput of 40 000 trucks and 250 000 shipping containers a day

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

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