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BLT SA – specialists in the supply and support of an extensive range of container and bulk handling port equipment – participated at the TOC Africa 2017 conference, held recently in Durban at the ICC.

     22nd January 2018 “This world class terminal operations conference, which focused on port and terminal technology and operations, was well supported by port equipment and technology operators and suppliers,” says Ken Mouritzen, BLT SA. “This was the perfect forum for global collaboration and for local, regional... 

Coca-Cola increases recycling efforts to contribute to waste-free world

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 To battle the increasing number of plastic items on landfills and in the world’s oceans, beverage giant Coco-Cola plans to take one can or bottle “back”, for every bottle or can sold globally, by 2030. “We are fundamentally reshaping our approach to packaging, with a global goal to help collect... 

Tribunal approves JV between three international shipping companies

By: Anine Kilian     17th January 2018 The Competition Tribunal has approved, with conditions, the intermediate merger whereby Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (KL) intend to merge their container liner shipping businesses to form a joint venture (JV) in the shipping market. NYK,... 

Drilling on Cape Flats Aquifer starts as Cape Town dams dry up in drought

By: News24Wire      12th January 2018 The City of Cape Town drilled its first test borehole into the Cape Flats aquifer on Thursday, hoping that the earth's natural underground reservoirs would provide an extra 80-million litres of water per day as dams dry up in a prolonged drought. "This is the first in the history of the City of... 

Deionising water to protect against corrosion in heating installations

     8th January 2018 Hans-Jürgen Wedemeyer, Technical Marketing Manager of the Liquid Purification Technologies business unit at Lanxess, describes how water for heating circuits can be treated using a special new kind of mixed bed ion exchanger to reliably prevent corrosion. A dark, cloudy sludge no longer... 

Lily Mine approaches IDC for loan to help retrieve remains of three workers

By: Reuters     5th January 2018 Lily Gold Mine has approached the Independent Development Corporation (IDC) for a loan as part of efforts to raise funds to resume the mission to retrieve the remains of three workers who were trapped underground in Barberton ,in Mpumalanga, in February 2016, the company said on Thursday. The... 

Will intra-Africa trade come of age in 2018?

By: African News Agency      3rd January 2018 Overcoming the barriers for intra-African trade to double in a decade can feel like a Sisyphean task – impossible to complete. But that is the objective of the Boosting Intra-African Trade (BIAT) action plan, which targets to double flows between January 2012 and January 2022. Many individual... 

Mondi Group signs agreement to acquire Powerflute

By: African News Agency      22nd December 2017 Packaging and paper company Mondi Group said on Friday it had signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares in Powerflute Group, a division of Nordic Packaging and Container Holdings for €365-million. Powerflute operates an integrated pulp and paper mill in Finland with an annual... 

Container trade shows 10% yearly growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th December 2017 The total local import and export container trade market experienced consistent 10% year-on-year growth during the third quarter, a similar result as in previous quarters, container shipping company Maersk Line Southern Africa reports. “On face value, [this] is remarkable growth. The main... 

Mobile lab for polymer powders launched

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 Munich-based chemical company Wacker launched a mobile containerised laboratory – MyLab – together with their long-term distributor IMCD in Randburg at the end of November.  

TPT unveils locally assembled diesel-electric straddle carriers

By: Shirley le Guern     12th December 2017 State-owned freight transport company Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) on Tuesday unveiled 23 locally assembled diesel-electric straddle carriers at the Durban Container Terminal Pier 2, marking an important milestone in fostering local procurement and laying the foundation to supply cargo handling... 

Albert Canal – Cluster 1 public–private partnership, Belgium

By: Sheila Barradas     8th December 2017 De Vlaamse Waterweg is planning to raise 32 bridges across the Albert Canal to accommodate bigger container vessels. 

Transnet CEO urges more investment in African ports

By: African News Agency      5th December 2017 The head of South Africa’s State-owned transport company Transnet on Tuesday called for greater integration, deregulation and investment into Africa’s port capacity, to reduce costs and increase turnaround times. Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama told the African Terminal Operators’ Conference in... 

Africans must drive African trade – Zuma

By: African News Agency      5th December 2017 President Jacob Zuma has said that Africa needs to develop its manufacturing capabilities, achieve industrialisation and drive intra-African trade to reverse the continental trend of exporting raw materials and importing finished goods. Zuma was speaking at the inaugural African Terminal... 

Container supplier sees opportunities despite market slump

By: Nica Schreuder     1st December 2017 The chemicals, power generation, oil and gas, and petrochemicals sectors have created a significant demand for tanktainers, says container industry provider Container World. Tanktainers, or tank containers, are intermodal containers used to transport liquids, gases and powders as bulk cargo. 

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing

By: Nica Schreuder     1st December 2017 Amid escalating costs of heating containers using traditional methods, such as steam or gas, a more cost-effective, efficient and controlled method of ensuring the constant heating of containers is electrical heat tracing (EHT), says eltherm South Africa MD Peter Stone. EHT specialist eltherm... 

Small size particles prompt regular filter replacement

     1st December 2017 Owing to typical commercial primary filters in a pneumatic circuit being designed to filter out particles as small as 5 μm from the air, particular hydraulic systems, motion and control technologies diversified manufacturer Parker Hannifin says companies need to change or clean dirty elements as... 

FLSmidth launches new, modular Reflux Classifier plant 

     30th November 2017 Minerals and cement industry equipment and services supplier FLSmidth has officially launched its modular Reflux Classifier plant, which is suitable for fines gravity separation applications. Mia Breytenbach has the details. 

After 130 years cooling comes to the oldest listed mine

     22nd November 2017 As you mine deeper, sooner or later it’s going to get hot. And so it has at Barberton, although it has taken more than a hundred years. BBE Projects have recently commissioned a refrigeration and air cooling system at Barberton Mine’s Fairview Shaft to provide much-needed cooling for the on-going... 

Ngqura Container Terminal hits volume milestone 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2017 Over 81 927 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) passed through the Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT), in the Eastern Cape, in October, the highest units ever handled in the terminal’s history. This remarkable milestone not only bodes well for the economy of the region and the country, but also shows... 

Bushveld Energy and Partners Deploy Eskom's First Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

     21st November 2017 Bushveld Minerals Limited , a mineral project development company with a portfolio of vanadium and coal assets in Southern Africa and an investment in tin, is pleased to announce that its 84%-owned energy subsidiary, Bushveld Energy Limited ("Bushveld Energy") has confirmed its first vanadium... 

ORBCOMM promotes digitisation for container-ship supply chains

     15th November 2017 Advanced communications specialist ORBCOMM was a sponsor of the TOC Europe Conference in Amsterdam, participating in a session on how digitisation can optimise performance in the container ship supply chain sector. Technology to track containers, cargo, and transport assets on the move has been... 

Company expands fluid technology services

     10th November 2017 Industrial product supplier Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) strategy to enhance its fluid technology services to meet growing market demand, encompasses the introduction of new products, with the latest developments in design technologies, materials and coatings. The company’s extensive range of... 

Shipping company cleaning up Durban cargo spill

By: News24Wire      6th November 2017 According to a statement released in Geneva on Friday by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) specialised boats and machinery are trying to extract the vast quantities of "nurdles" (raw plastic pellets) floating in the Durban harbour following a cargo spill by container ship MSC Susanna 24 days... 

Company offers industrial sweepers for efficient cleaning

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2017 Materials handling company Big Lift Trucks South Africa (BLT SA) has added industrial equipment manufacturer Haaga’s walk-behind sweepers to its product portfolio range, from entry-level machines for domestic and commercial applications to high-power sweepers for large commercial or industrial... 

Solar photovoltaic invention passes two-year milestone

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2017 Standalone solar photovoltaic (PV) social enterprise technology SolarTurtle, which provides low-cost energy for remote and unconnected communities, has been profitable and operational for more than two years in various communities, says SolarTurtle inventor, founder and manager James van der... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex 

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet continues to pare back its investment portfolio in the South African, which is expected to grow by less than 1% in 2017. The group, which operates rail, port and pipelines businesses, expects to invest R229.2-billion over the coming seven years,... 

Afrox presents Harvey Shacklock Gold Medal Award in honour of founding CEO

     23rd October 2017 In celebration of 90 years in the gases and welding industry and in honour of Afrox’s founding CEO, Afrox presented the prestigious Harvey Shacklock Gold Medal Award at the 69th annual SAIW dinner held on 20 October at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg. The award is significant to Afrox as it was... 

Software solutions key to business growth in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 As Africa’s business sector grows in line with a rapidly expanding population, effective software services are becoming evermore vital to helping companies serve their markets on the continent and globally, says open source software solutions provider SUSE Africa regional manager Matthew Lee. 

Close Collaboration Minimises Shipping Disruptions in Port of Durban

     16th October 2017 Swift action by Transnet National Ports Authority, in collaboration with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and African Marine Solutions, saw the successful delivery of a multi-vessel emergency operation in the Port of Durban during yesterday’s during inclement weather. By 18h30... 

Construction of Mombasa container terminal second phase to begin 2018

By: John Muchira     13th October 2017 Construction of the second phase of a modern container terminal in Kenya's port city of Mombasa is set to start in January as the country seeks to cement its position as East Africa’s transport and logistics hub. This comes after the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) secured a $333.7-million loan from... 

Durban harbour remains closed after devastating storm

By: News24Wire      11th October 2017 Durban harbour was still closed on Wednesday morning with authorities having spent Tuesday night refloating five vessels that were pushed aground and emergency services were still on high alert after a massive storm that killed at least six people. "[Emergency Medical Services] are still on high... 

Parnis Completes E-Houses For African Mine

     9th October 2017 An established track record for quality manufacture resulted in Parnis Manufacturing securing a contract to fabricate modular electrical houses (E-House) destined for a mine in Africa. The continued trend to make use of E-Houses has seen a marked increase in the demand for a company that can... 

Trials on Kenya’s new standard-gauge railway network to start this month

By: John Muchira     6th October 2017 Kenya is gearing up to start transporting cargo on the country's new standard-gauge railway (SGR) network, signalling the beginning of a new era for East Africa’s freight logistics sector, which has been dominated by road hauliers. Cargo transport trial runs on the SGR network start at the end of... 

Better air flow, increased efficiency: why pneumatic systems should be optimised

     5th October 2017 Hermann Störk, European Product Manager for Air Preparation, Parker Hannifin, Pneumatic Division Europe In the 21st century, we find pneumatics everywhere in manufacturing as one of the most universally adopted utilities. Compressed air is used in everything from cooling to controlling automated... 

Location Analysis Essential For Effective Supply Chain Development

     4th October 2017 “Supply chains compete, not products, commodities or companies. All nodes and links in a supply chain should be engaged and integrated to be able to provide seamless and transparent logistics services from origin to destination,” said Gerard de Villiers recently at the Australian Rail... 

TFR’s Natcor, coal lines achieve records in September

By: Anine Kilian     27th September 2017 Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) Natal Corridor (Natcor) channel, which operates the railway line that stretches from Rietvlei, in Gauteng, to the Durban Harbour, broke its monthly tonnage record in September. The Natcor channel railed 1.31-million tons, smashing its previous best monthly tonnage... 

DCT adopts multipronged approach to alleviate congestion

By: Anine Kilian     27th September 2017 The Durban Container Terminal (DCT) has adopted a multipronged approach to alleviate congestion issues at the terminal. The Transnet Port Terminal [TPT] leadership team, under the guidance of CEO Nozipho Sithole, is working closely with operations with the view to finding sustainable solutions to... 

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