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Dirk Dijkstra

26th October 2018 This week we profile Dirk Sjoerd Dijkstra, GM and head of subregion: Southern Africa at powertools, fastening solutions, construction software and services company Hilti South Africa   

Transport Decarbonisation Alliance launched

By: Simone Liedtke     25th May 2018 The Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA), a coalition aiming to catalyse the accelerated decarbonisation of the transport sector, was launched earlier this week in Leipzig, Germany, as part of the International Transport Forum (ITF). Rail transport company Alstom and partner companies, cities... 

China to drive another year of rapid developments in aluminium market

By: Anine Kilian     23rd January 2018 Buoyed by events in China, the aluminium market is expected to see rapid growth in 2018, according to global energy, chemicals, renewables, metals and mining research and consulting group Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac). In its latest aluminium report, the company highlighted that China supply reforms,... 

NextSource feasibility update outlines optimistic Molo economics at current graphite prices

By: Henry Lazenby     1st June 2017 Canadian graphite project developer NextSource Materials has published the results of an updated feasibility study (FS) for its flagship Molo graphite project, in Madagascar, outlining positive economics despite current depressed carbon prices. Toronto-based NextSource (previously Energizer... 

IF IT’S NOT MINED . . .

12th May 2017 The well-worn phrase ‘if it’s not mined, it’s farmed’ comes to mind when analysing the business model of commodity producer and trader Glencore. While the Swiss group, with strong South African ties, is best known for its minerals and fuels operations, Glencore Agriculture is making it presence... 

Mindset, technology changes needed to operate ports of the future

By: Shirley le Guern     5th April 2017 Current ways of operating ports and port cities are not viable or sustainable and a complete change in mindset, technology and skills would be needed in the very near future, Norton Rose Fulbright Attorneys national transport team head and master mariner Malcolm Hartwell said this week. “Ships... 

Coal traders see end of price rally as China ramps up output

By: Bloomberg     22nd December 2016 Coal’s recovery was one of the biggest surprises in commodities this year, but it is all poised to end as output rises from China, producer of half the world’s supply. After half a decade of declines, European prices rebounded more than 80% as China, also the world’s biggest consumer of the... 

Belgium trade and investment agency signs Mou with DTI unit

By: David Oliveira     29th July 2016 Belgium-based Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (Awex) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) investment promotion agency InvestSA initiative last month. InvestSA provides a number of services for investors, including facilitation of the... 

TNPA luring private oil-services investors to Saldanha using ‘flexible’ terminal concessions  

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet is optimistic of receiving positive responses to a tender for the development of an offshore supply base (OSSB) for the oil and gas industry in Saldanha Bay, reporting that around 120 people attended a tender site briefing this week. A request for proposals (RFP)... 

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.... 

Trans-European Transport Network project, European Union

By: Sheila Barradas     1st April 2016 The project will remove bottlenecks, upgrade infrastructure and streamline crossborder transport operations for passengers and businesses throughout the European Union. 

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.... 

Rotterdam refinery expansion and upgrade project, the Netherlands

By: Sheila Barradas     27th November 2015 The project involves the expansion of the hydrocracker unit at ExxonMobil’s Rotterdam refinery to upgrade heavier products into cleaner, higher-value finished products. 

Burgan breaks ground on Cape Town fuel storage facility

By: Kim Cloete     19th November 2015 Burgan Cape Terminals, a new independent fuel storage, distribution and loading facility, has officially broken ground in the Port of Cape Town. The multipurpose facility will be used for the storage and distribution of both locally produced and imported fuels. 

Zuma happy with Dutch economic ties

By: News24Wire      18th November 2015 Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's trade mission to South Africa has continued to strengthen the solid partnership between the two countries since 1994, according to the Presidency. Rutte's official visit to SA follows an invitation by President Jacob Zuma when they met at the World Economic Forum... 

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.  

Infrastructure Development a Key Focus at SAAFF 2015 Congress

18th September 2015 With infrastructure spend in the sub-Saharan region estimated to reach $180 billion per annum by 2025, integrated infrastructure planning and development remains key to the Region’s growth. “Integrated Planning and Infrastructure Development - How to make this a Reality” is the subject of a panel... 

The Marche du Film Festival de Cannes and Rotterdam Lab Announce SA Producer Development Program

5th August 2015 The Marché du Film of Festival du Cannes, and CineMart, part of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, have partnered with the Association for Transformation in Film and Television to create a development program for five (5) South African black producers to attend the Rotterdam Lab and the... 

Australian coal prices rise as scorching Asian heat pushes up demand

By: Reuters     17th June 2015 Australian coal prices have risen almost 8% since the beginning of June as a drought in South Asia pushes up power demand, although the overall sentiment in the sector remains bearish due to falling imports by other major Asian buyers. Coal prices for prompt physical delivery from its Newcastle... 

TNPA invests in Africa’s ‘largest and most powerful dredger’

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd May 2015 State-owned Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA’s) Dredging Service division launched its 5 500 m3 trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD), the Ilembe, at the shipyard of manufacturer Royal IHC, in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, earlier this month.  

Royal IHC completes build on R889m dredger for TNPA

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th May 2015 State-owned Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA’s) Dredging Service division launched its 5 500 m3 trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD), the Ilembe, at the shipyard of manufacturer Royal IHC, in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, at the weekend. 

Africa’s largest dredger launched in The Netherlands

12th May 2015 Transnet National Ports Authority has proudly announced the launch of its Dredging Service’s division’s new 5500m3 trailing suction hopper dredger, the Ilembe, which is part of Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy. The vessel was named at an official ceremony at the shipyard of manufacturer Royal... 

Tracking solution improves traceability of reefer containers

10th April 2015 Wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions provider WAM Technologies announced, in November last year, the release of VesselConnect, a global system for mobile communication (GSM) tracking to monitor and control refrigerated containers on-board container and related ships.  The new system was... 

OneLogix opens R130m KZN logistics hub

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th March 2015 JSE-listed logistics solutions provider OneLogix on Thursday launched its R130-million Umlaas logistics hub, near Cato Ridge. Designed to “substantially” enhance the group’s ability to offer quality and cost-effective logistics services to its customers, the hub integrated the group’s existing... 

Liquefied natural gas break bulk terminal project, the Netherlands

By: Sheila Barradas     29th August 2014 The project involves the addition of liquefied natural gas break bulk infrastructure and services to the Gate terminal, at the Port of Rotterdam.  

Durban port, road congestion worrisome – Transnet

By: Shirley le Guern     13th August 2014 Although the Port of Durban operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, there are critical problems with access. There are times when the port and the roads and yards are deserted.  At other times, the traffic is backed up so that drivers have to wait for hours, sometimes days, to get into the port. 

New Harmonised System to come into force in January 2017

By: Callie Lombard     25th July 2014 On July 11, the World Trade Organisation (WCO) council announced that, at its 123rd and 124th sessions, in June 2014 it had adopted recommended amendments to the Harmonised System (HS) nomenclature which will enter into force on January 1, 2017 (HS 2017). The recommendation is being promulgated... 

Rotterdam in major expansion to handle growing traffic, including from SA

By: Keith Campbell     14th February 2014 The new sea port being constructed by Rotterdam to handle the biggest new cargo ships now entering service or being planned should start operation by the end of this year. Hitherto, Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, has been entirely a river port. Even so, it is the most important harbour in the... 

US oil boom upends markets as drilling spreads

By: Bloomberg     24th January 2014 The US oil boom has put European refineries out of business and undercut West African crude suppliers. Now domestic drillers threaten to roil Asian markets and challenge producers in the Middle East and South America. 

New York Times names Cape Town top destination for 2014

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th January 2014 Two prominent newspapers – The New York Times and The Guardian – have named the City of Cape Town the number-one place in the world to visit in 2014. This comes as the city, which was named World Design Capital for the year, prepared for “one of its best summers”, with regard to tourism, since... 

gC ICE NEWC Futures Trade Over 20Mt Amidst Record Month for ICE

1st November 2013 Contracts in the ICE Coal Futures portfolio traded in record tonnage in October, with a total of 195 million tonnes cleared. All-time high volume was achieved in all three hubs. The gC ICE NEWC contract traded above 20 million tonnes for the first time, breaking the previous record set just last... 

SA and world urged to accelerate carbon-capture efforts 

By: Terence Creamer     9th January 2013 South Africa, which relies primarily on coal to produce most of its electricity, is set to raise the profile of its carbon capture and storage (CCS) initiatives in 2013, amid a call from the International Energy Agency (IEA) for a renewed focus on the deployment of CCS as part of international... 

Company Announcement: Voith's theme for SMM 201- "The Future of Propulsion"

20th August 2012 Voith displays numerous new and further developments at this year's SMM, the leading maritime industry trade fair held in Hamburg 

Transport infrastructure conference to pave way for efficient African logistics 

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     12th June 2012 Increased interest in African commodities has resulted in most African countries reviewing their transport and logistics networks, particularly railway and port infrastructure to improve the conveyance of mined materials.  

Wastewater solution developer honoured

By: Dimakatso Motau     27th April 2012 The individual largely responsible for developing the Nereda aerobic granular sludge wastewater treatment technology, Professor Mark van Loosdrecht of the University of Delft, in the Netherlands, will receive the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize for 2012 in recognition of his contributions to sustainable... 

New fronts open in aluminium storage battle

By: Reuters     12th March 2012 New fronts are opening up in Europe and Asia in the battle between banks and trading houses to expand their storage hubs for aluminium, a metal meant for use in manufacturing but increasingly viewed as a store of value. Until recently, the battle was almost exclusively confined to one location,... 

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