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Ports & Shipping News

The world’s first autonomous, emission-free container ship starts operations 

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2021 The world's first electric and self-propelled container ship – Yara Birkeland – has completed its maiden voyage in the Oslo fjord, Norway. “We are proud to be able to showcase the world's first fully electric and self-propelled container ship,” says Yara CEO Svein Tore Holsether. 

Grindrod reports solid progress in executing various strategies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th December 2021 JSE-listed Grindrod continues to focus its efforts on executing the Port and Terminals, Logistics and Bank strategies and disposal of noncore businesses, it notes in a pre-close business update. Its Port and Terminals segment has reported healthy volume growth with record performances in the... 

South Africa needs to improve its ability to receive large container vessels, warns SAAFF 

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2021 A new generation of ultra-large container vessels has been sailing the oceans in recent years. Container ships such as the Madrid Maersk, COSCO Shipping Universe, OOCL Hong Kong and Ever Golden can carry more than 20 000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). These vessels measure around 400 m in... 

A photo of container ships

Minerals Council, SAAFF outline requirements to get Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border congestion resolved

By: Donna Slater     2nd December 2021 With delays at the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border post on the Maputo corridor between South Africa and Mozambique having cost trucking companies R1.3-billion in lost revenue this year, the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) and the Minerals Council South Africa have requested... 

An image of freight trucks lining up for several kilometres on the N4 towards Komatipoort in South Africa
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Freight trucks lining up for several kilometres on the N4 towards the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border post in South Africa

TNPA appoints new port managers at Saldanha, Cape Town, Mossel Bay and Richards Bay

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2021 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed new port managers at Saldanha Bay, Cape Town, Mossel Bay and Richards Bay, as part of its new operating model to reposition South Africa in the global market and ensure growth and sustainability. Shadrack Tshikalange has been appointed port... 

No cruise ship cheer for Cape Town tourism amid Omicron alarm

By: Reuters     30th November 2021 The docking of the Europa passenger liner in Cape Town on Tuesday was meant to be a ribbon-cutting celebration marking the official start of the cruise ship season in South Africa's top tourist hub, the first since the Covid-19 pandemic hit. But international travel curbs on southern Africa,... 

South African ports to welcome 20 cruise ships this season

By: Schalk Burger     24th November 2021 The port cities of Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Gqeberha, Durban and Richards Bay are scheduled to receive 20 passenger vessels during the cruise season, from November to the end of May, State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said on November 24. The first cruise vessel will dock in Cape... 

TNPA goes back to basics with new operational model structure 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2021 To create a transformed and sustainable world-class ports system, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has launched its new operational model (OM) structure so that it may “stimulate a transformed maritime economy through adaptable infrastructure that is fit-for-purpose”. The new OM seeks to... 

The Port of Durban, South Africa
The Port of Durban

Grindrod Intermodal and Ocean Africa Container Lines to merge with Maersk

By: Donna Slater     15th November 2021 JSE-listed freight logistics group Grindrod has agreed to merge the South African container logistics businesses of Grindrod Intermodal (GIM) and Ocean Africa Container Lines (OACL) with AP Moller Maersk’s (Maersk) inland container terminals. Grindrod’s intermodal facilities are located... 

Minerals Council welcomes focus on structural reforms in MTBPS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th November 2021 The country requires a continued focus on stabilising the nation’s public finances and, most importantly, the critical need to implement more aggressive structural and institutional reforms that can drive up investment and inclusive growth in the economy, the Minerals Council South Africa says.... 

Saldanha iron-ore terminal's air emissions licence renewed for five years

By: Schalk Burger     10th November 2021 The West Coast district municipality, in the Western Cape, has issued a five-year air emissions licence to the Saldanha Iron Ore Terminal. The terminal handled more than 54-million tonnes of iron-ore in the financial year ended March 31. It is Africa's largest iron-ore export terminal, with a... 

The Saldanha Bay iron-ore export terminal

South African Investment Conference moved to March  

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his weekly letter, said the fourth South African Investment Conference, which would have been held this month has been moved to March next year owing to several events, including the local government elections, the Conference of the Parties (COP26) climate conference... 

A photo of President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Durban port woes amplified as global supply chain crunch intensifies

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2021 The spot rate of booking a 40-foot container from Shanghai to Los Angeles hit $10 229 in the first week of August, up 238% from the same time a year prior, according to Drewry, a maritime research consultancy. This is not a function of insufficient capacity, but rather of a severely imbalanced... 

Durban Agribulk Terminal invests in two new ship unloaders

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th November 2021 With agricultural bulk commodities like maize, wheat and soya beans re-emerging as a major focus for the Durban Agribulk Terminal, an investment of more than R230-million has resulted in the acquisition of two ship unloaders. Assembly is in progress, with handover to operations planned for the... 

The Durban Agribulk Terminal has invested in new ship unloaders
The Durban Agribulk Terminal has invested in new ship unloaders

Irregular expenditure albatross weighs as heavily on Transnet as R8.4bn loss  

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2021 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet reported a loss of R8.4-billion for the year to March 31, 2021, and also received an audit qualification for the period relating to its ongoing irregular-expenditure problem. The loss, which is the first to be reported by the group for more than a... 

Photo of the Transnet logo

Durban port woes amplified as global supply chain crunch intensifies 

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2021 The spot rate of booking a 40-foot container from Shanghai to Los Angeles hit $10 229 the first week of August, up 238% from the same time a year prior, according to Drewry, a maritime research consultancy. This is not a function of insufficient capacity, but rather of a severely imbalanced... 

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Denys Hobson

Transnet restores some operations at Richards Bay after fire 

By: Reuters     19th October 2021 South African monopoly port operator Transnet said on Monday it had restored many of its operations since a fire broke out at its Richards Bay terminal last week, but that it still needed to ensure affected areas where safe before resuming others. Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, Africa's largest coal... 

Transnet investigating second fire at the Port of Richards Bay

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th October 2021 State-owned Transnet is investigating a second fire incident at the Port Richards Bay after a fire broke out at one of the terminals on October 13. The cause of the fire has not yet been established and an investigation is under way. 

DP World, CDC pledge $1.7bn infrastructure spending in Africa ports deal

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2021 DP World and CDC Group have formed a partnership to develop ports in Africa and committed to spending $1.72-billion on infrastructure over the next few years. DP World, which is based in Dubai and is one of the world’s biggest port operators, will invest $1-billion in facilities including in... 

Bidding process initiated for Ngqura manganese export terminal 

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2021 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for service providers able to offer a technical solution for a proposed greenfields manganese export terminal at the deep-water Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The CDC has been appointed as the implementing agent... 

Transnet building at Port of Ngqura
Transnet building at Port of Ngqura

Grindrod keen on potential private-sector participation opportunities at Transnet

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2021 A port that runs efficiently “can bring prosperity all around”, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo. South Africa’s major ports are, however, currently ranked close to the bottom of the list in terms of global competitiveness. 

Contract awarded to marine specialist

8th October 2021 Marine specialist services provider AMSOL Ghana was recently awarded a contract by Ghanaian oil and gas marketing company Ghana Oil Company (GOIL) that will further support continued indigenisation in the sector and the extension of the company’s services in marine and offshore fuel logistics and... 

Potential growth for S African shipping sector

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     8th October 2021 The harbour and offshore services industry should consider ramping up their services to ships passing the South African coast, to about 10% of the total passing traffic, where every ship serviced has a minimum spend of about $10 000, says independent tug and offshore vessel operator Offshore... 

Transnet building pipeline of transactions for private sector participation 

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2021 Transnet CEO Portia Derby says the State-owned group received a “fantastic” response to its two recent requests for information (RFIs) for private participation at the ports of Durban and Ngqura and that several other private sector participation (PSP) transactions are under development. The... 

Transnet CEO Portia Derby
Transnet CEO Portia Derby

UCD opens new depot in Cape Town

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2021 United Container Depots (UCD) has moved from its location in Paarden Eiland to larger premises in Beaconvale, Parow, also in Cape Town. The new depot has a container stacking area of more than 20 000 m²; warehouse space of 4 000 m²; a dedicated controlled atmosphere (CA) gassing area for up to... 

Cape Town container, multipurpose terminals introduce truck booking system 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2021 Introducing a mandatory truck booking system at South Africa’s port terminal operations has yielded benefits that the Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) and Cape Town Multipurpose Terminal (CTMPT) will soon enjoy, Transnet Port Terminals says in a statement. “There are many challenges introduced... 

Grindrod sells remaining stake in Grindrod Shipping for R368m

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2021 Freight transportation arrangement company Grindrod on Thursday announced that it had sold its remaining shareholding in Grindrod Shipping for $24.8-million (R368.2-million). The sale shares amount to about 9.6% of Grindrod Shipping’s total issued share capital. 

Maritime industry says decarbonisation urgent, achievable

By: Donna Slater     22nd September 2021 More than 150 maritime logistics roleplayers, representing the entire maritime value chain, including shipping, cargo, energy, finance, ports and infrastructure, have said that the full decarbonisation of international shipping is urgent and achievable. Ships transport about 80% of global trade... 

Global citrus demand increases refrigeration demand

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 A global increase in demand for South African-grown citrus, as well as more export regulations, has resulted in a substantial increase in demand for refrigeration capacity, says local refrigeration manufacturer EP Refrigeration business development head Dawie Kriel. “We not only need to add... 

A roof top refrigeration system installed by EP Refrigeration at a produce packing house
FRUITFUL SERVICES An increased need for refrigerated storage and transport capacity in the citrus sector is being addressed by EP Refrigeration

Opinion: Could South Africa’s logistics crisis derail the citrus sector’s stellar growth trajectory?

15th September 2021 In this opinion article, Nedbank head of agriculture John Hudson writes about how logistics constraints are hampering the growth of South Africa's citrus sector. 

A photo of a box of oranges

Govt’s private-sector participation drive could increase efficiency, prosperity – Grindrod 

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2021 A port that runs efficiently “can bring prosperity all around”, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo. South Africa’s major ports are, however, currently ranked close to the bottom of the list in terms of global competitiveness. 

Image of Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo
Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo

Grindrod targets port, rail projects in govt’s private-sector participation drive 

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2021 Ports and logistics operator Grindrod is positioning itself to take part in the private-sector participation (PSP) opportunities to be created by government in the rail and ports sectors, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo. “Government has called for international players to come... 

Freight, logistics integration key to successful intracontinental trade

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     10th September 2021 Although the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement aims to achieve an economically integrated continent, with successful trading among African countries, the Trade Research Advisory tells Engineering News that this will prove challenging in the short to medium term. “Government... 

Blue truck driving on an open road.
EASY TRADE Africa does not have the required and efficient physical infrastructure to move goods cost-effective and efficiently

TNPA supports CDC to deliver key liquid bulk infrastructure for Nelson Mandela Bay

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2021 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is encouraging Port Elizabeth Liquid Bulk Tankfarm tenants, as well as any other parties interested in securing liquid bulk storage capacity, to contact the Coega Development Corporation (CDC). This is premised on TNPA’s confirmation of its support and... 

Durban Car Terminal sets new record in August

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2021 Growing transshipments and improving new-vehicle exports from South Africa have seen the Durban Car Terminal set a new record in August, with the facility handling 54 520 fully-built units in a single month.  This follows the previous handling record of 51 407 fully-built units, set in June this... 

View of the Durban car Terminal

SIU, Transnet welcome judgment against former Transnet exec

By: Simone Liedtke     31st August 2021 The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and State-owned Transnet have welcomed the judgment handed down by Judge Lebogang Modiba at a special tribunal sitting on August 31, wherein former Transnet employee Herbert Msagala was instructed to pay back R26.4-million to Transnet. The special tribunal... 

Grindrod targets port, rail projects in govt’s private sector participation drive  

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2021 Ports and logistics operator Grindrod is positioning itself to take part in the private sector participation (PSP) opportunities to be created by government in the rail and port sectors, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo. “Government has called for international players to come and... 

Image of Grindrod CEO Andrew Waller
Andrew Waller
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