MOL Assists in Transport of Mobile Library Vehicles to South Africa
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced plans to assist the non-profit organization South Africa Primary Education Support Initiative (Sapesi-Japan, *1) with the ocean transport of mobile library vehicles to the Republic of South Africa. Such assistance was provided in 2009 and 2010, so the current project is the third for MOL. MOL previously transported 24 vehicles, and in this phase, it will transport eight vehicles. Four of them are being transported by MOL’s cutting-edge hybrid car carrier, the Emerald Ace (*2), which departed Japan on April 8.
S. African Engineers & Metallurgists to Strike from July 1
More than 220,000 members of the union of engineers and workers of South Africa (NUMSA) will drop their tools on July 1, after the failure of talks to avert a strike, their leaders said Sunday. The secretary general of South Africa's largest union, Irvin Jim, said members of NUMSA also manifest at the headquarters of Eskom electricity on July 2 as part of their mobilization for a wage increase of 12 percent, nearly twice that of inflation. Eskom, which produces nearly all electricity in Africa's most developed economy, is considered an essential service making it illegal for workers to go on strike. South Africa is still reeling after a five-month strike platinum mine ended last week with a wage agreement…
MSC Expands India-Africa Service
Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Co SA has expanded the port rotation of its India-South Africa service by introducing a direct call at Hazira, a privately-operated cargo complex on India’s west coast, in an attempt to pick up additional hinterland cargo. Hazira Port, which is about 120 nautical miles north of JNPT, is operated by Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone, India’s biggest port infrastructure developer. "MSC would like to inform customers that we have strengthened…
Smit Internationale Buys South Africa’s Pentow
Smit Internationale NV reportedly agreed to buy South Africa's Pentow Marine (Pty) Ltd.
MSC Adds Direct Call at Hazira
The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) said it has adjusted coverage on its South Africa service with the introduction of a weekly direct call at Hazira, in addition to Nhava and Mundra. MSC’s updated India-South Africa service port rotation is as follows: Salalah - Jebel Ali - Bin Qasim - Mundra - Nhava Sheva - HAZIRA - Colombo - Port Louis - Durban - Coega - Salalah. The South Africa service operates with six vessels with vessel capacity of up to 5,400 TEU. The first MSC vessel to call Hazira will be MSC Valencia IZ 611, expected to arrive April 9, 2016.
GAC to support Total E&P’s drilling project in S. Africa
Leading gas & oil company, Total E&P, has appointed GAC South Africa to provide shipping and logistics support for its drilling project off the coast of South Africa, which started in June this year. Total E&P is one of the first companies to drill for oil & gas in the country. GAC South Africa is drawing on the global reach and resources of the GAC Group, and its own local expertise and experience, to provide strategic freight forwarding solutions to safely move the drilling equipment needed for the project by air, sea and road.
Hamburg Süd Launches New International Service
Hamburg Süd will offer a new service from South Africa to Argentina and Brazil (SABR Service) in cooperation with Nile Dutch. The new fixed-day fortnightly service will provide shippers with a regular and reliable westbound link from South Africa to South America with connections to Europe and North America. The new service rotation will be: Durban – Port Elizabeth – Buenos Aires – Rio Grande – Itajai – Santos – Rio de Janeiro. Further destinations in South America, North America and Europe will be offered in transhipment. The first westbound call at Durban will be with Buxfavourite on July 21, 2013. In the opposite direction to the…
South Africa Joins CSI
The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Press Release
South African Measures to Counter Spread of Ebola
South Africa's Department of Health has published a Cabinet decision with regards to measures to counter and control the potential spread of Ebola from West African countries where outbreaks have been reported. Cases of the disease have been reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, and recently an increase in the number of cases has been noted in the first three. The Department of Health has taken measures in South Africa to enhance surveillance, distribute guidelines to all hospitals in public and private sectors…
South Africa V.V. Trade - SAECS Service Enhancement
To meet changing requirements in the trade between Europe and South Africa, both for dry and reefer cargo, and improve the quality of the service product offered, the SAECS Member Lines - DAL, Maersk, MOL and Safmarine - announced the merging of the current SAECS service with the MedShuttle/225 service. The joint service will operate with larger sized vessels and the weekly named day frequency will continue to be maintained by eight vessels with the transit times between North Europe and South Africa largely unchanged. In northern Europe and South Africa the port rotations will remain unchanged but will be supplemented by calls at Algeciras on both the southbound and northbound voyages improving transit times from Mediterranean to South Africa v.v.
GL Garrad Hassan Opens Cape Town Office
To support the developers and financiers of South Africa's burgeoning wind power industry GL Garrad Hassan opened its first office in the Rainbow Nation, in Cape Town on 1 January 2012. South Africa is ideally suited for renewable energy development, given its abundant wind and solar resources, ample number of suitable sites and modern high voltage electrical infrastructure. The opening of the new office will mean that GL Garrad Hassan can now offer its clients a local point of contact for its global network of experts. Greg van der Toorn, GL Garrad Hassan Country Representative South Africa, said: "South Africa is making a significant commitment to developing its renewable energy resources over the coming years…
South Africa Wants to Resume Iran Oil Imports
South Africa wants to resume oil imports from Iran, once its biggest supplier, and hopes to resolve "sanction issues" that have blocked purchases within the next three months, its deputy foreign minister said on Tuesday. South Africa bought around 68,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) from Iran in May 2012, a month before it halted crude purchases as Western countries pressured Tehran over its nuclear programme. That was well down from peak purchases in 2011. Africa's second biggest crude consumer imports around 380,000 bpd, with Saudi Arabia overtaking Iran as its biggest supplier in 2012 when Western sanctions increased. Nigeria, Angola and Ghana also sell South Africa oil.
MOL Enhances Asia-South Africa Service Network
TOKYO—Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. MOL will meet customer needs by providing high-quality direct services and by providing variety of port coverage continuously. MOL will join new Asia and South Africa Service (ASA). Opening of the new route, linking Central and South China, Taiwan, South East Asia and South Africa, will start on April 8, 2012. MOL will offer a weekly service by joining the existing ASA service, operated by Kline (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha) and PIL (Pacific International Lines). The service will be operated by 8 vessels, and MOL will provide one ship (MV MOL DELIGHT). This service will offer direct inbound and outbound service between Central China, Taiwan and the South Africa region and strengthen the existing network in South Africa (Durban and Cape Town).
MOL Enhances Inter-continental Container Ship Service
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) President: Koichi Muto has announced an improvement of the Asia-South Africa container traffic network with the following changes aimed to meet customer needs by providing direct services and contimuous port coverage. Opening of the new route "ASA" linking Central and South China, Taiwan, South East Asia and South Africa starting on 8th April 2012. MOL will offer a weekly service by joining the existing ASA service operated by Kline (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha) and PIL (Pacific International Lines).
CMA CGM Reshuffles ASIA-South Africa and Mozambique Services
CMA CGM announced the reshuffling of its services on the ASIA-South Africa and Mozambique trades in partnership with Maersk Line (ML). • New SHAKA2: A service jointly operated by CMA CGM and Maersk Line with 8 vessels of 6,500Teus. The rotation includes: Shanghai, Ningbo, Fuzhou, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Louis, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Ngqura, Port Louis, Singapore, Nansha New Port. • New MOZEX2: A service jointly operated by CMA CGM and MAERSK Line with 7 vessels of 2,200Teus. The rotation will include Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Pointe Des Galets, Toamasina, Maputo, Beira, Nacala, Port Louis. These two new services will replace the current Shaka and Mozex services operated by CMA CGM.
Newest Merchant Ship to Fly SA Flag at Port of Port Elizabeth
The Port of Port Elizabeth is home port of a third ship to be registered on the South African Ships Register. This marks another step in South Africa’s drive to become a recognized Maritime Nation in line with the government’s Operation Phakisa initiative which aims to unlock the potential of the country’s ocean economy. On Wednesday, 13 July 2016, oil tanker MT LEFKAS docked at the port’s berth 100 where a ceremonial plaque exchange ceremony was officiated. The merchant vessel…
South Africa Workshop Promotes Ship Energy Efficiency
An International Maritime Organization (IMO) workshop is raising awareness of the Organization’s regulatory regime dealing with improving energy efficiency and the control of GHG emissions from ships. Participants from South African governmental departments and other related bodies are in attendance at the three-day “MARPOL Annex VI and Technology Transfer” workshop, taking place in Durban, South Africa (23-25 August). The event is the latest in a series of workshops organized under IMO’s GloMEEP project…
Evergreen Joint Venture in South Africa
Taiwan's Evergreen Group has announced a joint venture with its present agency in South Africa, Green Africa Shipping (PTY) Ltd. (GAS) to establish a new agency, Evergreen Agency (South Africa) (PTY) LTD., also known as ESA. The new agency will have its headquarters in Johannesburg with branch offices in Cape Town and Durban and will serve as agents for global carrier Evergreen Line's South Africa ocean shipping services. The effective date of the new company is April 1, 2009. ESA's headquarter contact information: Evergreen Agency (South Africa) (PTY) Ltd Bedfordview Office Park No. 3 Riley Road Bedfordview 2007, 2008 Gauteng Province, Johannesburg, Gauteng,2008, P.O.Box 1471 TEL: +27-11-5749034 FAX: +27-11-5749180 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CMA CGM Reorganizes South African Management
CMA CGM announced the reorganization of CMA CGM South Africa, the South African agent of the CMA CGM Group headquartered in Durban, with the departure of Arnaud Thibault, Regional Director and Managing Director of CMA CGM South Africa Pty. Arnaud Thibault’s leadership and contribution to the development and growth of CMA CGM South Africa is recognized and appreciated by the Group’s Chairman and management team, the company said. CMA CGM South Africa has opened 10 new agencies in the southern region, general cargo volume increased threefold and reefer cargo volume increased fourfold, which led CMA CGM South Africa to rank within the top five among containership lines in South Africa.
Damen to Deliver Dredger in South Africa
Dredging Africa (Pty) Ltd has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) for the delivery of a Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD) 250. Due to Damen’s policy of series building standardized vessels, the CSD was in stock and available for fast delivery in March 2018. This will be the first Damen CSD to operate in South Africa. The contract for the CSD came about after Dredging Africa signed a memorandum of understanding with DSCT at the yard’s first African Dredging Seminar, held in October last year.
Kongsberg Maritime Opens South African Facility
Kongsberg said it has opened its first office and warehouse facility in the Republic of South Africa on Friday, November 4, 2016. Located in Cape Town’s airport zone, the new Kongsberg Maritime South Africa facility joins the company’s global network of first party sites, consisting 64 offices located in 20 countries, employing more than 4,000 people. Kongberg's expansion in South Africa comes as the Government’s National Development Plan turns toward maritime resources as part of ‘Operation Phakisa’; a program implemented to unlock the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans.
S. Africa Preparing for "worst-case" Maize Import Scenario
South Africa is laying the groundwork in case it needs to import as much as 4 million tonnes of maize after successive seasons of drought threaten the crop in Africa's top producer of the grain, which is usually a net exporter. Siyabonga Gama, chief executive of Transet, South Africa's state-run ports and rail company, told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday the company's talks with the industry indicated that 4 million tonnes was the "worst-case scenario". "The rail side is not the issue. We have the capacity there to absorb that much maize," he said. He said South Africa's ports were designed mostly to export grain rather than import it, but this hurdle could be overcome. "The issue is the import silo capacity so there are a few things that we will need to tweak.
Icebergs Could Float to the Rescue of Cape Town Water Crisis
Marine salvage experts are floating a plan to tug icebergs from Antarctica to South Africa's drought-hit Cape Town to help solve the region's worst water shortage in a century.Salvage master Nick Sloane told Reuters he was looking for government and private investors for a scheme to guide huge chunks of ice across the ocean, chop them into a slury and melt them down into millions of liters of drinking water."We want to show that if there is no other source to solve the water crisis…