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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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TNPA: Five Tugs Done, Four More to Go

Photos courtesy of TNPA

Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) R1.4 billion tug building contract in Durban continues to create jobs and develop local marine capabilities, with the fifth of the authority’s nine new tugs launched this morning in Durban. The project is now 81% complete and still on track to deliver the ninth and final tug early in 2018, on time and within budget. Five tugs are under construction at any given time at the premises of contractor, Southern African Shipyards. Four are already delivered and at work in Port Elizabeth and Saldanha.

Containership Fire Extinguished in South Africa

Photo: Port of Ngqura

The joint effort undertaken by a Disaster Management team at the Port of Ngqura has helped to avert a potential maritime disaster and ultimately saved the container vessel APL Austria, which caught fire last weekend. Transnet National Ports Authority, Transnet Port Terminals, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Fire Department, South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), South African Police Services (SAPS), National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and a stevedoring company, worked together to battle the blaze, and the fire was eventually extinguished on Wednesday, February 15.

Vallihu Named Chief Executive of S. African Ports

Richard Vallihu (Photo: Transnet National Ports Authority)

South African port authority, Transnet National Ports Authority, has appointed Richard Vallihu as its new Chief Executive, following the retirement of Tau Morwe. Richard Vallihu took up the reins as Chief Executive of South African port authority, Transnet National Ports Authority, on April 1, 2015. He succeeds Tau Morwe, who led the company for a number of years before opting for retirement in March 2015. Vallihu is no stranger to Transnet SOC Ltd, the custodian of South Africa’s freight and logistics sector.

Milestone for Cape Town Container Terminal Expansion

South Africa’s state-owned freight transport and logistics giant Transnet Limited today celebrated a significant milestone in its R5.4 billion expansion of the Cape Town Container Terminal. On completion, the five-year project will double the terminal’s capacity to 1, 4 million TEUs per annum. Speaking at a ceremony attended by Public Enterprises Minister, Mr Malusi Gigaba, Group Chief Executive, Mr Brian Molefe, announced the company had completed major dredging, deepening and refurbishment work at Berth 602, the second of four berths to undergo such upgrades.

South Africa's Transnet Steams Into Rest of Africa

South African state rail-freight operator Transnet is embarking on a major expansion drive in the rest of the continent, offsetting a slowdown at home caused by the slump in commodity prices, chief executive Siyabonga Gama said on Wednesday.   Transnet, which operates nearly three quarters of all Africa's rail network, was opening offices in West and East Africa and looking to deploy its expertise in running ports and pipelines as well rail, Gama told Reuters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Rwanda.   (Reporting by Ed Cropley)

Transnet National Ports Authority Orders 9 Voith Water Tractors

Voith Water Tractor tugs are in operation worldwide

In South Africa’s largest local shipbuilding contract Transnet National Ports Authority has ordered nine new Voith Water Tractors (VWT) for use in several ports across the country. This is also the largest order in the history of Voith marine technology. The VWT will be built by South African Shipyards in Durban over the next 42 months. Eight of the tugs will be identical in construction with a length of 31 meters and a beam of 12.5 meters. Propelled by two Voith Schneider Propellers VSP 32R5/265-2 with a power of 2 x 2,650kW they will have a bollard pull of 70 tons.

Caterpillar to Power Transnet Harbor Tugs

MaK M 25 C

Caterpillar Marine announced MaK 8 M 25 C propulsion engines have been selected by Transnet National Ports Authority to power eight identical 70 ton bollard-pull tugs on order at a South African shipyard. The tugs will be 31 meters in length with a beam of 12.5 meters and will each be powered by two MaK  8 M 25 C engines with a total output of approximately 5332 kW. The MaK engines will be delivered between 2015 and 2018. “Caterpillar is firmly committed to providing powerful…

Transnet Awards Bid for Cape Town Cruise Terminal

Cape Town Photo TNPA

Transnet National Ports Authority awarded the V&A Waterfront (Pty) Ltd the status of Preferred Bidder for the development of a cruise terminal at the Port of Cape Town, Transnet said on Tuesday. Once all negotiations are concluded, the V&A Waterfront will invest just under R179 million to finance, design, and develop the terminal. In addition, the agreement includes operation, maintenance and transfer of ownership of the facility back to TNPA after a period of 20 years. The facility will remain at E berth, Duncan Dock, in the Port of Cape Town.

South Africa's Transnet Go For Tideland Racons

International specialist in aids to navigation Tideland, and its its South African agent, Marine Data Solutions (Pty) Ltd, has won the contract to supply five SeaBeacon 2 System 6 racons to the South Africa's National Ports Authority, part of Transnet SOC Ltd. The racons will be deployed in various locations around the coast, including the country's six largest ports: Richards Bay, Durban, Saldanha, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and East London. They will join a large number of Tideland Signal radar beacons already installed in South Africa and other countries all along the African seaboard. Tideland Signal has supplied over 1,000 System 6 racons to customers around the world, one of whom has calculated that cost-of-ownership is less than 5% of the initial investment.

Update: Transnet Refloats Vessel Grounded at Port of Durban Entrance

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One of three vessels that has grounded in the Port of Durban today due to inclement weather has been successfully refloated and remoored alongside. Port teams remain on scene attending to the remaining vessels. TNPA has also managed to contain containers that had blown into the bay. At this stage vessel movements in the Port of Durban remain suspended until futher notice. No severe disruptions have been reported thus far at the Port of Richards Bay. TNPA earlier invoked a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) at its head office and the Port of Durban to ensure that it manages the situation closely.

Breakbulk Africa Congress – Transnet CEO to Speak

Brian Molefe: Photo credit UBM Global Trade

Transnet SOC is South Africa's national transport arm and the governing body for the country's rail, pipelines, ports and terminals. During his keynote address, Molefe will discuss Transnet's recently announced, four-point growth strategy, which includes plans to invest R110.6 billion (US$12.9 billion) in new rail equipment, the widening and deepening of ports and building a new pipeline to solve South Africa's infrastructure challenges. Molefe is a South African businessman who has also worked in the office of the premier in the Limpopo, where he was responsible for strategic planning.

NICE Surveillance for Transnet Port Terminals

On Feb. 5, NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE), announced that Transnet Port Terminals, the largest cargo terminal operator in South Africa, is expanding NICE's IP video surveillance environment at Durban Car Terminal and Ngqura, for a total of five port terminals. The new project is part of a national security upgrade initiative designed to improve security at South Africa's commercial ports and ensure compliance with the government's Key Points and Strategic Installations regulations for the security of national critical infrastructure sites. Transnet Port Terminals, South Africa's largest cargo terminal operator, operates 16 terminals at seven of the country's busiest commercial ports.

Africa’s First Dredging Simulator Unveiled

Photo courtesy of TNPA

Africa’s first ever dredging simulator was launched in the port city of Durban, South Africa – another positive spin-off of ongoing collaboration between Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE), Netherlands based Royal IHC and its world-renowned Training Institute. The high-tech simulator – based at the MSoE’s Langeberg Road premises – will aid in building dredging capability in South Africa. Dredging is specialized underwater excavation that helps to keep ports and harbours safe and navigable and is a critical aspect of port development.

Royal IHC, TNPA Launch Dredge Training

Royal IHC cooperates with TNPA on new dredge

The inauguration of an IHC dredging simulator was held at Transnet’s Maritime School of Excellence in Durban, South Africa on Friday 2 September. The launch marked the start of a new dredge training programme to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of local dredging personnel. employed in these sectors. The delivery of a training simulator by IHC is part of the supplier development plan that IHC and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), one of five operation divisions of Transnet, agreed on prior to the delivery of trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) ILEMBE in 2016.

Investment to Improve South Africa Port

When the Zhen Hua No.23 entered Durban harbour in South Africa on Saturday, 11 April 2009 around 0700, it attracted considerable attention due to its immense size of 804 ft long and its beam of 131 ft. Equally interesting were the six pre-assembled harbour cranes weighing a total of 2,540 tonnes onboard the vessel. The vessel is purpose-built to transport abnormal project cargo. Its cargo included two rail mounted gantry (RMG) cranes weighing 285 tonnes each and purchased by Transnet Port Terminals for R36 million apiece. The cranes will be used to improve port-rail efficiency within the busy Pier 1 container terminal. The vessel also carried four ship-to-shore cranes weighing 985 tonnes each, destined for the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Transnet South Africa to Invest Heavily in Logistics Infrastructure

Breakbulk's first Africa conference discusses challenges, opportunities in moving breakbuld & heavy-lift cargo in & out of Africa. South Africa's national transport company is planning infrastructure improvements that will move cargo from highways to rail, the chief executive of Transnet recently told 300 attendees at the first Breakbulk Africa Congress held on the African continent. Transnet CEO Brian Molefe said the investment of R300 billion into capital infrastructure projects through 2019 will decrease transportation prices in a country where moving cargo costs more than five times what logistics providers pay in Europe and the U.S.

$100M Tug Contract: Fourth Boat Delivered in South Africa

TNPA’s new tug, OSPREY, was launched and named at the Southern African Shipyards premises in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo: TNPA)

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is on track with its $100m tug building contract and celebrated the ceremonial launch of the fourth of its nine new tugs being built in Durban. The tug – named OSPREY in honor of the fish eagle – will serve at the Port of Saldanha. In line with maritime tradition, the duty of officially naming the vessel was carried out by Lady Sponsor, Thandeka Mabija, who earlier this month was appointed General Manager for Human Resources at TNPA. TNPA Chief Operating Officer…

Keel Laid for Transnet’s New Plough Tug

Left to right: Executive Manager for TNPA Dredging Services, Carl Gabriel; GM of Tide Marine Shipyard, Fabian Crocker; Director and Head of Supplier Development of Tide Marine Shipyard, Taneal Crocker; TNPA GM: Infrastructure & Port Planning, Hamilton Nxumalo; and TNPA Chief Operating Officer, Phyllis Difeto (Photo: TNPA)

Construction of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) new bed leveler (plough tug) is underway and was marked by an official keel laying ceremony in Port Elizabeth on January 19. The new vessel is being designed, manufactured, assembled, commissioned and delivered to TNPA’s Dredging Services division by shipbuilder FTC Engineering (Pty) Ltd, trading as Tide Marine Shipyard. The Black-, woman-owned family company has a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBBEE) Level…

Durban Women Scoop Maritime Awards

Sylvia Siyo, Acting Ship Repair Manager in the Port of Durban (left), receiving the Best Head of Department in Transport award from Catherine Larkin, Executive Director of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Photo TNPA

Transnet National Port Authority women flew the flag high at the Women in Transport Awards which took place at the Durban ICC on 18 October 2016. The Women in Transport Awards is a collaborative platform co-located with the African Ports Evolution conference and exhibition, and is dedicated to recognising excellence within the rail and maritime industry in Africa. The prestigious awards ceremony was attended by a number of decision makers, business leaders and various stakeholders from the transport and maritime industry…

East London Terminals Invests in New Crane

Siya Mhlaluka

The East London multi-purpose terminals operated by Transnet Port Terminals have celebrated a historical moment this month when it took delivery of a new Liebherr mobile crane. The MV Annette vessel discharged the crane as a semi-assembled unit, which will be assembled by a team of engineers on site. “It is indeed an exciting moment for the East London terminals as this is a historical moment where East London received its first ever mobile crane. This also reaffirms Transnet’s commitment to increasing economic activity in this region,” says Siya Mhlaluka, TPT’s GM: Eastern Cape Terminals.

23 Kalmar Straddle Carriers for Transnet, South Africa

Straddle Carrier Photo Kalmar

Kalmar has won a large order to supply 23 diesel-electric straddle carriers to Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) Durban Pier 2, a dedicated straddle carrier operation in South Africa currently handling a throughput of 2.6 million TEU. The contract also includes a delivery of a straddle carrier simulator, which will be used for training purposes at the site. The order was booked in Cargotec's 2016 third quarter order intake with deliveries scheduled to be completed in 2017. Thandi Sabelo…

Transnet Appoints Ngqura Liquid Bulk Terminal Operator

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The Port of Ngqura is poised to play a vital role in ensuring the security of South Africa’s fuel supply, while creating a new petroleum trading hub for Southern Africa in anticipation of the relocation of existing liquid bulk facilities from Port Elizabeth. This follows the conclusion of an agreement between Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (Pty) Ltd (OTGC)to plan, fund, construct, own, maintain and operate a new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura.

TNPA to Issue Tender for Berth Deepening Mega project

Pier 2 has reached a key milestone with the multi-billion rand Main Marine Construction Works package due to go out to tender this month Photo TNPA

Transnet National Ports Authority will undertake its mega project to deepen and lengthen berths at Durban Container Terminal (DCT): Pier 2 has reached a key milestone and the multi-billion rand Main Marine Construction Works package will go out to tender in December 2016. This follows the two environmental approvals secured from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) last year for marine and landside works. The tender process for the landside works will follow at a later stage.

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