South Africa

Cape Town port sets Task Team to deal with congestion

The Port of Cape Town, the Department of Economic Development and Tourism and additional parties that attended a meeting on December 5, agreed on the implementation of a task team to handle the congestion taking place at the port, affecting the operations.

LNG bunkering operations to begin in Algoa Bay, S. Africa

DNG Energy, a South African LNG infrastructure provider, will start LNG bunkering in South Africa’s largest bunkering port, Algoa Bay. The initiative aims to improve access to LNG bunkers for commercial vessels on a trading route, that sees 56,000 vessels transit the region every year. Bunkering operations are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2020.

Port of Ngqura faces delays due to labour issues

Attempts to address vessel berthing delays at Durban harbour have not led anywhere, as Transnet seemed to receive pressures to mitigate industry fears regarding port-side a strike action for an alleged non-payment of bonuses. After the fact that berthing delays got worse, leading to ships waiting seven days or more to dock, the local markets face important supply chain ramifications.

China invests in African ports, despite risks

According to Deutsche Welle, the value of the products exchanged between China and Africa surpassed the $200 billion (€177 billion) in value last year, making it the continent’s largest trading partner. The vast majority of these were shipped — more than 90% of Africa’s exports travel by sea.

TNPA stops South African transport workers’ strike action

South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) announced it has managed to stop the strike action planned by South African Transport and Allied Workers Union, Tuesday. This was realised through a court interdict obtained by Transnet on 29 May.

Port of Cape Town to introduce helicopters for pilot transfers

South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority announced that it decided, after a successful trial in October, to introduce a service to transfer pilots to and from vessels through helicopter. The helicopter service is expected to be introduced in Cape Town in 2021.

Port of Ngqura is the first to have fixed sand bypass system

Port of Ngqura in South Africa is the first port, globally, to have constructed a jet pump sand bypass system, enabling it to be in line with its dredging targets of 240,000 tons of sand per year. It’s the only port in South Africa to have a record of decision – environmental legislation – for its construction and operation.

Port of Durban container volumes boost in 2018

Port of Durban in South Africa, experienced an increase in its container, liquid bulk and dry bulk volumes during 2018, according to Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) data. The volumes achieved are the highest volumes in the last seven years.

TNPA reports that berths repairs will not affect the port of Elizabeth

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) reassured that contingency plans are in place to prevent disruptions to fuel supplies during a scheduled five-week shutdown of the tanker berth in the Port Elizabeth harbour from 18 February until 25 March. The berth outage will enable repairs to be continued on the corroded steel structures supporting the berth’s access walkway.

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