BizTrends 2018


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New Durban cruise terminal confirmed

A newly signed agreement between Transnet and KwaZulu Cruise Terminal (KCT) is paving the way for a new cruise terminal facility in the Port of Durban...

18 Apr 2018

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The urgency of curbing pollution from ships, explained

The International Maritime Organization, a United Nations agency that regulates global shipping, is writing new rules to curb greenhouse gas emissions from ships by 2050...

By James J. Winebrake and James J. Corbett 17 Apr 2018

Dylan Govender
Face lift for SA custom regulations

According to current statistics produced by SARS' manifest processing system (MPR), the country's road modality is at 76% when it comes to electronic submission compliance with sea and air lagging at 50% and 24% respectively...

By Dylan Govender 13 Apr 2018

New coastal bunker barge operational in Richards Bay
New coastal bunker barge operational in Richards Bay

Amber II, now serving as a floating storage and fuel replenishment vessel for BP customer vessels at the Port of Richards Bay, is South Africa's first coastal bunker barge...

11 Apr 2018

Plans call for Massterly to design and build autonomous ships (Credit: Kongsberg)
World's first autonomous shipping company announced in Norway

Last May we heard about the Yara Birkeland, which is planned to be the world's first all-electric and autonomous container ship...

By Ben Coxworth 9 Apr 2018

Self-driving truck startup co-founder leaving Uber
Self-driving truck startup co-founder leaving Uber

SAN FRANCISCO, US - A co-founder of a self-driving truck startup Uber bought to rev up its autonomous vehicle efforts is leaving the ride-share company, CNBC reports...

3 Apr 2018

Port of Mossel Bay catalyst for Garden Route economic development
Port of Mossel Bay catalyst for Garden Route economic development

Delivering his keynote address at the recent Garden Route Investment Conference under the theme "creating opportunity in global uncertainty", Nico Walters, GM: strategy at Transnet National Ports Authority acknowledged the important role of ports in the local economy...

29 Mar 2018

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Transnet, South32 sign manganese-ore deal

Transnet and global mining conglomerate South32 have signed a manganese-ore bulkshipping agreement worth R10.4bn in revenue to the stateowned transport entity...

26 Mar 2018

Speaker: Dr Rutendo Hwindingwi, associate director at Deloitte South Africa.
Saaff Congress 2018 to put spotlight on innovation, technology

The SA Association of Freight Forwarders (Saaff) has announced details of its 2018 two-day congress for the freight forwarding and customs clearing industry in South Africa, scheduled for 29-30 August 2018...

23 Mar 2018

Colin Clegg, regional manager – CVS Ferrari and Mcebisi Mlonzi, chairman and CEO of Ritam Holdings.
Kwane Capital enters partnership with CVS Ferrari

Kwane Capital has signed a distribution and localisation agreement with Italy's CVS Ferrari, a leading supplier of port container handling equipment...

15 Mar 2018

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SA's bulk exports rose 4.3% year on year in February

TNPA said there was an error in the formula calculation for iron ore in January 2018, which had been corrected in February 2018...

By Dominic Preuss 13 Mar 2018

Ethiopia buys stake in Dubai-managed Somaliland port
Ethiopia buys stake in Dubai-managed Somaliland port

Ethiopia on Thursday acquired a stake in a port in the breakaway state of Somaliland, its operator DP World said, as a legal dispute rages over another major Horn of Africa shipping hub...

5 Mar 2018

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CNN Marketplace Africa to investigate growth of cruise ship tourism in SA

Host Eleni Goikos will speak to both cruise lines and ports who are seeing the economic benefits of growth in traffic...

2 Mar 2018

Lance Pullan of K-Line receiving the company’s award for Most Improved Shipping Line presented by TNPA Port of Durban’s Lwandile Mabuza (left) and Tshwaelo Matlhape (right).
All the Port of Durban Customer Awards winners

The winners of the TNPA Port of Durban Customer Awards event, which recognises Port of Durban terminal operators and their role in the success of the commercial seaport, have been announced...

27 Feb 2018

China building huge test site for unmanned ships
China building huge test site for unmanned ships

BEIJING, China - China has started building the world's largest test site for unmanned ships -- a technology with both civilian and military applications - off a port in the disputed South China Sea...

14 Feb 2018

The ongoing collision between tech and the transport and logistics sector
The ongoing collision between tech and the transport and logistics sector

Transport and logistics is fast gaining prominence as a sector to watch globally. Increased intercontinental trade has meant increased connection across different size economies...

By Mandisa Maketa 7 Feb 2018

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The digital evolution of South Africa's shipping industry

As South Africa's maritime and shipping industry continues to benefit from technological interconnectivity, the sector is on the brink of a true digital evolution - but requires dynamic changes to be made to its policies...

30 Jan 2018

Greg Cline
Balancing strategies critical for importers in 2018

Globally in 2017, unsustainable low rates, bigger vessels, and soft demand dominated the import sector, particularly from a shipping perspective. This has resulted in industry consolidation and a race for dominance...

By Dr Greg Cline 24 Jan 2018

Three-party international shipping joint venture gets the local nod
Three-party international shipping joint venture gets the local nod

A joint venture involving three international shipping companies - Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) - has been given conditional approval by the Competition Tribunal...

19 Jan 2018

Grindrod looking to list shipping business before June
Grindrod looking to list shipping business before June

Transport and logistics group Grindrod said on Tuesday that it would decide in the current quarter to proceed with a proposal to separately list its shipping business...

By Andries Mahlangu 17 Jan 2018

US maritime business students learn from SA
US maritime business students learn from SA

The 19 top-performing students from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy visited Nelson Mandela Bay recently as part of a South African tour to explore the cultural complexity of the global maritime industry...

17 Jan 2018

Ore dump pollution whips up new storm
Ore dump pollution whips up new storm

Port Elizabeth Harbour tenants are fighting mad about a new wave of air pollution from Transnet's two manganese ore facilities which is damaging property and business opportunities. It is also a health threat...

By Guy Rogers 11 Jan 2018

Benji Coetzee
#BizTrends2018: Industry 4.0: A disruptive revolution or simply evolution?

Historic industrial revolutions have led to the "silent generation" (the likes of Warren Buffet and the Beatles) bearing witness to both pre- and post- liberated populations...

By Benji Coetzee 10 Jan 2018

Greg Cline
#BizTrends2018: The changing face of imports

Logistics and imports are undergoing significant changes amidst an increasing awareness on the importance of being cost conscious and needing to find ways to be more efficient...

By Dr Greg Cline 8 Jan 2018

Hyundai shipbuilding stocks plunge on grim earnings forecast
Hyundai shipbuilding stocks plunge on grim earnings forecast

Shares in Hyundai Heavy Industries plunged by nearly a third on Wednesday after the world's largest shipbuilder by sales announced a plan to issue new stocks in a bid to shore up its ailing finances...

28 Dec 2017

Role of shipping in Nigeria's economic revival strategy
Role of shipping in Nigeria's economic revival strategy

Nigeria's shipping history will forever make reference to how foreign ship owners made record profits in demurrage charges from country during the 1970s and port congestion that trailed massive importation of post-civil war reconstruction materials into the nation...

By Sulaimon Salau 21 Dec 2017

SA youth must prepare for changing demands of global fleet
SA youth must prepare for changing demands of global fleet

South African youth may be better poised to ride the new wave of technology than their predecessors but they must be adequately prepared for the changing demands of the global fleet...

18 Dec 2017

Apapa port not conceived to receive trucks, fuel tankers
Apapa port not conceived to receive trucks, fuel tankers

The Apapa port was originally designed to receive imported goods and petroleum products and move them out by railway and pipelines, and not to receive articulated trucks and heavy-duty vehicles...

By Ejiofor Alike 13 Dec 2017

Why African ports need to harness technology
Why African ports need to harness technology

African ports needed African solutions that respond to the rapid technology changes in the maritime industry...

12 Dec 2017

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