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28 July 2015

Do Carrier Alliances Boost Shipping Efficiency?

Posted in Industry news

A recent logistics briefing by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors articulates how carrier alliances could be helping shipping lines to increase their reliability.

A case in point was the 2M alliance, with both 2M members Maersk and MSC both seeing higher reliability percentages after 2M had begun operations, which is said to be as a result of Maersk's solid performance pre-alliance.

25 July 2015

TNPA to undertake R30m caisson repair project at Durban dry dock

Posted in Industry news

Durban's ageing dry dock will be closed for two months while Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) completes a R30-million repair to its badly corroded outer caisson.

24 July 2015

WTO’s SPS committee hears record number of trade concerns

Posted in Industry news

A record number of trade concerns on food safety and animal and plant health have been raised by members at the latest World Trade Organisation (WTO) committee on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures meeting last week.

24 July 2015

Marine transport, manufacturing at centre of Operation Phakisa

Posted in Industry news

Aimed at leveraging South Africa's strategic location and extensive coastline, Operation Phakisa will place at its centre the accelerated growth of the country's marine transport and manufacturing (MTM) sector, which government believes can contribute up to R23-billion to the national gross domestic product (GDP) by 2019.

23 July 2015

Mobile technology to improve port operations in Africa

Posted in Industry news

The Intergovernmental Standing Committee on Shipping (ISCOS) has developed a mobile phone-based tool for monitoring, reporting and resolving Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs).

These are experienced by users of ports and trade corridors in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.

23 July 2015

'Brics' bank launches in Shanghai, to work with AIIB

Posted in Industry news

Officials from the world's largest emerging nations launched the New Development Bank (NDB) on Tuesday, the second of two new policy banks heavily backed by Beijing that are being pitched as alternatives to existing institutions such as the World Bank. Also known as the Brics bank, it follows soon after the establishment of the China-led Asian Investment Infrastructure Bank (AIIB). The new bank will fund infrastructure and development projects in Brics countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

22 July 2015

Dutch signal award of huge lock contract

Posted in Industry news

The likely contractor for a huge lock project of vital importance to the port of Amsterdam has been announced.

Rijkswaterstaat, part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, yesterday announced its intention to award the contract for the design, construction, financing and maintenance of a new lock in IJmuiden to the OpenIJ consortium. This consists of BAM, Volker Wessels and DIF.

22 July 2015

Transnet awards bid for Cape Town Cruise Terminal

Posted in Industry news

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.

21 July 2015

Durban Shuts Dry Dock for Upgrade as Port Seeks to Win Customers

Posted in Industry news

The dry dock at the South African Indian Ocean port of Durban will be shut for two months of repairs as the country's third-largest city seeks to win new shipping customers.

21 July 2015

Louis Berger to support sub-Saharan Africa transportation sector development under A.C.P.-European Community Partnership

Posted in Press releases

PARIS, France, July 21, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Louis Berger (http://www.louisberger.com), as part of a consortium led by NTU International A/S, has been hired to support the development of the transportation sector in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (A.C.P.) Group of States, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

20 July 2015

10 Unknown Facts about Shipping Containers

Posted in Industry news

10. The Port of Shanghai is the busiest port in the world, handling more than 33 million TEU containers in 2013.

9. A standard TEU container can hold around 3,500 shoe boxes, and a 40ft high cube can hold more than 8,000 shoe boxes.

20 July 2015

Mombasa Port waives storage fees

Posted in Industry news

Kenya Ports Authority has said it will not charge storage fees that accrued as a result of delays in cargo clearance during recent industrial action by dockworkers.

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