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21 July 2015

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

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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.

01 July 2015

Lack of multimodal collaboration hampers SADC trade competitiveness

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The need for greater multi-modal collaboration, increased infrastructure development – for ports, road and rail – as well as the ongoing issue of ever-escalating logistics costs were in the spotlight at the two-day Africa Ports & Harbours and Africa Rail Show 2015, which kicked off in Johannesburg yesterday.

16 July 2014

South African Shippers Council (SASC) announces new CEO

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You may recall me as the CEO of the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative, who went into semiretirement during 2011, and yes you are right, I could not stay retired and am happy to come out of my sabbatical and back into the logistics world of Africa that I am so passionate about, to take over the helm of the South African Shippers Council (SASC) ship, as CEO from the outgoing part time Executive Director, Dr Beverley Waugh.

26 June 2014

Netherlands Agree To Set Up Training Institute At Tema Port

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The Ports Development Partnership, PDP, Africa-Netherland has signed a Memorandum of understanding with the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, GPHA, at a ceremony in Tema, to set up a training institute at the Tema Port.

17 June 2015

Africa’s largest dredger sets course for Durban

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Africa’s largest dredger, the 101.5m long ‘Ilembe’ was launched in the Netherlands, and will be making its way to Durban early next year.

Transnets National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) trailing suction hopper dredger (THSD) was officially named at a ceremony at the IHC Merwede shipyard, where it was manufactured in Rotterdam on May 9. The R889-million dredger contract was completed within budget and three months ahead of schedule, Southlands Sun reported.

With a focus on improving the skills of South Africans and using local products, certain components were manufactured in SA. As part of IHC Merwede’s goal to transfer knowledge to the local industry, there is a plan to bring a dredging training centre, with Africa’s first dredging simulator, to the TNPA or the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence in Durban, ultimately enabling TNPA to train its own South African dredge masters.

So far, TNPA’s dredging fleet renewal programme has seen the delivery of a trailing suction hopper dredger, the Isandlwana and a grab hopper dredger, the Italeni, along with the replacement of two hydrographic survey boats.

“For TNPA, having a reliable, world-class dredging fleet plays a vital role in facilitating economic growth within the country by ensuring our ports’ entrance channels, basins and berths are a sufficient depth and well-maintained. The majority of this work can only be done by having two reliable THSDs in operation. We will only be in this position early next year, so we are very pleased with the early delivery times and thank the management of IHC for prioritising our build,” said TNPA chief executive Richard Vallihu.

The Ilembe was designed to have low maintenance costs and improved productivity. It will run a 24-hour operation, twice as long as the current standard. It will be self-sufficient, with its own workboat, which will be used as a hydrographic survey boat and for other functions.

“From keel laying in January of this year to launching took us only four months, which is a record. We have promised TNPA we will do our utmost to get the dredger to South Africa as soon as possible, and we are working very hard to make that happen,” said IHC Merwede executive director of shipbuilding, Fer Tummers.

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