Older reefer ships reactivated as SA seasonal exports come under pressure

South African exports are coming under pressure due to increased congestion and a lack of available reefer containers.
This has had several knock-on effects, including bringing older-style bulk reefer vessels out of retirement.
Congestion brought on by the same phenomena as is affecting supply chains elsewhere, has been compounded by inclement summer weather, which has denied access to truck traffic and ruined schedules and bookings – vessels reportedly face average wait times …

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ZMPC sets foot in South Africa RTG market

China-based port equipment manufacturer, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) will supply automated rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to a South African port for the first time in its history.

On 29 June, ZPMC won the bid for 17 sets of RTGs in the Ports of Durban and Cape Town of Transnet Group of South Africa, which is the first time that ZPMC’s RTGs have entered the South African market.

The project was tendered in October 2020 and lasted for eight months, with ZPMC stating it broke the...


Servest Taking Action on Port COVID Relaxations

As the country has stepped down to lock down level 2, the Covid regulations have been relaxed to permit Crew Changes at the Ports of Cape Town and Durban.

We welcome this much anticipated change as we are committed to keeping your vessels moving by providing 24/7 support to vessels at Outer Port Limits, transport of crew, medical and technical personnel in Cape Town, Durban, Richards Bay and Port Elizabeth.

We are on standby to assist shipowners and agents to facilitate the compliant and safe...


Port of Cape Town Receives Additional Capacity to Assist in Terminal Operations

Transnet has introduced a number of solutions to deal with operational backlogs at the Port of Cape Town, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.

Through its operating divisions – Port Terminals and the National Ports Authority – Transnet has introduced bi-weekly virtual meetings with all the port multi-stakeholders, including private operators and customers, to find a seamless way to deal with the port backlogs resulting from the country’s lockdown regulations and worsened by COVID-19’s...


Vessel Fire Under Control at Port of Cape Town

A fire has been contained onboard a vessel berthed at the Cape Town Container Terminal.

The COSCO SHIPPING Lines container ship, COSCO SÃO PAULO, built in 2013 and currently sailing under the flag of Hong Kong, was stationed at berth 602 when Port Control reported seeing smoke billowing from the cargo hold around 13h00 on Tuesday, 26 May. Smoke had also been seen earlier when the vessel arrived outside the Port of Cape Town from Durban on Monday, 25 May.

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Ship Repair Facilities Operating at 100% Capacity

Port of Durban Dry Dock

South African port landlord Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has announced that its ship repair facilities are now operating at 100% capacity following the easing of lockdown restrictions to Level 4.

Operations will be guided by the agents’ docking schedules in the respective ports. TNPA’s existing ship repair facilities are located at the ports of Durban, East London and Cape Town, where there are dry docks, and at Port Elizabeth and Mossel Bay where there are slipways.

In a recent memo...


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