Monday, 10 April 2017

Current ways of operating ports and port cities are not viable or sustainable and a complete change in mindset, technology and skills is needed in the very near future, Norton Rose Fulbright national transport team head and master mariner Malcolm Hartwell said this week.“Ships are getting bigger and bigger. Soon, cargo will move to megahubs and be transferred to smaller feeder ships operating along the coast. That is the way the world is moving.

“But, then, you have to have the facilities and technology to manage these vessels,” he pointed out during a presentation at the eThekwini Maritime Cluster’s Annual Maritime Summit, in Durban, on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

663 million people still lack improved drinking water sources.

IN 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22 as World Water Day. World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners.

The theme for World Water Day 2017 is ‘Why waste water?’ and discussions will take place around the following issues:

• Globally, over 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused.

Wednesday,15 March 2017

South Africa’s first dedicated training vessel, the SA Agulhas I, docked in Port Elizabeth today after a three-month voyage which took 30 sea-farer cadets to Antarctica and back.The Agulhas I was acquired by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) for training in support of the National Cadet Programme, which is being managed by the Port Elizabeth-based South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI).

The training is being funded by the National Skills Fund.The vessel sailed on 14 December 2016 from Cape Town with 30 cadets from the South African Maritime Training Academy (SAMTRA) and Marine Crew Services (MCS).

Wednesday,15 Wednesday 2017

A stakeholder engagement session that took place at Transnet Port Terminal’s (TPT) Durban Container Terminal (DCT) in March 2017 saw to educate and engage with the transport and maritime industry over the re-introduction of the container appointment system in an effort to tackle congestion issues and improve operational performance.

 

The container appointment system is due to address current challenges over truck and container transactions that are currently not spread evenly over a seven day week, resulting in some days of the week being highly pressurised when compared to others. The consequence of the pressurised days is longer truck turnaround times and ultimately congestion in the surrounding roads leading to the port.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has strengthened the Engineering department for the KZN region, which includes Richards Bay and Durban terminals, by appointing a Chief Engineer and Engineering Managers. They have been appointed to look after the welfare, service and maintenance of TPT’s multi-million rand specialized equipment that is stationed at the various terminals.