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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Saldanha Bay News

Mariners Set to Strike at South African Ports

South Africa's transport workers union Satawu threatened a "total shutdown" at major ports across the country from Thursday after issuing a 48-hour strike notice for mariners over a payment dispute, the union said on Tuesday.The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) called the strike after negotiations with management became deadlocked over salary discrepancies between black and white mariners, with what it says are white mariners drawing higher salaries than their black counterparts…

Eric Barnard, Managing Director for GAC Shipping. Photo courtesy GAC

GAC expands into Port Elizabeth

GAC South Africa has opened its fifth branch, to provide a portfolio of shipping services for oil & gas projects and LPG shipments at Port Elizabeth as well as its neighbouring port Ngqura (Coega). GAC has served customers with vessels calling at Port Elizabeth through a sub-agent for more than 10 years, and is now expanding its operations in the region in response to growing demand for GAC’s range of shipping, logistics and complementary services. “Increasing our presence to…

(left to right – Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape; Jeffrey Phang, Managing Director of Saldehco; Eric Hennet, Managing Director of Altus France (back); Sophie Masipa, Chairperson of Saldehco; Siyabonga Gama, Transnet Group Chief Executive; Mlamuli Buthelezi, Transnet Group Chief Operating Officer (back); Shulami Qalinge, Transnet National Ports Authority Chief Executive; and Alderman Marius Koen, Executive Mayor of Saldanha Bay Municipality (Photo: TNPA)

Agreement Paves Way for South African Offshore Supply Base

South Africa’s first dedicated and customized facility supporting offshore oil and gas activities will be introduced at the Port of Saldanha. This follows the conclusion of an agreement between Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Saldehco Pty Ltd, which was signed off at an official ceremony at the port on Monday, 23 April 2018.Saldehco is a privately owned South African company, comprising principal shareholder HARPS Holdings Pte Limited and local partner Semona Pty Limited.

Glencore Sees Record Oil Trading Volumes as Margins Shrink

Glencore looks set to cement its position as the world's second-largest oil trader as it tries to offset low volatility and tight margins with record volumes this year, its global head of oil, Alex Beard, told Reuters. The London-listed commodities trader and miner will shift around 6 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude and refined product this year, up 25 percent from last year. The figure represents around 6 percent of global supply and only rival Vitol trades more oil, at some 7 million bpd.

Photo: African Marine Solutions Group (AMSOL)

AMSOL Bags New Contracts

AMSOL has been awarded a five-year contract by the South African Department of Transport to operate the standby tug utilized as part of state driven proactive marine pollution prevention measures. And in another development, AMSOL has been appointed by the Sunrise Energy Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Import Terminal as the preferred marine contractor to fulfill marine operations and multi buoy mooring surface and subsea maintenance requirements in Saldanha Bay, South Africa. AMSOL’s…

Ricky Bhikraj, Executive Manager for Capacity and Enablement at TNPA and Program Director of the Authority’s Operation Phakisa program, addressing delegates at the African Ports Evolution conference on Wednesday, October 19. (Photo: TNPA)

TNPA Tweaks Port Projects on Market Slowdown

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said it had built flexibility into the tender specifications for Operation Phakisa new build projects at its ports in order to meet the current economic climate. Speaking at the African Ports Evolution 2016 Conference in Durban last week, Ricky Bhikraj, Executive Manager for Capacity and Enablement at TNPA and Program Director of the Authority’s Operation Phakisa program, said, “The global economic slowdown and lower oil price has had implications for new facilities being built by TNPA under the government’s Operation Phakisa initiative.

Photo: SAMSA

First SA Cargo Ship Registered

Three South Africa youths made history in South Africa’s maritime economy sector at the weekend when they boarded the country’s first registered cargo ship since the dawn of democracy. Similarly, the city of Nelson Mandela Bay also marked its name in the country’s maritime sector’s history books when it was confirmed as the home of the country’s first registered vessel since 1985. The city is already home to the country’s first higher education and research institute, the SA International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) based at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Graphs: Charles R. Weber Research

Suezmax Tanker Market on the Rise Yet Again

Suezmax tankers are looking good for a strong 2015 year, before posting a mild downside during 2016, but are poised to accelerate yet again in 2017 on rising deliveries, said shipbroker Charles R. Weber in its latest weekly report (Ref. “Suezmax earnings continued to experience surprising strength during the first quarter of the year with an average of ~$46,951/day exceeding our early-January projection by 15%. Through the full year, we have raised our projected average by 6% to ~$37,200/day.

One of the two Terex® rail-mounted gantry cranes at pier 2 of the Durban Container Terminal. Both cranes were manufactured in the Terex facility at Boksburg, South Africa.

Two Terex® RMG Cranes for S. Africa

Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has strengthened its presence in the largest container terminal in Africa. Two Terex® rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs) are now in operation at Durban Container Terminal, run by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), a subsidiary of state-owned Transnet SOC Limited. The new Terex RMGs are each equipped with a rotating trolley and have a span of 22.5 m, a lifting height of 11 m and a lifting capacity of 41 t under spreader. Powered by the terminal's electricity supply, they serve the rail terminal on pier 2 where they are replacing two 25-year-old cranes.

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