Excitement palpable as SATC 2017 nears

Now just two weeks away, the 36th edition of the SATC (Southern African Transport Conference), promises to delight attendees, exhibitors, speakers and students alike. This year’s theme, ‘Southern African Solutions to Public Transport Challenges’ will no doubt provide much food for thought and dish up plentiful dialogue. While the topic will challenge even the most […]

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Seatrade Gains Energy Efficiency EDGE

Expanding its refrigerated container capabilities with an eye toward reducing energy consumption, Seatrade Group N.V. has acquired more than 2 400 Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE® container refrigeration units, This includes 2 000 featuring EDGE energy-saving technology. “The PrimeLINE units were selected for their reliability and performance as well as Carrier’s extensive support network,” says Gerben van Zwieten, […]

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Air Cargo Africa 2017 aims at building tomorrow’s market today 

Air Cargo Africa 2017, the fourth edition of the biennial air cargo industry conference and exhibition, themed around ‘Airfreight in Africa – Building tomorrow’s market today’ is set to focus strongly on shippers with the introduction of an exclusive Air Shippers’ Forum.     The 2017 event, which will take place from 21 to 23 […]

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TNPA women scoop coveted awards

Transnet National Port Authority women flew the flag high at the Women in Transport Awards which took place at the Durban ICC on 18 October 2016. The Women in Transport Awards is a collaborative platform co-located with the African Ports Evolution, African Rail Evolution, and the KZN Export Week conference and exhibition, and is dedicated […]

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Global pilot shortage looms large

The aviation industry is facing a global pilot shortage. This was initially thought to only be a threat in the rapidly expanding Middle East and Asian markets, but the shortage has spread to North America, Europe and Africa, suggesting that international airlines may start plundering pilots from South Africa. Currently, according to commercial aviation consultancy […]

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SAPICS 2017 to be held in Cape Town

In a break from tradition the venue for the 2017 SAPICS Conference and Exhibition for Supply Chain Professionals has been selected as Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town. The change is in line with the conference theme of “Business Unusual”. From 4 to 7 June 2017 professionals from procurement, mining, manufacturing, processing, packaging, and logistics […]

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Port projects tweaked to suit market

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, Ricky Bhikraj, Executive Manager for Capacity and Enablement at TNPA and Programme Director of […]

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TPT welcomes arrival of new Terberg Haulers at DCT

Transnet Port Terminals, Durban Container Terminal, (DCT), Pier 1’s new arrival of Terberg Haulers was fully operational by 12 August. The state-of-the art equipment, valued at R23,4 million is expected to make a significant impact on improving operational efficiencies at the busy terminal. “The benefits of having these new haulers at Pier 1 will improve the availability and ultimately, equipment reliability at our terminal,” says renda Magqwaka, Transnet Port Terminals’ GM: KZN Operations Containers. “The increased reliability will correlate to fewer breakdowns resulting in minimal interruptions to operations. Furthermore, the terminal will be able to operate SIX gangs without equipment shortages. “We are committed to delivering better services and achieving better turnaround times at Pier 1, and the arrival of these new haulers is a substantial investment by Transnet Port Terminals which clearly demonstrates that.” Driver familiarisation training took place recently, which included endurance testing on the haulers, allowing them to be handed over to operations earlier than originally anticipated. The newly designed seat of these haulers has a host of features, adjustments and lumbar support to improve the ergonomics of the machine. Furthermore, what makes these haulers different from the old ones is that the seat has a built in sensor that cuts off the engine when the operator has left the seat for more than a period of 5 minutes. The new haulers also have door sensors linked to the air conditioner that once the door is opened, the air conditioner switches off. Lastly the machines come with the same engine (Mercedes OM906LA Tier 3), which meets the Euromottheoneronsssals, infrastructureDCT pier 1 commence in January 2016.with a further 30 haulers planned  to be purchased in 2017/2 3A specifications with regards to emissions. As these new Terberg Haulers are part of a replacement project, they are to replace the current Mafi Haulers, thus the terminal will decommission and phase out 14 old Mafi Haulers respectively. Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) will begin the reverse logistics process for these Mafi Haulers. The hauler replacement project is planned to be completed in 2019, with a further 30 haulers planned to be purchased in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 financial year. The terminal is also embarking on the phased refurbishment of 18 Rubber Tyre Gantry cranes at DCT Pier 1 which is due to commence in January 2017. TPT has committed R385 million to the upgrading and improvement of equipment and facilities for Durban Container Terminals’ Pier 1. This is in line with the company’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS) launched in 2012 to create capacity well ahead of demand and improve productivity and operational efficiencies, with an additional R260 million earmarked for further upgrades in the 2016/2017 period.

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