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Ports, Transport and Logistics Sector News Round-Up 10/2022 (19 September – 31 October 2022)

4 November 2022
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In light of the rapid pace of infrastructure and transport developments across Africa, our Ports, Transport and Logistics (PTL) Sector Group is pleased to present Bowmans’ latest PTL news round-up. Our regular round-ups bring you a selection of pan-African PTL-related stories and keep you up to date regarding developments in the space across Africa.

We draw on a network of multi-disciplinary experts across Africa in fields as diverse as regulatory, project finance, construction and environmental law, to keep you in the know about developments and thought leadership in the PTL space.

The articles to which we refer readers are, unless stated otherwise, neither written nor edited by ourselves and appear in their original form. Bowmans does not necessarily agree with opinions expressed in those articles.

This edition includes news headlines and links to articles from Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

  • Draft South African Shipping Company Bill (South Africa) 
    The Department of Transport has issued an invitation to interested stakeholders to participate in consultations on a first Draft South African Shipping Company Bill during November 2022. Further details, including deadlines for written submissions and registration for participation in virtual stakeholder events, are available from the South African Government’s website here. The Draft Bill is available from the Department of Transport’s website here.
  • Transnet Port Terminals uplifts force majeure across all terminals (South Africa)
    Read the full press release here. Source: Transnet (31 October 2022).
  • “Co-opetition” set to get Transnet to the top (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern African Government News Agency (31 October 2022).
  • South African transport infrastructure needs to be prioritised, panel states (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Creamer Media’s Engineering News (28 October 2022).
  • SARA pushes for greater regional integration in rail development (Namibia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Creamer Media’s Engineering News (28 October 2022).
  • Hamburg line’s visit confirms Walvis Bay’s growing popularity (Namibia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (28 October 2022).
  • Lack of finance, security still plaguing South Africa’s transport industry – panel (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Creamer Media’s Engineering News (27 October 2022).
  • Cable theft is TFR’s biggest post-strike stumbling block (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (25 October 2022).
  • Scanners go into use at Apapa port over a month ago (Nigeria)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (25 October 2022).
  • Still no resolution in high cube container impasse (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (24 October 2022).
  • Abidjan’s new ‘Côte d’Ivoire’ container terminal’s successful test call (Côte d’Ivoire)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (24 October 2022).
  • BP tanker arrives to load LNG at the Coral Sul FLNG (Mozambique)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (21 October 2022).
  • Plans for new port on Mozambican coast announced (Mozambique)
    Read the full article hereSouthern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (21 October 2022).
  • World Bank to finance Nacala port upgrades to assist Malawi (Malawi and Mozambique)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (21 October 2022).
  • Update on force majeure declared by Transnet Port Terminals (South Africa)
    Read the full press release here. Source: Transnet (21 October 2022).
  • Zambia’s president commits to full use of Walvis Bay’s Zambia Dry Port (Namibia and Zambia)
    Read the full article hereAfrica Ports (20 October 2022).
  • Transnet concludes three-year wage agreement with majority union, UNTU (South Africa)
    Read the full press release here. Source: Transnet (17 October 2022).
  • MSC’s TiL is the preferred bidder for Walvis Bay Container Terminal concession (Namibia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (17 October 2022). Also reported by Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW here.
  • Kazungula – a free-flowing border blocks up (Botswana and Zambia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (11 October 2022).
  • Positive expressions of interest in Transnet’s Renewable Energy RFI (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (11 October 2022).
  • Walvis Bay records several important bulk shipments through port (Namibia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (11 October 2022).
  • Almost 30 vessels stuck as 90% of workers on strike at some Transnet harbours (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Creamer Media’s Engineering News (11 October 2022).
  • Strike Action: Full effect of worker stayaway expected from today (South Africa) 
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (10 October 2022).
  • Second batch of rail wagons arrive for Mozambique railways (Mozambique)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (6 October 2022).
  • Kribi Container Terminal in Cameroon to triple capacity by 2024 (Cameroon)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (4 October 2022).
  • SA fiscus loses R9 billion to truck attack crime (South Africa) 
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (29 September 2022).
  • Port of Tema MPS Terminal 3 – Benefits of Berthing Window (Ghana)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (29 September 2022).
  • Cornelder undertakes upgrades at the port of Beira (Mozambique)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (29 September 2022).
  • Improved transport services can boost intra-Africa trade
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (28 September 2022).
  • Transport minister says government working with Transnet to restore rail (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (28 September 2022).
  • Access roads to Cameroon’s Port of Kribi and adjacent industrial site to be upgraded (Cameroon)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (28 September 2022).
  • The Economic Regulation of Transport Bill passed by the National Assembly (South Africa)
    Read the full media release here. Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa (27 September 2022)
  • Antwerp could help Dar es Salaam get ahead (Tanzania)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (27 September 2022).
  • Preparations for building a new Tanzanian port at Bagamoyo underway, says TPA (Tanzania)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (27 September 2022).
  • East African shippers concerned about Suez Canal transit fee increases (East Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (27 September 2022).
  • Port of Walvis Bay handles 80 new tipper trucks for mining operation (Namibia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (23 September 2022).
  • Rubber Tyre Gantries arrive for Durban Container Terminal, STS for Cape Town (South Africa) 
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (22 September 2022). Also reported by Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW here.
  • DP World wins again in latest judgement over Djibouti concession (Djibouti)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (22 September 2022).
  • Maputo port gets new bunker service (Mozambique)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (21 September 2022).
  • Progress reported on Durban’s main container road to & from port (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (19 September 2022).
  • President Ruto reverses rule of clearing containers inland, Mombasa reinstated (Kenya)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (19 September 2022).