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Ports, Transport and Logistics Sector News Round-Up 3/2023 (31 March – 12 May 2023)

18 May 2023
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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 Angola, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Gabon, Ghana, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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  • Copperbelt congestion – international intervention the only solution (DRC and Zambia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (12 May 2023).
  • Eastern Cape Port Development Roadshow kicks off TNPA plans (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (11 May 2023).
  • Namport has 17% increase in cargo tonnage handled in 2022
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (11 May 2023).
  • APM Terminals marks 17 years of Apapa port concession (Nigeria)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (10 May 2023).
  • Durban Container Terminal reports improvements in key metrics (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Creamer Media’s Engineering News (10 May 2023).
  • TNPA seeks interested parties to develop and operate LPG terminal at port of Cape Town (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (10 May 2023).
  • Richards Bay coal congestion worsens (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (9 May 2023)
  • SITA looking to bolster digitalisation of borders, travel in Africa (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Creamer Media’s Engineering News (9 May 2023).
  • TFR enhances manganese capacity (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (9 May 2023).
  • India expresses interest in helping build Mozambique’s North-South railway (Mozambique)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (8 May 2023).
  • Zikalala confirms small harbour upgrade programme is advancing well (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Creamer Media’s Engineering News (5 May 2023).
  • Transporters urged to keep moving across Zambia/DRC borders (DRC and Zambia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (5 May 2023).
  • MedPort Tangier (APM Terminals) takes delivery of first two of eight new STS cranes (Morocco)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (4 May 2023).
  • Go-ahead given for new Mozambique port at Chongoene (Mozambique)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (4 May 2023).
  • Port Maputo truck staging area opened (Mozambique)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (4 May 2023).
  • New multi-purpose terminal to be developed at Pointe Noire port by AD Ports (Republic of Congo)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (2 May 2023).
  • TotalEnergies says Mozambique LNG restart complicated by cost disagreements (Mozambique)
    Read the full article here. Source: Creamer Media’s Engineering News (28 April 2023).
  • SA government finalises Chinese ‘in-kind’ grant to explore new harbours (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (26 April 2023).
  • Angola tops a million tonnes of gas in exports (Angola)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (26 April 2023).
  • AfCFTA calls for reduced customs processes and the removal of visas
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (25 April 2023).
  • DP World Port of Dakar terminal sets new container record (Senegal)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (25 April 2023).
  • Port of Luanda unveils its developmental plan (Angola)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (25 April 2023).
  • South African port operator pursuing R8bn OEM strategy in bid to bolster equipment performance (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Creamer Media’s Engineering News (24 April 2023).
  • Rehabilitation of Beira-Zimbabwe line to be completed by September (Mozambique and Zimbabwe)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (24 April 2023).
  • Mashatile calls for removal of Africa’s structural and regulatory barriers to unlock investment in road and maritime infrastructure (South Africa)
  • Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (24 April 2023).
  • Cruise news
    Read the article on Mossel Bay, South Africa here, the article on Tema, Ghana here, the article on East London and Port Elizabeth, South Africa here, and the article on Walvis Bay, Namibia here. Source: Africa Ports
  • Collapse in rail service has increased road freight volumes and risks (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Creamer Media’s Engineering News (21 April 2023).
  • AI skills for digitised port operations key to SA economic growth (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW
  • Transshipment opportunity for SA ports (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (20 April 2023).
  • Innovate and expand your market, Minister tells Maputo Port company (Mozambique)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (19 April 2023).
  • Angola to enforce rules of maritime and inland waterway navigation (Angola)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (19 April 2023).
  • Transnet still opposed to meaningful private sector participation (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (17 April 2023).
  • TNPA extends deadline for Richards Bay LNG Terminal proposals (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (17 April 2023). Also featured by Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW here.
  • East Africa electrified railway tender signed (Burundi and Tanzania)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (12 April 2023).
  • Eni despatches FPSO Firenze to the Ivory Coast and the start-up of the Baleine field (Côte d’Ivoire)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (12 April 2023).
  • Ramaphosa meets country’s top exporters over rail and port logistics (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (11 April 2023).
  • Gabon looks to exploit its gas potential (Gabon)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (11 April 2023).
  • Transnet Engineering seeks partner to establish rolling stock leasing company (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (5 April 2023).
  • Durban’s notorious Bayhead Road gets relief with the opening of a bypass road (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (5 April 2023). Also featured by Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW here.
  • Mozambique wants border rail barriers with Zimbabwe and Malawi removed (Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (5 April 2023).
  • DP World’s Berbera Port operations expand with new edible oil terminal (Somalia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (4 April 2023).
  • Ports Regulator of South Africa
    On 31 March 2023, the Ports Regulator of South Africa published its Record of Decision and the Tariff Methodology applicable to the 2024/25, 2025/26, 2026/27 tariff periods on its website here.