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Ports, Rail and Logistics

According to Chambers Bowmans demonstrates expertise in road and rail infrastructure development, including O&M agreements.

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Millions of tons of import and export cargoes move along the logistics corridors of Africa every day, using road, rail and pipelines for carriage between the hinterland and the ports and using cargo storage facilities and shipment or discharge facilities at the terminals that populate those ports.

Our ports, rail and logistics offering includes advising on port and terminal regulations and legislation, terminal throughput agreements, ISPS, port economic regulation, terminal operating procedures (including rail and stockyard interfaces and management processes), storage and warehousing contracts, infrastructure development and financing for ports, terminals, liquid and dry bulk storage facilities, inland terminals and rail and pipeline logistics corridors.

Our expertise integrates all of the contractual and regulatory aspects of ports, terminals and logistics corridors with the physical establishment and financing of the infrastructure, extending also to trade and trade finance agreements. In this context, our services include project finance and public-private partnerships in the ports, rail and logistics sector.

We also carry out project risk assessments and, as an ancillary, deal with all types of litigation between parties in the sector.

We serve all of the ports in South Africa, including Cape Town, Durban, Ngqura/ Coega, Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay and Saldanha and numerous ports in Southern Africa including all Kenyan, Mozambiquan, Tanzanian and ports as well as ports in Angola, Madagascar, Mauritius and Namibia. We are also the listed legal correspondent in the ports of Cape Town and Port Elizabeth for most of the International Group of P&I Clubs.

We have worked on a number of major projects, including the new Durban cruise terminal as well as full rail, terminal and port developments in a number of countries in Africa including in Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia and Tanzania.

Our clients include project sponsors, financiers, various government departments, international logistics infrastructure developers and operators, shipping lines, national port authorities, financiers and insurers.

Key Contacts


    Andrew Pike

    Head of Ports, Rail and Logistics and Project Finance Practice member

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