PORTS, TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS SECTOR NEWS ROUND-UP (16 APRIL 2018 – 27 APRIL 2018)

Friday, April 27, 2018
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The pace of infrastructure and transport developments in Africa is rapid. Our Ports, Transport and Logistics (PTL) Sector Group draws on a network of multi-disciplinary experts across Africa in fields as diverse as project finance, construction and environmental law, to keep you in the know.

We are pleased to present Bowmans’ latest PTL news round-up. Our regular round-ups bring you a selection of PTL- related stories and keep you up to date regarding developments in the space across Africa.

This edition includes news headlines and links to articles from a variety of sources, covering stories from Angola, Djibouti, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Somalia, Somaliland, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.

It also includes the news that the Durban Cruise Terminal Agreement was signed by Transnet on 16 April 2018. Bowmans is advising the preferred bidder, KCT, a joint venture between MSC Cruises SA and Africa Armada Consortium.

South Africa: Coega Development Corporation plans Africa expansion
Source: FTW Online (27 April 2018)
The Coega Development Corporation yesterday revealed plans to expand into new markets on the continent by assisting governments to implement their own infrastructure programmes. Read the full article here.

Kenya: SGR line being laid to 10 berths at Port of Mombasa
Source: Africa Ports (26 April 2018)
In a measure aimed at improving and speeding up the transfer of cargo from ship to rail, Kenya Railways Corp is extending the standard gauge railway at the Port of Mombasa to include 10 berths that fall under the jurisdiction of the Kenya Ports Authority. Read the full article here.

Ghana Ports and Harbours signs MoU to build new port at Keta
Source: Africa Ports (26 April 2018)
The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Diamond Cement Ghana Ltd, one of the top cement producers in the country to begin construction of a port at Keta in the Volta Region. Read the full article here. Also reported by FTW Online here.

Nigeria to stop funding old ‘narrow gauge’ rail lines
Source: Africa Ports (26 April 2018)
Nigeria’s Federal Government is to withhold funding the country’s existing network of ‘narrow gauge’ rail lines, says transport minister Rotimi Amaechi. Read the full article here.

Uganda: Port Bell to Kampala Corridor to reopen with testing of cargo train
Source: Africa Ports (25 April 2018)
Uganda Railways Corporation will later this week run a test train carrying cargo from Port Bell on the shores of Lake Victoria to the Uganda capital of Kampala. Read the full article here.

Togo and Guinea: French billionaire Vincent Bollore detained over acquisition of Lome and Conakry ports
Source: Africa Ports (25 April 2018)
French billionaire and founder of the logistics conglomerate that bears his name and one of France’s most powerful businessmen, Vincent Bollore, was detained in Paris on suspicion of corruption concerning deals struck that are alleged to have a subsidiary of the Bollore Group to operate port terminals in Conakry and Lome. Read the full article here.

WCO finalises draft framework of standards on cross-border e-commerce
Source: FTW Online (24 April 2018)
The World Customs Organisation Working Group on e-Commerce this month finalised a draft framework of standards on cross-border e-commerce. Read the full article here.
 
South Africa: Transnet and Saldehco’s signed agreement paves way for
South Africa’s first offshore supply base
Source: Africa Ports (24 April 2018)
South Africa’s first dedicated and customised facility supporting offshore oil and gas activities will be introduced at the Port of Saldanha. Read the full article here.
Also reported by FTW Online here.

Kenya: Japanese contractor Toyo wins contract to build Mombasa’s second container terminal
Source: Africa Ports (24 April 2018)
The Japanese firm of Toyo Construction Co has been selected to build the
USD 319 million second container terminal at the Port of Mombasa. Read the full article here.

DP World advised by Somalia to reconsider its contract options with Berbera Port
Source: Africa Ports (24 April 2018)
Somalia’s foreign minister on Friday advised Dubai state-owned port operator DP World to reconsider its contract with the breakaway region of Somaliland and work with federal authorities so Somalia’s sovereignty is not violated. Read the full article here. Also reported by Port Strategy here.

Development banks sign collaboration MoU to support growth in Africa’s infrastructure
Source: FTW Online (23 April 2018)
In a move designed to enhance collaboration on sustainable economic development in Africa, the African Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Read the full article here.

Nigeria: SIFAX Group consortium wins Warri Port Terminal Concession
Source: Africa Ports (23 April 2018)
The SIFAX Group-led consortium, Ocean and Cargo Terminal Services Ltd, has been declared the preferred bidder of Terminal B, Warri Old Port. Read the full article here.

South Africa: Resignation of Transnet’s chief financial officer: Garry Pita
Source: Transnet (19 April 2018)
Transnet SOC Ltd has accepted the resignation of its chief financial officer
Mr Garry Pita, who resigned today, 19 April 2018. Read the full article here.
Also reported by Africa Ports here and by FTW Online here.

BRICS countries debate legal framework for customs cooperation
Source: FTW Online (19 April 2018)
BRICS countries have agreed to strengthen cooperation to facilitate trade among member countries and other developing countries as well as explore systems to identify risk in customs and tax administrations, acting SARS commissioner Mark Kingon announced in Durban today (Thursday). Read the full article here.

Djibouti developments could threaten SA suppliers
Source: FTW Online (19 April 2018)
Plans to construct a new container terminal at the Port of Djibouti will provide impetus for the East African port’s ambitions to position itself as a trade and logistics hub for the continent. Read the full article here.

South Africa: Port infrastructure gives SA coal exporters the edge over Mozambique
Source: FTW Online (19 April 2018)
Mozambique is well placed to compete with South African coal exports in the Middle East and North African markets, according to S&P Global Platts, but port capacity and infrastructure challenges are an obstacle to growth. Read the full article here.

Europe’s largest port releases app to optimize shipping
Source: Port Technology (18 April 2018)
The Port of Rotterdam Authority has released the first version of its new digital application 'Pronto' to cut the waiting time of 30 000 vessels that call on Europe's biggest port every year. Read the full article here.

South Africa: New tug and harbour craft basin at Ngqura Port completed
Source: Africa Ports (18 April 2018)
A ZAR 360 million Admin Craft Basin in the Port of Ngqura has been completed and will shortly be the new home for three harbour tugs and one pilot boat. Read the full article here.

Port Techobanine back on Mozambique agenda
Source: Africa Ports (18 April 2018)
The proposal of building a deepwater port at Techobanine in Mozambique, halfway between the KZN border and Maputo, just won’t disappear. Read the full article here.
 
Angola looks to the UN to assist with port management training
Source: Africa Ports (18 April 2018)
Angola has turned to the United Nations to provide aid in the training of management and maintenance personnel at the country’s ports as a means of helping develop the sector. Read the full article here.

Mauritania’s Nouadhibou Deepwater Port construction begins this year
Source: Africa Ports (18 April 2018)
Construction of Mauritania’s first deepwater port at Nouadhibou is due to commence this year. Read the full article here.

Mozambique thermal coal well placed, but challenges lie in port capacity
Source: Africa Ports (18 April 2018)
Mozambican thermal coal is well placed to compete with South African material in growing Middle East and North African markets, though challenges lie in port capacity issues limiting export growth, according to an Egyptian-based trader. Read the full article here.

Debut Africa Blue Economy Forum announced
Source: Africa Ports (18 April 2018)
The first Africa Blue Economy Forum (www.ABEF2018.com) is to be held in London on 7 and 8 June 2018, to coincide with World Oceans Day. More than 150 delegates and speakers are expected to attend, including government ministers, business leaders, ocean experts and environmental and maritime organisations, to discuss the economic contribution of the African oceans. Read the full article here.

Private sector bumps up infrastructure investment in developing countries
Source: FTW Online (18 April 2018)
Private sector investment in developing country infrastructure projects rebounded in 2017 by 37% according to a new report released by the World Bank yesterday. However, investment commitment levels remained 15% below the average for the past five years. Read the full article here.

South Africa: TNPA lays out plan for Durban’s liquid bulk hub
Source: Port Strategy (17 April 2018)
South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority has outlined an Island View Precinct Strategy, concerning the country’s Port of Durban, that “aims to facilitate greater participation of historically-disadvantaged persons in terminal operations". Read the full article here.

Nigeria: CMA CGM signs to operate Lekki Port’s future container terminal
Source: Africa Ports (17 April 2018)
The CMA CGM Group and Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to operate Lekki Port’s future container terminal. Read the full article here. Also reported by FTW Online here and by Port Strategy here.

Low-cost couriers hold key to online shopping success
Source: FTW Online (17 April 2018)
E-commerce offers both opportunities and threats to local suppliers – but more opportunities than threats for logistics companies. Mckinsey’s Global Institute estimates that the African market could be buying USD 75 billion worth of goods and services online by 2025. Read the full article here.

Cargo handling to increase at Tanzania’s Tanga Port
Source: Africa Ports (16 April 2018)
Tanzania’s oldest sea harbour and gateway, Tanga Port, is to have its cargo handling capability increased by 300% in the coming two years. Read the full article here.

PWC calls for more strategic investment in Africa’s ports
Source: Africa Ports (16 April 2018)
It was reported from Johannesburg on 12 April that Africa needs to take advantage of the economic potential of its ports and shipping sector if it is to realise its growth ambitions. Despite the high volumes of goods that require transport, the development and integration of ports in Africa’s wider logistic chains remains uneven. Read the full article here.

South Africa: Signed agreement between Transnet and KCT paves way for new Durban cruise terminal
Source: Transnet (16 April 2018)
Transnet National Ports Authority has concluded an agreement that will see KwaZulu Cruise Terminal Pty Ltd  finance, construct, operate, maintain and transfer a new cruise terminal facility in the port of Durban by October 2020. The parties signed off on this ZAR 200 million-plus project at an official ceremony on Monday, 16 April 2018. Read the full article here. Also reported by Africa Ports here.
Bowmans is advising the preferred bidder, KCT, a joint venture between MSC Cruises SA and Africa Armada Consortium.