PORTS, TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS SECTOR NEWS ROUND-UP (2 APRIL 2018 – 13 APRIL 2018)

Friday, April 20, 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 Djibouti, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania.

Durban under threat from rival African ports but competition will benefit shippers
A copy of an article by Trudie Nichols, first published in the February 2018 edition of Export & Import Southern Africa, is now available on our website. Read the full article here.

New PricewaterCoopers report focuses on African port growth
Source: Port Technology (13 April 2018)
A new report by multinational professional services network PricewaterCoopers has identified how Africa’s ports and shipping sector could unlock the full potential of its economic growth. Read the full article here.

Nigeria pushes for early completion of all deep sea port projects
Source: FTW Online (12 April 2018)
Nigerian Ports Authority managing director, Hadiza Bala Usman, this week called for speedy completion of all deep sea port projects in the country. Read the full article here.

Djibouti versus DP World, round 4 or is it 5?
Source: Africa Ports (12 April 2018)
It is beginning to resemble a game of table tennis, with the arguments going backwards and forwards from each side. Following the recent response from DP World warning that there would be consequences for any other terminal operator to take up residence at the Doralwh or any other potential container terminal in Djibouti, the government of that country has hit back. Read the full article here.

Can China realise Africa’s dream of an East-West Transport Link?
Source: Africa Ports (12 April 2018)
African development hinges on a maddening paradox: its greatest asset - the sheer size and diversity of its landscape - is also the greatest barrier to its development. Read the full article here.

South Africa: Transnet National Ports Authority outlines its Island View Precinct Strategy
Source: FTW Online (11 April 2018)
Transnet National Ports Authority has outlined its Island View Precinct Strategy which will require its existing tenants to bid for tenders along with other businesses in an open public process in order to secure premises in the precinct. Read the full article here. Also reported in Africa Ports here.

Ivory Coast: Bolloré to invest EUR 400 million in Port of Abidjan
Source: FTW Online (11 April 2018)
French logistics major Bolloré has revealed plans to invest EUR 400 million in the construction of a second container terminal at Ivory Coast’s main port of Abidjan. Read the full article here.

South Africa: Richards Bay floating dock and ship repair a step closer
Source: Africa Ports (11 April 2018)
The much hyped Richards Bay ship repair facility including a floating dock is a step closer after confirmation that the project remains on track. Read the full article here.

South Africa: Cape Town Cruise Terminal goes into use: Safbulk Building to become training centre
Source: Africa Ports (11 April 2018)
The newly renovated Cape Town Cruise Terminal welcomed 50 cruise ships with
68 000 passengers during the 2016/ 2017 cruise season, reports TNPA Cape Town. This was 23 000 more passengers than the previous season. Read the full article here

Hapag-Lloyd’s "aggressive growth pattern" for Africa
Source: Africa Ports (11 April 2018)
Hapag-Lloyd’s Managing Director Area Africa, Samad Osman, gave a recent interview where he talked about Hapag-Lloyd’s strategy in Africa, potentials and challenges of the African market the significance of the newly created African Continental Free Trade Area for the continent and Hapag-Lloyd’s business. Read the full article here.

Construction of Lekki Port in Nigeria gets underway
Source: Africa Ports (10 April 2018)
Construction of the much talked about Lekki Port in Nigeria has finally got underway, if the latest reports are to be believed. Read the full article here.

DP World wards off Djibouti container terminal deals
Source: Port Technology (10 April 2018)
DP World has sent a warning to any parties that wish to operate Doraleh Container Terminal in Djibouti. Read the full article here.

Mauritania to get first deepwater port
Source: Port Finance (10 April 2018) 
Work will begin before the end of the year on Mauritania's first deepwater port in the city of Nouadhibou. Read the full article here.

Nigeria comes up with a plan for shallow channels
Source: FTW Online (9 April 2018)
The Nigerian Ports Authority has revealed plans to use more flat bottom vessels to overcome draught limitation problems. Read the full article here.

Tanzania: Strong interest shown in upgrading of Port Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika
Source: Africa Ports (9 April 2018)
Strong interest is being shown in the upgrading of the port of Kigoma on the northern shores of Lake Tanganyika. Read the full article here.

Nigeria: Shippers urge Federal Government to make Onitsha River Port functional
Source: Africa Ports (9 April 2018)
Nigeria’s Federal Government has been urged by the Anambra State Shippers’ Association to make Onitsha River Port functional. Read the full article here.

South Africa: Durban Cruise Terminal to receive the go-ahead on Monday
Source: Africa Ports (9 April 2018)
Eleven months after the announcement that a joint venture involving MSC Cruises South Africa and a black empowerment partner, Africa Armada Consortium, had been identified and confirmed as the preferred bidder to develop and build the new Durban Cruise Terminal. A signing ceremony is to be held next Monday
(16 April) in the old (existing) passenger terminal to confirm the go-ahead for the long-awaited project. Read the full article here.

South Africa: Ports regulator announces performance indicators for port incentive programme
Source: FTW Online (4 April 2018)
The Ports Regulator of South Africa recently announced its final decision on the key performance indicators that will be considered in terms of its new port efficiency incentive initiative. Read the full article here.

Kenya’s President Kenyatta calls for shipping links between Kenya and Mozambique ports
Source: Africa Ports (4 April 2018)
During a visit to Mozambique Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta expressed the need for shipping links to be developed between Kenya and Mozambique ports.
Read the full article here.

Discussing the significance of the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement
Source: Africa Ports (4 April 2018)
What does the Adoption of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) signify? Trudi Hartzenberg, tralac executive director, and Gerhard Erasmus, tralac associate, discuss the significance of the launch of the AfCFTA. Read the full article here.

South Africa: Changes at the top for Transnet National Ports Authority
Source: Africa Ports (3 April 2018)
Several leadership changes have been announced by Transnet National Ports Authority mainly affecting the Port of Durban. Read the full article here.