PORTS, TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS SECTOR NEWS ROUND-UP, 20/2020 (26 OCTOBER – 6 NOVEMBER)

By Trudie Nichols,Andrew Pike Friday, November 13, 2020
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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 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 a variety of sources, covering stories from Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

For Coronavirus (Covid-19) related updates from South Africa…

Please see Bowmans’ dedicated ports and shipping web page for details of Covid-19 related regulatory changes, directions and updates in South Africa since 16 March. We also have a page dedicated to aviation regulatory changes, directions and updates.

For news about the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)…

African Union Trade Ministers meet to finalise outstanding AfCFTA matters
Read the full article from Africa Ports on 30 October 2020.

Patel chairs AU meeting to finalise AfCFTA negotiations
Read the full article from Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW on 29 October 2020.

For a selection of news stories from Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Nigeria…

Plans afoot to invigorate Mozambique-Malawi trade
Read the full article from Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW on 2 November 2020.

Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority reveal plans to concession Onitsha port
Read the full article from Africa Ports on 30 October 2020 

Kenya Pipeline Company set to regain share of EA petroleum market via Lake Victoria
Read the full article from Africa Ports on 28 October 2020.

DP World ready for return of citrus to Maputo
Read the full article from Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW on 28 October 2020.

Maersk Drilling secures three-well contract off Angola
Read the full article from Africa Ports on 27 October 2020.

For a selection of news stories from South Africa…

Liquefied petroleum gas import facility project, South Africa
Read the full project summary from Creamer Media’s Engineering News on 6 November 2020. 

Investment partners sought for Cato Ridge Dry Port Project
Read the full article from Africa Ports on 6 November 2020.

Proximity alone insufficient to assure SA firms any share of Mozambique gas action
Read the full article from Creamer Media’s Engineering News on 6 November 2020.

Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone races to meet June 2021 deadline
Read the full article from Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW 
on 6 November 2020.

AMSOL acquires product tanker for bunkering at Durban: to be South African flagged and manned
Read the full article from Africa Ports on 5 November 2020.

Ramaphosa addresses South Africa infrastructure roundtable
Read the full article from Creamer Media’s Engineering News
on 3 November 2020, which includes reference to planned infrastructure investment in ports and rail.

Durban Port Bulletin News
Read the full article from Africa Ports on 2 November 2020 and the full article from Africa Ports on 26 October 2020.

Volume and Vessel Call Performance
Read the full article from Africa Ports on 2 November 2020 and the full article from Africa Ports on 26 October 2020.

Collaboration boosts morale and productivity at Cape Town Harbour
Read the full article from Africa Ports on 2 November 2020.

Western Cape Government welcomes gas discovery at Luiperd
Read the full article from Africa Ports on 2 November 2020. 

Total makes second significant gas condensate discovery off South African coast
Read the full article from Africa Ports on 30 October 2020.

R1 billion Richards Bay mounded LPG storage facility commissioned
Read the full article from Creamer Media’s Engineering News on 29 October 2020.

Minister Tito Mboweni: 2020 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement
Read the full statement from the South African Government website on 28 October 2020, which includes reference to cross-border trade and the Economic Regulation of Transport Bill.

Transnet Annual Financial Results: Transnet delivers solid results in the year ending 31 March 2020, despite challenging operational environment.
Read the full press release from Transnet on 23 October 2020.

Transnet revamping concessions model to speed up private involvement in rail and ports
Read the full article from Creamer Media’s Engineering News on 23 October 2020.

For a selection of news stories about rail (Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania)…

Mbalula announces plans to curtail theft and vandalism of rail infrastructure in South Africa
Read the full article from Africa Ports on 5 November 2020.

Mozambique and Malawi sign MoU on building a railway linking the two countries
Read the full article from Africa Ports on 4 November 2020.

The Lake Victoria port of Jinja returning to life
Read the full article from Africa Ports on 28 October 2020.

Rail offers potential for Africa
Read the full article from Creamer Media’s Engineering News on 28 October 2020. 

Tanzania to introduce refrigerated trains for perishable cargo
Read the full article from Africa Ports on 27 October 2020. Also reported in Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW on 27 October 2020 here

For a selection of stories around land border crossings in Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe…

Beitbridge, Lebombo, Chirundu and Forbes-Machapanda
See Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW for a number of “Border Beat” stories over the last two weeks, around the congestion experienced at the Beitbridge border crossing between South Africa and Zimbabwe as well as issues recently reported at the border posts of Lebombo (between Mozambique and South Africa), Chirundu (between Zambia and Zimbabwe) and Forbes-Machapanda (between Zimbabwe and Mozambique).

Zambia moves customs nerve centre as Kazungula Bridge nears opening
Read the full article from Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW on 27 October 2020.