PORTS, TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS SECTOR NEWS ROUND-UP 4/2022 (2 – 29 APRIL 2022)

By Andrew Pike,Trudie Nichols Friday, May 06, 2022
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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 Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Bowmans news…

Since our last round-up, during the week of 11 April, heavy rain and severe flooding caused widespread devastation in the Durban area. Shipping and port operations were temporarily suspended but have since resumed, as recorded in the announcements on Transnet’s website on 12 April here, on 14 April here and on 19 April here. The damage to the main road used by trucks to transport containers to and from the container terminals will take some time to repair. While temporary measures have been put in place, this is likely to add significantly to existing congestion difficulties around the port. The Request for Qualifications relating to the Durban container terminal number 2 (DCT2), published by Transnet on 11 February 2022 here, pre-dates this damage.

Coega Development Corporation hosted a sod-turning ceremony on 22 April for the new liquid bulk storage facility and pipeline which are being constructed in the SEZ for Orion Engineered Carbons who are relocating from the liquid bulk facility in the port of Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha). Orion is the only manufacturer in South Africa of carbon black, a vital ingredient in numerous vehicle components. The relocation of the Orion storage facility is important to the wider economy of South Africa generally and the Eastern Cape in particular. Bowmans is proud to be acting for Orion and continues to support them in getting this complicated project across the line.

The annual Transport Evolution Mozambique Forum and Showcase will be held in Maputo next week between 10 and 12 May. Trudie Nichols will be chairing the panel exploring the topic Implementing AfCFTA and improving trade corridors to facilitate cross-border trade, whilst Andrew Pike will be discussing PPP’s in the sub-Saharan port sector on a panel which will be consider inefficiencies and sustainability. The conference website and programme can be found here. 

PTL news round-up…

  • Coal from Botswana’s Morupule mine exported via Maputo (Botswana and Mozambique)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (29 April 2022).
  • Mozambique to establish sovereign fund as plans firm up for export of natural gas from Coral Sul FLNG (Mozambique)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (29 April 2022).
  • Double success for Shell’s discoveries offshore Namibia (Namibia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (29 April 2022).
  • KZN floods force Grindrod to suspend operations at five sites for weeks (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Creamer Media’s Engineering News (29 April 2022).
  • Bolloré to open new logistics base at Abidjan airport (Côte d’Ivoire)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (28 April 2022)
  • Vale concludes sale of Moatize coal mine and Nacala Logistics Corridor to Vulcan Resources (Mozambique)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (28 April 2022).
  • All systems go as Maputo handles first citrus shipment (Mozambique and South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (28 April 2022). Also reported by Africa Ports here.
  • CMA CGM to introduce dedicated new intermodal Harare-Maputo-Harare service (Mozambique and Zimbabwe)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (26 April 2022).
  • Guinea’s Kamsar port takes delivery of Damen Multi Cat 2409 vessel (Guinea)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (26 April 2022)
  • Walvis Bay Container Terminal up for concessioning (Namibia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (25 April 2022).
  • Shallow draught and ocean-side costs sink transhipment from Lüderitz (Namibia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (25 April 2022).
  • Zambian shortcomings hold back Walvis volumes (Namibia and Zambia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (25 April 2022).
  • CGA welcomes efforts to get Durban port, related infrastructure up and running (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Creamer Media’s Engineering News (22 April 2022).
  • Rehabilitation and expansion of Nacala port nearing completion (Mozambique)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (19 April 2022).
  • Strong interest shown with expressions of interest in Port of Richards Bay LNG Terminal (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (19 April 2022). The Richards Bay Request for Information issued on 13 February 2022 is available from Transnet’s website here
  • Richards Bay coal exports hit lowest figure in 25 years as exports dwindle – talk of force majeure (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (19 April 2022).
  • Opposition to the Uganda-Tanzania pipeline grows as insurers and bankers shy away (Tanzania and Uganda)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (19 April 2022).
  • Feasibility study for Trans-Zambezi railway is viable (DRC, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (19 April 2022).
  • The rehabilitation of Kigomo port on Lake Tanganyika (Tanzania)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (19 April 2022).
  • Congestion at Dar es Salaam forces container diversions to Mombasa (Kenya and Tanzania)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (19 April 2022).
  • APM Terminals Apapa unveils digital solutions at port complex (Nigeria)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (19 April 2022).
  • Kenya signs agreement for new Med Marine tug for Port Lamu (Kenya)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (12 April 2022).
  • Nigeria commences rehab of Port Harcourt-Maiduguri railway (Nigeria)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (12 April 2022).
  • GED Africa, DRC finalise 25-year infrastructure development concession agreement (DRC, Tanzania and Zambia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Creamer Media’s Engineering News (11 April 2022).
  • Transnet prepares to resume locomotive procurement to close gap left by halted 10-64 programme (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Creamer Media’s Engineering News (11 April 2022).
  • Namibia’s southern port loses feeder service (Namibia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (11 April 2022).
  • Next step in rail slot sale to private bidders (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (11 April 2022).
  • Port Statistics for January 2022 (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (11 April 2022).
  • Lack of liner capacity spells disaster for Western Cape shipments (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (11 April 2022).
  • Road freight delays continue on the Copperbelt corridor (DRC and Zambia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (11 April 2022).
  • Kasumbalesa queue stretches beyond Chingola (DRC and Zambia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (8 April 2022).
  • Opinion: Transnet’s private sector invitation appealing from afar but far from appealing (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Creamer Media’s Engineering News (8 April 2022).
  • Boost for Congo Terminal with 20 new port tractors and trailers (Republic of the Congo)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (6 April 2022).
  • Mombasa not trumping Durban, ports publisher says (Kenya and South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (6 April 2022).
  • Dar es Salaam bags the lion’s share of Copperbelt bulk freight (DRC, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (4 April 2022).
  • As DRC joins EAC, competition between Mombasa and Dar es Salaam routes could increase (DRC, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (4 April 2022).
  • Transnet land claim agreement at Richards Bay (South Africa)
    Read the full press release here. Source: Transnet (1 April 2022).
  • Transnet commences with sale of slots to third-party operators (South Africa) 
    Read the full press release here. Source: Transnet (1 April 2022)