Ports, Transport and Logistics

‘The department is also well equipped to handle port infrastructure mandates.’ – Chambers and Partners, 2018

  • Overview
  • Significant Matters


Millions of tons of import and export cargoes move along the logistics corridors of Africa every day, using road, rail and pipelines for carriage from the hinterland to ports, and vice versa, liquid and dry cargo storage facilities and shipment or discharge through the terminals which populate those ports.

We have extensive expertise and experience in the ports, transport and logistics corridors sector across numerous countries on the African continent and deliver a comprehensive service facilitating relationships between land and sea users and owners of ports, terminals and equipment. We have advised on well over 100 related infrastructure projects, many of which have ports, transport and logistics corridors facets to them.

Our 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 contracts, establishment of all infrastructure pertaining to ports, terminals, storage facilities, inland terminals and logistics corridors such as rail and pipelines. 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.

In this context, we also advise our clients on establishing logistics infrastructure, relationships between land and sea users, building contracts from source to sea and equipment and other procurement contracts, as well as project finance and public-private partnerships.

Our service extends to undertaking risk management assessments as well as all litigation between parties to port or terminal operations.

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 Mozambique, Tanzanian and Kenyan ports as well as Namibia, Angola, Madagascar and Mauritius. 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 Mozambique, Tanzania, Ghana and Namibia.

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

Significant Matters