Port Development News

Tanger Med confirms its leadership for the 3rd consecutive year as leading container port in Africa

The north African port makes significant progress in the latest rankings “Lloyd’s List” and “Container Management” published this week and ranks 35th in Africa in 2019 after being ranked 46th in 2018. The port handled 4.8 million containers in 2019, recording the best progress in the top 50 with a growth of + 38%. On…Read More

TNPA marking 20 years of maritime transformation

Throughout September 2020, port landlord Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will commemorate its 20th year of existence and the impact its ambitious programme to foster transformation of the maritime industry has had on South Africa’s commercial ports. The celebratory programme will coincide with the country’s Heritage Month and the global commemoration of World Maritime Day…Read More


Maritime facilities have taken essential action and quickly applied their know-how in the face of COVID-19 impacts faster than other sectors. However, Emergency Response Plans (ERP), the crisis management discipline and business continuity planning will ever look the same again.COVID-19 is a dummy run for what we might expect from climate risks, although while the…Read More

South African Ports Collaborating Amid COVID-19

The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is leveraging off its complementary port system to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on its marine operations. The eight commercial ports have been supporting one another amid COVID-19, including redeploying staff and equipment where necessary to support ports more severely affected by COVID-19.Lessons learnt at the Port of Cape…Read More

Port of East London appoints new CMEO

Khayakazi ‘Pinky’ Somzana succeeded in overcoming gender bias to realise her dream of becoming a Chief Marine Engineer Officer (CMEO). The 37-year-old was appointed CMEO at Port of East London on 1 April 2020. She is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of all machinery and engineering functions on Tugboats which includes watch keeping,…Read More

SADC Guidelines on Harmonization of Cross Border Operations during COVID19 Pandemic

SADC has adopted special guidelines to harmonise and facilitate the movement of critical goods and services across the region during the Covid-19 pandemic. Countries in the region including Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana have enforced total lock-downs in an effort to stop the spread of the disease. In an effort to ease challenges posed…Read More

World Ports Sustainability Program sets up COVID19 Task Force with dedicated information portal

The task force and information portal have been set up in the spirit of international collaboration to help ports worldwide handle the immense challenges they are all facing with the global COVID19 outbreak. Using the simplified format of five frequently-asked questions, the task force will provide guidance on current best practices, the industry’s collective recommendations…Read More

New report highlights significant gains from AfCFTA implementation in East Africa

According to the report jointly published by the UN Economic Commission for Africa and Trademark East Africa, implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Eastern Africa could result in welfare gains amounting to USD 1.8 billion for East Africa, boosting intra-African exports by more than USD 1.1 billion and creating more than…Read More

Mombasa Cruise terminal to expect first cruise ship Thursday

The new world-class cruise ship terminal is ready to be commissioned, with the first ship expected to dock tomorrow (13 February 2020) ferrying high-end tourists. Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) confirmed arrival of the first cruise ship during peak season after vigorous efforts geared towards marketing of Mombasa as a cruise vessel destination. KPA chairman Joseph…Read More

KPA monitors vessels from China over Coronavirus

Vessels calling at the Port of Mombasa put on notice as authorities move to secure Kenya from invasion of the deadly coronavirus. Led by Kenya Ports Authority(KPA), the country is monitoring all vessels which have called at ports in China in the last two weeks. China being a major import source for Kenya and it’s…Read More