Port Development News

International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA) Announces New Regional Committee in Africa

The endorsement sees establishment of the African Harbour Masters’ Committee (AHMC), the second such committee to be created under the Association’s Constitution which allows a region of IHMA to be formed in an area of the world, the boundary of which is defined by named countries. IHMA’s Executive Committee unanimously supported the proposal which was…Read More

Namport New CEO Appointment

The Board of the Namibian Ports Authority has appointed Mr. Andrew Kanime as the Chief Executive Officer of the Authority. The appointment is effective from the 1st of November 2020 and is for a five-year term. Mr. Kanime holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), an Honors degree in Accounting and Finance as well as…Read More

Seychelles Ports Authority Takes Delivery of New Tug From Sanmar

Seychelles Ports Authority (SPA) recently completed technical acceptance of a new azimuth stern drive (ASD) tug from Sanmar Shipyards in Turkey. The latest addition to the SPA fleet is another of the Sanmar flagship RAmparts 2400SX, designed by Robert Allan Limited exclusively for Sanmar and designated the Bogacay XLI. Mobilisation has already commenced under the…Read More

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