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 on 24 September, under the theme “Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet”.

Commemorative activities lined up by TNPA include several webinars catering for stakeholders from school learners to industry leaders, as well as a special virtual celebration to reflect on the maritime transformation legacy and celebrate Heritage Day and World Maritime Day.

TNPA Acting Chief Operating Officer, Captain Rufus Lekala, said, “As we look back on 20 years with TNPA as an operating division of Transnet, it is with great pride that we reflect on our achievements to transform our maritime resources. TNPA has replaced and built new infrastructure, replaced and grown its fleet and developed its mariners and personnel to ensure we’re able to handle new generation vessels and to compete effectively in an increasingly competitive global market.”

The National Ports Authority was formed in 2000, when Transnet’s then single port division, Portnet, was split into landlord and operator businesses. Sister division Transnet Port Terminals, then called South African Port Operations, became the division responsible for terminal operations, while TNPA’s focus has been port infrastructure and marine services, including its Real Estate business.

Over the last two decades TNPA has carved out a transformation legacy in the maritime sector, dating back to September 1999 when the first group of 12 Black trainees embarked on a training programme in Rotterdam aimed at bringing in a new generation of marine pilots, managers and other marine professionals.

Source: TNPA Press Release