Port of Durban Monitor Issue 4 - Aug 2015 Edition
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Transcripts - Port of Durban Monitor Issue 4 - Aug 2015 Edition
PORT OF DURBAN
MONITORISSUE 04 AUGUST 2015 EXTERNAL NEWSLETTER
Maydon Wharf Berth Reconstruction on Track
The reconstruction of the six berths at Maydon Wharf is progressing well despite numerous challenges.
Achievements to date include Berth 1 physical construction and dredging both 75% complete, Berth 2 physical construction 56.16% and
dredging 45% complete, Berth 13 physical construction 59% and Berth 14 physical construction 36,35% complete.
Recovery plans were implemented to make up for the month-long suspension of dredging activities as a result of a vegetable oil spill that
occurred in March 2015, as well as other delays such as unforeseen obstructions at Berths 1, 2 and 13, to ensure berths are completed in
line with stakeholder requirements.
Berth 107 Called to Draught
Berth 107 has been called to the permissible draught of 12.2m.
“While we celebrate this achievement, we are cognisant of
the inconvenience that the unplanned dredging exercise has
imposed on shipping and thank our customers for displaying
patience,” said Durban Port Manager, Moshe Motlohi.
“We are also making progress on procuring the services
of a hired dredger for the Port of Durban. The request for
proposals closed on 26 August and we intend to award the
tender to the successful bidder by early October 2015,” he
TNPA continues to dredge the berth pockets using the Impisi
plough tug, while the Italeni dredger undergoes compulsory
planned maintenance until end-September 2015.
Caisson Repair Underway
TNPA has adjusted the project schedule for its caisson repair project at the Durban Dry Dock and is working to minimise any further impact
on the ship repair industry. This follows an unforeseen 18-day delay on routine repairs to the AFRICA MERCY vessel which were being
carried out by Dormac Marine and Engineering.
The vessel was due to leave the dock on 31 July but Dormac discovered parts for its shaft that had to be sourced from overseas. AFRICA
MERCY finally sailed on 18 August and TNPA’s contractor took full occupation of the dock on 19 August. The facility will now be non-
operational for two months from 19 August to 20 October instead of the original planned shutdown over August and September. The
expected completion date of the caisson repair project has also shifted by two-and-a half weeks from November to mid-December.
One month after the Integrated Ports Management System (IPMS) went live at the Port of
Durban 225 vessel calls have been managed via the system – 36 bunkers, 174 cargo working
vessels, five lay-up, seven repairs and three transhipments.
Port of Durban users registered on the system include 261 internal users and 177 external
users (37 of 68 targeted agencies and 140 agents). Following its successful launch in the
Port of Durban, IPMS has since gone live at the Ports of Cape Town and Saldanha.
The system is not yet being fully utilised for processing transactions and manual processing is still running parallel during this early stage
of the changeover. As a norm with a new system there are teething problems that are resolved as and when encountered. The IPMS team is
providing functional and technical support to users continuously to ensure optimum system usage.
The KZN Region Strategic Business Forum on 27 August 2015, opened by CE, Mr Richard Vallihu, reaffirmed TNPA’s determination to
digitise South Africa’s ports and change the port landscape in Africa, with a view to delivering optimal, affordable services to customers.
Achievements highlighted included the successful launch of the first phase of the IPMS, which ultimately will offer end to end visibility of
the entire logistics chain. TOPS (Terminal Operational Performance Standards)/MOPS (Marine)/ROPS (Rail) and HOPS (Haulier) are being
integrated into the Operations Centres.
Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS) projects were also under the spotlight as Mr Vallihu announced that TNPA had concluded an
agreement with relevant government departments for the leasing of land required for the Salisbury Island Infill Project, intended to expand
Pier 1. The new Ilembe dredger will be commissioned in December 2015.
Forum Brings Customers up to Date on Strategic Projects
Port Manager, Moshe Motlohi, and Gary Young, Property Manager.
Bridget Bishenden, Sapref Legal Manager posing a question to the
TNPA panel on the Island View precinct strategy.
CE, Richard Vallihu, setting the scene during his welcome address.