Transport & Logistics

Supporting South Africa’s new trains

Saft onboard battery systems are helping to ensure the smooth and reliable operation of South Africa’s Gautrain rapid rail network. The Gautrain is a new 80 km link that will serve Gauteng Province, providing a safe, efficient and reliable service to both commuters and airport travellers in the Johannesburg area.

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Forklifts doing well in beverage operations

The South African Breweries (SAB) and its Soft Drinks division Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI) have taken delivery of 150 Doosan forklifts from MPM Forklifts, a Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) partner.

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UAE’s port of Sharjah as direct call unveiled

Regional shipping line Safmarine has enhanced its Masiika Express service between the Arabian Persian Gulf and East Africa with the addition of a direct call at the UAE port of Sharjah.  The call provides direct access to the East African ports of Dar es Salaam and Mombasa.

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New horn of Africa service announced

Africa shipping specialist Safmarine has announced the launch of its first direct, fully-containerised shipping service between the Far East, the Arabian Gulf and the Horn of Africa.

A feature of the new Horn of Africa Service will be direct sailings to the ports of Djibouti and Port Sudan.

According to Safmarine’s Africa Trade Director, Dirk Geens, “These two ports are currently served via transhipment via either Salalah or Jeddah and direct calls will allow us to improve the service we offer to our customers by providing a more reliable, on time product.’

The introduction of the new service further strengthens Safmarine’s focus as a regional specialist in Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Sub-Continent, says Safmarine Liner Executive, Jan Scheck.  “These emerging markets are regions Safmarine knows well. Not only have we been serving them for many decades - both with container and with breakbulk services – but we continue to upgrade our product portfolio in order to better serve these regions. The introduction of the Horn of Africa Service is yet another example of our commitment to serving these growing markets.”

Capacity is not expected to increase significantly with the introduction of the new Horn of Africa service, which will be jointly operated by Safmarine and Maersk Line. This is because the shipping lines will use the same service to cater for Far East/Middle East volumes.

Vessels with a nominal capacity of approximately 2,900 teu will be deployed on the Horn of Africa Service, which will have the following rotation: Tanjung Pelepas - Jebel Ali - Djibouti - Jeddah - Port Sudan - Djibouti - Tanjung Pelepas.

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From West Africa to Asia via the South

CMA CGM has added a new call in Durban, South Africa, to its West Africa Express (WAX) service linking Asia to West Africa.

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