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Old April 16th, 2009, 10:40 AM   #321
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Cool one,

Mareikes existence as declared in the contract with Transnet is one million per calendar day, all in.

A few other points, Ramosnet , ie during her time there, went to the markets with all of her skill and raised the current funding, they got 10% of what they were looking for, this was done during the worst period of the crunch but it hasnít changed much as only absolutely essential funding is coming to light for RSA, ie power stations, as a investment destination the blokes in say China who she nailed and speak daily to the bank that bought 20% of our Standard Bank, donít really want to know.

Couple the projected downturn in handling volumes from around the country and please believe me Ramosnet is floundering along with a very tight set of figures coming out soon. The poor old Japanesse cant be complaining when they cant give money away for zero interest at home but come down here and flog 4 bill to BABE-1 for 10%, easy cash I say.

Anyone who takes on the roll of CEO after BABE-1, is only going to be the fall guy for Ramos, thatís why the other bugger did a runner at the ministers door, everyone surely knows that one.

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Old April 22nd, 2009, 03:00 PM   #322
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Old April 23rd, 2009, 12:13 PM   #323
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NEW CRUISE SHIP FROM MSC.

A wonderful opportunity will never materialize for visitors to Durban Harbor, emanating from the upsizing and upgrading to this magnificent vessel.

Clearly MSC have a vision for their activities but unfortunately the harbor operators have another. Space utilization within the port is now identified as extremely valuable so why ignore options like building the new sand hopper underground or a dig out with a cap over it, it takes up a huge area and all it does is hold sand. Oh and needs say 1 person to function it, cruise industry jobs run into the hundreds.

It would have been beneficial to place a new cruise terminal at Berth A ie, next to the NSRI building but that property has been fully designated to the new permanent sand hopper for treating Durbanís beaches.

A far more pleasant experience, for any visitor to the harbor coming in via cruise liner, would have been to take them from the points various activities through to Ushaka and beyond. Instead a warehouse, with a coat of paint, slap bang in the centre of the busy harbour remains the front window of Durban.

I might add that of the comings and goings I have seen most folks are so drunk with fun that they donít seem to notice but would if they docked at A-Berth.
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Old April 24th, 2009, 01:38 PM   #324
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TOLD YOU SO

Pirates seize the POMPEI dredger.


Damn dredging contractor wouldnt listen would they, cutting corners and making a mockery of the widening project.
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Old May 14th, 2009, 11:52 AM   #325
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APRIL/MAY PICTORIAL.

Link to good man pixmans shots from late April.

Still no sign of the pirated Pompei stone layer, ones thoughts go out to the crew who must have to endure some really crap conditions.

http://www.pixmanimages.co.za/Aerial...Project01.html
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Old May 15th, 2009, 12:12 AM   #326
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Project Director, do you know what the purpose of this little 'gap' in the north boundry of the harbour mouth is for?

http://www.pixmanimages.co.za/Aerial...2011-11-47.htm

http://www.pixmanimages.co.za/Aerial...2010-59-48.htm

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Old May 15th, 2009, 08:55 PM   #327
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Small craft basin ?
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Old May 16th, 2009, 01:04 AM   #328
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Small craft basin ?
Too small for that, and too far away from canals already constructed.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 01:14 AM   #329
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This is a very exciting development for Durbs, both the launch of the sea cruise chapter, and the possibilty of a new cruise terminal. This report is the most concrete confirmation yet that a new passenger terminal is on possibly the cards.

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Durban makes way for floating hotels
May 15 2009
By Barbara Cole

A Cruise liner tourism organisation was on Tuesday launched at Indaba to play a key role in bringing more floating hotels to Durban - and the region - and thousands of additional visitors.

At the same time, the Transnet Port Authority in Durban is conducting a pre-feasibility study into the possibility of establishing a new passenger terminal behind the NSRI building.

Cruise tourism was "fairly low key" in the city at the moment, and it had suffered as a lot of time and effort had gone into developing the cargo vessel business.

However, Transnet was committed to rectifying that situation, Ricky Bhikraj, the port manager, said.

About R7,5-million had been invested in N-Shed, the present passenger terminal - an old, converted cargo shed - which included new scanners for handbags and luggage.

Bhikraj was speaking at the launch of the South African chapter of the Cruise Indian Ocean Association (made up of port authorities and tourism bodies), which will promote and grow the industry.

It is only the second branch on the continent (the first is in Kenya), but on Tuesday Ndabo Khoza, the chief executive of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, said Mozambique was now also interested in starting a chapter.

"We have a responsibility to put ourselves on the map and to make sure people take us seriously," Khoza said.

James Mulewa, managing director of the Kenya Port Authority and chairman of the CIOA, said Africa was an "exotic adventure" which had not been fully exploited.

A record 4,4 million Europeans went on cruises in 2008 and 17 new cruise ships were on order, while the world's largest yacht would be delivered in 2009.

Bhikraj said the pre-feasibility study into the possibility of a new passenger terminal in Durban was well advanced.

http://www.ioltravel.co.za/article/view/4982030


The first pic is the current passenger terminal at N-shed (entrance in front of John Ross block).




Next 2 images show the NSRI building. Proposed passenger terminal will be next to this building, within walking distance of the Point Waterfront, some of the buildings of which appear in the background. Building with the darker blue roof is the beautifully restored Dredging Services building.





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Old May 16th, 2009, 07:39 AM   #330
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A good location. What will happen to the current one?
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Old May 16th, 2009, 09:01 AM   #331
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No word yet although it would make sense if the Ports Authority uses the pier and N-shed for further expansion.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 11:42 AM   #332
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Project Director, do you know what the purpose of this little 'gap' in the north boundry of the harbour mouth is for
Yeah i have also been wondering what those two "pool like" things are for.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 01:09 PM   #333
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The enclosed 'pool' is for sand pumping, as far as I know.
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Old May 17th, 2009, 10:07 AM   #334
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SAND PUMPING $$$$$$$$

The pond bolted to the side of the groyne is indeed the temporary sand holding hopper for discharging sand to our beaches.

The feed, believe it or not comes from behind the NSRI building, along the breakwater, which can be seen to be installed in current pics and is processed via the temporary pump house which is just below the gap you guys are referring to.

The gap is a incomplete demolition section from the old hopper station which mike sutcliife delayed and caused a few disruptions around for the dredging operations.

The location of this proposed passenger terminal will have to be not quite as close to the NSRI as folks have mentioned , as full engineering for the second time has placed the permanent sand hopper and plant directly behind the NSRI. As stated before the consultants PRDW completely under-estimated the original design and caused a severe financial burden to the overall scheme and unfortunately I suspect unbeknown to most of Durban this say additional 300 mill cost will be offloaded in the form of higher than expected tarrifs to the city.

Some interesting stuff is about to occure when early next month the shipping channel changes to one hugging the new north groyne, this is require to allow the southern section of the old tunnel to be floated off in 60 ton sections for demolition on shore and final dredging in that area to the full required depth of 19mtrs. Wonder how many more artillery pieces will be located as several have been unearthed to date via the dredgers suction arm.
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Old May 25th, 2009, 11:19 AM   #335
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Good to see that most of the expansion plans for the harbour still going ahead, despite the economic downturn.

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Car terminal goes into reverse

Utilisation down 37 %, but Durban's capital projects go ahead in anticipation of recovery
May 25, 2009

By SLINDILE KHANYILE

Utilisation of the Durban car terminal has dropped by 37 percent but work to create more capacity is going ahead as scheduled.

The trend in how the terminal is used has also changed, with exports rising and imports declining.

In the 2007/08 financial year, 258 881 cars were imported while exports totalled 122 590 and there were 7 423 transshipments.

But in 2008/09 only 184 511 cars were imported and 5 955 were transshipped, while exports grew to 182 091.

The car terminal has 13 200 bays, which will increase to 14 000 when expansion is completed in November.

Bev Mason, the business unit executive and automotive channel manager at the car terminal, said vehicles were staying longer and ships were calling twice a month compared with three times previously.

Mason said the industry believed volumes would start recovering towards the end of the year, but terminal managers did not expect to see an improvement until 2011.

"But we want to create capacity ahead of demand so if the industry picks up sooner, we will be ready," said Mason.

The car terminal has grown tremendously since it was established in 1996, when it had 1 000 parking slots and vessels waited for two days to load and offload. Now, the ships do not wait and the terminal can handle 100 cars an hour.

The projects under way at the terminal, which also include a fitment centre and a car wash, have a total price tag of R648 million.

The Durban Container Terminal (DCT) is working on projects valued at R1.4 billion, and Maydon Wharf is spending R164m. Work costing R1.9bn has been completed at Pier 1.

Transnet Port Terminals has delayed further expansion programmes that are volume-related by at least a year.


Heavy-duty physical work is continuing while the purchase of equipment needed for projected growth has been moved to the next financial year. Two months ago, Theunis Steenkamp, a portfolio manager at Transnet capital projects, said affected projects at the Durban port were valued at R600m.

Solly Letsoalo, the chief operating officer at Transnet Port Terminals, said: "We looked at time and placed the demand on contractors to say this programme must be fast-tracked because of the growth that was expected.

"But now we have re-scheduled because the pressure is not there any more. We are building at a normal pace and we are still going to do everything within the five years."

Letsoalo said volumes at DCT were running behind last year's 2 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs). He anticipated returning to 2 million TEUs a year within two years and eventually reaching at least 3.6 million TEUs.

A further R2.3bn is being spent by the National Ports Authority to widen and deepen the port entrance to accommodate ships carrying 9 200 TEUs each. At the moment it caters for ships capable of carrying 4 000 TEUs.

Other major projects at DCT include the creation of new berths, the construction of a new rail terminal, new multi-storey parking, procurement of additional straddles and installation of an automated gate.

At Maydon Wharf, a shed for soya beans is being built with capacity for 80 000 tons.

Overall, Transnet Port Terminals is planning to spend R9.6bn over five years creating capacity.

This is part of Transnet's R80.3bn capital expenditure programme for the next five years.

http://www.busrep.co.za/index.php?fS...icleId=4997312
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Durban terminal gets R1,4bn makeover
MARGIE INGGS Published: 2009/05/26 06:15:30 AM

A NEW R70m rail terminal at the Durban Container Terminal will be commissioned at the end of next month as Transnet Port Terminals continues with capital investments despite the economic downturn.

Solly Letsoalo, Transnet Port Terminals’s chief operating officer, said at the weekend that while volumes were continuing to decline, these were expected to be no more than a “bump” on the long-term graph and that volumes would recover to 2007 levels in 2011.

Volumes at the Durban Container Terminal dropped 15,6% percent from December to February compared with the same period the previous year, but Transnet Port Terminals is continuing with its R1,4b n expansion that includes four key aspects — increasing stack capacity from 13691 ground slots to 17262 ground slots, upgrading the straddle carrier seat, upgrading the staff car park, resurfacing quaysides and moving staff facilities and workshops from the water side to the land side.

“We will catch up with volumes and from 2011 will start to see growth, with a quick recovery after 2011,” he said.

Transnet Port Terminals is also continuing with the R164m Maydon Wharf expansion, which includes a shed to store 80000 tons of maize.

Expansions that have been completed include the R1,9b n phase 1 of Pier 1 and the R140m truck staging area to prevent queuing at the Durban Container Terminal.

Beth Masson, the business unit executive of the car terminal and the automotive channel manager, said the R648m car terminal expansion would increase the number of bays from 13200 to 14000. Of these, 4500 would be covered.

Masson said volumes at the car terminal had started declining from the beginning of last year, but that in two years they should be back at levels from the period before the economic downturn.

“Volumes of cars entering and leaving the car terminal have declined 20%-30%, keeping capacity down to 60%- 75%,” she said.

“However, cars are being stored longer and we have spare capacity to store equipment such as excavators which do not have their own wheels.”

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Old June 2nd, 2009, 05:37 PM   #337
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Looks like no 2nd harbour for Durbs...

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No immediate need for second Durban port
01 Jun 2009

South African state transport company Transnet has dismissed the need to build a second port at Durban.

This would have been built on a 560 hectare site currently occupied by an airport.

However, the capacity requirements of major customers suggest that a new terminal won't be necessary for at least another 20 years, says Transnet.

Instead, additional capacity will be provided at new facilities at Ngqura, Cape Town, Richards Bay and at the existing port in Durban.

http://www.portstrategy.com/archive1...nd_durban_port
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Old June 2nd, 2009, 08:02 PM   #338
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DRC has used this port for very long time. but it wont be the case anymore. soon a German company si to deveolpea new deep water Port in DRC's wetsern province fo Bs-Congo. The prject wwill cost $4 Billion USD. The company is just waiting for Government signature. The money is ready. Construction to start after the signature.

But i don't think it overtalke Durban port anytime soo. That will depend on the Congolese development.
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Interesting.
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Old June 3rd, 2009, 08:08 AM   #340
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fine let buisness (toyota, refinery, perto chemicl cluster etc) expand over the Airport site, great conectivity to N2 and existing idustrial zones.

Dig out bay head as next step to expand Durban, then convert big chunk of Sailsbury island to cargo, and finally go out into the bay to convert sand bank area into additional cargo quays.

Fist stepo is to have a publivc consultantion over what to do with airport under the strategic needs of RSA and Durban and get on with it. Toyota keen to take a chunk and that means invetsment, jobs etc
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