Strategic review and upgrade of the operations of Portnet in South Africa
Location: Multiple ports in South Africa
- operational review of terminals on wide range of subjects
- training of local port staff on port management
- design of a Productivity Implementation Plan for a container terminal in Durban
- design of a cargo flow model for seaports concerned
Improvement South African port sector
South Africa’s government initiated this project in order to modernize and improve the efficiency of the ports under control of its service port authority, Portnet. With the ports of Richards Bay, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Saldanha included in the project, APC got the opportunity to make a contribution to the improvement of the entire port sector of South Africa. The operational reviews made on different terminals focused on a wide range of subjects, including environment, marketing, finance, legislation, and marine and port services, thus ensuring a comprehensive analysis could be made.
Training and field survey
A prominent aspect of the project was the training of local port staff. APC organised multiple workshops on port management, addressing issues like ring-fencing commercial units and operational upgrades. To give local staff an impression on how a landlord port works in practice, a delegation of Portnet was hosted at Port of Amsterdam. The experience and expertise of Port of Amsterdam provided the delegation with a glance at the inner workings of a landlord port.
Increased focus and efficiency
The members of APC played a significant part in the preparation of the transformation of Portnet. As a result of the project, Portnet was divided into an operational division (Transnet port terminals) and a landlord port authority (Transnet National Port Authority). This partition enables Transnet to operate in a focused and efficient manner.