Transport industry weighs strike odds on eve of wage negotiations
On the eve of a second round of wage negotiations for South Africa’s road freight industry, the transport sector – which hasn’t had a strike for nine years - is facing the prospect of labour action because of a set of tough demands made by organised labour.
Ports in the firing line over X-Press Pearl disaster
Questions are being asked about how a cargo vessel, the X-Press Pearl, which reported an acid leak from one of the 1 486 containers it was carrying well in advance of the fire it finally caused, could have been allowed to be completely gutted before it sank a week ago off the east coast of Colombo.
Vessels carry 150 000 boxes a year of mis- or undeclared dangerous goods
With three crew members still recovering from their injuries, and mounting concerns over environmental damage caused by the fire aboard the X-Press Pearl, the TT Club has called for greater diligence in the handling of dangerous goods.
Citrus growers get serious about rail transport options
Citrus growers in the Senwes (Groblersdal and Marble Hall) region have tuned into the benefits of rail transport and are taking advantage of rail opportunities to the Port of Durban.
Force majeure declared after captain dies aboard vessel
A month after the release of a statement by Hapag-Lloyd that several crew members aboard the Ital Libera had tested positive for Covid-19 and that the line, with its partners, was evaluating the impact on the vessel and cargo operations, it has been revealed that the ship’s captain passed away on the vessel.
Police thwart service delivery protest action on the N3
Plans by service delivery protesters to disrupt traffic on the N3 at Harrismith had been successfully nipped in the bud by progressive preventative measures by the SA Police Service (Saps), warrant officer Mmako Mophiring said this morning.
Questions raised over carrier sinking within sight of land and two other vessels
Frightening footage has emerged of the moment that the hull of a 46-year-old dry-bulk carrier, the MV Arvin, visibly split in two, sending the Ukrainian-owned ship to the bottom of the Black Sea off Turkey’s eastern coast.
Unrenewed Port Health contracts put brakes on borders
Reliable information received by Freight News has confirmed that the non-availability of Port Health staff, resulting in several land borders closing, is because of contracts not being renewed with the community health workers required to do the work.
New CT distribution facility on the cards for Takealot
Cape Town’s Richmond Park is set to become the newest distribution facility and Pickup Point for Takealot, property developer Atterbury has announced.
Virgin to resume SA flights
After five and a half months with no passenger services between South Africa and the UK, Virgin Atlantic will resume operating passenger flights three times a week between London Heathrow and Johannesburg OR Tambo from June 24.