Transnet National Ports Authority TNPA) is one of five operating divisions of Transnet SOC Ltd. TNPA is responsible for the safe, effective and efficient economic functioning of the national port system, which it manages in a landlord capacity.
Transnet National Ports Authority provides port infrastructure and marine services at the eight South African commercial seaports and operates within a legislative and regulatory environment created by the National Ports Act 2005 (Act No. 12 of 2005). In line with the provisions of the National Ports Act, the core functions of the national ports authority are as follows:
· To plan, provide, maintain and improve port infrastructure;
· to provide or arrange marine-related services;
· to ensure the provision of port services, including the management of port activities and the port regulatory function at all south African ports; and
· to provide aids to navigation and assistance to the maneuvering of vessels within port limits and along the coast.
The National Ports Act creates a dual role for the National Ports Authority whereby it is responsible for the port regulatory function at the ports - i.e. controlling the provision of port services through licensing or entering into agreements with port operators to ensure that efficient port services are provided.
The National Ports Act also establishes the Ports Regulator of South Africa who is charged with the responsibility of –
· exercising economic regulation of the ports system in line with government’s strategic objectives;
· promoting equity of access to the south African commercial seaports and to the facilities and services provided by these ports;
· monitoring the activities of Transnet National Ports Authority to ensure that it performs it functions in accordance with this Act; and
· hearing complaints and appeals under the National Ports Act.
TNPA’s service offering is targeted at mainly port users (which include terminal operators, shipping lines, ship agents, cargo owners and clearing & forwarding agents). As such, it manages the eight commercial seaports along South Africa’s 2 954-km coastline. These ports are Richards Bay, Durban, East London, Ngqura, Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay, Cape Town and Saldanha.
TNPA’s service offering is divided mainly in two categories:
(1) the provision of port infrastructure; and
(2) the provision of maritime services. Maritime services include dredging, aids to navigation, ship repairs and marine operations.
Port infrastructure is provided in five commodity sectors:
·Containers / TEUs
·Dry bulk [such as coal, iron ore, manganese, sugar, chrome ore, copper, lead, woodchips ]
·Liquid bulk [such as petroleum products, chemicals, vegetable oils]
·Break-bulk [such as fruit, steel, scrap steel, Ferro alloys, pig iron, fish & fish products]; and
·The automotive sector.
In view of evolving developments in the maritime industry, Transnet National Ports Authority seeks to continue to enhance its role in facilitating trade, influencing growth through the provision of port infrastructure capacity ahead of demand; and aligning its core activities to changing market dynamics.
Transnet National Ports Authority has embarked on an extensive marketing campaign aligned with Transnet’s Corporate Market Demand Strategy (MDS), with an emphasis on providing port infrastructure capacity; efficient port and port operations management; and enhancing the ports’ geographical positioning as a leading gateway for trade emanating from the eastern and western seaboards.
The strategy aims to meet the growth demands of the South African port system and focus on delivery in three main areas:
· Timely delivery of capital investment projects to sustain and increase existing port infrastructure and marine capacity;
· Improved efficiency in port services to promote productivity; and
· Revenue growth and cost-effectiveness.
BUSINESS FACILITIES AND RESOURCES
Key basic infrastructure facilities (Berths and Channels):
· 19 container berths;
· 36 dry-bulk berths;
· 29 break-bulk berths;
· 13 liquid-bulk berths; and
· 8 entrance channels with supporting breakwaters, turning basins, networks and utilities.
KEY MARITIME RESOURCES – HARBOUR CRAFT
· 26 tugs;
· 9 pilot boats;
· 2 pilot helicopters;
· 7 work boats;
· 4 dredgers; and 3 survey boats.