zoom New Zealand’s Port of Tauranga handled 426,512 TEUs, up 11.9% on the prior year, while total cargo volumes increased 1.2% to 10 million tonnes in the six months to December 31, 2014.Last year’s agreements with freight and logistics management company Kotahi brought Maersk Line’s “Southern Star” service to Port of Tauranga, driving increased container traffic through the port.Port of Tauranga’s expansion of its South Island operations continues with the granting of a resource consent to develop a 15 hectare intermodal freight hub at Rolleston, 12 kilometres south of Christchurch. Construction is underway and the facility is expected to be operational by May 2015.Meanwhile, in March 2015, Port of Tauranga will put the dredging of the Tauranga harbour channels out to international tender. The work is scheduled to be completed by August 2016. The port will also soon take delivery of two new tug boats capable of handling the larger vessels expected at Tauranga.The port’s board also approved the purchase of two new super post-panamax gantry cranes to provide the crane intensity needed to handle the port’s projections of over one million TEUs once big ships commence calling in 2017 financial year.Port of Tauranga has also formed a new logistics joint venture with Kotahi. Named Coda Group, the venture is designed to create more efficient pathways to and from distribution centres and key New Zealand ports.
September 24, 2019
Sandvik Mining in South Africa has donated R1 million to KwaZulu-Natal based Durnacol Skills Innovation Hub (DSIH), which focuses on training, development and skills improvement. Sandvik’s donation covers the training of five students from the surrounding communities, as well as the conversion of offices into comfortable and affordable student accommodation. DSIH operates from the site of the now closed Durnacol coal mine offering a broad spectrum of technical learnerships and apprenticeships as well as other skills sets.“We’re delighted to be able to sponsor five learners from the theoretical phase at DSIH and we hope to increase this number in time,” Sandvik Academy’s Letitia van Rensburg says. “This is a real centre of excellence and is proving an ideal vehicle through which we can empower the communities in which we operate. We see creating opportunities for the local residents to study as an investment in the economic well being of the area.”The Sandvik Academy is based in Jet Park, Johannesburg, and offers comprehensive practical and theoretical education in four core areas focusing on technical training, operator training, business skills training and comprehensive apprentice and learner programs for both in-house and external employees.Accredited by the MERSETA and offering Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) program approval, the Sandvik Academy is fully resourced with ten operator trainers, seven technical trainers and two business trainers.The Sandvik Academy runs an in-house apprenticeship program that currently has 10 learners enrolled. This program focuses on candidates with a Grade 12 certificate interested in embarking on a technical career in the mining and construction sectors.Beyond the apprenticeship program, successful candidates have the opportunity to embark on additional training through the Sandvik Academy.