Transport, Storage and Communication

To be competitive in a globalize economy one needs to be able to communicate effectively and move goods efficiently as is evidenced by the finalists in this sector namely: Grindrod Limited, Mediterranean Shipping Company Richards Bay Coal Terminal, Safmarine and Siemens.

This sector includes activities related to providing passenger or freight transport, by rail, road, water or air and includes supporting activities such as the operation of railway stations, terminal and parking facilities, cargo handling and storage, traffic control activities, navigation, pilotage and berthing activities etc.

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The Grindrod Group is traded on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and offers a worldwide range of high-quality shipping and freight services by land, air, and sea.

The business is all about moving cargo seamlessly from point of departure to final destination providing customers with simple, convenient solutions to complex operational exercises.

The group’s head office is in Durban, South Africa and is represented by subsidiaries, joint venture and associated companies in 24 other countries.

Grindrod employs +-6000 skilled and dedicated people, controls assets of almost R10 billion and generates an annual profit in excess of R1.2 billion. The group was voted the number one shipping company in the world in 2006 and named as one of the top listed companies in South Africa for 4 consecutive years between 2004 and 2007.

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The independent Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) through its innovative, flexible and unique approach to shipping has continued to grow during and beyond the first decade of the new South Africa. The company, which was founded in 1970, has become the biggest user of the South African ports and in 2003 was given the accolade of being the second biggest container carrier in the world.

With in excess of 380 container vessels, the company provides global coverage linking South Africa directly with Europe, UK, USA, Asia, Middle East, Far East and Australia as well as the key ports of Africa’s West Coast, East Coast, Indian Ocean Islands, Madagascar and Mozambique.

The success of MSC is evident in its phenomenal growth over the past decade that can only be attributed to its quality management system that aims at consistently improving upon service levels within the shipping community and its willingness to initiate change to meet the requirements of clients and principals.
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Safmarine, provides a wide range of container and break-bulk shipping services. As a separately managed member of the AP Moller Maersk Group, the largest shipping group in the world, Safmarine provides its customers with access to the best available shipping infrastructure – the most modern technology, including world-class and container fleet. Safmarine combines these strengths with its most important asset – “its people” and their philosophy of being the “people making the difference” in shipping.

In the early 1990s Safmarine launched its award-winning “Containers in the Community”, Corporate Social Investment Programme which involves the reuse of containers retired from the Safmarine fleet. With the world container fleet set to grow substantially, the Company recognized the importance of re-using a portion of its ever-growing fleet in an innovative, environmentally-friendly and sustainable way. To date Safmarine has deployed in excess of 8 000 retired sea freight containers representing 2 000 diverse projects in previously disadvantaged communities throughout South Africa

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Siemens Unit is pivotal in the technology portfolio of Siemens Southern Africa and has, over the years, been instrumental in the growth of the company through generations of traction engineering and railway signaling technologies. Transportation Systems caters for all conceivable rail operator requirements and delivers cost-effective and integrated solutions for mass transit, regional and mainline railway industry.

Memorable projects include supplying an Automatic Train Routing (ATR) system for the Durban control centre; providing simultaneous entry facilities on the south coast railway line; installing railway signalling equipment for the Vryheid to Richards Bay rail link; designing and installing electrical works for the first woodchip ship loader at Richards Bay harbour; and installing multi-section, multi-head axle counters on the KwaZulu-Natal main line.

Winner: Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT)

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Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) is the single largest export coal terminal in the world. Established in 1976 with an original capacity of 12 million tons per annum, it has grown into an advanced 24-hour operation with a design export capacity of 76 million tons per annum.

RBCT shares a strong co-operative relationship with Transnet Freight Rail, which laid the 560 kilometre railway line linking the coal mines to the port, and with Transnet National Ports Authority, which co-ordinates the arrival and departure of more than 700 ships a year.

Richards Bay Coal Terminal has been awarded the SABS Presidents Award in recognition of its achievement of multi-certification of ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 as well as RBCT’s drive, innovation and excellence in establishing, implementing and maintaining such systems.

RBCT is pleased to have been awarded the National Business Initiative’s 2007 Energy Efficiency ETA Award. This is indicative of RBCT’s commitment to energy efficiency in all aspects of its operations, which is viewed as key to its reputation of one of the world’s most globally competitive export coal terminals.
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