What does this actually mean:- Currently there are many separate, independent and disparate, non-integrated container facilities within South Africa. Even though these may be owned by transnet, from an end-user perspective they are separate entities, each with their own ideosynchrycies. What is the end result, high cost, low efficiency and effectiveness. What is the objective – the opposite, a single user experience with access to data and information from all sites. Use of technology to reduce administrative and other costs. Is this achievable, we think so! Customers should have the ability to deliver and collect containers from any facility and the use of hub/spoke marine and integrated rail services offered to get cargo to or from the ultimate customer (the importer or exporter). So that is the objective, the reality is somewhat different.
Optimizing a Multi-Load Container Transport Corridor in South Africa Mark Wootton Executive Manager: ICT Transnet Port Terminals 6 March 2009
The National Freight Logistics Strategy: The South African challenges System Challenge Impact Ageing infrastructure Restricted capacity, Unreliable services, High investment requirements Low efficiency High cost, Unreliable services, Low service levels Low collaboration Duplication, Under-utilisation, High costs Lack of integrated planning Spatial and timing mismatches, Wasted effort and resources Inappropriate regulatory framework and institutional structure No ability to change system, Monopoly pricing for “competitive” services, No or low competition
What do our Customers want and what do our Customers customers expect ?
Their wants …
Fewer port calls for deepsea vessels
Faster vessel turnaround times
Optimised vessel utilisation
Integrated port and rail solutions
Increased flexibility & reliability in getting their cargo to the terminals
Visible supply chain with access to information on cargo tracking
Access to a wider choice of lines for the benefit of lower costs
Ngqura Large deepsea call Feeders SA’s Load Centre Feeders Feeders Inland distribution
Exporters want faster & more transport channels to international & regional markets.
Shipping lines want integrated port rail solutions and good connectivity to hinterlands
With cargo consolidation, shipping lines are able to deploy larger vessels and the costs
per unit decreases
There is a need for automated custom processes between countries