TNPA’s ship repair assets in PE could be concessioned

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

The Department of Trade and Indus-try states that a strategy is being developed to implement the recommendations of the Ports Study “whether this results in Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) ships repair assets being concessioned or not”.

Both the ports of Port Elizabeth and East London have ship repair facilities and are earmarked for this in terms of a presentation made by TNPA CEO Tau Morwe recently.

The Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) Progress Report states that the findings of the Ports Study were presented to the TNPA Executive Committee in January this year.

“At the EXCO, the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) made it clear that TNPA has to make a decision on whether to invest in their ship repair assets or concession them.”

The Report says that subsequently it was resolved that TNPA, DPE and DTI would “develop a strategy that best implements the recommendations made in the Ports Study whether this results in TNPA’s ship repair assets being concessioned or not to be deter-mined”.

In his recent presentation, Morwe said at Port Elizabeth the expansion of ship repairs was planned, while the short-term layout for East London up to 2019 makes provision for boat building and lists ship repairs as one of the “major projects”.

The Progress Report says that the terms of reference for skills mapping for boat building and associated services have been approved and the consultants have started work. - metrominutes