About the Conference

Africa is Becoming a Major Exporter of Dry Bulk Commodities

Hellenic Shipping News reports that Africa's profile as an exporter of dry bulk commodities is rising. Seaborne dry bulk exports by countries in Africa now exceed 200 million tonnes annually - about 5% of the global total - and further growth is predicted over the years ahead. Between 2011 and 2013, African dry bulk exports, excluding those from South Africa, grew 55% to 66mt.

Exports of a number of different dry bulk commodities, particularly iron ore, have significant scope to increase further. As a result, Africa could play a significant role in adding dry bulk trade volumes in the future.

With the growing international interest in African agricultural and mining sectors, this is the time to assess new opportunities and challenges in dry bulk and port investment.

The 2nd Africa Dry Bulk Conference 2015 is Africa's only such event focusing on dry bulk challenges, solutions on improving cargo handling and the future of dry bulk terminals in Africa. The conference provides updates on demand outlook for major dry bulk commodities and on how evolving trade flows affect bulk shipping, showcase dry cargo shipping trends, emerging techniques for bulk handling, and addresses strategic planning and modern terminal design to achieve operational efficiency. Additionally, the conference also provides insights into terminal competition and pricing strategies and present case studies from coal, grain, cement and fertilizer terminals among others.

The 2nd Africa Dry Bulk Conference 2015 will focus on:

Financing, Investment and partnership opportunities in Africa dry bulk infrastructure development
Dry bulk terminal operations, design and planning
Bulk ports and technology innovation
Intermodal logistics solutions
Port safety and environment

Africa Dry Bulk and Port Projects Snapshot:

Work on the Cabinda Deepwater Port in Cabinda, Northern Angola is expected to start in June 2015. The port will be developed in three phases with the first comprising a commercial wharf wall, a breakwater, ship repair facilities and an access canal. The Ministry of Transport is promoting the Project. The first phase will cost USD 600 million.
Congo (Republic)
The Project team of Zamaga Iron Ore majority owned by Xstrata will soon be engaging international contractors for the engineering components of the Zamaga iron ore project in the south west of the Republic of the Congo near the Gabon border. The planning is for a large-scale iron ore operation producing 30 MTPA with a 30-year life span. The Project will include a slurry pipeline and port facilities. Phase one entails a capital expenditure of USD 2,2 billion with phase two costing USD 2.5 billion.
Cote D'Ivoire
China Eximbank has approved a loan of 460 billion CFA for the Abidjan Port Extension Programme. The funds will be used to widen and deepen the Vridi canal that will permit the berthing of 25 000 to 50 000 ton vessels as well as for the construction of container terminal and a ro-ro terminal. Operations are expected to begin in early 2015 with completion of all phases expected by 2021. A consortium led by Bollore of France will undertake other port improvements.
The Omani civil and construction services firm, Hasan Juma Backer (HJB) will be investing USD 700 million in a multi-purpose dry port. It will handle inter alia fuels, cement and grain. Grain silos will be built. Feasibility studies will follow. The Project will be implemented on a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) basis.
The Meridian Port Services consortium has signed an MOU with the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) for the expansion of Tema Port. The Project includes four new deepwater berths and an access channel that can accommodate larger vessels.

There are plans for the development of the Buipe River Port on the Volta River in Ghana's Northern Region. The implementing agency is the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority.

The Takoradi Port Development Project is scheduled to be completed in 2016. New facilities will include a break water extension, dredging, land reclamation and bulk handling berths for bauxite, manganese and clinker. A services and logistics base will be developed for the new oil industry.
Rio Tinto is addressing the problem of support transport infrastructure for the Simandou iron ore project in southern Guinea. The cost of the 650 kilometre rail line with a bulk handling facility at a new port is around USD 15 billion.

ArcelorMittal has bought a 56% stake in the Mount Nimba iron ore Project in Guinea. The mine has a high quality deposit at 930 million tons of 63% iron content. It was hoped to ship the ore by 2015.
Bauxite Angola has declared its intention to recommence the Project that will include construction of the port of Buba.
The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) will be appointing a private concessionaire for the second Mombasa Port Terminal in March 2016. The concessionaire will operate two berths at the terminal. It is currently under construction. The intention is to achieve 450 000 TEU's by 2016 and 1,2 million TEU by 2019. The cost is about USD 300 million.
The Mauritius Ports Authority is planning to dredge the Port Louis Harbour so that it will be able to handle the largest container ships at 11 000 containers. It will also be extending the container quay. The level of funding is USD 143 million.
The newly formed port utility, Portos do Cabo Delgado (PCD) will be overseeing the construction of two new ports in the northern Mozambique province. Construction of a port at Palma should begin in 2015 and a second port will be built at Pemba. The government has signed a lease agreement with PCD for the two port terminals. The new utility has allocated an initial USD 150 million for support infrastructure for the fast developing Rovuma Basin gas industry.
The Luderitz Port expansion programme includes an allocation of 886 hectares for the export of mining production from southern Namibia as well as North Western South Africa. This will include iron ore, phosphates, manganese and coal. The implementing agency is Namport.

A 40 hectare new container terminal costing R4 billion will be commissioned in 2017 plus a 600 metre quay wall constructed. A loan has been approved by the African Development Bank (AfDB). This will increase the port's container handling capacity from 350 000 TEU's per annum to 750 000 and eventually 1,05 million. The current terminal will be converted into a multi-purpose facility. An additional 10 000 metre wall will be built and 30 berths established. (The transport of coal from Botswana on the TransKalahari route is envisaged.) Phase 2 provides for a dry bulk terminal. Phase 3 provides for a coal terminal.
South Africa
Transnet National Ports Authority hopes to increase the throughput of coal exported from Richards Bay from 92 million tons per annum to 120 million. There are six coal berths but five more could be added to handle coal from Botswana. An additional coal facility is included in the Long-Term Plan to 2040. The Long-Term Plan to 2040 also includes a new break-bulk terminal, a new bulk liquids terminal, a new dry bulk terminal, a rail infrastructure upgrade and a new local depot.

RBT Grindrod Terminals is examining the possibility of establishing an inland coal terminal for junior (BEE) miners. The intention is to consolidate the coal and export it via Richards Bay.
The rehabilitation and expansion of Mtwara Port in Southern Tanzania will expand the port's capacity to about 28 million tons per annum. The implementing agency is the Tanzania Port Authority (TPA). The port will be able to berth seven ships from the current four. 100 hectares will be for a free port zone and 400 hectares for oil and gas processing. The government has earmarked an investment of USD 214 million for the port.
The African Development Bank is undertaking a feasibility study on the modernisation of Mpulungu Port on Lake Tanganyika. The project is part of the Lake Tanganyika Transport Corridor Programme that will link the Zambian port with Kigoma in Tanzania, Bujumbura in Burundi and Kalemie in the DR Congo.

Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) is planning the construction of the 290 kilometre Nseluka-Mpulungu greenfield rail link in northern Zambia. The rail spur would link to the TAZARA line, improve access to the Great Lakes and reduce the cost of trade between Zambia and Burundi within the context of reduction of intra-African trade links along the North-South Corridor. Breakbulk trade is long-standing between Mpulungu Port and Bujumbura Port but has been limited by poor infrastructure.

Why You Must Not Miss This Conference:

Africa's only dedicated dry bulk terminal efficiency focused Conference
Addresses Africa inadequate ports and terminals infrastructure issues with ways to increase capacity
Offers insights into technology to reduce port congestion and improve intermodal logistics to move cargo from shipper to destination through roads and rail
Interface with end users of terminals and better appreciate their needs
Enhance terminal competitiveness through better execution of design, planning and operational management

Engage with Industry Leaders for Solutions to the Bulk Shipping Industry

Who Will be Attending the Conference?

•      Port Authorities •      Freight Forwarders
•      Ministry of Transport/ Infrastructure/Communications •      Ports and Terminal Equipment and Services Suppliers
•      Bulk Terminal Operators •      Industrial Zone Developers
•      Ship Owners •      Financial Services Companies
•      Ship Brokers and Managers •      Ship Builders and Repairers
•      Logistics Companies •      Shipping Analysts and Consultants
•      Mining Companies •      Materials Handling Engineers
•      Commodity Producers and Traders •      Port and Infrastructure Consultants
•      Ship Operators and Charterers

We invite you to join us at the
2nd Africa Dry Bulk Conference 2015
and be equipped with the must-know insider
information and get updated with the latest projects!