Twinned Inland Port : Connectivity to Sea Ports, International Airports And Other Logistics And Industrial Hubs

The Tambo Springs initiative involves creating a significantly improved intermodal capability for the movement of freight to and from Gauteng. This is to be achieved by the operational twinning of the inland port with other seaport, inland and cross border locations. The connectivity i.r.o. these twinned locations is achieved via sea, rail, road and air linkages, ideally involving seamless movement of freight between modes. The key elements are as follows:-

Direct Traditional Rail Link To Durban Harbour

The project involves the establishment of a major direct rail link between Tambo Springs and the Durban harbour which currently handles the bulk of all container freight moving in and out of Gauteng. The fixed rail infrastructure for this link already exists to the Tambo Springs site.

Sprinter Freight Rail Link To Ngqura Harbour In the Coega IDZ (Port Elizabeth)

In addition to the direct rail link with Durban harbour, the initial phase of this programme involves the twinning of Coega IDZ and Ngqura deepwater port with Tambo Springs.

The initiative involves the creation of a secure and bonded sprinter freight rail link between the two locations. The service level to be achieved for the movement of the freight via this land bridge has a goal of 24 hours as opposed to the current 3 to 5 days service level achieved at City Deep. This is to be achieved by capitalizing on the creation of high efficiency intermodal activities integrated with the port functions and feeder network. Discussions are currently underway and progressing well with potential operators for this function as well as with Transnet, SARS, CDC and private sector users (shipping companies, freight forwarders, logistics companies, etc.).

The competitive advantage of the development is to be able to offer from the outset, both a traditional rail solution to and from Durban harbour on an efficient basis and the sprinter rail solution to and from Ngqura. At the same time, the development will strategically be positioned for long term sustainability in that, once the envisaged new Dig Out port in Durban starts becoming a reality, it will be possible to implement a sprinter rail service between Durban and Tambo Springs.

In addition to the linkage to the international seaports and to OR Tambo International Airport, it is essential to link Tambo Springs with other inland port and hub locations. The creation of such a twinned Inland Port Network provides a means to effectively participate in the Global Supply Chain in a manner which optimizes both existing and new facilities to enhance capacity. Hence, for example, Tambo Springs would be linked to City Deep via rail and road linkages.

A principle element of this approach is to create an efficient transportation service between all the individual entry/exit ports providing an improved level of service over and above that provided by a traditional network. The key to this is to rethink existing processes with a focus on efficiency savings in terms of the in bound and outbound process flow at Tambo Springs. This has been incorporated into the operational concept and addresses both operational and customs and regulatory efficiency issues as part of the supply chain.

Twinned/Cross Border Markets

The creation of a twinned inland port network creates the opportunity for a multinational corporation both to serve the metropolitan (Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal) markets and those in emerging SADC countries.

The Economist quotes Foreign Direct Investment in Africa over the period 2000 to 2004 increasing from $10 billion to $88 billion. This is in addition to the revenues of Africa's 500 largest companies (excluding the banks) growing at an average of 8.3% p.a.

A focus on Africa with its emerging markets is therefore facilitated by making use of this network of port locations which meet common standards in terms of operations, security and quality.

This is in addition to creating a transportation network for the efficient cross border movement of freight, including customs and security preclearance of freight utilizing secure and bonded block trains.

By this means multinational corporations can both benefit from access to the more developed African markets while having a focus on the emerging markets on the continent.


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