Transnet Port Terminals East London innovates with grain elevator rail connectivity

Transnet Port Terminals is committed to assisting South Africa’s urgent need for imported grain through its terminals across the country. According to Oxfam, the drought in South Africa has seen production of wheat and yellow maize down by 28% from nine million tons to 7.1 million tons. The need for the country to import almost two million tons is now a necessity and the East London terminal has already stepped up to the plate with their recent grain elevator rail connectivity refurbishment to meet these import demands.


Railway certification on track

The recent EN 15085 certification of Transnet Engineering Durban (CL 1 – Critical Components) and VR Laser Services (CL 2 – Non­Critical Components) has set the process of EN 15085 certification firmly on track in South Africa. EN 15085 is the quality standard that relates specifically to the welding of railway vehicles and components and has the requirements of ISO 3834 as a basis. ISO 3834 mostly has general requirements specified in the standard, whereas EN 15085 builds on ISO 3834 and specifies specific requirements relating to, inter alia, railway vehicle and component welding. SAIW Certification will manage the certification process in South Africa in a JV with Germany’s GSI SLV, one of the world’s experts and an ANB for EN 15085 certification.


Faure Station line closed due to derailment

The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) is investigating the derailment of a Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) train that was travelling from Bellville to Caledon on 18 January 2015. The TFR train derailed at Faure Station (between Eerste River and Strand Station) as it was coming out of the loop into the mainline.  Four wagons derailed causing damage to 250 meters of track. 

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