Interesting business opportunities within smart ports in South Africa

Norway’s expertise can help solve challenges within the ocean space in South Africa. South African ports will be going through extensive upgrading, which will entail interesting opportunities for implementing smart technologies.

South Africa’s location is ideal as a global harbour, and the country is currently experiencing increasing port activities. There is however a huge challenge concerning efficiency of the ports, thus smart port solutions are sought after.

Opportunities for Norwegian companies include:
– aerial and subsea drones for surveillance, operational efficiency and environmental and security purposes
– alternative sources of energy to power the ports
– provision and use of LNG and other alternative marine fuels, including hydrogen
– development of broadband, use of robots, automation and smart sensors
– smart logistics solutions
– waste management technology.

There is a strong commitment in South Africa to grow the Blue Economy. To ensure this growth, the government has launched an initiative called Operation Phakisa, that focuses on modernisation of South Africa’s eight commercial ports. The aim is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of operations in the port systems. Smart port solutions will to a great extent contribute to reaching this aim.

There is currently a window of opportunity to offer solutions to the relevant authorities and stakeholders. We are currently recruiting for a Global Growth programme on smart ports. This will include a market visit for Norwegian companies during Q2 and participation in the African Ports conference organised in Durban in October 2019.

To learn more about these opportunities, please contact:

Andre Francois Kruger
Senior adviser
Innovation Norway, Cape Town
T: +27 87 701 8898

Heidi M. Dahl
Innovation Norway, South Africa
T: +27 87 150 0128

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