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TNPA, April 28, 2019 - TNPA recently attended a signing ceremony with Italian global high-tech company, Leonardo, for acceptance of two new helicopters to transfer marine pilots at the Ports of Durban and Richards Bay.
Leonardo has manufactured the AgustaWestland (AW 109SP) helicopters at its plant in Vergiate, Italy, and they are expected to be delivered to TNPA in South Africa by June 2019.
Pictured are TNPA’s Acting Chief Executive, Nozipho Mdawe, and Leonardo’s Head of Macro Region - Africa & Middle-East, Gianfranco Sottotetti.
About TNPA: Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is one of five operating divisions of Transnet SOC Ltd The National Ports Authority is responsible for the safe, effective and efficient economic functioning of the national port system, which it manages in a landlord capacity. It provides port infrastructure and marine services at the eight commercial seaports in South Africa – Richards Bay, Durban, Saldanha, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Mossel Bay and Ngqura. It operates within a legislative and regulatory environment and is governed by the National Ports Act (Act No. 12 of 2005).
The AW109 GrandNew is a modern top-of-the-range light twin-engine helicopter and fastest in its class. Offers outstanding performance, speed, payload, excellent operational flexibility as well as high safety through advanced navigation and situational awareness technology. Designed to operate in all environmental conditions, the aircraft can perform a wide range of missions so that operational demands are fully met.