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BNFW Cold Storage


Belgian New Fruit Wharf (BNFW) offers its customers a new, hyper-modern terminal of 24,000 m².
Belgian New Fruit Wharf (BNFW), a subsidiary of Sea-Invest, began construction of a new terminal in the Albert dock in March 2008. The old warehouses were demolished to make way for a refrigerated, automated fruit terminal of 22,000 m² and a dry storage facility of 2,000 m². The first ship moored here in February this year.

The new terminal in the Albert dock has a storage capacity of 9,600 automatic and 1,800 manual pallets, stacked eight high and two deep. Unloading the ships and bringing the pallets to the warehouse remains unchanged and is still done entirely manually. The automation, under the control of specialists, begins when the pallets arrive inside the warehouse, which is an unlit "black box." A computer-operated crane brings up to 600 pallets per hour inside, places them in position and comes back out with the pallets that have to be loaded onto trucks.

The BNFW refrigerated system guarantees perfect temperature and climate control at all points within the warehouse, where added value operations such as labelling, repackaging and quality control are carried out. Dummy pallets with sensitive measuring instruments record the climate conditions at various points within the warehouse, enabling the technicians to monitor and fine-tune them.

The company uses 100% "green electricity" from hydroelectric power stations in France, which means zero CO2 emissions. In the meantime it is investing in insulation of the warehouses and other measures to reduce energy consumption.

The official opening was held on 15 September 2010.

ColdHarvest (Paarl) Rail Transport

ColdHarvest situated in Paarl, has taken rail transport of reefer containers filled with export fruit to the next level.

In February 2009, ColdHarvest dispatched their first consignment of reefer containers with chilled fruit, loaded on flat deck container rail wagons from Dal Josafat, Paarl directly into Cape Town harbour with only a 2 hour break in the cold chain. At Dal Josafat the reefer containers were kept connected to a fixed 3 phase power supply until the train departed for Cape Town and was reconnected to a power supply on arrival in Cape Town Harbour.
For more detail select any of the following press releases:


CLICK HERE for gallery of first train arrival @ ColdHarvest Paarl

SAFT's Killarney Investment bears fruit: 2014

The SAFT Group is excited and proud to announce the introduction of our new Cold Store facility situated at Killarney Gardens next to SATI Container Services.

News Article: CBN News

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Shareholder News

SEA-Invest is proud to announce that as from 31 July 2009, its subsidiary BNFW (Belgian New Fruit Wharf nv) acquired 100% of the shares of Seabrex Rotterdam from the Ebrex holding.

SEA-Invest is a Belgian, privately owned holding company with a long-lasting history in port handling. The activities started in the port of Ghent, to become a leading stevedoring company in Western Europe and in Africa. Today the Sea-Invest group is present in the following countries: Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Russia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, South Africa and the French West Indies.


ColdHarvest Paarl New loading bays


Adding value through: Cold chain integrity, Productivity & More efficient loading.


The construction of the new loading bays and a holding area facility of 2000m² were completed in 2017.

There are three (3) loading bays with a holding area capacity of 400 pallets mainly used for prestaging.

100% of all containers now loaded at ColdHarvest can be loaded out through airlock loading docks.

A state of the art cooling system, where cold air is directed into the container while loading, is adding further value to cold chain integrity.

For full article, click here.





Fruit exporters get state of the art cooling facility

Fruit exporters get state of the art cooling facility

The month of June saw the commissioning and opening for business of SAFT (Southern African Fruit Terminals) a subsidiary of the Belgium owned SEA-invest Group.
The 5 500 pallet capacity facility occupies 17 105m2 under roof on one section of a 70 120m2 site in Abland’s rapidly developing Atlantic Hills Business Park, situated on the Potsdam interchange giving direct access onto the M12 and M13 and immediate access onto the N7. The remaining portion of the site is for future expansion.

SAFT Atlantic CBN 2019

“This location provides easy access to Cape Town Harbour and our other facilities in Killarney Gardens and Paarl, but most importantly for farmers and co-ops transporting fruit for export.  The fruit destined for export is directed to the Atlantic Hills facility from all parts of the country, not just the immediate locations in the Western Cape” explained managing director Ockert Henning.



SAFT has installed solar panels at two of it's largest facilities, covering a total of 9911 m2 and reducing its carbon footprint by 2417 ton CO2 per annum.


SAFT Killarney

Coverage: 3721 m2

Solar panels: 1818 panels

Capacity: 590kWp

CO2 saving: 938 ton per annum

SAFT Killarney Solar panels


SAFT ColdHarvest

Coverage: 6190 m2

Solar panels: 3024 panels

Capacity: 983 kWp

CO2 saving: 1479 ton per annum

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