Moshe Motlohi is confident that the hundreds of millions of dollars earmarked in infrastructure spend over the next seven years at his port, Durban, will see lines flocking to the South African city as it looks to build a genuine shipping hub.
Motlohi, the port manager at South Africa’s largest port, outlines some of the plans afoot to increase the range of services on offer at Durban. These include reinstating ancillary services such as hull cleaning and drydocking while the port is also looking into setting up a logistics park that will support cargo handling.
The port, which can boast being the largest in sub-Saharan Africa, is spending R460m ($35m) in 2017/18 and forecasts spending a whopping $1.1bn over the next seven years on infrastructure development.
Money will be spent on the deepening of Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2 berths 203 to 205 from 12.8 m to 16.5 m and lengthening from 914 m to 1210 m to cater for three 350 m long vessels simultaneously. The capacity of DCT Pier 2 will increase from 2.4m teu to 2.9m teu.
Plenty of cash will also be spent on the development of Pier 1 Salisbury Island Infill container terminal so that its capacity will increase from 700,000 teu a year to 2.4m teu.
The port registered throughput of 84.4m tons and expects a 2.1% growth in 2017.