Three berths at Transnet’s Durban Container Terminal will be deepened to accommodate larger boxships by 2023. A R7bn contract engineering contract has just been handed to an Italian-South African joint venture to carry out the project.
Transnet chief capital officer, Krishna Reddy commented: “In the port of Durban which handles approximately 65% of the total containerised cargo of South Africa, we have a critical need to provide modern, safe, deeper and longer container berths to accommodate the ever-increasing size of container vessels we are now servicing. This will ensure that our flagship Port of Durban and South Africa as a whole remain competitive within the industry, while catering safely for the needs of the marine sector.”
Dredging will be carried out on three berths to get depths alongside of 16.5 m and ensure three post-panamaxes can dock simultaneously.