Ports and Logistics

South Africa’s largest boxport set for transformation

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.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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