Dec 05, 2008
Ports capex programme to improve capacity and productivityBack
Cape Town|DURBAN|Ngqura|Port Elizabeth|Transnet|Cape Town Harbour|Durban Car Terminal|Durban Container Terminal|Durban Harbour|Port Of Durban|Port Of Ngqura|Richards Bay Coal Terminal|Richards Bay Multipurpose Terminal|Transnet Port Terminal|Car Terminal|State Freight Logistics Group|Richards Bay|Saldanha Bay|R10|R2|Transnet National Ports Authority|Transnet Port Terminal
© Reuse this
Meanwhile, at the Cape Town harbour, the container terminal will be widened and deepened. Continued development will take place at the Port of Ngqura, in Port Elizabeth, within the Coega industrial development zone.
TNPA Capital Expansions
The company states in its annual report that the TNPA’s capital expansion programme has progressed well. Consider-able progress has been made on the Durban harbour entrance widening and deepening project.
The dredging works and the construction of the new northern breakwater at the harbour are currently in progress.
The construction of Berth 306 at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal has been commissioned and was completed by Transnet Capital Projects ahead of schedule and within budget.
The TNPA states that at the port of Ngqura, the paving at the container terminal has been completed, and the construction of the additional quays has started. The TNPA has received approval from the Transnet board to construct an additional bulk liquid berth at Richards Bay.
Approval has also been granted for tug acquisitions for Port Elizabeth, Durban and Richards Bay. The division has awarded a tender for the supply of a new 4 200-m2 trailing suction hopper dredger.
Transnet states in the report that considerable areas of expenditure for the year included the refurbishment and expansion of the iron-ore export facility at Saldanha Bay, the construction of a new container terminal at Pier 1 at the Durban harbour and the procurement of terminal equipment, such as ship-to-shore cranes and rubber-tyre gantry cranes.
Other areas of expenditure include the construction of a new container terminal at the Port of Ngqura, the expansion of equipment capacity at the Cape Town and Durban container terminals and the refurbishment of the manganese export facility in Port Elizabeth.
During the 2007/8 year, TPT began building a fifth container terminal at the Port of Ngqura. The report states that Phase 1 of the terminal is expected to be operational by October 2009, with a yearly capacity of 700 000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).
The division is in the process of creating an additional 4 000 bays at the Durban car terminal. On completion, the terminal’s capacity will have grown from one berth and 6 500 parking bays in 2006, to three berths and 14 000 parking bays. The project also increases rail connectivity to and from the terminal.
The report states that the re-engineering project at the Durban container terminal is expected to increase the capacity of the terminal from 2,3-million TEUs a year to 2,9-million TEUs a year.
The Cape Town port expansion project is expected to double capacity from the existing 700 000 TEUs a year to 1,4-million TEUs a year.
The Richards Bay multipurpose terminal has commissioned a new mobile crane. The crane has achieved loading rates of 250 t/h instead of the usual 120 t/h. This has resulted in a 50% improvement in turnaround time for vessels on which the mobile crane was used.
The division states that its core challenge at present is to grow the business and to create capacity ahead of demand.
TPT says that the capex plan provides for the expansion of container handling facilities at the ports of Durban, Ngqura and Cape Town, as well as the expansion of the bulk handling facilities at Richards Bay and Saldanha Bay.
TPT’s approved capex for 2008/9 is R2,7-billion. This includes the development of the Ngqura container terminal, the Saldanha iron-ore terminal phase 1B expansion, and the Durban container terminal re-engineering project.
The Cape Town harbour capacity expansion, the Port Elizabeth manganese terminal Phase 3 expansion, the Richards Bay dry-bulk terminal plant refurbishment and expansion, and other projects are also included in the approved capex.
More than 60% of the TPT division’s capex for next year targets expansion in capacity. This includes the new container terminal at the Port of Ngqura, the expansion of the Durban and Cape Town container terminals and the upgrade of bulk handling facilities at Richards Bay and Saldanha Bay.
The group states that the TNPA will deliver capital projects to provide port infrastructure capacity ahead of demand. It adds that port efficiency will be improved through the enhanced service levels, as well as increasingly efficient marine resource capacity at the port.
Edited by: Laura Tyrer© Reuse this Comment Guidelines
Other Transport & Logistics News
Machine moving and abnormal load specialist company Lovemore Bros successfully transported two cumbersome container straddle carriers from the Port of Durban to the city’s former major airport, Durban International Airport on February 11 and 12.
Updated 2 hours 1 minute ago Few would argue with the notion that unemployment, which stands at around 25% on the narrow definition as reported by Statistics South Africa, remains one of the country’s most pressing challenges. Fewer still could contest the view that South Africa’s education...
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2014: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2014 report provides an overview of the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon steel and stainless...
Projects in Progress 2014 - First Edition (PDF Report)
This publication contains insight into progress at the delayed Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo respectively, as well as at the Ingula pumped-storage scheme, which is under construction on the border between the Free State and...
Automotive 2014: A review of South Africa's automotive sector (PDF Report)
The report provides insight into the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local construction demand, geographic diversification, competition within the sector, corporate activity, skills, safety, environmental considerations and the challenges...
Construction 2014: A review of South Africa's construction sector (PDF Report)
Construction data released during 2013 hints at a halt to the decline in the industry during the last few years, with some commentators averring that the industry could be poised for recovery. However, others have urged caution, noting that the prospects for a...
Electricity 2014: A Review of South Africa's Electricity Sector (PDF Report)
This report provides an overview of the state of electricity generation and transmission in South Africa and examines electricity planning, investment in generation capacity, electricity tariffs, the role of independent power producers and demand-focused initiatives,...
Defence 2013: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2013 Defence Report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key players in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the defence sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial...
This Week's Magazine
The Electronic Systems Laboratory (ESL) of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University is strongly reaffirming its position as one of South Africa’s leading centres for satellite technology and expertise. It is currently...
The world’s lowest-cost diesel-electric locomotive is not made in China, but in Pretoria, at RRL Grindrod Locomotives’ newly upgraded 30 000 m2 plant. The company’s locomotive pricing is “more competitive than any other original-equipment manufacturer (OEM)...
The South African Defence Review 2012, released to the public at the end of last month (despite the year given in its title) recommends the creation of the post of Chief Defence Scientist. This official would be responsible for the management of defence technology...
AltX-listed engineering technology company Ansys has been awarded an R188-million contract by Transnet to supply integrated dashboard display systems to the freight rail utility’s locomotives. Black-owned and controlled Ansys developed the bespoke integrated system...
South Africa’s sole nuclear power station Koeberg, which is located in the Western Cape, breached a major operations milestone on April 4, which marked the thirtieth anniversary of Unit 1 having been connected to the grid. Eskom, which operates the two-unit plant,...