With agricultural bulk commodities such as maize, wheat and soya beans re-emerging as a major focus for the Durban Agribulk Terminal, an investment of more than R230-million has resulted in the acquisition of two ship unloaders.
Assembly is in progress, with handover to operations planned for the end of February 2022.
“Annually, the terminal handles an average of 243 669 metric tons of grains, which are strategic commodities for the terminal. We anticipate volumes to grow with increased players and government’s efforts to grow the agricultural sector.
“The new equipment puts the terminal in a position to handle additional grain volumes. Each of the new ship unloaders has a design throughput of 600 t an hour, as compared to the current aging ship unloaders that have design throughput of 300 t an hour each,” Durban Terminals acting managing executive Kwazi Mabaso comments.
The investment in the ship unloaders follows close on the heels of a R55-million investment on the terminal’s substation upgrade and refurbishment of a shiploader aimed at improving equipment availability and operational efficiencies.