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Ports authority to decide on location of next large container terminal for SA

by Selwyn Bergman
on 16 Apr 2008
Oceanography SA
Oceanography SA

Transnet aims to make a decision towards the end of this year regarding the location of South Africa's next large container terminal. The terminal itself is planned to have an annual capacity of more than 6 million twenty foot equivalent units (TEU's).

Moira Moses, an executive from Transnet confirmed that they are conducting feasibility studies at Bayhead in the Port of Durban, the Port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape and at the Port of Richard's Bay in Kwazulu-Natal to ascertain which location would be preferred.

The first phase of the new terminal will have a total capacity of 3.1million TEU's and should be in operation by 2014.

Currently the Port of Durban has an approximate capacity of 3million TEU's, handles two-thirds of all container traffic in South Africa and is recognised as the busiest and biggest port on the African continent in terms of container handling capacity. The first phase of the next large container terminal surpasses that of Durban.

Further Reading:
* Container port in balance
* Port of Durban: Overview

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