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Old August 5th, 2006, 12:55 PM   #61
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Here's some harbour stats for all SA ports.

_______________2005______________2006 (Jan-May)

TEUs (Containers)

Durban...........1,899,065 (+12.6%).........8484,807 (+7.3)
Cape Town........690,895 (+20.6).............338,090 (+17.4)
Port Elizabeth.....369,759 (+17.8).............142,625 (-7.4)
East London.........49,338 (-8.2)................14,039 (-31.7)

Cargo Tonnage

Richards Bay....87,797,601 (1.1)...........36,415,725 (0.9)
Durban............40,778,495 (1.9)...........19,757,976 (16.3)
Saldanha Bay...35,208,648 (10.3)..........16,189,753 (10.4)
Port Elizabeth....4,189,733 (-2.5)............1,891,223 (8.3)
Cape Town........3,508,711 (-5.2)............1,931,642 (32.1)
East London......1,647,848 (11.5)...............703,754 (2.5)

Ship Tonnage

Durban...........90,277,199 (10.5)...........39,955,901 (6.2)
Richards Bay....58,250,805 (1.1)............22,766,540 (-6.2)
Cape Town......47,635,324 (7.0)............20,307,214 (2.3)
Port Elizabeth...26,237,291 (1.9)............10,819,608 (-1.0)
Saldanha Bay....23,099,666 (15.1)...........9,744,288 (-1.2)
East London.......8,488,914 (-4.7)...........3,569,964 (0.9)
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Old August 20th, 2006, 08:44 PM   #62
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From newspaper reports it seems July was a record setting month for the durban port. the highest number of containers ever handled in a month. I think the durban stat for this year in TEUS was a typo greg. but thanx for the info
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Old August 20th, 2006, 09:33 PM   #63
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Here's some harbour stats for all SA ports.

_______________2005______________2006 (Jan-May)

TEUs (Containers)

Durban...........1,899,065 (+12.6%).........8484,807 (+7.3)
Cape Town........690,895 (+20.6).............338,090 (+17.4)
Port Elizabeth.....369,759 (+17.8).............142,625 (-7.4)
East London.........49,338 (-8.2)................14,039 (-31.7)

Cargo Tonnage

Richards Bay....87,797,601 (1.1)...........36,415,725 (0.9)
Durban............40,778,495 (1.9)...........19,757,976 (16.3)
Saldanha Bay...35,208,648 (10.3)..........16,189,753 (10.4)
Port Elizabeth....4,189,733 (-2.5)............1,891,223 (8.3)
Cape Town........3,508,711 (-5.2)............1,931,642 (32.1)
East London......1,647,848 (11.5)...............703,754 (2.5)

Ship Tonnage

Durban...........90,277,199 (10.5)...........39,955,901 (6.2)
Richards Bay....58,250,805 (1.1)............22,766,540 (-6.2)
Cape Town......47,635,324 (7.0)............20,307,214 (2.3)
Port Elizabeth...26,237,291 (1.9)............10,819,608 (-1.0)
Saldanha Bay....23,099,666 (15.1)...........9,744,288 (-1.2)
East London.......8,488,914 (-4.7)...........3,569,964 (0.9)
whats with the huge increases for cape town?
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Old September 13th, 2006, 03:20 PM   #65
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Won't happen by 2008 as they claim but perhaps in the future. Will be happy for Mozambique if their port grows. Will bring much needed jobs to the country. Watch out Durbs...

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Mozambique capital port to rival Durban by 2008
Wed Sep 13, 2006 8:32 AM GMT

MAPUTO (Reuters) - Mozambique's port in the capital Maputo will be a regional competitor to South Africa's Durban by 2008, the government announced on Tuesday as it looks to ramp up investment in its infrastructure.

"We must take advantage of our position -- next to Zimbabwe and Malawi -- we have infrastructure closer than Durban," Minister of Transport Antonio Munguambe told Reuters.

"We are investing $50 million by 2008, this will include a new (export) terminal and railway... to reduce operational costs."

Munguambe was speaking at the opening of a new $10 million sugar terminal at Maputo's port which will act as a regional hub for raw sugar exports from Swaziland, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Maputo's port has been a focal point for Mozambique's impressive resurgence after nearly two decades of civil war in 1992. The economy registered double-digit growth in the first half of this year, which the government hopes to sustain in the long-term by wooing regional investment.

"It will reduce costs. Currently we export sugar (after) travelling 600 kilometers (360 miles) to Durban, when we are 90 kilometers from Maputo," said Trix Trickam, executive-director of the South African Sugar Association (SASA).

SASA projects it will be able to move 1 million tonnes of sugar a year through Maputo with the completion of the terminal, an increase of 500,000 tonnes per year.

With sugar currently averaging $350 a tonne, the new terminal could add $175 million per year in sugar exports.

"The terminal will help to establish Maputo as the port of choice in the sub-region," said Sociedade Terminal de Azucar de Maputo (STAM) chairman Wilfred Chumba.

"If it is convenient for Zimbabwe (to export through Maputo), then why not Zambia and possibly Malawi too? If they presently find it convenient to go through Durban we should ask why this is so."

The new sugar terminal will add to Maputo's regional infrastructure, which already includes a railway between the city and South Africa's commercial hub Gauteng, which includes both Johannesburg and Pretoria.

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Old September 14th, 2006, 02:36 PM   #66
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While one must commend their efforts. By spending $50m (R390m) by 2008 i small fry. In that time Durban will spend R4,2 billion.

I think the port has its merits and needs to grow to compliment the south african ports, but it doesnt have the home market to warrant too much grow. until that market grows they will be hampered
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Old October 20th, 2006, 07:18 PM   #67
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Guys i have confirmation that there is a pedestrian/public access route under the durban harbour entrance that will connect to a visitors centre and public park on the bluff with access to the millenium tower and probably a few restaurants and stores...the other aspects arent confirmed, but the tunnel is, it is being built as we speak
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Old October 20th, 2006, 10:46 PM   #68
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It's a pedestrian component to a widened version of the existing bulk services tunnel, right?
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Old October 21st, 2006, 01:14 AM   #69
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there are 2 tunnels
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 10:00 AM   #70
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R3.8bn upgrade too late for container traffic
October 23, 2006

Durban - A R3.8 billion investment for additional container handling capacity at the Durban port is unlikely to placate shipping lines, which are ready to re-impose a congestion surcharge of $50 (R375) on every 20-foot container moving through the harbour.

Gaynor Kast, the spokesperson for the department of public enterprises, said on Friday: "The congestion is a result of a number of issues, including increased volumes. We have approved plans [of R3.8 billion] to expand the container terminal in the Durban port."

Details of the investment at Salisbury Island and Bayhead at the Durban port are not clear. This expansion follows the current development of pier one into a container terminal and the purchase of new equipment for the Durban container terminal.

But these medium- to long-term investments will not solve the immediate problems, which have ships waiting for between 50 and 70 hours to berth at the Durban container terminal.

Per Heisselberg, the managing director of Maersk Line SA, said if the delays continued at a level above 16 hours, then it would have to consider implementing a surcharge of $50 per 20-foot container. "We are meeting SA Port Operations in November and will, after that meeting, decide whether or not to Â… implement a congestion surcharge."

Transnet spokesperson John Dludlu said: "Heavy winds have affected our operations at the Durban container terminal since August, resulting in the loss of 121 crane working hours in August and 60 hours in September.


"We had projected strong wind disruptions in November and had planned several additional gangs to alleviate possible delays Â… However, our operations were affected earlier than planned. Some of our cranes automatically shut down for safety reasons Â… we also have to consider the risk to our employees as well as the cargo."

Dludlu said Transnet was implementing a decongestion plan that included moving vessels to discharge cargo at the Point multipurpose terminal, increasing staff at the terminal and releasing new straddle carriers to increase capacity and resources.

Dludlu was confident it would be able to clear the delays shortly.

A surcharge will be a blow to government efforts to reduce the cost of doing business in South Africa. Transnet's R65 billion investment in transport infrastructure is aimed at improving the capacity and efficiency of freight rail and ports.

Based on the estimated 1.6 million twenty-foot equivalent units the terminal handles a year, if the surcharge is implemented, costs for importers and exporters will rise by about R600 million.

Heisselberg said: "Any container terminal across the world would be impacted by [strong] winds. What is critical, however, is the time it takes to recover from such delays. The Durban container terminal took too long to restore normal operations due to existing inefficiencies in the supply chain, ageing equipment, insufficient staff and machinery. Proper planning could have prevented the present situation."
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 06:24 PM   #71
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Too much time wasted trying (unsuccessfully) to get lines to use other harbours and stuffing around with Coega.
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 08:33 PM   #72
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exactly. if they had spent the billions wasted on coega all those years ago on Durban, then South Africa would not be facing the port problem it has. While they may be spending a massive R12bn on durban harbour they could have spent many more billions by now too.

One only needs to look at CT and PE and how neither can really handle any sizable port traffic and have no room for growth at all. The NPA have alot of work ahead of them.

Granted Durban has had a massive spike in container traffic the last 3 years, but they should have forseen handling constraints years ago.

I better stop on the coega issue, some people here actually like it and think it is worthwhile
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Old October 24th, 2006, 06:57 AM   #73
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CT has more room for growth than Durban, if Van Schalkwyk would be such an ass to prevent expansion into the bay. It just lacks the vast industrial hinterland of Gauteng.
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actually CT doesnt for it ia not a strategically placed port. in the long run the port functions of the CT harbour are to be diminished in favour of the east coast ports. For shipping lines and the country it will only ever be a destination port for goods specifically needed for and from the western cape
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Old October 25th, 2006, 09:31 AM   #75
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arguable. How can it not be strategically placed, as it is by far the largest & best equipped port on the west african coast? Anyway, this is about Durban Port. We'll wait to see if Billiton can find oil off the west coast (as per latest reports) to foster CT or Saldanha as major an ports.
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Old October 25th, 2006, 01:41 PM   #76
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I read somewhere that it costs more to rail things from Durban to Joburg than to ship it from Durban anywhere on earth. If thats true, that means to rail stuff from Capetown to Joburg must be VERY expensive and probably makes it uneconomical as a gateway to Joburg for all except really high value goods.

Looks like all the big growth will be on the east coast with the ports in the W/E Cape restricted to serving local markets.
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Old October 26th, 2006, 08:29 AM   #77
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I read last week in the economist how transnet or what ever the para statal rail company is called, has ordered about 20billion bucks worth of new rolling stock in order to take on the road transport between Durban and Joburg. I mean the rail infrastructure is there and paid for 50 years ago ,so why cant they be competitive. 2 TFUs per truck vs 250 per train, there can be only 1 winner as far as costs go
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Old October 26th, 2006, 09:34 AM   #78
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Well the last time I checked, about a week or 2 ago, Transet announced that it had ordered more than 20 locomotives. Therefore it puzzles me when you say that they looking at using rail.
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Old October 27th, 2006, 03:04 PM   #79
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what giles is saying is that they need to substantially increase the effciency of the durban joburg link. and that will entail alot of money. but its gotta be done and it seems it is finally being done.
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Records galore for Durban car terminal

Records are there to be broken, and no sooner do we learn, belatedly, of a record number of vehicles discharged and loaded off one ship at the Durban Car Terminal, than along comes another to wipe out the record by over a thousand cars.

The first record to be set came in the form of MOL’s FREEDOM ACE, which last week called at Durban to discharge 3,658 motor units (Toyotas) and load another 284 for export, giving a total of 3,942 units before the ship sailed. This is the largest number of motor units handled off one ship at any South African port.

The operation took approximately 29 hours before the ship was freed to sail on to Maputo in Mozambique.

FREEDOM ACE was built for MOL and entered service in February 2005. She has a gross weight of 60,175t and 13 decks along her 200m length. The ship is capable of a speed of 20 knots.

But her record is going to be short-lived – barely ten days in fact for next week on 22 January Ukor’s MORNING CALM (57,692-gt) is due to discharge no less than 5,176 motor units at the same terminal. Diamond Shipping are the local agents for this vessel.

The dramatic number of motor units for both import and export reflects the growth pattern of the Southern African motor industry. During 2006 the Durban Car Terminal was expected to handle over 400,000 units, well in excess of the 340,000 originally anticipated. No wonder that the move to Salisbury Island in Durban Bay. where a much larger car terminal is to be built, is receiving such urgent attention.
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