Port of Durban
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|Port of Durban|
|Country||Republic of South Africa|
|Location||Durban, Kwazulu Natal|
The Port of Durban, commonly referred to as Durban Harbour, is the largest and busiest shipping terminal on the African Continent. The port is strategically placed on major international shipping routes, and is South Africa's main cargo and container port. It handles up to 31.4 million tons of cargo each year.
- The Port of Durban is the busiest port in South Africa and generates more than 60% of revenue.
- It is the 2nd largest container port in Africa (1st Port Said, Egypt).
- It is the 4th largest container port in Southern Hemisphere (1st Port of Jakarta in Indonesia, 2nd Port of Surabaya in Indonesia, 3rd Port Santos in Brazil).
- The distance around the port is 21 km.
- Rail tracks total 302 km.
- The port has 58 berths which are operated by more than 20 terminals operators.
- Over 4500 commercial vessels call at the port each year.
Harbour Entrance Depth
The entrance channel has a depth of 12,8m from Chart Datum, and a width of 122m between the caissons.
The maximum permissible draft listed for the berths serves as a guide for the planning of vessels. The following is a table of drafts as updated 7 June 2000. The Port Captain should be advised timeously to arrange fresh soundings. If a vessel is loaded to maximum, the Port Captain should be consulted for safety.
SA Port Operations
The Durban Car Terminal is a modern, world class facility. It opened in 1998, with a capacity of 60 000 vehicles a year. In 2004, a R100 million expansion brought the number of bays to 6 500. This included a 380m bridge linking the terminal to the quayside, improving vessel turnaround time and improving security.
Berths Lengths & Draughts
The terminal facilities comprise a 366m quay with a depth alongside of 10,9m. This dedicated berth (Q/R) is able to accommodate the largest deep-sea car carriers.
Storage & Stacking
The quay is backed by 8,5Ha of surface storage with logistical road and rail access, vehicle inspection facilities and administrative block, with a state of the art cargo tracking system, CCTN surveillance monitoring, all surrounded by floodlit security fencing. The new three storey car park with bridge linking quayside to terminal, increases the capacity to 6 631 bays, increasing throughput capacity from 60 000 to 120 000 units per year.
Terminal Working Hours
Normal hours: Monday to Friday 06:00 to 14:00, 14:00 to 22:00. Dependent on ship working and exigencies of the service, can operate 24hrs and weekends. The terminal is close on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
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