Port of Durban

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This article is about the Port of Durban. For the Durban Beach Harbor residential areas, see Durban Harbor Region .
Port of Durban
Durban harbor.jpg
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.[1] The port is strategically placed on major international shipping routes, and is South Africa's main cargo and container port.[2] It handles up to 31.4 million tons of cargo each year.[3]

The Port of Durban in Durban, South Africa is the 4th largest container terminal in the Southern Hemisphere, handling 2,568,124 TEU in 2012.

Port Statistics[edit]

Harbour Entrance Depth[edit]

The entrance channel has a depth of 12,8m from Chart Datum, and a width of 122m between the caissons.

Port Facilities[edit]


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.[4]

SA Port Operations[edit]

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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Coordinates: 29°52′24″S 31°01′28″E / 29.8732°S 31.0245°E / -29.8732; 31.0245