Transnet National Ports Authority’s project to deepen and lengthen berths at Durban Container Terminal (DCT): Pier 2 has reached a key milestone – the multi-billion Main Marine Construction Works package will go out to tender this month.
This follows the two environmental approvals secured from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) last year for marine and landside works.
The tender process for the landside works will follow at a later stage, the Authority said.
TNPA Chief Executive, Richard Vallihu, said: “The continued investment in infrastructure and modernization of our flagship Port of Durban is pivotal in meeting the ever-increasing demands of the maritime industry, in particular the ever-increasing size of container vessels pulling into our ports.”
The Pier 2 reconstruction, deepening and lengthening project forms an integral part of Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy which is in its 5th year and aims to enable the effective, efficient and economic functioning of an integrated port system to promote economic growth, TNPA added.
The overall scheme aims to improve efficiencies and reduce costs for vessels calling at the port by deepening Berths 203, 204 and 205, as well as the basin and approach channel, from 12.8m to 16.5m.
The effective berthing length will be increased from 914m to 1210m, to safely accommodate the simultaneous berthing of three Super Post Panamax vessels of 350m in length and draft of 14.5m.