Container terminals at Port Elizabeth port to be deepened
A feasibility study on the deepening of the container berths at the Port of Port Elizabeth will be conducted in 2015/16, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) CEO Tau Morwe has told the Africa Expanding Ports Conference.
TNPA’s vision for the port in the short term to 2019 includes the expansion of the existing container terminal with deepened berths and “transhipment opportunities”.
In terms of the short-term layout plan for the port, Morwe says the Number 2 jetty will be retained for break bulk operations, cruise liners and ship repair lay byes.
Further, the CEO states that TNPA’s plans for the short term include expanding the fishing and boat repair facilities “with limited commercial activities”.
In addition, the naval base will be retained; land developed for maritime commercial uses, and the automotive terminal relocated to the southern precinct and expanded following the relocation of the manganese facility and oil tank farm to the Coega IDZ and Port of Ngqura.
Morwe also told the conference that the estimated delivery date for two replacement tugs for Port Elizabeth was the 2015/16 financial year. Two new tugs will also be delivered to Ngqura in 2016/17.
In total, TNPA plans to invest R1.5 billion in the port over the seven year period between 2015/16 and 2021/22.
The CEO said that the capital investment plan for the Port of Ngqura would see an amount of R14.7 billion spent over the seven year period from 2015/16 to 2021/22, with the bulk of the funding being spent between 2016/17 and 2018/19.
Major projects for the port include the expansion of capacity that in terms of the short-term layout will include the manganese export berths; new liquid bulk terminal, small craft basin and the Port Authority Building.
The relocation of the manganese facility from Port Elizabeth to Ngqura is scheduled to take place in the 2018/19 financial year.
Morwe also told the conference a feasibility study for extending the breakwater and deepening the entrance channel at the Port of East London would be conducted in the current 2014/15 financial year. - metrominutes
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