Mandela Bay ports handled 2.07 million tonnes of cargo in September

OCTOBER 9, 2014

Nelson Mandela Bay’s two ports, Port Elizabeth and Ngqura, handled a total of 2.07 million tonnes of cargo, according to figures made available by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).

This was slightly less than the 2.14 million tonnes handled in the same month last year.

The figures show that Port Elizabeth handled 1.109 million tonnes compared with 1.245 million in 2013, while Ngqura handled 965 000 tonnes (892 000).

The two ports collectively handled 100 955 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) containers in September, an increase on the 98 313 handled in the same month last year.

For the first time for some months, the Port of Ngqura came close to handling as many TEUs as Cape Town - 71 315 compared to 73 951. In September 2013, Ngqura handled 65 659 TEUs.

Port Elizabeth handled 29 640 TEUs in September against 32 654 in the same month last year.

The Eastern Cape’s other port East London handled 282 000 tonnes of cargo last month an increase on the 194 000 in the same month last year and 6 092 containers compared with 3 217.

The number of ships calling at the Port of Ngqura also increased from 43 to 57 year-on-year, while the figures for Port Elizabeth were 110 (112) and East London 29 (21).

Ngqura has now featured on the CNN Market Place Africa, which quotes Drewry as saying that it was the fastest growing port in the world in February last year.

The CNN report notes that the port is also part of “a multi-million Dollar industrial park that is growing faster than anyone expected”.

“It’s this combination of maritime port and landside infrastructure just outside the city of Port Elizabeth that is making the operation boom,” the report states although it adds that “not everyone was excited” about the construction of the Port of Ngqura. - metrominutes