Ngqura handled more containers in October than Cape Town

NOVEMBER 12, 2014

The Port of Ngqura handled the second highest number of twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) containers last month, according to figures made available by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).

The figures show that Ngqura handled 69 853 TEUs compared to the 67 470 handled by Cape Town, although still well behind the 233 010 handled by Durban.

In the same month last year, Ngqura handled 66 731 and Cape Town 82 366.

Last month Port Elizabeth handled 21 917 compared to 31 717 in October 2013, while East London handled 4 526 compared to 3 570.

The TNPA figures show that last month the two Nelson Mandela Bay ports together handled 1,927 million tonnes of cargo, with Ngqura contributing 946 000 tonnes and Port Elizabeth 981 000.

In the same month last year, Ngqura handled 921 000 tonnes and Port Elizabeth 969 000 for a combined total of 1.89 million tonnes.

Richards Bay handled the most cargo in August, 8.308 million tonnes compared with 8.881 million tonnes in October last year, followed by Durban with 7.029 million and 6.997 million tonnes respectively.

Saldanha Bay handled 9.948 million tonnes compared to 4.898 million in October 2013.

Neighbouring East London handled a total of 247 000 tonnes of cargo in October, which was slightly more than the 226 000 handled in the same month last year. - metrominutes