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Transnet commemorating a decade of port operations at Port of Ngqura

Oct 3, 2019
Transnet commemorating a decade of port operations at Port of Ngqura

Port Elizabeth - Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Ngqura on Friday celebrates the arrival of its first commercial vessel ten years ago on 4 October 2009.

“We are proud to commemorate the arrival of the first commercial vessel in the Port of Ngqura. The MSC Catania berthed at our shores at 10h50 on Sunday, 4 October 2009, off-loading 275 containers at an average speed of 19 containers per ship working hour. The vessel stayed for 21 hours before leaving the port at 07h40 on 5 October 2009,” said Tandi Lebakeng, Port Manger of the Port of Ngqura.

The port’s container throughput has grown from 70 209 TEUs (Twenty Foot Equivalent Units) in the 2009/10 financial year to 744 660 TEUs in the 2018/19 financial year.

It is the newest and deepest container port on the South African coastline - a trans-shipment hub offering an integrated port service for containers in transit to global markets and within the Sub-Saharan Africa region.

Today, it is one of the fastest growing ports on the African continent.

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