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Nelson Mandela Bay Ports Handled Two Million Tonnes of Cargo in August

Sep 10, 2014
Nelson Mandela Bay Ports Handled Two Million Tonnes of Cargo in August

Nelson Mandela Bay’s two ports, Port Elizabeth and Ngqura handled a total of 1.997 million tonnes of cargo in August, according to figures made available by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).

This is slightly higher than in the same month last year.

The TNPA figures show the Port Elizabeth handled 1.138 million tonnes of cargo compared to 1.319 million in August 2103, while the Port of Ngqura handled 859 000 tones compared to 632 000.

Collectively, the two ports handled 86 793 twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) containers last month compared with the 82 0343 handled in the same month in 2013.

The number of TEUs handled at Port Elizabeth dropped from 36 148 to 23 850 year-on-year (y/y) while the number handled at Ngqura, which is being positioned as the country’s premier transhipment port increased from 45 895 to 62 943.

This means the two ports handled 20.79% of all TEUs nationally in August and Ngqura 15.08% - the national total was 417 431.

The number of ships calling at the two ports declined from 119 to 88 as far as Port Elizabeth is concerned and rose marginally at the Port of Ngqura from 44 to 47.

The Eastern Cape’s third port, East London, handled 176 000 tonnes of cargo last month compared to 234 000 in August 2013 and a total of 4 652 TEUs compared to 1 861. The number of ships calling at East London declined from 28 in August 2013 to 21 last month. - metrominutes


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