A decade of operations in the Port of Ngqura

2019-10-09 06:01
The first commercial vessel, the MSC Catania, in the Port of Ngqura on 4 October 2009.Photo:ROB DUKER

The first commercial vessel, the MSC Catania, in the Port of Ngqura on 4 October 2009.Photo:ROB DUKER

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TRANSNET recently commemorated the anniversary of the arrival of the first commercial vessel in the Port of Ngqura.

The MSC Catania berthed at our shores at 10:50 on Sunday, October 4, 2009, off-loading 275 containers at an average speed of 19 containers per ship working hour.

According to Tandi Lebakeng, port manager of the Port of Ngqura, the vessel stayed for 21 hours before leaving the port at 07:40 on October 5, 2009.

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 transshipment 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. – REPORTER

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