Growing container volumes at South Africa’s Durban port point to log-jam

By bne IntelliNews June 14, 2010
Growingcontainer volumes of 6-8%/year at South Africas Durban port point to alog-jam, executive head of infrastructure at the Transnet National PortsAuthority (TNPA), Chris Matchett, said. The port was not coping effectivelybefore the global recession cut the volumes passing through it, he said. Durbanis Africas biggest container port and the containers are moved by a largeindustry. Matchett said that transforming the ideal former Durban airport intoanother liquid bulk and vehicle container terminal, with berthing capacity isthe easiest and quickest solution to congestion. He believes Transnet istalking to Airports Company South Africa, which owns the airport, aboutredeveloping the land. Since a new airport opened in May, north of Durban,speculation about the old airport site has been keen.

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