TNPA celebrates key milestone at Maydon Wharf
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) last week celebrated a significant milestone, when the Port of Durban’s Maydon Wharf precinct serviced Bright Sky, the first vessel to use the common-user Berth 14 after its reconstruction.
Once completed, the berths will have a draught of 14.5 m, enabling them to handle vessels with draughts up to 13 m, making these berths the deepest in the Port of Durban. However, the Maydon Wharf access channel must still be deepened to enable deeper-draught vessel to sail in fully laden.
Built over 90 years ago, the Maydon Wharf precinct is one of the oldest cargo terminals and is the largest breakbulk and dry bulk handling precinct in the Port of Durban, covering 120 ha of port land.
The quay walls in the precinct were originally designed to handle vessels of about 20 000 deadweight tonnage versus the 55 000 deadweight tonnage now calling at the port.
The newly built quay walls will now have a lifespan of about 50 years.
The completion of the four berths – 1, 2, 13 and 14 – according to schedule has generated positive feedback from TNPA customers.
Its supplier development programme was 7% above target and contributed a total value of R273-million of the overall cost of the project. About R116-million of this was spent on national and regional suppliers and R83-million was spent on small business development.