The latest development in the South African stables of ports is the Port of Ngqura, a deep-water port located on the east coast of South Africa, 20 kilometres north east of Port Elizabeth and midway between Durban and Cape Town.
The Port of Ngqura is a world class deep water transhipment hub offering an integrated, efficient and competitive port service for containers on transit to global market and within the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Officially opened by the State President of the Republic of South Africa, J.G Zuma on 16 March 2012, the Port forms part of the Coega Industrial Development Zone but under the jurisdiction of Transnet National Ports Authority.
The Port also services the industrial bulk commodity requirements of the regional and national hinterland. Containers handled include imports and exports from across the globe as well as trans-shipment cargoes serving primarily East and West coast traffic as well as inter-line traffic from South America to Asia.
The Container Terminal, which boast world class superstructure, has a current capacity of 1 200 000 Teus for 3 Berths and will later increase to a 2.8 million Teu capacity for 4 Berths. Since becoming operational in 2009, the port has surpassed many expectations and it is through its milestones that it was profiled as the fastest growing port in the country, Africa and in the world as reported by the Drewry Consultants in the 2012/13 annual report.
In addressing the increasing global demand for Manganese export, Transnet National Ports Authority will be constructing a state of the art Manganese loading facility, positioning the Port of Ngqura as a leading Manganese Ore exporter globally. The relocation of the current manganese facility from the Port of Port Elizabeth to Ngqura, will increase the capacity from 5.5Mtpa to 16Mtpa.