Port of Durban

The Port of Durban, commonly called Durban Harbour, is the largest and busiest shipping terminal on the African Continent. The port is strategically placed on major international shipping routes, and is South Africa's main cargo and container port. It handles up to 31.4 million tons of cargo each year.

The Port of Durban in Durban, South Africa is the fourth largest container terminal in the Southern Hemisphere, handling 2,568,124 TEU in 2012.

Port statistics

  • Durban is the busiest port in South Africa and generates more than 60% of revenue.
  • It is the second largest container port in Africa (after Port Said in Egypt).
  • It is the fourth largest container port in Southern Hemisphere. (First is Jakarta in Indonesia, second is Surabaya in Indonesia, third is Santos in Brazil).
  • The distance around the port is 21 kilometres (13 miles).
  • Rail tracks total 302 kilometres (188 miles).
  • The port has 58 berths which are operated by more than 20 terminal operators.
  • Over 4500 commercial vessels call at the port each year.
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    Bulker Ordered Out of Port of Durban After Emitting "Toxic Fumes"

    The Maritime Executive 12 Nov 2021
    South African officials were forced to evacuate the bulk carrier NS Qingdao from the port of Durban and send it to a protected anchorage after it started releasing toxic fumes ... at the port of Durban when some of its chemical cargo became unstable due to contact with rain water....

    South Africa: Master Plan to Expand Port of Durban

    All Africa 17 Aug 2021
    The Department of Public Enterprises has announced a master plan for the Port of Durban which will seek potential private investments of R100 billion into the port over at least the next ten years .......

    Port of Durban to be repositioned as a hub for the continent

    Moneyweb 30 Apr 2021
    A much-needed and implementable plan ... ....

    South Africa Unveils Expansion Plan for Port of Durban

    The Maritime Executive 21 Apr 2021
    Authorities in South Africa have unveiled an ambitious $7 billion plan to modernize the Port of Durban, aiming to improve its efficiency and reclaim its status as the best-performing port in Africa ... The port of Durban has been grappling with a worsening crisis of congestion, which ......

    Ramaphosa calls on private sector to invest in Port of Durban

    Independent online (SA) 20 Apr 2021
    JOHANNESBURG - PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday called on the private sector to partner with the government to increase investment in port and rail infrastructure at the Port of Durban ... at the Port of Durban would require R100 billion in new investment over the next decade....

    Expansion of Port of Durban to cost R100 billion, Ramaphosa says

    News24 19 Apr 2021
    The upgrade which geared to elimating bottlenecks at the port and is expected to expand capacity for container handling from 2.9 million units to more than 11 million units ... ....

    CYRIL RAMAPHOSA: Port of Durban shows Operation Vulindlela is going well

    Eye Witness News 19 Apr 2021
    Positioning Durban as a world-class port and hub port for the Southern Hemisphere will take more work, but results are encouraging, writes President Cyril Ramaphosa ... ....

    Ramaphosa reflects on his visit to the Port of Durban

    Independent online (SA) 19 Apr 2021
    LAST week, I visited the Port of Durban to see for myself the work being done to make the port more efficient and competitive ... When I visited Durban in October 2019, many local businesses and port users raised concerns with me about the performance of the Durban Port....

    Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to port of Durban met with protests opposed to privatisation

    Independent online (SA) 15 Apr 2021
    DURBAN - President Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to the port of Durban, Africa’s busiest and largest, was met with pickets by members of Satawu (South African Transport and Allied Workers Union) who voiced fears that the port would be privatised ... Port of Durban ....

    Shipping of the First Batch of 10 Straddle Carriers at the Port of Durban, South Africa (Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co Ltd)

    Public Technologies 30 Mar 2021
    According to the contract, 66 straddle carriers' order will be added for the Port of Durban, South Africa, in addition to the straddle carrier projects undertaken by ZPMC in Sweden, Spain and South Korea, it is expected that after the overall delivery of the South Africa project, ......

    MEC Nomusa-Dube Ncube and MEC Bheki Ntuli visits Port of Durban as part of efforts aimed at protecting our economy, 4 May

    Public Technologies 04 May 2020
    ... Liaison Bheki Ntuli will be going to the Port of Durban as part of efforts aimed at protecting our economy ... She has identified the Port of Durban as an area deserving special attention....

    MS Amsterdam awaiting permission to dock at Port of Durban

    Independent online (SA) 08 Apr 2020
    Durban - A cruise ship carrying no passengers is waiting for permission to dock in the Port of Durban to refuel and restock ... Deputy Harbour Master at the Port of Durban, Captain Justin Adams, said the clearance the ship was waiting for was a declaration of “free pratique”, which is a clean bill of health from the port health unit....

    South Africa: Queen Mary 2 Leaves Port of Durban

    All Africa 04 Apr 2020
    Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has confirmed that the Queen Mary 2 passenger vessel has departed the Port of Durban after refuelling and the disembarkation of six South African crew members .......