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Port of Ngqura

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.


 The Port’s world class infrastructure, depth and marine assets have created opportunities for handling abnormal cargo. Since April 2013 to date; the port has been handling imported wind turbines where approximately 2000 pieces of grossly abnormal cargo require discharging, storage and removal from the port.


  •   The construction of the first phase of this green-fields project started in September 2002
  •  More than R10 billion has already been invested in the project over the past 10 years.
  • The Port of Ngqura has a total land area of 1 254 hectares
  • It was designed to initially offer a seven-berth model - four for containers, and three for dry, liquid and break - bulk.
  • MSC Catania became the first vessel to berth at the Port of Ngqura, offloading 275 containers, thereby marking the port’s unofficial opening on 4 October 2009
  • It is South Africa’s eighth commercial seaport
  • The Port of Ngqura is the only one in South Africa that has an environmental authorisation (Record of Decision) for its construction and operation.
  •  The main breakwater, on the eastern side, is the longest in South Africa to date. It has been designed to withstand wave heights of up to 9m.
  • At 2 610m long, the main breakwater is the longest to have been constructed in South Africa so far. It extends out to a depth of -16.5m chart datum (CD) port and has a maximum base width of 12m. The deepwater section has a final deck level of +7m CD and a clear width of 9m.
  • The secondary breakwater is 1 080m long, extends to a water depth of -14.5 CD and ends with a 100m long caisson structure consisting of four individually cast and placed caissons.
  • The Port of Ngqura’s quay walls are the strongest in TNPA’s ports system. The bulk berths were designed for 85 000dwt (deadweight tons) vessels and the container berths for 6 600 twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) vessels. Further investigations have, however, revealed that these could accommodate 120 000dwt and 12 500 TEU vessels respectively.
  • The container terminal has been designed for the operation of heavy container handling equipment, such as tuber - tyred gantries (RTGs) and reach stackers.