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Deepwater Port of Ngqura


The deepwater Port of Ngqhurha provides a vital conduit to international markets. Strategically positioned on the global east-west trading route, this deepwater port offers global container shipping and other world class port facilities to businesses situated in the adjacent Coega Industrial Development Zone, and beyond.

The Coega Industrial Development Zone provides the back-of-port facilities and infrastructure to the deepwater Port of Ngqhurha. This makes for seamless integration between landside and marine infrastructure resulting in logistical and operational efficiency.

Construction of the Port of Ngqhurha is one of the biggest projects of its kind on the continent and one of the largest undertaken in post-apartheid South Africa. The Transet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has invested R10 billion to date in the development of the Port of Ngqhurha, which is operated by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT).


Port facilities at Ngqhurha include a 60-hectare container terminal, Transnet’s solution to South Africa’s long-time shortage of container capacity resulting from the growth in global container shipping. The depth of the channel and its location in the protected Nelson Mandela Bay make it one of the best positioned deepwater ports on the South African coast. Nelson Mandela Bay, which is protected from the prevailing south-westerly winds by a spit of land, has 330 anchor days a year. With only an overnight train or truck trip from the major centres of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, these port facilities are ideally situated to meet the needs of all import and export markets.


The Port of Ngqhurha and Coega IDZ synergy offers port facilities and infrastructure, with many added value benefits for investors, such as:

  • shortened lead times

Manufacturers based in the Coega IDZ benefit from the shorter lead times between the deepwater port and the factory gate for both exports of finished goods and imports of components.

  • refrigeration

Port facilities include reefer frames with 1 680 reefer points for refrigerated cargo to serve agro processors in the Coega IDZ and elsewhere.

  • more berths, more capacity

The long-term development plan for the deepwater Port of Ngqhurha includes additional channels and basins, which would increase the total number of berths to more than 30. Once the second phase has been completed, this capacity will increase to 1.5 million standard containers per year.

  • space for new generation vessels

The new 60 hectare terminal includes a 16.5m draft alongside the berths, enabling it to accommodate new-generation vessels of 8 000 to 9 000 20-foot equivalent units (TEU’s).

  • ship-to-shore cranes

The container terminal is the first in the country to boast the 110 metre-high Megamax ship to shore (STS) cranes which are able to service vessels with up to 22 containers stacked across their width. Twenty-two rubber-tyred gantries will complement the six Megamax cranes, further improving port facilities.

To take advantage of these state-of-the-art, deepwater port opportunities, please contact Ms Senzeni Ndebele on:

e-mail: [email protected]

Telephone: +27 41 403 0464

Fax: +27 41 403 0401

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