DCT BERTH DEEPENING ON HOLD – UPDATE

It has been reported in Africa Ports & Ships Newsletter and FTW Online that there is still no indication as to when the main marine construction works to deepen and lengthen berths 203, 204 and 205 at the Durban Container Terminal will proceed.  Allegations of procurement irregularities brought the contract to a halt barely a month into start-up in September/October 2018 and it was subsequently terminated in February 2019 to allow a forensic audit of the awarding of the contract to the main contractor.  According to a statement issued by Transnet National Ports Authority, internal forensic investigations are still underway and it is not possible to indicate when the contract will proceed.  Container ships with a potential carrying capacity of 14,000 TEU continue to call at Durban but as there are currently no suitable deep berths the ships have to arrive or sail only partly loaded.