By Tony Edwards and Allan Heydorn, Partners in the International Transport, Trade & Energy team
Local online trade newspaper Africa Ports & Ships Newsletter has today reported that the project to establish a ship repair facility including a floating dock at Richards Bay remains on track.
According to the report:
1. a large floating dock is envisaged, to accommodate Capesize vessels, bulk carriers and tankers greater than 150,000 dwt – the port of Richards Bay handles the largest number of large (Capesize and over) ships of any port in South Africa;
2. an infrastructure preparation project to create the conditions for a private operator to install and operate a floating dock through an open market approach has commenced and it is expected that a Request for Proposal will be issued towards the end of Q1 of the 2018 financial year (around about July);
3. the Repair Quay at the Small Craft Harbour has been earmarked to accommodate the floating dock facility, which will require deepening of the berth and a makeover of the quay.
Transnet National Ports Authority, which manages South Africa’s eight commercial ports, has reported that the project progress for the pre-feasibility study is 90% complete and the overall project status is 23% with a forecast completion date of March 2022.
For more information on the above contact:
Allan Heydorn (S&W Richards Bay)
+27 35 780 7256
Tony Edwards (S&W Durban)
+27 31 575 7307