Port of Durban upgrade complete; berths now operational
Feb 1, 2017: Work on Berth 13 and 14, at the Maydon Wharf Precinct in Durban, has been completed. The berths are now deeper and safer for bigger ships calling at the port.
The expansion forms part of a R1.5 billion reconstruction project aimed at addressing aging infrastructure at one of South Africa’s oldest ports. The berths will have a draught of 14.5 metres, enabling them to handle vessels with draughts up to 13 metres, making these berths the deepest berths in the Port of Durban. However, the Maydon Wharf access channel will still need to be deepening thereafter to enable deeper-draught vessel to sail in fully laden.
Constructed more than 90 years ago, the Maydon Wharf Precinct is one of the oldest cargo terminals and is the largest breakbulk and dry bulk handling precinct in the Port of Durban covering 120 hectares of port land. The precinct’s youngest berth is about 42 years old, while its oldest berth is 92 years old.