Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has commenced a series of Port Development Framework Plans (PDFP) via a series of roadshows, with the first session having been held in East London on 3 May 2023 followed by Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) on 5 May 2023.

In collaboration with the Ports Consultative Committee, SAMSA, Department of Transport and the Ports Regulator of South Africa – the roadshows engage stakeholders on the port development plans in the short, medium, and long term.

The Eastern Cape session earmarked strategic projects for the three ports in the region.

Port of East London

The Port of East London plans include the deepening of the N-Berth to support the automotive sector, the realignment of Northern Breakwater, the deepening of the turn basin as well as the completion of the 80-ton bollards to improve ship turnaround time.


Eastern Cape Port Development Roadshow kicks off TNPA plans
Among the plans for the port of East London is to realign the Northern Breakwater

Eastern Cape Port Development Roadshow kicks off TNPA plans

Port of Port Elizabeth (P.E.)

The PE plans indicate the construction of the Liquid Bulk Berth A100, the repurposing of the Charl Malan quay to increase volumes and position the port as an automotive hub, and marine infrastructure upgrade.

The Slipway upgrade project is close to completion – awaiting commissioning and additional break bulk storage has become available due to proposed port limits which have been gazetted.

Port of Ngqura

The Port of Ngqura has piloted shore tension which mitigates undercurrent and heavy winds to improve vessel stability. The relocation of manganese and liquid bulk from the Port of P.E. to the Port of Ngqura form part of the short-term plans.

To improve land use, 21 hectares of land is planned for liquid bulk and the construction of a new canal to manage overflow in case of flooding.

Broader plan

The PDFP roadshows form part of a broader plan to improve the productivity and competitiveness of the South African port system. As a key player within the logistics and maritime industry, TNPA’s fundamental role is the maintenance and improvement of port infrastructure.

Sharpening the terminal oversight role is a strategic priority for the ports’ authority with consistent consultation with terminal operators to ensure accountability.

PDFPs are reviewed every two years and updated every four years and requires various cycles of engagement through various stakeholder engagement forums such as the roadshows.

The plans are available on the TNPAs website HERE

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Added 11 May 2023