DCT breaks records in an attempt to ease backlog

Apr 18, 2003
Author: P&S

In the past week the Durban Container Terminal has had to deal with some shipments that were unusually large in volume terms, and this has contributed to the build up of ships waiting outside the port, says Themba Gwala, South African Port Operations GM for Durban.

The container terminal handled an average of 3,149 containers a day, which amounts to 22,401 containers for the week. At the weekend a new daily container handling record of 4,465 was set. This breaks the previous record of 4,000 containers handled in a day.

Gwala pointed out that this new record is the equivalent of 1,6 million containers a year or 2,1 million TEU's a year, which is 50% above the design capacity of the terminal.

He said management and staff were working hand-in-hand to ease the situation, and the new record was evidence of this.

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