Placing the last caisson at Durban

Sep 24, 2003
Author: P&S

The last of 52 giant concrete caissons will be placed in position to form the new quay wall at the historic Point Docks area in Durban tomorrow (Thursday, 25 September 2003).

With its placement the engineering company undertaking the work can begin backfilling the enclosed area with sand and rubble to form a large 20-hectare cargo working area (equivalent to 20 rugby fields). The project forms part of the R1.6 Billion Durban Port Development 2005 Project to address a shortage of capacity at the nearby Durban Container Terminal and will increase the container terminal capacity from the present 1.3 million TEUs to 1.65 million.

The new area will house the Multi Purpose Terminal which previously occupied Pier One, and which now becomes an extension of the container terminal. At the same time the new Point Docks development will meet the need for modern deep-water cargo handling for multi-purpose breakbulk ships.

The new area housing berths D through G will provide five deep-water (-12.8m draft) berths for general breakbulk cargo working. This has involved the construction within the port of the 52 concrete caissons that were lowered into the water, towed onto site and sunk to form the new deep water quay. The construction programme began on 1 October 2002.

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