Saldanha Iron Ore Terminal sets new high

Mar 17, 2004
Author: P&S

The Bulk Terminal (previously known as the Iron Ore Terminal) at the port of Saldanha recently achieved new levels with the offloading of 585,012 tonnes of iron ore into the port stockpile area.

This amounted to a 6% improvement on the previous highest volume which was achieved in 2002, but what makes it more notable is that the terminal is operating with equipment well beyond its planned lifespan.

During 2003 the terminal handled 29.83 million tonnes of ore, which is 65% above the design capacity of 18 mt.

"While we are in the process of addressing capacity challenges in a major R930 million expansion and refurbishment programme, we have reduced maintenance windows and put in place a dynamic approach enabling us to operate at this high level and achieve these capacity objectives, said Mark Topass, business unit manager Bulk Terminal Saldanha.

The ore is delivered to the port along a 860km dedicated railway from the Northern Cape and is destined for worldwide export, with primary markets being in Europe and the Far East.

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