South Africa Seeks Concessionaire For New Container Terminal

The container-handling facility will be built at the Port of Richards Bay.

By Chriselle Moraes on
24th July 2023

South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has begun the search for a concessionaire to build and operate a new container terminal planned at its Richards Bay Port in KwaZulu Natal.

TNPA launched a request for proposals on 17 July for a 25-year concession to fund, design, construct, operate, maintain and transfer a container-handling facility at the Bayvue Precinct in the Port of Richards Bay.

Interested parties have until November to submit proposals. A pre-bid briefing will be held on 28 July.

The Port of Richards Bay is located on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal province and is connected to regional rail and road transport. It consists of three distinct precincts: the Bayvue Precinct, the Newark Precinct and the South Dunes Precinct.

South Africa's Port Network
South Africa's Port Network
(Source: TNPA)

It is considered South Africa’s premier bulk port, focusing on four major segments including export coal, dry bulk, break bulk, and liquid bulk. The port also handles containers and provides services such as bunkering, minor ship repair as well as facilities for recreational craft.

The Bayvue Precinct currently comprises a multi-purpose terminal and a dry bulk terminal operated by Transnet Port Terminals. It handles dry bulk, break bulk, containers, exports of chrome, magnetite, coal, pig iron, base metals, wood chip as well as the import of alumina, petroleum coke and sulphur. 

The plan is to add a container-handling facility with a capacity of 200,000 TEUs.

The appointed facility operator will be required to raise the capital to undertake and complete all the work to bring the facility into operation. 

The tender is open worldwide and not restricted to bidders who are South African.

All the tender documentation can be viewed here.

Top photo: Richards Bay Port (Source: Transnet)

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