TNPA’s multi-million rand Durban Port tug jetty project moving full steam ahead

TNPA’s multi-million rand Durban Port tug jetty project moving full steam ahead

TRANSNET National Ports Authority (TNPA) reported on Monday, November 14, that the R127 million tug jetty expansion project is moving on swiftly, with completion due in December next year. The project is part of the Durban Port Master plan which aims to position the Port of Durban as a container hub that will attract larger vessels into the port and require additional tugs for quick er turnaround times.

The tug jetty project has been implemented in two segments. The first phase was the establishment of a new 110 m tug jetty adjacent and parallel to the existing jetty. This phase is 98% complete. The second segment which has already kicked off, is the extension of the existing tug jetty by 35 m. Teams on this segment are currently forging ahead with the placement of the concrete deck.

Port of Durban port engineer, Malefetsane Setaka said: “This project will contribute to an improved turnaround time by providing a dedicated docking space for the new tugs, thereby ensuring the  marine fleet is berthed and located in one dedicated water space.”

There were, however, some delays caused as a result of the April 2022 floods. These include sewer spills and contaminated water that resulted in the port suspending diving activities thus delaying critical underwater works on the project.

Excessive debris in the tug jetty basin also impacted dredging and repairs to new sinkholes delayed access to place scour rock protection along the quayside. The TNPA project team, together with the contractor, established recovery mechanisms to ensure the project is completed as per the planned timelines.

Progress to date on the construction of the new 110 m new jetty:

  • Construction of new jetty comprising water and electrical reticulation is complete
  • Dredging is approximately 95% complete
  • Currently placing the rock scour protection

Progress to date on the 35 m extension to the existing jetty:

  • All pillars installed
  • Demolitions of exiting jetty tie-in works complete
  • 6 of 6 precast transom beams placed
  • 18 of 18 precast soffit slabs placed
  • 20 of 27 precast fender panels placed
  • 50% concrete stitching done (first layer of concrete on deck)
  • 25%of concrete deck done (top layer of concrete on deck)

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