“Our new port at Coega is well-placed to be the midway between the large ships from the east to offload at that port and then return back and with short sea shipping up the coast of Africa or inland to South Africa,” Transnet acting chief executive officer Chris Wells told Parliament’s communications portfolio committee on 3 February. Near Port Elizabeth, Coega is “well positioned” to be a transshipment port between Asia and South America, Sapa quoted him saying.
Transnet is cooperating with port authorities in Luanda, Angola, Wells told the committee, to assist in “congestion” and “the utilisation of the Coega facilities in that regard”.
Plans are also under way to expand the coal port of Richard’s Bay, which is operating at a capacity of 90 million tons per annum but possesses the infrastructural capacity for only 70 million tons. “We are working with industry on planning to increase that to 81 million tons in the medium term. The long-term view is it should be 90 million tons plus.”