Thursday 07/19/2018 10%
Mostly clear. Low 10C.
Tomorrow 07/20/2018 0%
Sunny. High 23C. Winds NNE at 15 to 30 km/h.
Saturday 07/21/2018 0%
A mainly sunny sky. High 24C. Winds NNE at 15 to 30 km/h.


 Latitude: 29° 52’ S  Longitude: 31° 04’ E  Time Zone: GMT +2

The Port of Durban is South Africa’s major Port and serves not only the industrial hinterland of Johannesburg and surrounding areas, but it is also the gateway to neighbouring countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Malawi and other regions like the landlocked Kingdoms of Swaziland and Lesotho. This Port is the busiest in Africa and covers a wide range of exports as well as imports; exports outweighing the imports.

The Port is home to Africa’s biggest Container Terminal as well as numerous Private Terminals and various Transnet Port Terminals. Dry Docking, Ship Repair Services and Bunkering facilities are also readily available. Durban Harbour Radio operates 24 hours a day on VHF Channel 16. A Pilot is usually picked up about 2 miles north-east of the breakwater. A helicopter service has been introduced which has reduced the awaiting Pilot’s time drastically.

The entrance channel draft is currently an average of 12,8m (excluding tide) and permission from the Port Captain is required for vessels up to 12,5m. The channel width has been widened to 222m at its narrowest point. Berthing and sailing is generally on a 24 hour basis, weather permitting.

The Port works 7 days a week, on a three shift system during week days and a two shift system on weekends. Vessel movements are subject to the following restrictions:


Terminal Information



Durban Container Terminal is the biggest and busiest in Southern Africa, handling about 65% of South Africa’s container traffic. Approximately 2.5 million TEU’s where handled through Durban in 2011, with current expectations that well over 3 million TEU’s will be handled per year by 2012. Various projects are ongoing in order to increase the capacity of Terminal.  A coastal container terminal is being considered at Maydon Wharf.


Maydon Wharf has a unique history and position in the Port. It accommodates about 15 berths, most of which are on long term lease with privately owned facilities. Some of the Maydon Wharf Terminals are as follows:


Owned and operated by South African Bulk Terminals, RBT can store 62,000 tons of cargo in silos and another 88,000 tons of cargo in Flat Storage Bins. Products imported/exported by RBT include fertilizer, fluorspar, maize, rice, wheat, oil cake, soya beans and sunflower seeds.  Combined planning of vessel calling at RBT and DBS (South African Bulk Terminal’s Island View Terminal) helps enhance overall performance.


Bulk Connections is a multi-product bulk terminal. It specializes in handling degradation-sensitive cargoes on Handymax vessels and has a terminal capacity of around 5 million tons per year.  Container equipment has been uniquely adapted to be able to export and import bulk materials. Special storage areas have been created for different commodities.  The Terminal currently handles exports of sized and unsized coal, anthracite, manganese ore and copper concentrate.   Metallurgical Coke is currently the main import cargo being handled.  The Terminal currently achieves and average load rate of close to 10 000m/tons and an average discharge rate of around 5000 – 6000m/tons per day.


Owned and operated by South African Bulk Terminals, DBS can store 69500 tons in silos. DBS is the only Sub-Saharan grain terminal capable of handling fully-laden Panamax vessels.


There are a number of large engineering and ship repair firms active in Durban, capable of undertaking most major repair work. There are ship building facilities where Tug Boats and Double Hulled Bunker Barges have been constructed. Divers for underwater repairs, hull cleaning and surveys are also available.


Transnet Port Authorities operates a Dry Dock, a Floating Dock and a Slipway for small craft. The Transnet Dry Dock can be divided into 2 compartments of 206.9m and 138.7m respectively and can be emptied within 4 hours. There are 5 electric cranes ranging from 10 to 50 tons SWL to service the vessels in dock. The Floating Dock has a lifting capacity of 4500 tons and has two 5 ton electric cranes. The Slipway can accommodate vessels up to 19.8m LOA and with a draft limit of 2.7m.

Ship repair company Elgin, Brown & Hamer, operates the privately owned ELDOCK Floating Dock, which has a lifting capacity of 8500 tons and can accommodate vessels up to 140m LOA and with a draft limit of 6.3m.

SA Shipyards has a similar floating dock.


Fuel oil, gas oil and marine diesel oil is available.  There are 4 bunker barges available in Durban which can supply bunkers to vessels.  For safety reasons, all bunkering has to be done with the vessel alongside a safe berth – no bunkering at anchorage is permitted.


There are a number of reputable Ship chandlers available in the Port and a launch service for off port limits deliveries is also available.  There is also a helicopter service for off port limits services, prices on application.

LBH Durban

Tel: +2731 309 5959
Fax: +2731 309 5969


LBH House
25 Gladys Mazibuko Road
Greyville, Durban 4001
South Africa

Postnet Suite 258
Private Bag X10
Musgrave Road, 4062
South Africa


Managing Director
Athol Emerton

Chief Financial Officer
Jacques Conradie

Commercial Team
Kevin Riekert
Pierre Theron
Rob Dean

Logistics C&F Manager
Aubrey Gounden


Corrado van Dyk
Glenn Bubb
Biron Theron
Shannon Theron
Lucian Pillay
Ntombi Sigcau
Thuli Mbonambi

Clearing & Forwarding

Aubrey Gounden
Lee Sabestian
Gail Fisher
Sam Pillay
Clifford Nhlabathi
Sipho Cele


Aubrey Gounden
Lee Sabestian
Clifford Nhlabathi
Sipho Cele
Melissa Wright

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