Richards Bay

Thursday 07/19/2018 10%
Clear. Low 13C.
Tomorrow 07/20/2018 10%
Sunny. High 24C. Winds NNE at 15 to 30 km/h.
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A mainly sunny sky. High near 25C. Winds NNE at 15 to 30 km/h.


Latitude: 28° 48’ S  Longitude: 32° 02’ E  Time Zone: GMT +2

The Port of Richards Bay is situated approximately 160km north of Durban and 465km south of Maputo.

The Port services mainly the Gauteng region, Mpumalanga as well as harbour bound industries just outside its boundaries. Apart from the privately owned RBCT – Richards Bay Coal Terminal, (the single largest Coal export terminal in the world), Transnet Port Terminals operate two terminals – the Dry Bulk Terminal and the Multi-Purpose Terminal (general break bulk cargo). A wide variety of commodities are imported and exported through the Transnet Port Terminals. These two terminals have a total of 14 cargo working berths, as well as the Small Craft Harbour, where additional berth space is available often used for heavy lifts or lay bye vessels.

Richards Bay Bunker Terminal and Richards Bay Bulk Storage operate a further Terminal, specifically for the handling of bulk liquids and chemicals.

The maximum permissible draft is 17,5m and permission can sometimes be obtained to load vessels up to 18m. Berthing and sailing is generally on a 24 hour basis, weather permitting.

The Port of Richards Bay operates on a 24 hour basis, 7 days a week and makes use of a helicopter service for the transport of pilots/surveyors to vessels at the anchorage on berthing or sailing.

Vessels arriving in ballast condition are required to comply with the following minimum draft requirements:


Port Operations

RBCT – Richards Bay Coal Terminal:

RBCT is the single biggest coal export Terminal in the world, with a current export capacity of around 76 million tons per year.  As of May 2010, design capacity of the Terminal increased to 91 Million tons per annum.

Situated at a deep sea port, RBCT is able to handle large ships and subsequent large volumes. The Terminal currently boasts a quay of 2.2 Kilometres long with 6 berths. Loading is carried out by 4 shore side mobile ship loaders, each capable of load rates of between 8500mt and 11000mt per hour.


DBT – Dry Bulk Terminal:

The Dry Bulk Terminal is operated by Transnet Port Terminals and handles a wide variety of dry bulk commodities, both imports and exports. The main commodities imported are: Alumina, Petcoke, Rock Phosphate, Coking Coal, Potash and Sulphur.  The main commodities exported are: Coal & Anthracite, Chrome Ore , Manganese Ore , Magnetite, Copper Concentrate, Ferro Alloys, various Heavy Minerals and Woodchips.


MPT – Multi-Purpose Terminal:

The Multi-Purpose Terminal is also operated by Transnet Port Terminals and handles the import and export of various general / breakbulk cargoes, including Ferro Chrome, Pig Iron, Steel Products, Forest Products, Granite, Aluminium, Bagged Cargoes, Containers, heavy lift project cargo and abnormal loads.


Small Craft Harbour:

The Repair Berth is used mainly by vessels undergoing repairs and/or hold cleaning operations, there are no cargo working facilities. The Small Craft Harbour is also the base for all the Transnet Port Authority Tug Boats and Pilot Boats, to allow for quick access to the vessels crossing in and out of the Port Entrance Channel.


Bunker/Chemical Terminal:

Berth 208/209 is used mainly for handling a wide range Bulk Liquids including Bunker Fuel (shipped from the refineries in Durban and Cape Town), Phosphoric Acid exports and Liquid Pitch Imports. The berth is a “Dolphin” type berth and can therefore only accommodate vessels up to a maximum displacement of 63000 tons. This berth can also be used as a bunkering berth when available; however priority is given to the cargo working tankers.


Richards Bay

Tel: +2735 788 0953
Fax: +2735 788 0959


Suite 16, 2nd Floor,
Quay Walk Building,
Tuzi Gazi Waterfront,
Richards Bay
3901 South Africa

PO Box 1313
Richards Bay
3900 South Africa


Jason Stewart, Branch Manager

RBCT Operations

Mr Craig Searle
Mr Justin Govender
Ms Anele Mzobe

DBT / MPT Operations

Mr Johan Bezuidenhout
Mr Pieter Cloete
Mr Lungelo Sikhosana

If you have any questions or requests use the contact form below. We will do our best to respond within 24 hours.

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