Port Of Durban

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The Port of Durban, commonly called Durban Harbour, is the second largest port of South Africa and one of the busiest ports in Africa. Durban Port is South Africa’s main cargo and container port, handling the largest volume of sea-going traffic of any port in southern Africa. Ideally placed on major shipping routes and with excellent rail and road links, the port plays an integral role in the country’s economy.

The general entrance channel has been widened to 222m at its narrowest part. It is 19m deep at the outer entrance and 16.5m in the inner channel. The port has a fleet of tug boats owned and operated by the National Ports Authority (NPA). Each tug is fitted for firefighting and salvage. The NSRI has both deep-sea and smaller rescue boats.

There are plenty of recreational activities that take place in Durban Bay, such as canoeing, kayaking, parasailing, and fishing. Various ferries launch from Durban Bay and provide sightseeing trips for tourists. The Point is home to a waterfront development, a beach, and uShaka Marine World. There is also a Maritime Museum at the Bat Centre. This museum has tugs, a minesweeper, photographic records of Durban Harbour, whaling history exhibits, and other attractions on display.

Port Facilities:

  • 5 business units managed by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), consisting of Pier 1 Container Terminal and the main Durban Container Terminal on Pier 2.
  • Durban Car Terminal
  • Passenger Terminal
  • Tug boats
  • 2 floating cranes
  • 59 berths
  • Pollution boat
  • Cargo punts
  • A diving team
  • Cruise ship berths
  • Point Waterfront
  • Ship repair facilities
  • 3 yachting marinas
  • Maritime Museum



Nearby Attractions

BAT Centre 584 m away - Durban CBD
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Victoria Embankment 629 m away - Durban CBD
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