New harbour?

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Regular contributor John Taylor forwarded on these two pictures that have apparently been circulating for a bit. The idea of digging out a second harbour for Durban (or extending the existing one) has been around for quite a long time.

I believe that Field Marshall Smuts may have been among those to mention it in the early days but I can’t be sure of that fact. Anyhow, the old Louis Botha (Durban International) airport site seems to be an ideal candidate for a new harbour and these pictures show the site now and what it might look like in the future.

I must confess I always assumed that a project along these lines would link up with the existing harbour.  It looks as if ships will have to be manually turned around before they can leave instead of using the present harbour mouth as an exit.

I wonder how long it will be be before work starts on what will clearly be a huge and expensive project? I personally wouldn’t be surprised if it never happens and they go with establishing an inland port instead.

Interesting times…

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  1. John Taylor
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    Some information being provided by Portnet is that the existing port of Durban is essentially full with no more space to expand, hence the necessity for the dug out port. Transnet has taken ownership of the property involved, the cost of the port is R75 billion (probably a lot more at the end of the day), phase 1 completion date is 2019, and 64000 jobs will be created during construction, with 28000 jobs being created during operation.

  2. Mark Billingham
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    There is an interesting article from 2006 on whether to expand the existing harbour or dig a new harbour at

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