South Africa : Industry welcomes refurbishment of Port of Port Elizabeth’s tanker berth and embankment ahead of schedule

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has completed the revetment project at Port of Port Elizabeth’s Tanker Berth and Berth 14 three months ahead of schedule, a milestone that is welcomed by the Bulk Oil Carriers and Liquid Nitrogen Gas vessels.

A revetment is a barricade provided with rock armor to scatter incoming wave energy and prevent erosion of an embankment. The project was initiated to replenish and rehabilitate the revetments at the Port’s Tanker Berth and Berth 14 which had eroded due to wave action that resulted in the displacement of the rock armor.

With the now protected berths and embankment, liquid bulk vessels will enjoy safe berthing operations. Collaboration with the Bulk Oil Carriers and Liquid Nitrogen Gas vessels that are handled at Berth 14 and Tanker Berth saw the berths remaining operational during project execution, a great contributor to the agility realised.

In expressing satisfaction with the results, Siganeko Magafela – a representative from the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) – congratulated TNPA on completing this work way ahead of schedule.

“The execution of projects that enhance and protect port infrastructure is well within our mandate as the ports authority, however it is worth commending the project team for their customer-centric approach and agility in concluding the project within compressed timelines,” said Pamela Yoyo, TNPA Port Manager for Nelson Mandela Bay Ports.

Source : TNPA