It’s exciting to see the Maydon wharf berths rebuilt and deepened in Durban Harbour, which is one of South Africa’s oldest ports.
The project was carried out by Transnet Group Capital for TNPA, and both berths were completed on schedule. Reconstruction work on Maydon Wharf Berths started on April 7, 2014, and it was concluded on March 2, 2018. The initiative has revived the site and created a safe environment for bigger ships to berth. The newly constructed walls are expected to last for around 50 years.
A joint venture between Stefanutti Stocks and Axsys won the R1.5 billion contract for the project in 2014. The project’s scope included demolishing the pavement, installing new rail tracks and services, constructing new steel sheet pile quay walls, demolishing old pile crane beams, extracting timber from concrete piles and several steel sheet piles, and tearing down the old quay walls and capping beams.
Reported on 20 Jun 2014
Reconstruction of steel sheet pile quay walls at Maydon Wharf
A joint venture which consists of Stefanutti Stocks and Axsys was granted a $ 72m contract for the reconstruction of the steel sheet pile quay walls at Maydon Wharf in Durban. The contract was signed by Transnet Capital Projects on behalf of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).
Transnet Capital Projects as a division of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is the largest and most crucial part of the freight logistics chain that delivers goods to each and every South African. Every day Transnet delivers thousands of tons of goods around South Africa, through its pipelines and both to and from its ports. It moves that cargo onto ships for export while it unloads goods from overseas.
The project was started after a 2007 viability study, which showed that the 60-year-old steel sheet pile quays were deteriorating. This agreement also formed part of the project’s second phase, with the first phase having been launched in July 2011 with the reconstruction of berth 12.
Maydon Wharf is the main break-bulk and dry-bulk handling sector in the Transnet ports system and has been developed in stages since the early twentieth century. It occupies an area of 120 ha and includes 15 berths that together are capable of handling over seven-million tons of cargo yearly.
The reconstruction and deepening of the berths are scheduled to start in May and is set to be completed by December 2016. TNPA CEO Tau Morwe mentioned that the construction had been premeditated in such a way as to decrease disturbance and clogging, with only four berths to be out of commission at any one time.