Ten years ago this month Transnet Port Terminals’ Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 1, a combination multipurpose terminal previously known as “New Pier”, began operations. In February 2017, this important milestone of 10 years in business is being acknowledged by TPT with their current reputation being one of South Africa’s leading and busiest terminals. DCT’s Pier 1 and Pier 2 combined handle 65% of all South Africa’s container imports and exports.

In the mid-20th Century the container became the main form of transportation, and with that the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) was developed to handle the country’s increasing appetite for container-based imports and exports. Pier 1 became the first Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) operated terminal in Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) and in the African continent. The Container Terminal was launched as TPT’s flagship container terminal in terms of technology with NAVIS first being introduced and piloted at DCT Pier 1, before being rolled out as the preferred operating system nationally.

General Manager Operations: KZN Containers, Julani Dube, reflected on some memorable highlights the terminal had experienced over the past 10 years, which included Pier 1’s first vessel – CSCL Kelang v0104W - which took staff 24 hours to handle the 249 containers at a SWH of 10,6T; and the first ever vessel over 2000 TEUs, the Evergreen Ever Growth, that DCT Pier 1 handled; as well as one of the bigger vessels to ever call into Pier 1 being the Hamburg Sued’s Monte Olivia (5 500TEU).

Over the past 10 years, DCT Pier 1 has built up a reputation of being an industry leader with significant improvements seen in both gross crane moves per hour (GCH), grown from 20 to 28, ship working hour (SWH) (increased from 10 to 53) as well as the caliber of clients serviced, which in previous years has included China Shipping, CMA-CGM, Maruba Shipping, MSC, MOL, NYK, K-Line, Zim line and Safmarine.

“Transnet Port Terminals has played a key role in supporting the South African government’s export-led growth strategy. We understand that what we do at DCT Pier 1 and how we do it has a profound influence on the prosperity of the country. We take great pride in our past accomplishments and acknowledge that at the core of Pier 1’s future is its people. We have a highly skilled workforce with some staff having worked here since inception. This strength coupled with exciting infrastructure projects and investments being made as part of Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS), puts us in a prime position to fulfil our future growth strategy and stimulate the economic development of South Africa and the region,” concluded Dube.