Since starting operations in 2009, the Ngqura Container Terminal has complemented the South African port system as a transhipment hub. The terminal has increased South African trade with the world, generating much needed jobs in the economy while promoting international trade for SADC countries.
The Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT) has been designed as a state-of-the-art transhipment hub, servicing traffic from the East, South America, and West African markets. The deepest container terminal in Southern Africa boasting a 16 meter draft, NCT has seen a steady improvement in volume growth and operational performance.
A total of R4.1 billion has been invested in NCT to date and plans are underway to continue with the second phase aimed at increasing capacity from 800 000 TEU to 2 million TEU by end 2014. Next year will see NCT take delivery of four more ship-to-shore cranes and a fleet of 18 rubber tyred gantries (RTG).
The terminal employs just over 500 employees, with room for an additional 500 jobs after the Ngqura Expansion Project is complete. About 98% of these jobs will be sourced from the Eastern Cape.