The Port of Ngqura is South Africa's newest deep-water port. Located on the east coast of South Africa, the construction of the port was authorized by the South African parliament in 2002. The Port of Ngqura will complement existing ports in Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay, and Saldanha.
The Transnet National Ports Authority (NPA) controls and manages the Port of Ngqura. The NPA addresses operational issues like changing technology, negotiating with international partners, dealing with global terminal operators, and keeping up with constantly-changing distribution patterns. Each major port in South Africa serves its surrounding hinterland. The NPA coordinates the activities of the ports to minimize duplications and maximize each port's unique capabilities.
Nearing completion, the Port of Ngqura is South Africa's eighth commercial port development. Located at the mouth of the Coega River in Algoa Bay, the Port of Ngqura is part of a 12-thousand hectare site that includes the river and an Industrial Development Zone that will be a primarily location for new export-driven industries.
The Port of Ngqura is a deep-water port with capacity for post-Panamax dry and liquid bulk carriers as well as the new generation of container ships. Completion of the container terminal marks the opening of the new port.
The focus of the new Port of Ngqura is containerized cargo. The Port of Ngqura is designed to handle dry bulk carriers up to 80 thousand DWT and 250 meters long and 36.5 meters wide with maximum loaded draught of 14 meters and cellular container vessels up to 70 thousand DWT and up to 300 meters, 40 meters side, with maximum draft of 14 meters with capacity for 4500 TEUs.
The Port of Ngqura contains an eastern breakwater of 2.7 kilometers (the longest in South Africa) and a secondary breakwater of 1.1 kilometers on the western side. The Port of Ngqura contains five berths with a total length of 1800 meters.
Two berths in the Port of Ngqura are dedicated to containers, two berths are dedicated to breakbulk and dry bulk, and one berth is dedicated to liquid bulk cargoes. When the Port of Ngqura is fully developed, it will contain a total of 32 berths stretching further up the Coega River valley and along the southwestern coast.
The Port of Ngqura is connected by rail to Port Elizabeth and by the national highway system through the N-2 road.