The Ngqura Container Terminal, operated by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) records handling one of the biggest vessels in the history of the terminal. The vessel arrived on Sunday 24 February and TPT is loading and off-loading 2 697 Twenty Equivalent Units (TEU). This Gigantic vessel, called MSC Bettina, is a container vessel registered and sailing under the flag of Panama. Its length is 366.07 metres and its maximum draught is 15.6 Metres. Its impressive capacity is 10 000 TEUs with gross tonnage of 151559 and deadweight of 162867. Its last Port of call was Lome and next Port of call is Durban.
The last big vessel to dock at NCT did so on 5 July 2018, the MSC Savannah. She had a length of 335 metres and gross tonnage of 91621.
Wandisa Vazi, Acting Executive Manager, Container & Automotive Cape Channel, said the terminal is delighted to handle such big vessels, which validates the capacity which was created. “We acknowledge all the key role players who has contributed on the historical moment. This include our valued customers, committed employees and stevedoring companies,” said Vazi.
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, promoting international trade for SADC countries.