Transnet national ports authority is
one of five operating divisions of Transnet SOC Ltd.
The national ports authority is responsible for the safe, effective and
efficient economic functioning of the national port system, which it
manages in a landlord capacity.
The national ports authority provides port infrastructure and marine
services at the eight commercial seaports in South Africa. It
operates within a legislative and regulatory environment created by the
National Ports Act 2005 (Act No. 12 of 2005).
In line with the provisions of the National Ports Act, the core
functions of the national ports authority are as follows:
- To plan, provide, maintain and improve port infrastructure;
- to provide or arrange marine-related services;
- to ensure the provision of port services, including the management
of port activities and the port regulatory function at all south
African ports; and
- to provide aids to navigation and assistance to the maneuvering of
vessels within port limits and along the coast.
The National Ports Act creates a dual role for the National
Ports Authority whereby it is responsible for the port regulatory
function at the ports - i.e. controlling the provision of port services
through licensing or entering into agreements with port operators to
ensure that efficient port services are provided.
The National Ports Act also establishes the Ports
Regulator of South Africa who is charged with the
responsibility of –
- exercising economic regulation of the ports system in line with
government’s strategic objectives;
- promoting equity of access to the south African commercial seaports
and to the facilities and services provided by these ports;
- monitoring the activities of Transnet National Ports Authority to
ensure that it performs it functions in accordance with this Act; and
- hear complaints and appeals under the National Ports Act.
The national ports authority’s service offering is targeted at mainly
port users (which include terminal operators, shipping lines, ship
agents, cargo owners and clearing & forwarding agents). As such, it
manages the eight commercial seaports along South Africa’s 2 954-km
coastline. These ports are Richards Bay, Durban, East London,
Ngqura, Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay, Cape Town and Saldanha.
Its service offering is divided mainly in two categories: (1) the
provision of port infrastructure; and (2) the provision of maritime
services. Maritime services include dredging, aids to navigation, ship
repairs and marine operations. Port infrastructure is provided in
five commodity sectors:
- Containers / TEUs
- Dry bulk [such as coal, iron ore, manganese, sugar, chrome ore,
copper, lead, woodchips ]
- Liquid bulk [such as petroleum products, chemicals, vegetable oils]
- Break-bulk [such as fruit, steel, scrap steel, Ferro alloys, pig
iron, fish & fish products ]; and
- The automotive sector.
In view of evolving developments in the maritime industry, the National
Ports Authority seeks to continue to enhance its role in facilitating
trade, influencing growth through the provision of port infrastructure
capacity ahead of demand; and aligning its core activities to changing
The National Ports Authority has developed a three-tier strategy aligned
with TRANSNET’s Four-point Growth Strategy, with an emphasis on
providing port infrastructure capacity; efficient port and port
operations management; and enhancing the ports’ geographical positioning
as a leading gateway for trade emanating from the eastern and western
The strategy aims to meet the growth demands of the South African port
system and focus on delivery in three main areas:
- Timely delivery of capital investment projects to sustain and
increase existing port infrastructure and marine capacity;
- Improved efficiency in port services to promote productivity; and
- Revenue growth and cost-effectiveness.
Transnet national ports authority handled 188 million tonnes of cargo
and 13 000 vessels called at the eight South African commercial seaports
for the period April 2009 to March 2010.
Business facilities and resources
Key basic infrastructure facilities-Berths and Channels
19 container berths;
36 dry-bulk berths;
29 break-bulk berths;
13 liquid-bulk berths; and
8 entrance channels with supporting breakwaters, turning basins,
networks and utilities.
Key Maritime resources - craft