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Piling Hammers in Reconstruction

Of The Port Of Durban

Construction work is well underway for the reconstruc-

tion and deepening of the Port of Durban, Maydon

Wharf, South Africa’s largest break-bulk and dry-bulk

handling precinct in the Transnet ports system, which

has been developed in phases since the early twentieth


The wharf covers 120 hectares and includes 15 berths

that are collectively able to handle over seven million

tonnes yearly. Development will ensure that the infra-

structure will be operational for the next 50 years as

well as catering for the newer generations of vessels

using the port’s facilities.

Following extensive assessment on the condition of

the Maydon Wharf quay wall at the Port it was found

that seven of the 14 berths were in a critical condition

and in danger of collapse.

This port project forms part of a larger R307 billion

(£13.75 billion) investment plan to upgrade and expand

Transnet’s railways, ports and pipelines between 2013

and 2019.

Civil engineering and marine

specialist contractor Stefanutti

Stocks Marine won the contract to

undertake the rebuilding of berth

12 which had been identified as the

most urgent in need of repair. This

was successfully completed by the

Cape Town based company in 2012.

The next project, covering the re-

maining six berths 1 to 4, 13 and

14, was put out to tender in late


A joint venture comprising

Stefanutti Stocks Marine and

Johannesburg-based Axsys

Infrastructure (SSA JV) was award-

ed this contract in April 2014 with

completion scheduled for

December 2016.

Reconstruction began by de-

molishing the existing cope beam

and excavating behind the quay

wall to reduce the pressure acting

Contractors World International