New bridge transforms car terminal into 24-hour operation
May 10, 2004
DURBAN’S port manager Basil Ndlovu (left) and the business unit manager of the Durban Car Terminal, Bev Masson, celebrate as the first of over 700 new BMWs destined for the United States line up to cross a new overhead bridge connecting SA Port Operations’ R100 million car terminal with the nearby quayside.
The expansion of the car terminal came in response to a huge demand on space at the Durban Car Terminal and has doubled the capacity of the park to 7 000 motor units. But the inclusion of the overhead double carriageway bridge has also further improved efficiencies by making it possible for the first time to load or discharge cars from the waiting ships during the hours of darkness.
“Although we are a 24-hour operation, there are some makes of vehicles which we could not load in the dark because of poor lighting and risk. Now with the new bridge, well lit and fully covered by surveillance, we have permission from these manufacturers to move their vehicles at night,” said Masson.
She said that until now vehicles had to travel a longer route and cross busy railway lines, which affected operational efficiencies.
The Durban Car Terminal expects to handle up to 160 000 motor vehicles during the current year.