oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Design of two quay upgrades, Port of Saldanha



The Saldanha-Northern Cape development corridor has been targeted for investment as one of the strategic integrated projects (SIP 5) identified in the National Infrastructure Plan of 2012. The area has an inherent competitive advantage due to its location in relation to the West African gas fields, and this has led to the establishment of the Saldanha Bay IDZ focusing on the development of an oil and gas services and marine repair cluster. To support this, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has undertaken to lengthen the existing General Maintenance Quay (GMQ) by 40 m, increasing the length of the quay from 107 m to 147 m, and to upgrade the existing Rock Quay located approximately 80 m to the north of the GMQ. The upgrades to the Rock Quay will include extending the quay southwards to close the gap between the two existing quays to create one continuous length of quay. With the proposed extensions the usable quay length will increase from the current 107 m to approximately 300 m, which complements and is in line with TNPA's Port Development Framework Plan and its Land Use Plan. It also gives effect to the provisions of the Ports Act, namely to improve the productive use of port infrastructure, and to obtain optimum value from existing infrastructure.The upgrade design is described in this article.


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