Vessel Traffic Service:
The control centre for shipping activities is Port Control. Vessels should, 48 hours prior to arrival, radio ‘Port Captain Richards Bay’ advising ETA, draught, freeboard and reason for calling at Richards Bay. Channel 16 VHF is the calling frequency, with messages being passed on channel 12 VHF.
Pilotage is compulsory and is provided by means of a helicopter service, which was introduced in 1995. A pilot tug is on standby if the helicopter is not available.
The Port has four Voith Schneider propelled tugs. Each of these has a bollard pull of 41 tonnes. These render a safe and efficient service for ship handling operations. Harbour launches and smaller tugs assist with small craft movements and line running where required.
24 hours day – 7 days week
Bunkering is available at four berths and can also be provided by a bunker vessel to any berth in the port as well as at inner anchorage.
Cargo working hours:
24 hours, 7 days a week except for Christmas and Good Friday
Entrance channel: 22 metres below chart datum
Maximum length: 250-300m (depending on berth)
Max beam: 47m
Max draft: 14-19m (depending on berth and tidal restrictions)
Larger vessels may be accommodated on request
Dry Bulk Terminal:
A wide variety of dry bulk ores and minerals both import & export.
Export-three silos, two hard surface open storage areas, four general purpose covered sheds and thirty two storage bins import-25000 square metres coking coal shed and a privately operated fertilizer shed.
3 bulk shiploaders,
1 woodchip loader,
4 grab ship unloaders,
2 mobile cranes
3 import (609, 701 & 702)
3 export (703, 705)
Imports – 6,4 million tpa
Exports – 6,5 million tpa
Forest products, ferro alloys, pig iron, aluminium ingots, heavy lifts, containers and general cargo.
220 000 square metres open storage and two 10 000 square metres warehouses linked by an 8 000 square metre canopied area which allows for the unloading of weather sensitive cargo.
Handling equipment includes:
2 mobile cranes
2 rail mounted overhead gantry cranes,
horse & trailers
4 9705-708) also have access to the jetty – berths 801 and 804
3,2 million tpa
Combi Terminal / Bulk Metal Terminal:
Commodities: Steel, granite, pitch coke and general cargo
Storage: 88 000 square metres open storage and 4 500 square metres covered storage. Terminal has access to Combi terminal storage facilities if available.
Quayside Equipment: nil
Handling Equipment: adequate mechanical handling appliances
Berths: 3 (606-608)
Capacity: 2,4 million tpa
Island View Storage
Operator: Island View Storage Limited
Commodities: Propylene, Butene, Butadina, Ammonia, Hexene, Octene and Acetone.
Berths: 1 (209)
Storage capacity: 133 000m
Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT)
Operator: Richards bay Coal Terminal Company Limited
Commodities: Export Steam Coal
Storage: 6,5 million tons
Quayside Equipment: 4 shiploaders
Berths: 5 (301-305)
Capacity: 65 million tpa
Richards Bay Bulk Storage
Operator: Richards Bay Bulk Storage (Pty) Ltd
Commodities: Hexene, Acetone, Butadene, Butine and Ammonia (bulk liquids and liquified gasses)
Berths: 1 (209)