The 18th of August 2016 marked a historic milestone for Transnet Port Terminals’ Saldanha operations. One billion tons of iron ore passed through the SaldanhaBulk Terminal, which is South Africa's main iron ore export terminal and a highly mechanised bulk-handling facility that remains the largest facility in the Port of Saldanha. In addition to that, due to Saldanha having South Africa's largest natural anchorage port with the deepest water – the terminal is also where the first deliveries of Iron Ore were exported on the vessel Fern Sea during September 1976.
Key TPT stakeholders, local and regional management gathered at the Saldanha Terminal to celebrate this momentous milestone and acknowledge the amount of hard work and dedication taken to achieve this record.
“Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) is constantly looking to expand and strengthen our operations so reaching such a large milestone is very significant for the company as a whole. We are delighted with the success of the terminal and commitment that has been shown by the Saldanha TPT staff and management team that has seen us go from the terminal’s total handling capacity increasing graduallyfrom 18,000,000pa in 1976 to where we are today at 60,000,000mt per annum – an increase of 233%,” states Robert Van Rooyen, TPT Saldanha Terminal Manager.
Mineral cargo represents the biggest market for Transnet Port Terminals who are a key player in the success of the sector. To support the South African economy and the world trends as well as the growth of emerging miners Transnet Port Terminals have committed to investments that have included the purchase of sophisticated bulk handling equipment as part of Transnet’s seven year Market Demand Strategy (MDS) implemented in 2012. As part of the MDS roll-out, R5,5bn was earmarked for the expansion of the Saldanha Iron Ore Terminal.
“We don’t intend on slowing down and are focused on continuing to increase volumes and improve efficiencies so that we maintain our efforts to contribute to the Western Cape region and the country’s economy as a whole,” concludes van Rooyen.