Making its debut as one of the World's Top Container Ports 2013, the Cape Town Terminal plays a pivotal role in the regional economy enjoying intermodal transport networks and situated about 20 km from the Cape Town International Airport.
Billions have been invested in a multi-phased Terminal upgrade plan of which Phase 1 has already been completed. This includes the extending of the quay wall by 10m over the entire 1137m length of the quay, at a depth of 15.5m. Phase 2 will increase capacity from 1 million TEU to 1.4 million TEU. The upgrade includes the construction of 2700 reefer plug points totaling 3 752 points. The first upgrade has allowed the terminal to receive and service 8000 TEU vessels 19 containers stacked across 8 high on deck with ease. The six new super post panamax ship-to-shore gantry craneshave improved service levels to customer vessels considerably by maintaining a world-class standard of 32 gross crane moves per hour (GCH) since the beginning of the current calendar year.
Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) operations date back to 1977 - facilitating movement of containerised cargo, wine, fruit and white goods to and from the Asian, European, American, Australian and growing East and West African markets. The terminal has since played a pivotal role for the region and its economy as it is now primarily viewed as a reefer terminal, renowned for the export of deciduous fruit, perishables and frozen products.
Fruit and fresh produce are the CTCT's major export commodities and the port infrastructure allows for this time-sensitive cargo to leave inland terminals/packhouses, and arrive at their chosen destination in peak condition. The terminal is well connected to its hinterland through extensive rail and road networks. Today, CTCT employs about 800 employees.
Multipurpose Terminal (MPT)
With its origins dating as far back as 1947, the Cape Town Multipurpose Terminal (MPT) has been the chosen import and export terminal for a large variety of commodities including fertilizer, soda-ash, soya, sunflower pellets, wheat, maize, cement and containerised cargo. Located in the Duncan Dock area of the harbour and in close proximity to major transport routes, the terminal operates within an area with a quayside length of almost 1.8 kilometers with a current staff complement of approximately 220 persons. Cape Town MPT trades with over 20 countries.