Bunkering in Richards Bay
The Port of Richards Bay is located roughly 160km north of Durban and 465km south of Maputo. Bunkering in Richards Bay caters mainly the Gauteng region, Mpumalanga and also harbor bound industries just out outside its borders.
Apart from the privately run RBCT (Richards Bay Coal Terminal) – the only largest Coal export terminal worldwide, Transnet Port Terminals run two terminals – the Dry Bulk Terminal and the Multi-Purpose Terminal (general break bulk cargo). Wide assortments of commodities are imported through the Transnet Port Terminals. Both terminals have a total of 14 cargo working berths, as well as the Small Craft Harbor, where additional berth space is available often used for heavy lifts or lay bye vessels.
Richards Bay Bunker Terminal and Richards Bay Bulk Storage operate another Terminal, particularly for the handling of bulk fluids and chemicals. The maximum permissible draft is 17,5m and permission can sometimes be obtained to load vessels up to 18m. Berthing and sailing is normally on a 24hr basis, weather permitting.
Bunkering at Richards Bay operates 24 hours a day, 7 days of the week and utilizes helicopter services for the transport of pilots and surveyors to vessels at the anchorage on berthing or sailing.
Berth 208/209 is used essentially for handling a wide range Bulk Liquids including bunker fuel (shipped from the refineries in Durban and Cape Town), Phosphoric Acid exports and Liquid Pitch Imports.
The berth is a ‘Dolphin’ type berth and can therefore only take vessels up to a maximum displacement of 3000 tons. This berth can likewise be utilized as bunkering berth when available, though priority is given to the cargo working tankers.