Transnet's Response Solves the Maritime Port Problem!

The next major problem is the Movement of the  majority of the teu's
between Durban Port and Johannesburg which is 5000 ft above sea

  • The huge amounts of energy and time will be used to lift
millions of  teu's between Durban Port and Johannesburg?
  • The huge cost and time it will take to build additional road and rail
    infrastructure to carry this additional freight.
  • The huge ongoing cost of maintaining this 600km of road and
    900km of rail infrastructure.
  • The environmental damage this road and rail infrastructure will
    cause to our environment.
  • The environmental damage that will be caused by the conversion of
    fosil fuel energy in the form of diesel for the transport and diesel &
    coal for rail (electric or diesel locomotives)
  • Road accidents - the cost in lives, equipment and freight lost due to  
    road accidents caused by heavy vehicles on the National Roads.
  • The environmental damage caused by road accidents.
  • The loss of time caused by road accidents disrupting road networks
    especially when the environment is threatened by pollution.

Airships Africa Proposed Solution

The African Airship can do the job more efficiently at an estimated
20% of the cost of current road and rail transport systems.

Possible Airship Port Sites
  1. The current Durban Airport
  2. The Bayhead site

Advantages over road and rail
  • Fast shipment between Durban to Johannesburg in 2 hours.
  • Load capacity up to 24 teu's per shipment and 225 metric tons.
  • Far lower consumption of energy.
  • Far lower impact on the environment.
  • Greater security.
  • Greater safety for all.
  • Far lower cost and greater efficiency all round!
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Durban Maritime Port
The Challenge
The Port of Durban will run out of container capacity in 2010 and will not
cope with the projected container traffic increase.
It needs to grow and support economic growth in South Africa through its
role in the movement of high value goods.
Transnet’s Response
Consider expanding container handling facilities in the Bayhead area.

President Mbeki: State of the Nation Address 21 May 2004

“The public sector discharges its responsibilities to our people as a
critical player in the process of the growth, reconstruction and
development of our country by reducing the cost of doing business in
our country.”

From a Transnet perspective “reducing the cost of doing business in
our country” ~ reducing the logistics cost of freight transport to make
South Africa competitive in the global economy

Container Traffic in SA 2006/7 (Teu's)
Durban - 2 334 999 – 66%
Cape Town - 764 753 – 22 %
Port Elizabeth - 407 278 – 11%
East London - 41 836 – 1%

Future Demand Forecast
• Economic Freight Forecast Model – University of Stellenbosch
• National Economic Objectives – ASGISA – 6 % growth rate
• Key customer and stakeholder interactions
• Specific economic sector / market research
• International economic drivers
• Study commissioned with Graham Muller & Associates

2010 - 3,613,000
2015 - 6,128,000
2020 - 8,280,000
Aerial View of Durban
Before Expansion
Aerial View of Durban
After Expansion
South Africa
Future Concepts
The direct load and unload at sea
which will eliminate the need for
Maritime Ports as we know today.
The design trend will be for larger
ships (larger than Panamax) with
facilities on board to move
containers on deck for Airships to
uplift and transport to land
terminals for customs clearance.

Ports like Durban can then be
returned to NATURE!
Making our world a better place to live!