AECOM to Design New South African Port

Press Release
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Transnet awards AECOM a US$3.4-million contract to initiate the design of the Durban Dig Out Port in South Africa.

The project is a brownfield redevelopment for a new seaport complex to be built by excavating nearshore vacated land that will serve as a gateway for containers destined for the Greater Durban Area and the Gauteng Industrial Complex. It will also accommodate the region’s liquid bulk and motor vehicle handling.

As part of the contract, AECOM will provide concept and pre-feasibility design services for the new port and container terminals, including all associated infrastructure relating to its operation. A critical aspect of the design will be ensuring the sustainability of the port throughout the construction phase as well as all of the operational phases of its development.

The project is a key element of South Africa’s 2050 vision for the long-term development of Durban as the country’s premier port city.

“AECOM’s connection to Durban and South Africa as well as its experience delivering creative design services for major ports around the world, such as the New Port Project in Doha, Qatar, provide the right background to make this project a success,” said AECOM’s Abbas Sarmad, global port leader. “We are proud to partner with Transnet in providing services for this innovative new port complex in South Africa.”


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