Durban - Additional port facilities are to be built in Durban at a cost of R400m, Transnet said on Tuesday.
The container port berths would be closed at various stages during the next six years to be deepened to allow larger vessels, and at least 77 more staff would be employed in the port.
The multipurpose terminals on Maydon Wharf and the Point would also be upgraded, their executive Zeph Ndlovu said in Durban.
The terminals handled mainly bulk, agri-bulk and roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) cargo, such as vehicles, he said.
After the upgrade they would also load and offload containers which would usually have been handled at the container terminal.
A new computer system would be implemented in April to ensure the efficient handling of containers at the terminals.
More trucks carrying containers could be expected to travel through the city to the ro-ro terminal, but Ndlovu said the eThekwini municipality had limited the number to 400 a day.
Transnet Port Terminals had also bought six mobile harbour cranes and eight reach stackers, which lift and stack 20 foot containers, and vehicles and trailers to haul the containers.