October 16, 2015

Port location, construction and operations

To work their cargoes safely and efficiently, ships need to be alongside a sheltered wharf onto which they can discharge their cargoes or from which they can load their cargoes. Therefore, if a lot of cargo will be moved and a lot of ships will call to load or discharge […]
October 16, 2015

Factors influencing the feasibility of port construction

The following are some of the factors that will be important to study while research is being conducted into the feasibility of the construction of a harbour : The major purpose of the harbour : Is it to be built to export a particular commodity, e.g. a mineral that is to […]
October 16, 2015

The history of Cape Town harbour

After the successful rounding of the Cape by Portuguese fleets in 1487 (commanded by Batholomias Diaz) and 1497 (commanded by Vasco da Gama), several other fleets also came this way. Besides the Portuguese, Dutch and British fleets also came to the Cape, but, in 1652, the Dutch were the first […]
October 16, 2015

Port management structures

A harbour for merchant ships usually has two divisions : The Marine Division is responsible for the safe movement and mooring of ships as well as marine services in the harbour such as vessel control, pilotage, tug services, drydocking, bunkering, harbour security, buoyage and other navigational aids. The Harbour Management […]
October 16, 2015

Rejuvenation of derelict harbour zones

Reasons for dereliction of harbour areas, and reasons for rejuvenation Case Study: Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town The Alfred Basin (completed 1870) and then the Victoria Basin (completed 1917) were the main harbour areas for Cape Town. Ships once crowded these areas to embark and disembark passengers as well as to […]