Tuesday , 19 November 2019
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In response to previous widely quoted reports that the rejection of the environmental impact assessment for berths 203, 204 and 205 on Durban Container Terminal’s North Quay had resulted in the deepening project being halted, South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority has issued a statement “which clarifies that the EIA approval it sought for the deepening, lengthening and widening of berths 203 to 205 was not rejected by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).”

Berth deepening process at Durban Container Terminal has not halted

The statement adds that in fact the DEA only rejected the EIA report until further additional and supporting information from the specialists was provided so that it could take a decision.

A letter from the DEA states: “You (TNPA) are required to amend the EIA report (and) make it available to all registered interested and affected parties for a 30 day commenting period. Thereafter, the amended EIA report with comments received and responses thereto must be submitted to this Directorate (DEA).”

This is currently being done and the EIA document with the additional information will be submitted for public review and comment toward the end of January 2014 for 30 days. Thereafter it will be resubmitted to the DEA for approval. TNPA will only commence work on the berth deepening project once it has all the required approvals.

“The work on berths 203 to 205 at Pier 2, which was recently completed, is scour protection. This is routine maintenance of quay walls and entails placing rocks at the toe of the quay wall to prevent the wall from being undermined by ship’s propellers,” TNPA added.