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Pictures of the construction of the deep water port Richards Bay on the East coast of the Republic of South Africa, in the Natal province, 150 km north of Durban. Construction period: Beginning 1972, Duration 5 years. Client: S.A. Railways and Harbour Administration.

Before work began on the great harbour on the east coast of the Republic of South Africa in the province of Natal, the beautiful lagoon of Richards Bay was a secret tip for a few fishers. The lagoon had a length of about 7 km and a width of 5 km and an area of 3050 ha. Also, all around, the nature was completely intact with an exceedingly species-rich fauna and flora. For the harbour expansion half of the entire area of the natural lagoon was needed. By means of a 4.5 kilometer dike, which divides the harbour from the lagoon, the part of the lagoon, which was not needed, was to remain as a nature reserve. The dike was equipped with a flood regulator, which regulates the water level in the remaining lagoon and at the same time uses the high water of the river flowing into the lagoon to flush the harbour. The harbour Richards Bay lies in a natural lagoon, which was dredged to a water depth of 23 m. Two breakwaters – the southern at a length of 1.4 kilometer and the northern at a length of 600 m including the north headland with 480 m, offer protection from the strong all-year-round sea motion of the Indian Ocean. The most important single structures are the two large quay walls for the docking of ships. Each one is 800m long and 30 meters high. On one of the quay walls (coal quay) South African coal is loaded for export (water depth of 23 m, head height of + 5.2 m). The second quay wall (general cargo and mass quay) is designated for general cargo (water depth of – 23 m, head height of + 5.2 m). The harbour basin in the lagoon was dredged to – 19 m. The harbour access channel from the sea side was dredged at a width of approx. 300 m and a length of approx. 7 kilometers to a water depth of 19.50 to 24.0 meters.

I (Klaus Jost/Philipp Holzmann AG, Frankfurt/Main) was responsible from 1973 to 1976 in Richards Bay for the North Breakwater, North Headland and the lowering of caissons for two berths, harbour dredgers, as well as various underwater operations.



Clients: S.A. Railways and Harbour Administration

The contract was awarded in May 1972 to the „RB Six Consortium“ with the following partners:

Ackermans en van Haaren NV, Antwerpen, Belgium

Adriaan Volker NV, Rotterdam, Holland

Ed. Züblin AG, Duisburg, Germany

Philipp Holzmann AG, Frankfurt, Germany

Van Hattum en Blankevoort, Beverwijk, Holland

Zanen Verstoerp NV, Den Haag, Holland

I (Klaus Jost) was responsible from 1973 to 1976 in Richards Bay for the North Breakwater, North Headland and the lowering of caissons for two berths, harbour dredgers, as well as various underwater operations.



References

Own construction experience during the new harbour construction from 1973 to 1976

Philipp Holzmann – Technical Report on Richards Bay Harbour in South Africa, September 1977



total photos: 169

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Sounding with helicopter
Sounding with helicopter

Cargo Ship off the under construction port of Richards Bay
Cargo Ship off the under construction port of Richards Bay

Sounding with helicopter in the surf zone
Sounding with helicopter in the surf zone

Helicopter sounding on future North Breakwater
Helicopter sounding on future North Breakwater

Beginning work on the North Breakwater
Beginning work on the North Breakwater

Beginning work on the North Breakwater
Beginning work on the North Breakwater

Cat 988 at work on the North Breakwater
Cat 988 at work on the North Breakwater

Cat 988 at work on the North Breakwater
Cat 988 at work on the North Breakwater

Concrete Head on North Breakwater
Concrete Head on North Breakwater

Storm warning at the North Breakwater
Storm warning at the North Breakwater

North Breakwater ready for Manitowoc 4600
North Breakwater ready for Manitowoc 4600

North Breakwater protected through dolosse
North Breakwater protected through dolosse

North Breakwater ready for the Manitowoc 4600 operation
North Breakwater ready for the Manitowoc 4600 operation

Manitowoc 4600 in Position am North Breakwater
Manitowoc 4600 in Position am North Breakwater

Stone placing with skip at North Breakwater
Stone placing with skip at North Breakwater

Placing quarry stones with skip at north breakwater
Placing quarry stones with skip at north breakwater

Empty Stone-Skip on North Breakwater
Empty Stone-Skip on North Breakwater

Concrete-work on North Breakwater
Concrete-work on North Breakwater

Concreting of the concrete head at North Breakwater
Concreting of the concrete head at North Breakwater

Concrete work on North Breakwater
Concrete work on North Breakwater

Cutter Suction Dredger
Cutter Suction Dredger

Cutter head - Cutter suction dredger Beverwijk 31
Cutter head - Cutter suction dredger Beverwijk 31

Cutting head of Cutter Suction Dredger
Cutting head of Cutter Suction Dredger

Cutterhead from Cutter Suction Dredger
Cutterhead from Cutter Suction Dredger

Coming Up storm on North Breakwater
Coming Up storm on North Breakwater

Dredging with Manitowoc 4600 on North Headland
Dredging with Manitowoc 4600 on North Headland

Dredging on North Headland with Manitowoc 4600
Dredging on North Headland with Manitowoc 4600

Dredging on North Headland with Manitowoc 4600
Dredging on North Headland with Manitowoc 4600

Dredging on North Headland with Manitowoc 4600
Dredging on North Headland with Manitowoc 4600

Dredging on North Headland with Manitowoc 4600
Dredging on North Headland with Manitowoc 4600

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