Our History

 
History 1- early RB before it all began
 

1971 
Richards Bay identified as ideal port location following feasibility studies, due to its natural lagoon and proximity to coal mines and related infrastructure. 


1972
Transvaal Coal Owners Association awarded contract with Japanese steel mills for 27 Mt of coal over 10 years.


1976 
Port of Richards Bay officially opened on 1 April. 

Richards Bay Coal Terminal begins exports with Phase 1 at a capacity of 12 million tons per annum (Mt/a).

–   TCOA  had an agreement to supply  27 million tons  of coal over 10 years  to Japanese steel industry.

–   On reclaimed land, the port had a depth of  1.5 – 2m; after dredging the channel , depth increased to 22m.

–   Size of RBCT: 276ha.

–   Ships allowed to load to 17.5m.

–   On the yard: Tippler 1,  SR 1, SR 2,  berm wall,  random tippler (1 truck only) and Ingo 1 Sampling Tower.

   
  Cetra Lyra_first ship to load coal at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (at the coal berth) during the official opening Ceremony    
      
           
 
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1977 
–   Capacity 12mt/a

–   Trains arrived in batches of 78 trucks

–   2 x Shiploaders (SL 1 & SL 2)

–   2 x Tandem Tipplers (TT1 & TT2)

–   Foundations laid for Phase 2 machines (SR3 & SR4)

–   Can handle Capesizes (Beam of Capesize tolerance 47.5m) LOA unlimited

–   Rail loop infrastructure circles Ph 1 & 2

   
           
 
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1981 
RBCT capacity doubles from 12M/ta tons to 24 Mt/a

–   Ground work for Phase 3 started

–   Phase 1 & 2 runs East to West

–   Phase 3 & 4 will run North to South

–   Construction of New Mouth and tidal gate, redirection of river.

–   Stacker 5 commissioned

–   Yard Machines SR 1 & 2, Stacker 5, and SR 3 & 4

–   2 x Tandem Tipplers (1 & 2) and 1 x Random Tippler

–   2 x Shiploaders (1 & 2)

–   Groundwork for new rail loop has begun

–   200mm layer of coal used as carpet coal (spillage coal used) 

   
           
     

1984
Phase III Expansion completed: RBCT further expands exporting capacity to 44 Mt/a

–   Part of Phase 3 commissioned

–   Rail loop changed from encircling Phase 1 & 2 to current layout

–   5 Yard Machines on Phase 1 & 2 and 4 Yard Machines on Phase 3

–   3 x Shiploaders (addition of Shiploader 3)

–   4 x Tipplers

   
           
     

1991
Phase III Upgrade: export capacity increased to 53 Mt/a

–   Q-line partially commissioned

–   Reclaimer 11 Commissioned

–   9 x Yard Machines

–   3 x Shiploaders

–   4 x Tipplers 

   
      1995
Capacity enhancements exercise increases exporting capacity to 63 Mt/a
   
           
     

1999
Brownfields expansion increases exporting capacity to 72 Mt/a

–   Shiploader  4 commissioned

–   Q-line fully  commissioned

–   Yard machines : 9 x Yard Machines, 4 x Tipplers

–   4 x Shiploaders

–   Stockyard capacity – 6.7Mt (Ideal level – 4.5Mt)

   
           
      2000
RBCT exports its one billionth ton of coal – November 2000
   
           
  Phase 5 expansion   2006
Phase V Expansion commences in September, taking terminal capacity to 91 million tons per annum.
   
           
      2008
As of 1 January 2008, official design capacity of the terminal increases to 76 million tons per annum.
   
           
     

2010
Phase V Upgrade

Design capacity of the terminal increases to 91 million tons per annum, as of 1 May 2010

–   SR 6 Commissioned

–   Tandem Tippler 3 Commissioned

–   10 x Yard Machines; 5 x Tipplers; 4 x Shiploaders

–   C460 – bypass conveyor, Esup Dam; Extra rail loop;

–   J line extended by 300m together with I line

–   Stockyard Capacity – 7.8Mt (Ideal level – 5.2Mt), grades / no of stockpiles