The Port of Richards Bay was established in 1976 primarily for exporting coal. Today it is one of the world’s leading bulk ports. Repairs are generally accommodated within the Small Craft Harbour at the Repair Berth. Future plans, under Operation Phakisa, will see more opportunity to develop the repair sector in this port with strategies in place to provide additional infrastructure within the port as well as capitalise on the benefits of the Industrial Development Zone.
Richards Bay is characterised by a subtropical climate with warm wet summers and mild moist to dry winters, which are frost-free.
RAINFALL: The town has an average annual rainfall of 228 mm.
TEMPERATURES: The average annual temperature is 21.5°C, with daytime maxima peaking from January to March at 29°C, and the minimum is 21°C, dropping to daytime highs from June to August of 23°C and a minimum of 12°C.
WINDS: During the winter months (April to September) north and north-west winds backing to the south-west are frequent. Westerly gales can cause heavy range action at berths; in the summer (October to March) the prevailing wind is from the south-east, which can reach gale force at times.
TRAVEL: Durban’s King Shaka Airport is the closest international airport and is approximately 150 km from Richards Bay. Traveling time is about 1,5 hours along the N2.
Port Manager: +27 35 905 3203
Harbour Master: +27 35 905 3984
Port Control: +27 35 905 3444