South African Bulk Terminals (SABT) is a major business unit within Bidfreight, the freight management arm of the listed Bidvest Group. SABT received the 2005 and 2008 Bidfreight Chairman’s Award for achievement and is Proudly Bidvest.
SABT owns and operated two world class bulk terminals (DBS and RBT) in the Port of Durban. The RBT Terminal at MW5 has a combined silo/flat bin storage capacity of 150 000 tons while DBS can store 69 500 tons in silos.
Cargoes handled include rice, wheat, maize , malt, soybeans, sugar, sunflower seeds and oilcakes. SABT also handles flouorspar, soda ash and fertilizers. The multipurpose facilities can also handle chrome and other mineral and ores.
The SABT-DBS terminal is the only sub-Saharan grain terminals capable of handling fully laden Panamax vessels. That has made this SABT terminal the terminal of choice for South African maize exports.
Attention to detail, a client-centred approach and a structured capital expansion program ensure that our terminals are comparable with the best in the world. SABT introduces Panamax sized shipments to the South African grain trade. During 2005 we commissioned six state-of-the-art silos at our RBT terminal. These unique silos were optimally designed with the use of computer flow simulation techniques and each of the two systems can load road vehicles and rail wagons at 320 tons per hour.
A further 6 silos with similar design was built and commissioned in 2007/2008. The 160 permanent staff employed by SABT are all multi-skilled. Apart from the formal training programmes, our managerial staff is also exposed to international best practices through port study tours and close technical co-operation with similar facilities overseas.
During 2006 a 800tph mechanical unloader capable of handling vessels of up to 80 000 ton DWT was commissioned at the SABT-RBT terminal. This unloader together with the original 300tph unloader has a combined discharging capability of 17 000 tons per day. The proposed deepening of the MW berths will enable SABT to harness the full potential of this unloader.