Port Control upgrade moves forward
WHILE renovation of the Port control tower is still on track for June next year, local tourism will be without access to the iconic view point overlooking Alkantstrand for the fifth consecutive summer.
Transnet National Ports Authority at the Port of
Richards Bay confirmed on Friday that construction on the upgrade project commenced in May as previously indicated and progress on site is at 16 percent.
This covers only internal works after the interior of the building had previously been stripped for the revamp.
Subsequent external works will commence shortly once the principal contractor has concluded its procurement process to appoint a scaffolding subcontractor by the end of this month.
The upgrade has been plagued by contractual disputes and time delays, which have seen a significant increase in the original R26-million project cost.
The construction of what was originally deemed a 12-month project also necessitated relocating Port Control staff to the Small Craft Harbour.
Work in progress - revamping of the interior of the Port Control Tower overlooking Alkantstrand and the harbour is in progress, but owing to construction the view point (circled) is still out of bounds