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Toyota Container Terminal

Construction of the new Container Depot for Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd in Umbogintwini near Durban was completed and commissioned in March 2009.

The Depot is sited on the Heartlands property adjacent to the AE&CI factory in Umbogintwini.

The Depot is approximately 45 000m2 in extent, surfaced with interlocking concrete block paving. Some 12 000m3 of earth were moved and three extensive concrete block retaining walls were constructed.

The site, however, was not only restricted in size, the topography was far from level and it was in an environmentally sensitive area of coastal dunes. The use of giant Reach Stackers and gantry cranes to load/unload and handle the 40t containers required that the 45 000m2 be constructed to high tolerances and close to level. To create a leveled area required vast earthworks and to retain adjacent buildings and provide access called for the construction of 3 large retaining walls.

The civils work alone was valued at some R60million.

Nongofa Construction cc was appointed to construct the facility, which was designed by Sukuma Consulting Engineers strictly in accordance with planning criteria developed by the Toyota Logistics Planning Division to cater for some 1400 containers.

The facility is a first for the Toyota Motor Corporation and it is the only Container Depot owned and operated by Toyota in the world.