The Port of Richards Bay rests on the shores of a lagoon formed by the Mhlatuze River in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa about 90 nautical miles northeast of the Port of Durban. The easternmost seaport in the nation, the Port of Richards Bay has the country’s biggest harbour. The Seaport’s Coal Terminal is the world’s biggest, with capacity to handle 91 million tons per year. In addition to its busy seaport, the Port of Richards Bay is home to two aluminum smelters and a fertilizer plant. Mines in the nearby lagoon produce iron ore, zircon, and titanium oxide. The seaport exports a range of bulk cargoes that include coal, titanium, heavy minerals, ferrochrome, granite, aluminum, pulp, woodchips and pulp, and phosphoric acid. Hop over to the seaport for a bit of history and commercial education.

 

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