Port of Durban vessel movement suspended

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

All vessel movements have been suspended in the Port of Durban due to inclement weather, says the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).

“The inclement weather is also expected to disrupt operations at the Port of Richards Bay. Transnet’s marine services team and tugboats are assisting with several emergencies,” the Transnet National Ports Authority said in a statement on Monday.

These include the grounding of three vessels in the Port of Durban. Other vessels have broken mooring lines and are drifting in the channel.

“Whilst we are still in the process of determining damage to port infrastructure, we are relieved that no injuries have been reported. Several TNPA premises have been flooded, including the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence in Bayhead Road,” the Transnet National Ports Authority said.

Terminal and rail operations have been suspended to ensure the safety of people and equipment.

TNPA has assured all stakeholders of their urgent attention and allocation of resources to address these challenges.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely via Port Control and the Harbour Masters’ offices, and will keep stakeholders updated,” Transnet National Ports Authority said. – SAnews.gov.za

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