Freight Operations Partially Resume at the Port of Durban

Retired Port of Richards Bay employee wins tug naming contest

Storm causes disruption in Durban

Severe weather hit the South African port Tuesday causing three ships to be grounded, flooding and general chaos.

Three vessels that grounded in the Port of Durban have been refloated, including the containership MSC Ines that blocked the entrance to the port.

BEFORE the arrival of the new Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) tug at Richards Bay, the company held an internal tug naming competition, and, last week the victor received his prize.

Mop-up operations were under way and sounding surveys were being conducted to check for any build-up or obstruction on the seabed that could pose a risk to shipping.

This comes after severe storms in Durban wreaked havoc at the port, unberthing ships and blowing containers into the water on Tuesday. "Our immediate focus is to continue with the implementation of the recovery operations".

In a company statement TNPA said: "Whilst we are still in the process of determining damage to port infrastructure we are relieved that no injuries have been reported".

"Port teams remain on scene".

Motlohi added: "This successful operation was made possible through our Joint Operations Committee with SAMSA and our 24-hour Business Continuity Plan (BCP) at head office and the Ports of Durban and Richards Bay". At this stage, Durban marine operations are anticipated to resume by midday on Thursday, 12 October, pending the outcome of the sounding surveys.

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