Operations Partially Resume At Port of Durban

Screenshot of MSC containership blocking Durban port

Screenshot of MSC containership blocking Durban port

Representatives from SAMSA and the Port of Durban have also convened a joint operations committee to manage the emergency response operations.

A severe storm compelled the Port of Durban in South Africa to suspend all activities on Wednesday 11 October, including vessel movements. These include the grounding of three vessels in the Port of Durban.

"Port teams remain on scene".

"All three vessels that were grounded in the Port of Durban today due to inclement weather have now been successfully refloated and remoored alongside", the Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) said.

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TNPA's marine service team and tugboats were called to action to help move the 6,880 teu MSC Ines, which had broken loose from its moorings, become grounded on a sandbank and was blocking the channel. Unfortunately so far two people, including one policeman, are reported to have died elsewhere in the city.

The Durban Port manager Moshe Motlohi said it was still too early to assess the extent or costs of damages to sub-Saharan Africa's largest port, which is a key transit point for commodities such as maize. "Several TNPA premises have been flooded, including the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence in Bayhead Road", the TNPA said.

"We are extremely appreciative of the excellent collaboration between TNPA and various stakeholders who acted quickly and efficiently to partially restore normality at the port". Terminal and rail operations have been suspended to ensure the safety of people and equipment.

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