Transnet suspends vessel movement at Port of Durban

Port Manager Preston Khomo hands over the winning prize to Pastor Delville Robbertze

Port Manager Preston Khomo hands over the winning prize to Pastor Delville Robbertze

The facility's managing company Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) also noted that three vessels were grounded at the port due to the severe weather conditions.

One of three vessels that has grounded in the Port of Durban today due to inclement weather has been successfully refloated and remoored alongside. The 2.5 hour operation included up to eight tugs and 70 individuals working tirelessly to secure the vessels.

South Africa's largest port was closed after a severe storm lashed the coastal region resulting in at least eight deaths in the province. "Several TNPA premises have been flooded, including the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence in Bayhead Road", the TNPA said.

The Business Continuity Plan (BCP) will remain in place until TNPA has restored normality at the Port of Durban.

Mopping up operations continued on Wednesday morning.

TNPA said the results of the sounding surveys that were conducted indicate that there is some obstruction on the seabed that could pose a risk to navigation.

While authorities are still in the process of determining damage to port infrastructure it said that no injuries have been reported.

Terminal and rail operations at the port have been suspended, and TNPA expect operations at the Port of Richards Bay, 177 km north of Durban, to also be disrupted. "A special thank you to all those involved including SAMSA, the private sector and our own TNPA tug masters and marine crew".

Competition criteria was that the name should be a single, inspiring one, in keeping with the port's theme of naming their vessels after South African birds.

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