Storm causes disruption in Durban

Storm causes disruption in Durban

The conditions are also expected to disrupt freight operations at the Port of Richards Bay.

Three vessels that grounded in the Port of Durban have been refloated, including the containership MSC Ines that blocked the entrance to the port. "TNPA has also managed to contain containers that had blown into the bay". "Port teams remain on scene", TNPA said. Unfortunately so far two people, including one policeman, are reported to have died elsewhere in the city.

"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. The BCP will be operational on a 24-hour basis until TNPA has restored operations.

It took swift action by (TNPA), in collaboration with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and African Marine Solutions (AMSOL), for the successful delivery of a multi-vessel emergency operation in the Port of Durban during the inclement weather.

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South Africa's largest port remains closed on Wednesday after vessel movements were suspended when a severe storm lashed the coastal region resulting in at least eight deaths in the province, a port official said.

'She was built as part of a marine fleet replacement programme that aims to boost our efficiency and better enable our ports to handle larger commercial vessels more frequently'.

"Whilst we are still in the process of determining damage to port infrastructure, we are relieved that no injuries have been reported".

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