All Clear at Port of Durban in Storm Aftermath

All navigable areas of the Port of Durban have now been declared safe for navigation, Transnet National Ports Authority said in its latest update following the mega-storm that ravaged the country on October 10.

The announcement was made following the completion of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) sounding surveys that found no obstacles in the navigation channels that might pose a danger to vessel traffic.

The surveys employed TNPA Dredging Services division, divers and drones, TNPA said.

“TNPA’s focus still remains on continuing with the implementation of the recovery operations and supporting terminal operators to restore normality,” the port authority added.

The Port of Durban was forced to shut down operations to marine traffic as several vessels got grounded, including one containership that drifted into the mouth of the port, blocking its entrance.

Yachts and boats in the small craft harbour and at the Point Yacht Club (PYC) also broke free from their moorings.

Separately, South African terminal operator Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) declared Force Majeure at its terminal facilities in Richards Bay following the strong storm.

TNT said that the decision was made due to the damage caused by extreme weather conditions which have impacted terminal operations.

The Richards Bay terminal, handling bulk and break bulk cargo, is situated in KwaZulu-Natal, a coastal South African province, which has been declared a disaster area by Premier Willies Mchunu after the storm that devasted parts of the province.

 

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