Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Storm forces South Africa's Port of Durban to remain closed

Storm forces South Africa's Port of Durban to remain closed

By 6.30pm on Tuesday, the three vessels that were grounded had been successfully refloated and remoored.

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), which operates the Port of Durban, has confirmed that all vessel movements at the facility have been suspended.

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.

A straddle carrier was also blown away into the water, while a number of cranes were derailed by strong winds, stated TNPA. Unfortunately so far two people, including one policeman, are reported to have died elsewhere in the city.

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".

Transnet's marine services team and tugboats are assisting with several emergencies.

THE drama that unfolded at Durban port during the massive storm on Tuesday saw vessels breaking free of their moorings and run aground.

The Durban Port manager Moshe Motlohi told Reuters 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.

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

Several TNPA premises have been flooded including the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence in Bayhead Road.

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