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Severe weather suspends vessel movement at Durban Port

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has confirmed that all vessel movements have been suspended in the Port of Durban due to inclement weather.

According to Transnet National Ports Authority, Chief Executive Shulami Qalinge, the inclement weather is also expected to disrupt operations at the Port of Richards Bay.

“Transnet’s marine services team and tugboats are assisting with several emergencies. These include the grounding of three vessels in the Port of Durban. Other vessels have broken mooring lines and are drifting in the channel,” said Qalinge in a statement.

“Whilst we are still in the process of determining damage to port infrastructure we are relieved that no injuries have been reported. Several TNPA premises have been flooded including the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence in Bayhead Road.”

Qalinge confirmed that all terminal and rail operations have been suspended to ensure the safety of people and equipment.

“We have assured all stakeholders of our urgent attention and allocation of resources to address these challenges. We will continue to monitor the situation closely via Port Control and the Harbour Masters’ offices, and will keep stakeholders updated,” she concluded.

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