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South Africa affected by inclement weather, some port operations on standby – Transnet

South Africa has been experiencing adverse weather conditions over the past few days, affecting its port and terminal operations.

A media statement by Transnet, the country’s state-owned port operator, stated that they are continuously monitoring operations at the ports of Cape Town, Saldanha, Port Elizabeth, and Ngqura..

As per the statement, “Strong winds reaching 35-50 knots and high sea swells exceeding 3.5 meters have led to shipping movements being suspended at some ports for safety reasons. Vessels alongside are currently on standby and no major incidents have been reported thus far.

The strong winds, which have created high swell conditions, must subside before vessel movements can resume and as of the 9th July, Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) marine operations are on standby to assist vessels, where required..

As per the statement,

  1. The Cape Town Container Terminal, which is experiencing high swells until Saturday, has three vessels on berth that are unable to work due to the terminal’s wind-bound status. Another four vessels are planned to arrive by Thursday.
  2. In Gqeberha, the Ngqura Container Terminal had its last vessel finish in the early hours of Sunday. The port authority resolved on not berthing any more vessels until Wednesday and port terminal gates have been closed since. The Port Elizabeth Container Terminal is also windbound, with one vessel on berth.
  3. The floods experienced in the Eastern Cape in June, along with current weather disruptions, have resulted in vessel congestion at the Port Elizabeth Bulk Terminal where manganese is handled. This has slowed down the progress. Despite this, vessel nominations continue.

Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) is confident of managing the resulting vessel backlog with the recent acquisition of new cargo handling equipment across some of its terminals, as well as the support of contracted original equipment manufacturers supplying spares in the case of breakdowns.” the statement read.

TNPA has advised that they are taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of life, protection of the environment, and prevention of damage to property.


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