In its announcement of measures for the COVID-19 lockdown, Transnet, the parastatal responsible for the operations of the ports and terminals in South Africa finalised and announced a series of measures to ensure throughput of essential services in line with the Maritime Security Regulations and Directives..
As part of these directives, only essential cargoes were allowed to be moved as directed by the Government.. On the 2nd of April 2020, these regulations were amended to allow the movement of non-essential goods as well..
Transnet has accordingly revised its operational measures and issued communication relating to the movement of non-essential goods..
Transnet National Ports Authority is responsible for the management of the 8 commercial ports in South Africa and we value our employees, stakeholders and port users. It is important for us to review the risks and address any gaps, in preventing the spread of the disease.
Due to the risks this global pandemic poses, and the rapid increase of cases in South Africa, Transnet National Ports Authority(TNPA) has implemented additional measures to regulations published by the Department of Transport and the directives from the Department of Health which became effective from 18 March 2020.
The President has declared the outbreak of the Coronavirus in South Africa as a National State of Disaster.
Here is the latest update on COVID-19 posted by the office of the Chief Harbour Master – Transnet National Ports Authority..
On Sunday the 15th March, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa announced a ‘national state of disaster’ to enable the government to introduce measures to combat the spread of Covid-19 within South Africa..
Below is the gist of the measures now in place in South Africa..
[Durban, South Africa, 31 August 2019] Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) two new port helicopters, manufactured by Italian global high-tech company, Leonardo, went into service on Saturday, 31 August 2019 at the Ports of Durban and Richards Bay.
An anti-apartheid artwork featuring the military vehicle Casspir was shipped from South Africa and United States as part of The Casspir Project.. Here is the news item from Transnet regarding this project..
The Casspir was synonymous with the heavy hand of apartheid oppression in the townships and urban areas of South Africa.. While designed originally as a military vehicle, it was used extensively against civilian populations in the 1980’s..
Please see below information from Transnet about containers blown into Durban harbour.. High winds blow empty containers into Durban harbour but port still open [Durban, South Africa, 13/12/2014] High winds gusting at 35 to 40 knots blew 10 empty containers into the Durban Harbour, from a ship a berth 108 at the Durban Container Terminal, yesterday (Friday) afternoon at about … Read more here..
What is the difference between Cargo Dues, Tonnage Dues and Port Dues..?? Cargo Dues – abbreviated to read CD – (also known as Wharfage in some countries) is a fee levied by TNPA (Transnet Port Authority) to the users (exporters, importers or shipping lines) for using the port facilities for movement of the cargo through it.. This fee is generally fixed … Read more here..