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Port of Durban expected to reopen at midday on Thursday

Port of Durban expected to reopen at midday on Thursday”

The third vessel, also a shipping container (330m long) which ran aground near Maydon Wharf, was also successfully re-floated.

'I would like to thank all the Port of Richards Bay employees who entered our employee competition and put forward suggestions of names for this special vessel, ' said Port Manager Preston Khomo at the launch of the new tug earlier this year. "We will continue to monitor the situation closely via Port Control and the Harbour Masters' offices, and will keep stakeholders updated".

Vessel movements in the South African port remained suspended on Wednesday and the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said operations were anticipated to restart at midday on Thursday subject to sounding the outcome of sounding surveys. The BCP will be operational on a 24-hour basis until TNPA has restored operations.

The vessel and two other that had become grounded are now afloat again, but TNPA is assisting with several other emergencies.

At least three containers, reportedly lost in the water when ships ran aground in Tuesday's storm, are yet to be located.

A third vessel, which broke its mooring ropes, was secured while and SA Shipyards' floating dock and new tug remain grounded on bank. Though the operator is still in the process of determining damage to port infrastructure, they confirm that so far no injuries have been reported in the port itself.

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



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