Transnet Refloats Vessel Grounded at Port of Durban Entrance

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"At this stage vessel movements in the Port of Durban remain suspended until futher notice".

A straddle carrier was also blown away into the water, while a number of cranes were derailed by strong winds, stated TNPA.

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. Unfortunately so far two people, including one policeman, are reported to have died elsewhere in the city.

BEFORE the arrival of the new Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) tug at Richards Bay, the company held an internal tug naming competition, and, last week the victor received his prize. "We will continue to monitor the situation closely via Port Control and the Harbour Masters' offices, and will keep stakeholders updated".

"We are extremely appreciative of the excellent collaboration between TNPA and various stakeholders who acted quickly and efficiently to partially restore normality at the port".

In addition, various vessels have reportedly broken mooring lines and drifted in the port's channel due to the lashing storm.

'She was built as part of a marine fleet replacement programme that aims to boost our efficiency and better enable our ports to handle larger commercial vessels more frequently'. Engineering teams aided by aerial drones conducted physical assessments of affected port buildings and infrastructure to assist in quantifying damage. Terminal and rail operations have been suspended to ensure the safety of people and equipment.