Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has confirmed that incoming vessel movements resumed at the Port of Richards Bay at 09h00 on Tuesday, 5 June 2018. This after adverse weather conditions, including swells of up to four metres and wind gusts up to 30 knots, led to the suspension of marine movements. The suspension remained in effect for 39 hours from Sunday evening to Tuesday morning.

Nompumelelo Mkhize, Acting Harbour Master at the Port of Richards Bay, thanked port users for their patience. She said only two vessels had been affected by the suspension and had already entered port.

On 4 June 2018 Transnet Port Terminals’ Durban Container Terminal Pier 2 waterside operations were also on standby for over seven hours due to wind speeds recorded between 80 and 100km/h.

“The safety of our people, equipment and our customers’ cargo is always seen as a priority so due to adverse weather conditions our waterside operations were temporarily affected. However, our landside and rail operations continued as normal throughout this period as they did not face the same safety challenges,” stated Zamo Ngcobo, Transnet Port Terminals’ DCT Pier 2 Terminal Manager.