Transnet suspends delivery to Durban terminals due to severe flooding

April 12, 2022 in Durban, South Africa. Persistent heavy rain in parts of KwaZulu-Natal has led to widespread flooding, collapsed roads and death.

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  • Transnet suspended shipping at its Durban terminals on Monday evening due to severe flooding.
  • Customers at the Durban terminal have been asked not to bring trucks into the port.
  • Transnet said its Richards Bay terminals were operating at limited capacity, with difficulties encountered in handling wet cargo.

Transnet suspended shipping at its Durban terminals on Monday evening until further notice due to severe flooding in KwaZulu-Natal.

In a statement on Tuesday, the entity said that although there have been no major incidents at the terminals, it is taking precautionary measures as flooding has damaged road infrastructure in the province, affecting the access to terminals.

It will resume shipments to Durban terminals when it is safe to do so, he said.

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“No major incidents have been reported at the terminals so far. Sailing has been suspended until further notice due to environmental damage caused by the weather, and ships at berth are on standby,” the statement read. .

The statement added that Transnet Freight Rail engineers will assess the extent of flood damage before resuming full operations.

“All critical safety inspections will be conducted prior to a full resumption of operations, to ensure that equipment and infrastructure [are] safe to use,” the statement read.

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Transnet has advised customers at its Durban terminal to refrain from bringing trucks into the port to avoid congestion.

“In Richards Bay, terminals are operating at limited capacity, with difficulties encountered in handling wet cargo. Rail lines in parts of the province are operating at limited capacity due to flooding,” the statement said.

Official estimates of the death toll are that 45 lives were lost due to flooding on Tuesday midday.

Images of trucks and containers washed away by heavy rain have gone viral online.

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