Port of Durban in South Africa, experienced an increase in its container, liquid bulk and dry bulk volumes during 2018, according to Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) data. The volumes achieved are the highest volumes in the last seven years.
Port of Durban
As the South American Maritime Safety Authority reported, six people lost their lives in a fire incident, that took place at the port of Durban. SAMSA is moving forward to an investigation to find out the factors that caused the fire on February 14.
The Bahamas-flagged car carrier ‘CSSC Asia’, operated by Hoegh Autoliners, collided with the inactive tug ‘Inyalazi’ while berthing alongside at the R-Shed in the Port of Durban’s Point Precinct, on Friday, 13 April, according to TNPA. Damage occurred to the quayside and the tug sustained a hole on its side.
This is because of the planned shutdown involving the Engen refinery, which began earlier in February. It has been previously reported that there was a shortage of bunker fuel at the port as the refinery shutdown began to take effect, with no 180 CST fuel available for spot sales.
Operations at the Port of Durban have partially recovered, following the inclement weather conditions that caused disruption this week, according to South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority.
As TNPA informed, the heavy weather caused all port operations to be suspended and the Authority’s marine services team are currently assisting with emergencies, including grounding of three ships, as well as breaking of other vessels’ mooring lines.
South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute informed that the master of the ship “Freight Margie” died on board, at anchorage 7 nautical miles off-shore from the Port of Durban, on Thursday, 06 July. On arrival on the scene, the rescue paramedics declared the Italian Captain as deceased from a suspected heart attack.
The Skuld P&I Club has been informed by its correspondents in South Africa about the recent developments and the effective port safety measures as there have been reportied recent incidens of grounding at the harbour entrance to the port of Durban.
Letter of Indemnity required for vessels at the Port of Durban
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