Amid violent political unrest in South Africa, port operators have declared force majeure for the port of Durban, while Richards Bay has resumed operations at reduced capacity, the Gard Club informed.
he cities of Durban and Richards Bay, South Africa and surrounding areas in KwaZulu-Natal Province, are currently experiencing violent unrest and rioting in protest against the incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma for contempt of the Constitutional Court.
According to latest information by Durban P&I Correspondents P&I Associates (Pty), the Durban Port operators, TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) and TPT (Transnet Port Terminals) have declared force majeure for the Port of Durban, while several other private terminals have followed suit and issued their own force majeure notices. The terminals are unable to operate without personnel and cargo which is trucked into the port.
Meanwhile, Richards Bay marine services – pilots, tugs, berthing staff – resumed operations Wednesday, 14th July, but at a reduced capacity, depending on the availability of staff and labour, although it appears the situation is improving. Cargo operations at the private Richards Bay Coal Terminal appear to be normalized.
Movements ashore while the action is ongoing should be minimized and special attention should be given to any planned crew change arrangements via South Africa at this time,
…the Club advised.