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MSC containership, other grounded vessels, refloated in Port of Durban

12 October 2017

South Africa's largest port was closed after a severe storm lashed the coastal region resulting in at least eight deaths in the province.

"All three vessels that were grounded in the Port of Durban today due to inclement weather have now been successfully refloated and remoored alongside", the Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) said. "This was an opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of South Africa's locally trained marine resources and the crew involved certainly outshone themselves".

Mopping up operations continued on Wednesday morning. Sounding surveys indicate that there is some obstruction on the seabed that could pose a risk to navigation and the Port operators state that in the interest of ensuring safe navigation for vessels, operations have commenced in channels that are clear from obstruction. Engineering teams aided by aerial drones conducted physical assessments of affected port buildings and infrastructure to assist in quantifying damage.

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

'I would like to thank all the Port of Richards Bay employees who entered our employee competition and put forward suggestions of names for this special vessel, ' said Port Manager Preston Khomo at the launch of the new tug earlier this year.

TNPA expected operations to return to normal by midday on Thursday.

MSC containership, other grounded vessels, refloated in Port of Durban