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Storm causes disruption in Durban
The MSC Ines briefly blocked Durban's channel. Credit: MarineTraffic

Storm causes disruption in Durban

Port operations in Durban have ground to a halt as a result of a storm that has hit the South African city.

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), which operates the Port of Durban, has confirmed that all vessel movements at the facility have been suspended.

TNPA’s marine service team and tugboats were called to action to help move the 6,880 teu MSC Ines, which had broken loose from its moorings, become grounded on a sandbank and was blocking the channel.

The vessel and two other that had become grounded are now afloat again, but TNPA is assisting with several other emergencies.

In a company statement TNPA said: “Whilst we are still in the process of determining damage to port infrastructure we are relieved that no injuries have been reported.”

Terminal and rail operations at the port have been suspended, and TNPA expect operations at the Port of Richards Bay, 177 km north of Durban, to also be disrupted.