Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Update South Africa port operations and impact on Europe-South Africa (SRX) service


October 18, 2017


Subject: Update South Africa port operations and impact on Europe-South Africa (SRX) service

Dear MOL Customer,

As a result of last week’s storm in Durban major damage was caused to the port infrastructure. The terminal is currently working to 65% of the normal crane capacity. In addition poor weather conditions particularly in Durban and the Eastern Cape (East London, Port Elizabeth and Coega) continue to hamper port operations. The reduced performance related to damaged terminal installations and poor weather negatively affects our services. 

In order to deal with this situation contingencies have to be worked out and revised again as the situation remains very fluid. In order to ensure you are fully up-to-date on events we will regularly issue updates such as this one.   

Below an overview of the contingency measures decided on for our Europe-South Africa (SRX) service:

  • - DAL Karoo v.175B – departed Cape Town October 13. She will omit Rotterdam import call and this should recover her overall schedule.

  • - MOL Proficiency v.175B – During last week’s storm at Durban this vessel was damaged by a vessel that broke its moorings. Repairs have meanwhile been effected and operations at Durban finalized. The vessel departed Durban October 15. In order to ensure that this vessel can take up its position in the schedule she is proceeding directly to Algeciras. She will be on schedule for arrival in Europe.

  • - Maersk Lanco v.175B – Following the catastrophic situation at the Port of Durban (port closed for 2-days, reduced operating capacity and congestion) the decision was taken to omit Durban in order to remove further pressure from the schedule and port. All Durban imports will be discharged in Coega after which clients have the option to either take delivery of their cargo in Coega (preferred option due to Durban terminal situation). Other options are limited for the moment. This Maersk Lanco berthed Coega October 16 and is due to depart to Port Elizabeth on October 17 and then proceed to Cape Town on October 23 as scheduled.

  • - Maersk Leon v.175A/B – Vessel departed Cape Town October 16 and is due to berth Coega October 21. The berth plan for Durban currently shows enormous delays. Accordingly she will be on an export move count restriction plan to avoid adding further time to the import stay. We will update the schedule further as the Durban berth plan evolves. This vessel is able to move limited transshipment and reefer cargo from the Maersk Lanco.

We sincerely regret the inconvenience caused and we will do the utmost to assist you to the best of our abilities.


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MOL (Europe) B.V.