Thursday, 19 October 2017

Update No.2 - South Africa port operations and impact on Europe-South Africa (SRX) service

Dear MOL Customer

Below is an update on the latest port and vessel situation along the South African coast and the contingencies worked out for our Europe-South Africa (SRX) service. The situation remains very fluid, so we will send you further updates as things develop.

• Maersk Lanco v.175B – After wind delay, this vessel berthed at Coega on 18th October. She is due to sail today, 19th October, proceeding to Port Elizabeth for export loading (on 19th/20th October). Thereafter the Maersk Lanco will proceed to Cape Town arriving 21st October on schedule.

Due to ongoing problems at Durban port, all Durban imports had to be discharged in Coega, giving customers two options:
1. Customers can take delivery of Durban and Johannesburg cargo in Coega.
2. Cargo destined for Johannesburg can be delivered via rail from Coega at our normal Coega rail tariff.

• Maersk Leon v.175A/B – This vessel arrived at Coega on 18th October, but due to potential delays in Coega she will perform her discharge call in Port Elizabeth on 21st October, sailing on 22nd October to Durban, where she is expected to berth on 27th October. At Durban a move count restriction will apply. We regret to advise that this move count restriction may restrict export cargo, resulting in some cargo rollover.

• The next import vessel is the M/S Maersk Lebu v.175A/B, which is due to arrive at Cape Town on schedule on 21st October. Further updates on her schedule along the South African coast will follow.

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

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact your local sales office. Contact details can be found on our website


MOL (Europe) B.V.