Friday, 29 December 2017

Update No.15 on the South Africa port operations and impact on Europe-South Africa (SRX) service

Dear MOL Customer,

Wind and other operational challenges in combination with port closures following the upcoming New Year celebrations affect vessel operations along the SA coast.  Below a short overview of the situation in some key SA ports :

§  Cape Town:

o   Operational & wind delays expected Saturday 30th December

o   Terminal closed Sunday 31st December 18:00 until Tuesday 2nd January 06:00

§  Coega (Ngqura):

o   Operational & wind delay expected on Friday 29th December PM

o   Terminal closed Sunday 31st December 18:00 until Tuesday 2nd January 06:00

§  Durban :

o   Wind delay expected from Friday 29th December PM until Sunday 31st December AM

o   Terminal closed Sunday 31st December 18:00 until Tuesday 2nd January 06:00   


The above conditions obviously impact the SRX schedule. Below you can find the most recent update on the next SRX arrivals/departures in South Africa:

·         MOL Proficiency Voy 176A/180B Arrived Cape Town (2nd call) on Thursday 28th December. As from PM 30th December the weather forecast predicts some further wind delay but her departure is still expected AM 31st December. She will proceed direct to London Gateway and ETA will be advised on departure Cape Town. 

·         Maersk Lanco Voy 176A/180B –She departed Durban 27th December.  Her Port Elizabeth estimate arrival date is 29th December PM and departure from Port Elizabeth is planned for 30th December after which she will set sail for Cape Town.   Cape Town arrival is scheduled for 2nd January with departure 3rd January.

·         Maersk Lavras 176A/180B – She berthed yesterday, 28th December, at Durban.  Departure from Durban is scheduled for 31st December. Her Port Elizabeth estimate arrival time is on 5th January with departure on 6th January. Her Cape Town (2nd call) arrival is scheduled for 7th January.  Departure date is scheduled for 9th January.

·         MOL Presence 176A/180B – Scheduled to berth Cape Town (1st call) on 30th December PM, with departure set for AM 31st December.  Following the delays experienced at Cape Town and in order not to negatively affect the further schedule it was decided to omit the Coega (Ngqura) SB call and proceed directly from Cape Town to Durban where we expect her to berth on January 2nd  for departure January 5th.  Thereafter the vessel will proceed for Port Elizabeth where she will berth on 11th January and depart on 12th January.  Cape Town (2nd call) berthing is currently planned for 15th January and departure 16th January.

·         Barbara 180A – Scheduled to berth Cape Town MPT (1st call) on 30th December, with departure set for the 31th December. Her Coega (Ngqura) arrival is scheduled for 5th January with departure on 6th January. Her Durban arrival date is scheduled for 8th January.  The M/S Barbara will phase out of the service in Durban and will be replaced by the Maersk Lebu Voy.180B. will be advised closer to the time, after which she will phase out and be replaced with Maersk Lebu 180B to complete the Northbound voyage.

·         Maersk Lebu 180A – Due to extreme windy conditions in Cape Town we regret to advise that in order to maintain schedule integrity to the best of our abilities we have decided to omit the Cape Town southbound call.  All Cape Town destined cargo coming from Europe will be discharged in Port Elizabeth where the cargo will be transshipped on the Maersk Lavraz Voy.180B to reach the final destination Cape Town on 7th January.  Maersk Lebu is expected to arrive at Coega on 3rd January with departure 4th January.   Her Port Elizabeth (“A” voyage) arrival is also scheduled for 4th January with departure on 5th January.  Her Durban estimate arrival is now schedule for 12th January and departure 16th January.   Her Port Elizabeth (“B” voyage) and Cape Town (2nd call) arrival and departure dates will be advised later.


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.