Ports start to get back to work

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OP­ER­A­TIONS were re­sum­ing at ports in the prov­ince after be­ing sus­pended dur­ing Tues­day’s storm.

Transnet Na­tional Ports Author­ity (TNPA) said they had man­aged to moor three ves­sels that had been grounded dur­ing the storm. This was done in part­ner­ship with the South African Mar­itime Safety Author­ity (Samsa) and African Marine So­lu­tions.

The op­er­a­tion in­volved eight tug­boats and lasted nearly three hours.

TNPA chief ex­ec­u­tive Shu­lami Qalinge said: “We are ex­tremely ap­pre­cia­tive of the ex­cel­lent col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween our TNPA marine teams and key stake­hold­ers who acted quickly and ef­fi­ciently.”

Port op­er­a­tions at Richards Bay also re­sumed yes­ter­day.

Mop-up op­er­a­tions were un­der way and sound­ing sur­veys were be­ing con­ducted to check for any build-up or ob­struc­tion on the seabed that could pose a risk to ship­ping.

“En­gi­neer­ing teams aided by aerial drones are con­duct­ing phys­i­cal as­sess­ments of port build­ings and in­fra­struc­ture to as­sist in quan­ti­fy­ing dam­age,” TNPA said.

TNPA ex­pected op­er­a­tions to re­turn to nor­mal by mid­day to­day.

PIC­TURE: DOC­TOR NGCOBO

KZN Health MEC Si­bongiseni Dhlomo, left, as­sess­ing dam­age at Comtech High School in uMlazi.

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