Durban Storm: Grounded Vessels Refloated

11 October 2017

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All three vessels that were grounded in the Port of Durban, South Africa, on Tuesday, have now been successfully refloated and remoored.

Among them was the container ship MSC Ines. The 350-meter ship had blown sideways and was blocking the harbor entrance. Two other ships broke from their moorings and collided, and yet others were blown onto sand banks.

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) supported by African Marine Solutions are currently working on the scene. TNPA has managed to contain containers that were blown into the bay. As it stands, vessel movements in the Port of Durban remain suspended until further notice.

Heavy rain, flash floods and winds up to 50 knots has taken its toll on the region. At least five people are believed to have died; one man was killed when a shipping container was blown over and landed on top of his car near Durban Harbor.

Local National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) emergency services are fully deployed assisting at floods in and around the Kwa-Zulu Natal North and South coasts. They are helping evacuate people trapped in vehicles, homes and businesses. Additionally, they are helping to contain yachts and boats that have broken moorings.

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