More woes for Transnet as it investigates two separate fires at Port of Durban in the past three days
Booming demand for goods and supply chain disruptions caused by Covid-19 have given the shipping industry one of its best years. Photo: Getty Images
- Transnet said it would investigate a fire which occurred at Pier 2 of a container terminal in Durban.
- It comes after another fire occurred on Saturday on a separate container of the same shipment.
- Transnet said it was in contact with the South African Revenue Service Customs Unit and other relevant authorities on the matter.
Transnet is investigating the cause of a fire that broke out on Monday morning at the quayside of a container terminal in the port of Durban.
The state-owned ports and logistics company said the container fire happened at Pier 2. The incident follows another container fire on Saturday from the same shipment as Monday. The fires were contained.
Transnet said the affected goods would be declared under International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) codes and the shipping agent responsible for them would be contacted to establish what they were.
“Every shipment entering port must be declared using IMDG codes, and a call was made to the responsible shipping agent to establish what was in the container,” the statement said.
Transnet said it was in contact with the South African Revenue Service Customs Unit and other relevant authorities on the matter.
“The affected containers have now been moved to an isolated stacking area and the owners of the cargo will be required to evacuate them as soon as possible,” the statement said.
It also comes after multiple incidents at the company since 2021 that have stalled or frustrated its operations.
Last year, Transnet was the target of multiple cyberattacks, infrastructure damage and a power outage at its Richards Bay facility.
In October, Transnet was forced to declare force majeure following a huge fire at its Richards Bay dry bulk terminal.
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