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Update: Commercial shipping suspended at PE Harbour following crane collapse

Nov 1, 2018
Update: Commercial shipping suspended at PE Harbour following crane collapse

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Thursday said that following the gale force winds that toppled a crane at Port Elizabeth Harbour on Tuesday morning, all commercial shipping has been suspended at the port.

TNPA confirmed that no one was injured during the cran collapse at the Port.

"As you are aware, due to gusting winds an IMPSA crane collapsed on 30 October 2018 at Berth 103at the PE Container Terminal overhanging into the port entrance channel," said Rajesh Dana (Port Manager – Port of Port Elizabeth.

"As a result of this, and in the interest of navigational safety, all commercial shipping movements in the Port of Port Elizabeth have been suspended until the port entrance channel has been cleared."

Salvage operations begin at the Port Elizabeth Harbour

Dana added that Transnet has appointed a contractor to assist with the salvage and recovery of the crane.

"A recovery / salvage work method statement and related risk assessment have been formulated and approved.

"The recovery / salvage operation will commence shortly," he described.

"Subject to favourable weather conditions and other salvage operational variables the port entrance should be cleared by 18h00 on 1 November 2018, where after shipping operations will resume."

Dana also said that a shipping recovery plan has been formulated and will be shared by the Harbour Master (Captain Brynn Adamson).

"Terminal operations have resumed on 31 October 2018. All stakeholders will be kept abreast of developments."

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