Durban: There’s an urgent need to dredge the entrance to Africa’s busiest port, with the risk of groundings growing by the day in Durban. Silting at the port’s entrance channel has grown, Durban port manager Moshe Motlohi, admitted to local media. The channel’s width has been reduced to 40 m, as the silting grows.
“We can confirm there have been recent grounding incidents in the Port of Durban due to the movement of harbour bed material in basins and at berths, which is exacerbated by the size of vessels calling at the port,” Motlohi said.
There are reports that the port’s main dredger is currently out of service, awaiting repairs.