Ships grounding at Africa’s busiest port as silting grows

Ships grounding at Africa’s busiest port as silting grows

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.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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