Dry bulk operators in particular are facing an ever longer list of port restrictions that will impact voyages. Splash has already reported on how the major grain exporting region in Argentina has gone into lock down while many ports in India are pushing ahead with force majeure plans.
Now, major coal exporting hub South Africa is entering today a 21-day lockdown in the fight against coronavirus. All mines in the country have been closed from midnight through to the second half of April.
The country’s main ports will continue to operate but some berths at Durban and Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and the deep water Port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape have been shuttered while Richards Bay, one of the world’s top coal ports, and East London are being closed during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Cargo will be allowed at the eight sea ports but cargo from high-risk countries will be sanitised, the government explained in a breifing from Pretoria yesterday ahead of the midnight start of the three-week lockdown.