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This week’s port operations were dominated by bad weather, malfunctioning equipment, and a system failure. Over 60 operational hours were lost in Cape Town this week due to bad weather. In contrast, the majority of delays in Durban were caused by malfunctioning machinery, a malfunctioning system, and bad weather. High seas and unfavorable weather conditions caused about thirty operational hours to be lost at the Port of Richards Bay, while strong winds, rain, and vessel range severely affected our Eastern Cape Ports. This week, TFR provided very few reports; those that were received suggested that there haven’t been any significant problems on the ConCor line lately.

Key Notes:

  • An average of ~6 180 containers was handled per day, with ~ 8 690 containers projected for next week.
  • Cross-border queue: ↑7,4 hrs; transit: ↑1,2 hrs; SA borders: 12,9 hrs (↑11%); SADC borders: 8,3 hrs (↑17%).
  • Rail cargo handled out of Durban was reported at 1 704 containers, down by ↓24% from last week.
  • Port congestion in Durban has improved this week, with the queue-to-berth ratio down to 0,55.
  • Global freight rates have again decreased this week – by ↓1,4% (or $41) to $2 795 per 40-ft container.
  • Global air cargo shows rates are down (↓4%), but capacity (↑7%) and chargeable weight (↑1%) are up.

Port operations – General:

  • Terrible weather, equipment breakdowns, and a system failure dominated port operations this week.
  • Inclement weather ensured that more than 60 operational hours were lost in Cape Town this week.
  • In contrast, equipment breakdowns, a system failure, and adverse weather constituted the majority of delays in Durban.
  • Our Eastern Cape Ports were severely impacted by strong winds, rain, and vessel ranging, while approximately 30 operational hours were lost at the Port of Richards Bay due to high swells and poor weather conditions.
  • Minimal reports were received from TFR this week; however, the reports that were received indicated that no major incidents took place on the ConCor line recently.

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