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Since equipment malfunctions and shortages, unfavorable weather conditions, backlogs, and congestion characterized port operations this week, the recovery and expected comeback after the strike’s negative effects are the main concerns. Particularly Cape Town, which lost over 47 hours to severe winds, our national ports had a particularly difficult week owing to unfavorable weather. The Durban port is still plagued by shortages and broken equipment, while weather-related operational delays prevented the Eastern Cape ports from surviving the week without incident. Additionally, according to sources this week, the Durban helicopter will start operating at night starting the second week of November, while ongoing and widespread wire theft is further weakening our already fragile rails.

Key Notes:

  • An average of ~8 317 containers was handled per day, with ~9 638 containers projected for next week.
  • Rail cargo handled out of Durban amounted to 1 764 containers, ↑259% compared to last week.
    Stats SA shows that the volume of goods transported (payload) increased by ↑21,2% (y/y) in August.
  • Cross-border queue times were ↑0,1 hours, with transit times ↓4,5 hours, SA borders ~7 hours (↓7%).
  • The RWI/ISL container throughput index increased by ↑0,9 to 126,8 points in September.
  • Liner schedule reliability fell by ↓0,7% (m/m) to 45,5%, with average late arrivals at 5,81 days.
  • The “WCI” decreased for the 35th consecutive week, with spot rates down ↓7% ($238) to $3 145 per 40ft.

Port operations – General:

  • The recovery and intended rebound after the negative impact of the strike is the focus, as port operations this week were characterised by equipment breakdowns and shortages, adverse weather conditions, backlogs, and congestion.
  • Our national ports experienced a very challenging week regarding adverse weather conditions, especially Cape Town, as approximately 47 hours were lost due to strong winds.
  • Equipment breakdowns and shortages still overshadow the Durban port, while the Eastern Cape terminals could not make it through the week unscathed as weather conditions ensured operational delays.
  • Furthermore, reports this week suggest that the Durban helicopter will commence night shift operations from the second week of November, while the continuous and extensive cable theft is adding insult to injury at our already-fragile railways.

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