Drones used to ensure Durban's port is safe after storm unberths ships

Drones used to ensure Durban's port is safe after storm unberths ships

A container ship blocks the harbour mouth in Durban, South Africa, October 10, 2017 in this still image obtained from a social media video.

The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said the storm blew containers into the bay, broke mooring lines in the channel and caused three vessels to run aground in the Port of Durban on Monday.

Bunkering operations are up and running at Durban in South Africa following storms earlier in the week. Next to be secured was the tanker BOW TRIUMPH at Island View berth 4, followed by a second container vessel, SM NEW YORK, which was remoored and stabilised at the Durban Container Terminal.

'Ukhozi is one of nine new tugs being built for TNPA, but the first of two that will serve at our port alongside some of our older marine vessels. "TNPA has also managed to contain containers that had blown into the bay".

"Engineering teams aided by aerial drones are conducting physical assessments of port buildings and infrastructure to assist in quantifying damage", TNPA said.

"At this stage vessel movements in the Port of Durban remain suspended until futher notice".

Motlohi could not estimate when the port would be opened again but said it is unlikely it will open on Wednesday. "At this stage‚ Durban marine operations are anticipated to resume by midday on Thursday, pending the outcome of the sounding surveys".

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