Fire at Port of Richards Bay

A fire incident at the Port affected the conveyor system for Transnet Port Terminals

On 13 October 2021, at approximately 19h00, we experienced a fire incident at the Port which affected the conveyor system for Transnet Port Terminals (TPT). This will, unfortunately, affect TPT’s ability to service its customers. Of concern to Transnet is that this is a second incident since we had a similar occurrence last week. Transnet is investigating all these incidents to determine the cause.

The firefighters immediately responded, supported by the City and the Industry on-site and they are doing their best to extinguish the flames. The cause of the fire has not yet been identified. No injuries have been reported and Transnet is currently engaging affected parties at the Port.

In the interim, for safety purposes, we kindly urge Port users within the Bayvue Precinct (along Newark Road) to take safety precautionary measures by avoiding the area and ensuring proper usage of personal protective equipment to avoid inhaling fumes. Port users must use the East Gate access until further notice. There is no impact on the South Dunes Precinct and its entrance, therefore only the west gate entrance is temporarily unavailable.

The Business Continuity Plan (BCP) has been activated by TNPA working in collaboration with TPT. Further details will be provided as more information becomes available.

For any queries, kindly contact the Command Centre on 035 905 3758, alternatively Nkululeko Molefe, the Corporate Affairs Manager, on 060 569 4060.

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Information courtesy of SAAFF.

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