The sun has come out and brought forth a beautiful, crystal clear Cape winter’s day when it feels so good to be alive.
Even though we have experienced extreme weather over the past fortnight, and reflect on this being unusual and the new ‘normal’ cast you thoughts back to 1st July, 1966 (for us seasoned sea folk) when SA Seafarer ran aground off Mouille Point lighthouse.
More recently the Sealand Express ran aground off Sunset Beach on 19th Aug 2003 – we’re not known as the ‘Cape of Storms’ for nothing! Thoughts of the Antipolis, Romelia & Bos 400 also come to mind!
Heavy swells over the past week saw vessels waiting in Table Bay for their berthing window scurrying off to the shelter of St Helena Bay, 133km up the west coast, to avoid 6m swells.
The terminals performance the week of 12 – 18 June reflect these challenges:
- CTCT : 8197 TEU handled; GCH 10 moves p/hr SWH 20 moves p/hr; 121.58 hours delayed by wind & adverse weather, vessel ranging at berth 601 as no short tension units affixed; RTG breakdowns, working on returning 5 to work soonest, night shist at only 5% .
- CTMPT: 1508 TEU out if ta of 1689 – fared better than CTCT as more sheltered from wind although MSC Capucine was affected by berthing delays due tut h heavy swells.
- FPT : Berth Occupancy ; 61% ; 4 vessels handled: 1 container, 3 multi cargo; 678 TEU; Dry bulk 4228.14 MT; B/B : 1588.44 MT; Fruit : 5674 pallets – terminal impacted by heavy rain
Ending this on a bright note, Exporters Western Cape next function will be on Thursday 13th July at CTICC 1, not only to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the CTICC (can you believe it?), we will also be given a snapshot of the challenges of Global Supply chain confirming that we are not alone!
We will be hosting an expert in this field, so ensure your participation in another exciting event for EWC – voice of the export industry!
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