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GOOD NEWS THURSDAY – 23rd Nov 2023

Yes, can you believe it – there is good news this week and quite a lot of it! That is, of course, if you live in the Western Cape!..

Good morning Colleagues,

Yes, can you believe it – there is good news this week and quite a lot of it!

That is, of course, if you live in the Western Cape!

There has been so much negative and misinformed, press doing the rounds – what is the positive outcome of this?

It has brought the port situation right to everyone’s door and now something HAS to be done!

Industry has been aware of the challenges for a few years now and knew the proverbial would happen!

Let’s get on with the Good News…..

  • CTCT : 14471 TEU target, 11497 TEU handled due to 24.5 hour wind delay, 23 hours fog, ranging 2 hours, however on Saturday 18th 3704 TEU were handled, if we kept this momentum we can achieve over 25000 TEU p/week!
  • CTMPT : 1704 TEU Target, 2065 TEU Handled, 13 GCH 13 SWH good figures even though 2 crane breakdowns were experienced – F & G Berth now both fully operational.
  • FPT :  Berth Occupancy 29% 3 vessels handled : 1 container, 1 multi cargo & 1 layby; 1191 TEU handled 269.42 MT b/bulk : line-up 7 vessels for this week.
  • Equipment : RTG : 18 operational, out of 7 new engines refitted, 3 are now fully operational, 7 2nd RTGs ETA remains early December; 8 out of 9 gantries operational; 6 hydraulic units ETA now 28th December – early January each CTCT berth will have 2 sets
  • Berthing delays :   2 vessels at anchor 2 on the berth and one arrival as of 22/11.

The above paints a different picture to what has been reported, taking into account the main issues are around the Port of Durban (and Richards Bay), which ultimately can have a negative impact on the PoCT operations.

As we are mindful of this, Exporters Western Cape will be hosting Chief Director, Department Sector Support, Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Western Cape Government, Ilse van Schalkwyk, at our next function on Monday 4th December, at the CTICC

Watch out for your invitation as this is your chance to hear what is happening behind the scenes to ensure the sustainability of our port.

See you on the 4th December!