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Severe Congestion In South African Ports

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Author : Bozhou Marine
Update time : 2024-03-25 10:04:07

In recent months, the Red Sea crisis has forced many international shipping companies to choose to detour around the Cape of Good Hope at the southwestern end of the African continent. However, with the sharp increase in the number of ships, the already existing capacity problems in ports along the South African route have become even more severe.

Recently, although container throughput at South Africa's main geteway has improved, crane failures and severe weather have exacerbated delays at South African ports.

In fact, as early as the end of November last year, congestion crisis broke out in South African ports, causing ships to wait an average of 32 hours to enter Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape Province, 215 hours to enter Port Nkura, and 227 hours to enter Port Durban, with over 100000 containers stranded outside of various ports in South Africa.

Although the container throughput of South Africa's main geteway has slightly improved recently, the significant increase in the number of ships still puts a heavy burden on the ports along the South African route.

According to the latest report from the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF), as of the week ending March 15th, ports processed an average of 8838 containers per day, a significant increase from the 7755 containers processed in the previous week. State owned port operator Transnet reported in its February data that container handling volume increased by 23% compared to January and 26% year-on-year.

SAAFF emphasized worrying situations, such as the number of ships anchored near Durban, container queues, and ongoing equipment shortages and malfunctions.

However, solving port congestion is not an overnight effort. Port congestion in South Africa is a complex and difficult problem to solve. Investment in port equipment and maintenance has been insufficient for a long time, and some port upgrades require equipment delivery times of up to 18 months. Some experts warn that if port issues persist, the South African economy will pay a huge price, let alone seize opportunities. | Marine Lights
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