Transnet National Ports Authority has suspended all vessel movements in the Port of Durban due to inclement weather.

The inclement weather is also expected to disrupt operations at the Port of Richards Bay.

Transnet’s marine services team and tugboats are assisting with several emergencies which include the grounding of three vessels in the Port of Durban according to the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNP).

Other vessels have reportedly broken mooring lines and are drifting in the channel.

“Whilst we are still in the process of determining damage to port infrastructure, we are relieved that no injuries have been reported. Several TNPA premises have been flooded, including the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence in Bayhead Road,” the TNPA said.

Terminal and rail operations have been suspended to ensure the safety of people and equipment.

TNPA has assured all stakeholders of their urgent attention and allocation of resources to address these challenges.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely via Port Control and the Harbour Masters’ offices, and will keep stakeholders updated,” Transnet National Ports Authority said.