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Ship repair facilities back to 100% operation

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South African port landlord Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has announced that its ship repair facilities are now operating at 100% capacity following the easing of lockdown restrictions to Level 4.

Operations will be guided by the agents’ docking schedules in the respective ports. TNPA’s existing ship repair facilities are located at the ports of Durban, East London, and Cape Town, where there are dry docks, and at Port Elizabeth and Mossel Bay where there are slipways.

In a recent memo to stakeholders, Acting Chief Harbour Master, Captain Sabelo Mdlalose, said: “The two components of the facilities, being the dry docks and engineering workshops, will be accessible to agents subject to strict safety and precautionary measures as outlined in the new level-4 COVID-19 regulations.”

TNPA emphasizes that all port users are expected to adhere to the standard COVID-19 screening process including temperature checks on arrival. Employers are also expected to conduct COVID-19 screening at their sites.

For those who will return to the site, their workplaces will have to operate in a manner that complies with the additional safety measures required which include:

  • Wearing of appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) as prescribed by the regulations, which includes a face mask/screen and hand gloves where applicable.
  • Possession of the Essential Services Permit together with the Port Access/ID Card

Mdlalose said South African ship repair facilities are committed to providing services conforming to recognized best practices, regulatory rules, and standards. He urged port users to continue to practice the basics of good hygiene and social distancing.

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Zandri Brümmer