Transnet restores some operations at Richards Bay after fire

19 October 2021 - 07:59 By Tim Cocks
Richards Bay Coal Terminal. File image
Richards Bay Coal Terminal. File image
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Transnet said on Monday it had restored many of its operations since a fire broke out at its Richards Bay terminal last week, but that it still needed to ensure affected areas were safe before resuming others.

Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, Africa's largest coal export facility, is one of seven commercial ports that Transnet operates. Last Friday, it declared force majeure on its operations there after a second fire in a week.

“The fires were contained and extinguished ... and Transnet continues to work with all impacted stakeholders to minimise disruptions and ensure that repairs are concluded as quickly as possible,” its statement said, adding that five of seven conveyor belts were back in operation.

“With the remainder of the conveyor belts, the port has deployed manual handling to ensure continuity of operations,” the statement said.

Last week, the company said it was investigating the cause of the fires.