The Maersk shipping company said land operations were the hardest hit by the civil unrest.
The Maersk shipping company said that while the impact of the current unrest has ended the entire supply chain at the ports of Durban and Richards Bay, its landslide logistics have been hit the hardest.
Days of civil unrest, which have so far concentrated in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, have seen some road freight operators suspend their services, with parts of the N3 highway connecting the provinces being closed to traffic between Cedara, outside of Pietermaritzburg, and Harrismith.
Maersk South African has confirmed that the Durban facility, with the exception of Quays 1 and 2 which are semi-operational, remain closed due to lack of manpower. All trucking activities have ceased and depots are closed.
“Ground logistics have had the most impact following the unrest; however, our execution teams are already mobilizing to ensure that we can deliver goods to customers as soon as it is safe to do so.” said spokesperson Kerry Rosser. .
Despite the challenges, the company said it had not triggered any eventualities that would impact the schedules of its ships in South Africa, as many services calling in Durban can still call at other ports in the world. country.
However, Transnet said the disruptions had forced it to call a force majeure on its Natcor railway line that connects Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, due to deadly social unrest. The line plays an essential role in the transport of goods, in particular consumables and mining raw materials.
The state-owned logistics company said it had deployed its own resources “to prevent business operations from being affected by an escalation of force majeure notices along the critical supply value chain.”