The uninterrupted functioning of ports is pivotal to flawless logistics operations.
However, over recent years, South African ports have grappled with challenges that jeopardise their capacity to sustain peak efficiency and fulfil the demands of a swiftly transforming logistics environment.
One of the most pressing issues the country’s ports face is the infrastructure strain.
Nearly all the ports have been grappling with congestion due to increased volumes and the delays experienced as land and seaside equipment have come under pressure.
Another challenge is keeping up with port facilities' necessary maintenance and upgrades.
Ageing infrastructure and limited investments have resulted in outdated equipment and ill-equipped facilities that are required to handle modern shipping demands.
According to Prof Micky Chasomeris of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, well-functioning ports are critical as they remain gateways to international markets.
“South Africa is a major player in the seaborne trade due to its geographic location,” said the maritime economist who has been involved in a study to assess the capacity and performance of marine services in South Africa.
“Regrettably, at a national level, marine services at all eight commercial ports are under-capacitated and operate below the required or optimal capacity,” Chasomeris told a recent Transport Forum.
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