High winds causing work stoppages continue to challenge the Port of Cape Town, Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana has said in a “Message from the Port Manager”.
However, she added that collaborative efforts to keep throughput delays in check had been noted.
“What is heartening is the commitment shown by the Cape Town Container Terminal in partnership with stakeholders to address the backlog and challenges to improve the flow of containers in and out of the terminal.
Among others, Dweba-Kwetana said these efforts were evident from the management of trucks to avoid congestion and through communicating with harbour carriers.
Use of the Bellville container facility, commonly called Belcon, has also helped alleviate pressure on the windbound port.
The port manager’s views follow claims made last week by private sector concerns that the harbour’s management was not succeeding at executive level in adequately addressing issues that are consistently delaying freight flows at the port (see this: https://tinyurl.com/2hxskj8m).
This is not the case though, according to Dweba-Kwetana, who mentioned several other initiatives to improve operations.
These she listed as mentoring planners to anticipate challenges and put mitigation measures in place, replacing equipment and sourcing spares and tyres, and reconfiguring the stacks for maximum efficiency.