TPT rubbishes closure of Cape Town Container Terminal reports

TPT rubbishes closure of Cape Town Container Terminal reports

Transnet Port Terminals have rubbished reports in the media that they have closed the Port of Cape Town and implied that Cape Town Container Terminal will also be closed due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases around the city.

Acting Terminal Manager, Oscar Borchards, said that the reports were unsupported and have already caused untold uncertainty and damage in the marketplace.

“We would like to confirm that, despite the current pandemic challenges and reduced service during this time in our history, the terminal is not closing, all firmed export stacks will be processed,” he said.

The Cape Town Container Terminal and the Cape Town Multi-Purpose Terminal have been moving import and export cargo since Level 5.

Borchards says despite allowing periods of self-quarantine while awaiting results, the loading and offloading of cargo continues.

“We will continue to monitor shift performance as well as compliance to standard COVID-19 preventative measures that the terminals have put in place.” Borchards concluded.

The Cape Town Container Terminal is one of 19 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) and is responsible for loading and offloading of cargo aboard vessels at South African ports.

It has a staff complement of over 9000.

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