South Africa’s Richards Bay bulk terminal declares force majeure

South African monopoly port operator Transnet declared a force majeure on Friday October 15th at its Richards Bay Bulk Terminal following a fire that broke out at the port on Wednesday October 13th.

Richards Bay Bulk Terminal is Africa’s largest coal export facility and is located off Richards Bay port – one of seven commercial ports that Transnet operates along South Africa’s coastline.

Transnet did not say whether or to what extent exports of commodities such as coal, steel and other minerals would be impacted, stating only that “the terminal is engaging with its affected customers and is in the process of putting the necessary contingencies in place as some routes are operational.

Transnet had said on Thursday that the company was investigating a second fire within a week at the port which affected the conveyor system and disrupted some operations.