Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has lifted the force majeure imposed on the export coal line in South Africa following the derailment of a 97 fully laden coal train on 8 November 2022.
The derailment which occurred between Bloubank and Nhlazatshe stations caused massive damage to infrastructure and rolling stock, necessitating closure of both lines. This impacted the service from the mines to Richards Bay, hampering the performance of contractual obligations by Transnet and Coal Export Parties.
A joint recovery operation between Transnet, the coal export industry and other stakeholders, worked around the clock to ensure that the service line is restored to full operation efficiently and effectively, leading to the reopening of both railway lines by 19 November 2022. However, Transnet was not in a position to resume normal services at full capacity on the coal line because certain critical restoration works remain outstanding.
The recent assessment of the site indicates that the normal resumption of services on the coal line can be immediately phased in. Accordingly, the Force Majeure declared on 10 November 2022 was lifted on 25 November 2022.
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