Ships give Cape Town a miss as Covid-19 cripples its harbour

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Ships give Cape Town a miss as Covid-19 cripples its harbour

Staff shortages and backlogs brought about by the virus force shipping lines to divert vessels to other ports

Bobby Jordan and Claire Keeton

Europe’s major shipping lines have dumped their main cargo service to Cape Town due to a crippling staff shortage and container backlog caused by Covid-19.

Thousands of tons of fruit are now being trucked to the Eastern Cape for loading aboard container ships.

Cape Town port confirmed a staffing level of just 40% last week due to the impact of Covid-19 and there are backlogs of up to two weeks as ships queue in Table Bay...

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