940 - 02/14 - Power outage at Richards Bay - South Africa

The Club has been advised that there has been a serious power outage in the port of Richards Bay, causing delays to vessels.


The power outage is causing serious delays to vessels and is especially affecting vessels waiting to load coal at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT).

There are currently over 25 ships at the anchorage and that number continues to rise as a result of the power outage. It is likely that the terminal or shippers will seek to declare force majeure as demurrage claims arise.

The issue is reported to be caused by faults on aging power cables and authorities hope to resolve the power issues by Sunday 9th February.


Source of information


P&I Associates (Pty) Ltd – UK P&I Club Correspondent



UK P&I Club Loss Prevention Dept


Emergency Contacts

If you need to call our offices out of hours and at weekends, click After Office hours for a up to date list of the names of the Duty Executives and their mobile phone numbers. 

Ship Finder

This Ship Finder is updated on a daily basis. Members who need to advise the Club of updates to their recorded ships' details should advise their usual underwriting contact.