The cargo is handled via the Port of Cape Town as a result of the increased demand from the Asian market which ultimately brings about an increase in revenue for the Western Cape economy. The terminal is facilitating Manganese Ore below the threshold of 100 000 tons this being below the Air Emissions License trigger for storage and handling of ore (National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act, No. 39 of 2004 - Subcategory 5.1: Storage and Handling of Ore and Coal). According to TPT’s Cape Town Terminal Manager, Pamela Yoyo, stringent health and safety measures were assessed prior to exporting the new cargo and have since been implemented within operations.

“Still complying with our Duty of Care as set out by NEMA, TPT has installed various mitigation measures to ensure the operation complies with environmental and legal requirements. Mitigation measures include, but are not limited to covering of the cargo during transportation to the terminal, wetting of cargo and regular cleaning of surrounding surfaces,” explained Yoyo.

Before the facilitation process of Manganese, an environmental risk assessment was conducted to assess the potential risks and adequate controls were implemented to minimize the perceived impact. A safety risk assessment was also conducted and the appropriate safety controls implemented including but not limited to the use of Personal Protective Clothing. TPT remains an ISO 14001 certified company and takes environmental stewardship seriously.

TPT is well versed in the handling of bulk mining minerals, as various parcels of cargo are facilitated in this manner on a regular basis throughout the country.

“TPT is committed to continue improvement of our operational best practices to ensure our members of staff as well as surrounding environments are not adversely impacted. To this end we are guided by the IMDG Code, NEMA, The Ports Act and other Statutory Compliance relevant to the various types of commodities,” concluded Yoyo.