Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) Natal Corridor (Natcor) channel, which comprises the railway line that stretches from Rietvlei, in Gauteng, to the Durban harbour, broke its monthly tonnage record in September.
The Natcor channel railed 1.31-million tons, smashing its previous best monthly tonnage of 1.27-million tons, which was achieved during the 2016/17 financial year.
The export coal line also achieved a new record of 7.22-million tons in September, surpassing the record of 7.14-million tons achieved in August. This has culminated in export coal achieving the highest-ever midyear record of 37.80-million tons.
Meanwhile, TFR’s Container and Automotive Business unit railed 69 869 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in September – also a record. The previous record of 68 436 TEUs was achieved in August.
“These record-breaking performances can be attributed to the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders and, given the unfavourable economic climate, this is no mean feat,” TFR said in a statement.