Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is to introduce a helicopter service at its Port of Cape Town to transfer marine pilots onto and from visiting vessels. This would make the port one of three in South Africa to offer the
service. The other two are Durban and Richards Bay. Transnet expects to commission the helicopter in Cape Town in 2021. In 2018 TNPA began exploring options to introduce a helicopter service after ongoing weather-related disruptions and high swell conditions negatively impacted on port operations and service in Cape Town. The port has traditionally used pilot boats to transfer marine pilots between vessels.