Ship buckles off Richards Bay

2013-08-20 00:07
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Ship sinks in Richards Bay

2013-08-20 08:26

A coal carrying vessel run aground at the Port of Richards Bay on Monday. Watch.WATCH

Durban - A coal carrying vessel run aground at the Port of Richards Bay on Monday, Port management said.

"Whilst leaving the Port of Richard’s Bay at 14.10 on Monday the vessel MV “Smart”, carrying 147 650 tons of coal, ran aground off the Port’s entrance channel," Chief Harbour Master Transnet National Ports Authority, Captain Rufus Lekala, said in a statement.

He said the vessel finished loading at Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) at approximately 10.10 on Monday and sailed from the terminal just before 13.30.

At the time of the incident, the vessel was no longer under TNPA pilotage.

It is said the vessel experienced engine failure on leaving the Port.

"Three TNPA tugs tried to assist the vessel but to no avail. The vessel has buckled and broken in two and is partly submerged," he said.

Twenty three crew members, including the Master of the vessel, were airlifted from the vessel by the TNPA helicopter.

TNPA said it was closely monitoring any impact on the environment and there is no anticipated economic impact on the Port of Richards Bay.

"The entrance channel is safe for shipping, however, due to current adverse weather conditions ingress and egress to the port has been suspended until further notice," he said.

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