Robben Island ferries out of service

2013-06-06 09:30
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Cape Town - The Robben Island Museum is using local boat suppliers to ferry visitors because two of their vessels have been out of service for a few months, the Cape Times reported on Thursday.

The newspaper reported that the Sikhululekile, which could transport between 800 and 1 200 visitors daily, had not operated for the past six weeks.

The Dias had been out of the water since January.

The only operational vessel was the old Susan Kruger, a very slow vessel.

"Sikhululekile was taken on the syncrolift to fit some seals which had been ordered from overseas. It is due back in the water within the next week," museum spokesman Shoni Khangala was quoted as saying.

"Dias is awaiting a shaft replacement, and thereafter a top survey will be done... Dias could be back in operation by the second week of July."

The museum was reportedly paying local boat suppliers between R7 980 and R22 000 per trip, which was paid from ticket sales.

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