Container Vessel Successfully Refloated in Port of Cape Town
April 04, 2018
Cape Town, South Africa: The Transnet National Ports Authority (TPNA) has successfully re-floated the vessel, CMA CGM SAMSON, which ran aground while entering the Cape Town Container Terminal at low tide this week.
The vessel sank at approximately 13:22 pm on Tuesday (April 03, 2018) after her bow struck the South Breakwater.
Refloating attempts were undertaken at high tide at 17h00 in collaboration with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA). Operations were seized at 17:20.
The three tugs that were involved in the salvage operations were the Usiba, Nseleni and Pinotage tugboats.
Accordinng to TPNA, the vessel was under pilotage at the time of the incident at the port.
Cape Town Port Manager, Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana, said: “Thanks to the capabilities, commitment and teamwork of our marine crew working alongside other emergency role players, this was only a short disruption to the port and its customers.”
No injuries were reported and all emergency services were on stand-by.
CMA CGM SAMSON is carrying 1000 containers and was en route from Singapore with 23 crew members on board. Her next destination was due to be Pointe Noire in the Congo.
Shipping movements in and out of Duncan Dock and Cape Town Container Terminal are presently suspended as the 335-metre long vessel is currently blocking the entrance.