SAS Protea in Durban for repairs

Feb 26, 2004
Author: P&S

The navy hydrographic survey ship SAS Protea arrived in Durban yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, 25 February 2004) for repairs to a leaking shaft seal and will enter dry dock tomorrow (Friday) where she will remain until approximately 3 March.

SAS Protea has been undertaking surveys along the KwaZulu Natal coast for the past few weeks and has been temporarily based in Richards Bay, until the problem with a leaking seal presented the need to proceed to Durban for Messrs Dormac Ship Repairers to undertake the dry dock work.

The ship was built at Yarrow & Co shipyards in Glasgow, Scotland in 1970, entering service with the SA Navy in May 1972. The ship is equipped with a single Alouette helicopter and has a range of 12,000 miles at economic speed.

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