Contract awarded for Sealand Express repair

Sep 20, 2003
Author: P&S

The American-flagged container ship Sealand Express, which was recently refloated after spending 25 days aground in Table Bay, is to be towed later this coming week to Durban where the 32,926-dwt ship will undergo permanent repairs.

The award for the contract to repair the ship has been given to Durban-based ship repair company Dormac, after initially it was thought the contract was going to a Cape Town contractor. The availability of the Durban dry dock for a lengthy period may have been a factor in the decision to send the ship up the South African coast – back to where her last eventful voyage began in fact.

All the cargo on board the ship – 1037 containers, has been discharged in Cape Town where it has undergone survey ahead of being transhipped for onward passage.

Another ship that featured prominently in the Table Bay drama, the dredger Ham 316 is already in Durban for a planned general maintenance at Elgin Brown & Hamer’s Eldock floating dock. The dredger was originally booked into the NPA graving dock but it is rumoured the decision to switch to the privately owned dock came after free use of Eldock was offered, leaving Elgin Brown & Hamer with the lucrative maintenance work.

Things have been generally quiet at the major Durban ship repair yards in recent weeks, and the arrival of these two ships is no doubt proving more than welcome.

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