Jinxed dredger damaged at Coega

Feb 23, 2004
Author: P&S

Jan de Nul's suction dredger Filippo Brunelleschi has run into problems once again. Having successfully completed a 3 million cubic metre dredging job at Durban, the Belgian dredger left for the new port of Ngqura near Coega, to undertake dredging of the port approaches and harbour area.

According to early reports the dredger grounded on her own drag gear late yesterday, causing damage to the hull and forcing the temporary abandonment of the contract while the dredger returns to Durban for urgent repairs.

The extent of the damage is unknown at this stage and will be assessed on arrival in Durban.

Shortly before leaving for Port Elizabeth and Coega Filippo Brunelleschi underwent repairs at the Durban shipyard of Elgin Brown & Hamer to attend to damage on the ship’s hull caused when the ship’s computerised positioning apparatus failed to moor her correctly, leaving the ship to run onto the nearby quayside at M berth.

Prior to arrival in Durban the dredger was engaged in a maintenance contract in Walvis Bay and had to abandon the contract after sucking up noxious gases while dredging the port approaches, which resulted in several members of the crew having to be hospitalised.

See ‘Filling the big hole in Durban’ in this column dated 2 December

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