Dredger back in Durban for repairs

Mar 11, 2004
Author: P&S

The Belgian dredger Filippo Brunelleschi, which recently began operations expected to last one year at the new port of Coega, arrived in Durban last night for mechanical repairs that have prevented the ship from continuing work on site.

Spare parts for the ship are due to arrive in Durban on a charted Antonov aircraft within the next few days. Messrs Dormac Ship Repair will be undertaking the contract.

It is not yet known whether permanent repairs to underwater damage received at Coega will be undertaken at this time. Earlier, divers at Port Elizabeth secured the ship, which was damaged when she ran into shallow water at the developing port, causing her to ground on the ship’s drag gear and leaving a gash in the bottom hull (see report in this column dated 23 February, and an earlier report dated 2 December 2003).

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