Ship collides with caisson in Durban port entrance

Sep 26, 2004
Author: P&S

The Chinese container ship Dainty River (22,746-gt) under the ship management of Coscon collided with one of the former anti-submarine caissons in the entrance channel to the port of Durban last night, shortly after 21.00.

The vessel was entering port to discharge and load containers at the Durban Container Terminal when the incident occurred. A marine pilot from the National Ports Authority would have been on board at the time. The accident took place during heavy rain over the Durban region although it is not yet known if it was actually raining in the entrance channel at the time.

The Panamanian-flagged ship is reported to have incurred severe damage to her bulbous bow and has five or six holes on the port side. It is not known at this time whether there is any bottom damage but an underwater assessment is being undertaken. Early reports indicate the ship may be too badly damaged to undergo temporary repair and is likely to receive permanent repairs in Durban but this has not been confirmed.

Dainty River has meanwhile proceeded to the container terminal to discharge her cargo.

This morning the port, which is being subjected to strong gusty winds, was closed to allow an underwater examination to determine whether any concrete pieces from the damaged caisson was causing a navigational obstruction.

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