Umfolozi collides with dredger outside Walvis Bay

Sep 17, 2005
Author: P&S

The 8328-gt container ship Umfolozi, on charter to Durban-based Ocean Africa Container Lines, has been involved in a collision with the National Ports Authority dredger Ingwenya outside Walvis Bay.

The collision took place at approximately 23.55 last night (Friday, 16 September). There were no injuries or fatalities to crew on either vessel, both of which managed to return to harbour, where the Umfolozi has gone alongside berth 7 and from where the discharging of her cargo of 225 TEUs (twenty foot container equivalents) has begun.

The ship has been holed and is flooded but is currently sitting in a safe position on her bottom at the shallow berth, with her decks and superstructure above the waterline. Fuel is leaking from a rupture in the tanks but this has been contained by means of booms surrounding the vessel. Umfolozi is carrying 220 tonnes of heavy fuel oil (HFO) and 115t of marine diesel oil (MDO). A cleanup operation has begun.

The 1982-built container ship, registered to St Piran Shipping of the Isle of Man and managed by Scott Ship Managers also of Isle of Man, sailed from Walvis Bay bound for Cape Town at 23.00 on Friday night.

A spokesman for Ocean Africa Container Lines told Ports & Ships that the company was confident of maintaining existing services. He said Ocean Africa had recently taken the container ship Louis on charter as an ‘additional’ vessel, and there was also another new charter vessel to be named Limpopo which is due to arrive towards the end of October.

It is understood that damage to the dredger Ingwenya, which is normally stationed at Richards Bay but was contracted to undertake dredging at the Namibian port, is not regarded as serious and the vessel is in no immediate danger.



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