04 Apr 2018 09:16 -
Independent surveyors will assess the damage to the container vessel that was grounded at the Cape Town container terminal yesterday afternoon. The bow of the 335-metre long ship, CMA CGM SAMSON, struck against the South Breakwater yesterday afternoon while entering the Container Terminal at low tide. It blocked the entrance to the terminal for several hours. Three tug boats were deployed to re-float the vessel at high tide and the ship is now safely berthed in the container terminal. Cape Town Port Manager, Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana says due to the capabilities, commitment and teamwork of the Transnet marine crew and other emergency role players, the incident created only a short disruption to the port and its customers. The vessel is carrying a thousand containers and was en route from Singapore. Her next destination is Pointe Noire in the Congo.