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Phil English
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« on: September 19, 2005, 03:33:42 pm »

From Fairplay:

THE coastal container ship Umfolozi has sunk at its berth in the Namibian port of Walvis Bay shortly after colliding with the dredger Ingwenya outside the port. The St Piran Shipping-owned 671-TEU Umfolozi is on charter to Ocean Africa Container Lines for its coastal operation linking South Africa with Namibia and Angola. It sailed from Walvis Bay for Cape Town at 2300 on Friday and ran into the dredger, which was inbound from Richards Bay, about an hour later. There were no injuries on either vessel but Umfolozi began taking on water and returned to port to a berth at the container terminal. Shortly afterwards as the holds flooded the vessel settled on the bottom of the harbour bed leaving the decks and superstructure above the waterline. About 100 tons of fuel oil leaked outside and within the harbour and clean-up operations are underway. The ship was carrying 220 tons of HFO and 115 tonnes of MDO. The 225 containers on the Umfolozi have been lifted off, forcing a revision to schedule, according to Andrew Thomas, Ocean Africa’s business development executive. “We have an additional vessel, the Louis currently on charter and another ship arrives on charter at the end of October, so this shouldn’t cause any major disruption,” he told Fairplay. Representatives of the owner began arriving at Walvis Bay at the weekend to assess the damage.

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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2005, 01:32:37 pm »

see my pics for a sot of the container recovery operation in Walvis Bay - rather a messy affair to say the least.
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2005, 06:36:33 pm »

A German shipping gazette reports today that Smit Salvage managed that she is afloat again and was sold "as is - where is" to an unnamed party.
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dead slow ahead !  :-)
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2005, 09:49:56 am »

This is from SMIT.com:
19th September 2005 - 2nd November

The ’Umfolozi’ was involved in a collision with railing suction hopper dredge ’Ingwenya’ during the night of 16/17th September when leaving Walvis Bay, Namibia. The vessel returned to an allocated quayside where it sank alongside the container terminal.

The vessel has a large fracture on its starboard side and is subject to tidal flow in all holds and the engine-room. The cargo of 225 TEUs has however been removed from the flooded vessel. Meanwhile port and environmental authorities are busy contending with the spilled fuel oil, the ship was carrying 220 tonnes of HFO and 115 tonnes of MDO, which began leaking immediately after the collision. Booms have been laid around the vessel and Namibian anti-pollution vessel ’Nataniel Maxuilili’ is assisting with the cleanup operation. The vessel was patched, refloated and successfully redelivered to her owners.
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