Land­mark op­er­a­tion at Port of Richards Bay

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

WHEN a183m oil tanker ex­pe­ri­enced the fail­ure of its main en­gine out­side the lim­its of the Port of Richards Bay last week, a plan of ac­tion was im­ple­mented to carry out the port’s first tow­ing op­er­a­tion of this na­ture.

The MV Mar­lin Azu­rite lost the use of its main en­gine south of the break­wa­ter last Thurs­day and the port im­me­di­ately im­ple­mented its Busi­ness Con­ti­nu­ity Plan.

By 9am on Fri­day, the op­er­a­tion to tow the stricken ves­sel got un­der way as Transnet Na­tional Ports Au­thor­ity (TNPA) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the South African Mar­itime Safety Au­thor­ity (SAMSA), got to work.

The land­mark tow­ing op­er­a­tion was car­ried out by TNPA and SAMSA’s highly skilled teams, 60% of whom were women, in­clud­ing Har­bour Mas­ter, Cap­tain Gugu Dube.

No other ves­sel move­ments were per­mit­ted within the port dur­ing the op­er­a­tion and Mar­lin Azu­rite was safely berthed in port within the eight hour tar­get.

‘We would like to com­mend the skil­ful teams from the Har­bour Mas­ter, Ma­rine Ser­vices and SHE De­part­ment in­volved in this op­er­a­tion,’ said Act­ing Port Man­ager, Christina Reddy.

‘This was the first tow­ing op­er­a­tion of this na­ture at the Port of Richards Bay, and through team­work of three tugs, it was a suc­cess,’ said Pilot John Haupt.

Nor­mal port op­er­a­tions re­sumed at 6pm on Fri­day. Among those in­volved in the land­mark tow­ing op­er­a­tion were Cap­tain Pre­cious Gugu Dube (Har­bour Mas­ter), Grace Reynolds (Ma­rine Pilot), Sanele Dlamini (Tug Mas­ter), Christina Reddy (Act­ing Port Man­ager), Win­nie Mpanza (Ma­rine Tech­ni­cal Man­ager – Deck), Zandile Molefe (Tug Mas­ter) and Nom­pumelelo Mkhize (Deputy Har­bour Mas­ter)

Three Port of Richards Bay tugs towed the stricken op­er­a­tion of this na­ture Mar­lin Azu­rite to safety in the port’s first

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