Three vessels that grounded in the Port of Durban have been refloated, including the containership MSC Ines that blocked the entrance to the port.

TNPA reported that a straddle carrier which was blown into the water remains unsecured.

Chief operating officer for the South African Maritime Authority (Samsa), Sobantu Tilayi said this was of great concern as they pose a danger to navigation at the Durban Port.

BEFORE the arrival of the new Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) tug at Richards Bay, the company held an internal tug naming competition, and, last week the victor received his prize.

The third vessel, also a shipping container (330m long) which ran aground near Maydon Wharf, was also successfully re-floated. No severe disruptions have been reported thus far at the Port of Richards Bay.

‘I would like to thank all the Port of Richards Bay employees who entered our employee competition and put forward suggestions of names for this special vessel, ‘ said Port Manager Preston Khomo at the launch of the new tug earlier this year. Transnet also states that their marine services team and tugboats are assisting with several emergencies.

A second vessel has reportedly broken free of its mooring and is stuck on a sandbank within the harbour.

“It took five tugs to re-float the container vessel and once re-floated, she was allocated a berth in the port for damage inspection. We will continue to monitor the situation closely via Port Control and the Harbour Masters’ offices, and will keep stakeholders updated”.