Inville prepares to sail

Jan 9, 2003
Author: P&S


Inville prepares to sail

The dry bulk oil carrier (OBO) Inville (formerly Joinville, 131,232-dwt) which came close to going aground near Sezela on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast on New Year’s Eve, is preparing to sail from Richards Bay, where the ship had sought shelter last week (Friday3 January).

Inville was on her last voyage from Brazil to the breakers in Bangladesh and had already taken more than two months to cross the Atlantic and make her way up the South African east coast. Near Mtwalume the ship lost all power (possibly not for the first time) and began drifting dangerously close inshore, watched by fascinated onlookers on the shore who had their Old Year’s Night entertainment suddenly altered.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) was alerted and despatched the Smit salvage tug Wolraad Woltemade to the scene, where she arrived in time to see Inville drop anchors on a reef offshore from Sezela, about 80km south of Durban.

On New Year’s Day the tug managed to secure a line onto the stricken ship and towed her towards Durban, where port officials refused entry although the ship had originally been offered a berth in the port to undertake repairs. The reason was that the ship’s 45m beam was beyond permissible limits and the port pilots considered it dangerous to attempt bringing the ship down the narrow entrance channel without power.

SAMSA subsequently arranged for Inville to be towed towards Richards Bay while approaching the port authorities for permission to accept the ship for repair purposes. As it happened Inville was able to enter port under her own power, this having been restored albeit only temporarily. The ship berthed at the spare berth on the coal terminal, where repairs have been carried out.

Provided class surveyors are satisfied with these the ship is due to sail on Friday (10 January) accompanied for a short period until clear of the coast by the tug Wolraad Woltemade.


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