Port of Beira reopens after Pongola goes aground
Jul 12, 2004
The Mozambique port of Beira was reopened at noon today (Monday, 12 July) one week after the South African coastal container ship Pongola went aground, effectively shutting the port to all shipping.
According to a spokesman for Cornelder de Moçambique, the Dutch company operating the port terminals at Beira, the 7, 970-gt Pongola blocked the port entrance channel effectively closing the port to all shipping last Monday, 5 July.
He did not comment on whether the ship has since been refloated.
The South African tug Toto left Durban last week to assist the salvage company Subtech and a second tug, the Semco salvage tug Salvaliant is also on her way to the scene. Salvaliant called at Durban on Saturday for bunkers and stores.
Pongola is deployed on the Durban – Mombasa service by Ocean Africa Container Lines, the new name for Unifeeder Lines of Durban. She is one of three container ships on this service – another five are deployed on the Durban – Luanda service.