Ship Runs Ground in Port of Richards Bay


On August 28, a cargo vessel reportedly ran aground after coming in the way of a swift high tide.

What happened?

The Philippine-registered MV Beaumont cargo vessel had left the berth after loading cargo. The vessel was assisted by two tugs had left its berth at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal when it ran aground.

High tide pushes ship aground:

The loaded cargo vessel came in the path of a swift incoming high tide. Fortunately, due to the pulling power of three TNPA tugs prevented a serious situation in the Port of Richards Bay on Friday after a ship ran aground.

Tugs free ship:

Eyewitnesses said, ‘It turned into the main channel and just kept on turning. The tugs had already left her side and were heading back to the Small Craft Harbour.’

The ship was firmly grounded on the sandbank, and after a 30-minute battle to pull her off, and with the help of a third tug the vessel was pulled free.

Investigation launched:

The ship did not suffer any major damages, none were injured during the incident and no pollution to the environment was reported. The vessel has been towed to RBCT for further inspection.

The authorities have also initiated investigation to determine the cause of the incident which could possibly be a mechanical failure. It is also unclear whether the vessel was under TNPA pilotage.

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Source: Zululand Observer