Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) at the Port of Richards Bay, in collaboration with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), successfully towed the tanker vessel MARLIN AZURITE after its main engine failed outside port limits, south of the breakwater on Thursday, 18 October 2018.

The 183m long ship was built in 2016 and registered in the Marshall Islands.

The towage operation commenced at 09h00 on Friday, 19 October after the port activated its Business Continuity Plan. No other vessel movements were permitted within the port during the operation.

Christina Reddy, acting as Port Manager during a brief absence of Thami Sithole who was away on business, said: “The towage operation was successfully completed within the target of eight hours and the vessel was safely berthed at the port.”

“We would like to commend the skillful teams from the Harbour Master, Marine Services and SHE Department involved in this operation, of whom 60% were females, including our Harbour Master Captain Gugu Dube.”

“This was the first towage operation of this nature at the Port of Richards Bay, and through teamwork of three tugs, it was a success,” said pilot John Haupt.

The port resumed all normal operations at 18h00 on Friday.