Sunken dredger has been refloated in #Port of Ngqura
The Chinese-owned and built dredger JIN HANG BO 53 (named by SAMSA as the JIN TAI) sank in the Port of Ngqura in the early hours of 1 January 2012. There was no loss of lives nor any injuries.
The dredger sank in shallow waters next to the extensions to the container terminal, and part of the ship was showing above the water. On Sunday, 22 January at 16h00 the dredger was refloated to the waterâ€™s surface. SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) said that the salvage team from Smit Amandla Marine consisting of marine master mariners, marine engineers, naval architects, salvage divers and maritime surveyors all contributed to a safe salvage.
The next task will involve cleaning and maintenance teams to commence cleaning the interior and flushing the machinery and engines to preserve them.