Durban floating dock key to big EC harbour refit

20 November 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201917201

Government & Municipal
Harbour Infrastructure & Shipping

THE R47-million refurbishment of East London’s Princess Elizabeth graving dock caisson has begun in earnest following the arrival in the port of the SASDock, a floating dock from Durban.

The caisson is a large steel gate structure that closes the dry dock off from the sea, allowing for the docking and repair of vessels inside the facility. It has been taken out and placed onto the floating dock for the long-awaited refit which was due for completion in mid-December.

The dry dock will be out of commission until then.

The SASDock, owned and operated by Durban-based South African Shipyards, was towed to East London by the supertug SA Amandla.

Earlier this year, the Transnet National Ports Authority contracted H.R. Morgan to carry out a R10.6-million refurbishment of the dry dock’s main shut-off valves which flood and empty the dock of water.

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