Tug Amber II and her barge Eide 32 arrive safely in East London
The salvage team from Smit Amandla Marine flew out to the barge (Eide 32) at first light this morning (8 July), SAMSA reports. They were lowered onto the baggage and immediately secured the original towing wire and also repaired the emergency towing gear. At 1125 SAST the barge was successfully reconnected to the Amber II and the tug and barge were underway to East London and arrived in East London on July, 10.
Amber 2 lost barge in heavy weather off East London (SA)
The Maltese registered tug AMBER 2 towing the Norwegian owned barge EIDE BARGE 32 was on passage around South Africa when they encountered heavy weather off the Transkei coast on the evening of 5 July 2011. The tow line between the tug and barge parted and while attempting to reconnect the tow using the emergency towing bridle the pennant failed. The barge is now drifting in an offshore direction 84 nautical miles north east of East London. The 91 metre long barge is a specialist barge equipped for the transport and laying of large high voltage cables, umbilicals and flowlines. The barge has on board 72 tons of marine gas oil. At 2000 SAST 5 July the salvage tug SMIT AMANDLA on contract to the South African government and under the direction of SAMSA was sailed to assist with the recovery of the barge and to protect the coastline from possible pollutionUpload News