Yuan Hua Hu safely berthed in Durban

Tanker Yuan Hua Hu. Credit: Hasenpusch, Dietmar

The distressed crude carrier Yuan Hua Hu successfully berthed alongside the Port of Durban on 2 June 2020.

In its final report on the emergency response, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) said a gas-free test was conducted before the vessel was allowed to enter the port to ensure that it did not pose an environmental threat. The tanker was allowed to approach the pilot boarding station towed by two tugs, Pacific Dolphin and Siyanda.

The tugs successfully handed the tanker over to four Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) tugs and two TNPA pilots, who executed the berthing of the tanker.

“The vessel has been boomed off to prevent any pollution while she undergoes repairs by a team of specialists. To ensure that due diligence is carried out, a SAMSA port state control inspector will conduct an inspection on 2 June to verify that the tanker complies with all international regulations,” the safety authority said.

SAMSA provided additional information of the incident on 27 May 2020, saying the tanker lost use of its engines and started drifting towards shore off Port St. Johns in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The vessel’s drift eventually abated 0.4 nautical miles (0.7 km) from the beach. Yuan Hua Hu was not carrying any cargo and there were no injuries reported among the 27 crew.