Capesize coal shipment set for China sinks off South Africa’s Richards Bay

Allison Roberts News

A Capesize ship carrying coal from Richards Bay Coal Terminal to China’s Fangcheng port has run aground and partially sunk off South Africa’s west coast while exiting the port due to adverse weather conditions and rough seas.

South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said in a statement that the coal bulk cargo ship, the MV Smart, had been pushed into a shallow sand bank adjacent to RBCT’s exit channel by 10 meter swells while heading out to sea Monday afternoon.

Transnet National Port Authority also said in a statement that the vessel had experienced engine failure on leaving the port due to the adverse conditions, while no longer under TNPA pilotage.

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