CMA CGM Samson refloated off Cape Town

South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has refloated and secured container vessel CMA CGM Samson (IMO 9436379), whose bow struck the South Breakwater last week while entering the Cape Town Container Terminal at low tide.

Cape Town Port Manager, Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana, said that, because of the teamwork of the port marine crew and other emergency role players, there was only a short disruption to the port and its customers.

TNPA deployed three tugs to assist in the refloating of the vessel, which had been blocking the entrance to Cape Town harbour. CMA CGM Samson has been  berthed at Berth 604 where independent surveyors are to assess the damage suffered by the ship

CMA CGM Samson had been carrying about 1,000 containers and was en route from Singapore. 2011-built, Malta-flagged, 91,498 gt CMA CGM Samsom is owned by TEUCarrier No 4 Corp care of manager Danaos Shipping Co Ltd of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with Skuld (Business unit Skuld Piraeus) on behalf of member Danaos Shipping Co Ltd.