AW Ship Management regret to advise that the MV Helena’s departure from Cape Town for Voyage 8 will be delayed for a period of approximately 6/7 days. This issue has arisen as a direct consequence of the booked dry dock slot in Cape Town being lost due to over-running works on a De Beers vessel. As a result, and to ensure that the ship’s certifications were maintained, AWSM had no option other than to put the ship into dock in Walvis Bay, where logistics are more difficult and access to specialist services are more limited than Cape Town. The voyage schedule for Voyage 8 is now expected to be as follows:
|Depart Walvis Bay||16th September|
|Arrive Cape Town||19th September|
|Depart Cape Town||22nd September|
|Arrive St Helena||28th September|
|Depart St Helena||30th September|
|Arrive Ascension||3rd October|
|Depart Ascension||4th October|
|Arrive St Helena||7th October|
|Depart St Helena||8th October|
|Arrive Cape Town||14th October|
It is anticipated that the delay will only affect Voyage 8, and the ship will return to the original schedule for Voyage 9. Costs for storing transhipment containers ex-UK in Cape Town Port will be met by AWSM and not passed on to customers.
Traders and St Helenian residents concerned about the impact of this delay can be reassured that unlike the RMS, it is not a requirement for the MV Helena to go to dry dock every year. As a pure cargo ship, dry docks are only required on a five-year basis and as such the next scheduled dry docking is not due until 2023.