The RMS St Helena is expected to enter Dry Dock in Cape Town this afternoon, 29 July 2015, to commence the dry dock section of her refit period. This is later than planned due to the dry dock being occupied by an oil rig support vessel whose refit overran.
Certain refit work – which does not require the vessel to be out of the water – has been carried out whilst she has been alongside in Cape Town, but the RMS does now need a period in dry dock to carry out work on the hull.
It is hoped that this work can be carried out in time for the ship to embark passengers as scheduled on Monday afternoon (3 August 2015) – for a departure from Cape Town after loading cargo on Tuesday 4 August, one day later than scheduled. This would mean a likely arrival in St Helena on Sunday 9 August, one day late.
This expected departure date will be reassessed once the RMS is in dry dock, and a further update will follow.
29 July 2015