The RMS St Helena is now expected to depart Cape Town at 22.00hrs tonight, Monday 25 January 2016 – roughly on her original schedule.

Unfortunately due to the late berthing of the cargo ship MV Dal Karoo, there will be no connection with the RMS on this voyage, and therefore no UK cargo until the RMS returns from Cape Town and arrives at St Helena on 19 February 2016.

The Dal Karoo will not berth at Cape Town until at least late Tuesday evening (tomorrow) and as there are multiple vessels awaiting access to the port, the Dal Karoo’s actual berthing time is by no means guaranteed.  Coupled with this, internal movement of cargo from incoming to outgoing vessels on the docks is already behind schedule and congested, with significant delays expected.

Therefore, after discussion with those St Helena importers who were expecting to receive foodstuffs – about their stock levels – the decision has been taken not to delay departure of the RMS and to collect this UK cargo on the next voyage from Cape Town.



25 January 2016           

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