Further to recent updates on the RMS St Helena, SHG and St Helena Line (SHL) would like to advise the public that further investigations, into the problem with the Starboard propeller on Saturday, have revealed that the problems with the shaft are greater than originally predicted. A dry dock is required, but is not available at this time.
In light of this and following consultation with Lloyds Register, a decision has been taken by SHL, AWSML and SHG for the RMS to depart Cape Town today on one engine once cargo operations have been completed.
This will in effect increase the duration of the entire voyage by around five days. The voyage leg to St Helena will therefore take seven days as opposed to the usual five.
In the meantime, planning for repair work is underway and details along with a revised schedule will be advised over the next few days.
5 March 2017