Search vessel departs Cape Town for Stellar Daisy search

The deep-sea search vessel that disembarked from the Port of Cape Town.

Cape Town harbour hosted a unique visitor when it became the last port of call for oceanic deep sea search company Ocean Infinity’s seabed constructor vessel that disembarked from Sturrock Dry Dock on Friday.

The vessel is expected to follow the same course as the South Korean bulk ore carrier, Stellar Daisy, before it mysteriously sank about halfway between Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro on March 31, 2017, resulting in 22 fatalities.

The Daisy was on its way from Brazil from China when its last signal disappeared off radar screens some 1800 (3333.6km) nautical miles away from Cape Town.

Apart from its load of iron ore, the carrier took with it crucial items such as its voyage data recorder without which pay-outs for the families of the diseased crew members can’t proceed.

With the financial backing of the South Korean government, legal teams now have their hopes pinned on Ocean Infinity’s flagship as the last deep-sea recourse to plumbing the depths of the Atlantic ocean, thereby possibly bringing to an end years of protracted litigation following the Daisy’s tragic disappearance.

With its massive overhanging helicopter platform and several types of deep-level unmanned submersibles, the Ocean Infinity is regarded as the ideal exploratory craft of its kind to find the Daisy wreck.

It incidentally visited the Port of Cape Town at a time when Transnet National Ports Authority had announced the intended replacement of the caisson at Sturrock Dry Dock at a cost of R98 million.

The vessel is expected to reach the search area in the vicinity of the mid-Atlantic ridge, one of the ocean’s remotest parts, by week’s end.

For further reading about the Stellar Daisy, click here: http://www.ftwonline.co.za/article/183664/Plot-thickens-as-search-party-looks-for-sunken-ore-carrier


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