ENGINE repairs have begun on the vessel YM Portland which is currently anchored off Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.
The vessel was sailing from North Asia to Australia last month when it experienced engine troubles near Milne Bay at the far eastern tip of the Pacific nation.
Yang Ming Australia managing director Steven Ka told Daily Cargo News that based upon the latest owner update, the engine parts had been delivered by barge and engine technicians were making repairs while the ship was at anchor.
“It’s estimated that the repairs will be completed by 20 August,” Mr Ka said.
Mr Ka said both the owner and the charterer’s P&I insurer and representatives had been on board and done a joint survey however they were still to conclude the reason for the breakdown.
He said Yang Ming was checking the availability of berths in Australia.
“We are looking for the earliest berth window on 25th Aug for the Brisbane call, however, it’s still subject to everything going well and the berth being available,” Mr Ka said.