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OCTOBER 8 is the expected date for repairs on the containership Thorstar to be complete, more than a month after AMSA detained the vessel at Port Botany.

AMSA detained the Liberian-flagged vessel on 2 September at Port Botany after inspections found “defective cargo securing arrangements and failure of the vessel’s safety management system to ensure the effective maintenance of the ship and its equipment”, according to an AMSA spokesperson.

The vessel was directed to White Bay in Port Jackson, where it remains undergoing repairs.

An update to customers from the ship’s agent said final repairs were expected to be complete on next Friday.

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“Following this, we will seek the earliest possible berth to commence cargo operations in Sydney. We will then be able to provide all parties with expected cargo availability for Sydney,” the update reads.

“For customers with cargo for final destination Melbourne and Brisbane, we will be able to update you with an ETA as soon as we have a confirmed berth in Sydney.”

Thorstar is a 2826-TEU fully cellular containership built in 2003. Its length overall is 222.16 metres with a width of 30 meters.

The vessel is on the T.S. Lines’ China-Australia II (CA2) service. According to the published schedule for the vessel, it was due to be in Melbourne on 4 September.

No cargo has been discharged, as the ongoing repairs need to be complete before operations can commence.

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