REPAIRS to the containership Thorstar are expected to take an additional two to three weeks, according to an update to customers from the ship’s agent on behalf of T.S. Lines.

The update, dated 14 September, said the repairs are required before cargo operations can commence.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority detained the Liberian-flagged vessel on 2 September at Port Botany.

At the time, AMSA told DCN it was detained for “defective cargo securing arrangements and failure of the vessel’s safety management system to ensure the effective maintenance of the ship and its equipment”.

The vessel was moved to White Bay in Sydney, where it remains while the repairs are being carried out.

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.