A Singapore-registered container ship, stranded near Cheung Chau for more than a month after hitting an underwater object near Nansha , has been towed to a Hong Kong ship repair yard.
It arrived at HUD Ship Repair on Wednesday night. Most of the fuel and shipping containers carrying dangerous goods had already been offloaded.
Lai Chi-tung, senior marine officer at the Marine Department's vessel traffic centre, said the remaining containerised cargo would be unloaded now the 39,916 deadweight tonne Kota Kado was at Tsing Yi.
The ship was taken to Tsing Yi after salvage crews temporarily patched holes in the hull, pumped water out of the bow and cargo area and refloated the vessel on July 27.
The ship, built in 2005 and which has the capacity to carry 3,000 teu (20-foot equivalent units), was moved to HUD following the approval of a salvage plan this week.
It is owned by privately held Singaporean company Pacific International Lines (PIL), a substantial shareholder in Hong Kong-listed container shipping manufacturer Singamas Container Holdings. Both PIL and Svitzer, the salvage firm, declined to comment before repairs began.
Nobody was prepared to comment on the extent of the damage, although salvage-related insiders indicated that an underwater survey found the ship to be in better condition than expected.
A report from Hong Kong's Maritime Rescue and Co-ordination Centre said the bow and two cargo holds were flooded after the ship hit an unidentified object on June 29.