During Sunday afternoon Yokohama fenders were inserted between the ship and the stage to provide more space for divers who were due to carry out an inspection during the early evening at low water.
The starboard engine and jet room are flooded. On Sunday afternoon damage which is just 25mm above the waterline was being welded.
SEA EXPRESS I can only be moved in still waters and it is deemed too dangerous to go in 'locks' due to possible contact damage causing engine room bulkhead failure.
Apparently thanks to prompt action of the tugs yesterday a much greater mishap was avoided as there existed a danger that she might have been carried upstream into the Twelve Quays river terminal after all power was lost.
A salvage contract with Svitzer-Weismuller has been agreed and their representatives are on board.