The replacement of the parts has already been made and the helicopters are expected to be back in service by 13 April 2018.

Until the helicopters are back in service, pilot boats are the primary Marine Pilot transfer craft for Richards Bay. A work boat will also be available as a backup craft.

The use of pilot boats as the primary Marine Pilot transfer craft is expected to cause some berthing delays at Richards Bay, mainly because of the limitations of pilot boats when compared to helicopters such as speed and weather limitations.