All Ship All Shore from the National VP.
Please see the latest update from Peter Briggs on Otama below:
A good day afloat, the salvage team managed to patch the major holes in 4 Stbd MBT that were still below the surface sufficiently to get a pump suction into the tank and start de-watering.
SM is now upright with pumps running on 3,4 and 5 MBT - all of which were flooded.
Counter weights are being removed as necessary to maintain a level trim.
The Stbd tanks will require extensive temporary patching, they are in worse shape than we imagined, some of it major, to reduce the need for continuous pumping.
Photos to follow - IT issue here.
Focus will now turn to preparing the shallow mooring with a view to the earliest move possible.
Tug masters briefed and visited the SM today to assist in preparing a plan for the move.
A busy day tomorrow.
Weather deteriorating and marginal from pm Thu until pm Sunday.
National Vice President
Submarine Association Australia