Cargo ship stranded in False Bay

2012-05-09 09:04
Cape Town - A Chilean cargo ship has been stranded in False Bay for seven weeks as engineers attempt to fix its engines, the Cape Times reported on Wednesday.

The Panos Earth was given permission by the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) to dock in the environmentally-sensitive bay after she experienced engine failure while sailing from Venezuela to China.

Repairs have taken so long that bills are racking up and creditors are lining up to be paid. The cost of a Smit Amandla tug and its staff, who have been ferrying supplies to the boat, is about R235 000 a day.

Samsa regional manager Dave Colly told the newspaper that if the owner could no longer pay the tug and the salvage company decided to pull out, Samsa would have to tow the ship out the bay to leave it at the mercy of salvors.

"Several creditors have put arrests on it, but at some point Samsa may have to go against the sheriff of the court. In choosing between the sheriff and a problem in False Bay, I would rather choose no problem in the bay.

"At the moment there is no direct risk, but the longer it's there, the greater the risk of something going wrong - fire, pollution."

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