Phoenix sinks to watery grave

2011-09-07 11:22
Durban - The MT Phoenix landed softly in its watery grave on Tuesday, almost 2km underwater and 78km out to sea.

The colossal oil tanker was towed south-east of Durban and scuttled, with the seacocks opened at about 18:00 on Monday to let the Indian Ocean embrace the tanker some 2?000? metres down on the sea bed, deep enough to avoid creating a hazard for passing ships.

SA Maritime Safety Authority communications officer Mambrie May said the ship was stripped before the lengthy operation began.

The MT Phoenix ran aground on the rocks of Sheffield Beach in July 26.

The salvagers received offers for the vessel, but scuppering it was the cheapest option in an operation that cost more than R34m.

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