Samsa to inspect stricken ship

2013-08-09 14:40
(Western Cape Government)

(Western Cape Government)

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Cape Town - A joint operations committee is meeting to decide the next course of action after a cargo ship ran aground off the Knysna coast near a nature reserve, the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) said on Friday.

"There is currently no sign of pollution around the carrier," spokesperson Tebogo Ramatjie said.

"At the moment the carrier is firmly aground in seven metres of water, it is carrying 250 tons of heavy fuel oil and 80 tons of gas oil."

Ramatjie said Samsa would do an inspection on Friday afternoon.

The Western Cape tourism department said 19 of the ship's crew were rescued on Thursday when the cargo ship ran aground.

The ship, carrying rice, lost power and dropped anchor in the morning, MEC Alan Winde said.

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