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Stranded tanker set to be sold

2011-07-28 13:04

Durban - The South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) says its attempts to communicate with the Indian owners of the tanker that ran aground in Salt Rock, north of Durban, on Monday have been fruitless.

Samsa had initially been in touch with the owners of the Phoenix about getting it removed from the South African Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The owners promised to provide a salvage tug to take over from Smit Amandla and continue the voyage to the scrapyard in India, Samsa said.

The tanker is still aground and Samsa approached the KwaZulu-Natal High Court to get permission to seize and sell the Phoenix, in order to recoup the expenditure incurred in preserving the vessel, safeguarding the lives of the crew and removing the pollution threat.

The order has been granted and potential buyers have already been identified for the tanker, which is to be auctioned on August 4.

Salvage engineers are currently on board the Phoenix, attempting to pump out 400 cubic metres of marine gas oil and assessing what will need to be done to strengthen parts of the derelict vessel that will bear the load when it is to be refloated.

Operations on the tanker will only be done in daylight, Samsa says, as a result of the bad weather.

Meanwhile, a clean-up operation is under way on the beach.

KwaZulu-Natal cooperative governance MEC Nomusa Dube is leading a government delegation to "ensure the oil spillage does not cause an environmental disaster”, department spokesperson Mthatheni Mabaso told Sapa.
 

Comments
  • 1gascan - 2011-07-28 13:07

    Now there is an oil spillage??? No wonder the Indian owners don't want it back!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-28 13:20

      Indian owners ?....& how do you know that ?

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-28 13:26

      FYI. Until the late 20th century, ship breaking took place in port cities of industrialized countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States. Today, most ship breaking yards are in developing countries, with the largest yards at Gadani in Pakistan, Alang in India, Chittagong in Bangladesh and Aliaga in Turkey. This is due to lower labour costs and less stringent environmental regulations dealing with the disposal of lead paint and other toxic substances.

      1gascan - 2011-07-28 13:26

      Currie, read the first paragraph of the article again very carefully...

      Dennis Lutge - 2011-07-28 13:26

      Durban - The South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) says its attempts to communicate with the Indian owners of the tanker that ran aground in Salt Rock, north of Durban, on Monday have been fruitless.

      poenskop - 2011-07-28 13:29

      @ Currie_Mafia. Because the article says so!!!!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-28 13:32

      Ag, what can I say with my head so low...sorry 1gascan.

      1gascan - 2011-07-28 13:34

      Lol, no worries :)

      Felix - 2011-07-28 13:39

      Haha Oops Currie, please don't let it stop the comedy though! Love your chirps...

      whyrpplinpowerstupid - 2011-07-28 13:40

      Where did you read there is an oil spillage? clean up does not mean oil spill.

      DEVILS SON - 2011-07-28 14:09

      the name of the ship is the "GTI"

      Taurusaurus - 2011-07-28 14:12

      @whyarepplinpowersostupid: "KwaZulu-Natal cooperative governance MEC Nomusa Dube is leading a government delegation to "ensure the oil spillage does not cause an environmental disaster”, department spokesperson Mthatheni Mabaso told Sapa." Its in the article.

      Spaffy - 2011-07-28 14:22

      It would probably help if people actually read the article... sigh

      Armchair critic - 2011-07-28 14:39

      450 ton of crude oil! I am sure the badly want it back, but can't come forward... some serious explaining to do and who knows, some chookie time?

      Gungets Tuft - 2011-07-29 10:07

      Armchair - it is not crude oil, it is bunker oil - actually diesel. This article does not say so but the advisories from the NSRI and the Durban Port Captain do. 400 tons sounds like a lot but it is not really that much. I hate spills as much as anyone else, but this is only about 16% of an olympic pool, 4 times the size of my home pool. With diesel, and the sea running as it is (3m waves and 20 knot winds) this diesel will be gone in a day. The value of 400 tons of diesel at R10/lt is R400,000. They will not be rushing to fetch it. That does not even cover the cost of a tug for the day. If my numbers are correct - bearing in mind it is a Friday .....

  • Daemos1 - 2011-07-28 13:14

    I wonder how it would look with Chrome rims and a couple of 6 by nine's

      baasdingane - 2011-07-28 13:37

      hey man, so-hot that tanker is man! Just needs a lick of paint and one-two racing stripes.

      Looter - 2011-07-28 13:49

      i laughed

      Worldwise - 2011-07-28 20:05

      Real cool with some green neon lights underneath too 'n all.

      baasdingane - 2011-07-29 00:00

      hey man, once thats all done, right; one hot paint job, mags, stripes, neons - y`all load all the aunties and vaai for a cruise down to lugs. (aka blue lagoon)

  • Pictureof - 2011-07-28 13:18

    Better move it quickly before the locals steal it. Hope it has tracker and immobilizer. Mind you it shouldnt be too hard to find in SOWETO.

      Rudi Kay - 2011-07-28 13:39

      Hey! These guys will cut it up and take it to the scrap dealers, who will have NO idea where it came from!

      THE.SRG - 2011-07-28 14:42

      can just see one pushing a wheel barrow to the scrap yard lol...will take the chap a few trips im guessing

  • Bidi10 - 2011-07-28 13:22

    Please tow it 1000meters out and scuttle it- we need another dive site!

      Kenko - 2011-07-28 13:38

      With all that crud inside you will look like a penguin when you surface. Look out for sharks!

      Looter - 2011-07-28 13:49

      obviously clean it first ;)

  • KES86 - 2011-07-28 13:24

    I wonder what kind of a price it will fetch

      camp.j - 2011-07-28 13:28

      500 Rupees?

      Rudi Kay - 2011-07-28 13:40

      Plus VAT

  • info - 2011-07-28 13:27

    Trust the Indians to go to the auction and try buying at back for a bargain n all you know!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-28 14:18

      Ya, we're very versatile like that...I got a truck of snow, very cheap & fo you, I'll throw in free stereotyping an' all....Interested ?

      Daniel - 2011-07-28 14:22

      Right, info, because it would be smart to not buy it back at a bargain. Fool.

  • Made_In_SA - 2011-07-28 13:31

    Spot the similarity's between this scrap and our SA Navy's scrap... the only difference> Location Location Location..

  • Rudi Kay - 2011-07-28 13:36

    "KwaZulu-Natal cooperative governance MEC Nomusa Dube is leading a government delegation to "ensure the oil spillage does not cause an environmental disaster”, department spokesperson Mthatheni Mabaso told Sapa." What the hell do these ignorami know about oil spillage and containment thereof? Looking for a day away from the office is more like it, and probably try and throw their weight around. Useless bunch!

  • Robbie - 2011-07-28 13:45

    I thought they had already seized it outside East London?

  • Bill - 2011-07-28 14:05

    Let Malema nationalise it!

  • static - 2011-07-28 14:15

    If this tanker wrecked on Cape Town's beaches, I'm sure it would be put on a shopping trolley and taken to the nearest scrap yard.

  • jjhvan - 2011-07-28 14:18

    I think the taxi industry might be a potential buyer. Since they are thinking about starting an airline, they might just as well use it as a passenger liner.

  • Neil - 2011-07-28 14:34

    I thought Durban is in India?

      Suzan Magaela - 2011-07-28 14:56

      Its actually part of India hahaha!!!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-28 15:29

      SSHHhhh, don't tell everybody...it's our little Oranje.

  • TerraFic - 2011-07-28 15:12

    Must be a TATA... Never seen nice rims & sound on a TATA though!

  • chris.kleynhans - 2011-07-28 16:58

    I have been at the ship for at least three hours this afternoon and there is no sign of oil spillage...They are trying to pump the oil/fuel of the ship at present and I am concerned with what they were doing earlier on the beach...They have spreaded longitudinalsheets of plastic material over the sand as an underbuild for a possible spillage dam but the dam was not well constructed and I though by looking at it that it may spill over....I was not warmly enough dressed and had to leave eventually, not sure what happened after that.

      Gungets Tuft - 2011-07-29 10:19

      And they have chosen the wrong day to start. Wind is going at 20 knots. Tomorrow is worse. Best they just contain till Sunday and then they have a week of benign weather. Have been very impressed so far though - communications have been good, the response to get equipment up there has been sharp as well. Saw the choppers flying up and down yesterday with equipment slings. Nice - I like the way it has been handled so far.

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