Trawler blaze affects cargo operations

2011-12-05 07:54
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

Ship catches fire in Cape Town harbour

A fisherman has been treated for smoke inhalation after a fishing vessel caught fire in Table Bay harbour, Cape Town. The fire started in the early hours of the morning while the trawler was undergoing repairs.

Cape Town - Cargo handling operations resumed at the container terminal of the Cape Town dock where a trawler has been ablaze, Transnet National Ports Authority said on Sunday night.

A fire which started on the fishing vessel Dongsan on Friday had closed the terminal on Sunday morning, but operations resumed at 19:00, said Coen Birkenstock.

Dongsan, docked at Quay 501 in the Ben Schoeman dock, was being cooled by a tug boat.

Chief Executive Karl Socikwa said three vessels could not load or offload on Sunday due to the potential threat of the burning trawler.

"In terms of port operations, we have in effect lost two days - one day due to the strong wind [on Saturday] and one day due to the fire today."

He said the fire only affected the Dongsan, and the Ports Authority was monitoring it around the clock.

Five workers had been treated for gas inhalation and were later discharged, Birkenstock said.

Tests were being conducted regularly to detect toxic gases such as ammonia, but only low traces of ammonia had been found.

Port operations were expected to be normalised by Tuesday.

Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Theo Layne said earlier that fighting the fire was difficult because the vessel was listing to one side, and firefighters could not safely board it.

A pollution officer had been deployed to assess whether the ship fire posed an environmental hazard.

- Were you there? Send us your photos.
- SAPA
Read more on:    transnet  |  cape town  |  maritime  |  fires
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Paarl

Houses R 1 725 000

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Paarl

Houses R 1 725 000

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

Petrol generators from R1399, save up to R350. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Pampers!

Save 30% when you buy 3 or more selected pampers products. While stocks last. Shop now!

This week only - 30% off books!

Get 30% off when you buy 2 or more books. Many titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

New range of Samsung smartphones!

Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and Alpha now available at kalahari.com. while stocks last. Shop now!

Buy 3 eBooks & only pay for 2!

The cheapest of the 3 titles will be free. Many more titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You tend to feel more comfortable on an intellectual level. The deep emotional under current today can make you feel a little...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.