Stricken Cape Town trawler likely unsalvageable

2016-11-09 13:25
The burning Verano Fort Vila in Cape Town (Theo Layne, Cape Town fire services).

The burning Verano Fort Vila in Cape Town (Theo Layne, Cape Town fire services).

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Cape Town - The ship that caught fire in Cape Town harbour a week ago may be sold as scrap, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) said on Wednesday.

“The vessel will in all probability be declared a total constructive loss,” Captain Gustav Louw, speaking on behalf of Samsa in the Western Cape, said.

He said the Verano fishing trawler’s owners, or insurers, would have to decide what to do with it.

“They could either sell it as scrap, tow it to a scrap yard, or scuttle the wreck, provided the environment department gives a dumping permit and position at sea.”

The fire on the vessel was extinguished on Tuesday. A salvage company had been appointed to remove all pollutants when it was safe enough to do so.

“All fuel on board must still be removed to prevent any pollution,” Louw said.

The fire broke out in the vessel last Wednesday while she was berthed at quay 703, sparking fears of a major pollution spill as clouds of smoke billowed across the harbour.

On Saturday, she started listing due to all the water that had been sprayed into the hold. Firefighters were evacuated.

The vessel had been carrying polystyrene and oil.

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