MV Smart oil to be recycled

2013-09-02 14:40
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Cape Town - Fuel oil from the carrier that ran around at Richards Bay will be recycled to minimise the impact of the incident.

The MV Smart ran aground in rough seas on 8 August and was carrying around 148 000 tons of coal and 1 830 tons of fuel oil.

Pumping operations minimised the pollution, but it was a challenge to manage the fuel oil.

"On Wednesday (28 August) night we started receiving about 1 500 tons of fuel oil at our depot in Richards Bay harbour. We had to quickly make storage for 1 000 tons available, and we then brought 15 of our road tankers into play to transport the fuel to our Jacobs refinery. There, the fuel will be re-refined to remove any sea water and other contaminants," said Andrew Canning of FFS Refiners.

The oil could have potentially destroyed the marine ecosystem and some have argued that the ship should never have been allowed to leave the harbour.

"The ship should not have been let out of the harbour. It was a bad judgment call by the captain and the harbour master," said Environmental Society of South Africa chair Di Dold.

The next step is to remove the coal aboard the MV Smart.
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