Cape penguins treated after oil spill

2012-09-03 16:45

Johannesburg - Fifteen penguins have been captured on Robben Island and treated after being covered with oil following a spill on the Cape Town coastline, the City of Cape Town said on Monday.

A vessel, identified as the Seli 1, began leaking oil between Cape Town harbour and Robben Island on Friday night.

Cape Town disaster risk management centre spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said the mopping up of the oil began at 07:00 on Monday morning.

Aerial surveillance indicated that much of the oil seen leaking from the vessel at the weekend had been cleared up.

"There is also no oil spotted between the Seli 1 wreckage and Robben Island; however black streaks are visible from the centre of the vessel for 400m moving to the north," he said.

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-09-03 16:37

    Why does the Maritime Authority not sue the owners of the vessel, or country of origin? That ship has been stranded there for years, and yet no salvage operation to remove the ship has happened. Why is it that when a ship gets stranded on our shores, the SA government (tax payers) must foot the bill? If a ship doesn't have insurance, it shouldn't be allowed in our waters.

      adele.kendall.16 - 2012-09-03 19:59

      I just don't understand it... I've been battling for 4 months getting my paperwork / skippers etc together for a 4m ski boat for inland waters and massive ships can spill oil on our coastline with no repercussion. Makes no sense.

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