Hanging smoke poses no threat

2018-10-16 06:01
White smoke hanging above the ships at the SA Naval Base in Simon’s Town.

White smoke hanging above the ships at the SA Naval Base in Simon’s Town.

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Residents in and around the SA Naval Base in Simon’s Town were concerned about the smoke that was hanging above the visiting ships in the harbour, especially from the Ins Kolkata from India.

According to Sub-lieutenant Lizzy Hange, spokesperson for the SA Navy, the white smoke is a natural by-product during the starting of powerful gas turbines in accordance with technical specifications.

“This is a completely normal phenomenon which is usually not seen in Simon’s Town where SA Naval ships use predominantly diesel engines. During the recent Exercise Ibsamar V1 2018, wind speeds in excess of 35 knots (more than 60km/h) were experienced in the harbour which necessitated some ships to start additional gas turbines while approaching the harbour to ensure safety of the ship, its personnel and also other vessels in the harbour. The white smoke may have been witnessed during such an operation,” she explains.

Exercise Ibsamar VI 2018 is a multinational maritime exercise held between Brazil, India and the Republic of South Africa every two years. South Africa is the host and Brazil the lead nation for Exercise Ibsamar VI 2018 that was held from Monday 1 October to Friday 12 October.

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