Cape Town shipwreck blown up

2013-03-12 09:50
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Cape Town - The wreck of the Turkish vessel Seli 1 has been blown up as part of a plan to get rid of the unsightly debris off a Cape Town beach, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Cape Times reported that the wreck was blown up on Monday and the remaining debris would be cut into smaller pieces on Tuesday, in the hope that it would slowly disintegrate on the seabed.

In September 2009, the ship experienced engine problems and sought refuge in Table Bay. Reduced engine power and stormy weather caused the vessel to run aground off Table View beach.

The transport department instructed the SA Navy to remove the wreck after investigating and surveying it in October.

The national department reportedly set aside R20m for the operation, and was assisted by the SA Maritime Safety Authority and the environmental affairs department.

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