Cargo ship stranded in False Bay

2012-05-09 09:04

Cape Town - A Chilean cargo ship has been stranded in False Bay for seven weeks as engineers attempt to fix its engines, the Cape Times reported on Wednesday.

The Panos Earth was given permission by the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) to dock in the environmentally-sensitive bay after she experienced engine failure while sailing from Venezuela to China.

Repairs have taken so long that bills are racking up and creditors are lining up to be paid. The cost of a Smit Amandla tug and its staff, who have been ferrying supplies to the boat, is about R235 000 a day.

Samsa regional manager Dave Colly told the newspaper that if the owner could no longer pay the tug and the salvage company decided to pull out, Samsa would have to tow the ship out the bay to leave it at the mercy of salvors.

"Several creditors have put arrests on it, but at some point Samsa may have to go against the sheriff of the court. In choosing between the sheriff and a problem in False Bay, I would rather choose no problem in the bay.

"At the moment there is no direct risk, but the longer it's there, the greater the risk of something going wrong - fire, pollution."

  • Buzz - 2012-05-09 09:32

    The navy can use it for target practise. The only problem is they will need the tug to tow them out to the cargo ship...

      Martin - 2012-05-09 09:41

      hahahahk, true story, i see explorer 200 inflatables are going quite cheap at reggies

      Hallo - 2012-05-09 09:43

      You have no clue how hard the Navy works my friend.

      Gregory - 2012-05-09 09:48

      Navy working really hard at fking up the new submarines.

      john.h.viljoen - 2012-05-09 09:52

      you don't have a clue,buzz.try serving for six years then you can comment,idiot.

      Buzz - 2012-05-09 10:11

      Actually, John and Hallo, I have a very good idea having served for 8 years (four of those at sea) in the PF, achieving the rank of Lieutenant and six years in the reserve. I decided it was time to move on after the opportunities for me dried up due to AA and one of my friends was murdered while on duty on the SAS East London in 1999.... So yes, I do belive I can speak with a fair amount of authority on the subject

      Gert - 2012-05-09 11:52

      Where's Hallo and John H Viljoen now that Buzz has set them straight?

      En - 2012-05-09 13:47

      HALLO - Yep, most of them here are clueless and there's really no point arguing with them. Buzz please explain (with all your experience) which of our ships need to be towed out? Are you saying the frigates have no one to operate them? If so, what has been going on in Mozambique for the past year? Besides 1 submarine which is in the docks, are you saying the other two have not been used operationally at all? If so, then you're lying...simple as that. Maybe you were in the navy during a really crappy time, but please dont start lying on a public thread. During what period did you serve? You really think the Germans would waste millions of Euro's to sail to SA to train with some crappy Navy that doesn't know what it's doing? You fit that typical profile of people who talk bad about an organisation as soon as they leave/get kicked out. Shame

      Buzz - 2012-05-09 14:30

      Yes EN, thats why I spent 6 years in the reserve, hoping to still make a difference while watching "Rome burn". They can tow out the frigate (Corvette actually) that has the faulty engine (human error) and is currently used as expensive floating accomodation. That is of course if the barnacles haven't permanently joined it to the quayside.

      Buzz - 2012-05-09 15:22

      To sum it up, watching the navy deteriorate for me must be comparable with losing a child to drugs...

  • Pete - 2012-05-09 09:52

    Reporting, I suspect, by a junior who knows nothing about shipping. "Docked" in False Bay?? No, "at anchor" in False Bay. "Stranded?" No, that implies, in shipping terms, that she's on a beach or a reef. But should she be got the hell outta False Bay? Sure. In my day in the industry False Bay was off limits as an anchorage except in EXTREME cases of emergency. Seems as if things have become a bit more lax.....

  • estar69 - 2012-05-09 11:18

    False Bay could do with an artificial reef! SINK IT!

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