Clifton salvage delayed by rough seas

2012-05-13 22:39

Cape Town - Attempts to recover the fishing trawler which ran aground at Clifton’s First Beach will resume on Monday morning, says City of Cape Town spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes.

The 50m Eihatsu Maru ran aground in thick fog at 05:15 on Saturday, with 28 Taiwanese crew and a dog on board.

Solomons-Johannes said 19 of them were evacuated. The remaining crew and the captain are still on board as per the requirements of international maritime law. The dog remained on board on the insistence of the captain, its owner.

Solomons-Johannes said marine engineers had initially considered fitting a metal plate to the ship to tow it. However, the plan was aborted.

There is reportedly 90 tons of fuel and ammonia on board.

The Disaster Risk Management Centre conducted an aerial surveillance on Sunday afternoon to prepare for any eventuality.

Solomons-Johannes said the salvage operation had been suspended for the day at 16:45 due to unfavourable surf conditions that would have endangered the safe operation of the tug boats and the crew on-board.

It was not known what made the trawler run aground. Its engines remained in working order and generators continued to work.

The thick fog was suspected to have played a role.

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  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-14 01:32

    Bla bla bla boring

      Steven Trollip - 2012-05-14 05:53

      BAie beter as poletiek praaitjies

      Janice - 2012-05-14 07:24

      @lauden, you are BORING!!!

  • swavka - 2012-05-14 07:10

    Now you wonder - were they fishing illegally in SA waters? or did they just take a wrong turn.

      Hector - 2012-05-14 07:44

      No one trawls near Clifton beach .. looks like they either just departed or arrived in CT ..

  • Lejaun - 2012-05-14 07:14

    this is not the first time this has happened. Remember Selly1 that is stranded at blouberg,i often step on a small pach of oil when walking on the beach. government must step in and do something about these so called accidents. it's bull.taxpayer money must obviously be used if there is a problem. And the captain

      Hector - 2012-05-14 07:47

      "these so called accidents" Eh? WTF do you think the oldman of the vessel gets up one day and says .. today i will have a so called accident end my career put my crews live at risk and possibly pollute the beach... Why would he ?

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-05-14 07:35

    Why was this boat so close to shore? fog is no excuse with all vessels being equiped with radar. I dare say they were fishing illegally and got what they deserved. Our fish (and rhinos) reserves are being plundered by the Taiwanese!

      Hector - 2012-05-14 07:48

      What fish you nimrod .. this is in the approaches to Cape Town .. been fished out by US many years ago.. They have more chance of netting a Rhyno

  • Hector - 2012-05-14 07:49

    I am surprised no one has bleated about the dog .. who's name is Christmas Dinner

  • Ed - 2012-05-14 08:36

    i say feed these bastards to the sharks and blow their ship to smithereens. these boats RAPE and PILLAGE our oceans to no end. whether it be stealing our local fish, long-lining or shark fins, these guys are scum.

  • David - 2012-05-14 08:42

    Is Cape town becoming a dumping ground for unwanted vessels? Seems like it is becoming a trend...

  • Jaco - 2012-05-14 09:01

    Never try to Bullsh@t a bullsh@tter. Do the Japanese really think we are going to fall for this drivell? Stop raping the sea you A-HOLES!!!!!

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-14 09:48

    I am a bit boring. I don't let fishing boats and rocks get to me that much.

      Bibi - 2012-05-14 12:43

      @Lauden: maybe you should start worrying about wrecks around the coast especially if it threatens the environment.

  • Johann - 2012-05-14 12:29

    You can see the trawler live on the Clifton cam on BeachWatch

  • John - 2012-05-14 13:25

    Don't blame the fog, not with modern day navigational equipment... its the incompetency of the skipper....

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