Derelict tanker 'on KZN shore'

2011-07-26 17:12

Durban - A 164m bulk tanker that was on its way to a scrap yard in India has ran aground “on the shore” in Salt Rock, near Durban, Nigel Campbell, captain of the South African Maritime Safety Authority said on Tuesday.

Campbell also said attempts to tow the tanker out to sea were unsuccesful.

He said that efforts were being made by personnel on-shore and off-shore to tow the ship out to sea.

The ship, the Phoenix, ran aground on Monday, the National Sea Rescue Institute said on Tuesday. It is reportedly a derelict bulk tanker on its way to a scrap yard in India. It had a skeleton crew of 15 people who were rescued on Tuesday by the SA Air Force.

"All 15 crew were airlifted off the Phoenix after it ran aground and although the crew were reportedly in no immediate danger they were taken off the vessel for safety precautions," said NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

None of the crew was injured, he said.

At approximately 19:00 on Monday, NSRI Durban volunteers and the South African Air Force 15 Squadron (helicopter) were placed on high alert by the Transnet National Ports Authority, following reports from the tanker that it had broken its anchor and was drifting towards shore, said Clifford Ireland, NSRI Durban station commander.

The tanker was passing the South African coast and put to anchor off-shore of the Durban coast to wait out some wild weather on Monday, NSRI said.

A cold front pushed through during Monday bringing up to 4m swells and a 25 to 30 knot wind causing rough sea conditions.

  • ZACommentator - 2011-07-26 17:29

    Do the reporters know what 'derelict' means? Left or deserted last time I looked. A deserted tanker was making it's way to India, that is one amazing tanker, an inanimate object trying to drive itself. Unbelievable - 2011-07-26 17:43

      Yeah, vocab not being the strong point on here...I think they meant decrepit.

      Bob-eSponge - 2011-07-26 18:29

      "I guess you can derelict my balls, Capi-tan" - Hansel

      Gungets Tuft - 2011-07-26 22:21

      Shawn got it right, the writer got it right. You need to look at more than the very first reference you get when you type something into Google.

  • shawn.botes1 - 2011-07-26 18:08

    der·e·lict/'der??likt/ Adjective: In a very poor condition as a result of disuse and neglect.

  • Zabatman - 2011-07-26 19:02

    The DERELICT tanker was being towed by another ship. Another nice diving reef coming up at Salt Rock :) - 2011-07-26 19:43

      Not according to NSRI who said: "She was under her own motor power passing the South African Coast and put to anchor off Durban’s North Coast to wait out some increment weather on Monday." see - 2011-07-26 21:31

      NSRI is wrong

      ian.teall - 2011-07-27 06:34

      I wouldn't bet on it, the locals will steal it before that!

  • - 2011-07-26 21:28

    I have been watching this so called "tanker" (very small 116 metres) for a week from my flat.It was under tow by a tug and for some reason they anchored off Ballito for about 5 days.Storm arrived, tanker broke anchor and hopefully will create a great reef for us at Sheffield,not Salt Rock.

  • Troll123 - 2011-07-27 07:19

    Yo ucan 'derelict' my b@lls

      rono - 2011-07-27 08:33


      rono - 2011-07-27 08:34

      This is a WALK OFF!!!

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