Oil spill off Bloubergstrand

2013-05-29 20:04
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Breaking up Seli 1

The wreck of the Turkish vessel Seli 1 is being blown up as part of a plan to get rid of the debris at a Cape Town beach. See the pictures.

Johannesburg - Oil leaked from the wreckage of a bulk carrier off Blouberstrand on Wednesday afternoon, the City of Cape Town said.

The navy had conducted controlled blasts to weaken the structure since Monday, said disaster risk management centre spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes.

"When it blasted one of the tanks underwater it ruptured, and it then released oil that was onboard the wreck."

He said this resulted in an oil slick emanating from the tanks.

"There is no immediate threat to the shoreline and the marine life at this stage."

Solomons-Johannes said the city's disaster rescue teams would conduct investigations on Robben Island, Dassen Island, and at the Koeberg nuclear power station to see if there was any threat.

"Sanccob [the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds] was on high alert to assist with any birds which had been oiled or polluted."

He said all necessary procedures were in place, and people were not allowed within 1 000m of the operation area.

The oiled leaked from the wreckage of the Turkish bulk carrier MV Seli 1, which ran aground off Bloubergstrand in September 2009.

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