Questions over ship's grounding

2012-05-14 18:05

Cape Town - As attempts to salvage a 50-metre fishing trawler which ran aground off Clifton in Cape Town continue, questions have been raised about how this could have happened, and whether the grounding was possibly deliberate.

The Eihatsu Maru, a Japanese long line fishing vessel, ran aground in heavy fog at Clifton's First Beach 05:15 on Saturday morning. It was carrying 90 tons of diesel and 50 tons of fish. Most of the Taiwanese crew were evacuated.

A salvage operation was put on hold due to heavy seas over the weekend, Sapa reported. On Monday, various officials met to assess the situation and are planning to pull the vessel off the sandbank on Tuesday.

The cause of the grounding has not been established. The engine remains in working order, and the generators are still operating.

Navigational equipment

Meanwhile, industry experts have questioned how the grounding could have occurred.

A source told 2oceansvibe that fog should not have played a role in the incident, and it is very unlikely the fishing vessel wouldn't have known where it was positioned. It is also strange that port authorities hadn't alerted the captain to the vessel's proximity to the shore.

The navigational equipment and engine appear to be in working order, which led the source to question whether it could have been a "purposeful grounding". This would lead to the vessel being written off, and an insurance payout.

"That trawler has enough hi-tech marine electronics onboard to know exactly its position within minimum five metres; there has to be another reason here," the source told 2oceansvibe. "These trawlers operate in deep sea conditions, they know exactly where they are at any given moment on the high seas, don't think fog played a role here as there is fog at sea around the world."

The source added that the trawler should be removed as soon as possible due to the fuel and ammonia on board.

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  • Smili - 2012-05-14 18:12

    I LoLoLoL... Mmmm perhaps it Taiwanese refugees trying to get into DA led Westen Cape? #Power to the DA!

      Sonja - 2012-05-14 19:19

      #VIVA the DA. Power to the DA !! lol

      Hallo - 2012-05-14 19:45

      The article is about a grounded trawler you trolls.

  • Jeff - 2012-05-14 18:12

    I smell a sardine .....

      Ken - 2012-05-14 18:49

      No Jeff it's a mackerel!

      Andrew - 2012-05-14 19:14

      Yeah a Japanese or Chinese one!!!!

  • Mark - 2012-05-14 18:17

    "the source" "the source" "the source" NEWS24 get a grip and start reporting on real issues properly. Your pathetic stirring articles are starting to piss me off.

  • renofinch - 2012-05-14 18:32

    Aircraft know exactly what their position is and have even higher state of the art equipment and yet they still fly into mountains. Sh1t happens!

      Stirrer - 2012-05-15 09:32

      Article in Die Burger this morning states that other fishermen have confirmed that the GPS systems went haywire on Saturday morning. Another Bermuda Triangle? :D

  • Michele - 2012-05-14 18:42

    There are worse places to run aground :D

  • paul.myers.984 - 2012-05-14 18:46

    Mr. Delivery here! Where would you like the fish?

  • louwc - 2012-05-14 19:06

    I would have aimed for Sandy Bay...! And in summer I might add...

  • Sonja - 2012-05-14 19:22

    Word is out.!!! ... South Africa goverment officials are the most incompetent in the world, if you want to crash your it in SA. Most of the qualified goverment departments bought their degree's online! ... what they know about investigation and administration they learned from a chappies packet.

      Jason - 2012-05-14 19:38

      Sorry sugar, the ship grounded in cape town where our government officials are still competent and the people live the life of the free. the ship is from taiwan and they were guided in by naval command in pretoria in an attempt to load rhino horn direct from limpopo province by floating up diep river. problem is that the naval maps were procured from the best bbeee tendertrepenuer 'malzuma industries' and they printed diep river as a river instead of a suburb in cape town.

  • Sechaba30 - 2012-05-14 19:39

    I think something went wrong in this ship. Who would want to move from a Good country like Taiwan to a corrupt Province like a DA run Western Cape?

      Squeegee - 2012-05-14 19:43

      Troll! Back in your hole!

  • hardy.jonck - 2012-05-14 19:39

    IT was rhino horn. The captain must have been busy - no other explanation rises to the fore ....

  • Hallo - 2012-05-14 19:40

    Must be sabotage again...

  • Joanne - 2012-05-15 01:11

    They were pissed!!!

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-05-15 05:42

    Taiwanese.....stealing our fish from the ocean and killing our rhino! confiscate the vessel and give them a heavy fine!

  • Sheralee - 2012-05-15 07:55

    In Cape Times reporting today that some people in Clifton phoned the Port Authority at 04:30am to report that a ship was running aground. The person who took the call didn't know where Clifton was, mentioned that nothing was showing up on radar and asked these people to phone the police - which they did as well as NSRI. Seriously . . . what are the police going to do about a ship running aground. This could've been avoided had some moderately educated people been employed by the Port Authority....

  • Richard - 2012-05-15 15:44

    Wonder what that eye-sore will do for property prices there if they cant move it?

  • sam.swanpoel - 2012-05-16 08:13

    Check the people and wessel for rino horn! (lino holn)

  • peter.t.fredericks1 - 2012-05-17 08:02

    Please can someone explain why the naval authorities at Silvermine that can detect shipping vessels near our coast could'nt see this vessel entering our shores to closely and inform the captain of the trawler or send a vessel out to go investigate this matter.

  • Jo - 2012-05-20 23:44

    Smells fishy ...just like a big insurance claim ...for a rust bucket that is not worth breaking up , and can be easily claimed for.. due to one person not knowing what the other person is doing in SA. Ideal place to make an accident happen and get easy paperwork done. Where were the Coast Guards ? What if it had been 30 foreign warships landing themselves on the beaches ???? South Africa protecting it's shores ???

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