SA to pay for Clifton salvage

2012-05-16 23:09

Cape Town - South Africa will be covering the costs involved with the salvage of the Japanese fishing vessel stranded on Clifton's First Beach, according to the SA Maritime Safety Authority.

The Eihatsu Maru, which ran aground early on Saturday morning, has not yet been pulled from the shore, with sea conditions hampering salvage attempts.

Ward councillor for the area Beverley Schafer said time was of the essence as the boat had already moved 25m towards the beach since it ran aground.

Now it has emerged that South Africa will be paying for the salvage amid concerns it may turn into a repeat of the Seli 1 debacle.

Samsa regional manager Dave Colly said on Wednesday that the national transport department is footing the bill for the operation. It has a contract with Smit Amandla Marine.

The organisation, in turn, is hoping to get payment from the ship's owner.

But the owner has provisionally refused to cover the mounting costs of the salvage, and it is unclear whether he has insurance or not.

Samsa has reportedly spent in the region of R40m on the ill-fated Seli 1 since that vessel ran aground off Bloubergstrand in Table Bay on 7 September 2009.

Its owner abandoned the ship, while its insurers, Russia Club, also walked away from the wreck and left South Africans to pay for its removal.

A permanent solution for the management of the wreck has never been reached, and there is no maritime legislation that compels any party to clear the wreckage.

Money woes

While the Eihatsu Maru has been in the headlines, another ship lies stranded in False Bay. The Panos Earth has been anchored there for several weeks, after its generators failed.

The Cape Times reported that the engines became faulty as a result of dirty fuel taken in South America.

According to the newspaper, it will take $500 000 (R3.6m) to repair, but the vessel's Chilean owner does not have the cash to do so.

The reason is because the Chinese charterer, which hired the Panos Earth to transport iron ore to Shanghai, has stopped paying charter fees - because the ship is in False Bay with the cargo of iron ore going nowhere, it said.

The Cape Times reported that the ship owner has no cash flow, and no money to repair the generators.

And in the background there is a stand-off between the owner and the ship’s insurers, Swedish Club.

Its 18 crew members remain stuck on board.

  • Gordon - 2012-05-16 23:19

    SA salvages the ship. SA owns it. We now have our first ship!!!!!!

      Christopher - 2012-05-16 23:25

      Hey I cannot wait for big surf..we will ride that vessel to the shore and back again.

      Dennis - 2012-05-17 05:13

      This is going to be another Seli 1 but with a welthier audience !!

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-17 06:10

      SA has ships ... they just don't know what to do with them.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-17 06:44

      Tell the Somalis about it - let them come hijack it back to the horn of Africa.

      Jacobus - 2012-05-17 06:47

      Now that they renamed the John Ross tugboat to Amandla, it became useless too....

      Fussed - 2012-05-17 07:01

      What you mean is, They dont know where they are

      Felix - 2012-05-17 07:48

      Are we all getting a turn to ride it?

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-17 07:49

      lol @ Fussed ... they are all tied up alongside in Simonstown being perches for seagulls

      anthro45 - 2012-05-17 08:50

      Do I detect a tender coming up?

      Erich - 2012-05-17 14:53

      Guess where you are going to get tuna at rockbottom prices?

      Preshen - 2012-05-17 15:33

      Julius must nationalise it

      Gary - 2012-05-18 09:16

      I think it's a beautiful gift by the Japs, imagine the tour buses stopping to take pics, Clifton residents must be over the moon and what a fantastic boost for W Cape tourism Perhaps the SA Navy can convert it into a new battleship we SO badly need at we are at war arent we?

  • WimpieN - 2012-05-16 23:26

    It would make for good target practice for one of those new subs we bought. If they don't pay pull that damn ship off and sink the bugger. And if the captain says over my dead body, make his wish come true. I have no time for this leaching of our resources and then having an attitude when you screw it up....

      Koos - 2012-05-17 00:48

      Can I give you a hundred thumbs up's!

      Felix - 2012-05-17 07:49

      Drain the oil first.

      Fredster - 2012-05-17 08:00

      Fishing trawler..!!! You go fishing halfway around the world? Something is not right...I smell a rat

      Kala - 2012-05-17 08:25

      Tuna anyone?

      louwc - 2012-05-17 11:11

      Tell Julius to make a small hole in it, but he must not sink it! Then see how quick it dissapears!

      Patsy - 2012-05-17 13:15

      It'd be a wonderful new reef for fish to breed

      christopher.pool - 2012-05-17 14:08

      Now there is a sensible proposal! That gook owner will pull his chequebook out quickly!

  • Jaba - 2012-05-16 23:47

    South Africa should not give the ship back to the Japanese! rather donate the ship to Greenpeace so they could fight the killings of dolphins by the same Japanese.

      Blip - 2012-05-17 03:41

      It'll sink, taking the Greenpeace people down with it.

      Sean - 2012-05-17 05:09

      @ Jaba :) I agree!

      Klippies - 2012-05-17 09:48

      Fight killings of Dolphins with a fishing trawler?

  • Jeanne - 2012-05-17 00:13

    What is a Japanese fishing vessel doing in South African fishing waters anyway????

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-05-17 01:16

      Good question,and we all know how many fish those type of vessels can rake out of the water in one scoop.This is all happening unchallenged whilst local smalltime fishermen who makes a daily living from their catches is slapped with harsh quotas, restrictions and bans imposed on them by the authorities in a manner that ultematly only benefit the big players in the industry.It appears that this vessel was having a field day in our waters all along.What is the purpose of our own coat guard or even the SA Navy and Dept.of fisheries under this circumstances one might further ask.Along with the current developments,I would say this foreighn fishing ship owners,captains and crew is taking a big crab on us all.

      Juan - 2012-05-17 03:58

      Very good question, to come and poach our fish stocks? These foreign trawlers must be banned from our waters, they rape our fish stocks and we are left to clean up the mess. Confiscating these ships and jailing the captain should be a solution.

      Freddie - 2012-05-17 07:23

      The ship is packed full of tuna as well...wonder where they were caught??? SA Maritime only monitor and check Tankers and not vessels therefore these okes have free reign at the moment...

      Peter - 2012-05-17 08:02

      The fat cats in high places get paid for the fish but the money never comes to SA

      Burtfred - 2012-05-17 08:28

      Fishing, you twit

      Klippies - 2012-05-17 09:52

      Sounds like word got out that it's cheaper to take your boat to South Africa to get rid of than trying to get rid of it in your own country. Plus the added benefit that the insurance may pay out.

      Martin - 2012-05-17 09:59

      they should receive no human rights unless legit, somali pirates on the moz side should just be blown out of the water, no quarter. we are probably the best candidate for invasion worldwide

      Nigel - 2012-05-17 14:03

      Harvesting our fish because we are not able to patrol SA waters any more. Lack of resources.

      Denise - 2012-05-17 18:51

      The latest insurance scam in SA… pollute our pristine beaches with shipwrecks. Judging from the pictures in the media I would say that the Eihatsu Maru did not “run aground” she was “driven aground”. Now it has emerged in the news that we the taxpayers of SA will have to pay for the salvage of the vessel just to preserve our beaches. As if that is not enough, another Rogue ship Panos Earth lies anchored in False Bay. False Bay is an environmentally sensitive area with about seven rivers mouthing into it. The entire False Bay is actually a national park and a protected area. Can you imagine if this cargo ship sinks there and 3000 tons of bunker oil drifts to the surface and washes onto our shores? The question is therefore… how long before other shipping companies with their oil tankers, cargo ships and trawlers cotton on to the scam strike a deal with the corrupt ANC and start running their ships up our beaches?

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-05-17 00:46

    Well samsa should incur the cost of salvage provided that the ship is held in captive until the salvaging costs are covered for with interests by the owner

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-05-17 00:46

    Well samsa should incur the cost of salvage provided that the ship is held in captive until the salvaging costs are covered for with interests by the owner

  • Koos - 2012-05-17 00:46

    I think the solution is quite simple. Give the crew of the Panos Earth a life raft(or not) tow it to the south and blow it up(with or without the crew). The same goes for this vessels, pump it dry and cut it into pieces. Sell it as scrap metal. Somewhere someone need to be made an example off. You enter our fishing zones(waters) we blow you to pieces. End of story. I'm getting so tired of these f ers that come and destroy our coastline. Let them pay, in blood if needed.

      Kala - 2012-05-17 08:29

      Create an artificial reef which will result in more divers coming to the area which will boost tourism.

      John - 2012-05-18 18:05

      Not a bad suggestion, but who in our government do you think will have the B@LLS to stand up on behalf of its citizens? It's MUCH easier to milk the taxpayer yet again. Hey, we got SO USED to being milked, we'll be missing it... Remember the majority of our government consists of a bunch of spineless dweeps!!!!!

  • Saffa in Asia - 2012-05-17 01:46

    Pump it dry and blow it up

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-17 03:44

      Get cosatu to destroy it.

  • Aggrey - 2012-05-17 04:35

    Gordon, I love your honesty being a South African highjacker. What else would please us? Thats why a decision was made by the government to sanction Piracy to highjack it. Well done, nobody will be shot this time around.

  • seanpresherhughes - 2012-05-17 05:14

    Finders keepers, loosers weepers!

  • temudau - 2012-05-17 05:44

    Blah blah blah cant we 1st get the crew members 2 safety........!

      Marion - 2012-05-17 07:54

      @temudau - you'v made my day!

      Marion - 2012-05-17 07:55


      Jean - 2012-05-17 07:55

      Verwat? Feed them to the fish...

  • Ricky Naidoo - 2012-05-17 06:11

    Nice to see other countries finding SA more so Cape Town as a dumping ground for vessels.

  • Chriskoi1 - 2012-05-17 06:38

    Vat die inhoud en verkoop dit vir die onkostes

      Koos - 2012-05-17 06:43

      10 ton perlemoen?

  • merushan - 2012-05-17 06:46

    There's 50 tons of fuel onboard if I'm not mistaken, that's worth a billion rands in SA lol, sell it and recover th costs :D

  • andre.rabie3 - 2012-05-17 07:04

    Sell the feul and fish!!!!!!!!!

      Marion - 2012-05-17 07:58

      No, sell the fuel and give the money to the fishermen in the Cape. Send the fish to Japan via SA Post Office.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-17 07:07

    Easy to fix if it was not for corrupt Govt. the ship owners have other vessels that use Cape Town harbour regularly AND they fish in SA waters. This means that vessels can be confiscated to be sold, their fishing license cancelled, that should recover the cost. will any of this be done? seeing the corruption in the Sea Fisheries Ministry I don't think so...

  • gcj.wood - 2012-05-17 07:09

    Have to agree with WimpieN, it's easy- Big tugboat, pull to deep water, scuttle!

  • Hermann - 2012-05-17 07:17

    Why are these pricks fishing in South African waters?

      ettienne.hattingh - 2012-05-17 07:39

      Tina Joemat-Pettersson is not doing her job.

      Michael - 2012-05-17 08:09

      @ettiene Has she ever?

  • Sam - 2012-05-17 07:27

    I think we should start using these ships to build our own surf break reefs at good spots along the coast.

  • Tony - 2012-05-17 07:31

    What happens if someone brings a boat full of nuclear waste to our shores and simply leave it here. Do we have no monitoring of our shoreline? Is it this easy for anyone to just dump their unwanted stuff on us ans walk away? Serious questions should be asked to the appropriate authorities. Surely there should be some sort of monitoring of shipping traffic passing round Cape Point? The Panos Earth should be towed out to sea and scuttled before the weather changes and washes it ashore.

      Anette Botha - 2012-05-17 08:58

      Another debacle from our corrupt government no the government is not paying the taxpayer is.

  • Brett - 2012-05-17 07:35

    Which corrupt ANC official was bribed into letting them take our fish?

      rasthami.m1 - 2012-05-17 07:54

      Kindergarten isn't operational today I see,Nap time for you brett

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-17 09:32

      Maybe the one that replaced the previous NP official that allowed the Taiwanese and also Japan ships to take out our fish. It is easy to find a stick to hit the ANC(too easy)with, but we(even ANC members) should rather push for the whole system to be reviewed. The fishing groups are still getting away with it while the smaller fisher man/companies suffers under the current law/quotas.

  • Marion - 2012-05-17 07:46

    If my car was involved in an accident and I hadn't claim it from the towing company after x amount of time wouldn't they have the right to take ownership of it, and anything in it, to offset the costs? Just a question.

  • LaurenJade - 2012-05-17 07:54

    Keep it there and turn it into a kid's play house.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-17 07:54

    Why arent the Japs paying...

      thebe.tau - 2012-05-17 07:57

      Everwhere everytime SAns want to offend, that is an offensive word man, but I guess the Japanese will just be told \get a life\, just live everybody else who compalains.

  • Ed - 2012-05-17 07:56

    Bollox...the ship was supposedly FULL of freshly caught fish frm our own waters. take the cargo, sell the ship and then send the crew to somalia. these guys raoe and pillage all international waters that they go into...all their boats should be burned.

  • mamoshianem1 - 2012-05-17 08:07

    They started by porching rhinos,now they stealing fishies,invading our territory what's next?

  • Zion - 2012-05-17 08:08

    If the South African operation and financing of the salvaging process has been successful then it means the owner has no longer any say as to the ownership of the ship.

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-17 08:28

    Put those rhino horns, that was confiscated, on it and I guarantee you Japan will remove the ship/trawler in 24hrs and if not them some-one else will. Problem solved(re: the ship)

  • Gerda - 2012-05-17 08:50

    First they come and STEAL our fish, then they run into trouble and expect US to help them back onto sea. Again the taxpayer footing the bill. Finders keepers.Confiscate property, let the art students from a university paint it, get an interior designer to sponsor the interior, use it as an restaurant and playground for public, especially children whom have never set foot on an ship, BUT first get a decent home for the captain's dog and get an one way ticket for the captain from his country's embassy.

  • benlloyd.roth - 2012-05-17 08:51

    awesome! two more wrecks to dive in the western cape!!!

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-17 09:01

    We should protect our waters. We have no pride. Look we even kill our own kind. It's a laugh

  • Brendon - 2012-05-17 09:07

    Put the crew in a life boat and send them on there way drag the ship offshore and sink it, create a artificial reef for sea creatures.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-17 09:27

    I don't really see a problem the ship itself is worth a lot of money and its cargo is also worth money, if we recover the ship we own it, either sell it as a working ship, and then sell the cargo or sell the lot as scrap metal. Yes I know we will take a hit, but the alternative is to salvage what can be salvaged and then leave the ship to the elements. Once the owner walks away or refuses to pay he no longer has any claim to ownership.

  • Loo - 2012-05-17 09:41

    WTF are Japanese vessels doing here in the first place.. NO doubt they were poaching . .where is our 100 billion lazy ass navy now ?????? Oh wait . .they still being trained on how to start the engines

  • desmond.labuschagne - 2012-05-17 09:46

    Sechaba and sipho must be sharing one brain cell and its not even working

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-05-17 09:49

    No problem. Then the ship and its contents remain ours to do with as we wish. Hundreds of tons of scrap steel, that is if the ship cannot be floated again.

  • Eugene - 2012-05-17 09:56

    before ships enter our waters,a proper check should be done on whether all insurance docks are in order,simple solution.

  • Aj - 2012-05-17 12:31

    Ban all japanese fishing vessels until the Japanese government or fishing industry comes up with the cash. Make a point. this is not the first time either. surely we can play a bit harder with this nonsense

  • siliziwem - 2012-05-17 13:44

    Just hire me with 20 dynamites to blast the thing

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-05-17 14:33

      ATM bomber

  • cschmidt152 - 2012-05-17 15:29

    If we keep cleaning up ships.....every bankrupt boat owner will run it ashore on our beautiful beaches.....there must be a penalty!!

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-19 15:17

      You so right...but this ruling party don't's not their money that pays for it's ours.

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