Bulk carrier leaks oil after rough Cape seas

2012-09-01 15:33

Cape Town - A thick layer of oil from the stranded bulk carrier, Seli 1, has washed ashore on the Table View beachfront, the City of Cape Town's disaster risk management centre said on Saturday.

"It is believed that the rough seas and high swells that were experienced yesterday [Friday] and extended overnight resulted in the movement of the vessel and caused the oil spill from the vessel," spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said in a statement. Several of the City's teams had started clean-up operations, which would run from Saturday to Sunday.

"It has also been discovered that the one crane of the vessel has disintegrated and it is suspected that it has fallen into the water."

The extent of the spill would be made known later on Saturday after an aerial assessment of the beachfront.

The public were warned to steer clear of the wreckage.

"The directive issued by the SA Maritime Safety Authority is still enforced that no bathing and other recreational activities are permitted in the immediate area of the wreckage," Solomons-Johannes said.

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-09-01 15:38

    Apartheids fault..

      Charms - 2012-09-01 16:46


  • john.pope.75491 - 2012-09-01 15:47

    It has rolled over during the night (Friday)and the cranes are now under the water..

  • allan.fitzgerald.1 - 2012-09-01 15:53

    Trawler....??? Turkeys...get your facts right before writing drivel. The Seli 1 was a Turkish bulk carrier. Learn the difference between the sharp end from the blunt end of a ship before attempting to cover maritime issues.

      andynct - 2012-09-01 16:16

      Seems journalists these days can't even use Wikipedia

      andynct - 2012-09-01 16:50

      They've corrected it. Good. Still no pics though.

  • - 2012-09-01 16:12

    And here comes the interesting part now. How prepared are the South African government to handle a situation like this. Last time I saw (and sorry if I am out-dated) on Carte Blanche, something like this will not really be a situation that can be coped with after the fiasco with the department of fisheries screwed up and the ships that was supposed to be equipped to deal with this was just floating around being useless.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-01 16:20

    What the hell!!??? I thought by now all oil would have been pumped from the vessel. Sue the authorities for dereliction of duties.

      JohnPope - 2012-09-01 16:35

      A comrade probably got the tender to pump the tanks, so it is not necessary to do a proper job because they will never be blamed ( joke ). It then becomes the DA's fault..LOL

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-09-01 16:57

    This thing is stuck in the middle of one of the most panoramic views in the world. Are they ever going to get rid of it?

  • ron.lawrance - 2012-09-01 16:59

    This has happened a year ago as well. Is it not possible to pump all the crude off so this won't happen again or are we waiting for another natural disaster on our coast????

  • spookhuis - 2012-09-01 18:04

    WTF... the oil was supposed to have been removed a year ago.

  • juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-02 02:13

    Wow it's been a busy season for the Cape Town disaster risk management team

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