Salvors appointed for stricken ship in Cape Town harbour

2016-11-08 20:44
The Verano was sprayed with water to keep it cool. (Jaco Marais, Netwerk24)

The Verano was sprayed with water to keep it cool. (Jaco Marais, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town – Salvors have been appointed by the owners of a ship that caught fire in the Cape Town harbour almost a week ago, a Transnet National Ports Authority official said on Tuesday.

Their first task would be to extinguish the fire, drain water from the vessel and make it safe, said Port of Cape Town spokesperson Coen Birkenstock.

Daily meetings would be held with the salvors of the Verano fishing trawler to map the way forward.

The fire broke out in the vessel last Wednesday while she was berthed at quay 703, sparking fears of a major pollution spill as clouds of smoke billowed across the harbour.

On Saturday she started listing due to all the water that had been sprayed into the hold. Firefighters were evacuated.

The vessel had been carrying polystyrene and oil.

By Tuesday morning the vessel had cooled down further although smoke still rose from a hold.

The ship listed to starboard [right] but remained stable.

Birkenstock said the cause of the fire remained unknown.

A joint operating centre was active around the clock to manage the activities in the quay.

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