Cape Town - Several oil-covered African penguins were rescued on St Croix and Bird Island in Algoa Bay after an oil spill caused a slick of about 5km.
So far 95 penguins have been rescued and taken to rehabilitation facilities in the area since they started washing up on beaches on Tuesday.
Fayroush Ludick, SANParks regional spokesperson, told Netwerk24 that the situation is now considered to be a national disaster and will be handled at a national level.
African penguins are critically endangered.
A spokesperson for environmental affairs, Zolile Nqayi, says a national task team was deployed to the area and he is still waiting on feedback from officials on the ground.
Captain Neville Noble, Port Manager for the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) in the Port of Ngqura, told News24 that about 100 litres of oil was split during a ship-to-ship transfer on Sunday.
Call for Second Bunker Barge at Cape Town as "Ageing Shoreside Fuel Lines Cannot be Used"
A South African maritime author and educationist says a second bunker barge would eliminate the problem of "ageing shore side fuel lines" at Cape Town and help attract an estimated 50 vessels that pass through local waters daily.
Writing in the Cape Times Wednesday, Brian Ingpen estimates that each of these vessels has the potential to generate R1 million ($71,660) in revenue, excluding fuel purchases.
The revenue would go to local ports and to "a host of ancillary services, while an increased sustained flow of bunker ships means long-term job creation." shipandbunker.com...
The NSRI was urging fishermen and vessels at sea off the Cape Peninsula and False Bay Coast to be cautious and aware of a large capsized vessel floating semi-submerged last known to be 9.8 nautical miles due South of Cape Point at 4 p.m. on May 1. The NSRI became aware of the floating wreck after being alerted at 2 p.m. by a fisherman who happened upon the capsized vessel. The NSRI Simonstown have attached life-jacket strobe lights onto the wreck in an effort to make the wreck more visible to passing traffic. Our greatest concern is fishermen departing to go to normal fishing grounds South of Cape Point before sunrise and returning after sunset as the floating wreck is barely visible. It was unknown what vessel this is or where it originated. A Marine Biologist who is an NSRI Hout Bay volunteer and who accompanied NSRI Simonstown today suspects that, judging by barnacle growth on the wreck, she may be about two months old. Telkom Maritime Radio Services posted a Maritime Navigational Hazard for vessels in the area to be on alert. The NSRI attempted to monitor future sightings to track progress of the floating wreck.
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A two-year R650-million investment will be part of the expansion of the oil and fuel storage terminal at Cape Town harbour, to make it a multi-purpose facility. The deal was announced on Thursday by Burgan Cape Terminals, which also said Transnet Port Authority, owners of Cape Town harbour, had granted the company a 20-year lease.
When a fisheries patrol vessel intercepted three foreign vessels fishing illegally off the coast they found “modern-day slaves” forced to live and work in appalling conditions.Some of the crew, mainly Indonesian and Taiwanese, had been working on the tuna fishing vessels for between three and five years without being paid. On Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, Ceba Mtoba, chief director of control and surveillance at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said in terms of the SA Maritime Safety Authorities regulations, the vessels were not fit to sail. “(The crew) were living in pathetic conditions. It was absolutely terrible, completely inhumane to treat people like that,” Mtoba said. Bernard Liedemann of fisheries’ law enforcement said on Thursday: “It was basically modern-day slavery. If we had not intervened, this treatment would have gone on unnoticed. At least we have got these vessels out of commission.”
The fisheries patrol vessel Victoria Mxenge escorted the vessels from offshore of Camps Bay to Cape Town harbour and seized the vessels.
During their investigation another seven vessels belonging to the same owner were later found docked in Cape Town harbour. The vessels had fake registration documents. There were 75 crew on the 10 vessels.
Questions rising over Eihatsu Maru grounding at Clifton Beach
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. More at www.news24.com/So...
The City of Cape Town is concerned about the impact of a Home Affairs ban on passenger ships docking at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. At least 13 cruise ships including the Silver Wind, National Geographic Explorer and Queen Mary are scheduled to visit Cape Town between January and May 2012, but a recent ruling by the Department of Home Affairs means that cruise liners will have to dock in Duncan Dock with immediate effect. More at www.businesslive....
Trawler blaze affects cargo operations at container terminal
Cargo handling operations resumed at the container terminal of the Cape Town dock where a trawler has been ablaze, Transnet National Ports Authority said on Sunday night.
A fire which started on the fishing vessel Dongsan on Friday had closed the terminal on Sunday morning, but operations resumed at 19:00, said Coen Birkenstock.
Dongsan, docked at Quay 501 in the Ben Schoeman dock, was being cooled by a tug boat.
Chief Executive Karl Socikwa said three vessels could not load or offload on Sunday due to the potential threat of the burning trawler. www.news24.com/So...