Taiwanese bulker in danger off Cape coast

Apr 27, 2004
Author: P&S

The Taiwanese bulk ship Cape Africa has called for assistance after a very large hole developed in the ship’s hull. Earlier today the vessel was reported some 320 miles southwest of Cape Town and battling through heavy seas.

The 149,533-dwt ship (IMO9010735), which is owned and operated by U-Ming Marine of Taipei and which flies the Taiwan flag, is carrying a cargo of iron ore loaded in Brazil and was bound for the Far East.

The salvage tug Smit Amandla has sailed from Cape Town and is expected to reach the stricken ship late tomorrow (Wednesday). The South African Maritime Safety Authority is understood to have issued instructions that Cape Africa be taken to a point about 70 miles from the Western Cape coast where surveyors can assess the damage. The ship under tow is expected to reach this position sometime on Thursday (29 April).

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