Cape Africa safely at anchor in False Bay

May 18, 2004
Author: P&S

Smit Salvage reported late this afternoon that the bulk carrier Cape Africa, under tow by the salvage tug Smit Amandla, had arrived at its predetermined anchorage some 3km off Simonís Town in False Bay by 16.00 today (18 May). The ship was towed into False Bay by the salvage tug Smit Amandla and assisted into final position by a harbour tug.

The next phase of the salvage will begin with the fitting of a steel cofferdam by the Durban ship repair company Dormac Ship Repair, which is reported to have also been awarded the contract to repair the ship by the vesselís owners, U-Ming Marine Transportation of Taipei.

Cape Africa's condition is reported as stable and the weather outlook for the rest of the week is considered favourable.

In accordance with the precautionary approach by the Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism and the SA Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), the oil pollution abatement vessel Kuswag IV will remain on duty at the site. The patrol aircraft Kuswag VIII will conduct regular overflights of the area.

Ongoing information is available at including pictures relating to the Cape Africa salvage operation.

The 146,533-dwt bulk carrier Cape Africa is carrying a cargo of iron ore and was en route to the Far East from Ponta da Madeira in Brazil. The Master and crew were flown off the casualty on Wednesday 28 April as a precautionary measure after reporting extensive structural damage in hold No. 3 (see earlier reports in this column).

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