Cape Africa enters Port of Cape Town today

Jul 14, 2004
Author: Joint Response Committee

The bulk carrier Cape Africa, under tow by the salvage tug Smit Amandla, will enter the Port of Cape Town this afternoon. Yesterday evening, with the Cape Africa cargo lightening operation complete and the specialized lightening vessel Bandar en route to Saldanha Bay to discharge the final load of iron ore cargo removed from the bulk carrier, the convoy of tug and tow, under escort by the SMIT tug Pentow Service and the oil pollution vessel Kuswag IV, left False Bay en route to Cape Town.

The Joint Response Committee would like to thank the residents of Simon's Town and neighbouring suburbs for their support and interest during the Cape Africa's time in the Bay. Their sensitivity to the operational requirements of the team and issues of public safety has ensured that the salvage team has succeeded in operating safely, in an environmentally-friendly manner and in as short a time as possible.

The 150 000 Dwt bulk carrier Cape Africa is owned by U-Ming Marine Transportation Corporation and was built in 1991. It 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 earlier. The salvage team successfully removed approximately 1900 tonnes of bunker fuel as a prerequisite prior to the bulk carrier's entry into False Bay.

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