Oil spill at Durban

Sep 9, 2004
Author: P&S

Approximately 1 ton of oil spilled from the Durban single buoy mooring (SBM) yesterday (Wednesday) and began coming ashore north of the SBM on the Durban Bluff, a few miles south of the Durban port entrance.

According to Sapref, which operates the terminal the spill was the result of a damaged gasket in a flange on one of the hoses used to connect to tankers on the mooring.

There was no ship on the mooring at the time and the gasket was quickly replaced but not before some of the oil began washing up on the nearby beach. Cleanup operations of the beach began almost immediately and an oil dispersant vessel belonging to the Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism remained on site to assist with remaining oil in the sea.

Monitoring of the beach area is being maintained.

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