Cargo ship aground off Wild Coast
Oct 17, 2004
The German general cargo ship BBC China, of 5,548 gross tons went aground near Port Grosvenor on the notorious Wild Coast of South Africa last night (Saturday, 16 October 2004). By early this morning the ship was reported firmly aground with tugs hurrying to her assistance.
Local radio reports that all crew have been safely lifted off the stricken ship by helicopter – there are no reports of injuries at this time.
The anchor handling tug Pentow Service sailed from Durban at 4am this morning (Sunday) and is expected to arrive on the scene during the day. The salvage tug Smit Amandla has left Cape Town and is expected on the scene in two days.
BBC China – IMO 9219082 - is owned by Beluga Superstition and was built in 2001, originally sailing under the name Beluga Superstition. The name change to BBC China took place in 2002. The ship remains managed by Beluga Shipping of Bremen, Germany and is flagged in Antigua.