BBC China remains firmly aground

Oct 21, 2004
Author: P&S

Poor weather conditions are hampering efforts to remove bunker fuels from the stranded dry cargo ship BBC China, which went aground near Port Grosvenor on the Wild Coast on Saturday night.

According to a Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism statement issued today, a disposal unit deployed by the department has begun removing bags of oiled sludge collected from the adjacent beaches by the local community employed for the task and assisted by the local authority’s disaster management team.

The nearby Msikaba River estuary mouth has been closed to prevent any oil from entering and Kuswag I, an oil abatement vessel together with the Smit Salvage offshore tug Pentow Service, both from Durban, remain on standby. Kuswag VIII, a coastal reconnaissance aircraft of the department is continuing with regular overflights to further monitor the situation from the air.

Smit Salvage is undertaking the salvage attempt of the German-owned and managed vessel, which was on a voyage to Durban for a rudder inspection before continuing to Dar es Salaam.

Pictures courtesy Smit Salvage

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