Oil spilling from Turkish bulk carrier wreck off Cape Town

September 2, 2012
A bulk carrier sits after running aground in 2009 in front of the Table Bay beach on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. Oil from the Turkish bulk carrier that ran aground three years ago was spilling onto two beaches on Saturday, officials said.

Oil from a Turkish bulk carrier that ran aground three years ago off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa's prime tourist city, was spilling onto two beaches, officials said.

Investigations on Saturday showed the vessel had disintegrated into three pieces, Cape Town city spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.

"It is believed the rough seas and high spells that were experienced yesterday (Friday)... resulted in the movement of the vessel and caused the oil spill from the vessel," he said.

Aerial investigations "established that a thick layer of has washed ashore and that large quantities of oil is still in the water in the vicinity of the SELI 1 vessel that ran aground on 07 September 2009," he said.

"Black oil fingers" of up to 500 metres radius originating from the vessel was trickling toward the city's Dolphin Beach, he added.

Efforts to clean the oil were suspended until Monday due to rough seas.

The Panamanian-registered, and Turkish-operated ship was carrying 30,000 tons of coal and 600 tons of heavy fuel when it developed engine problems in September 2009 while on its way to Gilbraltar

It has since remained there and South African authorities require 40 million rand ($4,7 million, 4 million euros) to clear the .

Explore further: Tanker spills oil in San Francisco Bay

Related Stories

Oil spill as container ship hits N. Zealand reef

October 5, 2011

A large container ship ran aground on a reef off New Zealand's North Island Wednesday, releasing a "light sheen of oil" but not posing a major environmental hazard, the country's maritime authority said.

Most oil emptied from stricken New Zealand ship

November 14, 2011

Salvage crews have pumped almost all the oil from a container ship that ran aground on a New Zealand reef and caused the country's worst maritime pollution disaster, authorities said Monday.

Sri Lanka braces for oil slick

August 24, 2012

Sri Lanka mobilised 500 volunteers on Friday to prepare for an oil slick heading towards its coast after a cargo vessel sank off-shore due to bad weather, a disaster official said.

'Manageable' oil slick reaches Sri Lanka capital

August 26, 2012

An oil slick from a rusting cargo vessel that sank in bad weather reached the coast of Sri Lanka's capital on Saturday and threatened a beach resort popular with foreign tourists, officials said.

Recommended for you

Drought's lasting impact on forests

July 30, 2015

In the virtual worlds of climate modeling, forests and other vegetation are assumed to bounce back quickly from extreme drought. But that assumption is far off the mark, according to a new study of drought impacts at forest ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.