South Africa Tells Stricken Bulk Carrier to Stay Away from Coast

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South Africa Tells Stricken Bulk Carrier to Stay Away from Coast

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Post by Les Nessman » Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:47 am

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South African officials are prohibiting the stricken bulk carrier Antaois from coming to within 30 miles of the South African coast until all fuel oil has been removed from the ship.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority is continuing to monitor the salvage of the bulk carrier in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Cape Town. The organization said Thursday that it was rolling out environmental safety measures that requires the offshore removal of the estimated 170 metric tonnes of bunker fuel aboard the Antaois before the ship can come anywhere near the coast.

The Greek-flagged Antaois suffered a fire and flooding in engine room on Sunday while underway from Argentina to the Middle East approximately 870 nautical miles west of Cape Town. All 19 crew members abandoned ship and picked up by another merchant ship that brought the crew to Cape Town. The bulk carrier is currently under tow by the salvage tug Smit Amandla towards Cape Town.

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Re: South Africa Tells Stricken Bulk Carrier to Stay Away from Coast

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Post by Raffles » Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:48 am

Since the crew is off and she is under tow, I guess that it is a good decision. Probably carrying GMO soybeans and corn.



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