Gepost vrijdag 22 augustus 2003 @ 15:28
SMIT Salvage South Africa has commenced the fuel removal operation off the ‘Sea-Land Express'
22 August 2003
container vessel ‘Sea-Land Express' ran aground at 07h30, 200 metres
off Sunset Beach, north of the Port of Cape Town on Tuesday 19th August
in severe weather and wave conditions during a typical Cape winter's
storm. SMIT Salvage South Africa was awarded a Lloyds Open Form salvage
contract with respect to the grounded container vessel.
ship-to-ship transfer from the grounded container vessel began at
midnight last night and the salvage team on board the casualty report
that the fuel removal operation is proceeding well with pumping rates
of 50 tonnes per hour being achieved. Oil is being pumped out of those
tanks considered to be most at risk of being breached should the
vessel's structural condition change and it is expected that the team
will be able to make good use of the fine weather being experienced at
Thursday, a chemical engineer was flown out to the casualty in order to
assess the risk posed by the cargo classed as hazardous and confirmed
that salvage personnel and crew on board, as well as members of the
public, were under no direct threat. Contingency plans for the removal
of that cargo are in the process of being put in place.
‘Sea-Land Express' rests in a sandy gully approximately 200 metres from
the beach. Renewed attempts to refloat the container vessel will be
made once it is deemed that she has been lightened sufficiently. This
will entail the removal of the fuel - which also reduces the risk of
oil pollution, as well as cargo should this be deemed necessary.
we move into the weekend, members of the public are requested to limit
their sightseeing activities to the beach. Surfers, canoeists and other
recreational boating and sports people are kindly requested to stay
well away from the area of operation so as not to jeopardise the
ship-to-ship transfer or their own safety. This request is extended to
aerial enthusiasts, including those using helicopters and micro lights,
whose presence may jeopardise the safe operation of the salvage team's
‘Sea-Land Express' is a USA flagged container ship owned by U.S. Ship
Management, Inc and was built in 1980. She has a length of 257m and is
30 metres wide and 32,926 DWT. The vessel was en route to Cape Town
from Durban, South Africa.