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Gepost dinsdag 4 Mei 2004 @ 10:30

SMIT Salvage Ltd has been awarded a Lloyds Open Form with respect to the holed bulk carrier ‘Cape Africa'. The Master and crew abandoned ship on Wednesday 28 April after reporting extensive structural damage in hold No. 3 on Monday 26 April.
The 150 000 Dwt bulk carrier ‘Cape Africa' is owned by U-Ming Marine Transportation Corporation and was built in 1991. It is carrying a cargo of iron ore and was en route to the Far East from Ponta da Madeira in Brazil.

The condition of the holed bulk carrier ‘Cape Africa', currently under tow by salvage tug ‘Smit Amandla' approximately 160 miles West of Cape Town, South Africa, is reported to be stable as preparations for the transfer of 1900 tonnes of her bunker fuel continue. SMIT Salvage Ltd intends to transfer the fuel to a receiving vessel in the first phase of the salvage operation, which is contingent on the bulk carrier's condition remaining stable and the absence of adverse weather and swell conditions - all of which is being closely monitored.

Of paramount importance in this salvage operation is the safety of salvage personnel and the protection of the marine environment. A salvage team, including a naval architect, was flown to the casualty on Sunday to conduct structural and stability surveys, the outcome of which will be used to determine optimally safe working conditions for salvage personnel during the fuel transfer operation.

The Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism's Antarctic supply vessel – ‘S.A. Agulhas' – has been chartered by SMIT Salvage Ltd for utilization as a logistics base at the scene during the operation for both salvage personnel and equipment and is able to support helicopter operations. The bunker fuel pumped from the ‘Cape Africa' will be transferred to the ‘S.A. Agulhas' fuel tanks for temporary storage.

The ‘S.A. Agulhas' is en route to Cape Town from Marion Island and is expected to arrive on Wednesday, at which time the necessary equipment will be loaded onto her. It is anticipated that she will be on the scene by the end of the week. The salvage tug ‘Smit Amandla' remains connected up to the ‘Cape Africa'. The Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism's oil pollution abatement vessel ‘Kuswag IV' remains on the scene.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority has ordered that the bulk carrier remain at least 120 miles off of Cape Town until such time as all bunker fuel has been transferred.

The 150 000 Dwt bulk carrier ‘Cape Africa' is owned by U-Ming Marine Transportation Corporation and was built in 1991. It is carrying a cargo of iron ore and was en route to the Far East from Ponta da Madeira in Brazil.

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Gepost woensdag 5 Mei 2004 @ 16:55

beetje voorbaring met titel.
hij is nog niet geborgen.
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Gepost woensdag 5 Mei 2004 @ 20:31

An additional salvage tug has been taken on hire by SMIT Salvage Ltd in order to begin the 'Cape Africa' fuel transfer operation as soon as is possible; with the 'S.A. Agulhas' estimated time of arrival in Cape Town now Thursday evening.

During the course of the day today, the salvage tug 'Nikolay Chiker' - will be discharging some of her own bunker fuel in preparation for receiving approximately 1000 tonnes of bunker fuel pumped off the 'Cape Africa' and will load required fuel transfer equipment during the night. She is expected to depart from Cape Town in the early hours of Thursday morning to rendezvous with the 'Cape Africa' and salvage tug 'Smit Amandla', approximately 160 miles west of Cape Town. Weather permitting, the salvage team hope to begin transferring fuel from the 'Cape Africa' during the course of the day on Friday.
Upon the 'S.A. Agulhas' return to Cape Town, she will be prepared for her role in the fuel removal operation and will proceed to the scene as soon as is possible over the course of the weekend.

Salvage personnel flew out to the casualty yesterday in order to conduct additional surveys regarding the vessel's condition and during the course of the night last night, equipment required for an underwater ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) survey departed Cape Town on a supply vessel. Members of the salvage team will be flown out to the casualty later today in order to conduct an underwater survey of the vessel as and when the weather and swell condition allows.

The condition of the holed bulk carrier 'Cape Africa', currently under tow by salvage tug 'Smit Amandla', is reported to be stable.

The transfer of the fuel to a receiving vessel is the first phase of the salvage operation, which is contingent on the bulk carrier's condition remaining stable and the absence of adverse weather and swell conditions - all of which is being closely monitored. The Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism's oil pollution abatement vessel 'Kuswag IV' remains on the scene.
The safety of salvage personnel and the protection of the marine environment remain of paramount importance in this salvage operation.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority has ordered that the bulk carrier remain at least 120 miles off of Cape Town until such time as all bunker fuel has been transferred. The Master and crew were flown off the casualty on Wednesday 28 April as a precautionary measure after reporting extensive structural damage in hold No. 3 earlier.

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Gepost vrijdag 7 Mei 2004 @ 16:32

A SMIT chartered salvage tug carrying all equipment required for the 'Cape Africa' fuel transfer operation rendezvoused with the bulk carrier and the salvage tug 'SMIT Amandla' some 160 miles west of Cape Town during the night. At first light this morning, SMIT Salvage personnel began transferring the approximately 30 tonnes of equipment required for this operation to the 'Cape Africa' and preparing to connect up in order that the fuel transfer operation can begin during the hours of daylight today or tomorrow, weather permitting.

A helicopter flew out to the location at first light this morning in order to assist in moving the equipment from the tug to the 'Cape Africa'.
In order to maximise the safety of salvage personnel working on the 'Cape Africa', only essential personnel will work on the casualty and two teams, working alternate shifts, will be used so as to enable the operation to continue 24 hours a day, weather permitting. No members of the salvage team will live on the 'Cape Africa' and when not required for work, they will be transferred back to the salvage tug.

The condition of the holed bulk carrier 'Cape Africa', currently under tow by salvage tug 'SMIT Amandla', is reported to be stable. It has been determined that the bulk carrier has a hole by way of Hold #3 that extends approximately 20 metres by 5 metres.
The salvage tug 'Nikolay Chiker' will be able to receive approximately 1000 tonnes of the 'Cape Africa's' bunker fuel during the fuel removal operation. The 'S.A. Agulhas' returned to Cape Town from Marion Island on Thursday afternoon and is being prepared for her role in the fuel removal operation and will depart for the scene this evening.

The transfer of the fuel to a receiving vessel is the first phase of the salvage operation, which is contingent on the bulk carrier's condition remaining stable and the absence of adverse weather and swell conditions - all of which is being closely monitored. The safety of salvage personnel and the protection of the marine environment remain of paramount importance in this salvage operation.

The 150 000 Dwt bulk carrier 'Cape Africa' is owned by U-Ming Marine Transportation Corporation and was built in 1991. It is carrying a cargo of iron ore and was en route to the Far East from Ponta da Madeira in Brazil.

[Gewijzigd door nautiek op vrijdag 7 Mei 2004 @ 16:38]

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Gepost dinsdag 11 Mei 2004 @ 23:20

Monday 11 May, 2004Shortly after 05h00 this morning, SMIT Salvage personnel began pumping fuel from the bulk carrier ‘Cape Africa' to the tanks of the salvage tug ‘Nikolay Chiker'. Yesterday evening, with the connection in place and hoses pressure tested, the necessary adjustments to equipment were made. When the salvage team was transferred back to the ‘Cape Africa' early this morning, conditions were deemed suitable for the pumping operation to begin. A pumping rate of approximately 50 tonnes per hour is currently being achieved and the operation will continue day and night, weather and swell conditions permitting.

Yesterday, at the first sign of a moderation in the high swell condition that prevented the SMIT Salvage team from beginning the transfer of fuel from the bulk carrier ‘Cape Africa' over the weekend, personnel began to prepare for another attempt at connecting up to the salvage tug ‘Nikolay Chiker'. The ‘Cape Africa' is still under tow by the salvage tug ‘Smit Amandla', approximately 160 miles west of Cape Town.

The transfer of the fuel to a receiving vessel is the first phase of the salvage operation, which is contingent on the bulk carrier's condition remaining stable and the absence of adverse weather and swell conditions - all of which is being closely monitored. The salvage tug will be able to receive approximately 1000 tonnes of the ‘Cape Africa's' bunker fuel during the fuel removal operation

The safety of salvage personnel and the protection of the marine environment remain of paramount importance in this salvage operation. In order to maximise the safety of salvage personnel working on the ‘Cape Africa', only essential personnel will work on the casualty during the fuel transfer and two teams, working alternate shifts, will be used so as to enable the operation to continue 24 hours a day, weather permitting.

No members of the salvage team will live on the ‘Cape Africa' and when not required for work, they will be transferred back to the salvage tug. A helicopter is now based on the ‘S.A. Agulhas' to assist in the transfer of personnel and equipment. The helicopter is also on CASEVAC standby as a precautionary measure, should any member of the team sustain an injury during the course of the salvage operation and require immediate evacuation and return to Cape Town.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority has ordered that the bulk carrier remain at least 120 miles off of Cape Town until such time as all bunker fuel has been transferred. The condition of the holed bulk carrier ‘Cape Africa', currently under tow by salvage tug ‘SMIT Amandla', is reported to be stable. It has been determined that the bulk carrier has a hole by way of Hold #3 that extends approximately 20 metres by 5 metres.The Master and crew were flown off the casualty on Wednesday 28 April as a precautionary measure after reporting extensive structural damage in hold No. 3 earlier. The 150 000 Dwt bulk carrier ‘Cape Africa' is owned by U-Ming Marine Transportation Corporation and was built in 1991. It is carrying a cargo of iron ore and was en route to the Far East from Ponta da Madeira in Brazil.

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