Maritime safety authorities had tried to get the stricken ship, the MT Phoenix, into harbour but
Durban and harbours were full. Richards Bay
Gale-force winds and 5m swells swept the tanker from the outer anchorage, snapped the tow to the tug and, despite all attempts, ended on the rocks at
Christmas Bay, . Sheffield Beach
The derelict bulk tanker had been rescued earlier this month after its engines failed seven miles off the
coast. After initially being towed out to sea, it had been taken to Eastern Cape to bring it back into the jurisdiction of the courts. Durban
The South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) wanted the MT Phoenix out of the country’s waters for weeks “because she is not in a very good condition”, said Captain Nigel Campbell, Samsa regional manager.
A ship which broke free from a tow line lies stranded near the shore at
The 40-year-old, 164m oil tanker was on her way from West Africa to a scrapyard in
and had a 15-man skeleton crew on board. India
When the owners failed to respond to Samsa, the authority approached the KwaZulu-Natal High Court for the detention, seizure and sale of the vessel.
The order was granted on July 22. The High Court was scheduled to make the order final on August 4. Buyers for the vessel had been identified.
While awaiting this process, the ship was at anchor offshore of the
north coast, but the cold front pushed through. Durban
Anti-pollution equipment and a helicopter were deployed to the site. The hull is secure and there appears to be no oil leaking into the water. The ship has about 400 cubic metres of marine gas oil (fuel) on board, but no heavy oil. “But she is sitting in rocks and that is not good,”
. 27 July 2011 Cape Argus