05 September 2011

Phoenix not sunk yet:

South African Maritime Authority officials say they will only sink the MT Phoenix once they have offloaded all their equipment from the vessel.

They spent yesterday removing some of the R9-million worth of equipment onboard.

Samsa spokesperson Sobantu Tilayi says they were unable to complete the process as they ran out of light.

The 164 metre long ship was finally removed from the rocks at Sheffield Beach on the North Coast at the weekend, after being stranded there for over a month.

The vessel is currently 40 kilometres south east of Durban.

Tilayi says they would like to start sinking the Phoenix when there is still sufficient light, so that they can monitor the process.

He says this will depend on what time they finish removing the equipment.

"We had to take the vessel as far away as possible from land, so that even if she sinks [unintentionally] then at least she's sinking where it's safe to do so," said Tilayi.

"Once we finish that we are going to finish the rest of the trip to the sinking ground, which is another 30 kilometres to go from that point - and that's where we are going to start sinking."

(Photos: Ray Roberts)

Source: East Coast Radio. By Tamlyn Canham. 05 September 2011 - 16:00

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