Salvage operations underway in Clifton
Samsa officials are still struggling to tow a stricken fishing trawler off of Clifton First Beach.
CAPE TOWN - The South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) officials are still struggling to tow a stricken fishing trawler off of Clifton First Beach in Cape Town.
The Eihatsu Maru hit land in thick fog on Saturday.
Samsa has said it will not make a third refloating attempt on Wednesday, but will instead focus on removing her 90 tons of fuel oil and 40 tons of tuna.
Five days and two towing attempts later, the Japanese trawler is still firmly lodged into the soft sand.
After the towing rope snapped on Tuesday, salvers decided to remove all fuel from the ship, as a precautionary measure should the vessel break in the process.
The operation to remove all the fuel and pump it into a 20 cubic metre bladder into the beach is now in full swing.
It is hoped the operation will also lighten the vessel sufficiently to see it successfully removed by Friday.
In 2009, Seli 1 washed aground at Bloubergstrand and the vessel broke into half resulting in an oil spill.
The owner of the Japanese trawler abandoned the vessel and Samsa had to take over the salvage operation.
It is not clear how the vessel made its way to Clifton.
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)