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R6m spent on stricken vessel

It remains unclear who will foot the estimated R6 million bill for removal of the Eihatsu Maru.

A tug boat tries to pull the Eihatsu Maru off Clifton beach
Clifton trawler,Clifton beach,Stranded vessel,Stranded vessel in Clifton
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CAPE TOWN - It remains unclear who will foot the bill for removal of the Eihatsu Maru.

The South African Maritime Authority (Samsa) estimates are around R6 million was spent on the week long salvage operation at Clifton First Beach.

Salvers managed to successfully pull back the 50 metre Japanese fishing trawler to sea on Friday.

The vessel ran aground a week ago.

Samsa's Sobantu Tilayi said, “We had a meeting with the Japanese ambassador and they are willing to assist us to find the owner of the vessel.”

The city's Environmental Department's Darryl Colenbarander said it was ecstatic by the removal of the Eihatsu Maru.

“It did take some time but everything went well. There’s been very little damage, if any. We are all happy from that perspective.

The vessel ran aground at Clifton on last Saturday.

The 28 crew members and a dog were rescued from the stricken vessel.

The air force was also called in to assist with the salvage operation on Monday.

Samsa had to remove 90 tons of fuel from the vessel as a precautionary measure on Wednesday.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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