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Eihatsu Maru docked in harbour

The Eihatsu Maru has been docked in Table Bay harbour after being towed off Clifton beach.

A tug boat tries to pull the Eihatsu Maru off Clifton beach
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CAPE TOWN - The South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) on Sunday said it could take days or even weeks to tally up the cost of last week's salvage operation on Clifton beach.

The Japanese fishing trawler, Eihatsu Maru, ran aground on First beach taking salvors a week to remove it from the soft sand.

The issue of who will foot the bill is unclear at this stage as figures of R1m a day in operational costs are being thrown around.

Samsa's Dave Colly said whoever ends up paying will need to fork out a lot of money.

“When it comes to determining costs, it depends on who’s paying. If the owner is insured, then market price will be paid.”

Colly said he hoped to invoice the owner when he arrives in Cape Town this week.

Meanwhile, the ship is docked at Table Bay harbour awaiting the arrival of its owner before any repairs are done to the rudder and propeller which sustained damage when she ran aground.

The Democratic Alliance’s Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture spokesperson, Pieter van Dalen said the City of Cape Town might be forced to take ownership of the ship if nobody pays up.

“If all else fails, we will sell the fish and the vessel to try and recover costs. But this is our last resort.”

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