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Breaking up of SELI 1 continues Monday

The South African Navy used explosives to break down what is left of the Turkish vessel.

The South African Navy used explosives to break down what is left of the Turkish vessel, SELI 1.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Navy has taken time out from breaking up the wreck of the SELI 1 this weekend.

They will continue working on the wreck on Monday as part of the Department of Transport driven project. 

Officials have been using explosives to break down what is left of the Turkish vessel, which ran aground off the Blouberg coastline in 2009.

The plan of the project is to weaken the structure by cutting through demolitions.

The recent removal process has resulted in some small oil spills, which were quickly contained and have not affected marine life.

The City of Cape Town's Wilfred Solomons Johannes said, “We want to warn the public that the area is prohibited and will remain under the control of the law enforcement agencies.

“Members of the public are not allowed to access the wreck under any circumstances.”