SELI 1 has not affected birdlife - SANCCOB

The South African Navy has been breaking-up SELI 1 by making use of explosives.

The South African Navy has been breaking-up SELI 1 by making use of explosives.

CAPE TOWN - The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) on Sunday confirmed that bird colonies have not been affected by any oil spills from the SELI 1 wreck as yet.

The City of Cape Town's Solid Waste Management and Environmental Affairs Departments have been dealing with leaks over the weekend.

The South African Navy has been breaking-up the wreck of the vessel by making use of explosives.

The Turkish vessel ran aground off the Blouberg Coastline four years ago.

"SANCCOB has been closely involved via the City of Cape Town and the Department of Environmental Affairs throughout the SELI 1 Wreck reduction operations,” said SANCCOB's Vanessa Strauss.

“We’ve also been working with a volunteer group called Earthwatch (Expedition) on Robben Island and they've been surveying and looking for oiled birds.”