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Salvage team praised

The Kiani Satu ran aground between Buffels Bay and Sedgefield more than a week ago.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority tries to refloat the stranded bulk carrier Kiani Satu in the Southern Cape. Picture: Ewald Stander

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape's Tourism MEC Alan Winde on Saturday praised the salvage teams responsible for successfully refloating the bulk carrier stranded off the Knysna coast.

The Kiani Satu ran aground between Buffels Bay and Sedgefield more than a week ago.

19 crew had to be airlifted off the German-owned vessel, which had been transporting tons of rice.

It is believed the cargo ship developed mechanical problems in heavy seas.

"For the last week there's been a team of around 350 people, they've all been working tirelessly," said Winde.

"The work has now paid off and it's good news for the environment."

Municipal spokesperson, Athane Scholtz said mop up operations will begin on the beach soon.

"Depending on the weather, an assessment [will be done] on the impact and then we start systematically cleaning."