MV Smart allowed to dump coal

The Dept of Environmental Affairs has approved Samsa’s request to dump the coal into the sea.

FILE: The Dept of Environmental Affairs has approved Samsa’s request to dump the coal into the sea. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Dumping 10,000 tons of coal from a stricken bulk carrier in Richards Bay will help the salvage operation, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) said on Monday.

The MV Smart ran aground in rough seas last month shortly after leaving the harbour.

The vessel split in two, making it difficult to remove the wreck.

The Department of Environmental Affairs has approved Samsa's request to dump the coal into the ocean.

About 50,000 tons of coal fell into the sea when the vessel ran aground.

Captain Saroor Ali is overseeing the operation.

Salvors are hoping to retrieve the rest of the fuel from the ship.

Almost 2,000 tons of fuel was successfully removed from the stricken vessel.