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    Algoa Bay oil spill: Ship-to-ship oil transfer goes wrong

    An oil spill occurred in Algoa Bay, Eastern Cape on Monday, 23 May. The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has called in oil spill response teams to help with containment and clean-up operations.


    According to a joint statement by SAMSA, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE) and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), the oil spill happened around midday during a ship-to-ship transfer of oil.

    On Monday, SAMSA officials boarded the vessels to inspect the extent of the spill and an aerial survey is planned for Tuesday morning.

    “All the relevant pollution response units have been activated, and booms deployed to contain the oil around the vessels,” read the statement.

    The collection of oil continued overnight and the vessels remain attached to help with containment.

    The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) is on high alert and ready to receive oiled birds.

    Members of the public are asked to report any oiled wildlife to SANParks.

    “All relevant authorities including the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE) and are supporting the response where possible.”

    More information will be provided in due course. This is a developing story.

    On 17 November 2021, an 80-litre oil spill happened in Algoa Bay. It was caused when a Croatian vessel, MV Solin, took bunkers offshore from the Sea Express bunker tanker at anchorage number 1 in the bay.


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