_: Alan Winde, MEC of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, travelled to the Southern Cape today (15 August 2013) to monitor efforts to re-float the stranded cargo ship, the Kiani Satu.
The South African Maritime Association has been attending to the salvage operations and working to limit the damage from the oil spill. Speaking from the scene, MEC Winde said there has been a marked decrease in the amount of oil along the coastline.
“It’s about 75% less than it was two days ago and the good news is that the oil leak has stopped. The vessel has turned, it’s facing out toward the ocean and the tug is connected.”
MEC Winde said the Western Cape Government was grateful to the organisations involved.
“We have to express our gratitude to the professionals and volunteers who have had several late nights and early mornings. Their dedication to solving this problem is admirable, everyone has pulled together and the people of the Western Cape appreciate their extra time and effort,” said MEC Winde.
The Kiani Satu, carrying 15 000 toness of rice, ran aground at the tourism attraction, the Goukamma Nature Reserve, last week. The trawler had experienced engine problems, all 19 crewed were rescued.
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