Fishing vessel Rochelle a total loss

Apr 6, 2005
Author: P&S



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The crew of six from the fishing vessel Rochelle, which went aground on a rocky outcrop off Morris Point in the early hours of last night (5 April), were all safely evacuated by the NSRI, according to the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).

The vessel had on board about 6,000 litres of marine diesel oil and 300 litres of lube oils and has been opened to the sea after being pounded on the rocks. By late afternoon of yesterday (5 April) she was declared a total constructive loss. At first light this morning the wreck was revealed to have broken into three sections.

The owner of Rochelle is Sea Vuna Fishing of Mossel Bay, who contracted the Aquatic Protection Group of Mossel Bay and Smit South Africa to remove whatever oils remained on the ship and to conduct cleanup operations along the beach.

SAMSA reports that an inspection undertaken at low water has revealed little oil remaining on board. During today the owners together with a local entrepreneur managed to remove most of the loose items of wreckage ashore including all nets. Cutting of the hull has commenced.

Samsa reports that the oil has dispersed except for small quantities of diesel oil trapped in rock pools.

The K8 coastal surveillance aircraft surveyed the grounding and reports a light slick some four km offshore, which is four km long and seven km wide but is dispersing.

- source : SAMSA


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