Samsa finds shipowner liable for 400-litre oil spill
19 Jul 2019 - by Staff reporter
The South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) yesterday said it held the owners of the Liberian-flagged MV Chrysanthi S accountable for the 360-litre oil spill off the coast of Port Elizabeth last week.
The spill occurred while the vessel was being refuelled in Algoa Bay.
According to Samsa’s investigation, a fuel tank valve had not been properly connected.
“This led to a vast amount of fuel accidentally spilling out onto the vessel and into the sea. At the time, the vessel had been supplied with as much as 1 300 metric tons of fuel,” Bongi Stofile, Samsa’s regional manager said.
Stofile added that vessel owners, Golden Flower Navigation Incorporated, had accepted liability for the spillage and agreed to comply with the relevant laws and regulations – both local and international.
MV Chrysanthi S, which had been detained during investigations, left Port Elizabeth on Friday July 12 when investigations concluded.
Samsa added that the timely reaction and close collaboration of various organisations had ensured that the oil had not reached the coastline.
The wildlife in and around the area were however affected.
By yesterday, 90 African penguins, nine penguin chicks, three penguin eggs, 12 Cape gannets and five Cape cormorants had been rescued and cleaned.