Salvors working just outside the channel at Richards Bay, South Africa have finally begun the process of pumping 1700 tons of heavy fuel from the wreck of the MV Smart. Poor weather had hampered their efforts thus far, but the connection to the fuel tanks was finally made last night according to reports from South Africa.

The environmental impact from the wreck has been limited to the spillage of coal and coal dust into the surrounding water, however as this report from eNCA news describes, salvors are in a race against time to remove the oil from the wreck.

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