M/V Smart Salvage Delayed as Heavy Duty Pumps Are Brought In

Rob Almeida
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August 23, 2013

eNCA News reports from South Africa on the on-going salvage effort involving the MV Smart, a capesize bulk carrier filled with coal which broke apart outside Richards Bay, South Africa on 19 August.

The salvors from Subtech and SMIT are faced with the difficult task of removing the heavy fuel oil from the vessel, one that requires specialized pumps, heaters, and a barge to pump it to.

In a report today by East Coast Radio, the Port Richards Harbor Master Vernal Jones comments, “At this stage the vessel is secure in position. She is embedded in the sand at the moment, but an estimate at this stage is between three to four days to get the fuel off the vessel.”

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