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The process to appoint the contractor for the removal of the wrecked fishing vessel, the ELKE M whichran aground on Saturday 06 January 2024 in Port St Francis, is nearing completion. The vessel had 24 crew and they were all brought to safety after they abandoned ship.
A contractor Resolve Marine has been identified and the process of appointing is underway subject to conclusion of discussions with authorities.
This removal operation, necessitated by the vessel’s grounding and its position in an environmentally sensitive area, will initially concentrate on reduction of the wreck to the waterline level, followed by a process to split the sub-sea section into multiple sections for scuttling. Given the complexity and sensitivity of the task, the operation is expected to take at least two months, with a targeted completion before the onset of the winter season.
The costs for the whole operation are covered by the Protection and Indemnity Club (P&I Club) as an insurer.
In the lead-up to this phase, favourable weather and sea conditions have enabled the removal of more than 27,000 litres of marine fuel from the vessel. The incident management team, aided by helicopter assistance, had prioritized the removal of remaining fuel and non-oil pollutants, successfully transferring these to designated disposal sites.
Pollutants and Wreck Removal Directives have been issued in line with the Wreck and Salvage Act and the Marine Pollution (Control & Civil Liability) Act, underscoring the commitment to environmental safety and compliance throughout this operation.
The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) continues to oversee the operation, in close collaboration with the Incident Management Structure (IMS). This collaborative effort involves the vessel’s owners, the insurers (P&I Club), municipal officials, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), environmental management authorities and organizations, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment and the National Department of Transport.
SAMSA recognizes the environmental challenges posed by the wreck, appreciates the great effort made to date to prevent pollution and is fully committed to conducting the removal operation with outmost efficiency and environmental sensitivity. SAMSA will continue to provide updates as the operation progresses.
Issued by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).
For any further information please contact Tebogo Ramatjie on 0673255276
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These are specials running at Spar Village Square from 7 to 11 February.
Wine Of The Week
Le Riche Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
The coveted Le Riche Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is the flagship of our range, blended using only Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from our best performing vineyard blocks from Stellenbosch. These selections are then micro-vinified in open-top fermenters. Extended maceration takes place in order to increase the overall age-ability of the final wine along with aging in oak.
Classic Cabernet aromas of blackcurrants, black cherry and cassis. Brooding and dense yet showing great freshness on the nose. Lead pencil shavings and cedar aromas add to the overall sophistication and elegance. On entry the palate is rich, velvety and opulent yet remarkably fresh and linear showcasing black fruit, a creamy mouthfeel and dark chocolate finish. A deliciously firm, appetising acidity is balanced by round, structured tannins. A wine with a wonderfully long, complex finish showcasing great potential for maturation; A true investment. One of our best vintages yet!
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Specials At TOPS
There’s a smorgasbord of specials at TOPS, with the following specials valid until 3 March. They include a variety of Gordons Gin, Chiva Regal 12-year blended Scotch Whisky, Absolut Vodka assorted flavours 750mls, and Devils Peak, Carling Black Label and Heineken 0,0% for those who want to take it a bit easier.
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Kouga Municipality has, once again, facilitated the delivery of one ton of fresh vegetables to various soup kitchens in Loerie – aiming to alleviate food insecurity among residents due to the increased cost of living.
This delivery is after the municipality delivered two tons of vegetables last month.
This benevolent effort is part of a larger mayoral initiative generously supported by the Wildeklawer farm in Barkley West, owned by Louis de Kock and his wife, Cora.
We look forward to the ongoing collaboration with Wildeklawer in the coming months, contributing more vegetables to residents facing hardship.