Cape Town oil spill clean-up complete

The cleaning of Bloubergstrand in Cape Town was completed on Monday after oil stopped spilling from the stranded Seli 1 vessel, the city said.

“The rapid response by the city’s disaster response teams has averted serious pollution of marine life and environment over this past weekend,” mayoral committee member JP Smith said.

The Seli 1 had been stranded off the beach since 2009. It broke apart in rough seas last week, causing the remaining oil on board to spill. The city was alerted on Friday.

Smith said a meeting with the SA Maritime Safety Authority was called to discuss measures to avoid more spills.

“Since the vessel stranded, it has repeatedly had a negative impact on our environment and coastline.”

He said there was no maritime legislation that compelled any party to clear the wreckage. The city was getting legal advice on using disaster management legislation to address the issue.

The city would work with the environmental affairs department to monitor the impact of the spill.

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