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Sunday, 17 March 2013
Seli 1 ship wreck reduction efforts to resume next week
The team will seek to force their way through the hull of the wreck in a bid to release the remaining oil that is in the containment area.
The divers will attempt to peel the hull away, using an inflatable raft to get to the blast points and continue their efforts by employing precision blow-cutting equipment to further weaken the structure of the wreck.
At this stage, the limited oil spills that have occurred have been cleared up and no marine life has been affected.
The City of Cape Town and the Department of Environmental Affairs have instituted contingency measures to deal with any oil pollution incidents along the coastline and off-shore.
The prohibition to the general public remains in place and law enforcement agencies will remain on scene, cordoning off the area.
Members of the public are not allowed to access the wreck under any circumstances as the structure has been significantly weakened by means of the wreck reduction operations.
Issued by: Integrated Strategic Communication and Branding Department, City of Cape Town
For Operational enquiries: Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, Head: Systems Integration, Special Projects and Disaster Operations, Disaster Risk Management Centre, City of Cape Town