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27 FEBRUARY 2014

Authorities prepare for clean-up at Betty's Bay MPA

Authorities are working together to prepare for clean-up operations after a chokka vessel ran aground near the Betty's Bay Marine Protected Area (MPA) on 27 February 2014.

The 19 metre vessel from Hout Bay was carrying 10,000 litres of diesel and engine oil when it ran aground at approximately 4:00am.

The vessel is five kilometres away from the Stony Point penguin colony in Betty's Bay where a seabird and animal rescue team is stationed to observe seabirds for diesel contamination.

So far, no affected birds have been recorded.

The spill is also being assessed for environmental control by SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority). CapeNature, Overstrand Municipality and Western Cape Disaster Risk Management are assisting SAMSA with the spill in the vicinity of the Penguin Colony.

The Stony Point Penguin Colony will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Roleplayers include the South Africa Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), National Department Environmental Affairs (DEA), CapeNature, Overstrand Municipality, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and SANCCOB (bird protection agency).

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