RSS

Rogue ship stranded in False Bay

09 May

They have run out of food and water, they have no lights, the lavatories are filling up and they have to rely on the goodwill of tug staff to bring them supplies.

This is what life has become for the 18 remaining crew of the cargo ship Panos Earth, which has been anchored in False Bay for seven weeks while engineers try to fix the engines that were damaged after dirty fuel was taken on somewhere in South America.

And the bills are mounting up. Now a whole bunch of creditors are lining up to be paid.

The ship’s insurers, Swedish Club, have offered no overt help and have reserved their position.

The cost of the tug – which has to be on standby near the ship – and its staff is about $30 000 (R235 800) a day.

Now it appears the Chilean shipowner is unable to pay his bills, and creditors have placed several arrests on the vessel. But Dave Colly, regional manager at Samsa, says if the owner can no longer pay the Smit Amandla tug and the salvage company decides to pull out, Samsa will have to tow the Panos Earth out of False Bay where it would be up for grabs by salvors.

“As long as the Smit tug is looking after it, that’s okay, but if Smit says ‘No more’, we’ll have to tow it out to sea,” Colly said.

“Several creditors have put arrests on it, but at some point Samsa may have to go against the sheriff of the court. In choosing between the sheriff and a problem in False Bay, I would rather choose no problem in the bay.

“We don’t want to tackle four million angry Capetonians if things go wrong.

“At the moment there is no direct risk, but the longer it’s there, the greater the risk of something going wrong – fire, pollution.”

The Chilean-owned ship, too big to berth in Cape Town harbour, was given permission by Samsa to anchor in False Bay while she repaired her engines. The Panama-registered ship was making its way from Venezuela to China when it experienced engine failure – because of the dirty fuel – off our coast and had to be towed into the bay.

One of Samsa’s conditions was that a tug be on standby at all times as a precaution while the vessel was in the environmentally sensitive bay.

The ship is lying a few kilometres off the coast and can easily be seen from the shore.

“After this length of time they could have built a rocket, let alone fix a ship,” Colly said.

“All the engineers say it’s eminently fixable. They’ve been pottering. At the moment it is a complete dead ship. Now, at the $30 000 they’re paying for the tug, they could have bought a helluva lot of engineers. Instead they seem to be going one step forward, one step back, and then just stopped.

“They’ve run out of diesel, of food and water. Some of the Chilean crew have been repatriated – they’ve had a gutful. Smit Amandla’s bill must be somewhere around $2m.”

The vessel is carrying 800 tons of fuel, but Colly said this was “not a problem now”.

“But the longer she is exposed in the bay, statistically the chances of a problem increases. The cargo is iron ore. The cargo owners don’t want to commit themselves. And all the lawyers are bickering. Time means nothing to them because they are paid by the hour.”

Colly said the insurers had influenced Samsa to allow the ship into the bay. Legal problems had mounted and the promised insurance cover was “by no means certain”.

The owner in effect remains in possession of the ship.

Advertisements
 
5 Comments

Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Have your Say

 

5 responses to “Rogue ship stranded in False Bay

  1. bookkeeping and payroll services

    September 27, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Bookkeeping is a daunting task; many companies have failed due to
    poor bookkeeping. Audit-ready books also enable a company
    to make more knowledgeable decisions on a time-sensitive basis.
    If you are an employee of such a company, you need to preserve the company.
    On the grounds that clerk services are frequently served on an hourly groundwork,
    people who work snappier will permit you to recover more.

     
  2. Maybelle

    September 25, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    And the ability for both of you to exchange information easily
    online makes your being in-house less of a need. Leaseback ‘ A lease arrangement wherein the seller’s ownership to the property will be reduced to a lessee status after selling the
    property to a buyer–in which case the seller becomes the occupant who pays periodic rental payments.
    Additionally, you will receive monthly client ledger trial balances from the bank, which you
    can then match with your office client ledger records.
    On the grounds that clerk services are frequently served
    on an hourly groundwork, people who work snappier
    will permit you to recover more.

     
  3. gmr bookkeeping and accounting services

    September 25, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    This is for allowing them to improve their professional and technical services in the
    field of bookkeeping. Audit-ready books also enable a company to
    make more knowledgeable decisions on a time-sensitive basis.
    CPA accountants will continue to be in high demand,
    as there is an economic boom. Having retained a separate receipt
    for everything it is useful if the receipts are filed and
    the bookkeeping system employed updated at least once a month and preferably each week.

     
  4. sea kayaking alaska valdez

    September 25, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    It all depends upon what you wear and what you take along with you.

    Your vehicle can be backed right up to the water and can be left while you explore
    the area waterways. Be aware that by raising the seat one-inch with
    a cushion, the stability of the kayak might be compromised.
    Once a collection of equipment is bought, and most
    enthusiasts like all their own gear instead
    of hiring from certain vendors, it may be a good idea to stamp
    the equipment so that it will not get taken by mistake.

     
  5. Corinne

    September 20, 2014 at 6:15 AM

    There are online marketers who are using Twitter in the best possible way to build a relationship with their prospects
    and are successful in increasing their sales.
    Overall opinion of this is that this is, by far, the most impressive and complete Twitter traffic automated product out there on the market
    today. You will be able to use the messaging
    component of the software to broadcast a message to your Twitter community.

    In this way, innovative new ideas and strategies are
    born that are guaranteed to fall in line with the
    desires of the consumer.

     

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: