Oil leaked from the stricken vessel at Dolphin Beach on Friday.(SABC)
At least five penguins have been affected by leaking oil from the stricken bulk carrier, the Seli One, near Robben Island. Disaster Management in the City of Cape Town, Wilfred Solomns- Johannes, says one of the penguins has been captured and taken to seabird conservation group SANCCOB in Table View. He says the search will continue for the other affected birds.
Oil leaked from the stricken vessel at Dolphin Beach on Friday after the vessel was lashed by a storm. The spill polluted more than one kilometer of coastline and the water around the ship. Aircraft, boats and foot patrols are regularly assessing the situation.
The Department of Environmental Affairs has requested Transnet National Ports Authority to assist in breaking up the oil slick at sea to prevent any further pollution of marine life.
Environmental Affairs, Feroza Albertus-Stanley says they plan is to boom off Milnerton Lagoon as a precautionary measure. According to her they do not expect the oil to move further north.
Rough sea conditions have delayed the clean up and a full scale mop up operation is scheduled for today.