A plume of smoke rising from the port of Cape Town on Tuesday came from a fire that broke out while a ship was being broken up.
The SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) said the ship was already partially damaged cut when the fire started.
“The fire started below where the cut was made.
“It’s out now and excess water is being pumped to flobins on the wharf,” said a Spokesman.
The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said the fire was reported around 9:30 a.m. aboard the MF Shinsei Maru No. 3, moored at Quay 700.
“The Port of Cape Town Fire Brigade TNPA, three port tugboats, along with the Cape Town City Fire Department responded immediately to extinguish the fire.”
TNPA said “vision problems” due to the smoke meant n that the Cape Town container terminal has been temporarily suspended.
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