Japanese fishing vessel runs aground at Mile 108, leaks oil

22 Mar 2018 18:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 22 MAR (NAMPA) - A Japanese fishing vessel ran aground at Mile 108 between Henties Bay and Terrace Bay on Thursday and is leaking oil.
The vessel, Fukuseki Maru No 8, was on its way from Angola to the Port of Walvis Bay.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Julius Ngwedha said all crew members are safe. He could, however, not say how many crew members there are.
He said the concern is that the vessel is transporting over 120 metric tonnes of marine diesel, which started leaking when the vessel ran aground.
Ngwedha said the leak is slow but it is still a concern, hence efforts to stop it are underway.
“Our team is already there to investigate and start containing the leak immediately,” he said.