Cape Town – The notorious gale force winds of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape caused 23 shipping containers to be blown off the cargo ship Seroya Lima in Blue Water Bay just outside the PE Harbour on Saturday, 15 November.
In these photographs taken by Dirk Erasmus, one can clearly see the containers on the Seroya Lima topple over.
Brian Colenutt, chief executive of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) in Port Elizabeth, warned thieves and chancers that opening found containers by themselves would be considered a crime.
Colenutt told Netwerk24 that they are certain that none of the containers contain any toxic or dangerous materials.
Residents of Port Elizabeth was reported spotting ‘large boxes’ in the ocean since Sunday, and Colenutt has asked for these ‘spotted boxes’ to be reported to the Harbour’s customs office. He also asked for beach-goers to report any containers that might wash up on shore, too.
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