August 17, 2020

Offshore refuelling deepens fears for S. Africa’s penguin haven

Port Elizabeth (South Africa) (AFP) – Generators hum loudly in the background as a tour boat bobs past a towering vessel filled with ship fuel, anchored in Algoa Bay, a stone’s throw away from the world’s largest breeding colony of African penguins.Mid-way along the Europe-Asia sea route, the bay’s deep-water port was an obvious choice for South Africa’s first offshore bunkering operation.Since 2016, mostly cargo ships have pulled in for ship-to-ship (STS) refuelling, allowing them to carry more freight, bypass port fees and save time.But conservationists, ecotour operators and nature lovers a…


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