Extensive discussions were needed of SAMSA, DEA, the team of salvors, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Provincial Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and the uMhlatuze Municipality to approve the emergency dumping of coal from the grounded vessel MV Smart in the ocean.
The area around the grounded vessel MV Smart was industrial area, which is annually dredged. Even though there are some major estuaries around the grounded ship, such as uMlalazi, uMfolozi uMlathuze Sanctuary the zone near the grounded ship isn't a biological diversity hot spot.
Nevertheless, the Department of Environmental Affairs assured, they are going to take all necessary measures to prevent any pollution of the area around the grounded vessel MV Smart.
The landing process of the coal in the water must be observed and consecutive with the recommendations of the London Convention Protocol on Marine Environment Protection (LCP) and the Integrated Coastal Management Act (IMC).
Dumping at water under the emergency permission would need to be made in a way, which takes the influence of the environment to minimal levels, according to the prescription of the IMC Act and London Convention Protocol. So far, the Department of Environmental Affairs keeps monitoring of the salvage operations, collaborating with other local environmental authorities in order to ensure that the marine environment is not compromised.
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