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    More groundings
    From: Russell Sher
    Date: 2001 Sep 06, 12:28 AM

    Speaking of groundings:
    Yesterday, we had not one, but two vessels grounding here around Cape Town.
    The first was a Taiwanese fishing vessel of about 40 metres LOA. (the
    previous Port Captain used to refer to these vessels as cockroaches!). It
    dragged anchor and grounded just outside the Cape Town port. It was towed
    off without too much damage it seems. The second grounding happened a few
    hours later off the western side of the peninsula; A bulk carrier of about
    147 metres LOA lost engine power and is sitting beached near Scarborough
    beach. (This is about 15 miles from Cape Point / Cape of Good Hope). We went
    to have a look yesterday from the beach.
    (you may see some news at www.news24.com).
    It was loaded with nitrate. Salvors will attempt to remove it today. We have
    had gale force NW winds around here for the past few days.
    
    Although these incidents were not navigation error related, I also heard on
    the local news that solar activity may affect satellite communications
    between now and October 15 - one wonders whether this could affect GPS
    signals.
    
    
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