Offshore refuelling licences on hold after Algoa Bay spill

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Offshore refuelling licences on hold after Algoa Bay spill

Now a survey of environmental threats will be done amid a burgeoning bunkering business

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No new offshore ship bunkering licences will be issued pending the outcome of a study of potential environmental impacts and the country’s ability to respond to major oil spills.

The study was prompted by the rapid growth of the burgeoning offshore bunkering business, in existence since 2016 when the first licence was granted by the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa).

Since then, two more licences have been granted, leading to the creation of about 500 jobs in Algoa Bay, according to Samsa CEO Sobantu Tilayi...

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