Capsized Trawler Adrift in Shipping Lane off South Africa

first_imgzoom South Africa’s charity National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) issued a warning that a large fishing vessel capsized and has been floating in a shipping lane some 9.8 miles south off Cape Point since May 1.Smit Amandla Marine, the company contracted to respond to maritime emergencies off of the South African coast, has warned that the vessel’s hull is made from fiberglass and cannot be detected by radar.NSRI Simonstown have attached life-jacket strobe lights onto the wreck in an effort to make the wreck more visible to passing traffic.NSRI says it is yet unknown what vessel this is or where it originated. A Marine Biologist who is an NSRI Hout Bay volunteer and who accompanied NSRI Simonstown suspects that, judging by barnacle growth on the wreck, she may be about two months old.The Smit Amandla tug will tow the capsized vessel away from the coast today.last_img read more

EU election observers call for violence free polls

“We will try to cover all the territory before the polls and tomorrow I will leave for Jaffna. I will be also travelling to other parts of the country including the eastern part, the southern part and the central part. That is my work as an election observer.” he added. Following an invitation from the Sri Lanka authorities, the European Union has started the deployment of an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Sri Lanka to observe the Parliamentary Elections scheduled for 17 August 2015.The EU Election Observation Mission will consist of a Core Team of eight election analysts, and 18 Long-Term Observers,who will be deployed to all Sri Lankan Provinces, plus 28 Short Term Observers deployed shortly before Election Day. “We are here for many weeks and I am sure the experience of our experts will be very useful for the analysis of the entire process. I also hope that the climate will be a good one without violence and with a very civilized atmosphere,” Preda said. European Union (EU) election observers today called for a violence free election as they formally began work ahead of the August 17 Parliament election.Chief Observer Cristian Preda, speaking to reporters in Colombo today, said that the EU observers will not give special focus on any part of the country during its mission. The EOM will closely follow the electoral process and make its assessment on the basis of Sri Lankan legislation, as well as regional and international commitments. (Colombo Gazette) read more