Argy bargy over Cape Vidal wrecks

Argy bargy over Cape Vidal wrecks

Sunken hulks may threaten endangered marine species

The scuttling of two enormous barges in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park has sparked a furious row between the park’s management and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, who are jointly responsible for protecting the sensitive World Heritage Site.

The empty barges – Dar 1 and Dar 2 – washed up on a beach near Cape Vidal last October after parting company with the tug which had been towing them to the Arabian Gulf. When the owners walked away from the problem, the 124m hulks, each weighing 3,300 tons, were left to the iSimangaliso park authority to deal with.

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