Oil Spill

Contact details and procedures for reporting an oil spill in marine and coastal environments. The risk of oil spills is greatest in harbours (Durban and Richards Bay) and there are contingency plans in place for such events.

An oil spill occurs when large amounts of oil seeps or pours into the sea. This can be the result of boats and shipping activities, drilling, from land based sources and as a result of accidents, often causing huge environmental impacts to the marine environment, including damage to marine birds.

Oil spill contingency plans are available for Durban Bay and Richards Bay Harbours (see links under Additional Information).

These plans should be referred to for complete disaster team contact details.

DEA, SAMSA, EDTEA, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the respective Local Municipalities (see District Municipalities/ Metropolitan: King CetshwayoiLembe, eThekwini, Ugu) combine efforts to provide a response in the event of any oil pollution at sea.

 

An oil spill or threat of an oil spill in the marine environment should be reported to:

  1. The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)
  2. Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)
  3. EDTEA and the respective Local Municipalities
  4. African Marine Solutions (Pty) LTD (AMSOL), who manage the standby tug responsible for containment and clean-up
  5. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife?

 

Note that

  1. The Principal Officer closest to the incident should be the first contact
  2. The contact list includes people outside the KZN area

 

What information to report and the procedure for reporting

  • Name of the person reporting the incident
  • Telephone number (work/home) or other means of contact
  • Date and time of observation
  • Location (eg. latitude and longitude or the position relative to the coastline)
  • Source and cause of pollution (eg. name and type of vessel, collision or grounding)
  • Type and estimated quantity of oil spilled and the potential and probability of further pollution
  • Weather and sea conditions
  • Action taken or intended to respond to the incident
Who to contact
Organization Name Fax/ Email Contact Number
SAMSA Durban Saroor Ali
(Regional Manager)
031 307 3086

031 307 3006/
071 68 69593

Hopewell Mkhize
(Principal Officer)
031 306 4983 031 307 1501 /
072 744 4555
SAMSA Richards Bay Winston Lobo
(Principal Officer)
035 788 0067 035 788 0068 /
071 686 9652
DEA: Marine & Coastal Pollution Management Yazeed Petersen
(Director)
021 819 2445 021 819 2450/
083 530 3127
Feroza Albertus-Stanley
(CEO: Marine Pollution)
021 819 2445 021 819 2457 /
072 173 6234
Ulric Van Bloemestein
(CEO: Marine Pollution)
021 819 2456 021 819 2456 /
084 421 6606
Natasha Baijnath- Pillay
(CEO: Land based pollution) 

nbpillay@

environment.gov.za  

021 819 2409
AMSOL (Response tug company) Dave Murray 021 507 5885 021 507 5777 /
082 909 9948
Dave Main 021 507 5885 021 507 5777 /
082 907 2775
Paul Maclons 021 5075885 021 507 5777 /
0829092013
 uMhlathuze Local Munipality  Duty officer

035 797 3313/4/5 

035 907 5722 /3

KZN EDTEA Alfred Matsheke
(Coastal Manager)
alfred.matsheke@
kznedtea.gov.za
082 330 2114
Vanessa Maclou
(eThekwini Metropolitan)
vanessa.maclou@
kznedtea.gov.za
082 461 7668

For oiled seabirds:

Contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitation professional in your area.

Centre for Rehabilitation Of Wildlife (CROW)
    Contact Number: 031 462 1127
    After Hours Emergency Number: 083 212 5281
    CROW have pick up points around the municipality where you can leave the injured animal/bird closest to where you live.
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (Ezemvelo):
    031 2741150 or 083 380 6298 a/h/ 24hrs
The South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Seabirds SANCCOB (not KZN based)
    Contact Numbers: 021 557 6155 or 078 638 3731 (after hours and weekends)
CROW Ezemvelo SANCOB

Additional Information

Contingency Plans for Oil Spills in Durban and Richards Bay:

Contingency Plan Durban (PDF)

Contingency Plan Richards Bay (PDF)