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07 Aug 2020

No, it’s not a Chinese trawler but rather a bulk carrier

Shona Aylward (South Coast Herald) Picture: The passing vessel was talk of the town this morning.

A bulk carrier ship passing the South Coast this morning (August 7)  has caught the attention of many.

The Aquata, travelling from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, is en route to the port of Durban and was spotted off Port Shepstone at about mid-morning. According to vesselfinder.com the Aquata is 21 years old, built in 1999 and is currently sailing under the flag of Marshall Islands.

One of its many former names was Stella Fomalhaut, which can be seen on the side of the ship.

Photo taken from www.marinetraffic.com

This week the coast has experienced some hectic gale force winds, and it’s reported that many of the passing cargo ships were staying close to the shore due to the bad weather.