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  MPERSS

   Marine Pollution Emergency Response Support System for the high seas

 

 

 

Marine Pollution Incident (MPI) AREA VII

The South Atlantic and Southern Oceans south of 6°S from 20°W to the coast of Africa, thence south to the Cape of Good Hope; the South Indian and Southern Oceans south of 10°30'S from the Cape to 55°E, thence south of 30°S to 80°E.

AMOC : South Africa

Contact point
Ian Hunter, South African Weather Service, Private Bag X097, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Tel: +27 12 367 6032
Fax: +27 367 6042/3
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Website: www.weathersa.co.za
Operational contact point (24 h)
Supervising Forecaster, National Forecast Centre, South African Weather Service, Private Bag X097, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Tel: +27 12 367 6041
Fax: +27 12 367 6042/3
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Supporting Services

France (La Réunion)
Météo-France, Le Chaudron, La Réunion
Tel: 262-262-92-11-00

Other relevant contact points

CSIR - ENVIRONMENTEK
Dr Marten Gründlingh, CSIR - ENVIRONMENTEK, PO Box 320, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 888 2400
Fax: +27 21 888 2693
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Marine Pollution Emergency Response Authority

South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)
Capt WR Dernier, Operations Manager, SAMSA, Private Bag X7025, Roggebaai 8012, Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: + 27 21 421 6170
Fax: + 27 21 419 0703
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Marine pollution transport model available under MPERSS

Type of pollution model Oil and Chemical
Name of model DELFT3D
References coastalmodels.csir.co.za
Free No
Input (pollutant data) Type - volume - initial location/ time
Input (Environmental data) Wind
Trajectory algorithm: Wind Model plus manual refinements
Trajectory algorithm: Current N/A
Trajectory algorithm: Waves (generation method, effect on advection) Global wave models plus local refraction model
Fate algorithm: evaporation, emulsification... No
Model Validation No
Application area mainly Cape Town area - can be set up for other areas
Real-time response capacity semi

MPERSS trials

Date(s) and period(s) of trials Brief summary of results
   

Actual marine pollution emergencies

Date(s) and duration(s) of incidents Brief summary of results
Apollo Sea June 1994 - vicinity Cape Town, bunker fuel spills Ore carrier Apollo Sea sank NW of Cape Town causing extensive bunker oil pollution around the Cape Peninsula. The OILMAP model was run specifically to predict the potential danger for the cooling water intake of the Koeberg nuclear power station north of the city. Simulation successful.
Treasure June 2000 - vicinity Cape Town, bunker fuel spills The Treasure was also an ore carrier, which foundered in Table Bay. Predictions difficult to evaluate due to lack of information on actual extent of oil pollution.

(Last Updated: 09-08-2007)

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