SAMSA spokesperson Tebogo Ramatjie says the fumes were released after a bulk carrier suffered a chemical reaction when its cargo came into contact with rainwater in Durban.
The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has given assurance that toxic fumes coming off a vessel offshore near St Helena Bay pose no immediate threat to neither the marine environment nor to humans. https://t.co/weR3YTuR77
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Ramatjie says the vessel has been moved offshore and poses no immediate threat to the marine environment and humans.
He says chemical experts are on board to ensure that the cargo is chemically neutralised and safely dumped at an approved site.