Marine salvage experts consider towing icebergs from Antarctica.A plan to tug icebergs from Antarctica to Cape Town is under consideration in a radical bid to stave off the Western Cape’s worst drought in a century.
Prominent salvage master Nick Sloane is seeking government and private investment to tow icebergs to Cape Town where they would be melted down into millions of litres of drinking water.
Cape Town resident Sloane, who oversaw the monumental refloating of the capsized Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia in 2014, described the proposal as "an idea that no one else has thought of yet."
The plan involves wrapping the icebergs in special fabric to prevent them from melting, then manoeuvring them into the cold Benguela Current that flows northward to southern Africa's west coast on the 4,000-km journey to Cape Town.
Thanks to severe water restrictions, a drought-hit Cape Town has postponed its "Day Zero" - the doomsday scenario when the city runs out of water - from April 2018 to an unannounced date in 2019.
However Cape Town's situation remains critical and the city continues to establish alternative water sources by drilling for water and constructing seawater desalination plants.