A thick oil slick has washed up on a one-kilometre stretch of beach at Blouberg in Cape Town on 3 September. The crude oil had leaked from the Seli 1 bulk-carrier ship which ran aground near Table Bay in September 2009. Amid concerns of more oil leaks, the nearby Koeberg Nuclear Power Station located 30km north of the city has been placed on high alert due to a possible threat to its water basin.

The Turkish vessel had been carrying a cargo of coal, heavy fuel oil and diesel fuel, and although maritime authorities removed much of the ship