• Short Summary

    THE GREEK TANKER MANUELA, REPORTEDLY CARRYING A CARGO OF OIL FOR BREAKAWAY RHODESIA, SLIPPED INTO THE HARBOUR AT THE SOUTH AFRICAN PORT OF DURBAN TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

  • Description

    THE GREEK TANKER MANUELA, REPORTEDLY CARRYING A CARGO OF OIL FOR BREAKAWAY RHODESIA, SLIPPED INTO THE HARBOUR AT THE SOUTH AFRICAN PORT OF DURBAN TODAY (WEDNESDAY). IT HAD ARRIVED 36 HOURS EARLIER, AFTER A BRITISH ROYAL NAVY FRIGATE, HMS BERWICK, HAD ORDERED IT OFF ITS COURSER FOR BEIRA, MOZAMBIQUE.

    THE MANUELA, WITH A CARGO OF 15,000 TONS OF CRUDE OIL, HAD BEEN HEADING FOR BEIRA - FROM WHERE OIL IS NORMALLY PUMPED TO LANDLOCKED RHODESIA - WHEN THE BRITISH FRIGATE PUT A BOARDING PARTY ABOARD AND INSTRUCTED ITS CAPTAIN TO STEER AWAY FROM THE MOZAMBIQUE PORT.

    THE TANKER BELONGS TO THE SAME COMPANY WHICH OWNS THE JOANNA V, BERTHED AT BEIRA WITH 18,000 TONS OF OIL ALSO BELIEVED DESTINED FOR RHODESIA.

    FOR ABOUT 36 HOURS, THE MANUELA HAD BEEN ANCHORED ABOUT TWO MILES (THREE KMS) OFFSHORE. THE MOVE TOOK HARBOUR OFFICIALS IN DURBAN BY SURPRISE. THE TANKER MADE THE MOVE AFTER DARK.

    MAIN SPECULATION IS ABOUT WHAT THE MANUELA WILL DO WITH THE OIL IN ITS TANKS. ONE SUGGESTION IS THAT, IF IT IS NOT DISCHARGED AT DURBAN, THE MANUELA WILL TRY TO RUN THE GAUNTLET OF THE BRITISH BLOCKADE BY SAILING BACK TO BEIRA WITHIN THE SIX-MILE (10 KMS) TERRITORIAL WATERS OF SOUTH AFRICA AND MOZAMBIQUE.

    STORAGE TANKS IN DURBAN ARE REPORTED TO BE CAPABLE OF RECEIVING THE MANUELA'S CARGO. THERE IS NO PIPELINE FROM DURBAN TO RHODESIA. A PIPELINE, FOR REFINED PRODUCTS, LINKS DURBAN WITH JOHANNESBURG.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACCTYWS1BUXWXMLX3FZZGDDILD
    Media URN:
    VLVACCTYWS1BUXWXMLX3FZZGDDILD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/04/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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