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Disaster Recovery Example2017-05-05T15:28:06+00:00

Disaster Recovery Example

On the 23rd July 1998, an electrical fire broke out at Castrol, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town, in the early hours of the morning. It was attended to by the Blaauwberg Fire Brigade. The plant was is in a busy industrial area and close to the shores of Table Bay and the Black River outfall. A mixture of oils and hazardous chemicals, adding up to 3 million litres, needed to be contained and cleaned up.

Castrols Paarden Eiland warehouse and contents worth more than R10-million burnt to the ground overnight.(23 June 1998)

Castrols Paarden Eiland warehouse and contents worth more than R10-million burnt to the ground overnight. (23 June 1998)

The next morning, the extent of the fire is obvious. After the fire was extinguished, the inside of the plant was awash with oil. Three million liters of hazardous liquids, oil, diesel, glycols etc, not 1 liter got into the wetland, river or sea.

The next morning, the extent of the fire is obvious. After the fire was extinguished, the inside of the plant was awash with oil. Three million liters of hazardous liquids, oil, diesel, glycols etc, not 1 liter got into the wetland, river or sea.

Liquid mixed with oil swept in waves into effluent box drain.
Liquid mixed with oil swept in waves into effluent box drain.

SpillSorb bunds were formed around doorways and drains to contain the oil-flood in and around the building.

SpillSorb bunds were formed around doorways and drains to contain the oil-flood in and around the building.

Above we can see that damage that occurred, after oil flowed from the warehouse on the other side of the firewall into the recently refurbished offices.

Above we can see that damage that occurred, after oil flowed from the warehouse on the other side of the firewall into the recently refurbished offices.

Dave Marock dressed in a "B" chemical suit prior to assessing damage to toxic materials.

Dave Marock dressed in a “B” chemical suit prior to assessing damage to toxic materials.

After a few hours fresh SpillSorb is laid.

After a few hours fresh SpillSorb is laid.

SpillSorb that is dry has a light brown appearance, whilst peat that has wicked up the spilt oil is dark in colors.

SpillSorb that is dry has a light brown appearance, whilst peat that has wicked up the spilt oil is dark in colors.

A fireman scraps his hands through the SpillSorb. We can see the oil on the right hand side where no Spill-Sorb has yet been applied.

A fireman scraps his hands through the SpillSorb. We can see the oil on the right hand side where no Spill-Sorb has yet been applied.

Hazardous chemicals for encapsulation disposal.Receiving drums prepared for dispatch.

Hazardous chemicals for encapsulation disposal.Receiving drums prepared for dispatch.

So the site went from looking like this... to the picture below in just 13 days

So the site went from looking like this… to the picture below in just 13 days

6th August 1998, 13 days later

6th August 1998, 13 days later

Reference re this Project contact: Tag/The Apple Group – Ivor Mumford Tel +2721531062