The Nautic Group has donated a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) to the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) in Kleinbaai, Western Cape.
Chief executive of Nautic South Africa Keith Govender handed the vessel to APSS founder Wilfred Chivell during a donation ceremony at the sanctuary. Along with the APSS, Chivell is also the founder of Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) which was the driving force behind making APSS a reality.
The facility, opened in February this year by Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom was built as a location to rehabilitate and care for diseased and injured seabirds, with the main focus being the endangered African penguin. Along with research, APSS also aims to educate and create awareness around the perils South African marine birds face in the wild, drawing attention to the impact humans have on marine bird colonies.
The 5.5m Infanta RHIB, powered by two 40hp Mercury engines, will assist APPS with rescue missions, as well as the safe release of rehabilitated birds to their natural habitat.
During his handover speech, Govender admitted that “As big as I am, I love watching Happy Feet”