On 9 August 2013, the bulk carrier, Kiani Satu ran aground near Buffels Bay, South Africa. In addition to its cargo of rice, the ship was carrying 330 tonnes of heavy fuel, of which 3 tonnes spilled before the rest could be moved higher in the ship.
On 17 August, the ship was refloated but sank on 21 August out at sea.
South African Foundation for Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) was engaged by the ship owner to respond to oiled wildlife. In conjunction with the South Africa National Parks (SANParks) Marine Rangers, SANCCOB searched beaches near the spill. Many Cape gannets were rescued from Bird Island, the world's largest breeding colony for the species and a fully protected marine reserve. The birds were returning for the start of the breeding season.