Vessel too badly damaged to risk being towed back to sea
The Maltese-registered cargo ship, TK Bremen, which ran aground off the coast of
late last week in high winds and
torrential rain now looks set to be scrapped where it lies. Brittany
Preliminary inspections indicated that the vessel, built in 1982, is too badly damaged to be towed back to sea.
A spokesman for the maritime prefecture said: “We can’t take the risk of towing it, as there is a danger of it breaking up and becoming more difficult to remove.
“Strictly-speaking, the shipowner has the right to repair the vessel where it lies,” he added, “but it appears it struck several rocks and its hull has been perforated in several places.
|Stranded ship TK Bremen|
“The most probable outcome is that the ship will be dismantled.”
The 19 crew members on board the TK Bremen were airlifted to safety by helicopter and booms deployed to contain an oil spill threatening a nearby beach.
The task of emptying the stricken ship’s tanks of their 220 tonnes of fuel could be completed by the end of the week.
The maritime prefecture spokesman said dismantling the TK Bremen would be a complex operation in what is an environmentally-protected zone. The ship would be cut up and the pieces loaded onto trucks.
Workers clean the beach after the Maltese-registered cargo ship the TK Bremen ran aground on Kerminihy beach at Erdeven, spilling oil from its engines on the coast of
“The objective is to restore the beach and the dunes by [next year’s] Easter holidays,” he added.
The TK Bremen left the
port of Lorient
en route to the
as the storm was gaining strength, and dropped anchor off the nearby Isle de
Groix to wait for an improvement in the weather. However, the ship was unable
to maintain its mooring in the storm and began drifting towards the coast. UK
Source: IFW. By Stuart Todd. 22 December 2011http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/index/cargo-ship-stranded-on-brittany-beach-will-be-scrapped-where-it-lies/20017927856.htm