Update: Grounded Ship's Oil Removed, Headed to the Scrap Yard

By MarEx 2012-04-10 11:51:58

Cargo ship, MV Carrier, which ran aground during extreme weather last week in north Wales, has had the last of its fuel removed. On Monday night, the work to remove 24,000 liters of gas oil, 100 liters of hydraulic oil, as well as oily water and other hazardous materials ended, according to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Later this week, the ship will be broken up for scrap – an operation that is estimated to take nearly 10 weeks to complete.

The Antigua and Barbuda-registered vessel ran aground last Tuesday, coming ashore just adjacent to the A55 coast road. BBC News reports that the road has since reopened but North Wales Police have enforced a 40mph speed limit at the site and a 100m exclusion zone around the vessel.

The vessel will be considered a write-off and constructive total loss for the ship’s owners. A salvage company is preparing to break up the Carrier and take its pieces to a scrap yard. Work to remove the wreck is expected to start on Wednesday. Specialist vehicles and equipment have been taken to the scene, and locals have been warned to stay away from the wreck site.

The vessel remains aground and is resting against concrete blocks on the beach close to the North Wales Expressway (A55). 

Related: Cargo Ship Runs Aground Off Welsh Coast, Fuel Leak Concerns Rising (Video, photos)