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Plan for grounded ship is expected today

Plan for grounded ship is expected today

15-02-2017 12:00:00

The Defence Operations Centre expects to receive a salvage plan later today for the container ship Victoria, which since Friday has remained aground north of Fynshoved with a 50-meter-long crack in the hull.

Nearly five days after the grounding, the company behind the container ship Victoria is expected to be ready with a salvage plan for the vessel later today, said the team leader in Defence Operations Centre to Maritime Denmark.

The ship managed to leak an unknown amount of oil from a 50 meter long and 20 centimeter wide crack in the hull, before the oil in the tanks clotted due to the cold water.

"Oil has a melting point of six degrees, so long as the temperature of the sea water is at a few degrees, there is no risk of further spillage," says the team leader.

It's the German shipping company Peter Döhle who's the owner of the ship and the company's salvage plan must be approved by both the Danish Maritime Authority, the Defence Operations Centre and local emergency authorities before it can be launched.

On Tuesday, the cleanup of the oil spill started. 10 men and trucks and excavators arrived on Tuesday morning to the island with a special ferry. They were going at it all day. The cleanup is only the beginning of a work that may extend over several months.

Meanwhile, bird watchers have spotted at least 120 oiled birds on Fynshoved.
According to DR.dk, Nature Agency Fyn will begin to euthanize the birds today.

"We will try to be as efficient as possible in the euthanizion of the birds on the beach, and then collect them for studying," said Lars Erlandsen Brun, who is a consultant at Nature Agency Fyn to DR.

Source: Maritime Denmark

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