Posted on March 07, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Fuel removal operations on the grounded, Turkish-flagged general cargo vessel, Efe Murat have successfully concluded.

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After more than three days of work, salvors from the Dutch company Metatugs have managed to remove all fuel from the tanks of the grounded vessel.

The improvement of the weather conditions in the area allowed the salvaging operations to continue without problems, and thus efficiently removing the risk of pollution in the surrounding area.

The salvage operations will now proceed onto the next phase, which will involve the removal of the ship from the breakwater.

Original estimates suggest that the operation will take in the very least, a month to conclude.

Technicians belonging to the Swiss company in charge of the vessel’s insurance have discovered at least 12 breaches across the hull of the ship.

They ‘re currently trying to determine if the vessel can be repaired on location, so as to allow the ship to be refloated.

One suggestion being examined, is the towing of the Efe Murat with the use of floating creates.

The Efe Murat originally crashed against the breakwater near the beach of Pane e Pomodoro in Bari, Italy, on the 23rd of February.


Posted in Safety , Italy , Europe , Grounding , Accident

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