I would like to send my deepest appreciation and thanks to all those who took part in last night's operation. The weather and sea conditions they faced were atrocious.
The dedication and professionalism of our emergency services is something we can all be exceptionally proud of.
Our focus now will be to offer any assistance necessary to salvage the ship and to ensure every effort is made to lessen any potential environmental impact."
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