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Stranded ship arrives at Holyhead for safety checks

The ship was left high and dry after slipping its moorings at Mostyn. Credit: Paul Pierce

A cargo ship that was stranded on a sandbank near the Port of Mostyn for 11 days has now arrived at Holyhead for extensive safety checks.

The Ciudad de Cadiz, which carries aeroplane wings from the Airbus plant in Flintshire to France, was refloated yesterday.

It was examined at Mostyn, and no damage found, before travelling round to Anglesey this morning.

There, it is having a more extensive underwater safety survey.

Refloated ship to be inspected

Paul Pierce took this photograph of the ship stranded on a sandbank last week. Credit: Paul Pierce

Liverpool Coastguard says three tugs were used to refloat the Ciudad de Cadiz at around 10am this morning.

The ship is now back at the quayside at the Port of Mostyn.

Surveyors from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency will go aboard at 1pm to examine it, to see if there's any damage, and if it's safe to go to sea.

It will then go to Holyhead, where a dive survey will then inspect for any external damage.

Hopes that ship can be refloated

The ship carrying Airbus wings became stranded just outside the Port of Mostyn on January 30 Credit: Paul Pierce

Coastguards are planning to refloat a ship that is stranded on a sandbank just outside the Port of Mostyn.

The ship, The Ciudad de Cadiz, carries Airbus wings from North Wales to France.

Efforts to refloat the vessel had to be postponed due to lower than normal high tides.

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Orders for Airbus aircraft

Airbus has secured an order for 25 aircraft Credit: Airbus

Aircraft giant, Airbus, which employs over 6,000 people at its Broughton plant in Flintshire, has won an order for twenty-five A350 XWB aircraft from the Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corporation.

Turkish Airlines has also signed an order for two A330 aircraft. The wings will be made at Broughton.

Flintshire: attempt to refloat Airbus wing ship postponed

The ship earlier this week Credit: ITV News

Efforts to refloat a ship that carries Airbus wings from North Wales to France have been put back for another week.

The Ciudad de Cadiz became stranded on a sandbank on Wednesday, just outside the Port of Mostyn.

"Recent high tides have been lower than predicted so a decision has been taken to postpone refloating the vessel until next Saturday 9th February" said an Airbus spokesperson.

"The vessel remains in a secure and safe position on the sand bank and there is no marine pollution"

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The Welsh Secretary, David Jones, was in North Wales today trying to highlighting the importance of the manufacturing sector to the Welsh economy.

It employs more than 152 thousand people here - that's over 10% of all Welsh jobs.

But with the UK Government's plans to hold a referendum on Europe, what do two of our biggest manufacturers think of the move?

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