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Ahead of ship's break-up, environment officers check for pollution signs

The MV Carrier earlier today Credit: ITV News Wales

Officers from the Environment Agency Wales have been patrolling beaches around Llanddulas looking for signs of pollution, after the MV Carrier cargo ship ran aground last week.

The Agency says 'natural factors' rather than pollution are thought to be behind reports of dead starfish being washed ashore, but is analysing water samples from area to confirm.

All of the fuel has now been pumped out of the craft, ahead of the break-up operation beginning tomorrow.

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Stricken ship to be scrapped

The cargo ship which ran aground on the North Wales coast will be broken up and scrapped, its owners have confirmed. Seven Polish members of crew were rescued after the MV Carrier struck rocks near Colwyn Bay on Tuesday night.

A structural assessment of MV Carrier has revealed severe damage and the vessel has been declared a constructive total loss. PGC Demolition has been awarded a second contract to demolish and remove the vessel. This task is already underway, the work running in parallel with the fuel removal operation. MV Carrier will be cut into manageable sections on the shore. These sections will be taken by road to a designated scrapyard. The demolition of the wreck is expected to take around six weeks, but the pace of operations will be dictated by safety considerations and the weather at the scene.

– Reederei Erwin Strahlmann statement

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40mph speed limit on A55

Work is still ongoing to salvage the stricken cargo ship Credit: ITV News Wales

A 40mph speed limit remains in both directions of the A55while the operation continues to remove fuel from the MV Carrier, which ran aground at Llanddulas. The cycle path has been closed between Llanddulas and Old Colwyn and a 100m marine craft exclusion zone has been imposed around the vessel.

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