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'Oil has leaked' from grounded ship

The Marine and Coastguard Agency say that "a quantity of marine gas oil has leaked from the vessel." They have confirmed that 'The Carrier' has been holed in three places on the starboard side. They say they believe that the port side remains intact, where the fuel tank is located.

Officers from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Counter Pollution and Salvage branch are working with all agencies on plans to remove the fuel as soon as possible.


Experts meet to plan ship salvage operation

Plans to salvage the vessel near Colwyn Bay are being discussed Credit: Andrew Price

Police, fire, coastguard and local council officials are meeting at North Wales Police Headquarters to discuss the salvage operation of the stricken tanker which ran aground near Colwyn Bay on Tuesday evening.

ITV Wales understands a salvage expert is on the way to the scene.

One option they might consider would be to patch up the tanker and float it to safety.

The cargo ship has 40,000 litres of fuel in its tanks which may get pumped into road tankers.

The crew of the boat have been taken to a hotel


All crew safely rescued

At 8.15 Tuesday evening Liverpool Coastguard received a distress call from the cargo ship ‘Carrier’ telling them they had run aground at Raynes Jetty, Llanddulas. The ‘Carrier’ is a 82m general cargo ship. When it ran aground it was carrying a cargo of stones and 40,000 litres of fuel.

Strong winds and a five metre swell were reported. Because of the location of the grounding Holyhead Coastguard coordinated the rescue. All seven of the Polish crew were taken uninjured from the ship by two rescue helicopters (the first from RNAS Prestwick, the second from RAF Leconfield).

The A55 was closed to allow the rescue services safe access to the vessel. Coastguard Rescue teams from Rhyl and Llandudno offered assistance to the rescued crew whilst the RNLI lifeboats from Llandudno and Rhyl launched.

Coastguard Rescue Officers, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Ambulance and Police are currently on scene with the Highways Agency. Salvage and counter pollution experts will be on site in the morning.

All crew members confirmed safely off ship. Maritime and Coastguard Agency to inspect damage at dawn.

Confirmation that all crew members on the German cargo vessel which has run aground have all been rescued and taken to safety. Rescue completed at 0100.

Police are meeting with coastguards now. Despite some dramatic pictures, as far as we can see the vessel is still intact. The winchman and 2 crew members who were left on the ship are safe and well. From our perspective as coastguards that's the important part over. We're delighted we've been able to get them all off board safely. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency which deals with pollution and spillage is on its way to North Wales and ready to inspect at first light.

– Ray Carson, Coastguard Agency
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