'Unseaworthy' Noah's Ark replica detained at Ipswich Waterfront

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Image caption, The replica of Noah's Ark docked in Ipswich in 2019

A giant replica of Noah's Ark has been deemed unseaworthy and detained where it is docked.

The 70m-long (230ft) ship, which has been transformed into a floating museum, arrived in Ipswich in 2019.

In response to a Freedom of Information request made by the East Anglian Daily Times, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the vessel was not safe to leave due to "deficiencies".

The BBC has approached the ship's owner for comment.

Image caption, The ship is on Ipswich Waterfront

The ship was bought for €3m (£2.6m) and its owner, Dutch TV and theatre producer Aad Peters, previously said he wanted to create a "talking point" for people from all backgrounds.

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It houses wooden sculptures depicting Bible stories, including Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel as well as the nativity scene.

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Image caption, Other scenes from the Bible are exhibited on the ark

A spokesman for the MCA said: "The vessel, Noah's Ark will remain detained until all the deficiencies have been put right and a Maritime and Coastguard Agency surveyor is invited back by the owners to check that they have been corrected."

He said he was unable to disclose specific details of the deficiencies.

Image source, Bigship BV
Image caption, The story of Adam and Eve is depicted in the museum
Image caption, Dutch TV and theatre producer Aad Peters previously said he wanted to create a "talking point"

Mr Peters bought the ark in 2010 and a team of 50 expert craftsmen took five months to create the museum, thought to be about half the size of the ark described in the Bible.

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