North West Wales

MV Carrier: Ship fuel removed before break-up

The last of the fuel from a cargo ship which ran aground in north Wales during rough weather has been removed.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency said work to remove 24,000 litres of gas oil and 100 litres of hydraulic oil from the MV Carrier ended on Monday night.

The ship is being prepared to be broken up for scrap later this week, with the operation due to take up to 10 weeks.

The Antigua and Barbuda-registered vessel, was carrying stone when it ran aground at Llanddulas last Tuesday.

It came ashore adjacent to the A55 coast road.

The road has since reopened, with speed restrictions lifted on the westbound carriageway.

However, a 40 mph (64km/h) speed limit will remain on the eastbound carriageway until the break-up operation is complete.

The nearby coastal cycle path will remain closed for the same period, and a 100m (328ft) exclusion zone around the vessel is being enforced by police.

The ship's owners say it is a write-off, and a salvage company has been brought in to break it up and take the pieces to a scrapyard.

"The operation to remove the remaining 24,000 litres of fuel oil, along with oily water and other hazardous materials from the grounded vessel Carrier, was completed yesterday evening," said a Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman.

"The vessel remains aground and is resting against concrete dolosse [shaped] blocks on the beach close to the North Wales Expressway (A55). The owners of the vessel have declared it a constructive total loss."

Work to remove the wreck of the vessel is expected to start on Wednesday.

Specialist vehicles and equipment have been taken to the scene and North Wales Police asked members of the public to stay well away.

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