Cargo ship grounded off Gormley sculpture
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Cargo ship grounded off Gormley sculpture

Cargo ship grounded off Gormley sculpture

08 October 2017 - 18:00 - Update: 11 October 2017 - 07:05


The "Islay Trader" carrying a cargo of broken glass ran aground off the Kent coast near Margate Harbour about 30 meters from shore on Oct 8, 2017, shortly after 03:00 a.m. The fuel tanks have not been damaged and the risk to the environment was estimated to be very low. The six crew memers remained on board and wer epreparing for an attempt to refloat and tow the vessel to safety with the assistance of a tug from Medway. The "Islay Trader", which had been heading to Antwerp, in Belgium, qs stuck just a few feet away from the life-size Antony Gormley cast iron sculpture, which becomes visible about three hours before low tide in front of the Turner Contemporary gallery. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency's counter pollution and salvage officer was working with the vessel's shipping agents during the recovery operation and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed. The tug "Christine" (MMSI: 235051179) was working to refloat the ship with the afternoon flood. 

Source: VesselTracker.Com
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