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Small abandoned cargo ship drifts across Atlantic onto Irish shores

THE 1,640-dwt Panamanian-flagged MV Alta, abandoned in October 2018 after the crew was rescued southeast of Bermuda, has reappeared washed up on the southern shores of Ireland

Small abandoned cargo ship drifts across Atlantic onto Irish shores

THE 1,640-dwt Panamanian-flagged MV Alta, abandoned in October 2018 after the crew was rescued southeast of Bermuda, has reappeared washed up on the southern shores of Ireland

24 February 2020 - 19:00

THE 1,640-dwt Panamanian-flagged MV Alta, abandoned in October 2018 after the crew was rescued southeast of Bermuda, has reappeared washed up on the southern shores of Ireland.

The ship was last sighted adrift mid-Atlantic by HMS Protector, an ice patrol vessel, bound for the Bahamas. At the time of the crew rescue, the Alta was enroute from Greece to Haiti.



A helicopter will remove barrels of oil and diesel from what has been popularly called a 'ghost' ship after it washed on the coast of Ireland's southern most County Cork.



The ship got stuck on rocks near Ballycotton earlier this week following strong winds from Storm Dennis, reported BBC News.



The 80-metre geared general cargo carrier has drifted thousands of miles since being abandoned. The responsibility of the wreck fell to Irish Minister for the Marine as per the Salvage and Wreck Act 1993, until a receiver of wreck is appointed.


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