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Washed-up cargo ship MV Alta is being monitored for spills

Washed-up cargo ship MV Alta is being monitored for spills

Washed-up cargo ship MV Alta is being monitored for spills

Members of the public have been warned to stay away from an abandoned cargo ship that washed up on the coast during Storm Dennis.

Cork County Council said its team of scientists visited the area yesterday and are satisfied that there is currently no visible pollution within the Ballycotton Bay Special Protection Area or nearby proposed natural heritage areas.

In a statement, the council said it had convened its oil spill assessment team as part of contingency plans in response to the grounding of the ship, the MV Alta.

It is monitoring the ship for any possible oil spillage or risk arising from its cargo.

"Following an appropriate risk assessment, the contractor will board the vessel at the next suitable opportunity, which is expected to be at low tide at approximately 7am today [Tuesday]," the council said.

"Any risk in relation to oil, other hazardous substances and pollution from the vessel will be evaluated."

Unstable

The council said that people should stay away from the wreck as it is located on a dangerous and inaccessible stretch of coastline and is in an unstable condition.

It said further information will be made available as soon as possible today.

The abandoned cargo ship, that has had no crew since 2018, washed up on the coast of Co Cork during Storm Dennis.

In 2018, the MV Alta had 10 crew members aboard who were rescued by the US Coast Guard. Since September 2018, the ship has been drifting with no one aboard.


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