Cheshire future is still unknown

MARINE technicians have still not been able to board the British vessel Cheshire because of poor sea conditions.

But at least the stricken ship’s cargo has stopped emitting toxic smoke because the temperatures in the holds have dropped, and there is some hope.

The 190-metre bulk carrier burst into flames off the coast of Gran Canaria nearly three weeks ago.

It was heading for Thailand from Norway, with 40,000 tons of ammonium nitrate, when the crew discovered a fire in the cargo hold near Gran Canaria.

The skipper tried to divert to Las Palmas, but authorities refused the bulk carrier entry for fear of the ship bursting into flames again.

Fortunately, the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre allowed the ship to be towed closer to Gran Canaria, at a mandatory 12-mile distance.

Once the vessel can be boarded, maritime rescue technicians will assess its safety before allowing it to be towed into port.


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