Cork County Council’s Oil Spill Assessment Team convened again today at 12.15PM as part of its Oil Spill Contingency Plan in response to the grounding of a cargo ship in Ballycotton, Co. Cork yesterday.
Cork County Council’s marine contractor boarded the vessel this morning and carried out an initial assessment. Initial indications are that remaining amount of fuel (diesel) in the ships tanks is small. The fuel tanks are divided into a number of compartments, some of which were inaccessible due to water on board. This will be pumped out tomorrow morning to allow the contractor to complete the assessment.
There is no cargo on board but a number of sealed containers of oil and other materials incidental to the running of a ship were found which may pose a pollution risk in the event of their spillage.
Plans are currently being evaluated in order to have these materials safely removed from the wreck.
Cork County Council remains satisfied that there is currently no visible pollution within the Ballycotton Bay Special Protection Area or nearby proposed natural Heritage Areas.
Consultations are continuing between the Irish Coastguard, Cork County Council, the Receiver of Wrecks and other relevant bodies in relation to the future of the wreck. The Council is again advising members of the public to stay away from the wreck location as it is located on a dangerous and inaccessible stretch of coastline and is in an unstable condition.
Further information will be made available as soon as possible tomorrow.
Photograph has been provided by Provision Photography, taken by Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision