Wed, 19/02/2020 - 16:07
Photograph of the ship

Cork County Council’s Oil Spill Assessment Team convened again today at 2.30PM as part of its Oil Spill Contingency Plan in response to the grounding of a cargo ship in Ballycotton, Co. Cork.

Cork County Council’s marine contractor boarded the vessel again this morning and was able to carry out a full assessment of the materials aboard.  All compartments were accessed and there is very little diesel fuel on board. 

A number of options are currently being evaluated in order to safely remove the sealed containers of oil and other materials identified yesterday which may pose a pollution risk in the event of their spillage.

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 Revenue Commissioners are currently in the process of seeking to establishing ownership of the wreck.

There remains no visible pollution within the Ballycotton Bay Special Protection Area or nearby proposed Natural Heritage Areas.

Cork County Council continues to ask 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 tomorrow.