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Transport Malta to remove grounded bunker tanker

06 Apr 2018

Government agency Transport Malta says the 885-tonne grounded bunker tanker Hephaestus will be removed from Qawra coast in the coming days.

The vessel was beached during a storm at Qawra coast in northern Malta on 10 February.

“Transport Malta is maintaining discussions with all the parties concerned in line with international obligations in respect of wreck removal on the related logistics, costs of removal and proper disposal of the wreck,” a Transport Malta spokesperson told The Malta Independent.

He noted the removal of Hephaestus to be “a delicate, logistically challenging and costly operation with very legally complex connotations.”

“Particularly sensitive are the liability issues and the relationship between the various parties as also emanating from the international conventions in place, especially those of and with the owner.”

The vessel's shipmanager is Volont Maritime and owner is Orbiter Navigation Corp, according to a maritime database.

Related: Malta: Grounded bunker tanker now leaking oil
RelatedBunker tanker beached during Malta storm

Photo credit: The Malta Independent
Published: 6 April, 2018


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