Cargo Ship Towed Back Into The Sea


A cargo ship which ran aground in the north of the Isle of Man has been successfully towed back into the sea, reports BBC.

What happened?

The CEG Orbit was carrying 1,200 tons of wheat from Liverpool to Belfast when it got stuck ashore on Thursday.

The ship was re-floated in a late-night operation during high tide, and is now moored in Douglas harbour.

A twin effort

It was a twin effort by the Laxey Towing Company and a tug from Liverpool.

Crew remained onboard 

The crew of five remained on board throughout the operation, as they could not leave due to the Manx government’s coronavirus entry restrictions.

The successful rescue came after a first attempt to free the boat on Thursday afternoon had failed.

Section of beach closed for public

A section of the beach between Cranstal and the Point of Ayre was closed to the public while the operation took place.

Tow process

Diggers cleared some of the boulders around the CEG Orbit to make it easier to tow her back into the water.

Survey to be carried out

The vessel was finally re-floated thanks to the efforts of the Laxey Towing Company’s tug the Wendy Ann, and Liverpool tug CT Vector.

Now moored on Douglas harbour’s King Edward Pier, an underwater diving survey will be carried out on the cargo ship to check for any damage.

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Source: BBC


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