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Stranded ship to be removed at last

The Cypriot transport vessel Wilson Muuga, which ran ashore off Iceland’s southern cost in December, will be removed from where it is stranded today or tomorrow.

Attempts have not been made to move the vessel earlier, because strong currents are needed to drag it back into the ocean. If this week’s attempts prove unsuccessful, Wilson Muuga will have to wait until May. Morgunbladid reports.

A team of 20 has practically lived in the ship for the last few weeks and has worked day and night to make the engine room and the tanks watertight and the floor of the hold, which was damaged the most when the ship ran ashore.

If everything goes according to plan, Wilson Muuga will be moved to Hafnarfjördur and the next steps will be taken from there.

Wilson Muuga ran ashore off Reykjanes peninsula in the morning of December 19. The crew of the ship was rescued by the Icelandic Coast Guard in the afternoon, but a sailor from the Danish Coast Guard cruiser Triton was killed in an earlier rescue attempt.

Shortly after the stranding oil was pumped out of the vessel, but some oil leaked into the ocean and harmed the local bird life.

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