The “Blue Star” Will Be Rescued With The Filling Of Air In Its Ballast Tanks Spain

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The plan, designed by SMIT, contemplates the sealing of damaged areas and the dragging of the ship with the rise of the tide

The new attempt to uncork the chemical transport vessel “Blue Star” will finally take place between the 11th and 16th of this month, as detailed yesterday by the Government delegate in Galicia, Javier Losada. The facilities of the Maritime Captaincy of A Coruña yesterday hosted an operational meeting with members of the rescue company, the Dutch SMIT, chaired by Losada himself, the general director of the Merchant Marine of the Ministry of Development, Benito Núñez, and the sub-delegate of the Government in A Coruña, Pilar López-Rioboo.

This meeting served to supervise the rescue plan of the boat, which entered last Monday in its second phase after the complete extraction of fuel and lubricants from engines and electric generators. Thus, in this meeting the roles that the units of the different administrations and entities participating in the operation could be defined were defined.

Combination of factors

As explained by the general director of Marina Mercante, Benito Núñez, during his intervention before the media after the meeting, the success of the operation will depend on a specific combination of factors. On the one hand, it will seek to recover the buoyancy of the ship, whose structural integrity was damaged during the accident.

To do this, compressed air will first be repaired and injected into the double bottom ballast tanks to recover their initial pressure, lost as a result of the impact on the sea floor. To this will be added the sealing of the cargo tanks of the ship, located inside it. In addition, the stern of the boat will be reinforced during the days prior to extraction “to give greater guarantees to the trailer”.

Once the structure is sealed and secured, it will proceed to its unlocking. For this, the SMIT plan goes through waiting for the week from 11 to 16 of this month, since on the one hand the tide will rise and, on the other, it is expected that the weather conditions will worsen, which would help the drag without damaging the helmet.

The initial forecast is that it is two tugs, with a pulling capacity of 400 tons each, that perform the maneuver; one tied from the bow and the other from the stern. Both these tasks and the previous conditioning will be supervised by the Maritime Captaincy of Ferrol and Maritime Rescue. The latter, in addition, will keep in the area the tugboat “Don Inda” and a helicopter “Helimer” in case it is necessary to move people or materials on board the boat.

Despite the common concern about the consequences of a failure in the operation, the accident of the “Blue Star” has not been exempt from collisions at the political level. The last example of this took place during the appearance of yesterday of the conselleira do Mar, Rosa Quintana, in the Galician Parliament.

The holder of the maritime portfolio was incremented by the BNG Fisheries spokeswoman, Montse Prado, who said that the Galician coast was “as unprotective as it was for 17 years, when it became established or Prestige”. The nationalist representative demanded the transfer to Galicia of the Maritime Rescue service, criticizing the management of the incident by the central government.

For its part, Quintana affirmed that the Xunta “immediate success activity is its means of rescue and loita against mariña contamination” and that made them available to Maritime Rescue, “which gives or first estivo moment in the area, following preto or operational ”that was responsible for coordinating. The minister also recalled that her department activated the Territorial Plan for Accidental Maritime Pollution, in addition to having current simulations carried out by Intecmar.

The "Blue Star" Will Be Rescued With The Filling Of Air In Its Ballast Tanks Spain

The operation will take advantage of the rise in the tide and the return of bad weather to uncork the ship | Jorge Meis


Source: Diario de Ferrol