The Accumulation Of Sediments Causes A Fishing Vessel And A Civil Guard Boat To Run Aground

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The fleet detects an increase in maritime accidents due to the absence of draft in some ports – They require Portos to face the dredges promised in the estuary.

A Civil Guard patrol boat and a fishing boat ran aground yesterday in the O Corgo, in O Grove, apparently because of the accumulation of sediments in the seabed.

Basically, it can be said that the accumulation of all types of waste in the sea, the waste generated by the fishing and aquaculture activity, the movement of aggregates derived from the action of the currents and other factors make the seabed level rise , so there is less and less water mass for boats.

And when this happens the ships can get stuck, even in areas where they used to have a draft more than enough.

That is what happened yesterday at O ​​Grove, and is just an example of what is happening in this and other ports of the Arousa estuary, where the fleet says it has detected a significant increase in maritime accidents or, at least, serious setbacks, always derived from what they consider a poor draft at different points.

In the sector they maintain that “it is necessary to carry out the dredges promised for years and still pending execution; before these types of accidents that may seem minor end up becoming a tragedy.”

Those who position themselves likewise clarify that “because of the accumulation of sediments there are areas where the draft has been significantly reduced, even within the ports or mooring areas supposedly safe for the fleet.”

This is what leads sailors and shipowners to claim the Xunta to “act urgently”, through Portos de Galicia, urging it to make “those dredges so necessary for us, before we have to regret any misfortune”, Repeated over and over again.

Manuel Mascato is the owner of the Grovense fishing vessel that bears his name; a ship of almost 17 meters of length built in steel in 2003 that is commonly used for the management of mines and octopus nasa, although it also has permission for the use of longliners, veins and line or line.

It is the same fishing boat that yesterday, when it was moored in the port of O Grove, was stranded on the mud when the tide went down, slipping towards the side that overlooked the sea and thus suffering a waterway.

It happened shortly before noon, when the low tide was at 0.40 meters. A level that does not imply, by any means, an exceptional decrease, since the water level can still be removed up to 0.20 meters, as will happen on February 10, or up to 0.10 meters above the low tide line, which is expected for March 10.

But despite the fact that this descent was not charged, and if the ship “Manuel Mascato ” was placed in a supposedly safe area, “it was dry due to lack of dredging,” laments the owner.

The Accumulation Of Sediments Causes A Fishing Vessel And A Civil Guard Boat To Run Aground

The ship stranded and bred in O Corgo, yesterday. // Muñiz

It is a place where “this should not happen,” reflects this experienced shipowner before explaining that the latest sampling or measurements made at the O Corgo cove date back to 2005, “so things have changed a lot since then, accumulating a large amount of sediments that undoubtedly increase problems and risks, “he warns.

Mascato, who witnessed as the patrol of the Civil Guard of the Sea also suffered the descent of the tide hitting his helmet against the seabed, argues that in the Consellería do Mar and the brotherhood of fishermen are aware of this situation, so he trusts in which “act immediately”.


Source: Faro de Vigo