The evacuation of the nine-man crew from the Vera Su, the cargo ship that has been stranded in the northern Black Sea of Bulgaria for more than two weeks, reported the Bulgarian state television on October 6th.
In bad weather and heavy seas, the crew was evacuated with a system of ropes and pulleys. Previous reports said using a helicopter to evacuate the crew would be too dangerous given the nearby cliffs and strong winds.
After the evacuation, the crew will be placed in quarantine.
Prosecutors are continuing to investigate the incident in which the ship, which was owned by Turkey and flying the Panamanian flag, was stranded near the coast of Kamen Bryag.
The Bulgarian national radio announced that three barges from the European Maritime Safety Agency were due to arrive in the port city of Varna on the afternoon of October 6th. Before attempting to remove the ship’s urea fertilizer load, the weather will be better.
In Varna there are also representatives of the Dutch salvage company, which is supposed to carry out the operation for the removal of the ship.
The Dutch company is expected to submit its plan to remove the ship to the Maritime Administration.
Roumen Nikolov, head of the General Directorate for Emergency Safety at the Shipping Administration, told Bulgarian National Radio that the crew was in good condition and the condition of the ship was stable.
(Screenshot from a live broadcast of the evacuation: BNT)
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