Vessel V Due will move into the Port of Liverpool overnight

A decision has been made to take the bulk carrier V Due which has a smouldering cargo in one of its holds, to the Port of Liverpool.

The Secretary of State’s Representative Maritime & Salvage Hugh Shaw has established a Salvage Control Unit and continues to be in discussion with the port, the ship owners, insurers, SMIT Salvage, UK Coastguard, MCA Counter Pollution, Environment Groups and Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.

Hugh Shaw continues to work with all parties while monitoring the safety of the crew and the environmental situation. There has been no pollution and no concerns about the structural integrity as the vessel remains stable.

SMIT Salvage continues to support the Master and crew of V Due in stabilising the situation and preparing for the passage from her current position off Anglesey to Liverpool. 

It is anticipated that the vessel will arrive in port under her own steam at around 5.30am tomorrow (8th).

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