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Exclusion zone in place around burnt bulker

Authorities in the UK will today decide what to do with the V Due, a Maltese flagged bulker which suffered a fire onboard off the northern Welsh coast on Thursday. A 500 m exclusion zone has been set up around the 23,000 dwt vessel.

The UK Coastguard has said salvors have put together a plan to get the ship to port and remove the cargo which “is the preferred option at this stage”.

“This will be further developed when an agreement on the place of refuge has been finalised.”

No pollution has been reported thus far.

The vessel is managed by Swiss-based SeaQuest Shipmanagement.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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