The bulk carrier Los Llanitos, which ran aground off Mexico in October, can be dismantled where it lies say Mexican authorities.
This is a change from the previous plan, which had the 223-metre vessel being refloated and scuttled in nearby waters.
Mexican-flagged Los Llanitos, owned by Cyprus Sea Lines and managed by Executive Ship Management, ran aground on the Pacific coast near Barra de Navidad in Jalisco state on October 23 when it was caught up in Hurricane Patricia.
In November salvage crews safely removed all the ship’s fuel – oil and diesel – plus other potential contaminants.
Before it can go ahead the on-site dismantling needs approval from Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources on the basis that it will not cause harm to the environment.