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Grounded Mexican ship to be scuttled

The Los Llanitos, a Mexican-flagged bulk carrier, which ran aground north of Manzanillo last week during Hurricane Patricia, will need to be scuttled, authorities in Mexico say.

The 223 m long ship is owned by Cyprus Sea Lines and managed by Executive Ship Management.

A boom has finally been placed around the ship, six days after it ran aground. While it is not carrying any cargo, it has a large amount of fuel onboard.

Authorities have decided the ship, which is clearly breaking up, cannot be moved and will be scuttled to create an artificial reef. The ship grounded on a beautiful, rugged part of Mexico’s west coastline near the tourist town, Puerto Vallarta.

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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