MV Efe Murat aground off Bari, Italy. Photo: Costa Crociere
Crews have started removing fuel from the Turkish cargo ship Efe Murat which washed ashore along a breakwater in Bari, Italy during a storm last week.
Authorities in Italy have reported no pollution so far from the 5,786 dwt Efe Murat, but reports indicate that the ship has been holed in several places and is taking on water.
The Turkish-flagged ship ran aground February 23rd as winds along the Adriatic coast topped more than 60 knots.
Video shows heavy surf pounding the ship, pinning it on its starboard along a breakwater.
AIS ship tracking data shows the ship was underway from Ortona, Italy to Aliaga, Turkey when the incident occurred. It is not loaded with cargo.
Authorities have said the salvage and oil removal operation is contingent on favorable weather.
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