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Salvage work begins on beached cargo ship

Violent winds beached the ship in Brittany, resulting in the leakage of 220 tons of fuel

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The beached TK Bremen cargo ship is broken apart at Erdeven, near Lorient, western France, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. High winds beached the cargo ship off France's Atlantic coast last month.

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The TK Bremen ran aground on Kerminihy beach at Erdeven on the coast of Brittany during the winter storm Joachim on December 16, 2011.

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Workers stand near pieces of the Maltese-registered cargo ship the TK Bremen.

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Security officers look on from their horses as a crane dismantles the Maltese-registered cargo ship the TK Bremen. A spokesman for the maritime prefecture said: ”We can’t take the risk of towing it, as there is a danger of it breaking up and becoming more difficult to remove. Strictly-speaking, the shipowner has the right to repair the vessel where it lies,” he added, “but it appears it struck several rocks and its hull has been perforated in several places. The most probable outcome is that the ship will be dismantled.”

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A crane begins to dismantle the Maltese-registered cargo ship the TK Bremen.The 19 crew members on board were airlifted to safety by helicopter and booms deployed to contain an oil spill threatening a nearby beach.

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Members of the media are seen in front of the Maltese-registered cargo ship the TK Bremen. The maritime prefecture spokesman said dismantling the ship would be a complex operation in what is an environmentally-protected zone. The ship would be cut up and the pieces loaded onto trucks. “The objective is to restore the beach and the dunes by [next year’s] Easter holidays,” he added.

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