BERE Island-based Atlantic Towage has been selected to lead the salvage operation on the wreck of the sunken sailing vessel the Astrid which ran aground on rocks near Kinsale over a month ago.
The operation is expected to take up to three weeks following a detailed survey of the wreck of the 95-year-old sailing vessel.
Atlantic Towage have submitted their plan for the salvage operation to the Irish Coastguard who have now approved the plan, enabling the operation to proceed.
The company’s 30 tonne tractor tug Ocean Bank arrived at the scene at the weekend and the company are also expected to engage a number of specialist sub-contractors in the operation.
The operation will involve the removal of the masts and rigging and the pumping out of the hull before it is lifted from its position.
More than three tonnes of diesel fuel in the ships fuel tank will also need to be removed.
A marine crane is en-route from the UK for the final lifting operation which is expected to commence in two weeks time, after which the remains of the Atrid will be handed over to the ship’s insurers.