Council takes action on sunken boat at King Edward Quay

PUBLISHED: 26 January 2024

Colchester City Council has commenced a multi-phase operation to remove a sunken boat from Hythe Quay following its sinking on 11 January.

The complex process aims to ensure the safe and environmentally responsible removal of the vessel while minimising disruption to the public, amidst concerns about the potential impact of the wreck on the River Colne.

Following initial assessments and collaboration with the Harbour Master, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, and other relevant agencies, the council has taken swift action to mitigate the environmental impact and ensure the safety of the public.

Work began yesterday with the removal of water from the boat to prepare it for further action. On Monday, 29 January, contractors will begin cutting the top off the vessel and removing the engine room and fuel tanks to prevent any potential pollution. This stage is expected to take approximately two to three weeks, subject to weather conditions.

To ensure safety during the operation, a section of the quay will be fenced off and the public footpath closed. Alternative routes will be clearly signposted.

Upon completion of the initial work, the boat will be towed to Maylandsea and placed in a dry dock for complete dismantling.

Cllr Martin Goss, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Waste, said: “We understand the concern this incident has caused to residents and visitors alike. Our top priority is ensuring public safety and protecting the environment, and we have mobilised a team of specialists to undertake this intricate operation.

“The nature of this operation is inherently complex. Our dedicated officers will be closely monitoring and documenting progress throughout the entire process to ensure we are acting responsibly and effectively.

We will continue to provide updates on the salvage operation as it progresses. We appreciate the patience and understanding of residents and visitors during this time."

Page last reviewed: 26 January 2024


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