The disposal process regarding the Maersk Karachi’s toxic waste took far more time than initially expected. There was no set date for pumping the sludge out of the vessel’s hull. The Eurogate port operator was in constant negotiations regarding the expenditures that would come along with the operation. Additionally, to make matters even more complicated, there were still around 200 container units aboard the ship.
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The Bremen-based company Nabil, however, has now come up with a disposal concept and is prepping up an area in the Bremerhaven terminal for opening and sifting the containers there.
According to reports, the dirty water has been successfully pumped out, with roughly 1,000 tons getting disposed of in Hamburg. Over 11,000 tons were shipped to a Denmark-based disposal company.
The police are to still release the 160-tonne crane boom that belonged to the now collapsed Container bridge, thus the parts are to not yet be disposed of. The investigation is still moving along rather slowly due to a tiresome correspondence with the China-based manufacturer of the container cranes.
The other 7 container cranes are now fully operational once again.
The collapsed crane was constructed in 2002 in China and according to data logs was last serviced back in September of last year.