Update: Both cargo ships remain mired nearby Spain

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SALVORS is continuing to try refloating the 2 vessels grounded since last week on a holiday beach near Valencia.
The general cargo vessels (564teu and 5,988gt) BSLE Sunrise and Celia (645teu and 6,264gt), are still waiting at anchor on El Saler beach, where they were driven aground on the night of 28th of September, 2012 by rough seas and northeasterly winds gusting to 60kt. There were reported for no injuries or spills.
A 3rd tug vessel arrived at the scene yesterday to join the effort to free the 1992-built ship BSLE Sunrise, owned by Navalmar UK of London and operated by Jutha Maritime of Bangkok.
Official Spanish salvage and rescue operation Salvamento Maritimo told that a plan to refloat the ship was approved yesterday by the Valencia harbour authority. It is thought to involve removal of steel pipes in its cargo and of sand surrounding its hull.
Salvor Svitzer is working to free the 2005-built MV Celia, owned by Intersee Schiffart of Germany. A dredger has been called to remove sand for a new crack at pulling the vessel off the beach.
The chairman Vicente Boluda of Boluda towage group informed today that the ships could get trapped if they were not freed in the next 10-15 days. He also told the operation to free them is “very complex” on a beach with mud and sand, without tides.
The grounded vessels would have to be moved “little by little” and channels created to take them to deeper water, he explained.