SALVAGE teams have begun to remove the load of metal poles from the wrecked bulk carrier stranded on the Gibraltar coast.

A Koole tug and barge managed to remove the cranes around the cargo hold of OS 35 late last week.

He gave big cranes on the salvage barge the first chance to start fishing the poles of Cargo Hold 3.

At the same time, help is on the way from Northern Europe.

The Koole 31 tug and the K10030 tug barge finally made it out of the port of Brest, where they had spent the last few weeks sheltering from bad weather.

Port Captain John Ghio said: “Today’s events represent significant progress towards the removal of the wreck and its contents.”

OS 35 collided with another ship and ran aground 700 meters from the town of Catalan Bay on the eastern side of the Rock in late August.

A large 10 meter gash in her hull led to a large oil spill in the area which stained local beaches and bathing areas.

After the police accused the ship’s captain of being responsible for the accident, the tugboats emptied the bulk carrier’s tanks of all their oil and fuel.

The Port Authority has set a May 30 deadline for owners and insurers to dismantle and remove the wreck from its current location.

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