Fire-damaged vessel to be blown up

Fire-damaged sailing vessel Dong Won 701 (IMO 7114513) is to be blown up off the coast of Otago, New Zealand. The ship caught fire during the evening of April 9th 2018 at Timaru’s port and has remained moored at the South Canterbury port ever since. On April 30th the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) confirmed  that it had granted consent for the vessel to be scuttled 25nm south-east of Otago. However, the scuttling could not take place if any marine mammals were observed within 600 metres of the vessel during the 30 minutes prior to the scheduled explosions.

There were five designated sites for marine dumping along New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The Otago site was chosen because it was the closest authorized dumping site to PrimePort, Timaru. The consent holder will have to note the position of where the vessel was dumped off the Otago coast, and keep photographic records of any floating debris. The dumping consent expires on December 31st 2021.

PrimePort Timaru CEO Phil Melhopt said that he was looking forward to seeing the wreck leave the port.

1971-built, New Zealand-flagged, 1,900 gt Dong Won No 701 is owned by DW New Zealand Ltd care of manager Dong Won Fisheries Co Ltd of Seoul, South Korea.