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Stranded ship off Ajman coast not going anywhere soon

Neither the coastguard nor civil defence are willing to take responsibility for its removal.

Sea Blue became stranded on the Ajman corniche about one and a half months ago when it ran into trouble in rough seas. Courtesy of Al Ittihad
Sea Blue became stranded on the Ajman corniche about one and a half months ago when it ran into trouble in rough seas. Courtesy of Al Ittihad

ABU DHABI // A ship that ran aground in Ajman over a month ago has begun to attract the attention of residents and amateur photographers.

Sea Blue became stranded on the Ajman corniche when it ran into trouble in rough seas. While the Ajman population is used to vessels being beached during the winter season, stranded vessels are usually tugged away in a matter of days. Sea Blue is believed to be the ship stranded for the longest in the emirate's recent memory, the Arabic-language newspaper Al Ittihad reported on Tuesday.

It is unclear, however, whose responsibility removing the ship is. First Lt Salem Al Zaabi, head of media and public relations at the civil defence department in Ajman, said his organisation was neither responsible nor has the means for tugging boats away from shore.

"It is the ship owner's responsibility to do that, in conjunction with the Sharjah Coastguard," he said.

A source at the Coastguard denied they have anything to do with the stranded ship.

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