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The curious stranded ship on Ajman coast to be scrapped

Sea Blue will be removed from the Ajman coast and dismantled after earlier questions about who should be responsible for towing it away.

Sea Blue, the ship that has been stranded on the Ajman coast since 15 January 2013, will finally be scrapped after earlier disputes about who shouldbe responsible for it. Courtesy Al Ittihad
Sea Blue, the ship that has been stranded on the Ajman coast since 15 January 2013, will finally be scrapped after earlier disputes about who shouldbe responsible for it. Courtesy Al Ittihad

A ship that has been idle since running aground on the coast of Ajman nearly two months ago will be scrapped.

Sea Blue ran aground near Ajman Corniche amid stormy seas and there was some doubt over where responsibility lay for removing it, with both the Coastguard and Civil Defence absolving themselves of responsibility.

However, Brigadier Ali Abdullah Alwan, the chief of Ajman Police, said that senior officials in the emirate had given directives to Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, in cooperation with Ajman Police and Civil Defence, to dismantle the vessel and move it away from the shore.

The sight of Sea Blue has become something of an attraction to beachgoers in the emirate, The National's Arabic sister paper Al Ittihad reported on Monday, with many taking photos.

Many vessels have hit Ajman's shores in the past but all were towed away within two or three days.

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