Three months ago, images of the ship MV Alta went around the world. During storm Dennis, the ghost ship ran on the coast of Ireland. Now that the owner has still not been found, Ireland is faced with a choice: will we go for many millions of mountains or will we leave it to the elements?
The 77-meter-long vessel MV Alta had been roaming the Atlantic Ocean for a year and a half before it hit the rocks in February. The crew was disembarked from Bermuda in October 2018 and the ship has been bobbing aimlessly across the seas ever since.
Storm Dennis ran the ship on the coast near Ballycotton in southern Ireland earlier this year.
The MV Alta is still there on the rocks and it is still not clear who the owner of the ghost ship is. “We are still trying to find out who owns it and that process could take a year,” a spokesman for the Irish authorities said yesterday.
If the owner cannot be found, Ireland has a choice: to have the ship salvaged or left to the elements.
Salvage experts say the ship is no longer worth anything. “Too old. And the scrap value is also minimal,” salvage expert Mark Hoddinott explains to the British newspaper The Guardian. “It probably costs five to ten million euros to have the ship salvaged. Possibly even more.”
According to Hoddinott, it is therefore highly questionable whether the government will pay for ‘an eyesore’.
Because the whole world watched in amazement as the ship hit the rocks, but residents of the Irish town would rather lose the rusting colossus than rich. Especially because – before the coronavirus outbreak – curious tourists and daredevils regularly came to the MV Alta.
The ship was launched in Tanzania in 1976, but got a different owner in 2017. It was on its way from Greece to Haiti in 2018 when problems arose and the crew had to be rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.