FEBRUARY 5, 2016 – In an update issued today, Central Command for Marine Emergencies Germany (Havariekommando) said that the earliest chance to free the giant box ship CSCL Indian Ocean will not come until Tuesday morning.
The ship has been aground in the Elbe River off the island of Lühesand since Wednesday evening (see earlier story).
The latest available information, says the update, is that there are still 800 tons of heavy oil and 570 tons of gas oil onboard the ship and the aim of CCME is to lighten the vessel down to the minimum necessary fuel.
According to present forecasts and calculations, a window of opportunity during which a towing operation could be feasible will come Tuesday morning.
In the meantime, dredges are working to free the area around the vessel.